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Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump’s Inauguration And The Era Of Fear

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As the sun rose over Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Friday, everything was in place for Donald Trump’s inauguration except the people. Hundreds of cement bomb-blockers were in place; camo-clad soldiers patrolled street corners along with D.C. police in riot gear; roads were closed; traffic crawled; choppers buzzed; and black-clad snipers took up positions on rooftops.…



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Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

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As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen.

Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. They are mad that it’s meant to rain on Inauguration Day.

As I make my way through the barricades and bollards to the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think Obama can do no wrong. On his way out, praise for his cool dignity and brilliant speaking has been generous.



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Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

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By Mark Barteau, Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute, University of Michigan. Obama has prioritized development of wind and solar in a number of ways, including installation on military bases. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster In the closing days of President Obama’s second term, he and leaders in the Executive Branch worked feverishly to articulate their views of…



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