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November 2009

Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood comes out as diverse

I’ve struggled with this story for years, unsure how to write it effectively enough, superstitious that writing about a good thing could spoil it—for if you write about a sunny day in Chicago, rain is sure to follow—and uncertain I was the right man…

First the climate bill was dead, then the climate bill was not dead yet, then Copenhagen was dead, then Copenhagen was not dead yet, and now it’s all back on the table, right where President Obama said it would be: a legally binding climate treaty…

By speaking the language of capital to capitalists, the United Nations hopes to prove that damaging the environment costs them more than it profits them. But if you ask me, men of property will still opt for the profit.
This weekend, the UN released…

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) voted against the climate bill as it emerged from committee last week, leading many to fret about the bill’s chances. Yet Baucus himself is optimistic. How can this be?
It suggests a strategy not unlike the one Democrats…

The Republican boycott of the Senate climate bill could go down in history as a noble last stand or as a symbol suggesting that on the leading issues of the day, Republicans have nothing to contribute anyway.
Republican members of the Senate…