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Lynne Peeples

Toxic Treads: Scrap Tire Playgrounds Lighten Landfills, But Raise Cancer Fears

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green

The fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would ta...

Why Is the National Urban League Defending Online Discrimination?

Craig Aaron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Craig Aaron

Marc Morial recites the industry's talking points in praising the ISPs for their broadband deployment, while denouncing common carrier rules as heavy handed "utility-style regulations" that would deter investment and widen the digital divide.

Tea Iced!

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Senator Thad Cochran pulled off an upset of sorts, by defeating his Tea Party primary challenger in the rematch atmosphere of a "top two" runoff election. His chance of victory had been seen by many (at least before the election results began coming in) as increasingly unlikely -- which is why the political world is abuzz over what just happened down in the Magnolia State.

Lynne Peeples

Why These Goalies Are Worried About Unknown Toxins In Artificial Turf

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green

The distinct smell of synthetic turf on a soccer field always brings back good memories for Jordan Swarthout. "I loved playing the sport so much," ...

For-Profit Colleges Spend Big on Lobbyists to Fight Obama Regulation

David Halperin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

With the May 27 deadline approaching to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education, big for-profit colleges are pulling out all the stops to gut the Obama administration's proposed "gainful employment" rule, which is aimed at curbing predatory career training programs.

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Steve Horn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Governor Christie's New Scandal: Verizon's Fiber-Optic-"Digital Bridge" Gate.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.07.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It is now clear that while Governor Christie is embroiled in 'bridgegate', which is about clogging and blocking of traffic movement over a bridge, another scandal is brewing.

Hey Reince -- You Can't Buy Friends

Richard Robbins | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Richard Robbins

The chair of national party with millions of members announcing a $10 million spend for a "bottom-up approach" shows a complete lack of understanding of the meaning of a bottom-up movement.

Meet Koch Brothers Employee David Spady, Darling of LA Fox "News"

Rick Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Want to know how the right-wing astroturf machine works? Want to see how they use power and money to drown out the voice of the people? Want to see the motivations behind the Koch Brothers' hit man in California?

The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations.

Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms at Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin: The Poetry of Everyday Objects (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 09.07.2012 | Arts
VernissageTV

Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the 18th and final exhibition in the museum's commission program. For this show, Me...

Unaccountable Oil: Enbridge Pipeline and "Ethical Oil" PR Pollution

James Hoggan | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
James Hoggan

Is this the kind of transparency that would give you confidence in how Enbridge might account for itself in the wake of an out-of-sight oil spill?

Trimming Astroturf From the American Petroleum Institute's 'Vote 4 Energy' Ad

Philip Radford | Posted 03.09.2012 | Green
Philip Radford

Americans are clearly too smart to be faked out by Big Oil's phony grass roots strategies. Vote 4 yourself, not oil executives.

Blowback: The Failure of Cain Cool

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Herman Cain's new ad is all the talk today. Mark Block, fresh from the Wisconson branch of the Koch-family-funded Americans for Prosperity Tea Party astroturfer, makes smoking into an anti-government act of defiance.

Conservatives Astroturfing a Brave New World (VIDEO)

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The Internet propaganda war is raging and far-ranging. It focuses on creating a revisionist alternative to history and established science, arguing that mainstream history and science is liberally biased.

Fake Followers and Twitter Astroturf: It's Sorta Social, Demented and Sad, But Social

Celia Alario | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Celia Alario

I couldn't help but think of that great line from The Breakfast Club when I read that Big Oil has resorted to creating fake Twitter accounts in order to fabricate an illusion of 'grassroots' support for the controversial Keystone pipeline project.

Al Franken Makes Senate Stand for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Last month, a Republican-led House voted on a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of any authority to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of choice on the Internet. Now, Al Franken is fighting back.

Tea Party, Corporate Front Groups Urge Democrats to Cave on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.05.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Net Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet, has come under withering attack from the Astroturf lobby -- corporate front groups that are determined to hand control of the Internet to companies like AT&T and Comcast.

Surprising Way Race Colors Attitudes To Health Care Reform

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some opposition to the Obama administration's health care reform law is linked to racial bias, according to a study released by the Greenlining Instit...

David Koch: "There's Some Extremists" in the Tea Party, but Mostly "Normal People Like Us"

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Yes folks, David Koch is just a normal person, like us. In fact he's exactly like all the other "normal people" with an estimated worth of $21.5 billion.

Why Is Fred Upton Lending His Name To The Koch Brothers' War On EPA And Americans' Health?

Pete Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Altman

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is all over the news these days with his calls to block steps by ...

Comcast Kumbaya

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Public policy is designed to make it profitable for corporations to behave in ways that don't harm the rest of us. The only thing that will keep Comcast honest is clear rules of the road and a real watchdog such as the FCC to enforce them.

Tea Party Diversity Effort Is a Public Relations Scam

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Real diversity means inclusion and tolerance of different viewpoints, backgrounds, orientations and lifestyles, not tokenism. So, if you are a diverse applicant for admission to the Tea Party gang, know what you're dealing with.

Arthur Delaney

Tea Party Organizer: Effort "In A Very Disconcerting Position At The Moment"

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the leading coordinators of the tea parties that happened across the country on tax day, April 15, has penned a soul-searching letter to suppor...

Blight at the Museum: The Smithsonian's Cloudy Climate Science (VIDEO)

Miles Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Miles Grant

An exhibit on evolution & climate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History that doesn't even mention manmade climate pollution or the cur...