Eco-News Roundup: Tuesday February 23

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Damned if They Do: Why transparency in climate science often backfires.

Pre-Existing Logic: Why you can’t protect pre-existing conditions with small-scale reform.

Ouch: Insurance companies are slashing benefits and raising premiums all over.

Bipartisan, Schmartisan: If Obama wants change, he may have to give up bipartisanship.

GOP Freak Out: GOPers thought they’d won the health care fight, now not so sure.

Obamacare 101: What you need to know about Obama’s healthcare bill revisions.

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