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15Aug, 2018

Environmentalists Outraged as Ryan Zinke Says California Fires Have Nothing to do with Climate Change

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The Washington Examiner | August 13, 2018
By Josh Siegel

Environmentalists criticized Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday for blaming the wildfires raging through California on forest management and claiming that climate change has not played a role in the blazes.

Zinke, on a two-day tour of areas devastated by the Carr Fire in Redding, Calif., downplayed the importance […]

11Jul, 2018

Nicholas Institute Selects Five Duke Projects for Catalyst Program Seed Funding

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July 2, 2018

Five projects received funding in the second year of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Catalyst Program.

The program aims to build on the Nicholas Institute’s mission by increasing engagement with Duke University faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies. Funded […]

11Jul, 2018

US Intel Report on Russian Meddling ‘shabby & politically motivated’ – Ex-US Envoy to Soviet Union

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Russian Times | July 5, 2018

A former US ambassador to the Soviet Union has slammed the intelligence report on alleged Russian election meddling, saying it lacks hard facts and omits relevant agencies, while media and politicians have failed to ask questions.

Jack Matlock served as US ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, and […]

11Jul, 2018

Musings II … The “Intelligence Community,” “Russian Interference,” and Due Diligence

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June 29, 2018
By Jack F. Matlock Jr.

Did the U.S. “Intelligence Community” judge that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election?

Most commentators seem to think so. Every news report I have read of the planned meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin in July refers to “Russian interference” as a fact and asks whether the matter will be […]

6Jun, 2018

Amid ‘Russiagate’ Hysteria, What Are the Facts?

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The Nation | June 1, 2018
By Jack F. Matlock Jr.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
That saying—often misattributed to Euripides—comes to mind most mornings when I pick up The New York Times and read the latest “Russiagate” headlines, which are frequently featured across two or three columns on the front page above the fold. This is […]

6Jun, 2018

Gorbachev Arrives in Washington for Summit, May 30, 1990

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Politico | May 30, 2018
By Andrew Glass

On this day in 1990, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, D.C., for three days of talks with President George H.W. Bush. A potentially reunited Germany and its future place in Europe served as one focal point for the summit meeting.

At the time, Gorbachev faced stiff political headwinds […]

23May, 2018

Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback

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The New York Times | May 22, 2018
By Alan Rappeport and Emily Fliter
A decade after the global financial crisis tipped the United States into a recession, Congress agreed on Tuesday to free thousands of small and medium-sized banks from strict rules that had been enacted as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to prevent another […]

15May, 2018

Republican Farm Bill Could Threaten 58.5 Million Acres of Forest Land, Conservationists Say

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Newsweek | May 14, 2018
By Nicole Goodkind

A new Republican piece of legislation will threaten about 58.5 million acres, or 91,000 square miles, of protected forest land, environmental activists say.

The Farm Bill, an all-encompassing multi-year piece of legislation that directs what happens at the Department of Agriculture, has gained attention for its proposed overhaul to the food […]

10May, 2018

To Make History at North Korea Summit, Trump Should Prepare Like Reagan did for Gorbachev

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USA Today | May 10, 2018
By John Heubusch, Opinion contributor
With the release of three U.S. detainees in North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s recent reported openness to abandoning a nuclear weapons program, President Trump has gained some ground in potentially resolving the decades-long conflict in Korea. With such high stakes, Trump and his advisers should […]

9May, 2018

America’s Anti-Iran Push May Get Harder with Nuclear Deal Pullout

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Reuters | May 9, 2018
By Phil Stewart

The United States risks greater isolation and unpredictability in its anti-Iran drive after President Donald Trump opted to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal despite warnings from European allies, advisers and even some fellow Republicans, experts say.

Trump said on Tuesday he was withdrawing the United States from the […]