“It’s a song,” according to coal-protesting plaintiffs suing Peabody Energy. “A song can’t hurt Peabody.”More specifically, it’s a John Prine song, and Peabody Energy says it has no place in a complaint filed against the company by two activists who alleged Peabody had a role in their unconstitutional 2013 arrest for protesting outside the company’s shareholder meeting. The plaintiffs sued in federal court in Casper, Wyoming.The plaintiffs opened their complaint with the song “Paradise,” which protests strip mining, the Associated Press reports. These verses are quoted:“Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel“And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land“Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken“Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man …” ‘And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County” ‘Down by the … [Read more...] about Coal company asks court to strike protest song lyrics from activists’ lawsuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Though Lil Nas X has broken chart records and become a streaming juggernaut with his breakout country rap hit "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray Cyrus, the song faces an uphill challenge to get a nomination for a CMA award. Ballots have gone out for nominations for the Country Music Association Awards, but some voters are struggling to decide how to recognize the musical phenomenon of the year, which has become the longest running No. 1 song in the history of Billboard's Hot 100. Billboard decided "Old Town Road" wasn't a country song and pulled it off country charts early on, but the song made enough of an impact anyway that it became eligible for a number of CMA categories this year, including single of the year and song of the year. CMA voters, which include musicians, producers, songwriters, touring professionals, country radio employees and others, vote in three ballots with the final nominations typically being announced in late August or early September. The … [Read more...] about CMA voters consider whether to nominate ‘Old Town Road’
"She is a true intelligence professional who brings care, integrity and a commitment to the rule of law to her work every day," the letter said. Among the signatories were former CIA Directors John Brennan, Leon E. Panetta, Michael Hayden and George Tenet, as well as Michael Morell, who served twice as acting director. … [Read more...] about John McCain was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?
POLITICS 05/07/2018 12:37 am ET Updated 29 minutes ago The Arizona senator says he ignored his gut on that one. By Ed Mazza 430 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reportedly wishes he had never picked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as a running mate for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. According to The New York Times, McCain had considered Joe Lieberman, then an independent senator from Connecticut, for the job of vice president. However, advisors warned against picking the longtime member of the Democratic Party who still caucused with them. “It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” McCain wrote in his upcoming autobiography, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations,” per the Times. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.” In an upcoming HBO documentary, McCain described his decision to not select Lieberman as … [Read more...] about John McCain Now Wishes He’d Never Selected Sarah Palin As His 2008 Running Mate
POLITICS 05/09/2018 09:54 pm ET "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination," the Arizona Republican said. By Antonia Blumberg Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday urged the U.S. Senate to reject Gina Haspel’s nomination as director of the CIA. McCain released a statement just hours after Haspel went before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing. In her testimony, Haspel told lawmakers that she would not restart the agency’s defunct torture program if confirmed to head the CIA, but she repeatedly dodged questions about the morality of the program. In his statement, McCain said he understood “the urgency that drove the decision” to resort to torture as a method of interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up … [Read more...] about John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Gina Haspel’s Nomination For CIA