By Patrick Rucker, Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday gave Congress an ultimatum on climate change: craft a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the dangers of a warming world, or the White House will go it alone.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN - New York Times.
Last week Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, gave what his office told us would be a major policy speech. And we should be grateful for the heads-up about the speech’s majorness. Otherwise, a read of the speech might have suggested that he was offering nothing more than a meager, warmed-over selection of stale ideas.Read more »
By Jason Sattler, The National Memo
It turns out that it's a myth that more women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year. But it is true that this is the first Super Bowl Sunday since 1994 that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has not been in effect.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
Exactly a century ago, on February 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, authorizing a federal income tax. Congress turned it into a graduated tax, based on "capacity to pay."
It was among the signal victories of the progressive movement - the first constitutional amendment in 40 years (the first 10 had been included in the Bill of Rights, the 11th and 12th in 1789 and 1804, and three others in consequence of the Civil War), reflecting a great political transformation in America.Read more »
By Nicholas Kusnetz, Rolling Stone.
Climate scientists have shed new light on a serious threat to our way of life: black carbon. (No, it's not a metal band, though there is one that's pretty close.) New research suggests that this substance - more commonly known as soot - is one of the biggest causes of global warming, second only to carbon dioxide in slowly making parts of our planet uninhabitable.Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Three years ago, a terrible thing happened to economic policy, both here and in Europe. Although the worst of the financial crisis was over, economies on both sides of the Atlantic remained deeply depressed, with very high unemployment. Yet the Western world’s policy elite somehow decided en masse that unemployment was no longer a crucial concern, and that reducing budget deficits should be the overriding priority.Read more »
Beverly Hills, CA — Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24th. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.Read more »
Newly Remastered Edition Of Music Icon Barbra Streisand’s Groundbreaking Classical Crossover Album From 1976
Includes Two Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks Taken From The Original Recording Sessions.
By Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
President Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word "gay" as a reference to sexual orientation in an inaugural address, declaring the movement for equality to be part of the pantheon of America's great civil rights struggles.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," the president said. "For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well."Read more »
By Ronnie Cummins, EcoWatch
A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And its led them to this sobering conclusion: our modern energy-, chemical- and genetically modified organism (GMO)-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming.Read more »