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DEA Scrambles to Increase Budget Tapping Funds from War on Terror

by Belén Fernández | Aug 16, 2017 | Foreign Policy, Politics

In February 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that, with the help of some European partners, it had partially busted a “massive” drug trafficking and money-laundering operation being conducted by “Lebanese Hezbollah’s External Security Organization Business Affairs Component (BAC).” Observers familiar with repeated U.S. attempts to stigmatize Hezbollah with the narco-terrorist label should […]

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F-35 Fighter Plane

The F-35—Not the Super Fighter We Were Promised

by Dr. Michael P. Hughes | Aug 14, 2017 | Politics

The Pentagon has bet the farm on an airplane championed as a “super fighter” that can do everything for everybody. The F-35 is intended to replace and improve upon several current—and aging—aircraft types with widely different missions. To achieve this, the airplane must meet the mission requirements of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine […]

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A Carbon Tax With Legs

by Charles Komanoff | Aug 10, 2017 | Environment, Politics

For years, carbon tax advocates scoffed at the notion that Exxon-Mobil would back a tax on climate-damaging carbon pollution. We saw through the vague hypotheticals in which the oil giant cloaked its occasional expressions of support. Rather than invest political muscle in carbon tax legislation, Exxon for decades funded a network of deception that blocked […]

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Jeff Sessions

Sessions, Riding the GOP Wave in the South

by Rick Perlstein | Aug 9, 2017 | Politics

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was an ambitious young man on the make in 1972. In August, he became one of 3,500 young Republicans who paid their own way to the national convention in order to be dispatched via 70 on-call buses to various locations in Miami to cheer on cue for Richard Nixon and company. […]

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Yucca Mountain

Rick Perry Considers Permanent Site for Nuclear Waste

by Lou Dubose | Jul 13, 2017 | Environment

On the last day of May, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued Rick Perry. It was the second lawsuit Paxton filed against the energy secretary and former Texas governor in three months. Perry is one of a half-dozen defendants named in the two filings at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as Paxton attempts […]

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