Monthly Archives: October 2013

Large Majority of Americans Blame Republicans in Congress for Government Shutdown

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By John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove – In addition to the estimated $24 billion impact on the country’s economy, public opinion surveys show the government shutdown has dragged down confidence in the country’s direction, support for incumbent politicians, and Americans’ views of the Republican Party, according to the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research National…

Federal Government Back to Work after Congress Passes Budget Deal

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By Glynn Wilson – Federal agencies began to reopen Thursday morning after Congress finally ended a rancorous funding fight that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and drove the United States to the brink of financial default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky,…

Auburn Scientists Confirm Deadly Bacteria in BP Tar Balls

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By Glynn Wilson – The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter, prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of…

New Study Documents Consequences of Climate Change on North American Forests

By Glynn Wilson – Climate change due to human induced global warming from the burning of fossil fuels makes North American forests more vulnerable to insects and disease, according to a new study published by a team of researchers from Dartmouth University in the journal Ecological Monographs. After reviewing about 500 scientific studies dating back…

Even Conservative Judges Now Say ‘To Hell With Congress’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s so quiet and cool on the porch oh so far from Washington that if you could avoid television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, you might be able to forget that the federal government is shut down and people are hurting as a result. I find it…

A Government Shutdown Game Without Winners

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – As the shutdown of the federal government drags on, Americans are angry. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching with nervous disbelief as we edge toward defaulting on our debts. And with each additional day the shutdown continues, the damage gets worse. The national parks, of course,…

Republican Party Favorability Rating Sinks to Record Low

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By Glynn Wilson – While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by only 28 percent of Americans, down from 38 percent in September, the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking…

The Butterfly Effect and Climate Change

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By Glynn Wilson – LAKE GUNTERSVILLE STATE PARK, Ala. — In a scene near the end of the film Havana, Robert Redford as the professional poker player Jack Weil mentions the Butterfly Effect from Chaos Theory when saying his final goodbye to Lena Olin as Bobby Durán. “I believe it,” he says. “I believe a…

Tropical Storm Forms in Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane Watches Issued

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Good thing National Weather Service employees are considered “essential” and won’t be furloughed during the government shutdown. Aircraft reconnaissance now shows that a tropical disturbance in the southern Gulf of Mexico has intensified into a tropical storm, which is expected to continue to strengthen into Hurricane Karen. Tropical storm and hurricane watches are now in…

How Did We End Up With Another Government Shutdown Republicans Said They Didn’t Want?

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By Scott Lilly – It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government shutdown again. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, presented the House floor on Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for…