Michael Tracht
Michael Tracht

Michael Tracht is a student at the New York University School of Law, and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has experience in environmental organizing and campaign finance. During college, he was a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.

June 14, 2013

Supreme Court Rulings 2013: SCOTUS' Gene-Patent Decision Is a Major Win For Public Health

Why the Supreme Court's ruling against patenting specific genes discovered through common means will save both lives and money.

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April 3, 2013

Do Prospective Students Have to Lie in Essays to Get Into College?

Classmates of mine were dishonest in their college application essays, and the lies might have paid off.
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March 8, 2013

6 Senators and Representatives You Need to Call About Climate Change

Want to put representative democracy to work on climate change? Start with these six senators and representatives.
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March 1, 2013

This Article's About the Environment, Here's Why You Don't Care

Ever wondered why people don't seem to care about climate change and other environmental issues? Probably not, but I'll tell you anyway.
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Feb. 12, 2013

State Of the Union 2013: Environmentalists Should Be Happy

President Obama's initiatives for climate change and renewable energy were a relief to hear. It's about time he tackled climate change.
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Feb. 12, 2013

Pres. Obama finally tackles climate change: "Act before it's too late."

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address

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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama 2013 State of the Union: LIVE Updates

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address
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Feb. 12, 2013

State of the Union address is so far an Obama campaign stump speech.

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address
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Feb. 12, 2013

Conservatives from Supreme Court stayed home

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Feb. 12, 2013

SOTU 2013: Climate Change Likely On the Back Burner But Could Be a Suprise

Climate change won't likely be a major issue in tonight's speech. Still, Obama may surprise us.
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Feb. 12, 2013

SOTU 2013: a Mardi Gras for wonks

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address

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Feb. 12, 2013

Pres. Obama's address to be followed by Sens. Rubio and Paul

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Feb. 12, 2013

State of the Union Address: why do we have these anyway?

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Feb. 12, 2013

Obama Address to Congress: Interesting Facts About Obama's Speech

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Feb. 11, 2013

President's speech time: 9:00 PM

Follow along at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for running commentary and analysis of President Obama's fifth annual State of the Union Address
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Feb. 10, 2013

3 Quick Steps To Becoming a Drone Target

Based on the Obama administration's drone memo, Hellfire missiles may be easier to attract than you might think.

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Jan. 21, 2013

Presidential Inauguration: 3 Great Presidents Who Violated Their Oaths of Office

Some of our most famous presidents trampled on their oaths of office - and got away with it.
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Jan. 6, 2013

Ben Bernanke as Secretary of the Treasury: Could He Replace Tim Geithner?

The Fed Chairman could be a capable, politically-palatable replacement for the outgoing Secretary Geithner
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Jan. 1, 2013

How Hurricane Sandy and the Great Drought Will Linger in 2013

We will be feeling the effects of 2012's nationwide drought and be recovering from Hurricane Sandy well into 2013.
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Nov. 1, 2012

Electoral College Map: Why the System Is Not Perfect, and Why It Should Remain

Though it has its flaws, the Electoral College generally selects the "correct" candidate.