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First gay, Latino inaugural poet speaks of 'One Today'

January 21, 2013 - The poet for President Obama's second inauguration was Richard Blanco, the child of Cuban exiles who was raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University. Blanco is the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be chosen as the inaugural poet. At 44, he is also the youngest.

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash

December 21, 2012 - Dec. 22 marks four years since a coal ash impoundment collapsed at a TVA power plant in Tennessee, inundating a community and two rivers. As EPA drags its feet over issuing federal coal ash rules, politicians backed by industry interests are maneuvering to block the agency's ability to protect people and the environment -- even though their states have been adversely affected by poor regulation.