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Here Are All the Senators Who Do and Don’t Believe in Human-Caused Climate Change

(Wired) Brian Schatz, Democrat from Hawaii, decided to push the issue. He introduced another amendment adding that human activity was a significant contributor to the aforementioned climate change. And the Senate voted again.

The results? Ahem. Fifty US senators affirmed that they indeed do believe that the activities of human beings contribute to climate change. OK. But 49 senators—fully half the upper house that represents our grand republic—do not.

KoKo

House & Senate Democrats Introduce 12 Bills Targeted at Campaign Finance Reform

(HuffPo) On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights at campaign finance reform. They introduced a dozen bills designed to reduce the influence of money in politics. And they drew a clear line from fixing the electoral system to lifting up middle-class Americans.

"If anyone thinks that the issues of the economy, the minimum wage, overtime, job creation, climate change, education are not directly related to campaign finance reform, you are terribly wrong," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters at the Democrats' press event.

alp227

CREW Files Complaint Against Rep. Louie Gohmert For Billing London Trip to Campaign

(CREW) Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) for violating House ethics rules by using campaign funds to pay for a trip to England last fall unrelated to any campaign activities.

GliderGuider

New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax

(Think Progress) Wednesday was a big day for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.

In sum, the speech has everything. References to the oft-debunked “ClimateGate” stolen e-mail “scandal”, a poster of a Time Magazine cover from 1974 claiming an ice age is coming, and multiple references to former Vice President Al Gore. It has a mention of a survey of weather-casters who think global warming is caused by natural variation, but does not mention that weather-casters are not climate scientists. It even includes the claim that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “started” the whole idea that climate change is happening, even though the idea was conceived about 200 years ago.

wyldwolf

Clinton Holds Solid Leads Over All GOP Challengers

(ABC News) Hillary Clinton’s “potential place in history and her husband’s tenure in the White House boost her presidential prospects, while Jeb Bush’s political legacy and Mitt Romney’s 2012 run for the office are negatives,” a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds.

“Clinton leads both in hypothetical head-to-head matchups at this early stage – as well as Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee alike. The national survey finds 53 to 56 percent support for Clinton among registered voters against each of these potential Republican candidates, while they get 39 to 41 percent. One reason is that Clinton is stronger in her political base, given the far more fragmented nature of the current GOP field.”

IDemo

Senate votes 98-1 that climate change is 'not a hoax'

(The Week) The Senate was set to vote on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline today, but first it voted on a couple amendments. One of these was pure symbolism, stipulating that climate change is "real and not a hoax." Oddly, even the fervent anti-environmentalist James Inhofe (R-Okla.) voted for it, first claiming on Twitter that the amendment actually affirmed climate change was a hoax, then later arguing that the hoax was not climate change itself, but whether it is caused by humans (it is). Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was the lone vote against.

shenmue

Mike Huckabee lies to Christian Post: says Ted Nugent changed lyrics

(Right Wing Watch) Gov. Mike Huckabee has claimed, in an interview with the Christian Post, that Ted Nugent changed the explicit lyrics to "Cat Scratch Fever" when Nugent and Huckabee performed the song on Fox News.

Playinghardball

Sanders Files Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Supreme Court’s Citizens United Decision

(Senate.gov) Warning that “American democracy is under attack,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced a constitutional amendment to undo a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted and secret campaign spending by corporations.

William769

State of the Union: These 3 Words Were Used For First Time Ever

(Advocate) Among the usual laundry list of American priorities and constituencies, the State of the Union address for the first time explicitly included lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.

It might be surprising, but never before had any president used the words "lesbian," "bisexual" or "transgender" when talking to the huge audience that watches the annual State of the Union. The reference came Tuesday as part of President Obama's description of the values that make us American.

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