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'Island President' Sheds Harsh New Light on Copenhagen Climate Deal

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 5:24 PM

It's been over two years since the hope and expectation of the Copenhagen Climate Summit gave way to the sobering reality that the best, near-unanimous agreement negotiators could reach was a non-binding promise to merely "take note of" the targets and principles laid out in the Copenhagen Accord. The two...

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Colombia Vows to Crack Down on Narco-groups' Illegal Coltan Mining

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 11:52 AM

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After an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposé about paramilitaries involvement in the coltan trade, Colombia is moving to curb illegal mining...

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Money for Love? Romney Campaign Gives Over $1.7 Million to Republicans

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:00 PM

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Political committees controlled by Mitt Romney's campaign have made generous donations to prominent Republicans in early primary states, but records show contributions...

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Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform: Overturning Citizens United Isn't Enough

(8) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 1:59 PM

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.

Reversing this flood of political cash would be...

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In Spite of New Ethics Rules, 378 Aides Have Registered As Lobbyists Since 2009

(10) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 2:10 PM

A new study finds that nearly 400 House staffers have moved from Capitol Hill to K Street in recent years, suggesting that recent efforts to curb the revolving door between lawmaking and lobbying are having limited effect.

At least 378 of the 5,710 staffers working on the House side of...

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FCC Sends Wireless Broadband Firm LightSquared Back to Square One

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 4:59 PM

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Wireless broadband company LightSquared's fast-tracked approval process came to a screeching halt late Tuesday when the Federal Communications Commission decided to "indefinitely...

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"Liberal Media?" Conservative Super PACs Got Over $350,000 From Media Execs, Companies in 2011

(45) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 11:53 AM

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Conservative complaints about a liberal bias in the media do not hold up, at least not when it comes to the free-spending...

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Money for Nothing? TransCanada Blew $1.3 Million on Federal Lobbying for Keystone XL in 2011

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 3:08 PM

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Laurene Powell Jobs: Obama's Awkward State Of The Union Guest

(11) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:56 PM

There's no hotter ticket in Washington tonight than a seat in the first lady's box at the State of the Union. The Heroes Gallery, as it is sometimes referred to, has been used by presidents to highlight the values or policies their administration is backing.

That's what makes the invitation...

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Four Reasons GOP Lawmakers Aren't Backing Gingrich

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 9:35 AM

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Mitt Romney lost the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich by a double digit margin. But in the race for congressional endorsements,...

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How Campaign Finance Reformers Are Fighting Citizens United

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 9:39 AM

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Two years after a controversial Supreme Court ruling lifted many restrictions on political spending, America's campaign finance laws have officially become a...

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Do SOPA and PIPA Conflict With State Dept.'s Global Internet Freedom Goals?

(10) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 3:02 PM

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Two Internet anti-piracy bills working their way through Congress that are heavily backed by the movie industry could have significant impacts on...

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Why the Keystone XL Rejection Won't Stop Tar Sands Development

(31) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 11:55 AM

The Obama administration's decision Wednesday to reject a pipeline that would have carried crude from Canada's tar sands deposits to Texas oil refineries isn't likely to end investment in the carbon-rich fuel, industry analysts say.

In killing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama blamed congressional Republicans, who he said "forced this decision" by...

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EPA Doesn't Give Full Picture on Toxics Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 10:22 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its analysis of the 2010 Toxics Release Inventory, a database containing information on the disposal or release of 650 potentially dangerous chemicals used by almost 21,000 facilities. Though there were some increases between 2009 and 2010, it found that releases of these...

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Why Did One Japanese Bluefin Tuna Sell For $736,000

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 8:13 AM

While the bluefin tuna is widely acknowledged to be a threatened fish, the price paid Thursday for one 593-pound catch is more a show of nationalism and marketing saavy than a sign of how endangered the tuna has become.

Bluefin tuna is a long-lived, highly migratory fish prized by sushi eaters...

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How Would a Romney Administration Regulate Air Pollution?

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 8:05 AM

With Mitt Romney at or near the top of the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News wanted to find out how his administration might regulate toxic air pollutants. Although James L. Connaughton insists that he doesn't speak on behalf of...

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Why the EPA's Forthcoming Power Plant Rule Is a Big Deal

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 1:16 PM

It's an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation's air and water.

Even though the rule won't take effect...

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Inspectors General Save Taxpayers Billions, Earn Plaques From Eric Holder

(7) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 12:00 PM

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Government watchdogs identified potential savings of $87.2 billion in 2010 in investigations of everything from defective drugs to disaster loan fraud, according...

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Before Obama Retreat on Ozone, EPA Chief Warned of Illnesses and Deaths

(6) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 11:09 AM

When President Obama retreated from a tougher stance on smog last month, his Environmental Protection Agency chief had formally concluded that the existing standard endangered thousands of Americans, including children and people with respiratory ailments.

The Bush-era limit on ozone was "not adequate to protect public health," and failed to...

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Grassley Demands Review of Veterans Dept Travel After News of $131,000 Commute

(5) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 2:12 PM

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Iowa Republican and longtime government watchdog Sen. Charles Grassley on Thursday demanded a...

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