By Ned Resnikoff
The greatest threat to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political future may be “Bridgegate,” the unfolding scandal centered on evidence that his staff engineered a massive traffic jam as an act of political retribution. But Christie’s constituents could face longer term consequences from another transit-centered controversy from the governor’s first term.
In 2010, Christie decided to kill a project called Access to the Region’s Core, a years-in-the-making effort to build a new rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York City. Proponents of the project say it could have created as many as 44,000 jobs in and around the state and hiked local property values by up to $18 billion. A recent report [PDF] from the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo even suggests that an additional tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New Jersey and New York could make regional infrastructure more resilient in the face of disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
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I’m baffled. When a political party loses a large, important demographic in an election, I would think that they would change tactics so the same thing doesn’t happen again. I’m not saying they necessarily need to give up a favored policy position but certainly they could maybe talk about something different. They could follow the example of Pope Francis. The Pope is certainly not going to change the Catholic Church position on abortion or ordination of women, but he doesn’t want those kind of issues to be the focus of Church teaching. I refer, of course, to the Republican Party.
I think that all of them need to go back and take Biology 101 again because starting with Todd Akin, they really don’t know how the reproductive system works. The latest is from Mike Huckabee. The Nation has provided the full quote via Yahoo! News.
Here are Huckabee’s comments in full,
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The Asian Development Bank estimates some 1.8 million people — typically lower-caste men, religious minorities, women, the disabled, Afghan refugees and children — work mostly in Pakistan’s brickmaking sector for little or even no pay. The conditions are appalling: barefoot workers break rocks, walk single file with yokes slung across shoulders and scale precarious planks to feed blasting-hot furnaces. Beatings and abuses are rife.
According to the Global Slavery Index 2013, Pakistan is the third worst place in the world for debt bondage and forced labor, after India and China. It says government efforts to address the problem have been “token at best and nonexistent at worst.”
Now the index’s patron, billionaire Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest, has come up…
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