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At EPA: Trump’s nominee and 15,000 or so counterweights

—Scott Pruitt, the nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is just one man who, if confirmed by the Senate, will be steering a ve…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 1:33 pm @ http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Inhabit/2016/…




He Waged Intimidation Campaigns Against Climate Scientists; Now He’s Helping Trump Remake the EPA

Many of the leading scientists working on climate change research around the country have found themselves targeted by David Schnare, an attor…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 1:01 pm @ https://theintercept.com/2016/12/09/david-schnare-trump/

A Climate Denier Will Lead The NASA Transition

December 9th, 2016 by Guest Contributor 

Published: December 9, 2016 - 12:58 pm @ https://cleantechnica.com/2016/12/09/climate-denie…

Mistakes at Pearl Harbor Lost the War for Japan

History 2016-12-07Seventy-five years ago today, Japanese carrier-based airplanes swept over the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and inflicted …

Published: December 9, 2016 - 11:31 am @ https://www.commentarymagazine.com/culture-civiliz…

Jeff Sessions, Trump's Attorney General Pick, Introduced First Bill to Exempt Fracking from Drinking Water Rules

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, introduced the first so-called “Halliburt…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 7:55 am @ https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/12/07/jeff-session…

Decrypting the Japanese Cipher Couldn’t Prevent Pearl Harbor

Purple, Magic failed to give enough warning.

Published: December 9, 2016 - 5:22 am @ https://www.insidescience.org/news/decrypting-japa…

Environment Canada shy about announcing contract for upgraded weather radar

The federal government has quietly awarded an $83-million contract to outfit Environment Canada with a new national network of weather radar systems.

Published: December 8, 2016 - 6:36 pm @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/environment-canada…

Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs

Lucid Motors, a Menlo Park, Calif., EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in…

Published: December 7, 2016 - 11:46 am @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20161207/OEM05/161…

Newspaper's Expose on Pentagon Waste Draws Mixed Reviews

With the words “exclusive” and “Bob Woodward” on top of its story, The Washington Post’s Tuesday expose on a “buried” Pentagon study that iden…

Published: December 7, 2016 - 11:14 am @ http://www.govexec.com/defense/2016/12/post-expose…


Where is the world's most 'godless' city?

Discovering how many people in a given city believe in God (or not) is an almost superhuman task. In territories controlled or influenced by I…

Published: December 7, 2016 - 6:35 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/07/whe…

Renewable energy is here to stay: The industry has grown up, and it’s too big to kill

If you’re an American environmentalist, there’s a lot to be sober about these days. The crippling defeat of progressive politics in the Novemb…

Published: December 7, 2016 - 6:05 am @ http://www.salon.com/2016/12/07/americas-renewable…

SO THE WASHINGTON POST’S PETULA DVORAK WRITES ON “FAKE NEWS” AND COMMITS . . . FAKE NEWS: Five ye…

SO THE WASHINGTON POST’S PETULA DVORAK WRITES ON “FAKE NEWS” AND COMMITS . . . FAKE NEWS: Five years ago, it wasn’t fake news but an equally c…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 7:46 pm @ https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/251135/

If Democrats try to oppose James Mattis for Defense Secretary, it's not going to go well for them

If the Democrats choose to oppose the nomination of Gen. James Mattis for Defense Secretary, it's probably not going to go well for them — reg…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 5:15 pm @ http://www.businessinsider.com/democrats-mattis-de…

What It’s Like to Be an Immigration Attorney in the Final Weeks Before the Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s formal ascension to the presidency is still weeks away, but for non-Americans living in America, fears of what he will do once …

Published: December 6, 2016 - 4:45 pm @ https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/…

Trump Taps Advocate For Anti-LGBT Policies for Health and Human Services

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to be the administration’s nominee for director of Health and Human Services.

Published: December 6, 2016 - 4:14 pm @ https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/12/05/tru…

'Underhanded' tactics? Op-eds opposing 9/11 bill look very similar

Newspaper op-ed sections across the country have in recent weeks carried impassioned columns opposing a controversial law allowing families of…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 4:12 pm @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/06/underha…

Minnesota’s nondiscrimination protections are the latest target for anti-LGBT law firm

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is back with yet another suit trying to overturn a law protecting LGBT people from discrimination. This t…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 3:12 pm @ https://thinkprogress.org/adf-telescope-discrimina…

Book Review: Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones

In Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, Reece Jones argues that the deaths of people attempting to cross international borders are…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 2:42 pm @ http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2016/12/06…

Arizona's Undocumented Queers are Ready for Trump

PHOENIX — This city is known for its dry heat, but to some activists, it’s known as “dry hate." So for activists like Dago Bailon of Trans Que…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 1:10 pm @ http://www.advocate.com/politics/2016/12/06/arizon…

A Climate Denier is Leading the NASA Transition

Scientists and policy watchers have been sounding the alarm bell that NASA’s climate work could be in jeopardy ever since Donald Trump’s elect…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 12:37 pm @ http://www.climatecentral.org/news/climate-denier-…

Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change

Even before the election of Donald Trump, it was clear that states and cities — what climate nerds call “subnational actors” — are central to …

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:30 am @ http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/12/6/13…

Major Vets’ Org Launches New Effort To Take Down Political Correctness And Protect First Amendment

5359599One of the nation’s leading veterans organizations is launching a new effort to fight political correctness engulfing the country and p…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:29 am @ http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/05/major-vets-org-l…

An Open Letter from Scientists to President-Elect Trump on Climate Change

President-elect Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America's climate and clean energy policies, and appointed …

Published: December 6, 2016 - 7:29 am @ https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/…


CNN Hypes Concerns Trump Will Put Muslims in 'Internment Camps'

Monday's New Day on CNN ran a pre-recorded report by correspondent Kyung Lah in which she highlighted two Japanese-American women who suffered…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 5:25 am @ http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/brad-wilmouth/…

How white supremacist hatred drives acts of violence against powerful women

Last Wednesday, Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black people at a prayer meeting in a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, last…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 3:51 am @ http://www.salon.com/2016/12/06/how-white-supremac…

Left-Wing Daily Show Host Jon Stewart Says Obama Bad on Press Freedom and Left’s Racebaiting ‘Has to Stop’

Jon Stewart, former host of the left-wing Comedy Network cable TV show, “The Daily Show,” had a LOT to say during a recent interview with New …

Published: December 5, 2016 - 10:15 pm @ http://constitution.com/left-wing-daily-show-host-…

Oregon Man Convicted Under Revenge Porn Law Claims It Is Unconstitutional

Oregon passed a revenge porn bill in June of last year criminalizing the “unlawful dissemination of [an] intimate image” of a person with the …

Published: December 5, 2016 - 9:14 pm @ http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/12/05/or…

Why Shinzo Abe Is Really Going to Visit Pearl Harbor

No one is better at burying a story than Japanese officials.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (Liberal Democratic Party) soberly remembers th…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 7:41 pm @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/05/w…

What Democrats Need: Something Old and Something New

Just a few weeks ago, the Republican Party was bracing for the end of what most observers considered a disastrous election season: Unlikely no…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 6:40 pm @ http://billmoyers.com/story/democrats-need-somethi…

What It’s Like to Be an Immigration Attorney in the Final Weeks Before the Trump Presidency

Donald Trump’s formal ascension to the presidency is still weeks away, but for non-Americans living in America, fears of what he will do once …

Published: December 5, 2016 - 2:33 pm @ http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/1…

Saudi officials announce 4 new MERS cases

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported four new MERS-CoV cases in the past 3 days, including two from the holy city Medina, as the W…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 2:01 pm @ http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2016/12…

U.S. retailers value enthusiasm over experience for holiday hires

This U.S. holiday shopping season, wearing the brand is more likely to help get you a job in a store than experience, as retailers look for en…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 1:02 pm @ http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-holidayshopp…

Stripes funds restaurant chain Snooze

Stripes Group has made an undisclosed investment in breakfast and brunch chain Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. In conjunction with the funding, Stripe…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 11:59 am @ https://www.pehub.com/2016/12/stripes-funds-restau…

Phoenix Receives Third Consecutive Top Digital City Award : South Mountain News

The City of Phoenix has again ranked nationally for using digital solutions to improve citizen engagement. Phoenix placed third among cities o…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 11:28 am @ http://somonews.com/archives/30658

Why Russia Is Using the Internet to Undermine Western Democracy

At a recent international meeting on internet freedom and democracy, one of the chairs made an unusual request: He asked contributors to share…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 11:27 am @ http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_te…

'I trusted them fully': Man, 92, says own children took his millions

Pete Stoopnikoff, 92, was a self-made millionaire, but now he says he can't afford to put gas in his car because two of his children took near…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 7:54 am @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/sen…

Mapping the Uneven Benefits of Electric Vehicles

If you only listened to electric-vehicle evangelists like Elon Musk, Boris Johnson, or Justin Bieber, you might think EVs were the most eco-fr…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 7:55 am @ http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/12/the-surpris…

Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

National Harbor, Md. – Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissi…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 7:53 am @ http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/mlb/brewers/2…

Fake Cowboys and Real Indians

For most of this past week, a winter storm has lashed at the North Dakota prairie camp where the Standing Rock Sioux are making a stand to kee…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 7:24 am @ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/opinion/fake-cow…

The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities

Over the last few years, the way Americans move around has changed remarkably, especially among young people. Previously the automobile was pe…

Published: December 5, 2016 - 6:23 am @ http://www.archdaily.com/800496/the-economic-and-s…

Breaking Report: Trump Campaign Allegedly Violated Constitutional Law to Alter Election Results. Penalties Include Prison Time if Charged.

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you nee…

Published: December 4, 2016 - 11:46 pm @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/breaking-repor…

The backstory on Standing Rock, the federal government, and tribal sovereignty

Police in riot gear forming a wall across a road. Water cannons spraying water protectors in the night. The movement to stop the Dakota Access…

Published: December 4, 2016 - 2:37 pm @ http://grist.org/article/the-backstory-on-standing…

Trump Threatens 35% Import Tax Which Would Be A Total Disaster

I know the new populist wing of the GOP likes the idea of threatening companies with an import tax, but Donald Trump’s threat to do it is one …

Published: December 4, 2016 - 12:36 pm @ http://www.redstate.com/jaycaruso/2016/12/04/trump…

Churches Prepare to Shelter Immigrants from Trump

Evangelical and Catholic churches across the U.S. are worried their pews will be emptied out by Donald Trump’s deportation plans—and some say …

Published: December 4, 2016 - 12:05 pm @ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/04/w…

Roger Pielke Jr.: My unhappy life as a climate heretic

My research was attacked by thought police in journalism, activist groups funded by billionaires and even the White House.

Published: December 4, 2016 - 12:04 pm @ https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/04/roger-pielk…

Chris Rock bringing 'Total Black Out' comedy tour to Phoenix for two shows

PHOENIX - It has been nine years since Chris Rock took his comedy show on the road. That stretch ended this week after the actor and comedian …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 2:37 am @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/chris-ro…

Arizona politician claims he's been offered White House position on social media

PHOENIX — A state senator from Arizona claimed on social media last week that he has been offered a post in President-elect Donald Trump’s Whi…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 10:39 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1385375/arizona-politician-b…

Don't judge this Phoenix bilingual bookstore by just its cover

PHOENIX - A new bilingual bookstore in Phoenix is one-of-a-kind and filling a void in the community.

Published: December 9, 2016 - 9:03 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Suspect in No-Tel Motel homicide in custody

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Published: December 9, 2016 - 8:03 pm @ http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/34019421/suspec…



Phoenix firefighters: Woman hospitalized with burns after house fire

PHOENIX - Emergency crews are trying to revive someone on the scene of a house fire.

Published: December 9, 2016 - 4:32 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…


Tucson police arrest stabbing suspect

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Published: December 9, 2016 - 1:30 pm @ http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/34016940/tucson…


California judge rejects pimping charges against website heads, citing free speech

A California judge rejected pimping charges on Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:31 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/10/ba…

For the Record's week in review: Trump's many hats

This week Donald Trump added some more people to his Cabinet (he’s now well over halfway done) and had a lot more meetings — more than 90 acco…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 4:58 am @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpoli…

Former Trump critics make up a parade of shame at Trump Tower

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan made the pilgrimage Friday morning that many former critics of Donald Trump have made since the election: up to Tru…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 7:23 pm @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-tru…

Trump taps open borders zealot to head Department of Labor

be more like Bush on immigration. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Yet, that is exactly the sentiment expressed by Trump’s choice to head …

Published: December 9, 2016 - 7:21 pm @ https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016…

Trump Taps Fast-Food CEO, Big ObamaCare Foe, To Head Labor Department

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named Andy Puzder, who runs the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains as CEO of CKE Restaurants, t…

Published: December 9, 2016 - 7:07 pm @ http://www.investors.com/politics/trump-taps-fast-…


Ohio GOP Moves to Stop Cleveland From Making Its Own Laws

Time for some disempowerment in Ohio. At a gangbusters lame-duck legislative session, Ohio Republicans have passed an anti-local omnibus bill …

Published: December 9, 2016 - 4:21 pm @ http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/12/09/ohi…

Architect Helps Shape City's Growth Through Collaboration

More than a decade ago architect Mark Ryan frequently had to drive to go out to lunch from his office space in Roosevelt Row.

Published: December 7, 2016 - 2:40 pm @ http://downtownphoenixjournal.com/2016/12/05/archi…

Restaurant Report Card: 11 Valley restaurants fail health inspection in November

On the first Wednesday of every month, ABC15 takes action to share restaurant report cards from around the Valley.

Published: December 7, 2016 - 11:45 am @ http://www.abc15.com/money/restaurant-report-card-…

Tempe Public Market Cafe coming to south Tempe next summer

Aaron Chamberlain, the chef behind St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market Cafe in Phoenix, plans to open a third restaurant this summer: Tempe …

Published: December 7, 2016 - 11:46 am @ http://mouthbysouthwest.com/2016/12/07/tempe-publi…

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Flames engulf Phoenix hoarder house; firefighters can't make access

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - A passerby noticed a house filled with smoke Saturday morning and notified the fire department. It turned out the fire i…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 10:02 am @ http://www.cbs5az.com/story/34021630/hoarder-house…

What if the internet could make Casey Affleck the last Casey Affleck?

If you buy into the current hype around this year’s Academy Awards, Casey Affleck is the current front-runner for Best Actor. He’s already won…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:43 am @ http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/8/13836786/casey-a…

California judge rejects pimping charges against website heads, citing free speech

A California judge rejected pimping charges on Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:31 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/10/ba…

Phoenix fire crews battling 1st-alarm fire at confirmed hoarder home

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department was called out to a house fire near 19th Avenue and Bell Road early Saturday morning. After arriving on …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:31 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/nor…

Portland slaps stiffer taxes on companies where CEO earns 100 times what workers do

Portland, Ore., city council passed a law Wednesday that will charge businesses a higher tax rate if their chief executive officer gets paid m…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 9:01 am @ http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/portland-ceo-pay-1.3886955

Gael García Bernal and Pablo Larraín: 'Trump has the nuclear codes but we have a camera'

Latin American cinema can and must challenge the “racism and hatred” embodied by Donald Trump’s ascent to the White House, according to two of…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:43 am @ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/dec/09/gael-…

Veterans Affairs officials to visit Phoenix, Tucson

PHOENIX - Officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting meetings and open houses in Phoenix and Tucson this upcoming …

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:40 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Route 66: Decay and resilience along iconic US highway

Tucumcari, New Mexico - Muhammad Malik stands behind a cluttered desk, his words punctuated by a soft ding as his forearm glances the dusty re…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:12 am @ http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/12/…

Space, Seen Through a Window

Astronauts have countless official tasks to accomplish once they’re up and out of Earth’s atmosphere. But space walkers need hobbies, too. “If…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:11 am @ http://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/space-seen-t…

Michigan’s new self-driving car rules are the most permissive in the US

Slowly but surely, states across the US are moving to allow the testing, and eventual sale, of self-driving cars. Today, Dec. 9, Michigan’s go…

Published: December 10, 2016 - 8:00 am @ http://qz.com/859705/michigans-new-self-driving-ca…

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