Keystone contractor gives us 5 more reasons they have a conflict of interest
Politico just broke a big story . Environmental Resources Management, the firm hired by the State Department to do the environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is a member of five oil industry booster groups that have advocated for the approval of the pipeline and spent millions to lobby for its approval.
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Daily Press & Argus
Art of compromise returns to D.C.
Hostility toward Congress -- now "enjoying" an 80 percent disapproval rate, according to the Real Clear Politics average of top polls -- has reached near-historic levels.
Fri Dec 13, 2013
Arizona Congressman want gray wolf protections kept in place
Two Arizona lawmakers are asking the U.S. Department of Interior to keep in place endangered species protections for gray wolves.
Phoenix New Times
Federal Budget Plan Would Have Failed, if It Were Up to Arizona's Congressmen
The U.S. House of Representatives easily approved a bipartisan budget agreement yesterday that, as advertised, would prevent a potential government shutdown for the next two years.
Poll: Majority recognize common sense, realize Keystone XL is a fake controversy
By my last count, we're now somewhere in the "March 2014"-ish territory for the date by which the Obama administration will finally-maybe-possibly-probably-not deliver their final review of and ultimate verdict on the Keystone XL pipeline, the northern extension of the already-constructed Keystone pipeline that will ship oil sands from Canada to ... (more)
Wed Dec 11, 2013
Ellison takes lead role in giving new life to liberals
When President Obama backed entitlement reforms earlier this year as a way to shrink the nation's long-term debt, some of his Democratic supporters worried that the next big budget deal in Congress might come on the backs of older folks on Social Security, including 927,500 beneficiaries in Minnesota.
More than two million Americans on verge of screw job because unemployment aid not in budget deal
As Jed Lewison has reported, congressional negotiators reached a budget deal late Tuesday that will restore $63 billion in automatic cuts, a $23 billion reduction in the deficit and no raise in taxes.
Stars and Stripes
Budget deal would avert shutdown, cut federal workforce
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
Tue Dec 10, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
Absent From the Budget Deal: Benefits for Long-Term Unemployed
The budget deal announced Tuesday night doesn't address a deadline looming later this month: the expiration of emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed.
Mon Dec 09, 2013
Lawmakers calls on president to raise minimum wage for federal contractors
Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, wrote Obama a letter Dec. 4 asking him to issue an executive order to raise the minimum amount paid for workers on federal contracts.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
The Pelosi/Ellison "Pain Dispeller" Tonics: U6...
Yesterday's jobs report was tremendous ... if you have been dumbed down. The sad facts are that U6 underemployment has been above 13% for 60 months, the last month below 13% was November 2008.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Liberal Democrats to Obama: Rule like dictator on minimum wage, deportations
It seems liberal Democrats are ready to throw the Constitution out the window and grant Obama dictatorial powers to advance his agenda, according to two stories reported in the last two days.
29 House Democrats To Obama: Stop the Deportations
Twenty-nine House Democratic members sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday calling for him to halt deportations, arguing that it would help, not hurt, the debate over immigration reform by bringing in new voices.
Phoenix New Times
Raul Grijalva and 27 Other Democrats Call on Obama to Suspend Deportations
Congressman Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from southern Arizona, got 27 other congressional Democrats to sign on to a letter urging President Obama suspend deportations.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Congress Members Urge McDonald's CEO to Increase Wages
Democratic members of the U.S. Congress are urging McDonald's Corp. and other fast-food chains to raise wages for store workers.
Workers Demand Livable Wage in Hundred-City Strike
Low wage fast food employees across the country are joining forces Thursday, taking to the streets to say: "Low pay is not okay."
How Obama can bypass Tea Party Congress
The White House has offered "no response" to a months-old call from congressional Democrats to bypass Congress and use executive action to raise workers' wages, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus told Salon Tuesday afternoon.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Navaho Hopi Observer
Park Service balks at requirement to plan ahead for future shutdowns
Jack Fitzpatrick Cronkite News WASHINGTON - The National Park Service is not interested in coming up with plans to let states pay to keep parks open should another government shutdown occur, a service official testified Nov. 21 to a House subcommittee.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
2016 frenzy tests Clinton-Obama bond
For five years their unlikely alliance has gone, by and large, smoothly. He's benefited from a widely-admired Secretary of State whose presence in his administration helped unite the party after their 2008 combat.
Sat Nov 30, 2013
"Potshots Are Easier than Leading"
In an article analyzing the deal, The Week c ited Kaplan's piece as an exemplary argument in favor of the interim agreement.