March 26, 2017

GOP Leaders Hold Debt Ceiling Hostage

US Capitol building in Washington DC. (Photo by Tom Harris, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action On Wednesday (September 18), House leaders confirmed that they will not vote to increase the nation’s debt ceiling without an amendment to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year, a measure that faces certain defeat in the Senate and a veto threat from President Obama. The bill will ... Read More »

Fracking And Oil Projects Dunk in Colorado Floods

(Photo by East Boulder County United, via ThinkProgress)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Colorado flooding has not only overwhelmed roads and homes, but also the oil and gas infrastructure stationed in one of the most densely drilled areas in the U.S. Although oil companies have shut down much of their operations in Weld County due to flooding, nearby locals say an unknown amount of ... Read More »

What You Need To Know Before House Vote on Food Stamps

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action   House Republicans plan to vote Wednesday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, the remaining half of the policy traditionally referred to as the farm bill that would deal with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps). The House passed the portion that relates ... Read More »

US Drone War: The Need For A New Story

Protesters oppose US drone war at a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, early this year. (photo by Fibonacci Blue, Creative Commons License)

  There are competing narratives about the US’s drone war in the Waziristan area, a bastion of militants. These narratives have so far failed to gain traction in the public, inside Pakistan and elsewhere. The Pakistani narrative goes like this: the drone attacks are a violation of our national sovereignty. They kill innocent people, including women and children, as collateral ... Read More »

How A Fake PhD Hijacked The Syria Debate

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria expert, made quite an impression on Senator John McCain. During Senate hearings, the former Presidential candidate quoted at length from her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed painting a rosy picture of a mostly secular, pro-Western anti-Assad insurgency. “John, do you agree with Dr. O’Bagy’s ... Read More »

‘Biblical’ Amounts of Rainfall Slam Colorado

Flood water gushing through a street in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 12. (Photo by Kevin Beaty, Creative Commons License)

Massive, historic, “biblical” rainfall cascaded through much of Colorado Thursday (September 12), leaving three people dead and one missing as of Thursday night as a result of the flooding. Up to 8 inches of rain fell across a hundred-mile expanse of Colorado’s Front Range, causing thousands to be evacuated as local streams turned into rampaging torrents. The heavy rains returned to the ... Read More »

De Blasio Leads NYC Mayoral Primary

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  Bill de Blasio edged closer to his victory in the hotly contested Democratic primary for New York City mayoral election on Tuesday, September 10. The Public Advocate had secured 40 percent of the vote with 96 percent of the precincts reporting the results. His nearest competitor was former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26 percent votes. Despite ... Read More »

Unexpected Trends in New York’s Mayoral Race

John Liu and Bill Thompson won six and five endorsements respectively from the ethnic and community media. (Photos by Brock Stoneham via Voices of NY)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got three key newspaper endorsements – The New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post – but her mayoral bid found little support in New York’s ethnic and community media. Frontrunner Bill de Blasio didn’t fare any better. A Voices of NY survey of 30 key community and ethnic papers on the ... Read More »

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslim worshippers coming out of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Members of the Muslim community living in metropolitan New York are expressing a deep sense of shock, disbelief and anger at the latest revelations by the Associated Pressthat the New York City Police Department designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.” Read More »

Deserts’ Photovoltaics Promise

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In the US, a vast glittering Ivanpah solar facility will be commissioned by the end of this summer. It will produce 392 megawatt electricity, making it the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world. In the desert near Abu Dhabi, Middle East’s first large CSP — Shams-I — has already been commissioned, producing 100MW of electricity. The Saudis have bigger and ambitious ... Read More »