While waiting around for fiscal slope negotiations to conclude, Congress has bided its time with legislation seemingly timed for the holiday travel season. The House gave final approval to a bill that would give the TSA more leeway when screening checked baggage from international airports that is going on to a separate flight in the US. Many passengers will not have to re-check baggage for their connecting flight. The Senate also passed a bill that would route clothing left behind at security checkpoints to homeless military veterans.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 13, 2012 2:45 pm|
|By: Steve Horn Friday December 7, 2012 3:56 pm|
Weeks after SUNY Buffalo’s upper-level administration gave the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI) the boot due to its gas industry public relations effort masked as a “study,” University of Texas-Austin’s (UT-Austin) administration has somewhat followed suit for its own “frackademia” study.
The decision comes in the aftermath of an independent review of a controversial study completed under UT-Austin’s auspices.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 5, 2012 11:45 am|
For a Congress spending every waking minute talking about deficits, they sure know how to spend gobs of money above and beyond requested budgets – as long as it goes to the hands of defense contractors. The Senate version of the defense authorization bill costs $631 billion. This is $17 billion more than the Pentagon asked for. It passed 98-0. It now goes to a conference with the bill passed by the GOP-led House, which costs $3 billion MORE. The White House threatened to veto the bill over the budget overages, which is just adorable.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday December 2, 2012 7:07 pm|
Once upon a time in the labor movement, a rebellious vanguard emerged at the margins of American industry, braiding together workers on society’s fringes—immigrants, African Americans, women, unskilled laborers—under a broad banner of class struggle.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), or Wobblies, raised hell in the early 20th century with unapologetically militant protests and strikes.
Their vision of a locally rooted, globally oriented anti-capitalist movement was eclipsed by mainstream unions, which had more political muscle. But grassroots direct action is today undergoing a resurgence in the corners of the workforce that have remained isolated from union structures.
Such alternative campaigns have a special resonance in today’s food industries.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 29, 2012 12:22 pm|
Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion.
It remains a longshot, which is really stunning.
|By: Gregg Levine Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:50 am|
As the sun set on Veterans Day, 2012, tens of thousands of homes on New York’s Long Island prepared to spend another night in darkness. The lack of light was not part of any particular memorial or observance; instead, it was the noisome and needless culmination of decades of mismanagement and malfeasance by a power company still struggling to pay for a now-moldering nuclear plant that never provided a single usable kilowatt to the region’s utility customers.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 21, 2012 9:50 am|
We raised nearly $16,000 in 2 days to bring warmth and comfort to people affected in the tristate area. That support has enabled us to put together big packages for the survivors and have them delivered by community aid groups like Occupy Sandy, and give people the comforting knowledge that their money is being used to actually keep someone warm rather than to pay for the various overhead and operating costs associated with groups like the Red Cross who, despite admirable efforts, have been roundly criticized as coming up short once again in providing necessary assistance to these people.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 20, 2012 2:35 pm|
Continuing on the theme of prosecutions for fraud during the housing collapse, though in this case civil rather than criminal ones, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just announced a new lawsuit against Credit Suisse for defrauding investors in its mortgage backed securities business. The case mirrors the previous suit filed by Schneiderman against JPMorgan Chase over Bear Stearns’ MBS business. Curiously, both of these banks engaged in settlements just this past weekwith the SEC over precisely the same conduct, settlements where they didn’t have to admit wrongdoing.
|By: Steve Horn Monday November 19, 2012 7:15 pm|
Today, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for “frackademia” and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“) under the guise of scientific legitimacy that a university offers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 16, 2012 12:44 pm|
The reason why Shapiro’s op-ed is notable and worth writing about is not that it makes the case for the Red Cross but rather that it lays bare the reality that a radical group of organizers have been tremendously successful. There are reporters, residents and colleagues of Shapiro that find what they have done is exemplary. Corporations and businesses have considered donating, even though they may have had a distaste for Occupy Wall Street. But, in the end, for people like Shapiro, their business or capitalist ideology is impossible to ignore and Shapiro recognizes the popularity and respect is so high that he must justify a rational business decision to not support Occupy Sandy.