Over the past 27 years, nearly 15,000 young Pennsylvania citizens have served in the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps. Now, however, the program that served as a confidence builder and stepping stone for so many young people has been targeted for elimination.
International and domestic politics.
My Thoughts about Obama and the Failure to Get a Climate Bill Passed
I imagine that there is a lot of hurting going on right now at desks and on couches across the country from D.C. to San Francisco. If you follow environmental news, the depressing word just got out. Some of the headlines include "Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill" (Washington Post) and "Democrats pull plug on climate bill" (Politico).
Europe Bans Illegal Timber Trade
Last week the European Union’s Parliament passed new legislation that will halt the entrance of illegal wood into European nations. This is a major victory for forests and wildlife around the world.
Green Presidential Candidate Loses Run-Off in Colombia
Voters in Colombia went to the polls today, and decisively elected a new president. Former defense minister Juan Manual Santos easily captured victory with 69% of the vote. Antanas Mockus, his green party opponent, received only 27%.
Looks Like Colombia Won’t Be Electing a Green Party President After All
Just a few weeks ago it was considered quite likely that Colombia would elect the world's first "Green Party" president. Now that probability has decreased considerably.
NBC Political Reporter Compares Health Care Summit to Karate Kid Villain
NBC Reporter Mark Murray produced an off-the-cuff gem earlier today by suggesting on MSNBC's First Read blog that President Obama's Health Care Summit was based on defeating Republicans using the William Zabka Principle. What the heck is the William Zabka Principle you ask? Here's how Mark Murray explains it.
White House Pastry Team Makes Ridiculously Awesome Ginger Bread House
When someone recommended checking out the short video from http://www.whitehouse.gov I have added below about the White House's ginger bread house, I was curious but also skeptical. The house looks pretty lame on first glance.
Is the United States a Superpower Without a Partner?
Anne Applebaum, who writes for Slate and The Washington Post, has just published an excellent column where she persuasively argues that "no one wants America to be the sole global superpower, but no one wants to share the load." She uses Obama's recent trip to China and Europe's election of a new president and foreign [...]