Byard Duncan

I Caused the Deepwater Horizon Spill

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is my fault. Yours too.

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Will BP Be Held Responsible? Not if Senator Lisa Murkowski Can Help It

On Tuesday, May 11, Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, led questioning in a Senate hearing designed to hash out the details of what caused the Deepwater Horizon explosion. After briefly mentioning the 11 workers who were lost following the blast, Murkowski affirmed that despite its risk, offshore drilling is essential to America’s energy future.

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Flammable Drinking Water? Why Gas Drilling in New York and Nearby States Could Become an Environmental Catastrophe

Fred Mayer is sitting at his kitchen table in Candor, NY, smoking a cigarette he probably shouldn’t be smoking.

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Why the National Review Is Wrong to Whine About Moving Prisoners to Thomson Correctional Center

Those lovable chickenhawks over at National Review have a serious problem with Obama’s decision to move Guantanamo inmates to a little-used state prison in Thomson, Ill. Why? Mostly because they’re convinced that these isolated, likely abused people will all of a sudden summon uncanny kung-fu/escape/espionage skills (thus far concealed; it’s all part of their devious plan, you see) and bust out of a facility that’s being upgraded to "beyond supermax:"

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How Long Can We Afford to Botch Afghanistan?

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New Pew Poll on Afghanistan Shows Dwindling Support for the War

The results of a new Pew poll on Afghanistan are both contradictory and befuddling, effectively channeling two principal characteristics of a war that will likely become the United States’ most snarled foreign policy conundrum of 2010.

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Stop GOP Hooligans From Stalling Health Reform

Capping off a summer of cacophonous "town hell" meetings, armed threats and race baiting, South Carolina GOP Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" exclamation was yet another example of the desperate sensationalism that has become the right's raison d'être.

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Can We Afford To Talk About Health Reform Without Talking About Afghanistan?

Few would challenge the assertion that health reform and the war in Afghanistan dominate the political agenda du jour/month/year. Both issues affect Americans profoundly and in mass quantities: forty seven million U.S. citizens are uninsured, and that number is likely to rise to 52 million by 2010. One in three families will experience a loss of health care at one point or another.

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Call Chevron to Account for Its Assault on the Amazonian Ecosystem

To say that Chevron (formerly Texaco) has unleashed an environmental hell in the Ecuadorian Amazon would be a gruesome understatement.

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Naming a Health Care Bill After Ted Kennedy Is Exactly What the Senator Would Have Wanted

Let’s all be clear about one thing: Ted Kennedy wanted health reform. Badly.

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Keep Up Pressure for a Public Option

In an extremely disappointing move, President Barack Obama on Saturday indicated that he would consider jettisoning a public option from his proposed health care overhaul. Addressing a town-hall-style meeting in Colorado, Obama called the public option just "one sliver" of his larger initiative.

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How Churches May Actually Help Gays Win the Marriage Fight

At the top of a hill in Berkeley, California -- above the city's stucco angles, crinkled palm fronds and coffee shops -- Rev. Mark Wilson is seated at a piano. Horizontal bands of evening sun pour through the stained glass to his right, dotting his forehead with pearls of sweat. He closes his eyes.

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Give Don Siegelman a Fair Shot

Guess it wasn't bad enough that Don Siegelman - Alabama's democratic ex-governor who was hauled in last year on paper-thin bribery charges - is sitting in a federal prison camp in Louisiana. A report published earlier today on the law blog Legal Schnauzer indicates that things are about to get worse.

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Press Attorney General Eric Holder to Bring Torture Architects to Justice

In spite of President Barack Obama's insistence that the United States "move forward and not backward" on the issue of Bush-era torture policies, Attorney General Eric Holder has recently indicated he may launch an investigation that would call ex-officials to account.

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Obama Is Making the Wrong Decision on Health Care Reform

In what seems like a troubling resurrection of the health care status quo, President Barack Obama is indicating that he's willing to part with a public option in order to push through his health care "overhaul." Obama said Tuesday that the White House has not "drawn lines in the sand" about a government-run plan, though he considers it "an important tool to discipline insurance companies."

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Ninety-Four Year Old West Virginia Congressman Arrested For Protesting Big Coal

Here's what Jeff Biggers, author of "The United States of Appalachia," is seeing at a peaceful demonstration against mountaintop removal mining in Sundial, WV:

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Why Did The Washington Post Axe Dan Froomkin and Give Paul Wolfowitz a Column?

Just one day after firing Dan Froomkin -- one of only a few voices willing to offer insightful, well-researched criticism of both the Bush and Obama administrations -- the Washington Post did something even more outrageous: It gave Paul Wolfowitz a platform to criticize the president's Iran policy.

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Fox Newser Arrested for Dragging Cyclist 200 Yards

Don Broderick, a news writer at Fox, has been arrested for dragging a cyclist 200 yards with his SUV, Gawker has confirmed.

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What Should Be Done With Dick Cheney and Scott Roeder?

Allow me to illustrate (sarcastically) a couple problems our nation is facing, followed by a great "two-birds-with-one-stone" type solution.

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Are Obama and Petraeus in a Horror Movie?

If a childhood full of horror movies has taught me anything, it's this: No matter where you are, no matter how many circles you make with that flashlight bouncing around in your trembling paw, the bad stuff is invariably behind you. It's like a law of physics. That deformed mutant with a hook for a hand or a snake tongue is waiting to grab you while your back is turned. Always.

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