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Obama's Possible Secretary of Transportation a Total Shill for Schwinn

Politico has pulled together a credible-looking list of people being considered for staff and cabinet positions in an Obama administration. Down at the very bottom of the list, as one of two candidates for Secretary of Transportation, is Bill Nye lookalike Rep. Earl Blumenauer, from Portland, Oregon...


Politico has pulled together a credible-looking list of people being considered for staff and cabinet positions in an Obama administration.Down at the very bottom of the list, as one of two candidates for Secretary of Transportation, is Bill Nye lookalike Rep. Earl Blumenauer, from Portland, Oregon. He's the one who slipped tax breaks for bikers into the bailout and is, in the words of Matt Yglesias, "by far the bike commuter's best friend in congress."Cycling was up 35% in New York City in the last year, but Congress still tends to favor the newer technologies (like hybrids and biofuels) with its cash and legislation. Sounds like it's high time to have an advocate for the two-wheel community with the president's ear.
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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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