Goodbye, Colbert Report


On Its Final Day, Remembering Some Of The Colbert Report’s Best

The final episode of “The Colbert Report” airs tonight, as its host Stephen Colbert moves on to succeed David Letterman as the new late night host on CBS. In the move, Colbert is retiring the hilarious, ridiculous, and lovable conservative pundit that hosted his show. In his honor, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite Colbert moments:

  • The Colbert Super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” In one of the best examples of the comedian’s humor to actually educate people about an important civic issue, Colbert’s efforts earned him a Peabody award, over $1 million in donations, and some pretty hilarious bits.
  • When Colbert interviews Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem about their new feminist radio station — while the three of them make an apple pie.
  • Former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl landed himself in some hot water after saying that abortion services are “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” Abortion is actually just 3 percent of Planned Parenthood services, and when Kyl was corrected a spokesman said the Senator’s comment was “not intended to be a factual statement.” Enter Colbert.
  • Pretty much any time Colbert went head-to-head with Bill O’Reilly.
  • Colbert’s Congressional testimony — in character — about the plight of migrant farm workers. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan . . . and served in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”
  • After Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on the Report, Stephen gathered some of his friends — including Bryan Cranston and Jimmy Fallon — to do their own rendition of the musical group’s summer hit, ‘Get Lucky.’
  • Any of Colbert’s “Better Know A District” segments — but perhaps most importantly when Nancy Pelosi rode a BMX bike.
  • Colbert’s appearance as the host of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006: “To sit here at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush. To be this close to the man! I feel like I’m dreaming. Somebody pinch me. Actually, I’m a pretty sound sleeper, that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face.”
  • That time when Colbert and Jon Stewart staged the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • Colbert’s moving, tearful tribute to his late mother. The comedian knew how to be serious, too.

Thanks for nine years of giving us the most low-class, bloviating, hypocritical, obnoxious, arrogant — and all-around amazing — coverage of important progressive issues and so much more. We don’t know what to expect from the new show, but we aren’t expecting anything less.

PS: Want a taste of what Colbert is like out of character? Here he is talking to the Yale Daily News, with Yale student and former CAP Action intern Cody Pomeranz as the interviewer!

Help protect the public from toxic air pollution ~~ a repost from 2011

Toxic air pollutants from power plantsmercury, lead, arsenic, and others—are linked to health problems such as cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and even premature death. Mercury, for example, is a potent neurotoxin that poses a threat to fetal and infant brain development. And coal plants are far and away the greatest source of mercury air emissions in the United States.

Shockingly, there are currently no national limits on the amount of mercury and other toxic pollutants that power plants can spew into the environment. This gap in our public health protections is all the more disturbing since the Clean Air Act required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start regulating toxic pollutants more than two decades ago. Thankfully, in mid-March, the agency finally proposed a mercury and air toxics rule, which will limit hazardous air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Even though the new standards are affordable and would deliver enormous health benefits, some energy companies and their allies in Congress are already working to block or weaken them.

The EPA is now accepting comments on its proposed mercury and air toxics rule. The agency needs to hear from concerned citizens like you, who want a strong rule that protects the public from these dangerous pollutants.

Take Action Today!


Kate Abend

National Field Organizer

UCS Climate and Energy Program

Keep toxic chemicals off store shelves

Union of Concerned Scientists
If there’s one question UCS gets asked a lot it’s this: “Why don’t you folks all work together?” But here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, collaboration is a guiding principle. We partner with many of the nation’s leading scientists, environmental and consumer protection organizations, and decision-makers in government to achieve our common goal: a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
Right now, we’re teaming up with our friends at the League of Conservation Voters to pressure top retailers to keep hazardous chemicals out of their products.
Join us in taking action with the League of Conservation Voters. Send a message now asking the nation’s biggest retailers to keep toxic chemicals off their shelves >>
For years, UCS has worked as part of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition to ensure that policy makers and consumers have access to accurate scientific information about the toxic chemicals in our communities and consumer products. Like you, we believe that people need access to adequate information about toxics if they are to make informed decisions that protect the health of their families. Now you can take the next step by taking action with the League of Conservation Voters to urge retailers to take toxic chemicals out of their stores. Tell our nation’s biggest retailers to take toxic chemicals out of their stores! Add your name to our petition for safe products here >>

Want to keep harmful chemicals out of our everyday products?

When you stopped to grab a bottle of shampoo, did anyone tell you that it could contain cancer-causing chemicals? Have you checked if that shirt you bought is kept wrinkle-free by formaldehyde? Do you know if that couch you bought is releasing chemicals that could harm your children’s mental development?
Most of the time, I don’t. It’s impossible to know all the right questions to ask when we go to the store to keep ourselves and our families safe. And frankly, it shouldn’t be our job. The stores where we shop should watch out for us by asking their suppliers to keep toxic chemicals out of their products. But they won’t do it unless we make them.
Sign our petition urging the biggest retailers to keep products with toxic chemicals off their shelves now >>
In April, we joined with the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition on a campaign called “Mind the Store,” which asks major retailers to protect us by keeping the Hazardous 100+ toxic chemicals out of their products.
More than 40,000 people took action and we were heard! Target and Walmart responded to our petition by announcing that they would take some of the most dangerous chemicals out of the products they sell.
Now we need your help to make sure that other major retailers like Walgreens, Costco, and Safeway follow suit. These retailers are often stuck in the same place we are. Our broken federal laws mean they have limited access to basic health and safety information on toxic chemicals sold in their very own stores.
But they have the power to ask the questions and make the demands to keep us safe. And as we saw with Target and Walmart, if they hear from enough of their customers, these major retailers will tell their suppliers to take theseHazardous 100+ chemicals out of their products.
So help us show these major retailers that their customers are demanding toxic-free products. Sign our petition here >>
Our nation’s chemical laws may be broken, but we don’t have to wait for progress in Washington to start making our stores and homes safer.
With your voice and the thousands of others dedicated to creating safer chemicals that will lead to healthier families, we can create real change and accountability for the suppliers now and make sure our neighbors are minding their stores!

Sincerely, Vanessa Kritzer Vanessa Kritzer Online Campaigns Manager League of Conservation Voters

Save the Chesapeake from Big Ag’s toxic pollution

The EPA wants to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, but Big Ag and the right wing are trying to stop them.

Undermining the EPA is wrong.
Sign the petition to save the bay today!

Chesapeake Bay sunet, courtesy the USDA

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the Senate ~~~ The 114th CONGRESS 1/9 ~~~ ruled by The House


The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.1, the Keystone bill. The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

5:30pm—1 roll call vote

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1, the Keystone bill.


Last Floor Action:1/8
10:28:48 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

9:00:22 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:29 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Reverend Patrick Riffle, St. Peters Catholic Church, Washington, DC
9:01:40 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
9:01:43 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Marino to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:01:59 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:15:09 A.M. READING OF THE CONSTITUTION – Pursuant to section 5 of H. Res. 5, the Chair recognized the gentleman from Virginia, Mr. Goodlatte, for the reading of the Constitution.
10:27:40 A.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 26 and agreed to S. Con. Res. 2.
10:28:48 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.

11:04:21 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 9.
11:04:38 A.M. H.R. 3 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 19. H.R. 3 — “To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.”
11:04:43 A.M. H.R. 3 Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. All points of order against the bills are waived. The bills shall be considered as read.
11:05:02 A.M. H.R. 3 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 3.
12:22:07 P.M. H.R. 3 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
12:22:16 P.M. H.R. 3 Mr. Garamendi moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Transportation.
12:22:40 P.M. H.R. 3 DEBATE – The House proceeded with up to ten minutes of debate on the Garamendi motion to recommit with instructions, pending reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment which would require TransCanada, the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline, to certify to the President that the oil or other products derived from Canadian oil sands that are transported through the pipeline will be treated similarly to conventional crude oil for the purposes of determining contributions that fund the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. Subsequently, the reservation of a point of order was withdrawn.
12:32:33 P.M. H.R. 3 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
12:57:45 P.M. H.R. 3 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 180 – 237 (Roll no. 15).
12:58:11 P.M. MOMENT OF SILENCE – The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
1:06:23 P.M. H.R. 3 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 266 – 153, 1 Present (Roll no. 16).
1:06:23 P.M. H.R. 3 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:14:12 P.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE – The Chair recognized Rep. Hoyer for the purpose of inquiring into the schedule for the House during the week of Jan. 12, 2015.
1:27:42 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, January 9, 2015, it adjourn to meet at 12 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015, for Morning-Hour Debate. Agreed to without objection.
1:28:18 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
1:41:27 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
2:02:16 P.M. Mr. Jolly moved that the House do now adjourn.
2:02:27 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
2:02:28 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on January 12, 2015.