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California: Governor Signs $1 Billion Water Package

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation.

WOTUS in jeopardy?

Via E&E Publishing, WOTUS critics may have gained 60th Senate vote Opponents of the Obama administration’s controversial water rule may have won their 60th vote. A Senate budget resolution amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that was seen by many … Continue reading ?

In San Francisco, could hanging your laundry get you evicted?

The owner of a single-room occupancy building in San Francisco's Chinatown takes aim at good old-fashioned clothesline drying.

Will the Supreme Court kill the EPA’s efforts to crack down on mercury pollution?

Greens hoped that Chief Justice Roberts would continue a recent green streak. Their hopes were just dashed.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

(Reuters) - An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

Oregon ranchers in deal with federal government to protect sage grouse

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon ranchers have reached a deal with the federal government aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its habitat while ensuring landowners won't face more restrictions if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act, officials said on Friday.

Jury in Ellen Pao Case Doesn’t Find Gender Discrimination

The jury returned on Friday with what appeared to be a verdict in the high-profile lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers. Pao, who is currently the interim CEO of Reddit, accused her former employer, a venture capital firm, of gender discrimination. Show More Summary

Population Control: UN Agency Lobbies African and Asian Nations to Have Fewer Children

Even while many countries are grappling with fertility decline, aging populations, and even loss of population, population control advocates intend to use an upcoming UN conference to make fertility reduction a UN priority for the foreseeable future. A UN commission will meet in April to discuss the implications of “population dynamics” for the new global […]

WTF Friday, 3/27/2015

Hello again, internets. I’ve been out of commission for the last few weeks with the flu and then bronchitis. While I was busy coughing: South Sudan geared up to sue UNICEF for its totally accurate claim that state security forces have … Continue reading ?

Indiana faces backlash as it becomes 20th state to protect religious liberty

'This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.'

UN agency lobbies for fewer kids as countries grow old

This year’s draft resolution ignores the growing crisis of aging populations in countries with sub-replacement fertility, and overlooks the emerging challenges faced by countries that are growing old before they ever got a chance to develop.

Watch This Man With Down Syndrome Give His Girlfriend a Beautiful Surprise Marriage Proposal

On March 21st, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organized and participated in World Down Syndrome Day. According to Down Syndrome International (DSi), the event is dedicated to raising public awareness and creating a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being […]

Legislator Defends Her Abortion After Being Raped: “I Dare You to Judge Me”

A state legislator in Ohio is defending her decision to have an abortion after she was a victim of rape and she made the bold move of sharing her personal story on the floor of the Ohio state legislature. While she feels compelled that ending the life of her unborn baby was the right decision, […]

Losing My Lege: Texas Republicans’ Anti-Public School Crusade

Texas lawmakers turned their attention to public education this week—or perhaps, more specifically, to tearing the very concept apart. Image: Shutterstock The post Losing My Lege: Texas Republicans’ Anti-Public School Crusade appeared first on RH Reality Check.

How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands

This women’s history month, it’s time we honor the contributions of those who have been leaders on spreading information about the use of pills to safely terminate a pregnancy. Image: Shutterstock The post How Women Took Their Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Open Thread with Temple Dragon

This brilliantly coloured dragon on the roof of Longshan Temple features for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton's Fracking Ban

On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once...Show More Summary

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

When I became pregnant after rape, I wanted an abortion. But now I can’t imagine ever rejecting this beautiful child.

Let’s face the truth: the child shares no fault in what happened and has a right to live -- every child has a life to live, especially children born out of rape.

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