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DeSmogCAST Episode 2: Midterm Elections Fallout, #KMFACE and the Fossil Fuel Industry in Kid’s Classrooms

This week’s episode of DeSmogCAST covers the fallout of the U.S. midterm elections and what a GOP congress will mean for climate action and the Keystone XL  pipeline. Hosted by DeSmogBlog contributor Farron Cousins, our DeSmog cast – featuring Carol Linnitt, Brendan DeMelle and Steve Horn – also takes a look at fracking bans in several U.S. Show More Summary

Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch as First Black Female Attorney General

Lynch, a Harvard graduate and the current U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, would be the first Black woman to serve as attorney general and only the second woman to ever hold the position. Image: PBS NewsHour/Youtube The post Obama Expected to Nominate Loretta Lynch as First Black Female Attorney General appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Kid Rock Surprises Man With Down Syndrome on His 30th Birthday

Earlier this year, Dan McGurk, who has Down syndrome, posted a video on YouTube inviting Kid Rock to his upcoming birthday dinner. In the video he said, “It’s not until the 27th [of October]. I’m the biggest and number one Kid Rock fan. Please be there for my 30th birthday … I hope you come.” […]

Vivisectors Stick Together, Like Poo

I was asked by a friend to comment on UCLA Chancellor Gene Block's email in which he defended and promoted David Jentsch's own promotion of anything-goes animal experimentation. November 3, 2014 To the Campus Community: Last week, the...Show More Summary

The Fight for Reproductive Rights Too Often Excludes Disabled Parents

The right to have children and keep them is especially in danger for disabled people, who may be prevented from parenting at all or risk confiscation of their children by welfare authorities after birth. Image: Shutterstock The post The Fight for Reproductive Rights Too Often Excludes Disabled Parents appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Neo-Confederate Who Says Civil Rights Are ‘Make Believe’ Wins County Council Seat in Maryland

Michael Anthony Peroutka, who is one of the country's most extreme right-wing candidates with close ties to a national hate group, was elected Tuesday in Maryland's Anne Arundel County. Image: TheAmericanView/Youtube The post Neo-Confederate Who Says Civil Rights Are ‘Make Believe’ Wins County Council Seat in Maryland appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Bush Family and Its Inner Circle Play Central Role in Lawsuits Against Denton, Texas, Fracking Ban

Yesterday, Denton, Texas, became the first city in the state to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favour of the initiative. It did so in the heart of the Barnett Shale basin,...Show More Summary

Pro-Life Students Sue Feminist Professor Who Led Angry Mob and Assaulted Them

The pro-life students who were assaulted by University of California Santa Barbara Professor of Feminist Studies, Mireille Miller-Young have filed sit against her. In August Miller-Young was sentenced in a criminal case in connection with an assault on pro-life young people who took the pro-life message to the UCSB campus. Miller-Young was sentenced to 108 hours […]

Street Harassment Signals a Bigger, Global Problem: What That Catcalling Video Missed

The same culture that allows men to catcall, without restriction, on the street, allows men to stalk and invade the personal space of women and threaten us without penalty. Image: Street Harassment Video/Youtube The post Street Harassment Signals a Bigger, Global Problem: What That Catcalling Video Missed appeared first on RH Reality Check.

GMO labeling laws keep failing. Here’s why we can expect more

GMO-labeling initiatives have lost four times now, but proponents are tenacious. Until we actually try out the idea, we'll be stuck on infinite replay.

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

This piece originally ran at TomDispatch.com. It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, "Chico Police Department." "I...Show More Summary

Latinos Demand Real Action, Not ‘Hispandering,’ in Exchange for Votes

With would-be politicians concentrating their efforts on expensive Spanish-language advertising, lukewarm get-out-the-vote efforts, or voter suppression laws, neither party actually did any impactful outreach to overcome the very deep...Show More Summary

Feministing Jamz: A fall playlist featuring women & queers of color

Sometimes when I go a bit without writing about music, it’s because I’ve been too busy to find something new to post. But most of the time I have the opposite problem – there’s just so much cool new stuff, I don’t even know where to start. I get overwhelmed, kinda like when you’re at [...]

A Movement, Not a Moment: How Even Anti-Choice Victories Show We’re Making Progress

These candidates who rode the 2014 wave to victory hid their own values from the voters, and that speaks volumes about our values. Image: Shutterstock The post A Movement, Not a Moment: How Even Anti-Choice Victories Show We’re Making Progress appeared first on RH Reality Check.

White Women: Let’s Get Our Shit Together

In the run-up to the Texas gubernatorial election, much hand-wringing was done over the Hispanic lady voter. But it was women like me—married white women, specifically—who failed Wendy Davis—and ourselves, and our families, and Texas families—on Tuesday night. Image: Shutterstock The post White Women: Let’s Get Our Shit Together appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Pro-Choice Governor Narrowly Wins Re-Election in Colorado

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper narrowly defeated anti-choice Republican Bob Beauprez, who stated during the gubernatorial race that he has a “big problem” with IUDs. Image: John Hickenlooper/Youtube The post Pro-Choice Governor Narrowly Wins Re-Election in Colorado appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Meet the Senate's New Climate Denial Caucus

Well, folks, it wasn't such a great night on the climate action front. It looks like the millions of dollars that environmental philanthropist Tom Steyer invested in the midterms didn't buy much other than a fledgling political infrastructure to sock away for 2016. Show More Summary

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