News Roundup, February 13th :|: S.O.T.U edition

Flip The Debt campaigns to *truly* fix the debt

National Politics:

 Analysis: Minimum wage plan a new test for Obama
Bid on Minimum Wage Revives Issue That Has Divided Economistsonline.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323511804578300702588937498.html#printMode

The Minimum Wage and Economic Growth

www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/cepr-blog/the-minimum-wage-and-economic-growth

Obama Urges Minimum Wage Increase and First-Ever Indexing

www.thenation.com/blog/172859/obama-urges-minimum-wage-increase-and-first-ever-indexing

Raising Minimum Wage Would Ease Income Gap but Carries Political Risks

www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/us/politics/obama-pushes-for-increase-in-federal-minimum-wage.html?_r=0

Top Republicans Oppose Obama’s Call To Raise The Minimum Wage

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/13/1587381/top-republicans-oppose-minimum-wage

Raise the Minimum Wage! And make it higher than what Obama just proposed

www.newrepublic.com/article/112402

 Obama Retrades Broken First Term Campaign Minimum Wage Promise in State of the Union Address

www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/02/obama-retrades-unmet-first-term-campaign-minimum-wage-promise-in-state-of-the-union-address.html

The Minimum Wage: Time to Start Working On the Next Increase

jaredbernsteinblog.com/the-minimum-wage-time-to-start-working-on-the-next-increase/

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/13/12201/fact-check-state-union

6 Game-Changing Ideas In The State Of The Union

thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/02/13/1587031/6-game-changing-ideas-in-the-state-of-the-union/
http://prospect.org/article/presidents-dream-state

Wonkbook: All about the policies of the State of the Union

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/wonkbook-all-about-the-policies-of-the-state-of-the-union
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/02/12/obama-state-of-the-union-we-can-fix-thi/

 What Obama Said – and what he meant – about Climate Change, War & Civil Liberties

www.nationofchange.org/what-obama-said-and-what-he-meant-about-climate-change-war-and-civil-liberties-1360772856

Rand Paul’s State of the Union tea party response full of red meat

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/13/182928/sen-rand-paul-gives-tea-party.html
www.politico.com/story/2013/02/paul-to-embrace-sequester-immigrants-87537.html
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/02/13/16948919-rand-paul-goes-through-the-motions

Where were Marco Rubio’s new ideas?

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/where-were-marco-rubios-new-ideas
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/marco-rubio-has-learned-nothing/

Let’s All Watch Marco Rubio’s Panicked Drink Of Water In Extreme Slow Motion

deadspin.com/5983866/lets-all-watch-marco-rubios-panicked-drink-of-water-in-extreme-slow-motion
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/13/182901/sen-marco-rubios-swig-of-water.html

The end of western civilization:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/everyone-on-twitter-made-the-exact-same-joke-about-marco-rub

What Do Republicans, Rubio And Rand Have If They Don’t Have Deficits?

blog.ourfuture.org/20130213/what-do-republicans-rubio-and-rand-have-if-they-dont-have-deficits

The GOP’s renewed (and dangerous) push to reform Medicare and Social Security

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/13/the-gops-renewed-and-dangerous-push-to-reform-medicare-and-social-security/
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/medicare/282741-rubio-plugs-gop-medicare-plan

Three ways Obama wants to cut Medicare

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/three-ways-obama-wants-to-cut-medicare

Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security

www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/08/fact-sheet-examples-how-sequester-would-impact-middle-class-families-job


We Can Fix This? In SOTU, Obama Shoves Voting Reform into ‘Sock Drawer,’ Leaving Many Disappointed

www.prwatch.org/news/2013/02/11980/we-can-fix-sotu-obama-shoves-voting-reform-sock-drawer-leaving-many-disappointed

Will the Bauer-Ginsberg Election Reform Commission Improve Our Dismal Election System?

electionlawblog.org/?p=47191
http://www.policyshop.net/home/2013/2/13/the-presidents-call-for-election-reform.html

More Reactions to the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission

electionlawblog.org/?p=47195

Obama Appoints a Controversial GOP Lawyer to His Voting Commission

www.thenation.com/blog/172853/obama-appoints-controversial-gop-lawyer-his-voting-commission

Boxer And Nelson To Co-Sponsor Election Reform Bill

livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/boxer-nelson-to-co-sponsor-election-reform-bill
http://boxer.senate.gov/en/press/releases/120612.cfm


Obama Administration Defends Detention Power in Appeals Court Hearing 

   (here’s unfortunate justification of Obama-loathing rightwing reactionaries’ paranoia)www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/14486-obama-administration-defends-detention-power-in-appeals-court-hearingTransparency in the State of the Union 2013, not much to celebratesunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/02/13/transparency-in-the-state-of-the-union-2013/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/02/12/state-of-the-union-president-obama-pledges-counterterrorism-transparency-sure/
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/02/obamas-empty-promises-transparency-national-security

 Obama gift-wraps the SEC — Mary Jo White isn’t just a semi-compromised corporate crony. She’s the embodiment of a corrupt Wall Street culture

www.salon.com/2013/02/11/obama_gift_wraps_the_sec/

The staff memo for Thursday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the implementation of Wall Street reform

http://bit.ly/V4Qr3O

Will Ron Johnson and Elizabeth Warren Pair Up to End ‘Too Big to Fail’?

www.nationalreview.com/corner/340570/will-johnson-and-warren-pair-end-too-big-fail-katrina-trinko

State of the Union: Four worrisome issues for 2014 Democrats

dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=FF9EEF15-8319-4AE7-A537-192BECFACBD6

Obama’s Record On Political Money One Of Ambivalence

www.npr.org/2013/02/12/171837297/obamas-record-on-political-money-one-of-ambivalence

 Ron Wyden: Campaign Disclosure Reform Chances ‘Greater Than Ever Before’

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/ron-wyden-campaign-disclosure_n_2663981.html?1360619843

Capital Eye Opener, Feb. 13: Obama Donors Picked for Plum Slots, and GOP Tweets Bilingually

www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/02/capital-eye-opener-feb-13.html

NRA Responds To ‘Connecticut Effect’ Controversy, Falsely Claims No Association With Wisconsin Lobbyist

thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/12/1581421/nra-responds-connecticut-effect/
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/connecticut-effect-nra-bob-welch.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

K Street Files: Giffords PAC Hires Seasoned Strategists

www.rollcall.com/news/k_street_files_giffords_pac_hires_seasoned_strategists-222346-1.html

This headline makes me respect Dave Weigel all the more:
  The Biz vs. the Nuge

www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/02/13/the_biz_vs_the_nuge.html
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/nugent-i-will-be-taking-on-media-orgy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/11/the-problem-runs-a-lot-deeper-than-ted-nugent/

Tea Party super-PAC girds for coming primary clashes with Karl Rove group

thehill.com/homenews/campaign/282407-tea-party-pac-girds-for-coming-primary-clashes-with-rove-group

 The GOP “civil war” is going to make both sides rich — Karl Rove and the conservative movement’s never-ending gravy train

www.salon.com/2013/02/11/the_gop_civil_war_is_going_to_make_both_sides_rich/

Club for Growth Bites Back at Barbour’s Critique

atr.rollcall.com/club-for-growth-bites-back-at-haley-barbours-critique/
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/340464/barbour-goes-war-club-growth-robert-costa

Wisconsining:

Daily Reporter. Tribe threatens state’s mining plans.

Ashland Listening Session Sends Strong Message: “There Will Be No Mine”

      wcmcoop.com/2013/02/12/ashland-listening-session-sends-strong-message-there-will-be-no-mine/

WJFW. Medford Rep. Williams hopes to keep mining costs to towns in check.

 Riverway sand mine applicant cited for DNR violations

      host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/mike_ivey/riverway-sand-mine-applicant-cited-for-dnr-violations/article_9f502cae-7559-11e2-815b-001a4bcf887a.html

MPS board committee to consider contract with non-union charter operator

www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/190875541.html

The politics of Wisconsin’s declining union membership

www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/190545131.html

Has Paul Ryan remained consistent in talking about what he calls society’s “takers” and “makers?”   Nope.

www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/feb/13/paul-ryan/has-ryan-remained-consistent-talking-about-what-h-/

Walker Administration Sued over Free Speech in the Capitol

www.progressive.org/walker-admin-sued-over-free-speech

 Judge’s offer to recuse himself because of own protest past delays Capitol sing-along case

host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/steven_elbow/judge-s-offer-to-recuse-himself-because-of-own-protest/article_94772ec8-755d-11e2-9d96-001a4bcf887a.html

Ultrasound bill a ‘priority’ for anti-abortion lawmakers: The proposed bill would require all women to have an ultrasound and be told of the image details prior to an abortion.

host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/jessica_vanegeren/ultrasound-bill-a-priority-for-anti-abortion-lawmakers/article_2b0b20aa-755f-11e2-98f2-001a4bcf887a.html

The Wisconsin Capitol is a friendly place right now for those who oppose abortion.

That’s the message Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Conference attendees repeatedly heard Tuesday from the state’s top two Republican lawmakers, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

“We are in a very good place in Wisconsin,” Vos said. “We have a pro-life Legislature, pro-life governor in Scott Walker and a pro-life attorney general (J.B. Van Hollen). We can all wrap our arms around this agenda.”

And it sounds like the first bill to get a warm reception from Republicans will be what’s being dubbed the “Woman’s Right to Know her Unborn Child Act.”

Wisconsin NRA lobbyist’s remarks rile gun-control advocates

              www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/190881341.html

              http://www.salon.com/2013/02/11/nra_dismisses_push_for_gun_control_as_the_connecticut_effect/

In Wausau, An NRA Convention Helps Distribute Literature Calling For Secession And Civil War

     thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/12/1568991/nra-civil-war

DPW. Secession? More Scott Walker Tea Party distractions.

Former Police Officer: “We Are Not At War”

www.progressive.org/former-police-officer-we-are-not-at-war

Medical examiner advised assistant to leave after Derek Williams ruling

www.jsonline.com/news/crime/anger-from-politicians-led-to-exit-me-official-testifies-at-derek-williams-inquest-n98ogtk-190864491.html

Gov. Walker. Investing $14 million in Wisconsin: Protecting the innocent and seeking justice for victims.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker proposes boost in state budget for DNA collection. Wisconsin State Journal.

Wausau Daily Herald. Editorial: It’s not too late to accept Medicaid expansion.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker to announces a middle path on BadgerCare expansion under health law.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Media reports on Walker BadgerCare plans disturbing.

 Conflict of interest rules vary among state Medicaid drug programs

www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/190687731.html

 Wisconsin Assembly backs amendment to protect transportation fund

host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/wisconsin-assembly-backs-amendment-to-protect-transportation-fund/article_292cf17e-7554-11e2-994d-001a4bcf887a.html
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/assembly-expected-to-back-constitutional-amendment-on-transportation-fund-raids-es8og5c-190863431.html

Julie Lassa: Bills will help Wisconsin get in on manufacturing boom

bizopinion.wisbusiness.com/2013/02/julie-lassa-bills-will-help-wisconsin.html

DNR Sec. Stepp. Statement on lawsuit to re-list Western Great Lakes wolves

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. U.S. Sen. Johnson links Democrats to Marxists.

State of the Union responses: U.S. Rep. Ribble. U.S. Rep. Moore. U.S. Rep. Ryan.

Fox 11. Wisconsin lawmakers react to president’s speech.

White House. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address – as prepared for delivery. Excerpts. U.S. Sen. Baldwin. U.S. Rep. Kind.

Blogger Jeff Simpson pounces on the Scott Walker administration over the news that a cleaning company it hired to clean marble at the Capitol caused considerable damage to the surface. Another example of privatization not working, he says, noting that an out-of-state crew did the job. He also notes the irony of the now-damaged Capitol given the supposed damage inflicted by protesters over Act 10.

 Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life

       host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/wisconsin-scientists-help-search-for-alien-life/article_6c7a22fe-af8e-5e44-b228-f30835048808.html

Right-wing:

Media Trackers:
Wisconsin Physicians and Privately Insured Subsidize Medicaid
       mediatrackers.org/2013/02/12/wisconsin-physicians-and-privately-insured-subsidize-medicaid/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediaTrackers+(Media+Trackers)
Medicaid Patients Get Terrible Care, Democrats Overlook Facts
      mediatrackers.org/2013/02/12/medicaid-patients-get-terrible-care-democrats-overlook-facts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediaTrackers+(Media+Trackers)
Left Side of Medicaid Debate Becomes Fact-Free Zone
     mediatrackers.org/2013/02/12/left-side-of-medicaid-debate-becomes-fact-free-zone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediaTrackers+(Media+Trackers)
Far-Left Flocks to Supreme Court candidate Fallone
     mediatrackers.org/2013/02/13/far-left-flocks-to-supreme-court-candidate-fallone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediaTrackers+(Media+Trackers)
MacIver:
Chart of the Day – Is The President’s New Spending Based On Faulty Assumptions?
      www.maciverinstitute.com/2013/02/chart-of-the-day-1/
Generous Federal FoodShare Eligibility Could Neutralize Work Requirements
       www.maciverinstitute.com/2013/02/generous-foodshare-eligibility-could-neutralize-work-requirements/
Wisconsin Reporter:
Walker wants money for DNA testing, GPS tracking
       watchdog.org/69142/walker-wants-money-for-dna-testing-gps-tracking/
 
12 things the president won’t say
       watchdog.org/69096/12-things-the-president-wont-say/
Is WI’s Walker kicking around a hybrid Medicaid expansion plan?
       watchdog.org/69120/is-wis-walker-kicking-around-a-hybrid-medicaid-expansion-plan
National News:

The Rich Continue to Get Richer: the Top 1% Got 121% of Income Gains Since 2009

www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/02/yes-virginia-the-rich-continue-to-get-richer-the-1-got-121-of-income-gains-since-2009.html

Git ’em!   Where The US Top 5% Live

globalsociology.com/2013/02/12/where-the-us-top-5-live/

“Flip The Debt” Protesters Confront CEO and “Fix the Debt” Leader over Corporate Tax Breaks

truth-out.org/news/item/14487-protesters-confront-ceo-and-fix-the-debt-leader-over-corporate-tax-breaks

Another Study Confirms That Taxes And Regulations Aren’t Holding Back Job Creation

http://www.frbsf.org/publications/economics/letter/2013/el2013-04.html
thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/11/1573441/no-regulations-and-taxes-aren039t-holding-back-the-economy/

New report details how unemployed workers are hit with one-two punch: as states cut weeks off unemployment programs, losses in federal aid follow.

http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/2013/Policy-Brief-States-Cut-UI-Weeks.pdf?nocdn=1

 State Tax Systems Need to Become More Progressive, Not Less

www.policyshop.net/home/2013/2/13/state-tax-systems-need-to-become-more-progressive-not-less.html

 Mr. Lew: How Would You Run the Financial Stability Oversight Council?

www.sifma.org/news/blog.aspx?id=8589941984&blogid=8589936046

8 Subjects Senators Should Bring Up At Jack Lew’s Confirmation Hearing

blog.ourfuture.org/20130212/8-subjects-senators-should-bring-up-at-lew-hearing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/five-questions-for-treasury-nominee-jack-lew/?wprss=rss_ezra-klein
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/02/12/182844/cayman-account-dogs-jacob-lew.html

Hey Congress: Pre-K is a better investment than the stock market

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/hey-congress-pre-k-is-a-better-investment-than-the-stock-market/?wprss=rss_ezra-klein
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/sarameads_policy_notebook/2013/02/state_of_the_union_calls_for_universal_pre-k.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW

The State of the Kindergarteners Should Be Strong

prospect.org/article/state-kindergarteners-should-be-strong
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112403/state-union-2013-obamas-universal-pre-kindergarten-plan

How Head Start Can Make a Difference

economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/how-head-start-can-make-a-difference/?scp=37&sq=&st=nyt

Michelle Rhee And The Relentless Marketing Of Education ‘Reform’

blog.ourfuture.org/20130212/michelle-rhee-and-the-relentless-marketing-of-education-reform

Public schools lose millions to crooks, cheaters

www.tampabay.com/news/education/public-schools-lose-millions-to-crooks-and-cheaters/1274614

Attorney-client meeting room was bugged, Navy lawyer testifies at Guantánamo

www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/12/3230370/tech-talk-whos-listening-in-guantanamo.html

Unusual Moves in Confronting Apple’s Huge Pile of $140 Billion in Cash

dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/unusual-moves-in-confronting-apples-mountain-of-cash/

IRS Wins Big Tax Ruling against Bank of New York Mellon

www.propublica.org/article/irs-wins-big-tax-ruling-against-bank-of-new-york-mellon

Big Banks Are Told to Review Their Own Foreclosures

dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/big-banks-are-told-to-review-their-own-foreclosures/?hpw

SAC Probe Said to Be Hampered by Auto-Deleted E-Mails

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/sac-probe-said-to-be-hampered-by-auto-deleted-e-mails.html

Disparate Impact and Fair Housing: Seven Cases You Should Know

www.propublica.org/article/disparate-impact-and-fair-housing-seven-cases-you-should-know

Counterparties: A minimal vision at Barclays

blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/02/12/counterparties-a-minimal-vision-at-barclays/

States Gear Up to Pitch Health Exchange Plans

online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323511804578300532327035860.html?mod=rss_US_News

*Remember that 6-week ban turned 12-week ban making its way through the Arkansas state legislature? It’s being further delayed while more changes are considered.
*Also in Arkansas, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into a law a bill to ban insurance exchanges created under Obamacare from covering abortion.
*In Virginia, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is working to make sure that the insurance exchanges created in that state are banned from covering abortion, but the Virginian-Pilot is reporting that even some Republicans are skeptical of the move.
*In Colorado, Democrats defeated in committee a Republican-backed bill that would have required doctors to investigate why a woman was seeking an abortion.
*A similar bill has been proposed in Kansas this year, too and is seen as likely to be passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
*Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering a bill that would tighten the state’s existing parental notification law for girls under age 18 seeking abortion.
*In Arizona, a federal judge has overturned the state’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure had already been blocked, pending this week’s ruling.

Gun Lobby Helps Block Data Collection by Crimefighters

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/gun-lobby-helps-block-data-collection-by-crimefighters.html

The Stronger the Outrage After Bloodshed, the Greater the Gun Surge

www.nationofchange.org/stronger-outrage-after-bloodshed-greater-gun-surge-1360771641

The faces behind the numbers: Six victims of long weekend’s gun violence

openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/11/16928534-the-faces-behind-the-numbers-six-victims-of-long-weekends-gun-violence


Greek Factory Under Workers Control

www.thenation.com/blog/172852/greek-factory-under-workers-control

The Breach of Security that Revealed the Secret World of the Vatican

www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201303/spy-in-the-house-of-lords-march-2013?printable=true

 Price for a New Hip? Many Hospitals Are Stumped

well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/price-for-a-new-hip-many-hospitals-are-stumped/

Jaime Rosenthal, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, called more than 100 hospitals in every state last summer, seeking prices for a hip replacement for a 62-year-old grandmother who was uninsured but had the means to pay herself.
The quotes she received might surprise even hardened health care economists: only about half of the hospitals, including top-ranked orthopedic centers and community hospitals, could provide any sort of price estimate, despite repeated calls. Those that could gave quotes that varied by a factor of more than 10, from $11,100 to $125,798.

Environment:

State Of Denial: More Dirty Energy Policies Expected From Koch-Fueled Marco Rubio

thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/12/1575041/marco-rubio-sotu-response/

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/13/12184/epa-unaware-industry-ties-cancer-review-panel

Ouster of scientist from EPA panel shows industry clout

www.publicintegrity.org/2013/02/13/12199/ouster-scientist-epa-panel-shows-industry-clout

Obama gives Congress a climate change ultimatum

www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/13/us-obama-speech-climate-idUSBRE91C09T20130213
http://grist.org/politics/obama-if-congress-wont-act-on-climate-change-i-will/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/12/cap_and_trade_obama_proposes_bipartisan_market_based_solution_to_climate.html

 In address, a pledge to fight global warming

thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/282697-obama-vows-executive-climate-push-but-many-specifics-remain-absent
http://grist.org/politics/from-obamas-speech-four-ambitious-climate-and-energy-proposals/

Obama wants to double U.S. energy efficiency by 2030. Is that possible?

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/13/obama-wants-to-double-u-s-energy-efficiency-by-2030-how-is-that-possible
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/02/12/energy-efficiency-stressed/?wprss=rss_politics

Huge Climate Change Rally Targets Keystone XL Pipeline

news.yahoo.com/huge-climate-change-rally-targets-keystone-xl-pipeline-200500820.html
http://action.sierraclub.org/site/PageServer?pagename=forwardonclimate_solidarityrallies

Why Organized Labor Must Stand Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

www.occupy.com/article/why-organized-labor-must-stand-against-keystone-xl-pipeline

 Sierra Club chief & others to risk arrest over oil pipeline

host.madison.com/news/national/government-and-politics/sierra-club-chief-to-risk-arrest-over-oil-pipeline/article_60e42dc0-04b3-596f-b797-b02de1059b14.html
http://ecowatch.org/2013/kennedy-mckibben-risk-arrest/

Fracking Threatens OPEC as U.S. Output at 20-Year High

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/fracking-threatens-opec-as-u-s-output-at-20-year-high.html

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Show Senate Leaders’ Split

www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-12/exporting-u-s-natural-gas-show-senate-leaders-split.html

Toxic sludge, polluted water can be byproducts of making solar panels

www.djc.com/news/en/12049909.html

 Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields?

www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/02/do-gmo-crops-have-lower-yields

Genetic Roulette is a 2012 documentary on Monsanto & GMOs

http://geneticroulettemovie.com
http://www.willamettelive.com/2013/wellness/are-you-a-guinea-pig-film-suggests-you-just-might-be/

 States have varying success with GM labeling bills

www.agprofessional.com/news/States-have-varying-success-with-GM-labeling-bills-190435681.html

Connecticut will again try passing a GMO food-labeling bill

www.digitaljournal.com/article/343131

Report Confirms Food Corps Using Junk, Misleading Science to Protect Profits

naturalsociety.com/report-confirms-food-corps-using-junk-misleading-science-profits

Media:

After Instagram controversy, a watchdog site tracks shifting Terms of Service — Docracy tracks changes across thousands of Terms of Service agreements, with surprising resultswww.theverge.com/2013/2/6/3951050/tracking-terms-of-service-changes-to-catch-the-next-instagramOkay. Weird.  Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a hashtagwww.cnn.com/2013/02/11/tech/social-media/twitter-hashtag-purchases/
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/02/raise-your-hand-if-you-think-buying-stuff-hashtags-good-idea/62025/

How Fear of a Cyber Pearl Harbor Is Uniting Washington

www.nationaljournal.com//tech/how-fear-of-a-cyber-pearl-harbor-is-uniting-washington-20130212
http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-signs-executive-order-to-protect-against-cyber-attack

5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago

www.poynter.org/latest-news/media-lab/mobile-media/204107/5-reasons-mobile-will-disrupt-journalism-like-the-internet-did-a-decade-ago/

Glenn Kessler and the Neverending End of ‘Fact-Checking’

www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/glen-kessler-state-of-the-union/62097/

 A fresh view of George Orwell: Honoring the reissue of several works, a reevaluation of Politics and the English Language

www.salon.com/2013/02/10/lets_take_another_look_at_george_orwell_shall_we_partner/

 Al Jazeera hires lobby firm DLA Piper

thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/282533-al-jazeera-hires-lobby-firm-dla-piper-

Kabletown purchases the last 49% of NBC they didn’t already own

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/comcast-buying-g-e-s-stake-in-nbcuniversal-for-16-7-billion
dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/comcasts-nbcuniversal-deal/

Jonah Lehrer apologizes, makes everyone angrier

www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/204136/jonah-lehrer-apologizes-makes-everyone-angrier/
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/regret-the-error/204097/lehrer-falls-into-familiar-pattern-fails-to-face-his-reckoning/

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