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February 26, 2014

March Madness

The most recent budget showdown has just barely faded over the horizon. The president and Congress can finally talk about something that doesn’t involve the contentious issue of doling out funding for the government to stay open and operating. We can finally get back to focusing on setting policy – or can we?


February 21, 2014

Aaaannndddd We’re Back!

Between the Arctic conditions and what felt like hurricane-force winds, Chicago was not the most enjoyable place to be in February. But did we let that dampen our spirits while attending the AAAS Annual Meeting? Absolutely not.


February 12, 2014


Every year, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) draws thousands of individuals from across the globe to their annual meeting. This year, the event will be held in the Windy City this Thursday, 13 February through Monday, 17 February. The temperature forecast looks to be in the teens. Brrrr.


February 3, 2014

State of the Union Takeaways

Now that sufficient time has passed to digest the President’s speech, it’s time to figure out how our State of the Union wish list fared. Below are our three big points we wanted to see mentioned, and the president’s response, if any.


January 28, 2014

AGU’s State of the Union Wishlist

Every January, the president of the United States appears before Congress and the nation to reflect on the previous year and to set forth his agenda for the next 365 days. As President Obama embarks on his fifth State of the Union, the American Geophysical Union has put together a list of critical issues that should be included in tonight’s address.


January 22, 2014

Congress Passes, President Signs FY2014 Appropriations

Last week, Washington rejoiced as Congress passed and the president signed a bill that funds the entire Federal government through September 30, 2014. As there is with every bill whose magnitude and scope is so far-reaching, there are winners and losers.


January 10, 2014

Space Exploration: The Great Uniter

As we jump headfirst into 2014, it seems as if both Americans and their elected officials in Congress couldn’t be more divided. Going forward into the new year, is there anything left we can agree on?