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Rep. Rush Holt

Entries by Rep. Rush Holt

When Big Brother Meets Big Data

(46) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 1:17 PM

In 2011, shortly after IBM's supercomputer Watson defeated two human champions on the game show Jeopardy!, I had the chance to face off against the machine in a simulated match on Capitol Hill. I got lucky -- I won my round -- but I remember being awed at Watson's ability...

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On Darwin Day, Promoting Scientific Thinking

(178) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Like Galileo, Newton and Einstein in the physical sciences, Darwin in the life sciences provided a new framework for thinking that led to great new understanding and eventually greatly improved the quality of life for millions of people. I have...

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Shining Light on the BULB Act

(257) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 7:44 PM

On Monday, the House is expected to vote on the BULB Act (H.R. 2417), a misguided bill that would repeal the energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that were enacted in 2007. The rhetoric surrounding this legislation has bordered on the absurd. The Wall Street Journal, in a blistering op-ed...

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Oil Spill Amnesia Endangers Our Nation's Coastlines

(9) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 1:42 PM

Today we celebrate the 41st Earth Day. We also mark one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank to bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. On April 20, 2010, the platform exploded, killing 11 workers. The rig disappeared beneath the water's surface two days later, but for 87 days...

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Social Security Is Not a Bargaining Chip

(34) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 5:32 PM

Much has been discussed about the effect that the proposed tax-cut compromise between President Obama and Congressional Republicans would have on long-term debt and much has been discussed about how many jobs the proposed agreement would generate and when. Overall, although it would reduce the money withheld from an average...

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It's Deja Vu All Over Again

(43) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 5:25 PM

During a week when the President addressed the nation on the Gulf Spill and our nation's energy future, Congressional Committees grilled BP and other Big Oil executives, and Congressional Democrats worked to ensure that BP is fully and legally liable for all natural resources...

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What a Real Government Takeover Looks Like

(79) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 6:08 PM

As Congress convenes today to pass long-awaited health insurance reform, I'm reminded of one of the last times we voted on a Sunday: March 20, 2005, when Republicans forced an extraordinary vote to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo.

To know what a real government takeover looks like, one...

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They Opposed Medicare Too

(83) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 6:17 PM

I recently talked with a Central New Jersey constituent about health care reform and my belief that we need an optional publicly administered health insurance plan. He objected, voicing concern that government should stay out of the health care business. Government-run health care would be inefficient. It would be costly....

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Restoring Science To Its Rightful Place

(24) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 1:00 PM

In the days after Barack Obama's inaugural address, television pundits continued to ask what line or lines would be remembered generations from now.

The 18-minute address is full of powerful phrases, but let me suggest one that particularly stood out: "We'll restore science to its rightful place."

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Why Foreign Language Education Matters

(84) Comments | Posted September 18, 2008 | 7:32 PM

Imagine a storeroom full of hundreds of hours of audio recordings and documents in Farsi, Pashto, Urdu, or Korean. The materials might hold the clues to prevent a future terrorist attack or help American intelligence officials finally locate Osama bin Laden, only a handful have been translated because a lack...

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What's Really in the RESTORE Act

(135) Comments | Posted November 27, 2007 | 12:33 PM

I was pleased to see Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein acknowledge that he "may have made a mistake" in his column attacking the House Majority ("The Tone Deaf Democrats") and misrepresenting the RESTORE Act. Unfortunately, Mr. Klein still professes confusion toward the bill's contents and continues...

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Stopping the Blank Check on Warrantless Spying

(35) Comments | Posted November 16, 2007 | 2:43 PM

Last summer, the Bush administration launched a propaganda campaign to try to frighten Congress into believing that if we failed to pass its domestic surveillance legislation -- the so-called "Protect America Act" -- the United States would miss critical intelligence that might prevent a terrorist attack that could be imminent....

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SOTU: Dubious Promises on Education

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2006 | 11:28 PM

In his speech he says public officials need to speak with candor, but he refuses to acknowledge that the war in Iraq, a preemptive invasion, has only stirred up a hornets nest that makes Americans less safe. Osama bin Laden and al Zawahiri have been at large for 1603 days...

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