National Analysis

The Call for Change In the White House Is an Understatement

The Call for Change In the White House Is an Understatement

October 28, 2008 at 8:18 pm

ROLL CALL 10/28/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) On Nov. 4, America will celebrate the close of the most unprecedented presidential campaign in history. On several accounts past precedent has been handily usurped. Most notable: This was our nation’s most expensive campaign yet, surpassing $1 billion […]

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Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources

Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources

September 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm

THE HILL 09/10/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD) Governors and state legislators are doing it. Mayors are doing it. Universities are doing it. Businesses and individuals are doing it. The greening of America is occurring for a host of environmental, economic, religious, security and humanitarian […]

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Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

Crime and the Economy are Directly Related

September 5, 2008 at 9:23 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 09/05/08 By Michael Shank Sir, In an apparent editorial about-face (“Crime and the credit crunch”, September 2), you claim that larger police forces and harsher prison sentences are responsible for lower levels of crime and that the link between economic growth and crime is weak. This is hardly […]

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Drill Here, Drill Now? No: Sustainability Lies Elsewhere

Drill Here, Drill Now? No: Sustainability Lies Elsewhere

August 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH 08/30/08 By Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) To drill or not to drill, that is the question. But is it? Offshore oil reserves, once online — a feat that would come long after the new president’s first term — will garner less than three years […]

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Game Emblematic Of Party Politics

Game Emblematic Of Party Politics

July 22, 2008 at 8:44 pm

ROLL CALL 07/22/08 By Michael Shank Last week’s 47th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, between the Republicans and the Democrats, could not have been more emblematic of the state of American party politics (“GOP Wins Trophy in Nail-Biter,” July 18). That the Republicans won for the […]

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Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

Larger Meaning of ‘Use it or Lose it’

July 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

THE HILL 07/10/08 By Michael Shank That Congress is pressuring oil companies to “use it or lose it” on public lands is understandable enough given constituent discontent with rocketing petrol prices (article, “Energy bill out of gas,” July 8). But this narrow and nebulous agenda is near-sighted for two reasons. […]

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This Earth Day is Different

This Earth Day is Different

April 22, 2008 at 9:54 pm

THE HILL 04/22/08 By Michael Shank and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Earth Day, for some, is comparable to a sacred holiday, reminding us to tread carefully on nature’s hallowed ground. For others, Earth Day serves as a starter on the basics of recycling and light-bulb changing. Regardless of the myriad […]

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Bali Confirmed the Shift: Nation Is On Board Now

Bali Confirmed the Shift: Nation Is On Board Now

February 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm

RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH  02/22/08 By Michael Shank and US Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) It’s missing the point to think about the United Nations climate change conference in Bali last December based upon on whether specific targets were agreed upon or not. This point ignores dramatic historical changes in the world concerning […]

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High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy

February 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/06/08 By Michael Shank In the article “Club for Growth goes after Gilchrest with ad buy” (Feb. 1), caustic conservatives, wielding a weighty $590,000 in television ad spending, queue to attack Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) prior to Maryland’s Feb. 12 GOP primary. Those in Washington favoring a deliberative […]

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Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

Congress’s Goals on CAFE, Biofuels Don’t Go Far Enough

December 6, 2007 at 10:35 pm

THE HILL 12/06/07 By Michael Shank Coinciding with the United Nations climate change conference in Bali this week, Congress remains mired in energy bill deliberations. And it appears that foreign leaders abroad are the more formidable fighters against global warming. In the article “New groups get in ring as energy […]

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