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Beverages

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On January 17, 2012
A couple of beverage-related stories this morning. 1. If you didn’t oppose fracking the Marcellus Shale before, let the Post provide some really strong evidence while you should: there is a significant chance the fracking process will pollute the groundwater used by Ommegang for their excellent beers. The thought of losing Ommegang is too much […]

Blue-Green Alliances

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On January 17, 2012

Last week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the United Nations Investor Summit on Climate Risk. He made a couple of important points. First: And to those who say climate risk is a far off pr

Breaking News!

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On January 15, 2012
Irrelevant Jon Huntsman dropping out. Every progressive blog and twitter feed reporting incessantly. No one talking about Indiana right to work a person to death law. Politics as entertainment far more important. I’m already getting bored. I wonder if Rick Perry has said anything crazy in the last 30 seconds? Would love to tweet about […]

Branding

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On January 15, 2012

California ranchers are unhappy that the federal government wants to replace branding cattle with electronic chips placed in cattle’s ears. The chips make a lot of sense on many levels. It’

Labor Notes

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On January 15, 2012
1. North Carolina call center workers are organizing with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Sitel treats their employees like early 20th century sweatshop workers, with the classic bathroom problem at the center of worker complaints. Like tenement sweatshops in 1910s New York, Sitel has vastly underprovided bathrooms for workers (1 bathroom for 200 women) […]

Unbelievable

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On January 12, 2012

The New York Times Public Editor: I’m looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about. Your m

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Mining

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On January 12, 2012
There is much to agree with in this op-ed about the General Mining Act of 1872. One of the most pernicious laws in American environmental history, the General Mining Act gives hard-rock mine owners precedent over almost all federal land for almost no money. It’s a major black mark on Grant’s presidential record, as it […]

Tebow for President

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On January 12, 2012

As some of you know, the Sidney Hillman Foundation gives out its monthly Sidney, in honor of exceptional journalism. It’s a great thing to follow; sometimes it honors stories at major publicatio

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