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How the Keystone Fight Was Won

President Obama's rejection of the Keystone pipeline is the culmination of years of organizing and mobilization. Time to take a moment to celebrate a victory and draw lessons about how victories are won. 

Tidbits - February 6, 2014

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Reader Comments - Pete Seeger; Jews and Mayor de Blasio; Atlanta; NSA; Staples & Postal Jobs; Minimum Wage; Wars of Reconstruction; Brooklyn College CWE; Drugs and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Christie Scandal; Unions and Keystone Pipeline; Announcements - New Music Video-Close Guantanamo; Egyptian Revolution in Perspective -NYC-Feb 8; Fight Against VEOLIA Privatization -SF-Feb 8; Book Signing-William L. Patterson bio -LA-Feb 11; Labor - A Poor People's Movement -NYC-Feb 21

Keystone Pipeline - "Conflicts of Interest Make This a Sham"

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva Three Takes
The fact that the Canadian government and the oil industry were reportedly briefed on today’s news before Congress was given the courtesy of a heads-up speaks volumes. It encourages the already widely held impression that the fix was in from the beginning. If the administration expects to avoid the lasting stink of having ignored every red flag in the book, it needs to explain itself.

Secrets, Lies, and Missing Data: New Twists in the Keystone XL Pipeline

Brad Wieners Bloomberg
Recently, San Francisco photographer Thomas Bachand tried to get the route from the State Department and the State Department claims not to have any GIS data on the route—or to know who within the federal government does. Which raises a final question: If no one can share the route, how can anyone approve it?

Tidbits - May 23, 2013

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Reader Comments on Matt Taibbi: Everything Is Rigged; Chiefs Declare Keystone XL Invalid; Rape in the Military; Islamophobia; Real IRS Scandal; Kissinger; Viet Nam War; Cambodia; Marx Banned in Hungary; Announcements: Black Talkies On Parade Film Series - Los Angeles - May 25; The Future of the Left - A Conversation on Socialist Unity - New York - June 5 - event moved to larger location
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