Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads

The Federal Election Commission is moving to improve disclosure of the money behind Internet and digital ads, as the shadow of Russian-funded social media ads in last year's presidential race hangs over the agency. "We can't, obviously, take over the role of the Justice Department or of Congress," Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub told other commissioners Thursday, "but I do think that we could do this little piece." The Justice Department, Senate and House are separately investigating...

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JPR Live Session: The Shook Twins (2017)

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth.

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Urban Environments Create Changed Creatures

Urban dwellers get understandably upset when their homes are invaded by rats or bedbugs or other unwelcome creatures. But hardly anybody stops to think that the animals are there BECAUSE the city is there. And that is very likely the case... many creatures evolved differently because of urban environments. Marc Johnson at the University of Toronto just published a paper in Science detailing some of the evolutionary changes apparently forced by urban environments.

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The Big Idea Behind Big Data

In the Spring of 2009, the H1N1/09 virus — dubbed "swine flu" — made the jump from pigs to people and began claiming its first victims. Fearing the beginning of a global swine flu pandemic, terrified health officials began planning for the worst. Shutting down the world's major airports became the nuclear option of their arsenal — the last hope for halting the virus from reaching unstoppable thresholds of contagion. That, though, was before two Italian scientists demonstrated that shuttering...

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Government Outlines When It Will Disclose Or Exploit Software Vulnerabilities

Government agencies that deal with cybersecurity, like the National Security Agency, have two competing interests. On the one hand, they want to protect America's online infrastructure and economy from cyberattacks. On the other hand, government agencies want to harness tools to attack opponents in cyberspace. These goals come into conflict when government agencies discover or buy flaws in software, called "zero day" exploits, that the software's makers don't know about. The government can...

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Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Slice (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals) adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix. Barra Brown is on Drums, vocals and Drum Pad, and Josh Simon is on Bass, vocals, Electric guitar, and synth.

Who’s Watching Hanford? EPA Presence Dwindling

Nov 16, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is one of the government watchdogs monitoring the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. But recently the EPA’s Hanford office has shrunk in half.

The Oregon Senate Republican caucus chose a new leader for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday.

Jackie Winters, R-Salem, won a closed-door election to lead the 13-member Senate GOP delegation. It was a decision that came as somewhat of a surprise to the long-time lawmaker.

“I did not seek it out,” she said. “I didn’t have a written speech.”

The federal conspiracy trial against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is hitting right at the heart of the country's divide over information and truth.

Opening statements began this week in the case of Bundy's armed standoff with federal agents near his ranch in 2014. Bundy, his two sons and another militiaman are accused of assaulting federal officers when the government tried to remove Bundy's cows that were grazing on U.S. public land without permits.

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Placing a bunch of solar panels in a rural area is often referred to as a "solar farm."  But it's not like actual farming can go on around the solar arrays, and that's what troubles 1000 Friends of Oregon

The land-use group works to make sure property owners and planners comply with Oregon land-use law. 

And the group took exception to a solar farm approved for use on farmland near Medford, appealing the approval and getting it overturned. 

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Plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions often focus directly on the emission sites themselves.  But there's a whole world full of places that can potentially serve as carbon "sinks," absorbing CO2 to keep it out of the atmosphere. 

So land conservation and ecosystem management can also be strategies to curb climate change. 

A recent study lays out the effects; two of the authors are from the Nature Conservancy in California. 

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Defense attorneys on Wednesday provided new details about Jeremy Christian, the man accused of murdering two people in May while riding a light rail train in Portland.

Christian’s defense attorney, Gregory Scholl, acknowledged there was graphic violence on board the MAX train the afternoon of May 26 and that the situation was "tragic."

But Scholl argued before Multnomah County Judge Cheryl Albrecht that prosecutors were only focusing on statements that supported their case, rather than a wider perspective about what happened on board the train.

This summer’s total eclipse of the sun in Oregon came with a price tag.

On Tuesday, the Oregon Military Department requested an extra $260,724 for its current budget to pay for the costs of managing crowds during the Aug. 21 event.

The agency’s deputy director, Dave Stuckey, told members of the Oregon Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee that the bulk of money paid Oregon National Guard soldiers called into active duty.

“We activated 155 soldiers and Air Guard personnel,” he said.

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In her first detailed account of alleged harassment at the Oregon Capitol, state Sen. Sara Gelser says a fellow legislator touched her breasts and placed his hand on her thigh under a dais. And she says as many as 15 other women have also accused Sen. Jeff Kruse of unwanted touching. 

The U.S. Department of Justice has put Multnomah County, the state of Oregon and 27 other jurisdictions on notice that their sanctuary policies may cost them federal money.

DOJ officials issued the warning in a letter Wednesday. It said local and state governments are violating the federal law known as 8 USC 1373, which promotes information-sharing for immigration enforcement and bars local and state governments from passing laws that limit communication with the federal government about immigration status.

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