New Illinois Fracking Regulations Heralded As ‘Compromise’; Locals Disagree

New statewide requirements for the industry come at the expense of localities’ ability to impose their own rules.

While touted as a compromise by local media, proposed fracking regulations being considered by Illinois lawmakers aren’t being accepted by community members who long have called for a moratorium and science-based environmental study on the impacts of the industry. The law being considered in the House -- HB 265 -- does put some safeguards in


Deep Divide In Congress Over Domestic Food Aid

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okl […]

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees have laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink the food aid and alter the way people qualify for it. The two chambers are far apart on how much the $80 billion-a-year program should be cut, however — reflecting a deep


Close Guantanamo Now!

Obama could have shut down Gitmo long ago. He bears full responsibility for spurning what he pledged to do.

As president and commander-in-chief, Obama has legal authority to do so. On May 3, New York City Bar President Carey R. Dunne wrote him. He did so on behalf of the organization he heads. He called indefinite detention "legally and morally indefensible." He said 25 retired military flag officers said it's "an effective recruiting tool for our


Angelina Jolie: From Tattoos To Causes

Jolie went public with her preventive double mastectomy to greatly reduce her high odds of breast cancer.

In her bad girl days, Angelina Jolie's body was a billboard for tattoos that said such things as "Billy Bob." Now she's sharing intimate details of her anatomy to help women at risk, going public with her preventive double mastectomy to greatly reduce her high odds of breast cancer. It's the latest peak in Jolie's turn-around from hedonist to


House Committee Set To OK Cuts To Food Stamp Funding

The House bill would cut about $2.5 billion a year to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee is set to consider small cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program in an effort to appease conservatives who say the food aid has become too expensive. The cuts are part of a massive five-year farm bill that costs almost $100 billion annually and would set policy for farm subsidies, rural


Gov’t Probe Obtains Wide Swath Of AP Phone Records

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The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and