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The 6 big issues where we still don’t know where Hillary Clinton stands

On Monday, Hillary Clinton released the first part of her vision to combat climate change — a document which left out many of the day’s controversies in the environmental world. She proposed expanding solar panels and working to have every American home in 2027 powered by  [...]

Does Foregoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

If you’ve dined out in California lately, you may have noticed something missing: your complimentary glass of water. That’s no accident. Last winter, as the state’s epic drought wore on, the Water Resources Control Board was desperate to reduce water use—so it call [...]

It’s late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country’s national parks for some recreation and fresh air. But a study rel [...]

The California Drought Is Making Some Fruit Taste…Better?!

On July 20, California’s resources board fined a farming district near San Francisco $1.5 million for illegally diverting water to feed its rows of corn, tomatoes, cherries, and almonds. The Golden State, of course, continues to suffer from a dramatic drought, and many farmers face  [...]

Clinton Calls Out SEC for Dodging Rule on CEO Pay

With Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels in the presidential primary, Hillary Clinton is doing all she can to let liberal financial wonks know she’s on their side. The Democratic front-runner laid out her vision Friday for getting Wall Street to focus on long-term growth rather than [...]

Before pesticides go from the laboratory to the farm field, they have to first be vetted by the Environmental Protection Agency. But they&# [...]

Donald Trump Is Doing Business With a Controversial Azerbaijani Oligarch

Luxury hotels bearing Donald Trump’s name grace some of the world’s ritziest locations, including New York, Waikiki, and Rio. There is one outlier: the Trump Hotel and Tower in Baku, the capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan. And the story of this particular deal involves an unconven [...]

Stolen fingerprints, blown spy covers: The risks to national security from the Chinese employee hack

A new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national security is in — and some of the implications are quite grave. Covert intelligence officers and their operations could be exposed and high-resolution fi [...]

Open thread for night owls: The sinking of the poaching vessel ‘Thunder’

Sea Shepherd’s ‘Bob Barker’. The controversial group is most known for their aggressive at-sea actions against Japanese whale hunters. The New York Times’ Ian Urbina recounts the April sinking of one of the world’s most notorious illegal fishing vessels. I [...]

Late Night FDL: Shockwave Supernova

Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova Satchmo has a brand new album out, Shockwave Supernova… For many artists who reach the “double digit albums” stage of their career, inspiration often can be hard to come by. However, for Joe Satriani—who released his 15th studio  [...]

White House Rejects Pardon for Edward Snowden

The White House today released an official statement rejecting a “We the People” online pardon petition for Edward Snowden. The petition had 167,000 signatures. Dan Froomkin at the Intercept has more. The White House response was written by… [[ This is a content summary  [...]

GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker

A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP’s right flank. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a “motion to vacate the chair,” which, if succ [...]

Another Christie corruption case is moving forward

Oops? Another potential scandal in Chris Christie-land keeps trundling forward, this one related to the allegation that Christie improperly (and potentially criminally) squashed a grand jury indictment of a Christie-connected county sheriff. Not in dispute: after the sheriff of Hunterdo [...]

Some tech companies are eager to share more of our personal data with the government so long as they don’t have to worry about viola [...]

OPM hackers are more likely to get counterintelligence action than criminal charges, report says

If you are one of the 20 million-plus people — including federal employees, contractors, job candidates and their family members — whose personal information was hacked and stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, you probably want the thieves captured and hauled off to prison. [...]

OPM hackers are more likely to get counterintelligence measures than charges, report says

If you are one of the 20 million-plus people — including federal employees, contractors, job candidates and their family members — whose personal information was hacked and stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, you probably want the thieves captured and hauled off to prison. [...]

"Sanctuary Cities" and Violent Criminals–Myth and Reality

If you’ve been watching the rhetorical (Dondald Trump) and even legislative (the U.S. Congress) Republican effort to exploit the killing of Kathryn Steinle on a San Francisco pier by a recidivist immigration law violator into a general crackdown on cities that don’t always int [...]

GOP congressman launches bid to oust Boehner from speaker’s chair

A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP’s right flank. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) confirmed that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) file [...]

Rep. Mark Meadows makes bid to oust Boehner from speakership

A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP’s right flank. A spokesman for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) confirmed that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) file [...]

Direct Video Calling Increases Access for Deaf Citizens

Technology has given us incredible new tools to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues, and all Americans should enjoy these benefits — including, and especially, those with disabilities. For those with hearing or speech impairments, digital video and other tools have he [...]