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I guess it’s small consolation that they are not proposing taking off any that are now on the list


The change could be disastrous for species like the North American wolverine, the gopher tortoise, and the Sierra Nevada red fox, which are proposed for listing, or are being considered for, threatened status in the future. Making things more dire is that extinction rates are only going to worsen as the climate changes. Across the globe, scientists estimate extinction rates today are already between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than they would be without humans on the planet and predict one in six species could face extinction with our current climate trajectory.

“It’s going to turn every listing into a negotiation with industry.”
The proposed rule would still allow the FWS to grant protections on a case-by-case basis, if they so choose. But, Greenwald interprets the room for exceptions to mean that the proposal is just another example of the Trump administration’s quest to please corporate interests. “It’s going to turn every listing into a negotiation with industry,” he says.

On a practical level, this change could create a bureaucratic nightmare. The process of listing species as threatened is already slow and cumbersome, says Greenwald, and putting the FWS in control of granting protections—or not—on a case-by-case basis may not go so smoothly. “This will certainly be a disaster,” he says.

“Given that there’s a backlog of more than 500 species, this is just going to slow the process down. We know of at least 47 species so far that have gone extinct waiting for protection,” Greenwald says. “The Fish and Wildlife Service, on average, has taken 12 years to protect species under the Endangered Species Act.”



Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday made legalizing recreational marijuana the first policy plank of her campaign for governor, framing it as a necessary step toward reducing racial inequities in the criminal justice system — and, in doing so, bringing to the forefront an issue that may help her make inroads into Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s robust support among black voters.

Ms. Nixon’s stance puts her in contrast to Mr. Cuomo, whom she is challenging for the Democratic nomination. Mr. Cuomo has expressed concerns about recreational marijuana as a “gateway drug,” although in recent months, as New Yorkers have signaled their growing support for legalization, he has suggested he is willing to consider the issue.

In a brief homemade video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Ms. Nixon, seated in her living room, speaking over a faint but steady hum of background noise, said 80 percent of New Yorkers arrested in connection with marijuana use were black or Latino, despite roughly equal rates of use among white people and communities of color.

“There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity,” she said.

She added, “If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already.”


If you think Pelosi is bad


Indeed, Hoyer has carved a reputation as a centrist compromiser, well-liked even among Republicans, who will reach across the aisle in search of a deal. In the eyes of his supporters that profile is a compelling strength, one that allows Hoyer to speak to voters in districts where the more liberal Pelosi is toxic. But it could also hurt him in the liberal-heavy Democratic Caucus, where many members don’t necessarily want a moderate dealmaker negotiating on their behalf.

“There’s a lot of us who haven’t been around that long; we don’t have the same loyalties, maybe, but also the same need to continue what’s happened for 15 years,” said a liberal Democrat who requested anonymity to speak frankly. “The realization is being made that we need to move on. The problem is no one is saying the alternative is the guy who’s a year older than [Pelosi].”

“He’s been part of that leadership team forever and people want to kind of give us a better, fresh face.”


The times they are a changin


Surrounded by gun-control opponents heckling him outside the Vermont State House on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed into law the most restrictive gun-control measures in the state’s history.

While some had come to thank him, Scott knew that many there who voted for him based in part on his A-grade rating from the NRA were “disappointed and angry” with him, he said.

Some yelled “Traitor!” and “BS!” as he tried to assure them that the laws he was about to sign were not intended to “take away your guns — period.” Others told him he had lost their votes and brandished signs that said “One Term Gov” and “Not My Governor.”

But it was clear from his remarks that Scott had already considered all of that. Two months ago, after police foiled an alleged shooter’s plans to storm a local high school and kill as many as possible, Scott said he could no longer sit back and do nothing. He had already made up his mind then.


I love briebriejoy (aka Briahna Joy Gray).

It makes me happy to see her tagged in a Nina Turner tweet. Because Briahna is still flying/writing somewhat under the radar (unlike Nina, obviously), she’s been able to write things that many others would have the haters turn on them for.

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