Are Your Favorite National Parks Under Threat From Drilling? Find Out


I love our National Parks — and so much of our federal, public lands. I hiked in the Shenandoah last month, camped on BLM land just outside Arches a few weeks ago and played in the Escalante earlier this Spring. Last summer I went to a couple of our iconic National Parks — the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Yosemite. 

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 10:56

Reuters' Math Fail! Why GM Is Not Losing $49k Per Chevy Volt

Right-wingers couldn’t have been more thrilled to read a Reuters story revealing that GM is losing $49k on every Chevy Volt. Electric car haters and anti-government zealots rejoice! Except, Reuters — and the threejournalists bylined on this story — it turns out are really bad at basic business math.

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 10:32

Right-Wing Radio: If Obama Wins, Shut the GOP Down

I don’t know that there is any connection between what I’m about to write about and Mitt Romney’s risky and clumsy attacks on the president over the events in Cairo and Benghazi, but it does make you wonder….

Here in its entirety is Dylan Byers’ Politico post late yesterday on a new batch of threats from leading conservative gabbers that a loss on November 6 would justify a dissolution of the GOP:

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:55

Watch: Scholar Vijay Prashad Breaks Down the Internal Politics Behind US Embassy Attacks

The ugly partisan mud-slinging over the attacks on US sites in Egypt and Libya have already begun. Mitt Romney's statement this morning is the most prominent example.

But it's vitally important to step out of the US politics bubble and examine the social forces behind these events.

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:41

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's Accidental Support For Planned Parenthood Funding

During Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he believed the government should defund Planned Parenthood. Rather than receiving taxpayer funds, O'Reilly declared, Planned Parenthood should "be funded like Catholic charities, by individuals who believe in Planned Parenthood's mission." O'Reilly explained that he didn't want his tax money given to organizations with which he has differing views.


Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 09:33

Romney Campaign Slings Mud Over Attacks on Middle Eastern US Embassies

Mitt Romney responded to violence against American officials in Libya and Egypt by accusing the Obama administration of apologizing for and sympathizing with the attackers.

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 07:14

The Deadly Rocket Attack in Libya and Romney's Crass Exploitation of National Tragedy

A rocket attack reportedly carried out by Islamist extremists killed the American ambassador to Libya yesterday, along with three other Americans also at the US embassy in Benghazi.

The attack came after angry protests broke out in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya over an Islamophobic film produced in the U.S.

Date: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 06:56

Banker Goes From Jail to Winning $104 Million Whistleblower Reward

Bradley Birkenfield, a former Swiss banker, will receive a $104 million whistleblower reward from the IRS for providing the U.S. government with details concerning his former bank, UBS AG, and their offshore banking activities.

Birkenfield’s lawyers announced the award today, one even stating, “Today is a great day for tax fairness … Today is a terrible day for big-time tax cheats."

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 17:07

Guantánamo Prisoner Dies on Hunger Strike

Adnan Latif, a Guantánamo prisoner who was on a hunger strike to protest his innocence, died this past Saturday. Latif, a Yemeni man who had spent more than a decade in Guantánamo, was identified today. He had been accused of training with the Taliban, though he denied this accusation and was never charged. Military reports show Latif was cleared, but remained held in Guantánamo because the U.S. does not allow prisoners to return to Yemen, as it considers the country unstable. Yet, 55 of the 167 Guantánamo prisoners are Yemeni.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 15:52

9/11 - Cancer Connection Acknowledged, First Responders Get Health Care Coverage

First responders to World Trade Center have suffered major medical problems, both physical – caused by exposure to toxic dust – and mental. Some 1,000 deaths have been linked to illnesses caused by the environmental hazards at Ground Zero.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 14:54