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Reclaim our coal mines now, not later

The coal industry is in a crisis, largely of its own making, and it is now threatening to take taxpayers down with it. Hard-working Americans could be on the hook for billions of dollars in mine clean-up costs if we don’t put a stop to this.

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Don’t let Congress legislate science

An amendment to the Senate’s energy bill seeks to legislate fundamentally flawed science in order to tip the scales in favor of an environmentally destructive form of energy: biomass.

If it becomes law, the amendment, ...

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Stop playing politics on immigration rights

To say I am deeply disappointed would be an understatement. We at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) are aggrieved as a badly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in the case U.S. v Texas on June 23....

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Public housing and public health

Public housing in the United States was created in part as a response to a public health crisis caused by overcrowded, unsafe, unhealthy tenements at the beginning of the 20th century. Posters for the New York...

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The bipartisan climate solution: a tax swap

You wouldn’t know it from today’s polarized politics, but protecting the environment used to be a bipartisan effort.  There were, of course, the path-breaking conservation achievements of Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican.  And, in the...

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The right new agency at the right time

It has been an honor to have served the past three years as the first Chairman of the independent, bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), the only federal agency charged with the...

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