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Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial Oct. 9, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage. In this photo, defendant Emily Johnston, center, speaks outside Clearwater County courthouse in Bagley, Minnesota, with co-defendant Ben Joldersma, left, and his daughter, and former NASA scientist James Hansen. (Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial Oct. 9, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage. In this photo, defendant Emily Johnston, center, speaks outside Clearwater County courthouse in Bagley, Minnesota, with co-defendant Ben Joldersma, left, and his daughter, and former NASA scientist James Hansen. (Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Capitol Retort: Protest dismissal; union win; bye-bye Butler?

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Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

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