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CURRENT NEWS ABOUT YOUR TOPIC

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INTEREST GROUPS

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• US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) http://www.uspirg.org/ - and specific article about high speed rail - http://www.uspirg.org/news-releases/transportation-news/transportation-news/washington-d.c.-new-u.s.-pirg-study-high-speed-rail-can--boost-economy-reduce-traffic
• Californians for High Speed Rail - http://www.ca4hsr.org/news/press-releases/californians-for-high-speed-rail-launches-statewide-organizing-effort/
• US High Speed Rail Association - http://www.ushsr.com/
• Association of American Railroads http://www.aar.org/aar.aspx and specific article on importance of working in conjunction with passenger rail: http://www.aar.org/NewsAndEvents/Press-Releases/2009/07/072709MidwestHSR.aspx
• CATO Institute: http://www.cato.org/ and specific articles on why high speed rail is wrong for America - http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9753; http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=10505; http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/transportation/high-speed-rail
• Heritage Foundation: http://www.heritage.org/ and specific article on why high speed rail is wrong for America - http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/03/America-s-Coming-High-Speed-Rail-Financial-Disaster

• News articles about opposition to high speed rail: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/10/high-speed_rail_will_take_taxp.html and http://www.cnbc.com/id/40112983/

STATISTICS/OPINION POLLS

Public opinion poll on high speed rail in US - http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/38722/half_of_americans_back_high_speed_railways/
Public opinion poll on high speed rail in Wisconsin - http://badgerherald.com/news/2010/10/21/high-speed_rail_proj.php
For statistics, perhaps look at one of the charts in this report comparing high speed rail worldwide? From this website: http://www.publictransit.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=245 - report
Here is a map and information about this history of approval for high speed rail corridors in the US: http://www.fra.dot.gov/rpd/passenger/618.shtml

JUDICIAL BRANCH

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/High-speed-rail-opposition-picks-up-speed-44031697.html
http://cahsr.blogspot.com/2009/08/initial-ruling-in-atherton-v-chsra.html
http://cahsr.blogspot.com/2009/11/final-judgement-in-atherton-v-chsra.html
http://www.cahsrblog.com/2010/08/judge-tentatively-rules-against-atherton-request-to-reopen-lawsuit/

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

Federal legislation: legislation that stalled in the US House of Representatives and Senate in 2007-08: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-6003 (note estimated cost per American!)
State legislation: California voters in 2008 voted on whether to approve a bond raising money for high speed rail: http://www.lao.ca.gov/ballot/2008/1A_11_2008.aspx

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

• results of California's vote (see Legislative Branch, above): http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_1A_%282008%29 and http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/
• Impact of President Obama's high-speed rail plan: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0128/Obama-s-high-speed-rail-plan-Which-states-get-the-money