Fixing the System: President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration

The White House, 11/20/14

America’s immigration system is broken. The President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants…..

keep reading at The White House, including a video of the president’s address and a graphic that sets forth his plan as well as the basics of the bipartisan plan passed by the Senate almost a year and a half ago.

House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon, 11/19/14

The “reform” measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA’s advisory board

Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

H.R. 1422, which passed 229-191, would shake up the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, placing restrictions on those pesky scientists and creating room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations…

keep reading at Salon

Pa. checks potential duplicate voter registrations

Bucks County Courier Times, 11/19/14

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of registered voters may soon be asked to verify that Pennsylvania is their residence or risk being purged from its voter rolls.

State elections officials said Wednesday they are in the process of sending to county elections officials lists of nearly 43,000 Pennsylvania voters who apparently have registered more recently in other states….

keep reading at Bucks County Courier Times

Drug Warrior Mitch McConnell Tied To Millions In Cocaine

By Heather, Crooks and Liars, November 18, 2014

Who thinks a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate would have survived this?

As we mentioned here prior to his re-election, Sen. Mitch McConnell is one of the wealthier members of Congress thanks to his wife Elaine Chao’s family’s shipping company and as Lee Fang reported in The Nation last month, their offshore business deals, which just happen to include smuggling a large amount of cocaine.

Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company:

After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating….

keep reading and view video with Cenk Uygur at Crooks and Liars

Education, rehabilitation key to mitigating incarceration bulge, says corrections secretary

By Jim Callahan, Daily Local News, 11/15/14

WEST CHESTER >> Over the past four years, Pennsylvania’s prison population has dropped about 1,500 and a state prison has closed.

“Unfortunately, that’s the end of the good news,” said John E. Wetzel, secretary of the state Department of Corrections.

Wetzel was guest speaker Saturday at the West Chester NAACP’S annual luncheon. He said that if people are unhappy with the number of people – 51,000 — incarcerated into the state prison system that he manages, they need to come up with alternatives….

keep reading at Daily Local News

Dinniman suggests using the state constitution against pipeline projects

By Jim Callahan, Daily Local News, 11/15/14

WEST CHESTER >> State Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman Friday suggested local communities use the state constitution as a tool to force their voices be heard to regulate the Sunoco pipeline project through Chester County.

The Chester County Sierra Club stopped by his office to present him an award for his environmental efforts. Dinniman took the occasion to increase the effort to force the pipeline company to respect local views on the development….

keep reading at Daily Local News