Capping Carbon Costs Nothing

The big climate news in advance of next week's U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost.
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Bush vs. Obama on the Economy. In 3 Simple Charts.

In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a "better job" on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%. This should help break the tie.
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All Pro-Immigration GOP Senators Have Won Their Primaries

Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
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Why Did Rand Paul Run Away?

Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
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Warren 2014 Is More Important Than Warren 2016

People should pay attention to what Sen. Elizabeth Warren is saying on the 2014 campaign trail regarding policy matters, how she is saying it, which candidates are following her lead, and gauging how well her message works.
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The Republican Immigration Position Just Got More Ridiculous

Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
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Republicans Should Fear An Obama Executive Order On Immigration

On immigration reform, President Barack Obama retains the upper hand. House Republicans have five weeks to accept reality and pass legislation, or ignore it and give Obama another chance to lead, like with climate and minimum wage.
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The Risk For Republicans In Fighting The Cap On Carbon

With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
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Norquist v. Ingraham and the Momentum for Immigration Reform

Grover Norquist visited Laura Ingraham's radio show, then chastised her and her allies because "they throw around ‘amnesty’ in criticizing every single reform that we’re looking at." The left is united and the right is divided.
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Can The New Populism Save The Climate?

As progressives gather in Washington on May 22 for the New Populism Conference, to shape and organize around a populist agenda, it's worth discussing if and how populism can be harnessed to save the planet.
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Obama’s 2014 Climate Push Proves Policy Is Above Politics

If President Obama wants to duck climate politics before the midterms, he has a funny way of showing it. The EPA is planning to formally propose it's biggest set of climate rules covering existing power plants "within weeks."
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Warren Keynotes May 22 Conference on “New Populism”

With a new wave of populism rising, Campaign for America's Future has announced that tickets are on sale for "The New Populism Conference," convening May 22 and featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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When Republicans Were Sane and a Bush Raised Taxes

24 years ago, a Republican president raised taxes on the wealthy, and on gas consumption. Yesterday, he was given a "Profile in Courage" award. Will any of today's Republicans think about following in his footsteps?
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Why The Brothers Koch Can’t Beat Energy From Mother Nature

In state after state, fossil fuel interests are trying to repeal renewable energy mandates, impose fees on solar power customers and block the EPA from cutting carbon emissions from power plants. And they keep losing.
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