- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is This year's hot startups:
- Minnesota house ponders matching its popular and electoral votes: If the legislature passes a proposal to allocate Minnesota's electoral votes in a presidential election to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, the state would become the 10th to join a multistate compact pushed by the National Popular Vote. The compact goes into effect when states with a total of 270 electoral votes join the pledge. Minnesota has 10 electoral votes, which, added to those already pledged, would bring the total to 142, 53 percent of the tally needed.
- Almost four-fifths of Americans drive to work alone:
According to new data from the Census Bureau, 600,000 Americans have commutes to work that are longer than 90 minutes and 50 miles. But those workers with longer commutes are far more likely than other workers to either use public transit or carpool. In fact, nearly 4 in 5 workers who work outside of the home drive to work alone
- Military "justice" overturns rape conviction of lieutenant colonel.
- Hurricane Sandy hit the poor worst:
Forty-three percent of the 518,000 households in New York and New Jersey asking for federal aid after Superstorm Sandy reported annual incomes of less than $30,000, according to the study from the affordable housing financing firm Enterprise Community Partners.
- Comic artist refuses to illustrate Superman story by rabidly anti-gay writer.
- Critical part of Keystone eco-assessment done by firms with deep oil-industry ties:
The State Department's recent conclusion that the Keystone XL pipeline "is unlikely to have a substantial impact" on the rate of Canada's oil sands development was based on analysis provided by two consulting firms with ties to oil and pipeline companies that could benefit from the proposed project.
EnSys Energy has worked with ExxonMobil, BP and Koch Industries, which own oil sands production facilities and refineries in the Midwest that process heavy Canadian crude oil. Imperial Oil, one of Canada's largest oil sands producers, is a subsidiary of Exxon.
- ACLU probes nationwide police militarization investigation
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday, ACLU affiliates in 23 states are sending open records requests to hundreds of state and local police agencies requesting information about their SWAT teams, such as how often and for what reasons they're deployed, what types of weapons they use, how often citizens are injured during SWAT raids, and how they're funded. More affiliates may join the effort in the coming weeks.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin brought us the latest Q-Poll on gun issues, plus the latest on United Physicians of Newtown and "Team 26," biking from Newtown to DC to raise awareness. Latest in #GunFAIL, including a recent Dear Abby column (sent in by BIPM) on the subject. A new CR in the House and a judicial filibuster in the Senate. WA state R legislator says bicyclists create a CO2 problem. Record high corporate profits vs record low household income, plus how tax expenditures could more than cover the sequestration cuts they're imposing on us instead. So "balanced!"
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