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Andrew Baumann

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Voters Support New EPA Rules on Carbon Emissions

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:23 PM

This week's White House announcement of rules that will, for the first time, limit the carbon dioxide emission from new power plants is a big victory for Americans who want to see the U.S. move away from outdated and dirty energy sources like coal and toward clean sources like...

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How Democrats Can Win the Budget Debate

(23) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 5:15 PM

We must begin by acknowledging two current political realities. First, voters strongly believe that Washington needs to fundamentally change the way it does business. This manifests itself, in the abstract, in a robust appetite for fiscal discipline and cuts to government spending. A recent Gallup poll shows that...

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By the Numbers: Politicians Risk Backlash if They Back Efforts to Undermine EPA

(10) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Emboldened by their new majority, Republicans in Congress, led by new House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, are aggressively pushing efforts to strip the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its ability to regulate various forms of air pollution, including carbon dioxide.

After the demise of legislation to enact...

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Support for Health Care Reform on the Rise after Massachusetts

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 9:33 AM

At President Obama's recent health care summit, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans breathlessly touted an "average" of recent public polls showing large majorities opposing health care reform. McConnell's polling average was dubious to begin with, but he was also getting well ahead of himself. In fact, a...

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Voters Tiring of Republican Partisanship on Healthcare

(59) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 11:47 AM

Momentum is growing for passage of health care reform, and, because of their continued obstructionism, so is the threat to Republicans. In the past week, both the AP and Gallup have released surveys showing a significant decline in opposition to President Obama's health care plan, with Gallup showing...

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Don't Believe the Hype: Support for Health Care Reform is Still Fundamentally Strong

(13) Comments | Posted July 30, 2009 | 4:44 PM

In the last two days several new public polls have been released showing some softening of support for the health care reform being pushed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress. To be clear, these results are disappointing. Support for "Obama's plan" is, indeed, down, and voters are worried that...

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