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Extinctions loom without a national conservation vision

In an isolated portion of the Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington, at most 20 woodland caribou roam the alpine habitat, the last vestige of large herds that once ranged across boreal forests from Maine to Washington...
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The Yulin Dog Meat Festival: an abomination worth our attention

On Sept. 14, hundreds of people travelled from across the country to attend a briefing that I hosted on the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. At the briefing, Marc Ching, the Founder of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, played 60 seconds of footage...

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Can we afford to ignore climate change?

In recent years, fossil-fuel interests have spent millions to convince us we can’t afford to stop global warming. They say remaking our energy infrastructure would hurt the economy and make electricity too expensive. But the truth is the opposite...

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The missing context in the BMI Consent Decree decision

Last Friday, Judge Louis Stanton rejected the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) interpretation of the department’s own consent decree governing the publishing rights organization (PRO) BMI. This was an unfortunate decision, especially considering...

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A better way to elect public servants

I am a fourth generation descendant of a combative frontier lawyer who helped establish much of the early law in our state. When he encountered something that didn’t make sense to him, he challenged it. Perhaps a bit of him lives on in me. When I...

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Obama’s November surprise

With last year’s Iran nuclear deal appearing less and less likely to go down in the history books as a legacy foreign policy achievement, there is growing speculation that President Obama will spring a diplomatic surprise on Israel during the...

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