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Tweet Follow me The good news as Wall Street gives a thumbs-down to the “No taxes, No jobs” deficit-ceiling-deal (with its built-in automatic spending cuts virtually certain to kick in amid more Congressional gridlock) is that U.S. crude oil futures ended Thursday at $86.63 a barrel in New York — down $5.30! The bad news is that oil companies only use the futures price to justify increasing prices at the pump no matter what their profits have been lately. Still, the GOP got out of the way of putting...

Tweet Follow me The GOP majority in the MN state legislature invited controversial “Reverend” Bradlee Dean, who advocates the killing and or incarceration of gays, to make the opening “prayer” for today’s session. Dressed in a track-suit, Dean used the time to question the religious affiliation of U.S. President Barack Obama. Bradlee Dean, opening 20 May 2011 MN Legislative session at invitation of GOP   Editor, journalist, entrepreneur, political consultant, photographer, and...

Tweet Follow me The extraction, transport, processing, and combustion of coal, the predominant fuel on the planet for electricity generation including roughly 50% of the electricity in the U.S., also creates multiple hazards for human and environmental health — external costs downplayed by the champions of coal. According to a study published earlier this year, “Accounting for the damages conservatively doubles to triples the price of electricity from coal.” So even though the direct costs of coal...

Tweet Follow me The President made a compelling case for his vision of the future of the United States, putting the GOP on notice that he is committed to the quality of life for every citizen. The debate over deficits and the federal budget, he said, is about more than just cutting and spending, characterizing the conversation as about the kind of future we want. In a pointed reference to the so-called Ryan plan, President Obama glossed right over the premise we might magically get to an unemployment level below...

Tweet Follow me A topless First Lady? While it’s arguably inappropriate, sexist objectification of his spouse to bolster his career when lame-duck MN Governor Pawlenty describes her as his “red-hot smoking wife,” I disagree with Wonkette’s characterization that it’s “two years early.” If Obama hadn’t started early he might not be President, and remember Pawlenty isn’t exactly breaking new ground: Senator McCain tried to woo votes from Harley riders by suggesting his wife enter the...