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Monday, 17 September 2018 08:02

Why History Matters in the "Land of the Free"

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BRYAN ADELINE FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Politics is no mere abstraction. It's not something that happens somewhere else to other people. There are no other people. In the US, there is only We the People. We have an obligation to the principles we claim to stand for to stand up for ourselves and for all with regard for nothing more than that someone else is as good as us simply by virtue of being alive on this Earth.

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BO 0917wrpPresident Barack Obama. (Photo: Robbie Wroblewski / Flickr)

JOHN K. WILSON FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

In reality, Obama's "57 States" comment (made before he became president) was perhaps the most widely condemned verbal error of his entire life, and people only knew about it because mainstream media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times first reported it.

But "57 States" shows us the double standards of the conservative media, and their willingness to go to any lengths to serve as apologists for Trump and their desire to smear Obama no matter how trivial the excuse.

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Ron 0914wrpGOP Rep. Ron DeSantis. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

BRYAN ADELINE FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Why is a man who has all the credentials of a top-notch intellect so seemingly bereft of intelligent things to say or intelligent solutions to genuine problems? Surely he could craft elegant conservative approaches to the challenges of government? Yet he returns again and again to socially divisive statements to problems that often aren't problems, and when they are, don't apply to governing at the state level.

Why does Ron DeSantis want to be governor of Florida? At this point it's hard to tell.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 07:34

Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in Pennsylvania

BoomPA 0912wrpA pipeline explosion seen from a distance. (Photo: KOMUnews / Flickr)

LORRAINE CHOW OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

A pipeline exploded in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning, causing a large fire and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes in the area.

The 24-inch natural gas line, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary Sunoco, was buried three feet deep and activated only a week ago on Sept. 3.

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Flo 0912wrpNASA imagery of Hurricane Florence. (Photo: NOAA/NASA/UWM-SSEC-CIMSS/ William Straka III via Flickr)

OLIVIA ROSANE OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

As Hurricane Florence threatens the East Coast, a newly released document shows that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) transferred almost $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show reported Tuesday night.

The document was released by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who said he believed the transfer of $9,755,303 occurred this summer.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 07:40

Take a Knee for Separated Children

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BILL KITCHEN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Journalist Dan Rather no doubt spoke for millions of Americans when he recently tweeted: "This story gnaws at my soul. How could we let this happen in our name?" He was talking about the more than 400 children, some younger than 5, who were taken from their parents at the southern US border and still remain separated five months later, with no end in sight. Public outrage forced Donald Trump to back down for awhile, but if we allow this story to fade from the news, the chances of every child being reunited any time soon, if at all, will fade as well.

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Monday, 10 September 2018 07:07

What Is Happening With Trumpcare?

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JOHN GEYMAN, MD FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Before his inauguration in 2017, Trump made this promise: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. People can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better".  Now, a year-and-a-half later, it is time to test the validity of this promise. Without any question, it is one lie after another.

Republicans and the Trump administration have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after multiple attempts, but have sabotaged it in a number of ways. What we now have is chaos and confusion throughout the system, increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured, health care costs going through the roof, worse patient outcomes as more people forgo care they cannot afford, and increasing bureaucracy as private insurers game the system for maximal profits at the expense of patients and their families.

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OLIVIA ROSANE OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Two environmental groups have filed suit against the U.S. Coast Guard in a Detroit federal district court, arguing that their plan to respond in the case of a Great Lakes pipeline oil spill is inadequate, The Detroit News reported on Aug. 22.

The suit is part of a larger push to shut down Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Huron and Michigan and comes as indigenous activists have set up camps protesting the line that could damage 400 miles of shoreline in a spill.

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ASAD REHMAN, MEENA RAMAN, TOM GOLDTOOTH AND NNIMMO BASSEY FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Killer floods and heat waves have made 2018 another record-setting year as the climate crisis intensifies. The UN climate negotiations in Bangkok (September 4-8), followed by the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco (September 12-14) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, (December) could make 2018 the year that world governments chart a path toward tackling climate change, enhanced ambition and implementation of the Paris Agreement. It could also be the time that global leaders fall dangerously short in reckoning with the climate crisis, condemning millions more to losing their lives and livelihoods.

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Friday, 31 August 2018 07:26

ICE: Trump's Rogue Anti-Immigrant Agency

ICE 0831wrp(Photo: Joe Brusky / Flickr)

BILL BERKOWITZ FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The roguish activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have under gone much greater scrutiny since June, when Donald Trump's implemented his "zero tolerance" immigration policy of separating parents from their children as they crossed the border from Mexico to the United States. Over the course of its relatively brief history, ICE officials and officers have been accused of having "a known history of human rights abuses, and corruption," The Huffington Post's Juan Escalante recently reported. Now, in addition to detaining immigrants by the thousands – many being held at privately run facilities -- ICE is committed to promoting fear in immigrant communities.

According to Escalante, "In the year and a half Trump has been commander in chief, ICE and CBP [Customs and Border Protection] have: Entered homes to detain immigrants without presenting a warrant; Detained immigrant parents in broad daylight as they dropped their children off at school; Lied on official documentation to try to frame a Dreamer as a gang member; [and], Continue to hold young migrant children in detention away from their parents.

For these and many other reasons, many are calling for the abolishment of ICE or, at least, for its complete overhaul.

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