Politics

Police Militarization Must Be Halted

Police Militarization Must Be Halted

October 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

POLITIX 10/13/14 By Michael Shank Last month, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives finally took a stand against the growing militarization of our police forces and our main streets. Shortly after Congressmen Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement […]

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Has the Calculus on Climate Talks Changed?

Has the Calculus on Climate Talks Changed?

September 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 09/16/14 By Ben Geman and Clare Foran WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING HAS THE CALCULUS ON CLIMATE TALKS CHANGED? Is there reason to believe that next year’s U.N. climate negotiations in Paris will succeed where past negotiations have failed? If so, why? Read the question here. “The calculus has […]

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Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

Why Congress Needs to Act Now on Super-Pollutants

September 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

POLITIX 09/16/14 By Michael Shank As the United Nations convenes world leaders this month in New York to discuss ways to reduce global warming, the United States Senate has the opportunity to discuss the most important lever the U.S. government can pull to cool the planet and make our air […]

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Should We Curb Air Pollution From Air Travel?

Should We Curb Air Pollution From Air Travel?

September 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

NATIONAL JOURNAL 09/08/14 By Clare Foran, Ben Geman and Jason Plautz WHAT INSIDERS ARE SAYING SHOULD WE CURB AIR POLLUTION FROM AIR TRAVEL? Should EPA regulate air pollution from the airlines? If so, how strict should the rule be? What are the challenges and risks involved, and how could a […]

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Divestment-Investment Can Break Congressional Gridlock on Climate Change

Divestment-Investment Can Break Congressional Gridlock on Climate Change

August 28, 2014 at 12:17 pm

ROLL CALL 08/28/14 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek Once the lone province of climate scientists, the chorus warning of the costs of inaction on climate change grows larger daily, from former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who warned Washington this summer of the coming climate bubble, to […]

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What Can Washington Do About Militarized Police Forces?

What Can Washington Do About Militarized Police Forces?

August 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

CBS NEWS 08/15/14 By Stephanie Condon Washington lawmakers let out a collective gasp on Thursday after seeing startling images of police officers decked out with combat gear and tanks to respond to largely peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. While there may have been some looters and violent individuals among the […]

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Congressman Wants To Stop The Feds From Giving Cities Like Ferguson Military Weapons For Free

Congressman Wants To Stop The Feds From Giving Cities Like Ferguson Military Weapons For Free

August 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

THINK PROGRESS 08/14/14 By Nicole Flatlow Enraged by scenes from Ferguson, Missouri that many have analogized to a war zone, a member of Congress said Thursday he will propose a bill to roll back the militarization of U.S. police forces. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) tweeted about his proposal after days […]

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Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

Dear Congress: Take Your Power Back

May 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/29/14 By Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers It’s time to end the president’s ability to wage nearly limitless war. Congress finally appears to be realizing that it has been providing neither checks nor balances to the president’s war powers for the last 13 years. While […]

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Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

May 11, 2014 at 11:38 pm

ATLANTIC 05/09/14 By Neil Thompson The Friedrich-Ebert Foundation invited two opposing speakers to debate the merits of TTIP. An important point to come out of the argument was both agreed it should not be set in stone once signed. It is meant to be a living document, subject to a […]

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A Budget for Working America

A Budget for Working America

April 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

THE HILL 04/04/14 By Michael Shank and  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) To hear corporate America tell it, our economic recovery is going great. The top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes grow by 31.4 percent from 2009-2012. Oil companies are seeing record profits. Unfortunately, that’s not the recovery — […]

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