MUST WATCH VIDEO: Government, Industry Ignore Science, Let Bomb Trains Roll On

Justin Mikulka for DeSmogBlog Published September 24, 2015 - 10:46am

DeSmog’s new investigative video, written and produced by Justin Mikulka, details a coordinated effort by the oil industry, members of the U.S. Congress, regulators and the Department of Energy to challenge the known science of crude oil characteristics with the goal of delaying or avoiding any regulatory changes requiring Bakken crude oil stabilization, a safety measure that would protect the millions of people currently living in bomb train blast zones.

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The Uptake Video: Obama Confronts Prison Reform Issues at NAACP

Teke O'Reilly for The Contributor Published July 17, 2015 - 9:03am

"We keep more people behind bars than the top 35 European countries combined," President Obama told the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. He added, "the people in our prisons have made some mistakes and some big mistakes. But they are also Americans, and we have to make sure that as they do their time and pay back their debt to society, that we are increasing the possibility that they can turn their lives around."

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The Uptake Video: Obama Says it is "Within Our Power" to Prevent Mass Shootings

The Uptake for The Uptake Published June 18, 2015 - 10:04pm

President Barack Obama reacted with grief and anger to the mass shootings of people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” said Obama. “It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. I’ve had to make statements like this too many times,” he said. “Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.”

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Bernie Sanders Gets Huge Turnout for Minneapolis Town Hall Meeting

The Uptake for The Uptake Published May 31, 2015 - 1:29pm

The Uptake delivers fresh stream of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and local leaders hosts a town hall meeting in Minneapolis to discuss how to get big money out of politics, deal with obscene wealth and income inequality, combat climate change, and make college education and health care affordable.

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Critical Mass Cyclists Creatively Protest Atlantic Coast Pipeline

lowkell for Blue Virginia Published May 18, 2015 - 5:12am

Great stuff, we need a LOT more of this, along with many other types of action, to stop the destruction of our planet through fossil fuel companies' greed, irresponsibility and capture of our political system.

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“Religious Freedom” Bill Rolls Back Anti-Discrimination Protections Say LGBTQ Advocates

The Uptake for The Uptake Published May 8, 2015 - 12:09pm

A proposed law that would allow certain businesses to refuse services based upon religious grounds is drawing the ire of the advocates who fought to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

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Bird Flu "Doctor" Gets Cold Reception In MN House

UpTakeVideo for UpTakeVideo Published May 5, 2015 - 7:12pm

Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina) appears on the Minnesota House floor wearing a lab coat and a stethoscope and starts insinuating that he may have caught the flu from eating turkey this weekend, and that it is possible it could have come from the bird flu epidemic that has hit Minnesota turkey farms. He is met with bi-partisan push back.

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Viva Citizen Journalism! #GiveLocal15 is May 5th - Support The UpTake for the Win!

UpTakeVideo for UpTakeVideo Published May 5, 2015 - 1:40am

On Tuesday, May 5, will be adding $1,000 to the donations of five random donors. We hope your gift to The UpTake will be one of the lucky winners.

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