A Washington Spectator Special Report
The Washington Spectator reports that two independent labs have found that Tritan, a trademarked resin now widely used in plastic consumer goods, is estrogenic active. ● If correct, that means the resin has similar effects on human biology as BPA (bisphenol A), a substance banned from use in products used by young children by the FDA in 2012. ● Eastman Chemical, which makes Tritan, has mounted an aggressive lawsuit in a Texas federal court to overturn these findings and silence the scientists associated with the test results. ● On trial are scientific conclusions vital to the public interest, but much of the information relating to this case is sealed under court order. ● If a Texas jury rules in Eastman's favor in July, you may never know the level of toxicity in your infant's plastic baby bottle. Read »
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By Lou Dubose
It is not a secret that Republicans chastened by Hispanic support for Barack Obama only reluctantly support immigration reform. The party is, in fact, deeply anti-immigrant. “If amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another election,” right-wing columnist Ann Coulter warned in a column in March.Preview »
By Gar Alperovitz
Despite its great wealth, the United States today faces enormous difficulties. Amidst the economic pain and insecurity and the looming climate catastrophe, there are no easily discernible political answers that even begin to offer strategic handholds on a truly democratic future. We face systemic problems, not simply political or economic problems.Preview »
Conspiracists Infiltrating the Mainstream
The Spectator's Arthur Goldwag reported recently that some Americans worry the federal government is buying huge caches of ammunition in order to get gun control through the back door. That wouldn't be so bad, Goldwag wrote, if such paranoia didn't find its way into mainstream political discussion. James Inhofe, the Republican Senator from Oklahoma, co-sponsored legislature that would prevent the Department of Homeland Security from encumbering the right to bear arms. Oklahoma is also the center of a new conspiracy -- that the tornadoes that ripped through the state on Monday were actually a government plot to ... well, we don't know. But according to Alex Jones, the feds have a "weather weapon" of some kind. Goldwag's story foreshadowed this report on "The Rachel Maddow Show." Read Goldwag's story.