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Senate Republicans Back Down From Blocking Presidential Appointments

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Compromise Reached Before Filibuster Rules Drastically ChangedBy Glynn Wilson – You see, Virginia, with the right kind of political pressure, there can be compromise and cooperation in Congress. With Democrats on the verge of drastically changing Senate rules to block filibusters on executive branch nominees, Republicans relented on Tuesday in their obstruction tactics that have…

President Obama to Address the Growing Threat of Climate Change

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National Televised Speech Set for Tuesday President Barack Obama will speak on the growing threat of climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, at 1:35 p.m. He will lay out his vision of where we need to go, to do what we can to address and prepare for the serious implications of a…

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…

Gulf Coast Restoration Council Releases Draft Report

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released the a draft report with a plan for restoring the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem and economy this week, along with a draft environmental assessment now available for formal public comment. The plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects, and…

Investigating Anti-Government, Anti-Tax Groups is the Job of the IRS

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Where’s the Scandal in That? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here on the porch listening to the coverage of the so-called IRS “scandal” on National Public Radio, also reading the latest Associated Press story on the subject, I keep thinking: “Where’s the scandal?” Since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United…

Let’s Count the Ways President Obama is Not as Bad as Bush

By Stephen D. Foster Jr. – President Obama and President Bush should never be compared to one another. Ever. These men couldn’t be more different when it comes to policy, personality, and decision-making. In fact, let us count 100 different ways in which the two men governed; differences that will remind us all why we…

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology as National Academy of Sciences Celebrates 150th Anniversary

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology to the Nation’s Future from The National Academies on Vimeo. The National Academy of Sciences is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. President Barack Obama addressed the group in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 29. The President reflected on Abraham Lincoln’s founding of the National Academy of…

President Obama Honors Alabama National Champs at White House, Again

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama honored members of the 2013 BCS National Championship Football Team from the University of Alabama at the White House on Monday for the third time. Watch the video above or read the full text of the president’s remarks below. THE PRESIDENT: Roll Tide! (Applause.) Everybody, have a seat. Have…

FBI Says There’s Still No Suspects or Motive in the Boston Marathon Bombings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A multi-agency response with state and federal law enforcement agencies has been activated and is investigating the cause of the explosions along the Boston Marathon route on Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, according to press releases from the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “It’s a day that celebrates the free…

EPA Science Advisory Board Announces Panel to Review ‘Fracking’ Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s independent Science Advisory Board announced the formation of its Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel on Monday. The panel of independent experts is to peer review EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on any potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, which…