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    Tom Steyer: ‘There is no point in commiserating’

    Tom Steyer’s election night started out well enough.  The Democratic mega-donor was traveling around California meeting with volunteers who had worked for his NextGen America group ahead of the election, supporting candidates and local initiatives.  But as the results came in, Steyer’s night turned ugly.  ADVERTISEMENT “Somewhere around 6:30, we stopped in at Democratic headquarters, and we were watching the TV and we thought, ‘wow, this is going the wrong way,’ ” he said.  Steyer said his group expected to have an “incredibly good day in California,” where it was backing statewide propositions and local ballot measures, up to three-quarters of which voters adopted.  But when it became obvious Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham…

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    Texas Dem rep announces plans to retire

    Democratic Rep. Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenTexas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 MORE (Texas) on Monday announced that he will retire after his term ends.  “I have decided that I will not be filing for re-election in 2018. I think that it is time for me to be more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren. I have had to miss so many of their activities and after 26 years in Congress it is time to devote more time to my most important job of being a husband, father and grandfather,” Green said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENT “I have…

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    This Wondrous National Park… Brought to You By McDonald's?

    A controversial set of new rules quietly given final approval over the recent holiday—allowing national parks in the United States to expand corporate sponsorships and commercial contracts with private companies—is being called a “disgrace” by those who say the move is a betrayal of what the nation’s parks should be. “In a society where we are constantly inundated with advertisements everywhere we go, national parks offered a unique and beautiful escape. Even in schools, students endure a constant barrage of billboards, social media advertising and marketing. Until now, national parks have remained relatively commercial-free, which is why they were such a valuable respite.” —Kristen Strader, Public Citizen Despite outcry from…

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    Trump Inauguration as 'Twilight Zone' Television Listing Goes Viral

    Offering a glimpse into how the international community perceives the pending inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a Scottish newspaper’s satirical take on the event, which it casts as a return episode of the “The Twilight Zone,” has gone viral in recent days. Amid the weekly television listings published Sunday, The Herald writer Damien Love described the Trump presidency as an “ambitious, expensive…interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years.” Click Here: brisbane lions guernsey 2019 “The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into…

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    Refugees Already Detained as Groups Race to Stop Trump's Muslim Ban

    Rights groups are amassing in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from Muslim countries, which he signed Friday after a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it would file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the memorandum, which bans immigrants from Syria indefinitely and halts arrivals from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia for 90 days. Refugees who were in the air on the way to the U.S. on Friday when Trump signed his order were detained when they landed, the New York Times reported Saturday. Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization…

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    Fending Off Critiques of Failed Leadership, Twitterer-in-Chief Lashes Out

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday once again lashed out on his critics, attacking both Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in an early morning Twitter rant for highlighting concerns about his assault on the judiciary as well as the recent botched raid in Yemen. Trump alleged that Blumenthal had “misrepresent[ed]” comments made by Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, who had told the senator that he found the president’s personal attacks against federal judges “disheartening” and “demoralizing.” Though Gorsuch made the remarks “behind closed doors,” they were confirmed by his spokesperson after Blumenthal shared them with the press late Wednesday. But that did not stop the president…

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    At Oil-Friendly States' Behest, Pruitt Cancels EPA Methane Emissions Inquiry

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday fulfilled environmentalists’ fears with a gift to the oil and gas industry, in the form of canceling an Obama-era request for information regarding methane emissions from fossil fuel facilities. “This is exactly the kind of climate recklessness we can expect more of from Trump’s EPA […] making it clear that oil and gas executives have this agency in the palms of their hands.”Click Here: los jaguares argentina—May Boeve, 350.orgThe cancellation followed a letter (pdf) sent to Pruitt on Wednesday from 11 attorneys general of pro-oil states, who spoke solely to industry concerns when they demanded that the EPA administrator revoke the…

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    Despite Court Ruling, Privacy Watchdog Vows to Keeping Fighting Against Trump's Election Panel

    Despite a federal judge’s ruling on Monday rejecting a challenge to an election commission established by President Donald Trump, the privacy watchdog behind a lawsuit aimed at blocking the collection of detailed voter data from across the country vows to press ahead with its opposition. The ruling from the federal court in Washington, D.C. relates to the controversial panel which critics argue is using bogus claims of “voter fraud” to compile data on nearly every voter in the country—information that could then be used to actually supress the vote in future elections. “Now that this body exists,” wrote the Washington Post‘s EJ Dionne in his latest column, “it will almost…

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    The great escape: are outdoor runways the way of the future?

    For half a year now Covid has challenged designers to figure out new ways to present their collections to maintain social distancing, and to reach international editors and buyers who are staying away from fashion weeks. While Moschino won the prize for cutest presentation with its puppet show runway during Milan Fashion Week, the outdoor runway as opted for by, among others, Burberry could be the most forward-thinking––and how better to honor the house’s 150-year history of outfitting Arctic explorers, mountaineers and British troops with its signature gabardine and waterproof trench coats than en plein air? While the decorative and artistic value of clothes cannot be denied, their purpose is…

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    Green group poll: Arctic refuge drilling unpopular in key GOP districts

    A proposal to allow drilling in a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is unpopular in several key House districts Republicans are looking to defend next year, according to a poll released Wednesday. The survey, from the League of Conservation Voters, found 61 percent of voters in eight GOP-held House districts oppose drilling in the Arctic refuge, while only 29 percent support it. A majority of respondents in seven of the eight districts told pollsters their opinion of their House member would decline if the member votes to allow drilling in ANWR. ADVERTISEMENT The drilling proposal is less popular than the GOP tax plan, which 34 percent of respondents…