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Christine M. Flowers — Both sides half right on refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that, “We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked,” kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say, “Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.”

Losing our nuclear edge

Climate scientists want the world to use more nuclear energy to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, yet America’s nuclear sector is withering. Unless Congress acts to encourage next-generation nuclear technology, the United States will be relegated to second-tier status when it comes to the development and deployment of smaller, cheaper, safer reactors that could play a crucial role in low-carbon electricity production all over the world.

A major pot trial for Mexico

Mexico may soon enter an elite club composed of Holland, Portugal, Uruguay and Colorado, Oregon and Washington state: It’s on the verge of excluding marijuana from the destructive war on drugs. But will the United States stand in its way?

Time for some horse sense on transportation planning

In 1898, just before the dawn of the automobile age, delegates from around the world came to New York for the world’s first international urban planning conference. One topic dominated the discussion. It wasn’t the effects of the coming car revolution on urban land use, the need for gasoline stations or the implications for economic development. It was horse manure. At that time, Americans used roughly 20 million horses for transport, and cities were drowning in their muck.

Doyle McManus — The debate over the Iran deal is far from over

The suspense over the immediate fate of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is over; last week, Republicans in Congress tried to block the deal from moving forward, and failed. But the bitter, polarized debate over the deal will continue; the complexity of the agreement and the need to make sure Iran complies with its provisions mean it will remain a live issue for the foreseeable future.

Crude oil and quakes — what are our elected officials thinking?

One must wonder if the three Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners and their executive director are really aware of the Cascadia fault, or subduction zone, running for 700 miles off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. One tectonic plate off our coast, the Juan de Fuca, is steadily slipping under the plate beneath North America. This ancient geological process is what shaped the Rocky Mountains.

Rekha Basu — Will Sanders get to lead revolution he seeks?

As poll after poll shows him inching toward Hillary Clinton among Democratic voters — and overtaking her in New Hampshire — Bernie Sanders admits he’s stunned. Nine months ago, the senator from Vermont insisted he’d get in the presidential race only if he determined the country was ready for a grassroots revolution. But the massive, enthusiastic turnouts at his campaign rallies these days have exceeded even his expectations and forced him to hire more staff.

Living on $2 a day in America

When we first met Ashley, she was 19 and a new mom, living with her mother, brother, uncle and cousin in one of Baltimore’s public housing developments. Everyone in the home was out of work; no one was on welfare. The unit was furnished with only a three-legged table propped up against a wall, a ragged couch and one chair. The fridge was empty, the cupboards bare. Visibly depressed, Ashley’s hair was unkempt, and she was having difficulty supporting her baby’s head as she held her.