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  • Feature

    Beyond the Revolution

    In the Interior West, politicians must work with federal agencies and let go of fading extractive industries, if the region is to thrive as part of the nation and not be overrun by Bruce Babbitt's new national monuments.

  • Book Reviews

    Goose eggs in Congress

    The League of Conservation Voters gives most Western congress people a poor grade on environmental issues.

  • Uncommon Westerners

    Montana loses an environmental leader

    Montana State Rep. Ben Cohen, environmentalist, garbageman, actor and outdoorsman, is mourned in Whitefish, Mont.

  • News

    How green is your politico?

    In Washington state, TV commercials use Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," to inform voters about how candidates up for re-election have voted on green issues.

  • News

    Battling over the bottom line

    Environmentalists win more than they lose as the battle over the budget finally reaches a truce in Congress.

  • News

    In this election, the West is lost

    Western issues and environmental issues in general don't seem to be visible on the political screen in Washington, D.C., even as the presidential race heats up.

  • News

    In Washington, the emperor is on Babbitt's side

    In Washington, D.C., Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt battles Western Republicans over the use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve Western land for the public.

  • Feature

    A new road for the public lands

    President Clinton and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt have a new strategy for protecting and managing the public lands, encouraging citizens and politicans to implement national conservation values in a regional and local way.

  • News

    Never underestimate a working majority

    The working majority in Congress enforces or ignores Rule 16 as it pleases - the rule that prevents policy-making amendments being added to appropriations bills.

  • News

    The quiet Takings Project is trespassing on democracy

    The Takings Project and its mastermind, law professor Richard Epstein, are trying to put a stop to any federal or state regulation of business and property, and despite their flawed reasoning, many conservative judges are under their influence.

  • News

    A political outsider wages a clever campaign

    Montana farmer Brian Schweitzer launches a lively campaign for election to the United States Senate, running as a Democrat in a Republican stronghold.

  • News

    Congress searches for a "green conspiracy'

    In a spirit of overreaction reminiscent of McCarthyism, Alaska Republican Don Young sets up a task force to investigate what he calls the "Warner Creek Timber Sale Eco-terrorism" - a protest on the Willamette Nat'l Forest in Oregon resulting in arrests.

  • News

    Take the green elephant off the endangered list

    Republican environmentalists are making a comeback in Congress.

  • News

    Beware Alaskans bearing gifts

    Conservative Alaska Rep. Don Young is sponsoring a bill to buy more land for the public domain, but environmentalists are not cheering.

  • News

    A statesman steps off the stage

    Morris K. Udall, former Arizona congressman who recently died, is remembered as a dedicated statesman who understood compromise.

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