David Fahrenthold

Mitt Romney’s Lonely Hearts Club
March 30, 2012

As the Republican primaries stumble to their increasingly disregarded denouement, Mitt Romney is firming up his support from the party establishment even as evidence of his lack of connection with rank and file voters continues to abound. Both the Washington Post and New York Times carried delightful pieces this week seeking out ardent admirers of Romney.

Is The South Too Republican For Republicans?
March 12, 2012

The year before his 2010 retirement from the Senate, Ohio Republican George Voinovich offered one of the more candid and colorful recent assessments of what had happened to his party. Asked by The Columbus Dispatch what his party's biggest problem was, he answered: "We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns. It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners.

Abortion: The Third Rail of Climate Policy?
September 15, 2009

Earlier this week, Thomas Wire of the London School of Economics published a study concluding that improved family planning is one of the most effective methods of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions we’ve got.

Ugly Critters Need A Little Love, Too
June 30, 2009

When it comes to saving dwindling species from oblivion, the federal government has actually done a halfway decent job. Since 1973, when the Endangered Species Act passed, more than 1,300 U.S. species have been listed as threatened or endangered, and only nine have totally vanished. Then again, it's also true that only 15 of those listed species have fully recovered—the whole point of the law in the first place. And the species that do recover tend to be cute animals that capture the public imagination: bald eagles, gray wolves, Yellowstone grizzly bears.