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Opinion Archive

Bring Me More Fiscal Transparency | Commentary

Recently, Representative James B. Renacci, R-Ohio, introduced the Federal Financial Statement Transparency Act of 2014. This bill can help increase accountability and transparency in federal government financial reporting. The bill can also help bolster the independence of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which determines accounting standards for the federal government.

Having Trouble Swallowing the EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules? Just Add Bacon | Commentary

Comparing energy storage to the Holy Grail has always bothered me; it has never been clear that the grail could be, would be or had been found. Bacon, however, is another thing entirely.

'Assault on Science' Tired Partisan Rhetoric | Commentary

A June 24 Roll Call op-ed, “The Far Right’s Assault on Science Won’t Help Economy” made numerous unfounded charges against Republicans on the House Science Committee. While the author attempts to come across as an independent observer, his allegations are tired partisan rhetoric.

Even This Congress Should Pass ITFA | Commentary

While Congress’ failure to reach consensus on important issues is not new, their unwillingness or inability to act decisively on the issue of Internet access taxes, even in the face of resounding bipartisan agreement, could soon become economically disastrous.

A Fair Price for Extracting America's Resources | Commentary

Oil and gas companies are not paying their fair share for extracting our public resources.

Protect Patient Access to the Right Care Setting, Not the Cheapest | Commentary

Susan Stout is interim president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition, Susan H. Connors is president & CEO of the Brain Injury Association and Alexandra

Could Upbeat Economic News Help Obama, Democrats?

Last week’s news that the U.S. economy gained 288,000 jobs in June seems to confirm the upbeat economic assessments coming from many of the nation’s economists and Wall Street analysts.

Supreme Court Ruling on GHGs Equals Brighter Future for Manufacturers | Commentary

In all the coverage of last week’s Supreme Court ruling limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, the lasting importance of the Court’s decision for manufacturers and our economy was somewhat overlooked. That’s not surprising given that the court’s decision striking down the EPA’s regulation is the first real setback to the Agency’s pursuit of aggressive climate change regulations under the Clean Air Act, a law that long predates today’s intense discussion of climate change.

Salvaging Housing Finance Reform | Commentary

Housing finance legislation has stalled in the Senate but reform is not dead yet. Secretary Jack Lew recently announced a new initiative to incentivize private capital in the housing market, yet to date, the administration has implemented housing policy that does the complete opposite.

Conventional Wisdom: Choose Brooklyn | Commentary

The Democratic Party is pondering locations for the 2016 Convention, including Brooklyn, New York. Why would any political party want to hold a convention in Brooklyn? I can give you millions of reasons, starting with its famous sons and daughters, from Jimmy Durante to Mel Brooks to Jackie Gleason, from W.H. Auden to Norman Mailer to Arthur Miller, from George Gershwin to Lena Horne to Barbra Streisand, from Winston Churchill’s mother to Shirley Chisholm to Elizabeth Holtzman to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, from Sandy Koufax to Vince Lombardi to Michael Jordan, from Isaac Asimov to Carl Sagan. It’s a constellation of luminaries, a who’s who of America’s history and heritage, not to mention so many of your relations and friends that it often seems as if everyone is from Brooklyn.

Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run | Commentary

Monday, 30 June, was the first year anniversary of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, the President’s signature initiative for the continent which seeks to expand electricity to address poverty alleviation and economic growth.

Electrify Africa, Energize Africa and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run | Commentary

June 30 was the one-year anniversary of Power Africa initiative, President Barack Obama’s signature initiative for the continent which seeks to expand electricity to address poverty alleviation and economic growth.

Obama Administration Moves to Deny Justice for Camp Lejeune Veterans | Commentary

America’s veterans deserve better. The growing scandal that has engulfed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs overshadowed other actions by the Obama administration that further call into question its policies to protect the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Behind the scenes, the U.S. Department of Justice is actively working to avoid compensating military families who were sickened by contaminated water at the U.S. Marines’ Camp Lejeune base in Jacksonville, N.C. …

Congress Should Consider Reality Over Rhetoric in Copyright Reform | Commentary

Nearly every sector of the recording industry has been outspoken about their desire to increase the royalty rates. Of late, the music publishers have been particularly active pressing their case in public and in Washington, D.C. Last week, representatives from the industry testified before Congress as part of an ongoing review of copyright laws being undertaken by the House Judiciary Committee.

Lessons From Mississippi on Obamacare: It’s Not Just the Words, It’s the Music | Commentary

There are some important lessons for upcoming Republican primaries to be drawn from last week’s runoff in Mississippi — and not just that Democrats put Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., back in office for another six years.

President Obama Can (and Should) Embrace the FOIA Improvements Act | Commentary

On June 24, Sens. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, unveiled the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill that would deal with some of the long-standing issues the public faces when trying to use the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain government records. The common-sense reforms included in the bill are changes that President Obama can, and should, embrace in order to meet his goal of unprecedented levels of openness in government.

Obama Administration Moves to Deny Justice for Camp Lejeune Veterans | Commentary

America’s veterans deserve better.

Congress Should Consider Reality Over Rhetoric in Copyright Reform | Commentary

Nearly every sector of the recording industry has been outspoken about their desire to increase the royalty rates. Of late, the music publishers have been particularly active pressing their case in public and in Washington, D.C. Last week, representatives from the industry testified before Congress as part of an ongoing review of copyright laws being undertaken by the House Judiciary Committee.

Lessons from Mississippi on Obamacare: It's Not Just the Words, It's the Music | Commentary

There are some important lessons for upcoming Republican primaries to be drawn from last week’s runoff in Mississippi — and not just that Democrats put Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., back in office for another six years.

President Obama Can (and Should) Embrace the FOIA Improvements Act | Commentary

On June 24, Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, unveiled the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill that would deal with some of the long-standing issues the public faces when trying to use the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain government records. The common-sense reforms included in the bill are changes that President Obama can, and should, embrace in order to meet his goal of unprecedented levels of openness in government.

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