A cloud of tear gas surrounded demonstrators in Athens earlier today (June 15, 2011).
"Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday," The Associated Press writes, "as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default."
Barack Obama coasted into his presidency largely thanks to many progressive Democrats who were energized by his campaign. This week boasts the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country, an event called Netroots Nation. To learn what's on the progressive agenda for the next election, guest host Allison Keyes speaks with Rep. Keith Ellison, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives, and Robert Borosage, founder of the Progressive Majority PAC.
Pam Judy stands in the yard of her home in southwest Pennsylvania. Her family says it has been affected by unhealthy air quality, which might be connected to natural gas fumes from a compressor 700 feet from their house.
Massive stores of natural gas that lie underneath big portions of the United States offer a cleaner source of electricity to a country that relies heavily on coal, but producing all that gas also can pump lots of pollution into the air.