Policy stalls as campaign spending by fossil fuel industries and greenhouse gases rise to historic levels.
Why did four key Democrats vote no on extending gun background checks?
Back in February, we at Sunlight made some predictions about the Democrats who would be most likely to oppose some tightening of gun laws, based on three factors: being up for a vote in 2014, having a high number of gun businesses in the state, and having a low Obama vote share.
Based on the data, we thought Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Tim Johnson and Mark Pryor were most likely to vote ‘no’ on reform. We got 3/4 correct.
More than 700,00 people live in assisted-living centers, where they get help with daily activities like bathing and dressing. Most of the residents have multiple chronic health conditions.
What does tax lobbying look like in the 112th Congress?
Our visualization of the vast network of tax lobbying clearly shows clusters emerging around different sectors of the economy. We detect at least 15 distinct lobbying clusters. The densest thickets of activity center around: electricity generation; renewable energy; finance; and the high-tech industry.
With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, laptops and even desktop computers, the amount of e-waste produced in the United States is astronomical: In 2010 alone, the U.S. disposed of nearly 2.5 million tons of e-waste, according to an infographic from MetroFax, which also points out that nearly 1.8 million tons of that waste was thrown into landfills or incinerated.
via Politico Influence:
A new study from the Global Strategy Group shows that corporations who appear to stay out of divisive political issues have better brand favorability. The study finds that Americans have clear reservations about corporations straying too far into political issues — especially cultural war issues.
In the survey, 56 percent of Americans thought it was inappropriate for companies to take a stance on political issues that do not pertain to business while less than one-third of those surveyed believe that companies should stake out positions on gay marriage or abortion. The survey also found that companies that are perceived as strongly partisan have lower brand favorability
As we’ve come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It’s hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem
No more guessing about how long to let your green tea, black tea, or white tea steep — this helpful chart of sorts has broken it down to the best temperatures and times for six common types of tea.
The Quest to Plug Wikileaks