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Blame California's cities and counties for housing delays, not state environmental law, new study says 21.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet) 20.2.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Trump under pressure to keep an Obama-era climate decision he hasn't tried to kill (yet)
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Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands 19.2.2018 AP National
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....
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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval 19.2.2018 AP National
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....
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Democracy and Its Discontents 17.2.2018 American Prospect
Yascha Mounk  Harvard University Press This article will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Throughout the four and a half decades of the Cold War, the consoling myth of the self-styled Free World was that democratic politics constituted the end point of political evolution. It was an article of faith that once the blighted societies on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain attained democracy, the “end of history” would commence, as Francis Fukuyama memorably put it in 1989. Political contestation would not disappear, but the battle henceforth would be about mere “economic calculation” and “the endless solving of technical problems” rather than fundamental political ideology. That things haven’t worked out quite as Fukuyama imagined is the common theme of the three books under review. All three take as their fundamental premise the idea that democracy, far from being a stable and all-but-irreversible political regime, is instead fragile, perpetually ...
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A look at what's still alive, likely dead at the Capitol 17.2.2018 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through this year's 60-day legislative session and have been rapidly moving bills out of the Senate and House ahead of unveiling their supplemental budget proposals....
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The Energy 202: Pruitt says flying first-class is safer. But some airline safety experts aren't so sure. 15.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
The rationale is a bit confusing for some.
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A Climate Caucus Has Turned Into a Magnet for House Republicans. Wait, What? 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
Matt Gaetz, a freshman congressman from Florida, would like to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Known for attacking the FBI’s Russia probe and inviting a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union, the House Republican earlier last year introduced a one-sentence bill to terminate the EPA. He’s also heralded Trump’s “strong leadership” for the withdrawal of the US from the […]
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John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change 14.2.2018 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged support for legislative efforts in the Washington state to pass a carbon pollution tax to address climate change....
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Eight takeaways from the budget proposal 13.2.2018 Washington Post
Many of the ideas are dead on arrival, but the blueprint speaks volumes about President Trump’s values — and contradicts many promises he made as a candidate.
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Pa. just made it easier to run as a third-party or independent. Will people do it? 10.2.2018 Philly.com News
After a years-long lawsuit, the requirements to get on the ballot in Pennsylvania have been greatly lowered. What happens now?
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The Energy 202: Democratic senators demand Pruitt recuse himself from rewriting Clean Power Plan 7.2.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Democratic senators demand Pruitt recuse himself from rewriting Clean Power Plan
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A Trump-Appointed Coal Lobbyist Is Inching Closer to Drastically Remaking the EPA 7.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Environmental Protection Agency deputy administrator, appeared poised and polished at his Senate confirmation hearing in November. He couched his objections to widely accepted climate science in ambiguous legalese, and kept his cool when, at […]
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The Congressional Review Act: A Damage Assessment 7.2.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  President Donald Trump has boasted that he had signed far more bills during his first months in office than many of his predecessors. Like many of his boasts, this one was misleading. Apart from purely ceremonial bills, the vast majority of bills enacted during his first six months in office stemmed from the Congressional Review Act of 1996 (CRA). This relatively obscure statute passed by the Gingrich Congress, which President Clinton ill-advisedly signed, empowers Congress to overturn major federal regulations within 60 “session” days of promulgation by passing a joint resolution of disapproval signed by the president. If Congress permanently adjourns prior to the end of 60 days that it is in session, the next Congress gets another 75 session days to pass a joint resolution. The current Congress therefore had until late May of 2017 to overturn any major regulation promulgated by the Obama administration ...
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Efforts to move top US land managers west gain a strong ally 7.2.2018 AP Business
DENVER (AP) -- From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails....
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Trump administration open to moving public land bosses west 6.2.2018 AP Washington
DENVER (AP) -- From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails....
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AP Exclusive: US Rep visits El Salvador to meet deported man 4.2.2018 AP Politics
HOUSTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Al Green still calls Jose Escobar one of his constituents, even though Escobar was deported after what he thought would be a routine check-in with immigration authorities....
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Why Donald Trump Should Fear Norwegian Immigrants the Most of All 3.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story first appeared at TomDispatch.com. Over the past couple of weeks, thanks to the president’s racist comments about Haiti and African countries he can’t even name—remember “Nambia”?—as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants from Norway, we’ve seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate country. Let me just say that those Norwegians he’s […]
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Relative calm has boosted Trump, who is determined to plunge into a new fight 2.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

Week 54 of President Trump's tenure brings us back to where we started — the president fighting with national security agencies over claims of illegal surveillance.

The fight comes after a period of relative calm in which Trump's public standing rose. The public’s approval of his job performance...

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Why Trump is eager to release the Nunes memo 1.2.2018 Washington Post
Senior White House officials and advisers say the president sees the memo as key to making changes at the Justice Department, particularly pushing out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
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