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Earth Matters: Manchin helped kill reform of 1872 mining law that harms people and costs billions

Manchin wreckEd latest move to reform 150-YEAR-OLD MINING LAW 

Sen. Joe Manchin III has got a lot of reasons for that smile.

In the last year of his first term as president, Ulysses S. Grant signed the 1872 Mining Law that set modest rules for individuals and corporations to stake mineral claims on land never before in private hands. That is, land snatched at gunpoint from Indigenous peoples.

Earth Matters: Will Biden have clout at Glasgow summit? 900,000 U.S. solar workers needed by 2035

AS the CLIMATE SUMMIT APPROACHES, U.S. ACTIONS YET TO MATCH WORDS

While the search continues to uncover just how small a fraction of the Biden administration’s proposed climate funding Sen. Joe Manchin III is willing to vote to include in the Democratic reconciliation bill, there is much wondering around the planet about what exactly the United States will bring to the COP26 climate summit that begins in Glasgow, Scotland, less than two weeks from now.

Ford’s new electric truck is a good thing. But the idea it’s going to crush Tesla is delusional

Last week, Ford Motor Co. debuted its Ford Lightning, an F-150 pickup truck that is all-electric. Many people went bananas. Now, they said, we’ll really see EVs take-off because we’ve got an automobile manufacturer that knows how to build a truck that looks like a truck, not that goofy futuristic Tesla Cybertruck.

Before I go farther, this is not about Elon Musk, certainly no paean to him.

Wednesday Night Owls: GOP cozies up to Jim Crow with still more voter suppression bills

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Ari Berman at Mother Jones writes—Republicans Are Taking Their Voter Suppression Efforts to New Extremes From Georgia to Iowa. Republicans are concocting new ways to suppress Democratic votes:

After record turnout in 2020, Republican-controlled states appear to be in a race to the bottom to see who can pass the most egregious new barriers to voting.

Tuesday Night Owls: Media coverage of Deb Haaland’s ascent has flattened Native complexities

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At The New Republic, Nick Martin (a citizen of the Sappony Tribe) writes—Deb Haaland’s Ascent and the Complicated Legacy of Native Representation. The congresswoman from New Mexico could make history if confirmed as head of the Department of the Interior. But there’s more to the story than that.

Deb Haaland could be the next secretary of the interior.

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Jessica Corbett at Common Dreams  writes—’Congress Must End This National Embarrassment,’ Says Sanders After CBO Reveals High Drug Prices for Medicare Part D:

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Thursday Night Owls: What the Trump regime meant for freedom of information requests

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Philip Eil at the Columbia Journalism Review writes—What the Trump administration meant for freedom of information requests:

THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP PROMISED AN EPIC TEST for the Freedom of Information Act. On one side, the powerful, yet deeply flawed, transparency law that turned 50 years old a few months before Trump’s 2016 election.

Tuesday Night Owls. Dorceta Taylor: ‘Environmental justice demands listening’

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When Yale Professor of environmental sociology Dorceta E. Taylor wrote The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations in 2014, she learned that minorities made up just 14.6% of the staff of environmental organizations even though people of color make up 38% of the U.S. population.

Monday Night Owls. Reich: With Trump out, will the U.S. finally bury Reaganism?

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Robert Reich writes—Out of the Ashes of Trump, Will the U.S. Finally Bury Reaganism? Ronald Reagan convinced the nation that big government was the problem. It was rubbish.

Republican infighting has created a political void into which Democrats are stepping with far-reaching reforms.

Friday Night Owls: Amnesty Int’l calls on President Biden to shut down Guantánamo military prison

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In response to reports that the Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Daphne Eviatar, Director of the Security with Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA, released the following statement:

“We are pleased to hear that the Biden administration wants to review the U.S.

Wednesday Night Owls: Young activists shift the focus to ‘intersectional environmentalism’

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Cameron Oglesby at Grist writes—The generational rift over ‘intersectional environmentalism’

New eras are often marked by changes in language.

Whereas the Trump administration was calling natural gas “molecules of freedom,” the Biden administration has gone all-in on “environmental justice.

Sunday Night Owls: Replacing the gasoline tax with something that makes 21st Century sense

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Gabrielle Gurley at The American Prospect writes—The Long and Winding Road to Replacing the Gas Tax. Can Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg convince Congress that road user fees are the next big revenue thing?

Pete Buttigieg has parachuted in for a soft landing at the Department of Transportation. There were no Betsy DeVos-esque moments at the Rhodes Scholar’s confirmation hearing.

Friday Night Owls: Summers does it again, worrying about too much stimulus instead of not enough

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Josh Bivens at the Economic Policy Institute writes—The Biden rescue plan is neither risky nor a distraction from structural issues:

Economist Larry Summers raised fears today that the Biden administration’s economic rescue plan might go too far, leading to economic overheating or squandering political and economic space for long-run reforms down the road.

Thursday Night Owls: Washington state lawmakers ponder a 1% wealth tax

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Chuck Collins at Inequality.org writes—The Movement for a Wealth Tax in Washington State. A levy of just 1% on wealth over $1 billion would raise more than $2 billion per year to meet the state’s urgent social needs:

Legislators in Washington state are taking bold steps towards instituting a state-level wealth tax.

Wednesday Night Owls: A glimpse of the future of work, which isn’t optimistic for big cities

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Derek Thompson at The Atlantic writes—Superstar Cities Are in Trouble. The past year has offered a glimpse of the nowhere-everywhere future of work, and it isn’t optimistic for big cities.

Some evenings, when pandemic cabin fever reaches critical levels, I relieve my claustrophobia by escaping into the dreamworld of Zillow, the real-estate website.

Tuesday Night Owls: Rep. Sarbanes’ H.R. 1 bill would implement vote-by-mail and other voting reforms

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Eric Cortallessa at The Washington Monthly writes—How to Get Vote-by-Mail Reform to Biden’s Desk. A powerful House bill faces long odds in the Senate. Here’s what Democrats should fight for—and what they can compromise on:

After the 2020 election, America’s electoral infrastructure is in a weird place.

Monday Night Owls: President Biden should go on a hiring spree of federal workers

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Eleanor Eagen of the Revolving Door Project writes at The American Prospect—Why Recent American Governments Have Fumbled Crises. While our population has doubled in the past 70 years, the number of federal employees hasn’t increased (in case you wonder why our pandemic response has lagged).

In the nearly seven decades since 1952, the U.S. population has more than doubled.