The candidates on nuclear power

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Insight, the Nuclear Energy Institute's monthly pro-nukes pamphleteer, did a survey of the presidential candidates positions on nuclear power. The only one that's explicitly against more nuclear power plants is John Edwards. Fred Thompson managed to answer the question without really answering the question. Read more »

FCC votes for Big Media

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And now we need l00,000 people to get Congress to reverse the FCC of George W. Bush to reverse the commission's sellout to the Big Media who supported us going into Iraq and are now helping keep us there

By Bruce B. Brugmann

(Scroll down to sign a protest letter to Congress and the New York Times story)

As expected, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and his two Republican colleagues approved new rules that will unleash yet another flood oer media consolidation across the country. Read more »

High speed rail's collision course

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The California High Speed Rail Authority will convene tomorrow in Sacramento and could decide on the system's Bay Area track alignment, but Chairman Quentin Kopp tells the Guardian that they probably won't be able to make that crucial decision yet. Read more »

FOIA reform bill passes!

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After five years of effort, a group of ten media organizations called the Sunshine in Government Initiative has succeeded in getting Congress to pass a much-needed reform bill that addresses some of the worst problems with the Freedom of Information Act. It now goes to the president -- but since there are Republican co-sponsors and it passed pretty overwhelmingly, there's a chance he'll sign it.

Here's the official statement:

U.S. Read more »

The health-care bill mess

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The Democrats in the state Assembly managed to pass a complicated health-care bill that the governor likes, his own party members oppose and the nurses and the insurance companies both hate.

Over at Calitics, David Dayen has a nice analysis of some of the financial problems with the bill -- including the fact that it might all amount to absolutely nothing a few years down the road.

The Cal Nurses Association isRead more »

Ammiano: a Jersey joke

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New Jersey bans the death penalty. Bada Bing!

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Dec. l7, 2007.)

Full disclosure: Ammiano is from Mountclair, New Jersey, and a fan of the Sopranos.) B3

Stockton by Walters

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To read full Stockton article, click on the Continue Reading link.

Iowa: a report from the grassroots

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

As an Iowan, I am fascinated by all the reports by all the hotshot out of state reporters who paratroop into the state and start filing stories from Rock Rapids, Clear Lake, Storm Lake, and Cedar Rapids and little places all over the state.

Iowans like to see their candidates up close and there is a feeling back there that they may end up voting for the candidate they would most like to invite into their living room for a chat or meet down at the local cafe for breakfast. Read more »

RZA: better to give...

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By Chris DeMento

Tuesday night, Dec. 11, and I was feeling really zoned in: got the good word that the RZA and his stagemate Monk were just getting to town after a long drive up the coast, and that meant I didn't need to stress about getting
down there all that early. I happened to be on their clock.

The openers - Audible Mainframe, Mr. Sayre, and Benflowz - held it down as a packed-full Independent waited for its headliner. Read more »

Watch those deadly commas

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Why the world needs good copy editors: Just think about how many people have been killed because of a couple of misplaced commas.