DNC Mounts Full-Tweet Press On Sequester

Brad Woodhouse knows a thing or two about sports, so it should come as no surprise that the communications chief at the Democratic National Committee went for a “flood-the-zone” strategy of all-sequester-all-the-time Friday on Twitter as House Republicans remained away from the Capitol. By mid-day, Woodhouse had re-tweeted several sequester-related messages to his more-than 16,000 followers. He also was showing off the #StopTheSequester hashtag. One such tweet was a photo of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican member of the Cabinet, warning that the deep cuts the sequester would bring would cause air-travel delays. Another of Woodhouse’s tweets broadcasted the new DNC video on the sequester, the large slash-and-burn budget ax which is to fall March 1 without further congressional … Continue reading

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

José Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so José Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. “The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, I couldn’t stop throwing up. I couldn’t even talk,” Lara said in his deposition, translated from Spanish. The company that had hired him didn’t provide him a respirator or protective clothing. That’s not unusual in the natural gas fields. José Lara did his job until he no longer could work. At the age of 42, he died from pancreatic and liver cancer. Accidents, injuries, and … Continue reading