Jay Michaelson is the legal affairs columnist at The Daily Beast. He primarily covers law, religion, sexuality, and environmental issues, with an occasional arts review now and then. Jay often appears on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and other outlets, and has a second career as a rabbi and meditation teacher. He holds a J.D. from Yale and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University, and his six books include the bestselling God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality and The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path.

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So much for states’ rights: The EPA seeks to ban California from regulating its own air. The GOP is the party of fossil fuels and killing the planet.