Cloud seeding might not be as promising as drought-troubled states hope

This commentary originally appeared in The Conversation. On mountain peaks scattered across Colorado, machines are set up to fire chemicals into the clouds in attempts to generate snow. The process is called cloud seeding, and as global temperatures rise, more countries and drought-troubled states are using it in sometimes desperate efforts to modify the weather. […]

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‘Forensic examination’ of voting system doesn’t prove election tampering, experts say

A report supported by embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters that claims significant vulnerabilities exist in the county’s election system is another attempt to stretch a kernel of truth into a false cause for panic, security experts and election officials say. The report, written by an ally of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Doug Gould, claims […]

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Republicans in Congress file suit to end mask mandate for air travel

Seventeen Republican members of Congress have sued the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seeking an end to the federal rule requiring passengers on commercial flights and in airports to wear masks. The mandate illegally restricts the lawmakers’ freedom and is not backed by legal authority, they said in the suit filed Monday. They […]

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With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is warning that the United States would not be prepared for another COVID-19 variant or surge in cases if Congress doesn’t approve billions in stalled emergency funding.  Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday that without the $22.5 billion the White House requested last month, there will be a drop-off in […]

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Fighting anti-trans legislation is suicide prevention

This commentary originally appeared in Source New Mexico. I’m trans. This year I turn 30, and my teenage self would be beyond surprised — not just at the joys that fill my life, but the fact that I’m alive at all.  I’m part of the last generation that didn’t quite have the language for the […]

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VA eyes major changes in health care system as veterans flock to the South, Southwest

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday began the years-long process of restructuring its nationwide health care network, an endeavor that will require the president and Congress to sign off before it could begin.  The restructuring would mean the closures or consolidations of some medical facilities, likely provoking opposition from communities and […]

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Seeing disparities in missing person cases, lawmakers seek changes

To some people with missing loved ones, it’s painfully obvious how much more attention from media and law enforcement is paid to white women who disappear, as compared with Black people, Indigenous people and other people of color. Older people who go missing, as well as those from LGTBQ communities, also get overlooked compared with […]

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To build a better America, ensure everyone who needs health care can get it

Five years ago, I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough and walked out with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. The human response to that news is “how can I survive this?” But for too many Americans the question is “how can I pay for this?” I was lucky. As a small business […]

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Historic debate on Colorado abortion rights results in bill advancing to final House vote

Following a marathon debate that Capitol observers say was the longest in modern history and included a heated confrontation between two Republican lawmakers, the Colorado House advanced a bill that would affirm abortion rights in the state. Debate on House Bill 22-1279, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, began in the House at 10:53 […]

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Anti-trans sports bill sprouts from ignorance. We owe Kansas kids respect and support.

This commentary originally appeared in the Kansas Reflector. The world is a big, complicated and majestic place. There’s a lot we don’t understand. But just because we don’t understand every single bit of the world, that doesn’t mean we should hate the parts we don’t. That doesn’t mean we pass laws against them. Likewise, the […]

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