Dan Balz

Washington Post

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National Political Correspondent for the Washington Post and and author of Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

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Presidential election campaigns have become political marathons, but last year's — from the Republican primaries until election day — seemed longer than ever, and many Americans were…

Dan Balz Discusses 'Collision' of 2012 Election

Presidential election campaigns have become political marathons, but last year's — from the Republican primaries until election day — seemed longer than ever, and many Americans were…

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The Romney campaign has taken the ritual pledge not to speak ill of an incumbent president on foreign shores.  But in London today, two anonymous advisors have been quoted as saying…

Romney Seeks Gravitas On Foreign Trip

The Romney campaign has taken the ritual pledge not to speak ill of an incumbent president on foreign shores.  But in London today, two anonymous advisors have been quoted as saying…

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Supporters of President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans are calling it another stimulus measure.  Democrats say Vice President Biden told them it's a "take it or leave it" deal. …

Obama Tax-Cut Deal with GOP Faces Opposition from House Dems

Supporters of President Obama's tax-cut deal with Republicans are calling it another stimulus measure.  Democrats say Vice President Biden told them it's a "take it or leave it" deal. …

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Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down. Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Meantime the Trump Administration calls the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional,” while legal scholars point out that it’s part of Article II. And how did Ukraine, an obscure former Soviet republic, become so important? Money.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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