Molly Redden

Staff Writer

Obama will not announce his plans to regulate the emissions of existing power plants until his Tuesday afternoon speech at Georgetown University.

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Last week, Gang of Eight members called the idea that comprehensive immigration reform should commit more agents to the U.S. Mexico border, advanced in an amendment proposed by Sen. John Cornyn, for what it is: utterly wrong. Senator Chuck Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor, said, “Most experts have told us [border agents] will not do close to as good a job as the drones and the helicopters and the more mobile assets.”

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An immigration reform advocate I spoke to yesterday had a fine way of summarizing the tenuous mix of hope and frustration he feels watching comprehensive immigration reform take shape in the Senate: “Even when the ball moves, it doesn’t.” 

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Late last night, Exodus International, the foremost advocate of gay conversion therapy in the U.S., announced that it will shut down its operations—voluntarily. At least for now, their disbandment doesn't appear to be the end result of management malfeasance, sex scandals, or internal squabbles, but the product of a sincere change in the ethics of the group's president, Alan Chambers.

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In February, the Knight Foundation—a nonprofit devoted to the future of journalism—paid disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference, only months after he was nailed for plagiarism and fabricating quotes. When the dollar amount became public, Knight apologized for rewarding bad behavior. But the fee itself wasn’t abnormal: Pretty much anyone with a smidgen of name-recognition can rake it in with canned speeches at conventions, graduations, and retreats—and you can find out how much many of them make on speaking bureaus’ websites.

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Michele Bachmann’s recent announcement that she will not seek reelection to the U.S. House has already enticed half a dozen Minnesota Republicans to consider running—or officially declare—for her open seat in Minnesota's very conservative 6th Congressional District.

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Yesterday evening, Senator Pat Leahy filed an amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform package that would allow citizens to petition for green cards for their foreign same-sex partners—just as straight couples can under current law. And if this sounds familiar, it’s because Leahy filed a very similar set of provisions in May, when immigration reform was before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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His track record is less than admirable.

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The Amish Are Getting Fracked

Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it

Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it.

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Women Politicians Deserve More Power to Craft Military Policy

Tuesday's sexual assault hearing is proof that male veterans shouldn't have a monopoly on such matters

Tuesday's sexual assault hearing is proof that male veterans shouldn't have a monopoly on such matters.

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