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Obama Administration Responds to Pressure on Fracking, Revises Permitting Rules on Using Diesel Fuel in Gas Drilling

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EPA to Decide Legality of Mines on a ‘Case-by-Case Basis’By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON. D.C. — Too clear up a legal controversy about diesel fuel in methane gas mining, the Obama administration released revised rules on underground injection wells that use diesel fuels in hydraulic fracturing operations, commonly referred to as the controversial method of…

Feds Find Probable Cause For Mercedes Labor Law Violations at Vance Plant

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Unions to Hold Press Conference and Rally in Coaling Alabama Monday, Jan. 27 – By Glynn Wilson – The National Labor Relations Board has found probable cause to hold a hearing charging Mercedes officials in Vance Alabama with violations of the National Labor Relations Act by acting to prohibit union organizing. A formal hearing on…

Washington Federal Court Strikes Blow Against Internet Neutrality

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By Glynn Wilson – A three-judge panel of federal judges all appointed to the court before there was an open Internet or a Web Press has struck down a complicated set of rules set forth by the Federal Communications Commission to preserve competition on the Web in what critics call a major blow to what’s…

President Obama to Fill Vacancies in Alabama Federal Court Seats

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By Glynn Wilson – Now that a major logjam has been broken in the U.S. Senate with a change in the filibuster rules to allow votes on judicial nominees by simple majority, President Obama will soon have an opportunity to fill at least three Alabama vacancies on the federal courts. Six Alabama lawyers have been…

Governor Bentley Responds to Pressure to Expand Alabama Medicaid Program

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Progressive Democrats Plan Protest Rally Saturday in Birmingham – By Glynn Wilson – The pressure is building for conservative states like Alabama and Texas to join the rest of the nation in getting onboard to help citizens without insurance obtain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for economic reasons.…

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…

What Federal Government Agencies and Services Are Affected During Shutdown?

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Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down, according to USA.gov, which will not be updated during the shutdown, although the Website will remain available. Here’s a list of federal government services and how they will be affected during the shutdown: Government Services During the Shutdown Aviation – The Federal…

Federal Judge Sentences Anti-Government Extremist from Pinson to Prison

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A federal judge sentenced a Pinson man and member of an anti-government Sovereign Citizens group to prison for two years Monday for mailing a fictitious financial instrument to attempt to pay off his home mortgage. The Federal Bureau of Investigation classifies “sovereign citizens” among domestic terror threats as anti-government extremists. U.S. District Judge Inge P.…

The Powell Memo Formed the Basis of A Call to Arms for Corporations

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Should American Democracy Be Purely About Capitalism? Or Is There Room for Compassion?The Corporate States of America Editor’s Note – An informed reader and contributor recently reminded me of the Powell Memo or Manifesto, what some credit as the beginning of the hyper activity on the part of American corporations to change the debate in…

The Truth About the So-Called IRS ‘Scandal’

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Congress Has Only Itself to Blame for IRS TroublesBy Pablo Eisenberg – When the House Ways and Means Committee holds yet another hearing Thursday to examine the IRS’s revelations that it gave some applications for tax-exempt status extra scrutiny, it will probably point fingers at the tax agency when it looks for wrongdoing. But really…

Domestic Spying Story Finally Grows Legs

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let’s face it. All things are political in America. I woke up this morning to find, according to my RSS feed, that all of a sudden the Fourth Amendment domestic spying story has grown long, spidery legs — seven years too late. The headlines scream scandal, and…

Retail Giant Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Federal Environmental Crimes

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Corporation to Pay More Than $81 Million in Civil Fines – By Glynn Wilson – The retail giant Wal-Mart pleaded guilty Tuesday in a California federal court to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company…