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War on Science

The Quarantine of Nurse Kaci Hickox Epitomizes a Scientifically Ignorant and Paranoid Society Frightened of Ebola

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I say Ms. Hickox should keep going on her bike rides and continue living a normal American life. Even though we live in a paranoid and media driven society, Ms. Hickox should always remember that nobody can take away her rights as an American citizen.

The House Science Committee Is In A State Of Climate Change Denial

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

This is the third in a three-part series. Read the first story here and the second here. About 97 percent of active climate scientists believe tha...

Republicans Wage Anti-'Secret Science' Campaign Against The EPA

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

This is the second in a three-part series. Read the first story here. The conservative “secret science” campaign harkens back nearly twenty yea...

How One GOP-Controlled Committee Is Waging A War On Science

The American Independent Institute | Brad Johnson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

At a March 26 hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Republican congressmen took turns attacking President Obama's top...

Sam Stein

The Next Frontier In The War Over Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and the scientific community at large are expressing serious alarm at a House Republican bill that they argue w...

Michael McAuliff

Politics Would 'Improve' Science, Republican Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Science Committee on Tuesday defended his controversial draft legislation that would subject the National Scie...

Before Rubio, Before Luntz: Meet a Founding Father of Climate Change Denial

David Halperin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Green
David Halperin

Republican consultant Frank Luntz, a master of words, made clear in a 2002 GOP strategy memo how conservatives would address the growing threat of climate change: They would simply deny it was happening.

Think Again: The Conservative War on Knowledge

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

The United States finds itself in an odd political predicament. One of its two major political parties is increasingly dominated by a faction of people that simply denies those aspects of reality it finds to be inconvenient.

What Olympia Snowe and the Media Get Wrong About Polarization in American Politics

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The Olympia Snowes of the world can complain all they want about the lack of middle ground. But plaints like this misapprehend fundamentally the dynamics of American politics. We're polarized largely because one party -- Snowe's own -- has simply gone off the deep end.

The Republican War on Reality

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.30.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

What's bracing to see in 2011 is that facts themselves represent the same impediment for conservatives that political correctness did two decades ago -- as an appalling constraint on the right's God-given right to unabashed condemnation.

'Outlaw Mother's Milk' Says Drug Czar

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Don Parker

After declaring on Wednesday in Fresno that "marijuana is dangerous and has no medicinal benefit," Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office...

Beyond Stem Cells and Global Warming: Media Ignore Bush Administration's Widespread Interference with Science

John W. Delicath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John W. Delicath

The fact that the Bush administration routinely allowed politics to trump science in the policy-making process is well-known and extensively documented. Yet, the media continue to act otherwise.

NYT's Tierney Concerned About Use of Science -- In the Obama Administration

John W. Delicath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John W. Delicath

While skepticism is a virtue for any reporter, you'll have to excuse me if John Tierney's skepticism about the potential politicization of science under Obama seems oddly misplaced.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

U.S. mayors resolve to avoid burning dirty tar sands oil, Bush signs $162B war spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan, Afghanistan civilian death toll rises sharply, Scalia still blames Gore for the 2000 election debacle.