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Snowden: Traitor or whistleblower?

In early June, British journalist Glenn Greenwald, writing for The Guardian, published an interview with Edward Snowden, the employee for Booz Allen hired to work on PRISM, a mass electronic surveillance data mining program operated by the National Security Agency. In it, Snowden alleges that the NSA intercepts and stores private emails and phone conservations […]

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Better get crackin’

It can be easy to take water for granted. Here in the eastern U.S. it’s everywhere — from springs to the creeks to the rivers to the lakes to the oceans, white with foam. However, there are places on the planet where most folks have never seen 10 gallons of water all in one place. […]

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Ceding ground saves lives, too

When the National Rifle Association managed to successfully lobby Florida legislators to adopt a law we now know as stand your ground, it’s unlikely the group figured the law might be employed by an unarmed black teenager accosted by a guy with a gun out prowling the streets on a rainy winter’s night in a […]

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Let’s lay out the facts about coal

On Capitol Hill recently, I was asked: If coal is so controversial, why don’t we, as a nation, just use more electricity? This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of this article is exclusive, , click […]

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State eyes Legacy Fund from gas revenue

A group of West Virginia legislators will travel to North Dakota soon to learn more about a state Legacy Fund there — a 2-year-old trust fund created with oil and natural gas tax revenue that already contains more than $1 billion in assets. State officials there can’t touch that money until 2017 when interest generated […]

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From W.Va. to Detroit: You  can get there from here

Last week the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, reportedly with an indebtedness of more than $18 billion. The city has a staggering pension liability as well. This has called into question the “blue model,” a label that has been applied to what are called “progressive” municipalities such as Chicago, Santa Fe and Oakland. Chicago’s […]

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Little progress made on Medicade rollout in W.Va.

Currently, the only people in West Virginia who are eligible for federal Medicaid coverage are those who make 38 percent or less of the federal poverty level — about $8,200 for a family of four. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced back in May he wants to expand that program to 138 percent, which would be […]

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Educating the shirt off your back

Recently, Logan County has made national headlines. The event that garnered the attention was the arrest of 14-year-old Jared Marcum, a student at Logan Middle School, in April because he wore a T-shirt to school that displayed the NRA logo, a hunting rifle and the words: “protect your right.” That’s right, arrested. Band teacher David […]

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During a recent meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, I urged him to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Manchin said he firmly believes that no one should be discriminated against unfairly, including gays and lesbians. However, he said he does not feel the religious exemption in the bill is strong enough and that it “leaves […]

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Harpers Ferry, unlike many Civil War towns, was not devastated by a major battle like nearby Sharpsburg, Md. and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Those towns had wounded soldiers who were cared for many months after those battles, had to contend with burying thousands of dead soldiers and encountered problems with filing for and receiving damages from […]

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