A Republican from Colorado just sold the Oregon coast to Russia.
The House energy committee on Tuesday will weigh a bill introduced by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner that would immediately approve export applications already filed with the Energy Department and mandate approval of future proposals of exports to World Trade Organization members.
Currently only gas exports to countries with free trade agreements with the United States are automatically deemed to be in the public interest.
1, This past Saturday was World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation — accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide.
2. Long-term unemployment is the most prophetic of all possible pillars of salt: eventually even under the most compassionate of all possible political leaders, the money will dry up because the money is created by the jobs that increasingly are not there. A deal to extend long-term unemployment benefits is still alive in the Senate, as lawmakers push ahead with the bill despite obstacles in the House.
3, So Mayor Charlie Hales sought clearance in his role as police commissioner to supervise Portland officers working with the JTTF, the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI denied Portland Mayor Charlie Hales the "secret" clearance he applied for last year to access information about the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the mayor's spokesman confirmed. The Mayor's intrepid Spokesman Dana Haynes said he didn't know why clearance was denied.
4, Under President Obama’s proposal to Congress, data about Americans’ calling habits would be kept in the hands of phone companies, according to senior administration officials.
5, Many GMO crops are resistant to the chemical herbicide Roundup (active ingredient: glyphosate). This allows farmers to spray the herbicide over the crop to control weeds. As weeds in the US and elsewhere have progressively gained resistance to Roundup, farmers have been spraying higher doses of the herbicide and spraying them more often. By implication, there will be concomitant effects on food and the environment. However, even though there is increasing concern about the health impacts of Roundup/glyphosate, little is known about current levels in food and animal feed. Now, a new study has found that glyphosate in GMO soybeans is at levels higher than many vitamins.
6, Ibrahim Todashev, 27, a Russian immigrant friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed last May 22 in the middle of the night by the FBI at the violent end of a five-hour interrogation in his home in Orlando. Now the FBI, ten months later, is claiming that its agent was attacked by Todashev, and was justified in killing him. But a CounterPunch investigation raises grave questions about what happened in that apartment.
7, A scientist who documented the landslide conditions on a Washington hill that buckled last weekend in a massive mudslide warned in a 1999 report filed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of "the potential for a large catastrophic failure." The Seattle Times reports that report was written by Daniel J. Miller and his wife, Lynne Rodgers Miller. Daniel Miller told the newspaper, "We've known it would happen at some point."
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