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Gay or straight, a historic Supreme Court moment

On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court hears arguments on cases banning same-sex marriage. The hearings have become a flashpoint for opposing social movements, whose members clashed outside the Court this morning in a highly charged atmosphere. John Zangas of DC Media Group live-tweeted the events. RIGHT NOW Dawn is about to break at…

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Red Lake Nation blockades pipeline

The Red Lake Nation claims that Enbridge Energy is trespassing on lands ceded to them in Minnesota by operating multiple pipelines without an easement. On February 28, they began occupying the land above the pipelines. Twin Cities IndyMedia speculates that if the blockade lasts for three days, then “the flow of oil…will have to be…

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Thanks, Super Committee!

The massive automatic budget cuts known as sequestration take effect today, March 1. We should take a moment to thank those responsible for bringing Baby Sequester into the world: the Super Committee. The United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, aka the Super Congress, aka the Super Committee, is a one of the…

Sins of sequestration: Nation’s weather forecasting compromised

The sequester will slash the National Weather Service budget and compromise its ability to produce reliable weather forecasts. An 8.2 percent across-the-board cut in spending, from the so-called sequester, will trim already financially-depleted programs critical for maintaining and improving the NWS’ weather capabilities. “It’s not going to be pretty,” said outgoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric…