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Budget deal kills gray wolves AND the endangered species act

Last week we learned that a deal had been struck and the government wasn’t going to shut down. This week, we learn about the collateral damage: What ugly things were agreed to in the process.

Item #1: Gray wolves are being stripped of their status as an endangered species across most of the northern Rockies.

April 11th

What’s wrong with the Democrats

I’ve had some harsh things to say about the caliber of intestinal fortitude displayed by the Democrats in Washington. And with my current series about Nuclear Power, there will be more.

But Ezra Klein has a devastating takedown of everything that’s wrong with Washington, in a nice tight package tied up with the headline/bow “The sad, hypocritical retirement of Evan Bayh.”

March 17th

Senate votes today on worst budget for the environment in 40 years

Today the Senate will vote on the most anti-environmental bill to come before Congress in the last 40 years. While most of the media has been focused on whether this bill will cut .42% or .43% of the nation’s debt, the true impact of the bill is much greater. The fact is that H.R.1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, is full of policy riders that are a stealth attack on basic American values of that put those laws into effect.

March 9th

Is Obama’s green-friendly budget DOA?

President Obama sent his 2012 budget over to Congress today, and it’s got lots of goodies for green energy and the environment. The only question is, how much, if any, of that will survive the meat grinder of the GOP/Tea Party dominated House of Representatives, where it’s already going over like the proverbial lead Zeppelin… […]

February 14th

Filibuster Reform: Dems and Repubs Agree to Small Changes

Senate Democrats have backed off from the changes they had talked about making to fix the broken Senate. But they have agreed with Republicans on a small suite of changes that could help. A little. Will it end gridlock? Probably not. Will it end the gross abuse of the filibuster and other arcane Senate procedures […]

January 27th

The GOP SOTU Response: To Win The Future, We Must Return to the Past

Neither Rep. Paul Ryan’s official Republican response to the State of the Union, nor Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party auxiliary response, actually responded to President Obama’s speech. Instead, both were campaign speeches. More of our State of the Union Coverage: State of the Union – Video and full text Video and full text of the […]

January 26th

Environmental State of the Union

So President Obama has delivered his 2011 State of the Union. And while the environment wasn’t entirely AWOL, it sure wasn’t the focus. This was clearly a retrenchment, and a hand reaching across the aisle. How not? If he’s going to accomplish anything in the next two year, he’s going to need to get something […]

January 25th

State of the Union – Full Text

More of our State of the Union Coverage: Environmental State of the Union The GOP SOTU Response: To Win The Future, We Must Return to the Past Here is the full text of President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union. Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address […]

January 25th

Got Cuts? House GOP Says it’s got $2.5 Trillion of ’em.

After a year saying they would cut the deficit but not saying how, House Republicans have come up with a list of cuts. As expected, the military is sacrosanct. No cuts there, despite a huge run-up in spending over the past 10 years. Don’t’ expect any cuts in farm subsidies, either. Or subsidies for big […]

January 20th

Will the zombie Food Safety Act survive in the GOP Congress?

President Obama signed the long-in-coming Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday. Now that it’s finally law, will it actually be enforced? That’s not an easy question to answer. In part, that depends on how serious the new GOP/Tea Party majority in the House of Representatives are about their campaign promise to slash government spending. No […]

January 12th