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Ethiopian Journal

Posted November 22, 2010 | 09:06:55 (EST)

I arrived in Addis Ababa on Saturday night, 23 hours after leaving Denver. The Frankfurt airport now seems as distant as its charm.

This is my third trip to Africa in the last two years, the first since joining International Development Enterprises. IDE equips the world's poorest farmers...

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Loopholes and Exemptions; How the Oil and Gas Industry Is Allowed to Police Itself

Posted June 24, 2010 | 20:54:00 (EST)

The blowout on Deepwater Horizon caused the worst environmental disaster in American history. But the hole in the well isn't the only one Washington needs to plug.

A series of legal and regulatory loopholes has effectively allowed the oil and gas industry to police itself. Many of these loopholes remain...

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Stand Up to Big Oil -- And Say No to Big Money

Posted June 16, 2010 | 16:25:46 (EST)

One of the worst disasters in American history has left our nation heartbroken and angry. In the U.S. Senate, however, it's business as usual.

It's been nearly two months since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And its been...

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The BP Disaster: Our Generations' Sputnik; Seizing the Moment to Revolutionize Our Energy Policy

Posted June 10, 2010 | 15:37:41 (EST)

Half a century ago, the technological success of a foreign government shocked Americans into action. Today, the technological failure of a foreign corporation can produce the same effect.

In 1957, the Soviet Union sent a satellite into orbit around the Earth. In 2010, British Petroleum sent an oil slick through...

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Re-election of al-Bashir in Sudan a Travesty

Posted May 28, 2010 | 16:00:57 (EST)

Amid boycotts, allegations of fraud, deadly violence, and a civil war, Omar al-Bashir was sworn in for another five-year term as the President of Sudan yesterday.

Throughout al-Bashir's presidency, hundreds of thousands were killed and millions displaced from Darfur, and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant...

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Offshore Drilling Disaster Tied to Weak Oversight, Strong Lobbying

Posted May 12, 2010 | 19:28:35 (EST)

Every day, 200,000 gallons of crude oil are spewing out of the damaged wells from British Petroleum's sunken offshore drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. The oil slick is now the size of Delaware - and growing.

Analysts are only beginning to calculate the economic and environmental...

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Arizona SB 1070 unwise, unsafe and unconstitutional

Posted April 27, 2010 | 17:46:00 (EST)

The passage of Senate Bill 1070 marks a terrifying turn of events, not only for Arizona but for the United States as a whole. Anyone who lives in or visits Arizona may now be stopped if a law-enforcement official has "reasonable suspicion" to believe that he or she is unlawfully...

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Getting America's Trade Policy Back on Track

Posted April 15, 2010 | 13:53:12 (EST)

Thirty-five years ago, the United States exported more goods and services than we imported. That was the last time our nation ran a trade surplus.

Since then, we've been importing far more than we've been exporting. Over the last decade, our annual trade deficit has averaged roughly half a trillion...

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Fighting for Net Neutrality

Posted April 6, 2010 | 16:24:50 (EST)

Today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Comcast vs. FCC hurts consumers -- especially those in rural and other underserved areas. When I am in the U.S. Senate, I will fight to protect consumers, promote competition, and preserve net neutrality.

The Federal Communications...

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The Courage of Our Convictions

Posted March 1, 2010 | 17:54:05 (EST)

My grandparents came to America in the first half of the last century. They came without any money or political connections. They came for the same reason so many people do -- to create a better life for themselves and their children.

My father's parents opened a small grocery...

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