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A Potential Recourse for Targets of White House Security Clearance Threats

An op-ed by Vartan Shadarevian `20. The White House has recently stated that it is considering revoking the security clearances of several former high ranking public officials…Such a move would be unprecedented, and the repercussions are potentially far-reaching.Continue Reading at Just Security »

The Benefit of Having the Same Name as a Police Officer

An op-ed by Anupam B. Jena, Cass R. Sunstein and Tanner R. Hicks. Justice is blind — or at least that’s the ideal. Across the United States, the law is administered by a million police officers and more than 30,000 state and federal judges. While these officials usually have good intentions, there’s increasing awareness of the role that racial and other biases often play in law enforcement decisions. What’s less well known is how idiosyncratic factors can shape how people are treated.Continue Reading at The New York Times »

Trump’s Biggest Climate Move Yet is Bad for Everyone

An op-ed by Jody Freeman. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation moved Thursday to fulfill President Trump’s promise to undo landmark Obama-era rules requiring automakers to steadily reduce greenhouse gas pollution from cars and trucks and improve fuel efficiency through 2025. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with the biggest share coming from cars and trucks. Yet the government now plans to freeze fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards indefinitely at levels set for 2020, thwarting progress on addressing climate change. To make sure it accomplishes that goal, the Trump administration also wants to strip California of its authority to set stricter greenhouse gas standards for vehicles sold within its borders, which the state is authorized to do under a longstanding provision of the Clean Air Act.Continue Reading at The New York Times »

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