Rick Berman appears on Rachel Maddow in 2010

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“It’s brilliant in its simplicity,” said one audience member. “The way you’re going is really neat,” said another. “This has been very, very helpful,” said one more.

This is how some oil and gas industry members immediately responded after hearing Continue →

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If you’re looking to reduce the pressure humanity is putting on the climate and global ecosystem, curbing population growth can’t help you much.

That’s the conclusion of new research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which modeled various approaches to slowing population growth — Continue →

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Peace & Security Report 10/31/2014

by Cameron M. Chisholm on October 31, 2014

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International Peace & Security Institute PEACE & SECURITY REPORT IPSI's Peace & Security Report (PSR) is a concise weekly e-publication intended to brief busy students, academics, advocates, Continue →
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Growth in the New Climate Economy

by Michael Spence on October 31, 2014

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Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to delay such action. But a recent report, “The New Climate Economy: Better Growth, Better Climate” released by Continue →

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would become majority leader if the Republicans retake chamber.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would become majority leader if the Republicans retake chamber.

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The midterm elections are now just days away. And according to the New York Times’ forecasts, the Republicans have a 68 percent chance of taking back the Continue →

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Argument preview:  How much control do agencies have over what whistleblowers may disclose?

The legal issue the Justices will confront on Tuesday when they hear oral argument in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean is easy enough to describe: When a federal statute bars whistleblowers from making disclosures that are “specifically prohibited by law,” does that bar also apply to disclosures prohibited by Continue →

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

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In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Fred Upton, the Republican Congressman from Michigan and chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Continue →

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Jerry Schnoor speaks on May 13, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa.

A little less than three weeks ago, over 180 Iowa scientists sent a clear message to their state’s leaders: climate change is here, is impacting Iowans and needs to be taken seriously.

The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans was the fourth iteration of an annual Continue →

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Straw Into Gold: Candidates Trading Leadership PAC Dollars for Campaign Cash

by Viveca Novak and John Sugden on October 31, 2014

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This story is cross-posted at TIME.com

With just a few days remaining in the first quarter of 2014, Mary Landrieu did something generous: The embattled Democratic senator from Louisiana, herself in the midst of an exceedingly tough re-election race, used her leadership PAC to give $5,000 to the campaign of Sen. Continue →

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On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club titled, “Tunisia’s Historic Elections and Coming Challenges.”  The event featured Tunisian Ambassador to the United States, Mohammad Ezzine Chelaifa , Deputy Regional Director for MENA at the Continue →

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Watch part 2 of our conversation with Sheldon Krimsky, editor of The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk. He is a professor of urban and environmental Continue →

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India’s Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations

by Ravi Krishnani on October 31, 2014

Indians light crackers to celebrate diwali, the festival of light on a busy road in Allahabad on october 23, 2014. Image by Ritesh Shukla. Copyright Demotix.

Indians light crackers to celebrate diwali, the festival of light on a busy road in Allahabad on October 23, 2014. Image by Ritesh Shukla. Copyright Demotix.

During Diwali (the Hindu “festival of lights”), people dress up in new clothes—sometimes their best outfits—and light up lamps and candles inside and outside Continue →

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We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau about his new book detailing how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA, and got Continue →

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Republicans are slamming Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for comments they say suggested Louisiana voters dislike President Obama because of his race. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Landrieu’s GOP opponent in her tough reelection race, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-...
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In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 file photo, shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber aboard a trawler in the Gulf of Maine.

In this Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 file photo, shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber aboard a trawler in the Gulf of Maine.

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After an alarming report of a collapsed fishery cancelled the shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine last year due Continue →

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SCOTUS for law students: Rearguments

by Stephen Wermiel on October 31, 2014

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Few procedures at the Supreme Court are more mysterious than the decision to reargue a case. Rearguments are rare among the approximately seventy cases that are argued each Term. Even rarer is any discussion or explanation of the process by the Court or its members, present or past.

Political scientists have Continue →

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Democracy Now! 2014-10-31 Friday

by Amy Goodman on October 31, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-10-31 Friday["Headlines for October 31, 2014", "Public Health vs. Civil Liberties: Debate over Ebola Quarantines Harkens Back to AIDS Panic in 1980s", "How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics", "Gubernatorial Continue →
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Dem base: What about us?

by Amie Parnes on October 31, 2014

As if Democrats don’t face enough hurdles this midterm year, they’re also staring down a party base asking President Obama: “What have you done for me lately?”In fact, virtually every traditional pillar of Democratic support, from Latinos and...
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Poland: Land of Junk Contracts

by John Feffer on October 31, 2014

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

Cross-posted from JohnFeffer.com.

The Poles call them umowa śmieciowa or “junk contracts.” If you’re young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it’s likely to be short-term and come Continue →

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‘Banking Caucus’ member aims for Senate

by Alison Fitzgerald on October 31, 2014

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants West Virginians to know she’s a defender of community banks. From her seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Capito argues, she has protected small local financial institutions from the overreach of aggressive regulators.

Among her biggest supporters, however, are the biggest banks in the Continue →

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