Articles of Interest

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

According to a report released last week in the widely-respected health research journal, The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.

To put it bluntly, for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.Read more »

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch
14 May 14

Regardless where you live, May 24 marks the annual opportunity to March Against Monsanto.

The event protesting the GMO (genetically modified organisms) giant will simultaneously take place in more than 400 cities in 52 countries that span six continents. That’s up from 36 cities in 286 countries last year. Among the marches is one in St. Louis, MO, which is home to Monsanto’s headquarters.

Click here for a full list of March Against Monsanto events.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Everywhere you look these days, you see Marxism on the rise. Well, O.K., maybe you don’t — but conservatives do. If you so much as mention income inequality, you’ll be denounced as the second coming of Joseph Stalin; Rick Santorum has declared that any use of the word “class” is “Marxism talk.” In the right’s eyes, sinister motives lurk everywhere — for example, George Will says the only reason progressives favor trains is their goal of “diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism.”Read more »

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a new select committee to investigate Benghazi led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.Read more »

By Al Jazeera America and Associated Press

Wyoming, the U.S.'s leading coal-producer, has become the first state to reject new K-12 science standards put forward by national education groups after officials objected to the teaching of man-made global warming as a fact.

The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards needed more review after questions were raised over the treatment of global warming.Read more »

By Robert Redford, Reader Supported News

The art of storytelling is at our core. It's the lifeblood of how we communicate and how we decide what deserves our attention and what we are content to ignore as a passing fad. We've accomplished storytelling on the silver screen and the latest Internet meme, but is the art of storytelling dead when it comes to complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change?Read more »

By Burlington Free Press

Standing on the Statehouse steps before a legion of activists, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill Thursday that could make Vermont the first state to require genetically modified foods to be labeled — and the first state to be sued over it.

"Today, we are the first state in America that says simply, 'Vermonters have spoken loud and clear. We want to know what's in our food,'" Shumlin said, comparing the issue to other laws that were first in the nation, banning slavery and allowing same-sex marriage. "We are pro-choice. We are pro-information."Read more »

By Al Gore, Reader Supported News

The latest National Climate Assessment provides clear evidence of what many Americans are already experiencing in their daily lives: the growing impact of extreme weather events linked to global warming.

When Pensacola, Florida, gets two feet of rain in 26 hours, that is exactly the kind of extreme and destructive event that scientists have long warned will become way more common.Read more »

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

The Obama administration on Tuesday released an updated report on how climate change requires urgent action to counter impacts that touch every corner of the country, from oyster growers in Washington State to maple syrup producers in Vermont.

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the report said.Read more »

THE BLOG

By Robert Redford

On Friday we learned that a lot of Republican U.S. senators and a smattering of Democrats are once again trying to make an end run around a legitimate process to assess the impacts of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, in favor of moving legislation authorizing its immediate construction.

While the political process in Washington, D.C. has come to give a lot of us pause, the good news is, it only furthers the resolve of tens of thousands of Americans to work harder to make their voices heard.Read more »