Articles of Interest
By Grant Schulte, Associated Press
A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.Read more »
By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
"It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray." - Rachel Carson, Silent SpringRead more »
UNITED NATIONS — Twenty years after a landmark United Nations summit meeting in Cairo called on countries around the world to allow women greater control over their health and destiny, women worldwide have fewer children, are less likely to die of childbirth and have made great strides in literacy, according to a major report released Wednesday by the world body.Read more »
By Paul Kane, The Washington Post
Republicans Block Vote on Extending Unemployment Benefits.
The Senate remained gridlocked Thursday over an effort to renew emergency unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, including more than 1.7 million Americans who lost their benefits when the federal program expired in late December.Read more »
By Ana Marie Cox, Guardian UK
The president should be talking about guns (and gun control) a lot more. This goes way beyond horrific school shootings
President Obama opened his remarks at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tennessee with a brief mourning of the death of a student there on Tuesday, the day of his State of the Union speech. Obama mentioned gun violence once in his address to the nation. Again yesterday, the bulk of his speech was about education policy, not gun control.Read more »
By Warren Cornwall, Slate Magazine
Monsanto's Roundup and genetically modified crops are harming everybody's favorite butterfly.
Feeding on a weed seems like a good evolutionary bet. And for a long time, it worked well for the monarch butterfly.Read more »
When Biography Trumps Substance
SPOKANE, Wa. — Only the snarkiest would not be open to the likable life story of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Eastern Washington politician who gave the “official” Republican response to the president’s State of the Union speech. She’s a farm girl from a big empty county just north of here, first in her family to attend college, mother of three, a rare woman in the retrograde men’s club of her party’s leadership.Read more »
By Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress
Following 40 years of sustained fighting on behalf of human health, the environment, and a livable climate, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced on Thursday that he would retire from Congress after this year.Read more »
ANNALS OF THE PRESIDENCY. GOING THE DISTANCE
On and off the road with Barack Obama.
BY DAVID REMNICK
We're still waiting to see if the president is going to sign off on the rest of Keystone XL pipeline, the continent-spanning death funnel that will bring the world's dirtiest fossil fuels from the environmental moonscape of northern Alberta down through the richest farmland in the world down to the refineries of Texas, whence it will be sold to China.Read more »
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and JAD MOUAWAD