By Barbra Streisand.
During a Congressional hearing this year, Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) invoked Noah's Ark saying, "I would point out that if you're a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon."
Really? Because 97% of the world's climate scientists beg to differ today.Read more »
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon
As residents of California are urged to conserve water and the state considers placing a mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage, Nestlé is trucking away undisclosed amounts of the precious resource in the form of bottled water.Read more »
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, on Wednesday said she would not back changes to a 2008 law that gave certain undocumented immigrant children broader legal rights to enter the United States.
By JONATHAN WEISMAN
WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, reversed course on Wednesday and said she would not back changes to a 2008 law that gave certain undocumented immigrant children broader legal rights to enter the United States.Read more »
By Paul Krugman
How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments?
I suspect that the answer to the first question is “Not many,” while the answer to the second is “Possibly even fewer,” for reasons I’ll get to later. And if I’m right, it’s a remarkable thing — an immense policy success is improving the lives of millions of Americans, but it’s largely slipping under the radar.Read more »
A hydroponic greenhouse in Connecticut. An estimate says that domestic organic food sales reached $32.3 billion last year.
CHRISTOPHER CAPOZZIELLO FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
By KENNETH CHANG
JULY 11, 2014
Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.Read more »
By Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs.
Now, after our years of apathy, they’re coming for us: the nation’s millennials.Read more »
By Ashley Spillane July 11 at 6:00 AM
Ashley Spillane, president of Rock The Vote, spent more than ten years working in electoral politics.Read more »
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women have access to coverage for birth control even if they work for businesses that have religious objections.
The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act.Read more »
By MATT APUZZO
WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students.Read more »
Opponents of fracking rallied outside Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s fund-raiser in Manhattan on Monday, calling on him to ban the drilling method. Individual towns now may impose a ban.
RUBY WASHINGTON / THE NEW YORK TIMES
By KATE TAYLOR and THOMAS KAPLAN
In a decision with far-reaching implications for the future of natural gas drilling in New York State, its highest court ruled on Monday that towns can use zoning ordinances to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method known as fracking.Read more »
Barbra:Even within the madness and turmoil of the world... these little creatures contribute to humanity
By Dr. David Suzuki, EcoWatch
Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.Read more »