- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Comic: West Virginia’s water problem:
- Jerry Brown says he won't be running for president:
“No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately,” he told reporters at a news conference before brightening about his current job: “Actually, California is a lot more governable.”
Brown, who ran for president in 1976, 1980 and 1992, was the subject of some speculation recently when his office did not categorically rule out another run, the governor was touting his work in California as a template for the nation and some activists named him as an alternative to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is weighing a bid.
- Media coverage of climate change falls:
The final numbers for the year are in and NY Times climate coverage — stories in which the words “global warming” or “climate change” appeared — has plummeted more than 40 percent. That is a bigger drop than any of the other newspapers monitored by the University of Colorado, though the Washington Post’s coverage dropped by a third, no doubt driven in part by its mind-boggling decision to take its lead climate reporter, Juliet Eilperin, off the environment beat. [...]
The major networks’ coverage of climate has flatlined. Robert Brulle of Drexel University counts a whopping 30 stories on the nightly news at ABC, NBC and CBS in 2013, little changed from the 29 in 2012. That’s less than one piece per week on the story of the century. In 2007, there were 147 climate segments on the nightly news.
- These Daily Kos community posts were the most shares on Facebook Jan. 14:
Christie was with Wildstein on 9/11/13 during Bridgegate, by blue aardvark
- Mayor of Sochi's Olympic village defends Russia's anti-LGBT law:
Svetlana Zhurova, a gold medal-winning figure skater and lawmaker in the Russian parliament who voted for the bill last June, said in an interview on the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd that she “voted to stop people promoting it to minors.”
Zhurova claimed that many European politicians who oppose the law had told her in private that they actually supported it and that Russian celebrities who support the law had been told by their sponsors to stay quiet. She added, “I just think they shouldn’t show a cartoon on TV — excuse me, I have two boys — where a king loves another king.” She went on to tell a “joke” about the law: “If someone says he’s Napoleon, he’ll be taken straight to the appropriate institution. If he says he’s a woman, then basically nothing happens to him, he’s fighting for his rights.”
- Entrepreneurs turn iceberg water into cash or scams:
Global warming is presenting a novel economic climate for a new breed of hustler, poised to make money on the meltdown. From water to vodka to the creation of artificial glaciers in India, icebergs have never been hotter. One Canadian water company produces 50,000 bottles of its Iceberg Water annually. A Newfoundland entrepreneur sells nets to tow icebergs out of the way of oil rigs for over $100,000 a pop.
- Rep. Gohmert says judges favoring same-sex marriage need "basic plumbing lessons": Gohmert has previously argued that sex education isn't needed because humankind got along without it for ages and that marriage equality will lead to bestiality.
- Obama administration may give up eco-protections to get Trans-Pacific Partnership approved:
In its urgency to reach agreement on an ambitious international trade agreement, the Obama administration may give up on key environmental protections, documents obtained by Wikileaks reveal. Obama has indicated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping deal being negotiated between the U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim nations, is a top priority, and the push to fast-track the negotiations, the leaked documents indicate, appears to be coming at the cost of protections such as legally binding pollution control requirements, logging regulations and a ban on harvesting shark fins.
While the U.S. has been pushing for tough environmental provisions, the other nations working on the deal, which include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Peru, oppose them. And they currently have the upper hand [...]
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the FL theater shooting outrage continues, and the LAT weighs in with an editorial. Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the NM school shooting, and the latest Christie, Gop civil war, WV spill, and ACA stories. New reports allege the FL shooter has a bit of a confrontational history. Joan McCarter brought us the Bruce Springsteen parody, the Gop rebranding of their rebranding, the new omnibus bill's four ACORN defunding provisions, and other assorted nonsense. Plus the state of the UI extension bill & its many Gop poison pills, and the latest on net neutrality. Finally, a starting look at Politico Magazine's "Congressional Moneyball."
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