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  • A Defense of Court Packing

    It was only a matter of time, really. Ever since Senate Republicans refused to hold a vote on Merrick Garland four years ago, progressives have argued that Democrats need to wrest back control of the Supreme Court by packing it full of liberal justices. By…
  • Is This Really the End of Abortion?

    Friday was a perfect early-autumn evening in Washington, D.C., less than 50 days away from the election. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, arguably the most powerful anti-abortion group in Washington, had wrapped up her day on Capitol Hill. She and…
  • Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

    Tropical Storm Beta crossed the Texas coast near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula late Monday, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing with it the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” and flooding to parts of Texas and Louisiana. What’s happening: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott…
  • The Immigrants Who Created New Possibilities

    Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends,…
  • Pinpointing climate change’s role in extreme weather

    Climate scientists are increasingly able to use computer models to determine how climate change makes some extreme weather more likely. Why it matters: Climate change’s effects are arguably felt most directly through extreme events. Being able to directly attribute the role climate plays in natural…
  • DOJ Urged to Investigate US Environmental NGOs for Foreign Influence

    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has urged the Department of Justice to investigate potential Chinese and Russian efforts to influence the environmental and energy policies of the United States. Cheney said that such efforts include attempts to gain influence with American environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such…
  • Government Funding of Science: When, Why, and How Much?

    Commentary As a kid in the sixties, my heroes were astronauts. On June 20, 1969, I struggled to stay awake to watch Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. I built and launched model rockets. I had a Major Matt Mason action figure space station. My favorite movie…
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