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America Must Rethink the War on Terror

America Must Rethink the War on Terror

May 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 05/24/13 By Michael Shank and Matthew Southworth As President Barack Obama defended the nation’s ever-evolving counter-terrorism policy yesterday at the National Defense University and opened the parameters for military action in places outside of the traditional battlefield, the risk of writing into law permission for […]

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Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

Congress Must Tax Fossil Fuels

April 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

ROLL CALL 04/19/13 BY Michael Shank and Jose Aguto The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last week to delay greenhouse gas emissions regulations for new power plants — one of President Barack Obama’s main levers to limit global warming — is a serious setback to our country’s commitment to environmental and […]

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Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

Congress Can’t Ignore Afghanistan in Budget Talks

November 29, 2012 at 2:34 am

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/29/12 By Michael Shank A new report shows irresponsible spending by the Defense Department in Afghanistan. This month, hidden amid election excitement, a report was delivered to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Likely few in Washington read it. The U.S. war […]

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What Paul Ryan’s Economic Roadmap Means for America

What Paul Ryan’s Economic Roadmap Means for America

August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

POLITICO 08/24/12 By Michael Shank Working with one of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s Democratic colleagues on the budget committee, as senior policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Michael Honda (D-Calif.) for several years, I know the economic picture Ryan is trying to paint all too well. It is a grim […]

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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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The U.S. Afghanistan Strategy Is Failing and It’s Time to Pull Out

The U.S. Afghanistan Strategy Is Failing and It’s Time to Pull Out

March 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/06/12 CHICAGO TRIBUNE 03/07/12 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) The recent Koran burning protests are just the beginning of the problems America has in Afghanistan. That the U.S. military is burning Korans and urinating on dead bodies is, without question, bad […]

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Afghans Want U.S. to Stay but Do Things Differently

Afghans Want U.S. to Stay but Do Things Differently

December 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

ROLL CALL 12/03/09 By Michael Shank Last week I went to Afghanistan, not on a Congressional delegation, but on my own. My boss, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), is chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Afghanistan Taskforce and has a keen interest in rethinking U.S. strategy in this country. With the […]

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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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