The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 by President Richard Nixon to preserve, protect and recover key domestic species. Though well intentioned at the start, the ESA has since been used as a tool to hinder or block economic activity from logging and farming to mining and oil-and-gas development—often to protect species that don’t truly need it.
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The balance of what’s possible with what the base wants is a delicate thing, and Republican leadership sure hasn’t figured out how to achieve it. That Bismarck line about politics being the art of the possible is being bandied about a lot lately… But I’ve always had a problem with it, because I think it ignores the reality of modern political tactics.
[Patrick Moffitt is the co-author of this piece. Read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.] In Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath – with millions freezing and hungry in dark devastation, including nursing home[…]
President Obama said at his increasingly notorious press conference on Monday, “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they have[…]
President Obama tells the nation that Congress must increase the debt limit because they “should pay the bills that they have already racked up.” Let me translate that into household[…]
Despite the lies, spin, and spun lies pouring from the mouths of nearly everyone involved in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations or speaking for those who are involved in them, some[…]
The nation nears the fiscal precipice as I write these words, and as you read them it may well have gone over. In Washington, Waikiki, and wherever, it’s all politics[…]