Imagine finding out that you've been unknowingly drinking water contaminated by fracking, the extreme process of extracting oil and natural gas by pumping toxic chemicals underground. Now, imagine that you don't know, and aren't allowed to know, what's making your water toxic.
Okay, now here is a guy who deserves some serious praise -- a university president who slashed his own salary in order to give a raise to the school's lowest-paid workers:
Please join us in thanking Dr. Burse for this action. Who knows, with enough praise, maybe, just maybe, some Fortune 500 CEO's will get into the spirit as well, and follow his lead (hey, we can dream, right?)
Last month, after 100,000-plus veterans, military family members, and VoteVets supporters acted, the United States Senate passed Bernie Sanders' "Restoring Veterans' Trust Act" by a vote of 93-3.
So, why hasn't it gotten to President Obama’s desk yet?
The short answer is that several Tea Partiers in the House and Mitch McConnell's Senate Caucus are trying to gum up the works and stall until Congress goes on their five week recess this Friday.
After shootings at Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Newtown, Congress stalled and failed. Since the Sandy Hook massacre, there have been 16 more mass shootings in communities across America. Still nothing.
This must end. But our public officials seem more interested in political theater and special interest threats than in leadership.
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Senate could vote on legislation that would reform disastrous mandatory minimum drug sentencing policies that put so many people behind bars.
The bill, the Smarter Sentencing Act, is the biggest overhaul in federal drug sentencing in decades. In addition to expanding the ability of judges to use their own discretion when sentencing defendants, it would also reform disparities in drug sentencing so that thousands of people can leave prison early.
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President Obama put it best when he said:
"Climate change is a fact. And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
We need to tell him how important it is he reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, and ensure his pro-environment legacy.
Here are the facts:
Here's what he said in a recent interview:
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it."
Even Karl Rove has never stooped this low before.
Rove is spreading the disgusting suggestion that Hillary Clinton is hiding a traumatic brain injury to attack her politically.
Karl Rove has made a career out of lying to the American people, but this attack is truly beyond the pale. It is absolutely revolting, and we can't let it stand.