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Americans Favor State Marijuana Laws Over Federal Government Enforcement

By Glynn Wilson – A significant majority of the American people oppose the U.S. government stepping in to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the people have voted to make it legal for medical or recreational use, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, which found that 64 percent of Americans want…

Economic Confidence in the U.S. Hits the Best Level in Four Years

Economic confidence in the U.S. is clearly on the upswing, an indication that the economy is slowly recovering from the Bush “Great Recession” under the leadership of just reelected President Barack Obama, according to the latest Gallup Poll on the subject. Confidence has remained relatively stable even as the “fiscal cliff’s” major tax increases and…

AFL-CIO Joins Fight for Free and Open Internet

By Glynn Wilson – Organized worker unions in the United States are not exactly known for championing the rights of a free and open Internet, although perhaps they should be since the Web is about their only hope for obtaining fair and balanced news coverage. Newspaper publishers have historically been anti-union and television news stations…

Coast Guard Approves Plan to Further Inspect Deepwater Horizon Oil Sheen

NEW ORLEANS, La. – British Petroleum and Transocean have received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed with another investigation of the Deepwater Horizon wreckage and wellhead site in the Gulf of Mexico with Remotely Operated Vehicles after a sheen was reported on November 2 and verified by satellite imagery. A joint plan to…

Obama Administration Suspends New Contracts with BP

By Glynn Wilson – The Obama administration has suspended all new contracts with the British petroleum giant BP for “lack of business integrity” due to its actions that caused the worst environmental disaster in history two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico and for the way the company responded to the crisis. The U.S.…

Obama Justice Department Slams BP With $4 Billion Fine, 14 Criminal Charges

By Glynn Wilson – Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama won reelection to a second term, the Obama administration announced a major settlement agreement with the British Petroleum corporation in the largest and worst environmental disaster in U.S. history when BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and began leaking millions of barrels of sweet crude…

Sierra Club Reveals Plans for Fixing American Democracy

Bruce Hamilton, deputy director of the Sierra Club, talks about how to fix our democracy – By Glynn Wilson – CAMP BECKWITH, Ala. — The Sierra Club is working on a five point plan for the future and the national staff and political committee will be discussing it this weekend. But Sierra Club Deputy Director…

Professor Wayne Flynt Says Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 4

By Wayne Flynt/ Special to the News-Journal – AUBURN, Ala. — Have you ever listened to a conversation between two friends about a complicated issue? Because you find some truth in both arguments, you change back and forth as each makes his case. My not overly educated (at least in the formal sense) but very…

Mobile BayFest Cleaned Up by Prison Labor With No Safety Equipment

Dear Editor: by David Underhill MOBILE, Ala. — When BayFest relinquished the downtown streets, I could reach the main post office again. But I paused at the entrance to study the scene in the vacant block across the street. Workers were dismantling the stage and other remnants of the BayFest venue which had filled that…

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant to Add 100 Jobs

Public Hearing Thursday to Consider Using Weapons-Grade Plutonium? The Tennessee Valley Authority projects it will be adding about 100 jobs in the next year at the problematic Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in an effort to improve performance and safety at a plant that came close to melting down in the 1970s, remained shut down for…

A Cooling Off Period: The Democrats Did It

But Down in Alabamaland, A Budget Collapse is in the Offing The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Ahhh, finally a reprieve from the summer heat. The summer of 2012 has been the hottest and one of the dryest seasons on record in the U.S. But it was 60 degrees with low humidity when I woke…

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

New Report Outlines Plan for American Prosperity

There is a way to strengthen the U.S. economy and invest in the nation’s infrastructure and workers, contrary to what you hear in the mainstream media and from the mouths of politicians, according to a new report out from the Economic Policy Institute. “A long-term plan for growth is needed, and it certainly doesn’t involve…

Economist Predicts Global Trade Will Collapse if Romney Wins U.S. Election

Romney Also Likely to Start ‘Devastating’ War with Iran, Trade War With China As markets continue to yo-yo and commentators deliver mixed forecasts, investors are faced with some tough decisions and have a number of important questions that need answering. On a daily basis economists are asked what’s happening with oil prices alongside questions on…