As lawmakers negotiated the farm bill, finally approved this week, the Vitter amendment was quietly neutralized. This happened not because high-powered lobbyists demanded it, but because leaders of both parties recognized the Vitter amendment for what it was: terrible policy.

Attorneys general in 21 states are backing an attempt to derail the Obama administration’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, fearing that the government will use that authority to regulate wastewater in other watersheds, including the Mississippi River Basin.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...