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Leid Stories—Behind the Republicans’ Dead-Even Obamacare Vote; Is Epic Battle with Hillary, Top Dems About to Begin?—07.26.17

At a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, last night, President Trump boasted a significant Republican victory in repealing and replacing Obamacare in a Senate vote earlier in the day. Although the vote was a direct hit against Obamacare, party leaders said it was meant simply to authorize discussion and debate on certain aspects of the health-care law, which went into …

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Leid Stories—Betsy DeVos, the Meaning of Freedom In Our Time: A People’s Survey—02.08.17

Vice President Mike Pence yesterday cast a history-making, tie-breaking vote that confirmed as secretary of education Betsy DeVos, one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial Cabinet nominees. Pence’s vote came after two Republican senators—Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—joined a unanimous Democratic vote against DeVos, a prominent philanthropist who twice served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

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Martha Rosenberg – Major Pharma Scandal: Whistleblowers Claim Popular Asthma Drug Was Marketed Illegally

Asthma is big business for Big Pharma. Advair was the third best selling drug in the world in 2013 and the asthma drugs Singulair and Symbicort were also blockbusters. So it is no surprise the prospect of a high-tech injectable drug that stops an allergic response by binding to Immunoglobulin E (IgE) made Big Pharma sit up and take notice. Xolair (omalizumab), developed from humanized rodent cells (yes, …

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Resistance Radio – George Wuerthner – 01.24.16

George Wuerthner is the Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is an ecologist and wildlands activist. He has published 38 books on environmental issues and natural history including such environmentally focused books as Welfare Ranching, Wildfire, Thrillcraft, Energy and most recently Protecting the Wild. Today we talk about beetles. The timber industry and the Forest Service portray beetles as a threat to forests, and as yet another reason forests must be cut down. Wuerthner discusses beetles as keystone species, important to forests, and to those who live in them.

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Reynard Loki – The GOP’s Shocking Attack on America’s National Forests

Two Republican bills currently making their way through Congress should anger any American who cares about the nation’s forests. Introduced this summer, both bills are pro-industry and anti-environment — and seek to eliminate the public participation in federal decisions about forest management that could negatively impact local communities, ecological health and wildlife. The first one, HR 2647 [3], the Resilient Federal Forests …