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Water Shortages are Coming. It’s Time for Us to Act

Water Shortages are Coming. It’s Time for Us to Act

March 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm

THE GUARDIAN 03/12/15 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Matt Cartwright Most Americans take water for granted. It’s a resource that people assume will always be accessible, available, and consumable. For most people in this country, whether they’re at a public drinking fountain, a restaurant or at home, water is […]

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We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

We Can’t Let Climate Change Turn Droughts, Flash Floods and Mudslides into the New Normal

December 19, 2014 at 11:07 am

THE GUARDIAN 12/18/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Mike Honda Holding out for winter rain or implementing short-term fixes won’t fix California’s water crisis. We need action on the state, federal and international level Between power outages, deluging rains, flash floods, mudslides and record droughts, California is quickly becoming […]

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The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

September 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]

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America’s Police Are Looking More and More Like the Military

America’s Police Are Looking More and More Like the Military

October 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

THE GUARDIAN 10/07/13 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) […]

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Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

Bribes, Money Hidden in Teddy Bears: Welcome to US Spending in Afghanistan

July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

THE GUARDIAN 07/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Steve Cohen The Department of Defense is spending more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to buy Russian-made aircraft for an Afghan aviation squad that lacks the troops and expertise to operate or maintain them. We know about this example of […]

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Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

May 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

THE GUARDIAN 05/05/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after the attacks of 11 September 2001, and provides […]

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Pentagon Resists Budget Cuts – Without Even Knowing How Much it Spends

Pentagon Resists Budget Cuts – Without Even Knowing How Much it Spends

January 23, 2013 at 2:21 am

THE GUARDIAN 01/23/13 By Michael Shank GOP hawks who defend the US military’s budget from Chuck Hagel’s charge of ‘bloated’ must account for why it isn’t audited No matter how much Congress softens the sequestration’s austerity footprint, everyone in government will have to nip-and-tuck in order to balance budgets. And […]

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These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

These Fiscal Cliff Hawks Ought To Be Foreign Policy Doves

November 26, 2012 at 2:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 11/26/12 By Michael Shank The occupation of Afghanistan costs US taxpayers $10bn a month, and millions in corruption. Yet Congress is oblivious. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar). Likely, few in Washington read […]

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America Cannot Afford Such Inequality

America Cannot Afford Such Inequality

October 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

THE GUARDIAN 10/05/11 By Michael Shank The huge costs of social deprivation make the US poorer, even as the top 1% gets richer. Fix that and you fix the budget deficit On the heels of the US government’s announcement that personal income of Americans has dropped for the first time […]

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Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

Want to Cut Big Government Abuses? Start with Defence Contracting

August 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

THE GUARDIAN 08/06/11 By Michael Shank We have the evidence: the hardpressed US taxpayer is being fleeced by profiteering contractors and corrupt military personnel This past week, as US Congress quacked its way through the debt-ceiling quagmire, a seemingly non-germane offshore issue surfaced vis-a-vis Iraq. The connection between the two […]

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