Advice for a young idealist: Find a lonely cause

As a journalist who isn’t too many years removed from his misspent youth, I get a fair number of emails from readers who are either in college or recent graduates asking for advice on what to do with the rest of their lives.
Sometimes my correspondents know what they want to do with their careers (usually journalism). But many don’t. They care deeply about making the world a better place, but they don’t know the best way to do that.

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‘Extreme weather’ ads target Democrats defending fossil fuel subsidies

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) // CBS News

More than two dozen advocacy groups launched “extreme weather ads” in five state newspapers on Monday to pressure right-wing Senate Democrats to stop giving taxpayer money to the oil, gas, and coal companies most responsible for the climate emergency.
Full page ads—featuring artwork from Hannah Rothstein’s 50 States of Change Collection, which depicts some of the detrimental effects U.S.

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‘Extreme weather’ ads target Democrats defending fossil fuel subsidies

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) // CBS News

More than two dozen advocacy groups launched “extreme weather ads” in five state newspapers on Monday to pressure right-wing Senate Democrats to stop giving taxpayer money to the oil, gas, and coal companies most responsible for the climate emergency.
Full page ads—featuring artwork from Hannah Rothstein’s 50 States of Change Collection, which depicts some of the detrimental effects U.S.

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‘Extreme weather’ ads target Democrats defending fossil fuel subsidies

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) // CBS News

More than two dozen advocacy groups launched “extreme weather ads” in five state newspapers on Monday to pressure right-wing Senate Democrats to stop giving taxpayer money to the oil, gas, and coal companies most responsible for the climate emergency.
Full page ads—featuring artwork from Hannah Rothstein’s 50 States of Change Collection, which depicts some of the detrimental effects U.S.

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Crypto’s New Hero Is a MAGA-Loving, Rookie Senator

As the Senate was nearing the finish line on its massive infrastructure bill last week, the very online and very intense world of cryptocurrency was looking to Capitol Hill and getting antsy.
In order to pay for a $1 trillion investment in roads, railways and utilities infrastructure, the bill offered new rules governing how owners of digital assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum report the value of their holdings to the IRS—a change projected to bring in an additional $28 billion in federal tax revenue.
Crypto industry advocates and data privacy hawks, however, saw the changes as nightmarish.

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These Republican Senators Traded Principle for Popularity. Remember Their Names.

It’s a tale as old as time. Conservatives vote for a Republican because they want to see conservative, small government, and fiscally responsible policies. Said Republican gets elected and heads off to Washington promising to hold the line in the nation’s capital and check the power of Democrats to prevent clumsy, ineffective, and expensive big-government programs. Then, upon arriving in the heady Senate chamber, all principle goes out the window and the fresh Republicans quickly become indistinguishable from stale Democrats. 

Well, it happened again this week as the U.S.

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What Does Mitch McConnell Do Now?

To visit Mitch McConnell at his office in the Capitol, you must first pass through a faded world that he has meticulously preserved. A fireplace in the reception room still bears a crack left by a fire British soldiers set during the War of 1812. Through a doorway, a conference room displays portraits of former GOP Senate leaders, among them the luckless Charles McNary, who landed the job just when Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Democratic Party captured whopping majorities.

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‘We’ve asked for everything’: Top oil lobbyist caught on tape revealing 11 senators ‘crucial’ to ExxonMobil

Channel 4 in the U.K. published a startling expose on ExxonMobil’s lobbyists who revealed the top most important U.S. Senators who are the ones behind any legislation that might hurt the oil industry.
While many oil companies are diversifying with natural gas, it appears ExxonMobil is going all-in battling to keep “big oil” alive and well.
“Keith McCoy is a senior ExxonMobil lobbyist on Capitol Hill and has represented the company in its liaison with the U.S. Congress for the last eight years,” explained the report.

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On Infrastructure, a Bad Deal Is Worse Than No Deal at All

Republican and Democratic senators are talking infrastructure, and this time, unlike the talks led by West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito, or last month’s “Gang of 10” talks, or all four years of talks during the Trump presidency, it’s serious. As of Thursday morning, the newly chartered Gang of 21 had agreed to an infrastructure proposal, one that the White House also found palatable. “We have a deal,” said President Biden. “They have my word, I’ll stick with what we’ve proposed.

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