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Social media, Twitter, hate speech, first amendment, sexism, racism, leon kaye

The First Amendment is a Check on Government, Not a Cover for Trolls

The level of trolling on social media once again reached disturbing heights this week, as “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones became the target of relentless, racist and psychotic taunts on Twitter. After Twitter took action, some accused the company of limiting free speech.

China, Philippines, military, offshore oil, Leon Kaye, South China Sea, Spratly Islands, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, foreign policy

Tension Heats Up Over the South China Sea, Shows No Signs of Cooling

Last week, an international arbitration court ruled that China has no territorial rights to the Spratly Islands, nor to the South China Sea. Considering the potentially rich food and energy resources, expect this region to be a global flash-point for years to come.

Florida, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Everglades, sugar industry, wetlands, conservation, algae bloom, Leon Kaye

On Algae Bloom, Obama Tells Florida: You Figure It Out

Florida’s Treasure Coast has become inundated with algae blooms. After resisting federal regulations that could have prevented the problem, Florida politicians are asking the White House for help. And the Obama administration was clear in its response: It is your mess, so you fix it.

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Volkswagen, GM Face Troubles in Court

Both Volkswagen and GM received disappointing news last week. The German automaker faces more fines and further negotiations with California over its emissions scandal. And GM must now restructure how it rates its franchises.

We're now witnessing, said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of the Just Label It initiative and co-founder of Stonyfield.

As Advocates Gripe Over GMO-Labeling Law, One Company Leads

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s first labeling legislation for genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Many say the legislation doesn’t go far enough. And one food giant is out to raise the bar for the whole industry.

Hillary Clinton

The DNC Platform Is Tough On Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues of our day. So, it’s great to see that the Democratic Party is taking the issue seriously.

Climate change, LaMar Smith, Texas, climate deniers, Union of Concern Scientists, Leon Kaye

Climate Science Witch Hunt Expands to NGOs

Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is out to discredit climate scientists with a political witch hunt that’s now extending to NGOs.

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The Myths Oil Companies Use to Resist Climate Action in California

While it cannot be denied that money talks, it doesn’t always tell the truth. The Natural Resources Defense Council fact-checked a key fossil fuel trade group and uncovered the common “doomsday myths” it uses to scare politicians and the public.

Donald Trump, Silicon Valley, Republicans, Hillary Clinton, libertarians, immigration, innovation, national security, Leon Kaye

Silicon Valley’s Fear and Loathing of Donald Trump

Over 100 technology executives, CEOs and founders slammed Donald Trump in an open letter — citing divisiveness, an open contempt for the tech sector, and threats to “shut down” portions of the Internet.

It's official: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is on the Donald Trump ticket.

3p Weekend: Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s VP Pick

It’s official: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is on the Donald Trump ticket. Although he’s a GOP mainstay, Pence isn’t exactly a household name — leaving many to wonder where he stands on the issues they care about and how he would perform as veep. To answer all those burning questions, we took a look at Pence’s voting record and his stance on environmental and social sustainability issues. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.