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The renewed push for approval of the Keystone pipeline suggests its backers believe it is "now or never," and they're probably right. The economics of Canada's tar sands operations are already unfavorable, and they are becoming worse. The tar sands operations and supporting projects like Keystone will look even less attractive two years from now, because the economic environment will have changed. This suggests that a delaying strategy could kill the pipeline project and others like it, as well as slowing or shutting down tar sands operations.

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There's so much to do in the four months between now and the November election. We need to defend Democratic seats in the Senate, and we need to displace some Republicans in the house. We need to convince our Dem friends to vote all the way down the ticket as well. I'm barely a Democrat, and yet even I recognize the need to focus on these tasks.

Can we please hold off on the pro-Hillary/anti-Hillary debate until after the election?

For every HRC diary that sucks us into reading and responding to all the comments, there's one, two, maybe a dozen Democratic neighbors we could be talking to about getting out to vote in November. My own project this summer is to walk my precinct and make sure EVERY Dem is lined up to vote.

If you feel this short diary squelches a timely and necessary debate, then of course feel free to send me a note about it... in late November.

Much love.

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The world’s major stock markets are showing signs of exhaustion, indicating that it’s time for some type of correction. A shock to the markets from U.S. debt default could mean the difference between a gentle decline and a memorable crash.

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At some point soon, the sane faction of the Republican House will have to flee from the right flank. Democrats can turn that into a budget and policy win.

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Directing an attack upon Syrian military installations is not the best way to achieve the stated U.S. objectives. However, if military action is inevitable, then an approach targeting Syria's leadership would be a more effective deterrent and would greatly reduce casualties.

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This is the first diary I’ve written in a very long time. To ease myself back into these waters, I’ll begin with an imperfect allegory and some childish pictures, below the fold.

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After the recent nationwide string of evictions, maybe it's time for Occupiers to change tactics. Instead of being visible by virtue of being chased out of downtown parks by police, perhaps they could look for ways to be visible in the neighborhoods where regular people live, work, and shop.

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