Part 1: An industry shill accidentally illuminates America’s Newspeak-worthy labels. Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! recently hosted a lively debate on the water-befouling natural gas-extracting process known as hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”).  In my estimation, the winner of the debate (albeit not by much and not on substance)...

[With President Obama cutting his Christmas vacation short yesterday and rushing back to Washington last night, the Fiscal Cliff-predicated “Grand Bargain” follies have apparently resumed.  Although it looked for a moment like the Tea Party-Republicans had inadvertently managed to save the day, preventing this deplorable...