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Repeal Denali

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Obama Drills

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VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Gov. Bill Walker Expands Medicaid to 42,000 Alaskans

Alaska is set to become the largest state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act through a plan announced Thursday by Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican-turned-independent.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

How the U.S. Navy Plans to War-Game the Arctic

The Navy is increasingly focused on possible future climate-change conflicts in the melting waters of the north and, in that context, has little or no intention of caretaking the environment when it comes to military exercises.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Change

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Plans to Allow Drilling on America’s East Coast

The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast.

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Americans Need Leaders Who Understand Their Plight Instead of Denying It

Call it Empathy Deficit Disorder. Some Democrats have it, but the disorder seems especially widespread among Republicans.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE

Amy Phillips

Those Budget-Busting, Job-Killing GOP Governors

Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party’s governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Facebook/Greg Orman

When Moderates Fight Back

The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE

American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

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Death Came by Water, Then by Oil

It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, when an earthquake-spurred tsunami wiped out the Chugach village in Chenega, Alaska. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, a wave of oil from the Exxon Valdez began to move their way.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, and four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Obama administration has authorized BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s all set to happen again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE

Shell Apparently Won’t Drill in the Arctic

The giant fossil fuel corporation announced Thursday that it would shelve plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

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Six States Chosen to Test Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia have been selected to host sites for testing the commercial use of drones.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Apple Maps: The Easiest Way to Crash Into an Airplane

The iPhone and iPad app has been known to give erroneous directions, but this month it led drivers to near-death situations. On Sept. 6 and 20, Apple maps pointed two cars to cross a runway at Alaska’s Fairbanks International Airport.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE

greenoid (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Alaska’s Forest Fires Burn More Fiercely

Recent fires in the forests of Alaska have been the worst in 10,000 years, and they could happen more frequently elsewhere in the world.

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Obama Heckled During Speech, Warren Lands a Book Deal, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why an Oklahoma senator thinks federal disaster relief to his state after a deadly tornado is unnecessary and John McCain gets all maverick-y again.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Glaciers Are Melting Slowly but Surely

Most of the world’s glaciers are retreating more slowly than the few that are shrinking fast. But new research confirms that almost all of them are losing mass.

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Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

Don Young

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Teenager Sues Alaska for Failing to Protect His Melting Home

An 18-year-old Yup’ik Eskimo who could lose his home to melting tundra is suing the state of Alaska for failing to take action on climate change.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE

Alaskan Dude (CC BY 2.0)

Alaskan Climate Team Hasn’t Met in Years

A rapid-response task force set up by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with the stated intent to protect the state from the worst effects of climate change hasn’t convened since March 2011, newly released documents show.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE

David Weekly (CC-BY)

Depression May Have Led Runner to Disaster

A newly released police report says that the Kenyan long-distance runner who lost both of his feet after spending three days in the Alaskan wilderness may have taken off to literally run away from his problems.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE

Richard Bitting (CC-BY)

The Russians Are Coming (or Not)

Correction: Back in 2007, a Russian official announced a scheme to build an underwater rail system linking Siberia to Alaska. Such a railway would require the longest tunnel ever built and expenditures of about $94 billion (by one estimate). More than four years later, the transcontinental railway was in the news again. (more)

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Therealbs2002 (CC-BY)

Palin’s Gubernatorial Emails Unleashed in Alaska

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the elite liberal media, the world is now privy to reams, literally, of emails written by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during her truncated tenure in office. Let’s give them a look, shall we?

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE

‘Colbert Report’: Sarah Palin’s For-Profit Tour of the USA

Sarah Palin’s bus tour of key American historical sites is mystifying much of the mainstream media, but Stephen Colbert caught on to its significance immediately, asking: “Won’t you help Sarah Palin learn basic facts about U.S. history for just pennies a day?”

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE

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Obama Caves on Domestic Oil Drilling

President Obama will instruct the Interior Department to expedite the sale of oil drilling leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve and the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that additional domestic oil production will lower gasoline prices in the long term. (more)

Posted on May 14, 2011 READ MORE

Spite Makes Right

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Fey plays Palin

Fey: No ‘Rock’ Boost From Playing Palin

She may have nailed her impersonation of Alaska’s foremost she-grizzly, Sarah Palin, and big snaps to her hairdresser while we’re at it, but Tina Fey says in her new ingeniously titled memoir, “Bossypants,” that playing Palin didn’t amount to big ratings for her main act, “30 Rock.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE

More 2012 Noises From Palin

While you’re adjusting to the notion of a possible Newt Gingrich campaign 2012 blitz, it might be time to start preparing for some Palin-for-president action as well. She hasn’t yet said she’ll make a break for the White House, but judging by this ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Senate via Wikimedia Commons

Murkowski Clears Last Hurdle to Senate Seat

Lisa Murkowski can finally make it official, as her two-month struggle to clinch her write-in victory to reclaim her Senate seat on behalf of Alaska came to an end Thursday, when her state governor and lieutenant governor signed off on the paperwork.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE

Santa Over Alaska

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Alex Brandon

President Mama Grizzly?

Could reality television be a legitimate steppingstone to the White House? Well, in at least one case—guess who?—that could be true, according to a newly released national poll of GOP voters.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE

U.S. Senate via Wikimedia Commons

Murkowski’s Miracle on Ice

Officials are still counting and campaigns are still jockeying, but it looks like Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled off a minor political miracle by winning a write-in campaign after getting bounced from the GOP ticket by tea party upstart Joe Miller.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE

AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Word of the Year: Refudiate

This year, Sarah Palin created a very memorable neologism, and now that word has become famous like its politician-turned-reality-star creator! Yes, the word voted in by the good people at the New Oxford American Dictionary is refudiate.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

Sarah Palin’s Latest Incarnation: Reality Star

Sarah Palin has been many things to many people: Vice presidential candidate to John McCain; inspirational leader to scores of She-publicans and “Mama Grizzlies,” not to mention tea partyers in Alaska and “the lower 48”; and brunt of jokes to countless others besides Tina Fey.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE

Rachel Maddow Confronts Angry, Uninformed Voters

There’s nothing unfair, disrespectful or manipulative about what the MSNBC host does here. She simply asks these Joe Miller supporters in Alaska to explain why they’re so upset and ... they can’t.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE

Joe Miller Drops to Third Place in Alaska Race

Alaskan underdog and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller scored a startling victory over incumbent Lisa Murkowski in August’s Republican primary, but in political time during an election year, August was eons ago, and now Miller needs another boost from ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Bruce McKay (CC-BY-SA)

Does a Bear Vote in the Woods?

Why Sarah Palin is no grizzly and how she and her sister travelers will wipe out the real thing.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE

Brace Yourself for ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’

For all the gosh-darn folksiness Sarah Palin hurls in our direction, the preview for her new TLC show makes the former governor’s existence seem pretty charmed.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


‘Archie’ Gets Political With Obama and Palin

President Obama has already made a cameo on the colorful pages of “Spider-Man,” and he’s getting the comic-book treatment once again with not one, but two special editions of “Archie,” and this time, he’ll share the covers with a certain “Thrilla from Wasilla.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Alex Brandon

Beck and Palin, Together Again on 9/11

Fox News mainstays and tea-party superstars Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are joining forces for a big-ticket event in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 11. Ostensibly, it’s just a “coincidence” that this right-wing pep rally is happening on such an auspicious date.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Senate

Alaska Senate Upset: Murkowski’s Out, Miller’s In

Score one, and a big one at that, for the tea party. On Tuesday, Alaska’s incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski conceded to underdog Joe Miller in the state’s race for the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm election.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE

Underdog Rides Tea Party Express in Alaska Primary

In a twist of primary fate on Tuesday, Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s future standing was thrown into question by one Joe Miller, who built up steam for his anti-big-government cause, even in a state known for scoring major federal funding ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE

Former Sen. Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Crash

He survived one plane crash already, in 1978, but on Monday night former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was not so fortunate. He was one of nine people aboard a plane that went down in southern Alaska, and on Tuesday his death was confirmed.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE

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