Well, the hits just don’t stop. It’s been another upside-down week, filled with intrigue, international faux pas, and an ongoing case of administration-wide amnesia on all things Russian. Sometimes, it’s just too much. (Who am we kidding – it’s always too much!)
Anyway, in the midst of all this insanity and shenanigans, there are still some bright spots to lift your spirits and even maybe make you smile. We present you with this weeks collection of Good News headlines. We hope they help you rejuvenate yourself so you can join us again on the front lines next week. See you there!
In local good news:
Clark takes on Purdue’s opioid marketing – Says pharmaceutical company’s ‘greed and recklessness’ spawned crisis
- A Pittsfield patrolman stood up for a young boy who was ridiculed for a funky haircut and dye job.
- Some House Republicans are actually cooperating with Democrats to provide bipartisan support to vote down an anti-climate amendment and sent a strong message that the military should prepare for and fight climate change.
- Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City (We hope you’re feeling better, President Carter!)
- Not to be outdone by Carter, China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda
- Trump’s environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks
- There are some comeback stories for coal towns: Rising from the ashes, a Buffalo suburb ends its dependence on coal
India plants 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of record-breaking environmental campaign – More than 1.5 million volunteers were involved in the huge operation
Environmentalists Win a Victory Against Scott Pruitt – A federal court threw a roadblock in the way of Pruitt’s efforts to postpone new oil and gas regulations.
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
- Don’t look now, but Democrats just flipped two more seats from red to blue Tuesday night
And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front:
- Federal Judge Loosens ‘Travel Ban’ Restrictions to Exempt Grandparents, Others
- Historic day of action for Net Neutrality breaks records: more than 2 million comments to FCC, millions of emails and phone calls to Congress
- And more on Net Neutrality: When you attack the Internet, the Internet fights back.
- And, this visual recap of the stats for the Net Neutrality day of action.
ACLU Sues Trump Over Election Commission – The suit claims the presidential commission’s lack of transparency is illegal.
- Finally … U.S. To Allow Entry For Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team After First Denying Request
One of first Muslim same-sex marriages takes place in UK – ‘We’re going to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim’
- Voter fraud panel tells states to hold off on sending data
One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights – Income, citizenship status, and gender identity don’t affect coverage.
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
- I’m sure they will spin this nine ways to Sunday, but it can’t be good that a) Kushner’s lawyer effectively dropped him, or b) Kushner will now be represented by Abbe Lowell, a criminal-defense attorney. Why would he need a criminal defense lawyer instead of an ethics lawyer? Hmmm ….
- We know this isn’t The Big One, but it still makes us smile: House Democrat files article of impeachment against Trump
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- So, the White House thought it would be a good idea to solicit commentary from the American public on the administration’s so-called “election integrity” commission. Not so much. Many people took the opportunity to speak out against what they believe is actually voter oppression. And they didn’t pull any punches. On a serious side note, the White House then made a second mistake by posting the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information. Not instilling a lot of confidence, White House.
- This isn’t political, but it’s SO cool: Scientists Just Teleported an Object Into Space for the First Time. Umm … I can think of a few people – I mean, “things” – that I’d like to teleport. Just sayin’
- Policeman pulls over black woman and quickly discovers she is the state attorney. Obviously, we’re not sharing this because we like that she got pulled over. It’s just … the look on her face and the stuttering of the officer. I wish we knew how this story ended.
“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography