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Summary: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of August 15

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  • Oil in the Courts
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  • BP's Insidious Coverup and Propaganda Campaign: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Steve Greenberg

A chronology of the ongoing administration-wide response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill, The White House
The most comprehensive, detailed information is available at this Website, especially in the Daily Updates

Oil in the Courts, Michael B. Keegan, People For the American Way

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  • No matter how much BP spends on clean up efforts, ultimately the accountability of BP and the other companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster -- Transocean and Halliburton -- will be determined in the courts.
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  • A New Debate on the Court and the Constitution
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  • The Corporate Courts: Fifth Circuit Judges Are Marinating in Oil
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BP's Insidious Coverup and Propaganda Campaign: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Dahr Jamail, Global Research

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  • The lives of Gulf coast fishermen and residents are being destroyed. Scientists, environmentalists, and toxicologists are describing the Gulf of Mexico as a growing dead zone, a kill zone, and an energy sacrifice zone. As you read this, oil is everywhere around southeastern Louisiana, and continually washing ashore in Alabama and Mississippi.
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  • BP's Rosy Predictions Are B.S. -- Scientists Say Gulf Spill Will Have Catastrophic Impact for Generations
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  • BP Censoring Media, Destroying Evidence
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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BP's Rosy Predictions Are B.S. -- Scientists Say Gulf Spill Will Have Catastrophic Impact for Generations, Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service
Contrary to recent media reports of a quick recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and biologists are terrified about impacts that will likely span "several decades".

BP's Rosy Predictions Are B.S. -- Scientists Say Gulf Spill Will Have Catastrophic Impact for Generations

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Contrary to recent media reports of a quick recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and biologists are terrified about impacts that will likely span "several decades".

Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service

An American flag lays in a slick of oil that washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on July 4, in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The US government issued Monday a new moratorium on deepwater drilling until November 30 to ensure oil companies implement safety measures following the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images/File - Joe Raedle

Contrary to recent media reports of a quick recovery in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists and biologists are "deeply concerned" about impacts that will likely span "several decades".

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"My prediction is that we will be dealing with the impacts of this spill for several decades to come and it will outlive me," Dr. Ed Cake, a biological oceanographer, as well as a marine and oyster biologist, told IPS, "I won't be here to see the recovery."

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Cake's grim assessment stems partially from a comparison he made to the Exxon Valdez oil disaster and the second largest oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (BP's being the largest), that of the Ixtoc-1 blowout well in the Bay of Campeche in 1979.

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Summary: Health Care Reform: Week of August 8

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  • Robust Public Option Health Care Bill with 121 Co-Sponsors Introduced in Congress
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  • New Republican Genius Plan: Defund Suddenly Popular Health Care Bill!
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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RJ Matson

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Robust Public Option Health Care Bill with 121 Co-Sponsors Introduced in Congress, Sahil Kapur, Raw Story

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  • Bill offers consumers a choice between pricey private health plans and a "robust" public plan in the health insurance exchanges set up by the law.
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  • Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick
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Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • The new health care legislation not only mocks the lofty promises made by President Barack Obama, exposing most as lies, but sadly reconfirms that our nation is hostage to unchecked corporate greed and abuse.
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  • The dizzying array of technical loopholes in the bill—written in by armies of insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists—means that these companies, which profit off human sickness, suffering and death, can continue their grim game of trading away human life for money.
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Abortion foes win a round in health overhaul, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, in Google

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  • "We didn't expect that women would be treated differently here with regard to the high-risk insurance pool," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-choice America. "This is inexplicable and wrongheaded to us, and it puts women's lives in jeopardy."
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  • Health care reform must not be used as an excuse for right wing extremists to roll back abortion rights
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  • Abortion War Heats Up In The States
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New Republican Genius Plan: Defund Suddenly Popular Health Care Bill! Wonkette

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  • The Republican leadership is practically cackling with glee at the prospect of reducing the health care law to “swiss cheese” by not paying for stuff.
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  • Starve the Beast
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Health Centers Save Billions, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Senator Bernie Sanders provision in the new national health care law will double the number of centers providing affordable primary care, dental care, mental-health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs.

Even in Waning Days, Pawlenty Pushes Away Federal Life Raft, Senta Knuth, Minnesota 2020
By not opting into early Medicaid expansion, Minnesota would face increased uncompensated care costs — which totaled $268 million in 2008 — as the number of uninsured in Minnesota and health care costs continue to rise. Recently, the Minnesota Department of Health ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­estimated that by 2014, Minnesota will spend 52% more on health care in 2014 than in 2008. As this spending skyrockets, so will the hidden tax on the insured.

Is Health Care Reform Constitutional? Sallie Sanford, Jurist
Although challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are valuable for inspiring dialogue within and outside the legal community, they are unlikely to succeed in the face of decades of Supreme Court case law.

Summary: Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of August 8

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  • Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been Dumping Site
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  • Facing the Future as a Media Felon on the Gulf Coast
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Bob Englehart

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A chronology of the ongoing administration-wide response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill, The White House
The most comprehensive, detailed information is available at this Website, especially in the Daily Updates

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been Dumping Site, Campbell Robertson, New York Times | NY
“This has been the nation’s sacrifice zone, and has been for 50-plus years.” Aaron Viles, campaign director for the Gulf Restoration Network, a nonprofit group.

Facing the Future as a Media Felon on the Gulf Coast, Georgianne Nienaber, Reader Supported News

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  • Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists
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  • Media, boaters could face criminal penalties by entering oil cleanup 'safety zone'
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American-made streetcars: Portland company rebuilds lost industry

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  • More than 65 U.S. cities are currently looking into implementing streetcars. Portland, though, is leading the way in public transportation.
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  • Minneapolis City Council keeps streetcars on track
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Jacob Wheeler, People's World

United Streetcar, a union company in Portland, Ore., and wholly owned subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, has built the first American-made streetcar in over half a century. United Streetcar already has a deal in place to build thirteen of its streetcars for the cities of Portland and Tucson, Ariz.

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The initial streetcar was unveiled in July 2009 in a ceremony attended by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who called Portland the transportation, streetcar and livable community capital of the United States. "I believe this is the dawn of a new era for public transportation in the United States," said LaHood. "A new opportunity to claim ‘Made in America.' It's a chance to generate good-paying union jobs right here in the region."

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Minneapolis City Council keeps streetcars on track, Hart Van Denburg, City Pages | MN
"Last Friday (April 2), the Council took a big step forward toward make sure we put modern streetcars where they belong -- along the commercial corridors in Minneapolis that used to have them." -- RT Ryback, Minneapolis Mayor

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