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How Can Congress Debate a Secret Law?

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Members of Congress are about to vote to extend the most controversial provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for four more years, even though few of them understand how those provisions are being interpreted and applied.

Mobile Phone Tracking Highlights Need For Baseline Privacy Law

Leslie Harris | Posted 07.10.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Using mobile devices should not mean that consumers are forced to relinquish control of data about them to a weak and unclear legal environment.

Stop the Dangerous Bills for More Drilling

Rocky Kistner | Posted 07.03.2011 | Green
Rocky Kistner

Opening federal waters to drilling, while cutting governmental oversight and safety measures, is sort of like telling the designer of the Titanic to forget about the icebergs and just build more ships. Full speed ahead!

Show Me the Savings

Josh Sawislak | Posted 06.20.2011 | Technology
Josh Sawislak

One of the most interesting things I heard over the days leading up to the threatened shut down was "...but, can I telework, even if the government is closed?"

Subverting Democracy, Abusing the Process

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.14.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

House and Senate leaders allowed a provision tucked into the bowels of the massive federal spending bill, which will remove wolves in the Northern Rockies from the list of endangered species.

Learning From Europe in Designing a Privacy Bill of Rights

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Nathan Newman

Online privacy legislation being discussed in the U.S. Congress looks to prevent only the most outrageous privacy violations. But the steps taken by other countries show that much more can be done.

Lights, Camera, Cover-Up?

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What do Florida and Iowa have in common when it comes to animal agriculture? They've both been hot spots to combat some of the worst abuses in industrial agribusiness -- and now the factory farming industry is fighting back

Utah Republicans Working Hard to Destroy Freedom

Bryan Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bryan Young

For a state run by Republicans who purport to be all about less government interference and fiscal responsibility, the legislature in Utah has missed just about every mark possible.

Police Let Protesters Stay Night At Wis. Capitol

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Dozens of protesters camped overnight in the Wisconsin Capitol and vowed to be back in full force Monday after police backed away fro...

Not Defending DOMA: A Conscientious and Responsible Decision

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

A distinguished fellow law professor, Adam Winkler, has recently argued that the Obama Administration's decision not to defend the constitutionality o...

New Investigation Finds Cockfighters Flocking to Texas

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Roosters were forced to fight to the death even when they were hobbled with broken legs. One rooster that lost his fight was hung upside down by his leg and clubbed with a tree branch.

Dirty Air Extremism in Congress

David Hawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Hawkins

Thousands of other scientists have concluded that global warming pollution threatens our health and welfare. And Congress responds, "No it doesn't, and we have the votes to prove it!"

Higher Education Legislative Priorities: An Open Letter to Newly Elected Representatives and Senators

David J. Skorton | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
David J. Skorton

Why would we educate children at public expense from kindergarten through high school and then deny them the ability to pursue higher education? I offer for your consideration a few suggestions for legislation.

National Oil Spill Commission Finds Right Problems, Issues Wrong Solutions

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jackie Savitz

Remember that evil offshore oil deposit that went out of control last summer? Well, surprise! It turns out it wasn't the oil deposit that was out of control, it was the drilling companies.

Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

General James Conway's comments last week are illustrative of a push to create a second-class status for gay troops once DADT is repealed.

The DREAM Act and the Future of the Democratic Party

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

With the DREAM Act the two political sides are clearly defined for Hispanic voters. Even if the Democrats ultimately lose in Congress, they stand to gain immensely at the polls down the road.

Wolves in Danger: Speak Out Today

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, a bill to protect consumers and animals by requiring all garments containing animal fur to be accurately labeled by species and country of origin.

Ten Congressional Commandments

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Members of Congress have abdicated to the president their constitutional responsibilities because of slavish devotion, staggering constitutional illiteracy, and a vassal-like conviction that the executive branch knows best.

The New Congress and the Environmental Sustainability Agenda

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

As the Republicans prepare to take over the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011, there is little question that the effort to restore momentum to U.S...

What's Wrong with the Anti-Bullying Bill?

Daniel Luzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Daniel Luzer

In the aftermath of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi in September, New Jersey's congressional representatives are working on a national anti-bullying bill, which probably won't do much good.

Putting It All on the Line for the Environment

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.TheGreenGrok.com.John and Patricia Adams, the founders of NRDC, came to Duke this week. In the late 1960s, the American environme...

Kill the Drill, Not the Bill

Jackie Savitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jackie Savitz

As long as we continue to drill offshore, oil will contaminate valuable marine resources. At the very least, the US Senate must pass legislation to respond to the biggest environmental disaster our country has ever seen, and time is running out.

Pre-Election Maneuvering Marked by Fits of Climate Skepticism

Christopher Mims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Mims

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News. "Recent comments from top White House and congressional contenders suggest ...

Energy Industry Verklempt Over EPA Regs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.TheGreenGrok.com. The energy industry is pulling out the stops against proposed government regulations. Remember when the enactm...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Must End

Gary Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

A Federal Judge has done the right thing to order an immediate end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' The government needs to let that ruling stand, and move on.