Even in coal country, Big Coal is being met with grassroots resistance it hasn’t experienced before. Last week, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) upheld an earlier decision to deny a permit for a mountaintop-removal mine on Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County in southwest Virginia after an appeal by the A&G Coal Corporation.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent the last year holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London seeking asylum from Swedish and American authorities, held a press call today to discuss former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the charges leveled against Bradley Manning, who is currently on trial for allegedly leaking thousands of diplomatic cables and other classified documents to WikiLeaks. On the call, Assange said that his organization is continuing to consider documents for release and gave new details about his contact with Snowden. “Wikileaks is always in the process of preparing its next publication,” Assange told Mother Jones. “We [have] pending publications, but as a matter of policy, we can’t discuss them.” The organization’s releases have been sporadic since Assange took refuge in the embassy last June
It’s not exactly front-page news that money from business groups have a big influence in judicial elections these days. State supreme court elections have become more contested, more nasty and much more expensive over the past decade as business groups have sought to make state courts more friendly to industry
Fox News dishonestly dismissed a Democratic congressman’s statement that the mystery of who began the IRS’ inappropriate targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has been solved. Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on June 9 where he explained that a Cincinnati-based IRS manager told congressional interviewers that a screener under his supervision brought a tea party group’s application for tax-exempt status to his attention, and that he then sent the case to a Washington office for assistance. In a letter to Rep