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Environmentalists on plan to shrink national monuments: See you in court

The leaked report from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about shrinking or altering 10 national monuments and opening them to mining, drilling, increased grazing, logging, and other development spells trouble for the country’s open land. But many environmental groups are threatening legal challenges to these moves. According to a story in USA Today: Ben Schreiber, a […]

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The heat is on: How climate change is making Western wildfires worse

Let’s look at the other set of natural disasters that is being exacerbated by climate change. Major wildfires are burning in British Columbia in western Canada and in at least nine states throughout the American West: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. California, Montana, and Oregon are bearing the worst of […]

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Trump’s ‘voter integrity’ panel is a joke — and a serious threat (UPDATE)

No doubt Donald Trump thought he had a winning issue for Republicans when he launched an idea for a bogus voter fraud panel. After all, Republicans have been pushing false notions about voter fraud for years, using it as an excuse to pass voter ID laws and other forms of voter suppression that disproportionately affect […]

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Chicago betting on Obama center to bring hope to South Side

Chicago’s South Side, an area with a reputation for rampant gun violence, decaying neighborhoods, and high unemployment, will soon get a $500 million shot in the arm in the form of the Obama Presidential Center. The new center in Jackson Park is being described as a “monument to the future.” The 500-acre Jackson Park is […]

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National monuments are public lands, not profit centers (UPDATE)

Going back on yet another campaign statement, Donald Trump has signed an executive order seeking a review of the lands designated as national monuments in the last 20 years. Let’s be clear: This isn’t about public lands, or listening to a majority of Western voters. This is about cementing his Republican base, sucking up to […]

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North Carolina, get ready for an LGBT business backlash

With the passage of a state law that prohibits local governments from extending LGBT civil rights protections, many businesses, professional organizations, and other groups are having second thoughts about spending money in a state willing to build prejudice into state law. And it’s all because some Republicans are freaking out over bathrooms. Those groups and […]

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GOP hits new low with hysteria against Syrian refugees

To score cheap political points after the terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State, Republicans across the country, from governors to those in Congress to several running for president, are trying to gin up fears against refugees trying to get into America to escape oppression elsewhere. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder started the ball rolling […]

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Short history of U.S. marriage equality on this historic day

Just adding my voice — even though it’s a straight one — to the happiness of people across the country who are celebrating marriage equality. But it’s worthwhile remembering how we got here. The saga actually begins in the early 1970s. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to a ruling against a […]

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GOP donor wants his money back

We hate to pile more on disgraced former GOP Rep. Aaron Schock. (Actually, we don’t at all.) The Downton Abby- and Instagram-loving congressman was forced to resign in March after news broke of his use of taxpayer money for personal travel to Chicago Bears games and Katy Perry concerts and a fudged mileage reimbursement report […]

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Crowdfunding anti-gay business: The GOP retirement plan

No doubt you’ve heard the proverb, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Nowhere is this more true than in the case of people who send money to businesses that claim a “moral” stance against serving gays or anyone in the LGBT community. After Crystal O’Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., harrumphed that […]

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