President Barack Obama

Reflections in the Snow From the Nation’s Capital

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – TACOMA PARK, Md. — Camped out in the media van surrounded by a foot of snow, there’s finally time and space in the schedule to reflect a little on the events of the past week and look ahead for a few minutes at the future. The plan…

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…

EPA’s Gina McCarthy Delivers Obama Administration Position on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure With Green Jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA’s Gina McCarthy, a teacher from Boston, delivered one of the keynote addresses on repairing America’s infrastructure with green jobs Monday afternoon at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs annual conference, delivering the Obama administrations position before a new and powerful coalition of unions and environmentalists under the umbrella of the Blue…

State of the States and the State of the Union

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – President Obama said in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that the state of America is “strong.” If you listen to conservative Republican politicians, they’ll tell you without exception that “right to work” for less laws are an essential tool in recruiting industry and providing…

Dear Dog Save Us All From ‘The Good Old Days’

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Grandpa Tell me ’bout the good old days. Sometimes it feels like This world’s gone crazy. Grandpa, take me back to yesterday, Where the line between right and wrong Didn’t seem so hazy. Did lovers really fall in love to stay Stand beside each other come what may was a promise really something people kept,…

Americans of All Stripes Show Dissatisfaction With Distribution of Wealth

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Democrats and Independents More Dissatisfied Than Republicans – By Glynn Wilson – Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the United States, according to Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll. This should come as no surprise considering all the news stories over the past decade or…

Body Politic, You Are Always On My Mind

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook always asks “what’s on your mind” in the Status Update box. But rather than answering that question on Facebook, I will reveal my thoughts for today here and then put the link on Facebook for people to read. That’s the way I roll. Like Willie Nelson…

Eyes on the Prize: 100 Percent Clean Energy

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – I’ve written a lot about the consequences of relying on fossil fuels for energy, but the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River still comes as a shock. Almost a week later, thousands are still without drinking water, and many of those who’ve been given the “all clear”…

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…

Record-High 42 Percent of Americans Identify as Political Independents

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Republican Identification the Lowest in 25 Years – By Glynn Wilson – Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as political independents in 2013, the highest percentage Gallup has measured since it began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Americans identifying themselves as Republicans fell to 25 percent, the lowest recorded since the Reagan…

Organized Labor Pushes for Unemployment Compensation Extension in Congress

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By Glynn Wilson – Pushed by organized labor, other advocacy groups and President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate unexpectedly voted 60-37 in a test vote to limit further debate on legislation extending unemployment benefits, although Republicans in the House are likely to oppose the compromise, even if it adds nothing to the federal budget deficit.…

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…

The Crystal Ball for 2014 is Partly Cloudy

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here in the semi-dark looking out at a grey sky and into a blank screen, the modern equivalent of a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter, it’s a bit hard to see what’s in the crystal ball for 2014. According to a new AP poll,…

White House Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hurt People

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In States Like Alabama, Health Care Costs Would Rise, Families Would Be Hurt – Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of America’s new health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress, according to a White House press release sent out Thursday with facts for people…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

U.S. Tea Party Favorability Rating Falls to Record Low

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A Majority of Americans, 51 Percent, View It Unfavorably – ANALYSIS – By Glynn Wilson – A majority of Americans for the first time, according to public opinion survey data, say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. According to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, 51 percent view the movement…