Russian president Vladimir Putin, left, speaks at a Cabinet meeting CREDIT: AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool As Russia stands accused of supporting armed takeovers of government buildings in eastern Ukraine, its own economy is taking a hit from the crisis, as fears of war and greater Western sanctions depress its markets and slow its growth. Russian Fiance Minister Antonin Siluanov on Tuesday said that Russia’s economic growth over the next year would remain low, possibly approaching zero . Faced with the costs associated with supporting the newly annexed Crimean peninsula, Moscow is being forced to dip into its rainy day savings from its period of prolonged economic growth in the last decade, a move that isn’t helping an already slowing Russian economy.
CREDIT: flickr/SkyTruth An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated.
Like a lot of people, Ed Kilgore is distressed at the outpouring of support on the right for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy: Call it “individualism” or “libertarianism” or whatever you want, but those who declare themselves a Republic of One and raise their own flags are in a very literal sense being unpatriotic. That’s why I’m alarmed by the support in many conservative precincts for the Nevada scofflaws who have been exploiting public lands for private purposes and refuse to pay for the privilege because they choose not to “recognize” the authority of the United States.
The Obama administration should change its deportation policy to protect undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says. “We should look at people who have been here for more than 10 years, who do not have a serious criminal record and who have family members who are United States citizens,” Castro, one of the Democratic Party’s highest-profile Latinos, said in an interview with EFE
Anyone watching last week’s debate over the Republican budget resolution would have experienced déjà vu , as the debate bore a depressing similarity to those of previous years By Ron Paul ( INTELLIHUB ) — Once again, the Republicans claimed their budget would cut spending in a responsible manner, while Democratic opponents claimed the plan’s spending cuts would shred the safety net and leave vital programs unfunded. Of course, neither claim is true. The budget does not cut spending at all, and in fact actually increases spending by $1.5 trillion over ten years.
Oil sands development in Alberta. CREDIT: Shutterstock Canada’s energy industry has officially surpassed transportation as the largest producer of climate-change causing greenhouse gases, in no small part because of large increases in tar sands extraction, according to a government report quietly released Friday
CREDIT: Richard Potts/Flickr A group of lawmakers is pressuring U.S. News & World Report to update its influential college ranking system to indicate which universities have come under fire for failing to adequately handle sexual assault cases on campus.