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The Interior Department will suspend several oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, according to three individuals briefed on the decision, overturning one of President Donald Trump’s most significant environmental acts during his last days in office.

The move, which could spark a major legal battle, aims to unwind nearly a dozen leases in the heart of a pristine expanse in Alaska that Republicans and Democrats have fought over for four decades. The Trump administration auctioned off the right to drill in the refuge’s coastal plain — home to hundreds of thousands of migrating caribou and waterfowl as well as the southern Beaufort Sea’s remaining polar bears — just two weeks before President Biden was inaugurated.

Several individuals briefed on the Biden administration’s decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it had not been formally announced yet, said Interior would halt the leases on the grounds that Trump officials rushed the Jan. 6 auction and did not follow proper procedures.

The step, coming just days after the Justice Department defended another drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope, underscores the balancing act the new administration aims to strike as it slows fossil fuel development on public lands. While Biden has paused new federal oil and gas leasing and pledged to drastically cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, he has taken a much more cautious approach toward most oil and gas operations approved under his predecessor.

On Wednesday, Justice Department attorneys filed a brief defending ConocoPhillips’s Willow project, an oil reservoir on the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska that could hold up to 300 million barrels of oil. The administration also has defended the Trump administration’s decision to issue oil and gas leases in Wyoming and declined to press for the shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline, a project Interior Secretary Deb Haaland protested while serving in Congress.

But Tuesday’s move signaled that the new administration was willing to take aggressive action in an area that has been a rallying cry for environmentalist for decades.


T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 Ms. Nina will win this one—yah whoooo!!! Now, is Bernin or someone still posting our Progressive candidates on the right hand side of the Nest? Nikki Fried, Agriculture Secretary down here has officially declared herself as a candidate for Governor. She is a young Progressive, and I have already contacted the campaign to volunteer.


I added her 👍

Amazing news about Nina!!


Gracious, bernin! 🙂


I think I spelled it wrong. However, thanks bernin!



The longtime girlfriend of late Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, says the GOP senators who blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the insurrection have effectively spit in Sicknick’s face.

In an interview with “CBS This Morning” released Tuesday, Sicknick’s girlfriend, Sandra Garza, and his mother, Gladys Sicknick, both of whom had lobbied lawmakers personally for the commission’s creation, said the senators who voted it down have disrespected his memory.

“I’m disgusted that the Republican senators, that decided to vote no. It’s a spit in the face to Brian. It’s a spit in the face to all the officers that were there that day,” Garza said.

She said she and Sicknick previously backed former President Trump, whose supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to block the certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory, but both Garza and Sicknick’s mother now blame Trump.

“He knew that Brian was devoted to him, and he did not once reach out to me, to Gladys. He didn’t even send a letter of condolences. He did absolutely nothing. And so, you know, it’s very upsetting, you know, that he’s not — and I would meet with him, actually. I would. I would meet with him,” Garza said.




Governor Andrew Cuomo will host a campaign fundraising event in New York City this month, charging $10,000 a person to toast the three-term Democrat as he confronts state and federal investigations into sexual harassment and abuse of his office.

The “Summer Reception” will occur June 29th, according to an invitation posted on the governor’s campaign website that didn’t specify where the event will be held. Cuomo’s office, as well as Ryan Belcher, a campaign official listed on the invitation, and Gita Tiku, the campaign’s finance director, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The fundraising event is scheduled a few weeks before the July 15 deadline for disclosing how much money the governor’s campaign has raised in the past six months. The snapshot will may indicate whether Cuomo is still a viable candidate to run for a fourth term after allegations he sexually harassed aides.

He also faces state and federal investigations into claims that he covered up Covid nursing-home deaths, provided relatives with virus testing before it was widely available, mishandled construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge and misused public resources while writing a $5 million leadership book.

Before the allegations surfaced, Cuomo had said he would run for re-election. He has since declined to comment on his plans. In a poll released last month by Siena College, 37% of respondents said they would vote for Cuomo if he ran for a fourth term.

Cuomo could also use campaign funds to cover bills from legal counsel he has hired to represent him in the state and federal investigations.


Not only to replenish those batteries. In any case, why do we have to pay for it?


Israel will ask the U.S. for $1 billion in additional emergency military aid this week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday and Israeli officials confirmed.

Why it matters: Israeli officials say the aid is needed to replenish the Iron Dome aerial defense system and to purchase munitions for the Israeli air force — mainly precision-guided bombs. But several congressional Democrats have argued against providing additional weapons to Israel after at least 256 Palestinians were killed during last month’s fighting in the Gaza Strip, mainly by Israeli airstrikes.

The Iron Dome system was used to intercept thousands of rockets from Hamas during the 11 days of fighting, and Biden has already said the U.S. would replenish it.

What he’s saying: “There is going to be a request made by the Israelis to the Pentagon on Thursday for $1 billion in aid to replenish Iron Dome batteries. It will be a good investment for the American people. I will make sure in the Senate that they get the money,” Graham told Fox a day after meeting Netanyahu and Gantz in Israel.

Flashback: In 2016, Israel and the U.S. signed an agreement for $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel over 10 years, with Israel able to ask for additional funding in case of an emergency.


Perhaps the beginning of more pressure on these two jokers.


President Joe Biden threw some shade at a couple of his fellow Democrats on Tuesday, saying he would be able to pass more of his agenda if his party enjoyed a larger majority in Congress — and if more of them voted like Democrats.

“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?’ Well, Biden only has a majority, effectively, of four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends. But we’re not giving up.”

That appears to be a reference to Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Sen. Krysten Sinema, of Arizona, both of whom have opposed Democrats’ efforts to abolish the filibuster, which allows Republicans to block the passage of legislation with just 40 votes.

The remarks came during a speech marking the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Black residents in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Biden implored Congress to pass his $2 trillion infrastructure plan, in part to address a stark divide between the wealth of typical white and Black families, CNN reported.


Sinema is a FRightwing freak. How did she get elected?

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Sinema is too weird. Check her out in this Rational National video.


He’s trying to deflect attention to his own inaction vis a vis executive orders. This President is a piece of work.



Florida celebrates first day of Pride Month with law attacking trans kids’ rights.

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a ceremony at a Christian school to sign a bill banning transgender girls from participating in school sports. Happy Pride Month!


More salt in the wound for intelligent, informed citizens here.