Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week

A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from an investigation into toxic Superfund sites to an interview with former George W. Bush ethics lawyer and current Senate hopeful Richard M. Painter.
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Documents pertaining to the EPA's designation of the old American Zinc plant as a Superfund site are stored at the local library in Fairmont City, Illinois.

Documents pertaining to the EPA's designation of the old American Zinc plant as a Superfund site are stored at the local library in Fairmont City, Illinois.

  1. Tensions continue to simmer along the Israeli-Palestinian border. Protests by residents of Gaza City have been met with sometimes lethal force by the Israelis alongside a mounting war of words between the two-factions. Contributor Kenneth R. Rosen has been covering political situations across the Middle East in his series Lands of Metamorphosis. This piece examines the dire state of health care in the West Bank—painting a picture of one grievance held by Palestinians toward the Israeli government. Read the story here.
  2. Writers Kevin Stark and Winifred Bird investigate toxic Superfund sites across the country for an in-depth feature about how the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to clean up these dangerous sites or inform the local populations of the risks they face from them—leaving immigrants and minorities in these communities to fend for themselves. Read the story here.
  3. Contributing writer Jimmy Tobias continued his investigation into the criticism-laden Department of the Interior (DOI) with another records request that revealed a top department employee met with his former employer—a company connected to conservative financiers the Koch brothers—while it was involved in legal action against the department. Read the full story here and the rest of Tobias' coverage on the DOI and other public lands issues here.
  4. Editorial assistant Jack Denton spoke with law professor and director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program at the University of Nebraska, Justin Hurwitz, about the Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality, and what the Senate gains politically through trying to block the rollback of net neutrality with legislation. Read the full interview here.
  5. Contributing writer David M. Perry spoke to former George W. Bush ethics lawyer and current Senate hopeful Richard M. Painter about single-payer health care, his beef with the National Rifle Association, and why he's running for office as a Democrat. "This isn't about being a Democrat; I'm an American before party," Painter says. "I've been a pain in the rear for the Republican Party." Read the rest of the conversation here.

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  1. Tensions continue to simmer along the Israeli-Palestinian border. Protests by residents of Gaza City have been met with sometimes lethal force by the Israelis alongside a mounting war of words between the two-factions. Contributor Kenneth R. Rosen has been covering political situations across the Middle East in his series Lands of Metamorphosis. This piece examines the dire state of health care in the West Bank—painting a picture of one grievance held by Palestinians toward the Israeli government. Read the story here.
  2. Writers Kevin Stark and Winifred Bird investigate toxic Superfund sites across the country for an in-depth feature about how the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to clean up these dangerous sites or inform the local populations of the risks they face from them—leaving immigrants and minorities in these communities to fend for themselves. Read the story here.
  3. Contributing writer Jimmy Tobias continued his investigation into the criticism-laden Department of the Interior (DOI) with another records request that revealed a top department employee met with his former employer—a company connected to conservative financiers the Koch brothers—while it was involved in legal action against the department. Read the full story here and the rest of Tobias' coverage on the DOI and other public lands issues here.
  4. Editorial assistant Jack Denton spoke with law professor and director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program at the University of Nebraska, Justin Hurwitz, about the Federal Communications Commission, net neutrality, and what the Senate gains politically through trying to block the rollback of net neutrality with legislation. Read the full interview here.
  5. Contributing writer David M. Perry spoke to former George W. Bush ethics lawyer and current Senate hopeful Richard M. Painter about single-payer health care, his beef with the National Rifle Association, and why he's running for office as a Democrat. "This isn't about being a Democrat; I'm an American before party," Painter says. "I've been a pain in the rear for the Republican Party." Read the rest of the conversation here.
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