Tag Archives: Barack Obama

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Live 2010 Election Day Chat on Social Media + Politics

This was the first live chat I’ve helped plan and participated in. Although I got bumped from my afternoon slot to the end of the night by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, I did succeed in getting him to comment on … Continue reading

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Will Scientists’ Calls For Climate Action Fall on Negotiators’ Deaf Ears?

This post was linked to in a Washington Post column on the Cancun climate summit. With only days remaining until diplomats are due to arrive in Tianjin for the final round of climate negotiations before the Cancun summit, scientists have … Continue reading

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Did Obama Ignore the Mess at MMS?

As I was writing up my TAP test post “Job Openings for Inspectors General,” I was shocked to discover that Interior, the agency responsible for offshore  drilling, was among the departments that lacked a presidential-appointed watchdog. I looked into it … Continue reading

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The American Prospect: Job Openings for Inspectors General

The Prospect liked my previous pieces enough that they gave me the opportunity to take a follow-up writing test. This time around, they requested that I pitch a story for the mid-term elections and write three posts that could have … Continue reading

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Was Obama’s Drilling Move Aimed At… Iran?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, talking, and reading about Obama’s embrace of drilling off America’s coasts. And one connection I found most people seem to have missed is its utility in his push for Iranian nuclear sanctions. I … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Whistleblowers Gone?

I started working on this article during my last month at Mother Jones. Although it took longer than I had hoped to get it published–and required a revised lede–I’m happy this bit of reporting finally made it into the top story … Continue reading

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How to Cripple the Capital

Just add snow—the more, the messier. A few wet, white flakes in the Washington metro area are all it takes to wash away the veneer of efficiency local politicians try to maintain. When faced with nearly 30 inches of snow, … Continue reading

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Mother Jones on TV: Moyers, Maddow, and Countdown

I volunteered to fill in for one of the San Francisco editors on weekend website duty and got stuck writing this post on a Saturday. I will not make that mistake again. One highlight: Bill Moyers asked a question regarding … Continue reading

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The Forecast for Alaska: Extreme Weather

When Mother Jones posts stories from the magazine to the Top Stories box, they like to have a post on the blogs drawing attention to the piece. This was my write-up of a long-but-interesting story I fact-checked for the November/December issue. … Continue reading

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Obama’s Jobs Speech Raises Troubling Questions

UPDATE: My review of the speech was picked up by the AtlanticWire and prominently featured on today’s Need to Read list. President Barack Obama has spent much of his term, from the stimulus bill pushed through shortly after he took … Continue reading

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