The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' has delayed the easement permit that would enable the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, pending an environmental study, but Kelly Hayes at TruthOut reminds us that this fight is far from over. "(W)hile it's true that environmental impact statements can in fact take years to complete," she says, "no attention to detail -- either legal or environmental -- should be expected under a president-elect who has promised to govern in the style of an autocrat." But Republicans typically overestimate the public's impatience with environmental regulations, and so we have another opening.
Another day, another "liberal" media article blaming young folks for Donald Trump's win. Mr. Obama may have done better, but folks 18-29 went for Mrs. Clinton by a 19-point margin, whereas folks over 45 went for Mr. Trump by at least 7 points, and of course the "liberal" media won't blame seniors voting against their own interests. Frankly, though, in an election where the "winning" candidate only got 46% (his total seems to be going down all the time!) and lost the popular vote by 2.5 million votes, you could argue almost anything was the deciding factor -- maybe, even, that Bernie Sanders (or someone else at least as inspiring) wasn't the Democratic nominee.
Buried somewhat in this news item about Ben Carson's nomination as Housing and Urban Development Secretary is Mr. Carson's opposition to putting affordable housing in "wealthier neighborhoods." He's upset with that, and not redlining? Also, n.b. his general opposition to government programs for the poor: "(w)e the people have the responsibility to take care of the indigent...it's not the government's job." Always they pretend our government is some alien thing that couldn't possibly derive its power and authority from us and couldn't possibly belong to us -- certainly it couldn't work on our behalf! Why would they want us to think that way, I wonder?
Department of Defense buries internal study finding at least $125 billion in "administrative waste," thinking, apparently, that Congress would use their findings to cut their overall budget. But it seems to me the Pentagon worried over nothing! Democrats are so weak they won't do anything that could be seen as being "weak on defense," and Republicans are no doubt already drafting their statements that the Pentagon understands the problem and should be allowed to fix it on their own. (Oh, and don't wait for Sen. McCain to do something about it. He'll condemn it, and that'll be far from worthless, but he won't do anything else.)
Finally, and I do mean finally, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory concedes his race to Roy Cooper, and Tom Jensen at PPP reminds us that sustained and organized liberal opposition to Mr. McCrory's reactionary policies may have done the most to finally bring him down. Mr. Jensen cites the state's Moral Monday movement in particular for keeping these issues out front, and while their work is obviously very important, I wish it had more effect down-ballot, as Republicans still enjoy huge majorites in the state legislature. I doubt 2018 will present very much opportunity to change that in North Carolina -- but I'd be pleased to have Moral Monday prove me wrong.