Trump Administration Wades into the Murky Legal Territory of the Clean Water Act

By Tim Featherston*  President Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt, a long-time legal adversary of the EPA, to head the agency was seen as a clear sign of the administration’s intentions to roll back the environmental regulation put in place under the Obama Administration.[1] The first target appears to be the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the […]

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Who Gets to Debate?

By Tommy La Voy* Until 1988, televised presidential debates were organized on an ad-hoc basis, which left it an open question as to whether there would actually be a debate during every election.[1] There was no presidential debate in 1964.[2] Nor were there debates in 1968 or 1972, as Richard Nixon refused to participate.[3] In […]

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The Movement Against the Dakota Access Pipeline: Where do we go from here?

By John Petoskey* On December 4th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers—acting under the Obama Administration—announced that it would not be granting the easement for Dakota Access LLC to build a pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.[1] The corps instead changed course and moved to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and explore alternate routes.[2] An […]

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From Carcasses to Chickienobs: Embracing Cultured Meat

By Mitchell Gilburne* Documented evidence of the environmental and ethical consequences of the Factory Farming System are manifold[1] and yet our nation-wide appetite for animal protein will not abate. Once, the Thanksgiving Turkey and the Christmas Ham were extravagances to be grateful for. Now, we expect them to be bigger, juicier, and even more golden […]

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Will the NIH Fund Research on Human-Animal Chimeras?

By Michael Smith* What was, until recently, a dream of science fiction moved firmly into the realm of scientific fact in January of this year when scientists at the Salk Institute announced—for the first time—the successful production of a viable pig embryo containing human cells.[1]  Such a part-pig-part-human organism is called a chimera.[2] Chimeras are […]

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