Just Foreign Policy and MoveOn still help you tell President Obama and Congress to work through the U.S. Constitution when contemplating war -- meaning that the President must come to Congress for approval, not the other way around. Absolutely Executive branch diplomacy should insure that regional powers get a say in the result (I do wish the petition were more explicit about that), and absolutely Congress should be putting a time limit on war-making and setting geographic limits so that this President (or the next one!) doesn't interpret it as a mandate to make war wherever he or she likes. No, setting time limits doesn't encourage terrorists to hide out until the time limit's up. We're the most heavily-armed nation on the planet; if we can't achieve relatively simple military objectives within a short time frame, then we're a bunch of idiots. And let's not also have the argument that if we don't dictate terms to the Middle East diplomatically, we're just setting ourselves up for more terrorist attacks. News flash: we've been dictating terms to the Middle East for decades now. How's that working out?
Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth helps you tell the EPA to mandate reduced hydrofluorocarbons (or HFCs) from common household appliances. A lot of appliances, like refrigerators and air conditioners, replaced chlorofluorocarbons (or CFCs) with HFCs back in the day because CFCs depleted the ozone layer, but now we know that HFCs cause about a thousand times more climate warming than carbon dioxide does, and maybe that is David Koch's real objection to having his coal plants regulated -- that HFCs are so much worse! I kid, of course. But we might have three times as many HFCs in our atmosphere in 2030 as we have now, and we can replace HFCs with better technologies that don't contribute nearly as much to climate change or ozone depletion -- like propane and isobutane, which do contribute more to climate change than carbon dioxide, but substantially less than HFCs. Guess who doesn't like proposed EPA rules limiting HFCs? The chemical corporations that make HFCs, of course. But they don't get all the say about everything that happens in America any more than David Koch does.
Meanwhile, Florence, KY police officer Lyndi Trischler has become pregnant, which isn't ordinarily news, particularly since Ms. Trischler herself has been pregnant before. So why is it news now? Because unlike her last pregnancy, Ms. Trischler's bosses won't give her light-duty work this time, citing new city policy that doesn't allow such work for any city employees unless a work injury created the need for it. It's safe to say that her pregnancy isn't a "work injury," though it now makes her unable to wear the body armor her patrol work requires. I've seen workers manipulate the system enough to understand where the city's coming from, but pregnancy is a pretty hard thing to fake, and you really don't want to discourage your officers from having families. Besides which, their policy just so happens to violate the law -- not only the Pregnancy Discrimination Act but the Americans with Disabilities Act, which doesn't cover pregnancy, but does cover health conditions caused by pregnancy. Hence Moms Rising helps you tell the city of Florence to make their policy less hostile to pregnant mothers.