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Obama Wants to Crack Down on Fracking Emissions

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. President Barack Obama will unveil a new plan to cut methane from America's booming oil and gas industry ahead of the State...Show More Summary

I Have Some Advice for Mitt Romney

The political-media world has been in a tizzy these past few days due to the news that Mitt Romney is serious about taking a third stab at a presidential run. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Romney had told a group of Republican fat-cat funders—who else?—that he was pondering a 2016 bid. Show More Summary

Two Climate Denying Senators Will Now Supervise the Nation's Climate Science

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. So, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was just named to be the chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness as Republicans take over the Senate. Show More Summary

Conservatives Are Already Raising Money to Derail Jeb Bush's 2016 Bid

The 2016 Iowa caucuses remain more than a year distant, but conservatives are already using former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's potential presidential candidacy to raise cash—not to support a Bush bid, but to thwart one. Over the...Show More Summary

Is There Any Relief in Sight for Our Overtested Kids?

On the second day of school, instead of playing get-to-know you icebreakers, the students in Room 202 were hunched over worn test booklets filling in bubbles in Scantron sheets. At the time, Michigan, where I taught fifth grade Language Arts and Social Studies from 2010 through 2013, administered its annual tests in October. Show More Summary

Germany's Anti-Islam Protests Play Into Extremists' Hands

For two Mondays in a row, Dresden was the scene of massive protests against the growing number of Muslims living in Germany. The first, attracting about 18,000 supporters, happened two days before the attack in Paris on Charlie Hebdo, and the second was this week. Show More Summary

The Group Behind America's Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says Birth Control Causes Abortions

Each year on January 22—the anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade—the March for Life draws thousands of protesters to Washington, DC, for what organizers bill as "world's largest anti-abortion event." But this year,...Show More Summary

4 Big Unanswered Questions About the Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Paris

In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, information has slowly emerged about the attackers, their alleged affiliations with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State, and their path to radicalization. But many unanswered questions remain. Show More Summary

Have You Ever Had to Apologize for America's Blunders When You Were Traveling Abroad?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Americans who live abroad—more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the US government) —often face hard questions about our country from people we live among. Show More Summary

The House Is Set to Pass a GOP Bill Wiping Out Wall Street Reforms

The Republican-dominated House is poised to approve legislation this week that would obliterate a slew of important Wall Street reforms. The legislation arrives just weeks after Congress and the Obama administration gave Wall StreetShow More Summary

ISIS Supporters Take Over CENTCOM Twitter Account

This morning, President tweeted this in advance of some expected announcements about cybersecurity in next Tuesday's State of the Union address: "If we're going to be connected, then we need to be protected." —President Obama #Cybersecurity —...Show More Summary

When "Top Chef" Star Tom Colicchio Went to Washington

On a fall day in a congressional office bedecked with University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) paraphernalia, Tom Colicchio and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) were getting on like old college buddies. Up on Alaska's Mohawk River, the congressman insisted, you can still spear salmon with a pitchfork. Show More Summary

Governor-Elect Laments the Californication of Texas

Local fracking bans. Laws outlawing plastic bags. Strict tree-cutting ordinances. Another day in California? Nope. Welcome to life in urban Texas, where Democratic-controlled city councils are enacting powerful consumer and environmental protections—much to the chagrin of the state's leading conservatives. Show More Summary

California's Almonds Suck as Much Water Annually as Los Angeles Uses in Three Years

More stories about the almond boom and what it means for California. Invasion of the Hedge Fund Almonds Charts: Almonds Suck as Much Water Annually as LA Uses in 3 Years Photos: The Story Behind California's Nut Boom It Takes How Much...Show More Summary

A Drug Warrior's Inside Look at the War on Afghanistan's Heroin Trade

One of the many messes the United States is leaving behind as it formally withdraws from Afghanistan is that it's more or less a narco state. Despite the United States spending nearly $8 billion to fight the Afghan narcotics trade, the country is producing more opium than ever. Show More Summary

Watch Almonds Suck California Dry

A worker watches an almond harvesting machine dump nuts near the town of Kerman, California. Photographer Matt Black remembers the moment in December 2013 when he realized the drought in California had begun. The brown-hills in the horizon stretched into a cloudless blue winter sky. Show More Summary

Invasion of the Hedge Fund Almonds

By Tom Philpott | Mon Jan. 12, 2015 6:00 AM ET O n a sunbaked August morning, off a rural road in the heart of California's Central Valley, a low-slung tractor rumbles between neat rows of identical, light-green trees. To its right, a plume of dust billows up, thick enough to blot out the sky above the treetops. Show More Summary

Guess Who's Getting Rich(er) off the College Football Playoff? (Hint: It's Not the Players)

The first-ever College Football Playoff, culminating in tonight's national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State, has been years in the making: Fans, coaches, and players had long complained about the lack of a tournament, à la college basketball's March Madness, to determine a national champ. Show More Summary

Will West Virginia Schools Have to Teach "False Science"?

This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The West Virginia State Board of Education (SBOE) has drawn the ire of science education groups after voting onShow More Summary

Finally Some Good News About Clean Energy Investment

Clean energy investment around the world is rebounding after a three-year decline, according to new figures released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Globally, the total amount of clean energy investment jumped 16 percent in 2014, to $310 billion. Show More Summary

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