A Boeing 737 safely landed in a Jacksonville, Florida river

A Boeing 737 safely landed in a Jacksonville, Florida river

No one was killed; 21 people were wounded. A Boeing 737 with 143 people aboard slid off a runway into a shallow river in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday night as pilots attempted a landing in the middle of a thunderstorm. All 136 passengers and seven flight crew members on board are alive and accounted for, although 21 adults were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, officials said. Officials did not immediately say what caused…

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Jay Inslee shakes up the presidential race with some actual climate policy

Jay Inslee shakes up the presidential race with some actual climate policy

Finally, we’re getting into the nuts and bolts. From the beginning, federal climate politics in the US have been dominated by symbolism and signaling. Republicans dismiss it or call it a liberal plot. Democrats say “we believe in science!” Activists argue over long-term targets and who cares most. With the brief exception of 2009-2010, when the Waxman-Markey climate bill was up for debate, the national focus rarely stays for long on the nuts and bolts…

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Kirsten Gillibrand’s plan to get more small donors into politics: give every voter $600

Kirsten Gillibrand’s plan to get more small donors into politics: give every voter $600

Voters would get vouchers they could use to donate to the presidential, House, and Senate candidates of their choice. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a radical plan to get more small-dollar donations into politics: She wants to give every voter $200 they can donate to the presidential candidate of their choice. Gillibrand’s plan is part of a larger movement among Democrats, who are increasingly seeking to curb the influence of big money in politics. Her…

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The UK could achieve the most aggressive climate goal in the world

The UK could achieve the most aggressive climate goal in the world

A new report says it’s entirely feasible for the UK to hit net-zero emissions by 2050. The UK government’s official climate adviser this week said that the country can zero out its contributions to climate change by the middle of the century. If the target recommended by the Committee on Climate Change was officially adopted, it would put the UK on a more aggressive timetable than its current target of cutting emissions 80 percent by…

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