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Clare Foran

lare Foran Clare Foran is an energy reporter at National Journal. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic Cities, Philadelphia City Paper and NPR's science and technology blog, All Tech Considered. Clare is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History.
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You Can Go Sledding On Capitol Hill

January 25, 2016 Washington, D.C., was hit by a severe winter storm this weekend. As the snow falls, adults and children alike will be free to go sledding on Capitol Hill. That may seem quite ordinary, but it’s something of a revolution in Washington, where sledding on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol...

Criminal Justice Reform Could Stall Over This Dispute

January 12, 2016 The stars seem to have aligned. An unlikely coalition of liberals and conservatives has coalesced around criminal-justice reform, as the public appears to be paying more attention to fatal police shootings and mass incarceration. President Obama has worked to gin up momentum for reform, and is expected to press for...

Why Bobby Jindal Exited the Race

November 18, 2015 The future once looked so bright. Bobby Jindal was heralded as the future of the Republican Party. As an Ivy-League graduate and the son of immigrant parents, Jindal had impressive credentials and the potential to broaden the base of support for his party. “Is Bobby Jindal the GOP’s Obama?” Newsweek...

The Rise of the Internet-Addiction Industry

November 8, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Recovery starts with detox and support groups. Or with workers in hazmat suits sealing away your electronic devices in containers marked “biohazard.” Or with a trip to a remote stretch of desert, where you’ll learn the skills needed to survive in the wild. Welcome to the world of Internet-addiction treatment....

Lawrence Lessig Reluctantly Weighs an Independent Presidential Bid

October 13, 2015 Lawrence Lessig won’t be on stage spar­ring with Hil­lary Clin­ton and Bernie Sanders at the first Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial de­bate in Las Ve­gas Tues­day even­ing. In­stead, he’ll be on MS­N­BC, field­ing ques­tions about the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ates and, of course, try­ing to get his own mes­sage out. The Har­vard-pro­fess­or-turned-un­likely-pres­id­en­tial-con­tender is hop­ing to...

The Politics of Creating A 2016 Soundtrack

October 2, 2015 Be­fore Ben Car­son uttered a word at his 2016 pres­id­en­tial cam­paign kick­off, a gos­pel choir belted out the na­tion­al an­them and a rendi­tion of Em­inem’s 2002 hit-single “Lose Your­self.” The De­troit Mu­sic Hall crowd went wild. It wasn’t a typ­ic­al start to a cam­paign, and that was the point. “We...

Arne Duncan, Obama’s Education Secretary Since the Beginning, Is Stepping Down

October 2, 2015 Edu­ca­tion Sec­ret­ary Arne Duncan in­tends to step down in Decem­ber, a White House of­fi­cial con­firmed to Na­tion­al Journ­al. Pres­id­ent Obama will an­nounce on Fri­day that Duncan will give up his title and that the pres­id­ent has asked John B. King Jr., the cur­rent act­ing Deputy Sec­ret­ary of Edu­ca­tion, to serve...

As Joaquin Approaches, Christie Makes the Case That He Can Lead

October 1, 2015 As the East Coast braces for Hur­ricane Joa­quin, Chris Christie wants every­one to know that he’s ready. The New Jer­sey gov­ernor has faltered in the polls, prompt­ing ques­tions about wheth­er the 2016 can­did­ate will qual­i­fy for the main stage at the next Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial de­bate at the end of the...

Obama, Xi Reach Agreement Over Chinese Data Thefts

September 25, 2015 The U.S. and China found com­mon ground on cy­ber­se­cur­ity on Fri­day, an agree­ment an­nounced in re­marks de­livered jointly by Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping and Pres­id­ent Obama from the South Lawn of the White House. “The United States wel­comes the rise of a China that is peace­ful, stable, pros­per­ous, and a...

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping Announce Cybersecurity Agreement

September 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. and China found com­mon ground on cy­ber­se­cur­ity on Fri­day, an agree­ment an­nounced in re­marks de­livered jointly by Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping and Pres­id­ent Obama from the South Lawn of the White House. “The United States wel­comes the rise of a China that is peace­ful, stable, pros­per­ous, and a...