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  • A congressional climate change denier's disingenuous defense

    A congressional climate change denier's disingenuous defense
    As chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is one of the most eminent and influential climate change deniers in Congress. He's also mightily irked that we described his press release announcing his committee's vote on NASA's funding last week as "a model of misdirection and deceit."
  • Should attacks on the homeless be classified as hate crimes?

    Should attacks on the homeless be classified as hate crimes?
    In 2006, I wrote a column for The Times questioning the wisdom of hate-crime laws that provide additional punishment for acts of violence if they are motivated by racial animus or some other kind of bigotry. One of my arguments was that as the idea became...

    Oddball bills stand out in Congress

    Oddball bills stand out in Congress
    Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes — or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress....

    National park on the moon at Apollo landing sites: A 'loony' idea?

    National park on the moon at Apollo landing sites: A 'loony' idea?
    Care to go for a hike in a national park? How about one on the moon? A bill introduced in Congress would protect U.S. Apollo lunar landing sites by making the detritus that astronauts left behind a part of the national park system. It may sound like a...

    Lawmaker writes judge about Jackson's 'anguish'

    Lawmaker writes judge about Jackson's 'anguish'
    WASHINGTON — As former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. awaits sentencing for looting his campaign treasury of more than $750,000, a Texas congresswoman has asked the judge in Jackson's case to consider "all the anguish he has experienced committing these...