Of all the cases working their way through the federal court system none is more interesting or potentially more life changing than Juliana v. United States. To quote one federal judge, "This is no ordinary lawsuit." It was filed back in 2015 on behalf of a group of kids who are trying to get the courts to block the U.S. government from continuing the use of fossil fuels. They say it's causing climate change, endangering their future and violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. When the lawsuit began hardly anyone took it seriously, including the government's lawyers, who have since watched the Supreme Court reject two of their motions to delay or dismiss the case. Four years in, it is still very much alive, in part because the plaintiffs have amassed a body of evidence that will surprise even the skeptics and have forced the government to admit that the crisis is real. The case was born here in Eugene, Oregon, a tree-hugger's paradise, and one of the … [Read more...] about The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels
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Right now, it's unclear how long the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government will continue. The shutdown began at midnight Friday after President Donald Trump rejected a congressional budget compromise, and Trump has suggested that it could last a "very long" time unless he gets funding for his border wall. To those outside the United States, it's often a difficult battle to understand -- few other nations have comparable crises in reaction to domestic funding disputes. But even if the shutdown is a distinctly American phenomenon, its effect will be felt internationally in three big ways. 1. People The U.S. government employs thousands of people around the world -- people who work at U.S. embassies may be the most obvious examples. Generally, the people whose work is most vital to national security and the safety of human life are considered "excepted" and are required to work through the shutdown, instead of being put on unpaid furlough. They will be given back pay once a … [Read more...] about 3 ways the U.S. government shutdown affects world
By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm Once again the U.S. government is lurching toward a partial shutdown over a funding stalemate as Democrats and Republicans in Congress feud over border policy. Unless they reach an agreement, Uncle Sam will run out of money for several major services at 9 p.m. Friday. First things first: The post office will continue to ship those last-minute gifts and the Transportation Security Administration will continue to screen travelers at the nation’s airports. But access to Alcatraz Island and other National Parks could be at risk, and if the shutdown carries on, everything from tax refunds to issuing of passports could be delayed. It would mark the third shutdown this year, after a three-day closure in January followed by a brief, early-morning lapse in February that ended before dawn when the President signed a $400 billion … [Read more...] about So the U.S. government might shut down: What’s that mean for me?
Sanaa, Yemen -- The foreign minister of the unofficial Houthi rebel government in northern Yemen tells CBS News he's confident the ceasefire meant to take effect on Tuesday will hold, because the alternative, a merciless continuation of the country's civil war, is too awful to bear. "We have come to the last chapter of this war, and the people are fed up. That's it. We have to come to peace, by hook or crook," he told CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer at his office in Sanaa, the country's longtime capital which the Houthi rebels have held for years amid the war with Saudi-backed, officially recognized government. Peace can't come soon enough for the millions of Yemenis who, already poor, have had to run from the ongoing airstrikes and violence and now find themselves completely destitute.Palmer and her team have met just a small number of the Yemeni parents who are trapped by the war, forced to watch their children waste away from hunger.The numbers from the United … [Read more...] about Yemen’s Houthi rebels pin hopes for peace on the U.S. government
According to the Israeli media, during his meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels last Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked for the U.S. to impose an economic embargo on Lebanon. Pompeo reportedly rejected Netanyahu’s request.The meeting between the two men took place on the eve of Israel’s initiation of Operation Northern Shield last Tuesday. The operation is a military effort geared towards sealing Hezbollah’s offensive subterranean attack tunnels. It follows Israel’s stunning revelation that it had discovered the locations of Hezbollah’s attack tunnels, perhaps Hezbollah’s most secret undertaking. According to Netanyahu, Hezbollah launched its offensive tunnel project in 2014. The existence of the tunnel program was known to almost no one in the organization. Hezbollah’s tunnels traverse the border between Lebanon and Israel. Hezbollah reportedly intended to have the tunnels serve as a means to invade … [Read more...] about Caroline Glick: The U.S. Government Still Thinks Lebanon and Hezbollah Are Different