Articles of Interest

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Several times in recent weeks I’ve found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama. Why? I suspect that they’re being influenced, often without realizing it, by the prevailing media narrative.Read more »

TEXARKANA, Tex. — On a hazy, hot evening here, Janice Marks ate a dinner of turkey and stuffing at a homeless shelter filled with plastic cots before crossing a few blocks to the Arkansas side of town to start her night shift restocking the dairy cases at Walmart.

The next day, David Tramel and Janice McFall had a free meal of hot dogs and doughnut holes at a Salvation Army center in Arkansas before heading back to their tent, hidden in a field by the highway in Texas.Read more »

By Charles Pierce, Esquire.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Maybe it’s me, but the predictable right-wing cries of outrage over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules on carbon seem oddly muted and unfocused. I mean, these are the people who managed to create national outrage over nonexistent death panels. Now the Obama administration is doing something that really will impose at least some pain on some people. Where are the eye-catching fake horror stories?Read more »

By Kathy Chen and Stian Reklev, Reuters

China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.

Progress in global climate negotiations has often been held back by a deep split between rich and poor nations, led by the United States and China, respectively, over who should step up their game to reduce emissions.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST

By PAUL KRUGMAN

A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I found a lot of statistical malpractice in high places.Read more »

By Suzanne Goldenberg, Guardian UK

Proposed regulations could cut carbon pollution by up to 25%

President still faces potential opposition from Republicans

Q&A: why the carbon proposal could make climate history

President Barack Obama will unveil a plan on Monday that will cut carbon pollution from power plants and promote cap-and-trade, undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history.Read more »

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President Said to Be Planning to Use Executive Authority on Carbon Rule

WASHINGTON — President Obama will use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent, according to people familiar with his plans, which will spur the creation of a state cap-and-trade program forcing industry to pay for the carbon pollution it creates.Read more »

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported NewsRead more »

By Dominic Rushe, Guardian UK

Campaigners say 139 people arrested in Chicago in what is thought to be the largest protest McDonald's has ever faced

McDonald’s closed part of its corporate headquarters on Wednesday in response to a mass protest by workers and activists that campaigners say ended in more than 100 arrests.

Over 2,000 people calling for a hike in the minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation descended on the fast food giant’s suburban Chicago headquarters in what is believed to be the largest demonstration McDonald’s has ever faced.Read more »

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News

Last night’s election results rocked Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley in celebration, as local non-GMO farmers won Measure 15-119, banning all GMOs from the Southern Oregon region of Jackson County. In the adjoining Josephine County, farmers also won their own initiative to ban GMOs.Read more »