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Current Issues in the News


Today's Front Pages

See the front pages of newspapers from around the world. Links to entire papers are also available.

Clinton Global Initiative

The mission of the William J. Clinton Foundation, and the goal of this Initiative, is to increase the benefits and reduce the burdens of global interdependence; to make a world of more partners and fewer enemies; and to give more people the tools they need to build a better future.

Vermont Ethics Network

The mission of the network is to increase understanding of ethical issues, values and choices in health and healthcare. See this site for advance directive forms and related information.

World Scientists' Warning to Humanity

Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued an appeal in November 1992. The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written and spearheaded by the late Henry Kendall, former chair of UCS's board of directors. Read about the critical issues we face.

National Environmental Scorecard

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement following the first Earth Day. LCV is the political voice for more than nine million members of environmental and conservation organizations and the only organization working full-time to educate citizens about the environmental voting records of Members of Congress.

The Washington Post

High on the Bush administration's list of justifications for war against Iraq are President Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons, nuclear and biological programs, and his contacts with international terrorists. What U.S. officials rarely acknowledge is that these offenses date back to a period when Hussein was seen in Washington as a valued ally.

Google News Service

Google News presents information culled from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide and automatically arranged to present the most relevant news first. Topics are updated continuously throughout the day, so you will see new stories each time you check the page.

Slate.com

An online newspaper.

The Hill

The newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress.

Roll Call

The newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955.

The National Journal

National Journal Group Inc. is a leading publisher of magazines, newsletters, books and directories for people who have a professional interest in politics, policy and government. Based in Washington, D.C., National Journal Group Inc. is committed to providing publications and services that are nonpartisan, reliable and of the highest quality.

The Progressive

A journalistic voice for peace and social justice at home and abroad. The magazine, its affiliates, and its staff steadfastly oppose militarism, the concentration of power in corporate hands, and the disenfranchisement of the citizenry, poverty, and prejudice in all its guises. We champion peace, social and economic justice, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy.

Tikkun

Tikkun's editors are not afraid to confront controversy. So, while we firmly support the state of Israel, we also support Palestinian rights; while we support progressive politics in the United States, we are not afraid to criticize the Democratic party; while we have been in the forefront of Jewish and Black dialogue and the inclusion of women and gays and lesbians in Jewish life, we do not blindly support an identity politics.



Fact Check


Fact Check

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Media Matters

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Open Secrets

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. OUR VISION is for Americans, empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, to use that knowledge to strengthen our democracy. OUR MISSION is to produce and disseminate peerless data and analysis on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.

PolitiFact

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits.

Snopes

The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Truthout

Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.

WiklLeaks

WikiLeaks specializes in the analysis and publication of large datasets of censored or otherwise restricted official materials involving war, spying and corruption. It has so far published more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.



Public Awareness Groups


Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet

Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. Searching capabilities in THOMAS were built on the InQuery information retrieval system, developed by the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Project Vote Smart

A citizen's organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making. View the voting record of all representatives in office.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union is an independent nonprofit alliance of 60,000 concerned citizens and scientists across the country. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world. See their Action Center to make it easy for you to communicate directly with the people currently making critical decisions that affect our planet.

Environmental Health News

Environmental Health News is published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health.

Environmental Working Group

Our team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know. It shames and shakes up polluters and their lobbyists. It rattles politicians and shapes policy. It persuades bureaucracies to rethink science and strengthen regulation. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.

Living On Earth

Living on Earth with Steve Curwood is the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by National Public Radio. This year marks Living on Earth's eighth anniversary. Every week over 230 National Public Radio stations broadcast Living on Earth's news, features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological issues.

The Sierra Club

Inspired by nature, the Sierra Club works to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

US Public Interest Research Group

U.S. PIRG is a public interest watchdog organization, we uncover dangers to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation.

The Action Network

The Action Network is a gateway to online activism centers for over 170 leading environment, health and population advocacy organizations.

American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Center for Public Integrity

The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to provide the American people with the findings of our investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability and ethics related issues.

US Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce shapes the business community's agenda on a wide range of issues.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.

The Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

The Project for the New American Century

The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle; and that too few political leaders today are making the case for global leadership.

 


Contact Information


Vermont General Assembly

A list of contact information for current legislators in Vermont, committee assignments, and VT Law.

Federal Agencies and Legislative Bodies

An organizational directory of the three separate but equal branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial.

US Senate

Contact information for members of the US Senate.

US House

Contact information for members of the US House of Representatives.

Vermont Newspapers, Radio, and Television

Links to Vermont's media (Internet sites).

Guidelines for Addressing Officials

Provides the correct forms of address for U.S. Public officials, diplomats, religious leaders, royalty, the British peerage, and military personnel.

FreeTranslation of Web Pages

Google provides a free online language translation service to instantly translate text and web pages.

 




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