News Shorts

The CDC's latest chart on the 2017 increase in drug overdose deaths.

Opioid Deaths Leap Up: No Solution in Sight

August 17, 2018—Once again, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a report which should shake Americans to the core. On Aug. 15 the CDC issued a preliminary estimate that 72,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2017, a figure which represents a 7 to 10% increase over 2016. […]

by August 17, 2018 News Shorts
An infrastructure bank can fund the high-speed rail we need. Above, a Chinese high-speed train.

Our Revolution Northern Virginia Endorses National Bank

Aug. 11, 2018–At a meeting July 29, the Northern Virginia chapter of Our Revolution passed a resolution endorsing a new National Bank for Industry and Infrastructure. The resolution text reads as follows: Whereas, The American Society of Civil Engineers has reported that the United States needs a minimum of $4.6 trillion […]

by August 11, 2018 News Shorts
Trucks on congested I-81

Virginia to Consider Rail Solution for Highway Congestion

Aug. 7, 2018—The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board, now under mandate to come up with a plan to deal with highway congestion on Interstate 81 through the Shenandoah Valley, plans to consider an innovative rail solution to the problem. That is the report from David Foster, chairman of the non-profit lobby […]

by August 7, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
The New Orleans sea barrier, completed in 2013.

Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Flood Protection for New York

Aug. 6, 2018—Six years after Hurricane Sandy, the Army Corps of Engineers has begun to present options for protecting the New York-New Jersey harbor area from future devastating storms. At stake is the fate of 16 million people living in the area; three airports; five major rail networks; the largest […]

by August 6, 2018 Infrastructure, News Shorts
A picture of British colonialism in India.

The Truth about Free Trade: It’s Colonialism

July 24, 2018—It’s rare for any major U.S. publication to tell the truth about economic policy these days, but on July 22, the Huffington Post published an article that did just that. Author Zach Carter draws on a number of crucial examples, from the British Empire to the Clinton Administration, […]

by July 24, 2018 News Shorts
Steam pipe explodes in Manhattan July 19.

The Infrastructure Issue Literally Explodes

July 19, 2018—The issue of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure literally exploded this morning in New York City, when a steam pipe under Fifth Avenue exploded, leaving toxic asbestos on the street and a huge crater in the middle of the street. Fortunately, it appeared that no one was seriously hurt. […]

by July 19, 2018 News Shorts
The Wendelstein Stellerator

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough in Germany

July 6, 2018—On June 25, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics announced that its WENDELSTEIN 7-X stellerator has achieved a world record in plasma temperature, density, and pulses, following an up-grade of the machine. Wendelstein 7-X, located in Greifswald, Germany, is the largest stellerator-type fusion experiment in the world. It […]

by July 6, 2018 News Shorts, Uncategorized
EnergyFirst's Perry Plant in Pennsylvania, now under threat of shutdown. (EnergyFirst).

Officials Call for Saving U.S. Nuclear Plants

July 4, 2018—Seventy-five prominent current and former U.S. industry, government, and military officials have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to urge him to take the actions necessary to save the U.S. nuclear sector. The letter, issued June 26, calls on Perry “to ensure that no more nuclear […]

by July 4, 2018 News Shorts
Federal Court Strikes Medicaid Work Requirements

Federal Court Strikes Medicaid Work Requirements

June 30, 2018- A Federal Judge blocked the State of Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements on Friday, ruling that the proposed regulations were contrary to the underlying purpose of the Medicaid Law, which is to provide access to healthcare for the most indigent. Four states- Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, and New Hampshire, […]

by June 30, 2018 News Shorts
News Outlets Flip Over Anti-Wall Street Election Results

News Outlets Flip Over Anti-Wall Street Election Results

  June 29, 2018—“Conservative” financial press and media reacted strongly to certain Democratic victories in the Tuesday primaries, citing candidates’ support for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. Most notable was the upset of 11-term Congressman Joe Crowley, by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in New York’s 14th CD. Crowley had been long considered the […]

by June 30, 2018 Glass-Steagall, News Shorts