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- Sen. Mary Landrieu's last-ditch effort to pass a bill approving the Keystone XL Pipeline fell one vote short of the 60 needed following an all-day debate Tuesday that touched both on the merits of the pipeline and Louisiana's Dec. 6 Senate election.
The final vote was 59-41.
Some viewed the vote as a last-ditch chance for Democrat Landrieu to close a gap with the favorite to win the run off -- Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge. And Republicans were quick to say the defeat showed that Landrieu clout falls far short of what she's been telling voters.NOL
Chapter 1: Farm Bill and Food Stamps
Another fight concerning the Farm Bill has erupted over reapplying more stringent work standards for those receiving food stamps. In particular, those designated able-bodied and work capable individuals between the ages of 16 and 59 are expected to either work or perform some kind of job training while they receive assistance. Those requirements have been largely relaxed since the beginning of the recession, but now some legislators want to bring them back calling it a fair deal for those who receive assistance for a longer period of time. However, critics of the suggestion note that, despite the improvement of the economy overall, the unemployment rate has not significant decreased and many who rely on the assistance still lack jobs. We talk to Rachel Van Dongen , Congressional Editor for POLITICO.
Chapter 2: Supreme Court to Consider Whether Government Can Withhold Funding from Anti-HIV Organizations that Promote Legalizing Prostitution
The United States Supreme Court today heard the case of USAID v. Alliance for an Open Society, in which they are being asked to decide whether the federal government can refuse funding to non-profits that promote strategies they disagree with. In 2003 Congress passed the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act which included language that would rescind funding from organizations that promote the legalization of prostitution as a way of curbing HIV-infections. Such organizations filed suit claim this is essentially censorship, a ban of their right to free speech. We talk to Megan Brown, a Partner at Wiley Rein who wrote a brief on behalf of the Rutherford Institute.
Chapter 3: Update on the Keystone XL Pipeline
We talk to Joe Duggan, Reporter with Omaha World-Herald
Are you interested in knowing the facts about the Keystone XL pipeline? Well, depending on the source, the “facts” vary wildly. Proponents tout the Alberta tar sands as the new Saudi Arabia, claim that the Keystone pipeline will bring 100,000 jobs and help get the US off of foreign oil. Critics, on the other hand, say the jobs are more like under 50, that all the oil will be exported, that tar sands crude is highly prone to spills, and that this project would endanger pristine wildlife habitats. So who is right? This week on Sea Change Radio we hear from longtime Washington Post energy correspondent Steven Mufson who has recently completed a book
Today on Independent Underground Radio LIVE we'll discuss the following topics: *President Obama will give the "State of the Union" speech tonight. What will he said about the GOP threats of sequester? What about drone issue, climate change or gun control? Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to give the "Tea Party" response but the tea party is dead in the water, so what will he say? *February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history and to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. We'll review this upcoming rally.
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Join Positive about Change show host Kathryn Yarborough as she chats with Flowing with Change professional member Karen Riberio about why you should care about the Keystone XL pipeline. She'll share details of Sunday's historic Climate Rally in DC. To find out more about Flowing with Change go to http://FlowingWithChange.com or to connect with Kathryn on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/FlowingWithChange.
To connect with Karen, visit her website at http://www.innerfortune.com/.
Tonight on Green Talk Live & More, Chef Moses and Chef Rivera will be discussing the History of the XL pipeline story and its impact on cities in the U.S.. The Chefs will also be giving updates on Protesting, Lobbying, and Activism. It's going down tonight, and as always, the Chefs are gonna drop some knowledge and leave some insight, there's no question. For those of you who are conscious thinkers, this is where you need to be; "Green Talk Live" on "It's Real Talk Radio" tonight at 7PM Eastern Standard Time.
To listen live via phone tonight and every Thursday dial 347-838-9540 on this Thursday and every Thursday at 7PM Eastern Standard Time and if you have a question or comment for the Chefs, press 1 to be brought live on air.
A Discussion of Libertarian Politics in Delaware and Across the Nation, with a Little Bit of Music Thrown In, Just for Fun.
Executive Action on Immigration
Keystone XL Pipeline
Iran Nuclear Negotiations
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The Story Behind This Song
We Go Down Fighting
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Rushing to help their candidates before the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff, Democratic leaders in the Senate and Republican leaders in the House are moving legislation to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"I'm not here complaining," Landrieu said in a floor speech. "My state is doing beautifully. Our unemployment in south Louisiana is 3 percent. So we are blessed because we are an energy state, we are proud of it, and we are creating jobs hand over fist. But there are places like Detroit, there are places in Ohio, there are places in Pennsylvania and New York and in New Mexico and in other places where people are unemployed, begging for work, willing to work. And three leaders came to the floor and said it's time to break gridlock. Well, here's a project that can do it."NOLA
Issue: The United States does not need the Keystone XL pipeline. Who's to Blame?
This pipeline is the bain of our existence. It infected our politics during this month's elections and some people fell for it. There are a number of reasons the pipeline should not be approved. Frankly, I don't know why we are still discussing it. Join me as I do a little pipeline bashing.
Do you think this pipeline should be approved? Why?
Do you hate the pipeline as much as me? I get it if you do.
Oh, yeah, we are tired but full of life and ready to jump into the trenches with our brothers and sisters. We will stand with The People to protect land that provides traditional and ecological knowledge to all our brothers and sisters on mother earth.
Join us in our persuit to seek more information about how me and YOU can get involved in this contemporary issue... On Native Ground!
You do not want to miss this morning's edition of "In the Pickle Barrel". Jump in the barrel this morning as we discuss the Senate's failure to approve the Keystone XL project, President Obama's plea for political entities in the Middle East to work together (see in irony or hypocrosy in this request?) and the terrorist attack in Jerusalem.
A very special guest, Lisa Pandone Benson, will be joining us "Live! In the Pickle Barrel".
Lisa, is a radio talk show host (Lisa Benson Radio Show), a 30 year veteran in th enot-for-profit sector having focused her expertise in the Pro-Israel movement and the head of the National Security Communication Task Force. Lisa is the mother of two grown sons and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated with honors from the State University of New York, Albany, with a BA in anthropology and MPA coursework at the Rockerfellow College of Public Policy, State University of New York, Albany.
Join Lisa and I as we take an indepth look at the situations in the Middle East and how the ongoing war of terrorism against Israel, the Middle East is spreading throughout Europe and the United States.
Join us "In the Pickle Barrel" this morning at 8AM-10AM EST. Your comments in the Chat Room and live calls (855-236-2486) are always welcomed.