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Kate Michael

Kate Michael

Kate Michael is a writer/reporter based in Washington, DC. In her early career she worked as a policy analyst for Members of both the House and Senate as well as The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. After completing a Masters in Government from the Johns Hopkins University, she left the Hill and accepted an appointment to create a Green Collar Jobs program for the government of the District of Columbia. Currently she reports on a variety of topics as a freelance contributor. You can reach her at @kstreetkate.


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May 20, 2022
by Kate Michael
$3B in DOD Budget to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is requesting $3 billion in fiscal year 2023 “to address the effects of climate change, bolster … installation resiliency and adaptation to climate challenges,” and start to invest in what it believes is a more efficient airplane for the future. At... Read More

May 16, 2022
by Kate Michael
Countries Negotiating First Legally Binding Global Agreement to End Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop... Read More

WASHINGTON — Countries have been negotiating limits on plastic use for years, but China’s 2018 announcement that it would stop accepting 24 kinds of plastic scrap import waste from foreign countries was undoubtedly a spark that ignited 175 countries of the United Nations to pass a... Read More

May 13, 2022
by Kate Michael
Consensus, Sabotage Spoiling WTO According to Former Director

WASHINGTON — As the World Trade Organization plans to convene in Geneva next month for its 12th ministerial conference, top... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the World Trade Organization plans to convene in Geneva next month for its 12th ministerial conference, top officials — including the WTO’s last director — wonder if this conference will be a “make or break" moment for the only global international organization that... Read More

May 11, 2022
by Kate Michael
Food for Thought: Agro Accounts for a Third of Global Emissions

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also... Read More

WASHINGTON — While manufacturing and industry processes are cited as responsible for emitting the most greenhouse gases, food systems also account for a hefty portion — 31% — of global emissions, and the U.S. and China, as food superpowers, are the two largest contributors. Emissions from... Read More

May 10, 2022
by Kate Michael
Thanks to Equity, Nation’s Capital Tops Annual Big City Park List

WASHINGTON — The Trust for Public Land, a park service nonprofit, recently released its 2022 ParkScore Index, and two major... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trust for Public Land, a park service nonprofit, recently released its 2022 ParkScore Index, and two major cities near the nation’s capital rank in the top — at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively — for their abundance of green space as well... Read More

May 8, 2022
by Kate Michael
Former Ukrainian Ambassador Pens Memoir, Predicts Ukrainian Victory

WASHINGTON — Still reeling from the way in which her assignment as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine ended, Marie L. Yovanovitch... Read More

WASHINGTON — Still reeling from the way in which her assignment as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine ended, Marie L. Yovanovitch voiced her support for Bridget A. Brink, Biden’s new nominee for the position, while offering her own unique insights on American relations with the embattled country.... Read More

May 4, 2022
by Kate Michael
Florida House’s OJ Day Brings Politicos, Protestors Together Behind Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Politicians, Supreme Court protestors, and passersby were all spotted squeezing some Florida sunshine into their day, enjoying free... Read More

WASHINGTON — Politicians, Supreme Court protestors, and passersby were all spotted squeezing some Florida sunshine into their day, enjoying free orange juice offered by Florida House’s annual Orange Juice Day giveaway on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning. Each year on May 4 — National Orange Juice Day... Read More

April 29, 2022
by Kate Michael
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day

WASHINGTON — April 29 is the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, a day that reflects appreciation of all trees, founded... Read More

WASHINGTON — April 29 is the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, a day that reflects appreciation of all trees, founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872. Arbor Day is now celebrated on the last Friday of April across the United States.  Morton, a journalist,... Read More

April 28, 2022
by Kate Michael
Current Radiation Levels at Chernobyl Not as High as Feared

WASHINGTON — The nuclear radiation situation at Chernobyl is not currently one that poses great danger to the environment or... Read More

WASHINGTON — The nuclear radiation situation at Chernobyl is not currently one that poses great danger to the environment or to people, according to International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi upon his return from a visit to the nuclear reactor site to conduct... Read More

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WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it has begun an investigation into allegations Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C.,... Read More

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Federal Judge Postpones Planned End to Title 42 Expulsions

LAFAYETTE, La. — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from letting Title 42 expire as... Read More

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