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A Quick Climate Cure: Stopping Super Pollutants

A Quick Climate Cure: Stopping Super Pollutants

December 9, 2013 at 5:44 pm

ROLL CALL 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Scott Peters With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, it’s hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem […]

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A New Look at Climate Change

A New Look at Climate Change

December 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

REUTERS 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Michael Honda The annual United Nations climate change talks, which concluded last month in Warsaw, unfortunately found little common ground on carbon. The talks broke down over the world’s richest nations’ inability to agree with the poorest on how to address the […]

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Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

October 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

THE HILL 10/22/13 By Michael Shank and US Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) In the past month, the U.S. has faced two grave threats, one domestic and one international. Both pose serious consequences to the United States and the world at large, and no one knows how either will end. The […]

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A Constituency to Combat Climate Change

A Constituency to Combat Climate Change

September 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 09/23/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Paul Tonko On Friday, the Obama Administration announced greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants. We applaud this development and appreciate the meaningful step forward it provides. Much of the conversation about this progress concerns coal-fired power […]

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Why I Oppose Syria Strikes

Why I Oppose Syria Strikes

September 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

THE DAILY BEAST 09/05/13 By Michael Shank and US Rep Charles Rangel (D-NY) Instead of getting involved in a costly war, the president should combat poverty, gun violence, and inequality at home. By Rep. Charles Rangel and Michael Shank. America seems increasingly inclined to engage in a new military conflict […]

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If America Wants Assad to Respect International Law, It Must Respect It, Too

If America Wants Assad to Respect International Law, It Must Respect It, Too

September 2, 2013 at 1:53 am

FOX NEWS 09/01/13 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) Now that President Obama has made up his mind about taking America to war with yet another Muslim country, he wants Congress to get on board. To his credit, he’s seeking congressional authorization, as required by the War […]

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Prevention Better Than Punitive in Syria

Prevention Better Than Punitive in Syria

August 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

CNN 08/29/13 By Michael Shank and US Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) Editor’s note: Michael Shank is director of Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The views expressed are their own. The Americans don’t want […]

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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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The Iran Opening

The Iran Opening

June 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

POLITICO 06/17/13 By Michael Shank and Wayne Gilchrest U.S.-Iran diplomacy got a boost recently with the White House nomination of Samantha Power as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. While Power, who chaired President Barack Obama’s Atrocities Prevention Board, is not shy about military intervention, her work with […]

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Afghanistan Exit Strategy Must Focus on Development

Afghanistan Exit Strategy Must Focus on Development

May 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/31/12 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Michael Honda (D-CA) With NATO’s meeting in Chicago two weekends ago building consensus on critical next steps vis-a-vis anticipated withdrawals and deadlines, discussion of the development agenda post-withdrawal in Afghanistan must not slip from our radar screen. The […]

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