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Regulatory Meltdown: Nuke Agency Changes Rules on Safety Assurances and Whistleblower Protections

Regulatory Meltdown: Nuke Agency Changes Rules on Safety Assurances and Whistleblower Protections
It has always been required of those seeking a license to build and operate a nuclear power plant to have in place a "quality assurance program" from the very start, when core-borings and critical assessments are made in order to evaluate the suitability of a planned siting. The NRC no longer requires this until after the application process. Not only does this undermine long-term safety surrounding the potential site, but also that of potential whistle-blowers.
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Entergy New Orleans Bites the Super Bowl Blackout Bullet

Entergy New Orleans Bites the Super Bowl Blackout Bullet
It comes as little surprise to Vermonters that equipment provided by Entergy Louisiana's sister division, Entergy New Orlean's, has finally been identified conclusively as the reason for the Superbowl blackout.
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Bernie Sanders: We Can Solve the Deficit Without Attacking the Elderly, Sick or Poor

Bernie Sanders: We Can Solve the Deficit Without Attacking the Elderly, Sick or Poor
Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about the soul of America.
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30,000 Gun Supporters Want Piers Morgan Deported

Here's what we're hearing now from the anti-gun-control civil libertarians: They don't like what CNN host Piers Morgan has been saying, so they want to kick him out of the country.
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Measure the Powell Endorsement by the GOP Knee Jerk Reaction

You've heard this, right? This morning Colin Powell went on television and endorsed President Obama's reelection. Big deal, right? After all, he endorsed him in 2008 so why wouldn't we expect him to endorse him again this year?Here's why it is a big deal.First, we know that if Powell had endorsed Romney in 2012 after endorsing Obama in 2008 it would have been a HUGE deal. He would have been on every talk show and every commercial Romney ran from ...
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George McGovern is 'No Longer Responsive' in Hospice Care


There is sad news tonight. Former Senator George S. McGovern, who ran as an antiwar candidate against Richard Nixon in 1972, is near death. His family reports that he was admitted to hospice a few days ago and is "unresponsive".
 
“He’s coming to the end of his life,” his daughter, Ann McGovern, told The Associated Press. She declined to elaborate but noted that her 90-year-old father has suffered several health problems in the last y...
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Workers Strike at Four Walmart Locations

It sure is nice to be able to write those words: Workers strike at Walmart!
Reports of striking Walmart workers have rolled out of four separate locations, from Florida to California, over the past couple of weeks.  Once, such bold collective initiative would have been unthinkable at the world's largest retailer.
You may recall that, back in 2008, Walmart workers in the tire and lube department of a Walmart ...
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Why Vermonters Should Care About the USA TODAY Relaunch

And, just to shatter whatever faith you might have in the Freeploid's corporate overlords, they are betting heavily on the Gannett-wide Sports Media Group, which is meant to aggregate all sports news from all Gannett properties into a wonderful new multi-platform sports news network that, Hopkins says, "would challenge heavyweights ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports." You know, the established heavyweights with a multi-year head start on Gannett, well-established reader loyalty, and loads of attractive original content. Good luck with that.
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