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The Michigan Summer Beer Festival.

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The Michigan Summer Beer Festival.

More Jobs? More Craft Beer — Michigan Gets Hopping

Lawmakers in Michigan want to create more jobs. They’re hopping to it. The Legislature has passed a bipartisan measure  amending many state liquor laws, which in the process changes the definition of a microbrewery. Emma Fidel, our recently departed colleague, reports...

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Icebergs in Narsaq, Greenland.

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Icebergs in Narsaq, Greenland.

Global Warming: The Partisan Divide

There is at least one reason Republicans on Capitol Hill have been resistent to government regulations aimed at combating climate change: They don’t think mankind is responsible for it. There’s no question, most Americans tell the Pew Research Center, that...

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Officer Jim Lopez, left, of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), wrangles with Omar Headen, age 13, during a day of action, organized by the CCPD, which included neighborhood interaction and the cleaning of Farnham Park, on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.

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Officer Jim Lopez, left, of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), wrangles with Omar Headen, age 13, during a day of action, organized by the CCPD, which included neighborhood interaction and the cleaning of Farnham Park, on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey.

Government and the Quality of Life: Sunstein

We have environmental impact statements. We attempt to measure the ramifications of any major development — a pipeline, a subdivision, (“a leaf, a stone, an unfound door”) –affecting the well-being of the world we live in. We have a Congressional...

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

EPA: Urging Congress for More Authority to Protect Water

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog The Environmental Protection Agency should seek more authority from Congress to better protect drinking water from terrorists and natural disasters, its inspector general said. The IG urged the agency to use any added authority...

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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A cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama in a tent defending "Obamacare" at a street fair in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Health-Care’s Added Cost: Compliance

The 2010 health-care law that’s expected to expand insurance coverage to 27 million Americans in the next decade isn’t cheap: About $1.2 trillion through 2022. There’s another cost, less well known: The time Americans will spend complying with the law...

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Under Lisa Jackson, the EPA negotiated fuel-efficiency standards with automakers and set the first-ever rules for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants

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Under Lisa Jackson, the EPA negotiated fuel-efficiency standards with automakers and set the first-ever rules for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants

EPA’s Jackson Leaving in January

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is leaving in January. The EPA director’s four-year tenure has been marked by controversy over regulation of matters such as the Keystone pipeline. President Barack Obama suggested today that Jackson’s tenure also...

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

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The interlock ignition system which requires the driver to blow into a tube to prove sobriety before driving.

Ignition Interlocks for First-Time DUI Offenders?

AAA, the motorist group with more than 53 million members, is endorsing the National Transportation Safety Board’s call for mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for all drunken-driving offenders. AAA issued its statement five days before New Year’s Eve, which...

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Rep. Ed Whitfield during the Rally for Coal at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah, Ky.

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Rep. Ed Whitfield during the Rally for Coal at the River Discovery Center in downtown Paducah, Ky.

EPA Deemed ‘Rogue’ by Republican Urging Obama to Rein in Agency

A Kentucky Republican says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has gone rogue, reviving his campaign to rein in the regulator. Representative Ed Whitfield, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s panel on energy and power, quoted from court cases...

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