Public Citizen has released a chilling report revealing that the 485-mile KXL southern line is plagued by dents, faulty welding, exterior damage that was patched up poorly and misshapen bends, among other troubling anomalies.
Here's the inconvenient truth about the Keystone XL: TransCanada does not need the pipeline's northern leg to begin pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands daily through America's breadbasket for export overseas.
We would benefit if more public servants decided to spend their retirements in our towns, rather than in this town, and to follow the models of Tom Eagleton, Walter Mondale and John Danforth and others who have returned home to be public citizens.
The IRS does not belong in the business of evaluating political conduct, nor did Congress ever intend to award political organizations with a tax-exemption reserved for groups "operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare."
President Obama had poured his heart and political capital into background checks and gun reform, yet his efforts were met with failure, in a coup against the will of the People orchestrated by the NRA and their lackeys in the Senate.
The megabanks should welcome the opportunity to explain to their investors why they benefit from their megabank size and structure. And the SEC should permit investors an opportunity to let their voices be heard.
Will there ever be enough Republican support to accomplish the daunting task of overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which lets corporations and unions spend millions of dollars to drown out your voice in elections?
While the ugly and rancorous "fiscal cliff" battle has been playing out in Washington, another negotiation equally critical for America was also being conducted, this one behind closed doors far across the ocean: the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
What we have now is not what they envisioned, nor the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" that President Lincoln called for in the Gettysburg Address. With the stakes as high as they are, you would think that some common sense would prevail in Washington.
The final numbers are not in yet, but we already have more than enough information to make one call in the 2012 elections: The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. FEC decision can be deemed a failure based on the very rationale that the court used to justify it.
While the occupations have ended -- thanks in no small part to a harsh police crackdown -- it would be a mistake to assume the Occupy movement is over. Social movements have a way of metamorphosing and resurging in unpredictable ways.
While the conventions and the two men who would be president have been uppermost in our minds for the past two weeks, we should not lose sight of other critical races going on across the country, in particular those in the House of Representatives.