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Coffee and the Papers: Yucca, Dust, and More

** The infamous Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository idea is still dead.  Although, two members of the Nevada Congressional contingent, Representatives Amodei (R-NV2) and Heck (R-NV3), are cuddling up to the “research park” idea.  [Las Vegas Sun]    Senior members of the Congressional delegation are unimpressed:

“Rep. Shelly Berkley says the four NRC members targeting Jaczko are simply trying to “turn our state into a radioactive wasteland,” while Sen. Dean Heller complained that the commissioners “should be focusing on the safety of the American public, not internal politics.”

Although there are many important safety issues at play in this fight, an important subtext — as Berkley and Heller recognize — are attempts by the industry and its allies to stall for time with the hope that a new president revives the Yucca Mountain project.”  [Full Article Las Vegas Sun]

** The Righthaven litigation shop continues maneuvering through the bankruptcy process.  It’s still too early to declare the outfit a dead zone.  [Las Vegas Sun]

** Does one member of the Nevada Board of Economic Development want the Brookings Institution to do its work for it?  Brookings reported on economic diversification (or the lack thereof) in Nevada, most Board members seem willing to use the report and other state generated information to prepare a plan.  [Nevada News Bureau]  Would diversification come more easily if we weren’t being ‘mugged’ by casinos? [NVEmpFocus]

** Nye Gateway has the run-down on votes by the Nevada Congressional Delegation.   One of the votes is particularly interesting — Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) voted in favor of H.R. 1633, an act to prevent revision of Clean Air regulations regarding ambient nuisance dust created as a result of farming activity.   The problem?  There is NO regulation of “farm dust” under consideration.  [Reuters] [McCarthy, EPA testimony, pdf]

** The Nevada View amplifies economist Paul Krugman’s conclusion that income inequality of the magnitude experienced in the United States at the moment is bad for democracy.   No surprises here, Citigroup’s 2006 analysis in their infamous Plutonomy Memos is well known, and are items the corporation is now trying desperately to suppress.   Good luck, as anyone who has hit “send” on a questionable text, tweet, or e-mail can attest — once in the Internet Pipeline “stuff” is forever.

** Nevada Progressive looks at the fumbling, stumbling Romney campaign and its chances in the Silver State.  Washington Monthly looks at yet another Flippity Flop from the ever-transforming candidate.

** The Sin City Siren passes along information from the National Women’s Law Center concerning the necessity of extending pay roll tax cuts, including the following: “A failure to extend unemployment insurance will hurt women–with an estimated 2.6 million women affected by the UI extension.  Further, Ellie reports that Dr. Adriana Kugler, chief economist for the Dept. of Labor, said that 2.2 million women, 900,000 Latinos, 1.2 million African Americans, and 3.6 million children will be directly affected by the failure to extend unemployment insurance benefits by Dec 31.”  (emphasis in original)

** From The Department of No Surprises:  Gingrich’s tax plan would codify lower taxes for the rich than for the middle class. [TPM full story] Rick Perry’s tax proposal would cut taxes for the ultra-rich. [TP full story]  Mitt Romney’s tax plan benefits the ultra-rich whose income is derived from capital gains, inheritance (where he got his start), and speculation. (Can we say Bain Capital Management?)  [PolicyShop]

** Bark Bark… has an interesting analysis of Newt Gingrich’s “invented people” narrative: It’s part of the dog whistle to signal an “Attack on White Male Supremacy.”   “Others” aren’t legitimate, “others” are invented, “others” aren’t White Males of European Descent.  “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.” [To Have and Have Not, 1944]

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Coffee and the Papers: Bears, Sharks, and Snark

** Nevada’s very own Sheldon Adelson, he of Freedom’s Watch and he who spent about $30 million during the 2008 campaign season, [SW] finds himself in trouble with a U.S. magistrate because he refused to answer questions in a deposition. [VegasInc] And speaking of things in court: The Righthaven rulings are making some people nervous. [LVSun full article]

** The Heller for the Senate campaign would like to make a bit of hay out of Rep. Shelley Berkley’s husband investing in foreclosed properties and re-selling them, the problem — of course — is this is exactly the practice Republicans are promoting as a way for “the housing market to right itself.” [LVSun]

** Another volunteer for the Austerity does not produce Prosperity cause. This time it’s the CFO of Morgan Stanley: “The wealthiest can afford to pay more in taxes. That’s a part of the deal. That makes sense. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t agree with that,” Porat said. “The wealth disparity between the lowest and the highest continues to expand, and that’s inappropriate.””We cannot cut our way to greatness,” she added.” [HuffPo] Amen to that.  If memory serves, the GOP was supposed to have rolled out its version of the payroll tax cut extensions yesterday.  Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) may introduce a compromise measure on the subject.  Senate Republicans could not bring themselves to vote for payroll tax cuts offset by a 1.9% surcharge on the top 1%.  [Bloomberg]

** Shark Alert:  Big banks, like Well Fargo, are bankrolling Payday Lenders who earned approximately $3.5 billion in fees making loans to people, and churning them back into perpetual debtors, meaning “repeat borrowing by customers who paid off their loan, but because of the interest, require another loan before their next paycheck.”  [TP] Now, do we understand why the Banks and their GOP allies on Capitol Hill are opposed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

** More sharks in the water:  The Gleaner has some succinct observations on the silence of the sharks, NVEnergy, who would like to maintain their very profitable grasp on Nevada ratepayers.

** It was The Lie of the Year in 2010, but presidential candidate Mitt Romney keeps telling it.  “The health care reform act was a 100% government takeover of health care.”  Perrspectives takes a long look at this Romney incantation, in a readable and recommended post.   However, Mitt The Flip has changed his position on the extension of payroll tax cuts,  before they were “temporary little Band-Aids,” now they are OK because middle class Americans are feeling the pinch. [TPM] In the “lawful, but awful” department: Romney’s governorship in Massachusetts ended with the expenditure of $100,000 to scrub records by having 11 members of his staff buy hard drives containing info on his administration. [TPMM]

** The ratings agencies are under scrutiny from the EU watchdogs: “Our inspectors are examining how the rating agencies conduct their business and arrive at ratings. If we were to find wrongdoing, ESMA has the power to fine agencies, suspend their ratings and we could even withdraw their license.” [Reuters] The oversight group has been investigating the ratings agencies since last month and will continue its scrutiny in December.  Could explain why Standard & Poor’s has been a little tetchy lately?

** Drill Baby Drill may be Spill Baby Spill?  BP workers found “cold pipes” weeks before the North Slope Spill. [McClatchy] Background info at Anchorage Daily News. (May 2011)

** The Department of Defense is looking at possible beneficial effects of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for members of the Armed Services suffering from traumatic brain injuries.  [Army Times] In 2009 Pentagon officials estimated that as many as 360,000 members of the services may be suffering with TBI. [USAT]

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