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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt answers reporters' questions during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | In an "unprecedented" move that critics say will "undermine independent science," amplify the voices of those representing the fossil fuel industry, and put public health at risk, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Tuesday signed a directive that bars scientists who have received federal grants from serving on the EPA's advisory boards.



"Pruitt doesn't want to listen to a word from anyone who isn't in the pocket of corporate polluters."  —Michael Brune, Sierra Club



Justifying the new rule, which will take effect immediately, Pruitt suggested that the research of scientists who have received federal money lacks objectivity and gives off "the appearance of conflict."

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If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts, End Austerity, and Rescue It with Massive Emergency Aid Now!

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Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity
The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”
Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It
Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity

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The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”

Ed Morales, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/themes/thenation/images/161x102.jpg September 27, 2017 | Hurricane Maria has created a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Much of the capital city of San Juan is flooded; there is contaminated water in the streets, shortages of gasoline and water, and looming crises for senior citizens in fragile health, reports Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Maria destroyed what Hurricane Irma, which struck earlier in September, did not: Virtually the entire island is without electricity, and cell-phone service and other communications are severely strained. Municipalities like Guayama, Cataño, and Toa Baja have reported massive floods and unthinkable devastation. (My mother and other family members live in a remote mountain town near the rain forest, and while I know they’re safe, their food, water, and medications will only last so long.) A damaged dam at Lake Guajataca, near the northwestern town of Isabela, is threatening thousands of residents in nearby areas. As we go to press, 16 fatalities have been reported, but thousands of citizens have lost their homes, and those figures could increase substantially when the final numbers come in. Representative Nydia Velázquez estimates that Puerto Rico will need $10 billion for a full recovery.

Ed Morales, a freelance writer based in New York, teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He co-directed a documentary, Whose Barrio?, about the gentrification of East Harlem.

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Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It

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Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can't even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven't been heard from! But this President tweets about football players who protest racism.

Juan Cole, Portside

http://portside.org/sites/default/files/images/Trump_Tweets_Puerto_Rico(305x400).jpg September 26, 2017 | I’m not sure what Donald Trump thinks the job of president consists of. One task is to swing into action when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can’t even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven’t been heard from! A dam may fail, endangering 70,000 people. It will take decades to rebuild.

As Daniel Gross (@grossdm) wrote on Twitter, “More US citizens live in Puerto Rico than live in the Dakotas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska combined. I don’t see Congress lifting a finger.”

John Ricardo I. "Juan" Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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Trump's Sham Tax Plan

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Campaign finance reform advocates protest outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., 2011. (Photo: takomabibelot/cc/flickr)

This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Luisa Galvao, Americans for Financial Reform

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bribery_0.jpgSeptember 28, 2017 This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Instead of massive additional tax cuts for the Wall Street banks and billionaires that have predatory power over our economy and government, we should be closing loopholes and making sure Wall Street pays its fair share. This would allow us to fund schools, infrastructure, and emergency response. To achieve this, TAKE ON WALL STREET has a few ideas:

The Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, doesn’t just close loopholes and raise revenue; it also puts a dent in the power of private equity firms to take advantage of  workers and investors.
• Putting in place a small tax on Wall Street trading would raise billions of dollars for the needs of ordinary families while helping to stop predatory high-frequency trading that destabilizes markets.
• The Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (H.R. 399) ends tax advantages for giant CEO pay packages that encourage a short-term focus on manipulating stock prices.

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Now is not the time to slash taxes for the wealthy, reducing revenues by nearly $1.5 trillion over ten years. Instead, we should be working to ensure that Wall Street fat cats are paying their fair share. We call on every member of Congress to co-sponsor and urge passage of the TAKE ON WALL STREET tax agenda.

Sources:
1. https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/senate-republicans-take-big-first-step-towards-15-trillion-revenue-losing-tax

Americans for Financial Reform brings together more than 200 organizations to work for a safer, simpler and fairer financial system – one that promotes a more equitable and sustainable economy instead of feeding inequality and risk.

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The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior

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  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
  • Related: From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpg Sep. 30, 2017 | Whenever President Trump lashes out against someone or something in a way that defies traditional expectations for presidential behavior — for instance, his decision to criticize the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday morning after her city was devastated by Hurricane Maria — it yields a debate about what was behind it. After Trump’s series of attacks on the NFL and its players earlier this month, for example, there were two major theories about what motivated his conduct.

The first theory is that it was a deliberate political tactic — or as a New York Times headline put it, “a calculated attempt to shore up his base.” We often hear theories like this after Trump does or says something controversial or outrageous. His response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was sometimes explained in this way, for example. “Mr. Trump has always appreciated the emotional pull of questioning bias and fairness, especially with his white working-class base,” the Times wrote, portraying Charlottesville as an issue that drove a wedge between the Trumpian and the Republican establishment.

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From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research

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  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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Help enlighten your fellows. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 3

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Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system
 
Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 

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August 24, 2017 | In the upcoming tax debate, lobbyists and special-interest groups are pushing for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, often using misleading claims. This new series <https://www.americanprogress.org/tag/facts-on-tax-reform/> sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

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The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses, Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 
President Trump's and House Republicans' proposed "small-business" tax cut would create a new loophole for millionaires—including Wall Street financiers, lobbyists, lawyers, and wealthy business owners like Trump—while doing little or nothing for real small businesses.

Center for American Progress: A think tank offering policy proposals, talking points, events, news and columns.

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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 2


Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 1

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In Memoriam: Paul Wellstone

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Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn. Photo credit: US Senate / Wikimedia.

  • Outspoken Senator Was A Lonely Voice Against Iraq War
  • Perhaps if more members of Congress had displayed the courage and conscience that Wellstone showed during that season of jingoistic fervor 15 years ago, the situation in Iraq, and the Middle East as a whole, might be far different today  — and far less hazardous to peace prospects, and to American interests as well, in the region.

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Wellstone was described by some as “the conscience of the Senate.” When the progressive Democrat from Minnesota addressed the Senate chamber on Oct. 9, 2002, pleading against the nation’s reckless rush to war during the Iraq Resolution debate, he could not have been more prescient.

Jeff Clyburn: Copy editor/Page designer, WhoWhatWhy.org

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What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world

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  • Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement.
  • Related: Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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What started out as an information service based on public support has now become a culture of free service. The process is absolutely being abused. A budget is required. Not a huge budget, but a “reasonable” one.

We’ll press the case until we get that.

David Culver, Founder, Publisher
Evergreene Digest 


Thomas Frank, The Guardian

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | Let us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer. Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned for something quite different: his generous patronage of liberal politicians and progressive causes.

This leading impresario of awful was an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was a strong critic of racism, sexism and censorship. He hosted sumptuous parties to raise money for the fight against Aids.

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  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now.
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right.
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well.

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To the Point: Bid for Amazon HQ Should Reflect Minnesota's Interests

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  • Even if Amazon does come to Minnesota, along with the jobs and economic boost there would also be serious negative impacts from the project.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

http://www.apple-pie.org/images/apa3.gif October 13, 2017 | As a consistent critic of corporate subsidies, I had a mixed reaction to Amazon’s request for bids to attract their proposed second headquarters.

The promise of up to 50,000 high paying jobs is incredible; something no state would ignore. But nobody knows whether those jobs will actually materialize. Businesses often promise the moon to gain handouts from taxpayers as is evident in Wisconsin’s massive subsidy to Foxconn.

John Marty is a Minnesota state senator. 

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Foxconn%20Comes%20to%20WI.jpgIn exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin.
  • What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

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  • Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?
  • Related: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities


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