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Six indicted for Clean Water Act violations in West Virginia's Elk River chemical spill

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Patrol boat on the Elk River motors past Freedom Industries plant. In January, a rusty holding tank owned by Freedom Industries leaked thousands of gallons of a coal-washing chemical into the Elk River of West Virginia. Consequently, drinking water supplies were tainted for more than 300,000 of the state's residents. Show More Summary

Reporter: The Sound of Torture

Peter Maass, The Intercept: Have you heard the screams of a prisoner who is being tortured in America's war on terror? I can't forget them. They pierced the walls of a detention center I visited in Samarra during an offensive by American and Iraqi forces in 2005. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush’s 6 Greatest Gaffes

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush made huge news on Tuesday by announcing on Facebook. that he plans to pursue the possibility of maybe looking into running for president in 2016, presumably because 500 mg. gorilla Rob Portman is out of the way. The faux-nouncement makes Jeb the first major candidate to kind of declare their [...]

Sony Cancels 'Interview' Release After Threats

Sony on Wednesday said it would cancel next week's planned release of The Interview, after most of the country's largest theater chains had decided not to show it. "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film... Show More Summary

Sony pulls movie “The Interview” after cyber-attack, terror threats by North Korea

The North Korean govt. hacked Sony, then apparently threatened to attack movie theaters that showed the film.

St.Louis County prosecutor should be investigated for conspiracy to suborn perjury

Witness 40, whom we now know to be Sandra McElroy, was the only grand jury witness who corroborated Darren Wilson's claim that Michael Brown grunted, lowered his head and bull-rushed him leaving him no alternative except to shoot him to death. Show More Summary

Fox Anchor Is "Not A Lawyer, But" Defends "Exceedingly Strange" Immigration Decision Anyway

Fox News host Heather Nauert is calling a bizarre federal court opinion that found President Obama's executive action on immigration unconstitutional a "pretty simple" decision, despite the fact that even conservative legal experts have...Show More Summary

Jon Huntsman Claims Jeb Bush Evokes GOP Nostalgia

Joe Scarborough claims that the Republican Party has grown up since 2012.  Often considered the only sane one  in the 2012 Republican clown car, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (UT-R) was asked to give Jeb some sound advice. Hunstsman says the party needs problem solvers, and that Jeb is one. With Obama we got “new [...]

Act to count all who die in police custody passes Congress … but will law be enforced this time?

22 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Protestors against police violence on Black Friday. Twenty years ago, Congress passed a bill requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to gather data and report on instances of "excessive" force by the nation's police forces. For some reason, the task of collecting the data soon fell to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Show More Summary

Who Pays Taxes in America in 2014?

Citizens for Tax Justice: All Americans pay taxes. Everyone who works pays federal payroll taxes. Everyone who buys gasoline pays federal and state gas taxes. Everyone who owns or rents a home directly or indirectly pays property taxes. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio says Pope Francis isn’t for “freedom”

Rubio -- who has been Catholic, Baptist and Mormon -- is upset that the US is normalizing relations with Cuba.

Terri Schiavo’s Husband Speaks Out On Jeb Bush

Michael Schiavo and George Felos, the attorney who represented him when Governor Bush and the state of Florida tried to take custody from him spoke to Think Progress. “If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, [...]

The Most Absurd Anti-Immigrant Myths Of 2014

In 2014, right-wing media attacked immigrants and immigration reform by pushing baseless claims, relying on debunked research, and using misleading statistics about immigrants and the impact of immigration on the United States. HereShow More Summary

Cuomo chooses the right path by making New York's hydraulic fracturing moratorium permanent

23 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

This infographic is included in a new fracking report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. A larger version can be viewed by clicking here. Citing health concerns, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a cabinet meeting Wednesday that his administration is banning hydraulic fracturing—fracking. Show More Summary

Dispatch From Havana

Sarah Stephens, who has long advocated for normalized relations with Cuba, writes about being in Havana today as the news of the new agreement was announced.

HEAR YE! HEAR YE!

It's our favorite time of year -- the Golden Duke awards, when TPM honors the year's best purveyors of scandal, idiocy, and straight-up crazy. This is the eighth annual installment of the Golden Duke awards, named after Randy "Duke"Show More Summary

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

Four Executives Indicted From Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill

The indictment marks the second time this month that former Freedom Industries CEO Gary Southern has been charged with violations related to the chemical massive spill. The post Four Executives Indicted From Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Uber is Evil. But Portland is Failing (to Address our Taxicab Crisis)

By Alejandro Savransky of Portland, Oregon. Alejandro is a former political organizer and environmental advocate. He currently works in energy efficiency consulting. Uber is an evil and arrogant company. No one is disputing that fact. Show More Summary

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