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    • Naming Rape Survivors Is a Terrible Solution to the Rolling Stone Debacle

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
    • Length: 3 mins
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    It’s natural for journalists to search for a better way to cover rape after Columbia Journalism Review issued an extensive report on how thoroughly Rolling Stone botched its reporting of an alleged gang rape of a University of Virginia student. But a problem manifests if journalists overcorrect, by fixing a problem that didn’t exist.

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    • Kelly Ayotte Should Be Worried about Losing Her Seat over Gun Control

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Gun violence “is something we should politicize,” President Barack Obama insisted in emotional, frustrated remarks on Thursday after a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon left ten people dead.

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    • Australia Reduced Mass Violence by Confiscating Guns. In the U.S., Police Sell Them Back to Citizens

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    The on-camera shooting on Wednesday of two Virginia reporters has already reignited the debate over gun control in America. “I’m going to do something to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns,” Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, told Fox News.

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    • Rand Paul to Baltimore: Racism Isn't the Problem. Taxes Are

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    When Senator Rand Paul spoke on race in America at a fundraiser for Baltimore County Republicans on Tuesday night, he sounded like a different presidential candidate from the one who dismissed black protesters a few months ago.

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    • A Winter Olympics in Snowless Beijing Will Be an Environmental Disaster

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday. And the biggest loser isn't Kazakhstan, which lost its bid against China after other cities backed out over cost. It's the environment. When Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, the biggest concern was that the city's heavy smog would choke athletes. Now that it's hosting the Winter Olympics, Beijing has more than dirty air to worry about. As a naturally arid region that's only growing drier with climate change, it will have to manufacture snow to make the games possible.

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    • EPA Study Shows Fracking Can Contaminate Water, and Both Drillers and Environmentalists Declare Victory

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    The Environmental Protection Agency released a highly anticipated draft report on Thursday about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. Environmentalists have long charged that fracking contaminated water because the process involves injecting a chemical slurry deep underground to draw oil and gas, then using injection wells to dispose of the wastewater.

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    • The Obama Administration Is Finally Regulating Fracking—But Not Enough

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Oil and gas drilling has been booming for a decade, and federal regulators are only just starting to catch up. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced regulations affecting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal land. Like most energy regulations, these rules are politically controversial even though they have a limited reach. They affect just 11 percent of the nation’s natural gas production and 5 percent of oil production.

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    • Conservatives Think “Ice Melts in Summer!” Is a Convincing Argument Against Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe threw a snowball on the Senate floor last winter as proof that it was "very, very cold out," which must mean climate change is a hoax.

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    • Scott Walker Is the Most Dangerous Candidate on Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    The 14 Republicans running for president already meet the party’s every need for an anti-environment, climate change-denying nominee. There’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who would like to repeal Environmental Protection Agency regulations on climate change, in part because he thinks “there has been no recorded warming” in the last 15 years.

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    • Gun Laws Won't End Mass Shootings. They Will Reduce Gun Homicides.

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    President Barack Obama noted he has “had to make statements like this too many times” when he delivered remarks on Thursday about the nine people who were killed in a mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina black historical church. He specified the role the nation’s gun laws play in this and other incidents, as he’s had to do many times before:

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    • Jeb Bush, Climate-Change Equivocator

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been unofficially campaigning for president for months, even years, but once he makes it official Monday he might break a few conservative hearts that pine for a GOP candidate who isn’t a climate change denier.

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    • Obama's Climate Change Disclaimer Is Getting Old

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    In speaking about climate change, President Barack Obama has a certain rhetorical tic that's starting to wear thin.

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    • Jeb Bush Needs More Evidence for Climate Change Action Than He Does to Start a War

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush had a lot to say about climate change this week, putting to rest prior speculation that he might take a more reasonable position on the issue than his Republican opponents.

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    • You Can't "Believe" in Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Last week, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy made little impression on Republican senators at an Environment and Public Works hearing, where she said, “Climate change is not a religion. It is not a belief system. It’s a science fact.” She would have been better off aiming her remarks at a different audience - anyone who says he or she "believes" in climate change.

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    • How Do You Make Sure Generous Paid Leave Doesn't Backfire on Women? Focus on Men

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The U.S. is the only developed nation still debating whether a woman should have access to paid maternity leave. More often than not, the answer to that question lies with the employer's policies; there is no federal program that covers all women in America. Outside America, the question isn't whether paid leave is an option, but how much of it she can and should take.

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    • How to Change a Climate Denier's Mind: Feed Them More Bad Science

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Every person probably knows a friend or relative who buys the persistent lies that the climate is really cooling, or it's probably due to natural cycles, or the science models are wrong, or there's no reliable data.

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    • It's Time to Remind Climate Change Deniers That Weather and Climate Are Different

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
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    Weather forecasters predicted a “historic" blizzard would dump up to three feet of snow on New York City. Instead, the city escaped the worst of the storm. The National Weather Service admitted Tuesday it was off due to the challenging nature of winter-storm weather prediction: "Our science has come a long way, but there are still many moving parts in the atmosphere, which creates quite the forecast challenge."

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    • Antonin Scalia's Successor Could Determine the Fate of the Planet

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    To understand how important the Supreme Court is to shaping the US’s climate change policy, it helps to look back. The EPA’s powers to fight climate change have been mostly defined, even bolstered, by a number of key cases.

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    • The U.S. Military Worries About Climate Change, So Why Don't Republicans?

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    On Friday, the Obama administration put climate change on the par with other global challenges like cybersecurity, terrorism, and Russian aggression, warning in a 35-page national-security memo that climate change poses “an urgent and growing threat to our national security.”

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    • Republicans Beg Their Party to Finally Do Something About Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    You wouldn’t know it by looking at Congress or the White House, but the GOP isn’t in complete lockstep when it comes to climate change denial. The deniers just happen to be the ones who hold all the political power within the party. They drown out the other side—the conservatives who are urging their party to actually do something about global warming.

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