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Environmentalists Don't Like Europe's New Climate Plan. Can Obama Do Better?

Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact—which was reached early Friday in Brussels—makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. Show More Summary

The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by leaves.Recommended reading:Mannion: Our Good Friend PhilDr. V. Pasupathi: Phil BarronPaKou Her: [Content Note: Police brutality; racism] Ferguson, Asian America, & Performative Solidarity: Showing Up, Staying ShownJos: [CN: Transphobia] Trans people need more than beloved celebrity spokespeople. Show More Summary

Walmart isn’t really green, just really big

Slate proclaimed Walmart the leader in solar power. The greenwashing must have worked.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing His Pregnant Girlfriend and Her 9-Month-Old Unborn Baby

After blowing kisses through the window of the police car to the family of his alleged victims on Wednesday, on Thursday Gabriel Vega pleaded not guilty to seven charges surrounding the fire that claimed the life of Vanessa Milligan and her unborn baby. Milligan, 19, was nine months pregnant. The judge at the Rensselaer County […]

Companies Are Fracking With Harmful Chemicals Through Regulatory Loophole

A new report looks at the fracking industry's use of benzene, a carcinogenic chemical, and the loophole that allows companies to frack with it. The post Companies Are Fracking With Harmful Chemicals Through Regulatory Loophole appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The '40s live on in restored Village Green apartment

Walking through the park-like grounds of the Village Green garden apartment complex, one tranquil tree-studded grass court after another, Steven Keylon is pointing out highlights, past and present. "That's where the wading pool used to be, until they filled it in," he gestures. "And there's the...

L.A. a fertile ground for garden apartments

As you drive around L.A., you may not notice them, but the city's garden apartment complexes are worth notice. Park La Brea, adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, may be the most recognized of the complexes — and one of the largest, at 150 acres — but there are at...

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

The Beatles: "With a Little Help from My Friends"

Courageous Pregnant Mom With Cancer Refuses Cancer Treatment and Abortion

A pregnant mom in Rhode Island knows what sacrifice means. She served her country by serving in the military and now she is willing to sacrifice her own life not just for her country but for her own unborn child. Andrea Ryder served two tours of duty in the marines and undoubtedly showed admirable bravery […]

Iowa Senate Candidate Ernst Has an Ever-Growing List of Controversial Statements

Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak), candidate for U.S. Senate, has quickly become a national figure by making outlandish statements that appeal to the far right, including comments charging that she would use a gun to defend herself...Show More Summary

#LetsTalk About Abortion

Research shows that nearly one in three women will have an abortion by the time she turns 45. Yet, far too often, we still think of abortion as a dirty word, not fit for polite company. It's long past time for that to change. And thankfully,...Show More Summary

“Men’s Rights” Group Tries To Lure Visitors Away From Anti–Domestic Violence Website

Until recently, an online community of anti-feminist men (and a couple of women) who consider themselves "men's rights activists" were content to perform most of their "activism" by complaining about women online and overwhelming the...Show More Summary

Another Round on Energy Rebound

Two analysts of energy trends expand on their view that efficiency's climate and energy benefits have been overstated.

Ad Tells North Carolina Voters: Thank Kay Hagan for Funding Abortions With Your Money

A new television commercial has a message for voters in North Carolina: they can thank pro-abortion Senator Kay Hagan for funding abortions with their tax dollars. Faith Family Freedom Fund, the super fund connected with Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), announced today the launch of a TV and radio ad campaign in the North […]

Gaga and Bennett: Making a Great American Art Form Hip Again

  T ony Bennett has long been as much a jazz singer as a pop singer, though I readily acknowledge that the distinction between the two has always been fuzzy. This has been particularly true throughout the second coming of his career—his rise again to popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. Show More Summary

Pro-life vid of day: “Crescendo” movie released to YouTube

by Kelli At long last, the film that raised nearly $6 million for pregnancy resource centers has been released on YouTube. Crescendo, produced by Pattie Mallette (Justin Bieber’s mother) and Bella producers Jason Jones and Eduardo Verástegui, is the winner of 15 international film festival awards. Show More Summary

No Type: Trap Feminism Pt. 2

I’ve been thinking a lot about trap feminism and what it means since I first wrote about it in January. In this introductory piece — which was mostly a purge of initial ideas that I had been bouncing back and forth with friends — I identified some of the makings of trap feminism which included [...]

Doctors Said Their Son Had Down Syndrome and Hydrocephalus and Would Die, Then This Happened

When Brian and Karen Wolman found out they were pregnant with their third child, they couldn’t be happier. But an ultrasound showed that not only did their baby boy have Down syndrome, he also had Hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus, sometimes referred to “water on the brain,” is a condition that causes babies’ and young children’s heads to […]

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: Guns; death; terrorism] The Globe and Mail has a comprehensive compendium of information about the Ottawa attacks and immediate political responses to the attacks: "Ottawa aftermath:...Show More Summary

Ohio Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Put on Notice: Obey the Law or Shut Down

An Ohio planned Parenthood abortion business has been put on notice by state officials that it needs to comply with a pro-life law the legislature approved to protect women’s health or it will be forced to close. Recently, Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facility, the Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center, was cited by the Ohio Department of […]

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