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Time To Lock Up The Lobbyists

There was a time when corporations didn't have anything close to the power they do over politics in America.

DC should be a little more like CA!

California has big plans for the future. Last week, the Golden State made not one, but two, big announcements about how they will respond to the climate crisis.

Will internet freedom soon be protected?

According to officials at the Federal Communications Commission, by next month, we may finally have an ruling on net neutrality. That agency has been considering new rules for internet providers since the DC Circuit Court struck down the FCC's previous net neutrality regulations last January.

It's getting hot in here...

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 was hotter than any other year in their 120 years of record keeping. Here in the U.S., NOAA and NASA are expected to make similar announcements in the coming weeks. And, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that if we stay on this path, the result will be dangerous and irreversible.

We must undo the voodoo!

Republicans know that trickle-down economics is no longer an easy sell, so they've wrapped up those bad policies in a new package.

Why Carbon Should Be Left in the Ground

We must keep carbon in the ground to save our planet.

Let’s Call All Terrorists “Terrorists”

Earlier today, three gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including two policemen. Although we still don’t know the motive behind the attack, it seems like it was in response to Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

TPP/SHAFTA-Ross Perot is still right...

Ross Perot is still right. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Ross Perot arguably played the role of spoiler. But he also played the role of realist. Throughout that campaign, Perot made it a point to highlight just how harmful so-called “free trade” agreements were for the United States.

The Republicans Didn’t Really Win the Senate

Tomorrow, Republicans will officially take control of the Senate for the first time since 2006. Once Vice President Biden finishes swearing in the Senate class of 2015, they will have a 54 to 46 majority over Democrats. It’s not a filibuster- or veto-proof majority, but it’s still a big deal for conservatives.

The Pope calls on Catholics to act on the climate!

The fight to save our planet isn't only about survival. According to Pope Francis, we have a “grave ethical and moral responsibility” to act on climate change, and in 2015, the pontiff will direct all Catholics to do just that. In March, Pope Francis will urge the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to do more to address global warming.

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