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Global warming refers to the increasing temperature of Earth's surface, including land, water and near-surface air. Per most of the scientific community, Earth has warmed significantly since the mid-20th century due to an increase in greenhouse gases that trap heat on Earth.
Capital punishment (the death penalty) is the pre-meditated taking of a human life by a government in response to a crime committed by that legally convicted person. This article sums the arguments for and against the death penalty, and statistics worldwide. It also discusses felon Stanley Tookie Williams, executed in Dec 2005, who was nominated for both the Nobel Peace and Literature Prizes.
Embryonic stem cell research is not illegal in the US. President Bush banned the use of federal funds to advance such research, but not private and state funding. Most scientists believe that embryonic stem cells hold the key to curing hundreds of diseases. On the other side, staunch pro-lifers believe that it's immoral to destroy a days-old embryo to save existing life. Page 2.
Pros and cons of U.S. free trade agreements, and brief description of President Obama's new 8-country free trade agreement, the TransPacific Partnership, which is under negotiations in 2010. Page 2.
Presents pros and cons of legalization of marijuana, both for medicinal purposes and for recreational use. Page 2.
Quick-reading statistics about the Iraq War, including spending, casualties, seriously wounded and more. Data is at January 31, 2012, except as indicated.
This article presents an overview of the pros/cons and the politics of U.S. gun ownership and use laws. About 80 million Americans, representing half of U.S. homes, own more than 223 million guns.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 was initially legislated for 5 years, and has since been temporarily extended, but not reauthorized by Congress. In early 2010, President Obama stated that he will seek NCLB reauthorization, but with controversial, tougher new standards.
Naturally occurring greenhouse gases have remained fairly constant over the past several hundred years. Greenhouse gases generated by mankind, though, have increased radically, especially in the past 60 years. Major sources of greenhouse gases generated by mankind are...
Defines and describes U.S. farm subsidy programs, which are legislated by Congress. Farm subsidies are considered a prime area for budget cutbacks by both Democrats and Republicans, but are opposed by the powerful farm lobby and members of Congress from agriculture states.
The effects of global warming are both consequential and widespread, and will continue to be catastrophic. And as a result of global warming processes, extreme weather-related effects will continue to impact Earth...
Profile and personal data on President Barack Obama, former U.S. Senator from Illinois.
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Physical evidence of global warming is widespread and startlingly significant, and is extensively monitored and catalogued by the worldwide scientific community.
A Great Film uplifts while sending a profound message. And a Great Film also superbly entertains, with an interesting story and appealing actors. This is a list of some of my favorite Top Ten Classic Films with a Social Message. My choices include classics released from 1940 to 2006.
Solutions to slowing or stopping global warming lie in mankind's ability to slow and stop activities that inject greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, which are the two largest man-generated contributors to the greenhouse effect.
Cesar Chavez, admired by world leaders, never owned a home. Never earned more than $6000 in a year. He was a California migrant worker all his life who did much to secure better wages, health care and working conditons for Latino migrant workers. He was awarded the Prsidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton. His 1993 funeral, attended by 50,000, was presided over by Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahoney.
"Government healthcare" refers to government funding of healthcare services via direct payments to doctors,
Illegal immigration into the U.S. is highly profitable for both employers and the federal government. The purpose of this article is to explain why the federal government can't afford and doesn't plan to to end illegal immigration. And why undocumented workers are allowed to take the blame...
Partial-birth abortion is a non-medical term used to describe an abortion procedure which is performed after the first trimester of pregnancy, with the goal of delivering a fetus that is not alive. It's also one of the most hotly contested right-to-life political issues in American life today. Most legal battles over banning this procedure relate to the inclusion of exemptions for certain circumstances, most notably to save the life or health of the woman.
Eight articles which set forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for his first-term domestic agenda. Policies areas covered include education, immigration, income taxes, Social Security, and environmental and energy issues.
Full text of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy's famed speech pleading for religious tolerance and reiterating his unconditional support for separation of church and state.
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Profile and background of Sen Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Harvard University professor, federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau founder and special advisor, and the former Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel.
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Profile of MSNBC program anchor, Rachel Maddow, liberal activist.
Coretta Scott King is the widow of civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr, assassinated in 1968. In her own right, Mrs. King is a tireless, effective advocate for human rights. For 27 years, she was CEO of the King Center she founded to continue her husband's principles of nonviolent social change. On August 16, 2005, Mrs. King suffered a major stroke that caused paralysis and left her unable to walk or speak.
Obama decisively won the presidential election for many reasons and factors, including weaknesses of his Republican opponent, John McCain. This article explains five top reasons why Obama won the 2008 presidential race.
Summarizes Barack Obama's 12-point plan to repair the damaged U.S. economy, and to bring about REAL change.
Two-term Sen. Hillary Clinton was sworn-in as Obama's Secretary of State on Jan 22, 2009. Clinton is a strong, outspoken leader with sharp intelligence, political sensibilities, workhorse habits, and...
Anderson Cooper is an impassioned journalist and CNN's lead news anchor. With his taste for covering disasters and wars, Cooper embodies the trend toward advocacy journalism. Cooper is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and her 4th husband, writer Wyatt Cooper.
Christiane Amanpour, one of the world's most honored broadcast journalists, became moderator of ABC's This Week starting on August 1, 2010. Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent for 20 years, is commonly given insider access to situations and events where other journalists are neither welcomed nor allowed.
The Kyoto Protocol became effective on Feb 16, 2005 when it was signed by 141 industrialized countries, including all of Europe. This pact is the first world agreement to fight global warming. Vice President Al Gore was an architect of it and President Clinton signed it in 1997. Despite campaign promises, George Bush withdrew US support for it in 2001, citing that compliance was too costly for US businesses.
Full text of President Obama's speech to Congress on health care reform legislation, delivered on September 9, 2009.
In January 2006, Elizabeth Vargas, a respected 20-year broadcast journalist, began as co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Of Hispanic heritage, Vargas exudes an cool air of thoughtful authority that viewers find reassuring, and has a penchant for social and religious issues. In May 2006, she resigned from World News Tonight, and was named co-anchor of ABC's 20/20.
President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package is a consortium of thousands of federal tax measures and expenditures on infrastructure, education, health care, energy and other projects. Many Democrats believe that the stimulus was too small to bolster the economy, as evidenced by the continuing U.S. economic slump.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is considered by many to be the most influential woman in the world. Oprah believes that the causes and candidate she champions transcend liberal or conservative labels. Some detractors charge that her top-rated show has a liberal slant.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for economic policy agenda during his administration.
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An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's healthcare policies.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for education policies and plans under his administration.
As film star Brad Pitt has aged, the more publicly active he's become in supporting Democratic candidates and causes, including John Kerry in 2004, environmentalism, alternative fuels and energy-efficient cars, and global issues of trade, poverty and AIDS. And like close pal George Clooney, Pitt, is increasingly using his film skills and connections to bring political issues to the Hollywood silver screen.
Joe Biden was sworn in as Vice President on Jan 20, 2009. Previously, Biden served six terms as U.S. senator from Delware, and was the powerful Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Buried in Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was a requirement that all high schools receiving federal funds must provide access to students' names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters. It also requires a high school to allow military recruiters the same campus access to students as granted to college recruiters. And in June 2005, the Pentagon began working with an outsourced direct marketing company to develop a database of personal information about every American age 16 to 18.
Discusses the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the $1 billion in federal funds given to faith-based gorups in 2003. The White House initiative allows faith-based groups to discriminate in employment for any reason when using federal funds, and to disregard federal employment discrimination laws. In February 2004, the President earmarked another $3.7 billion for faith-based service providers.
Sen. Barack Obama takes a strongly progressive stance for public education and for teachers, and against the use of publicly-funded vouchers to pay for private school education. His remarks include a number of controversial proposals and statements, including across-the-board pay raises for teachers, and redesign of standardized tests to support learning, not punishment of teachers. Page 2.
Sets forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for foreign policies and plans under his administration during his first-term in the White House.
Rev. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy on August 28, 1963 at the White House. Page 13.
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Profile of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat from San Francisco. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House, and the most politically powerful woman in U.S. history.
Profile of the DREAM Act, which is aimed at providing legal residency for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors, who graduate from a U.S. high school and who meet certain conditions. President Obama supports passage of the DREAM Act.
Seventeen facts about why most Americans correctly believe that Social Security should NOT be privatized.
Barack Obama's controversial '06 speech on religion and politics that set off a firestorm among both liberals and conservatives. The following is an easier-reading, edited version of his remarks.
On November 4, 2008, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate. Warner was a popular governor due to his exceptional record of bipartisan successes, centrist stances, and fiscal management skills.
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball: Chris Matthews is the feisty, outspoken host of MSNBC's Hardball
The Democratc Party Agenda on the environment expresses the belief that a healthy environment and health economy are not mutually exclusive, and that a sensible energy policy is key to both a strong economy and a clean environment.
Top 20 states with workers represented by labor unions, and including state unemployment rates.
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Paul Krugman, American economist, bestselling author and respected professor, was awarded the prestigious 2008 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. An avowed liberal, he is an influential, outspoken opinion leader on politics and the economy.
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The President nominated federal appeals court Judge John Roberts in July 2005 to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Described as smart, cautious and fair-minded, Roberts is a conservative Washington insider who has worked at the White House, the Justice Department and in private practice. In his 2 years as judge, Roberts authored 40 opinions, only 3 of which drew any dissent. He won 25 of 39 cases he argued in front of the Supreme Court. Roberts' wife is also an accompished attorney.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans for reform of U.S. immigration laws, regulations and practices.
An overview of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan for ending the Iraq War, including bringing U.S. troops home, an aggressive diplomatic effort in the region, and the moral imperative for a humanitarian initiative for Iraqis.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for immigration policies and plans under his administration.
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was elected in 1996 and reelected in 2002 in narrowly contested races. In 2008, though, she won by a comfortable margin. Landrieu is a conservative Democrat...
The Democratic Party agenda on health care includes providing access to affordable health care and prescription drugs to every American, and investing in vital medical research.
Declaration and Manifesto of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, published on September 30, 2011 by the General Assembly of New York's Occupy Wall Street Movement.
If you want to change our world by supporting a cause, a candidate or a movement, but you don't know where to start, here are five excellent, quick-reading books that I personally recommend to you. In fact, I recommend that everyone read and own these books as handy reminders of hundreds of practical and imaginative ways we can express our views and cause change.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, first elected as senator in 1992, is Chair of the powerful Senate Select Committee in Intelligence. Sen. Feinstein, who catapulted to prominence when San Francisco Mayor Moscone was assassinated, was reelected in 2012.
Full text of President Obama's succinct speech on climate change at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 18, 2009.
In April 2006, MA Governor Mitt Romney signed into law a broad new program requiring all citizens to obtain health insurance. The state legislatures both strongly approved this landmark legislation on a bipartisan basis. The program's ambitious aim is to cover 95% of the state's 500,000 uninsured within three years. There are both pros and cons to this radical reform plan.
The Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") is labor-union backed legislation that proposes to amend the National
Bill Nelson of Florida was first elected as senator in 2000, and was reelected in 2006 and 2012. Nelson, an Army veteran and NASA booster, is a fiscally moderate Democrat.
Profile of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor union federation with 57 unions
Sen. Barack Obama delivered these courageous, wise words on June 6, 2007 on the U.S. Senate floor when introducing a controversial amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.
Profile and background of Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC economic journalist and a top Occupy Wall Street Movement supporter.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for energy and environmental policies and plans under his administration.
Summary of President Obama's deficit reduction plan, presented by the President on September 19, 2011.
President John F. Kennedy working at his Oval Office Desk in the White House. Page 14.
This series of unique photos from the National Archives captures important and special moments during President John F. Kennedy's term in office, from his swearing in on the steps of the Capitol Building to his historic funeral procession through Washington D.C.
Background, profile, and personal history of Jon Stewart, Comedy Central comedian and political critic.
Blue Dog Democrats are strongly united on fiscal conservatism and accountability, budgetary matters and pro-business issues, which occasionally angers Democratic party leaders who expect partisan loyalty to the Democratic agenda over conservative fiscal ideology.
Full text of the President's remarks as he signed an executive order lifting the eight-year federal funding ban for embryonic stem cell research. He also announced a Presidential Memorandum to develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision-making.
Listing of Senate Committee Chairs in the 112th Congress, 2011 to 2012. Democrats hold control of the 112th Senate.
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for income and other tax policies and plans under his administration.
Profile and background of Jerry Brown, elected California governor on November 2, 2010, and former California governor from 1975 to 1983.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies on energy and the environment.
President Bush wants to entirely end the federal estate tax. To do so would cut taxes of $745 billion of the wealthiest taxpayers over 10 years exactly when Social Security solvency becomes an immediate concern. In reality, this is a "back-door" way for Bush to accomplish two cherished Republican goals: to give even more tax breaks to wealthy families like the Bushes and Cheneys, and to erode or end Social Security benefits.
Award-winning journalist Lara Logan was named CBS network's prestigious Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent position in June '08. Logan is known for her fearless, impassioned coverage and activist views of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Blue Dog Coalition was founded in 1994 to provide a unified voice for moderate members of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives, particuarly on economic issues. Although views of the 37 Blue Dogs of the 109th Congress (2005-06) range from conservative on social issues to populist/progressive on trade and immigration, the Blue Dogs are strongly united on fiscal and responsibility and budgetary matters. Page 2.
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Sen. Barack Obama delivered this eloquent, soaring speech to thunderous ovation and public accolade after he won the Iowa Democratic caucus on January 3, 2008. His words were strongly reminiscent of Obama's inspiring 2004 Democratic convention speech.
Here is info published by the world's leading news media sources about the new US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone. It is/has the largest embassy in world history; the only building project in Iraq on-time and on-budget; a bomb-proof super-bunker; 21 buildings on 104 acres, the size of 80 football fields; and wired for state-of-the-art communications and surveillance. Congress was told that the cost is $592 million.....
General Wesley Clark is a retired four-star US Army general who led the NATO's Kosovo operation from 1997 to 2000 as Supreme Allied Commander. Clark is rumored to be on Barack Obama's VP shortlist.
Profile and background of Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor
Buried in Bush's No Child Left Behind Act was a requirement that all high schools receiving federal funds must provide access to students' names, addresses and phone numbers to military recruiters. It also requires a high school to allow military recruiters the same campus access to students as granted to college recruiters. And in June 2005, the Pentagon began working with an outsourced direct marketing company to develop a database of personal information about every American age 16 to 18. Page 2.
An overview and quick-reading details of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans to repair the U.S. economy for middle-class Americans.
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An overview of '08 presidential candidate Barack Obama's policies and plans on U.S. civil liberties and rights.
Profile and background of Gavin Newsom, California Lt. Governor
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Full text of President Barack Obama's first inaugural adddress, delivered on January 20, 2009.
Janet Napolitano became Director of Homeland Security on January 21, 2009, in part because of her expertise in dealing with illegal immigration issues as two-term governor of Arizona.
In response to an immigration bill passed in late 2005 by the US House, Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, the largest US diocese with five million Catholics, wrote this letter to President Bush, decrying the new mandate that organizations first check immigration status before providing services to any person
The full text of Sen. Barack Obama's primary season victory speech remarks on June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the final night of the primary season.
On January 16, 2006, which was the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday, Al Gore delivered one of the great speeches in American history to numerous standing ovations at the standing-room-only Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington DC. This article presents excerpts of that 13-page blunt-spoken speech, which assailed President George Bush for breaking US law, and repeatedly and consciously violating the US Constitution.
Profile and background of Kamala Harris, California Attorney General
President John F. Kennedy speaks with Barbra Streisand at an event on May 24, 1963. Page 11.
At first glance, admiring collaboration between a liberal politican and a religious right pastor may seen farfetched. That the two great American gurus of this decade, Barack Obama and Rick Warren, are irresistibly drawn to work together is apparently a given.
Richardson was elected New Mexico Governor in 2002 and reelected in 2006. He was a Congressman for 14 years, UN Ambassador from 1997-98 and Energy Secretary from 1998-01. He was Obama's first nominee for U.S. Commerce Secretary
Four articles which set forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for his first-term national security agenda. Policy areas covered include the Iraq War, Afghanistan, border security, national defense, veterans' policies, and much more.
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Obama decisively won all three '08 presidential debates for many reasons. But McCain also lost the debates due to factors entirely independent of Obama. And because of five main factors, Sen. McCain is quite likely to lose the '08 presidential election.
Background, profile of of Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip, longtime friendly rival of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and 30-year House member.
This article explains and simplifies answers to key questions about President Obama's health care reform plan provisions, ideas, and rationale.
Delivered by Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for the presidency: THE TIME HAS COME FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the Families USA Conference, Washington, DC.
Rosie O'Donnell, Liberal Activist, Former Moderator of "The View" : Rosie O'Donnell, passionate activist,
Summary of the Obama doctrine on foreign intervention and war, as spelled out in by President Obama in his approach to Libya intervention, dubbed Operation Odyssey Dawn by the U.S.
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a parade March 27, 1963 in Washington, DC. Page 15.
Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed on April 28, 2009 as President Obama;s Health & Human Services Secretary by a Senate vote divided along party lines due to her pro-life views. She was elected Governor of red-state Kansas in 2002 and 2006 in 2006.
In late November 2007, Sen. Barack Obama presented a thoughtful, fully-detailed plan to reform public schools, reward and support teachers, and correct the excesses/errors of No Child Left Behind Act. This article includes a brief summary of Sen. Obama's plan, the text of his interesting remarks, and a link to his complete plan. Page 3.
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Full text of President Obama's landmark speech setting a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, as well as announcing restoration of benefits for military personnel and their families.
As House Majority Whip in the 110th Congress, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) is the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, and the most powerful Democrat in his home state. Clyburn's annual Fish Fry is the Democratic political event of the year in South Carolina.
Profile and personal background of Andrew Cuomo, elected New York governor on November 2, 2010.
Top '08 issues concerning liberal voters in key battleground state, Colorado. Page 3.
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Full text of Sen. Hillary Clinton's eloquent August 26, 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
This article lists definitions of healthcare plan terms used in the 2009 political debate over policies and issues in connection with President Obama's goal to provide universal health care for all Americans.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was felled by gunshot at 12:30 pm central standard time in Dallas, Texas. At 1:00 pm, after all heart activity had ceased and after a priest administered the last rites, the President was pronounced dead in Trauma Room 1 of Parkland Hospital. Page 18.
Text of the astute and surprisingly succinct speech delivered by Bill Clinton, 42rd President of the United States, on August 27, 2008 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Profile, background and accomplishments of four-term Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was elected Democratic Party Chair on May 4, 2011.
The following is my personal holiday season 2006 list of the Top Ten Books by Democratic US Senators. It's a varied list that includes serious tomes, two touching memoirs, an enchanting book for children, two abosrbing novels, and two delineating the newly influential Democratic economic populism.
Article sets forth President Obama's goals and underlying principles for defense policies and plans to form his first-term defense agenda.
Summary and brief background of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement renegotiated by President Obama and announced in December 2010.
Profile and background of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada who is Senate Majority Leader in the 110th Congress. Reid is in a tight race for reelection in 2010.
President John F. Kennedy at a press conference. Page 4.
The tawdry and mysterious tale of Bush White House pseudo-reporter Jeff Gannon, aka James Guckert, would be amusingly juicy if it wasn't so scary and slimy.
Jackie Kennedy leaves the U.S. Capitol Building with children Caroline and John, Jr. after attending a ceremony for her late husband John F. Kennedy on November 24, 1963. Also pictured is the late president's brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Page 20.
Profile and background of Ed Schultz, activist and advocate for working Americans, journalist, and MSNBC host.
Describes the 50-year-old federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides retraining and aid to U.S. workers displaced due to U.S. trade policies.
On July 1, 2005, Los Angeles inaugurated its first Hispanic mayor, the dazzingly charismatic Antonio Villaraigosa, since 1872 in festivities befitting fledging political royalty. Seated on the dignitary platform was a veritable who's who of Democratic politics.Among them were former Vice President Al Gore; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Jesse Jackson, founder of the Rainbow Coalition; and Dolores Huerta, Latino activist icon and co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers. . Page 2.
Profile of Howard Dean, Democratic Party Chair from Feb 2005 to Jan 2009, who pioneered the successful 50-state strategy that propelled Democratic control in Congress in 2006 and 2008. He was also Vermont governor from 1991 to 2002.
Guide to the Occupy Wall Street Movement, aka the 99 Percent Movement: background, goals, views, locations, union and celebrity support and more.
On September 2, 2011, President Obama killed proposed new national smog standards, overruling the EPA’s plan to require states and regions nationwide to reduce air pollution or face substantial federal fines.