This week we learned that the State of the Union is [spoiler alert] "strong." Asserting that "the shadow of crisis has passed," President Obama decried growing inequality and laid out a vision of growth for the middle class -- which he mentioned seven times. Proposals included higher minimum wage, child tax credits, and free community college. Unanswered was why he didn't do this back in the days of bipartisan belt-tightening, which extended the decline of the middle class. Meanwhile, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, mindfulness was on many minds -- sessions on the practice, which attendees once rolled their eyes at, were standing room only this year. Click here to read and watch all our Davos coverage.
The upcoming elections in Greece are undeniably a global event, whose importance transcends Greece's borders.
However assertive Obama was about the durability and creativity of the U.S. economy, he had little to say about global matters.
The 'care economy' allows people time to both make a living and do what they most care about.
The adoption of the IMF reforms by the United States Congress would send a long overdue signal to rapidly growing emerging economies that the world counts on their voices, and their resources, to find global solutions to global problems.
The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.
Did you know that coastal activity in Atlantic states -- ranging from fishing, tourism, recreation and more -- supports about 1.4 million jobs and net about $95 billion in gross domestic product every year?
For most of us, access to safe drinking water and sanitation is something to which we give little thought. Yet the reality for nearly 750 million people is vastly different.
My decision about whether to engage from the outside or seek elected office came down to a single question: how best can I fight for a level playing field at this point?
The courageous women and men who are speaking out about their assaults should not have to share the most horrific experiences of their lives publicly in order to get the attention of their schools and their government. That shouldn't be on them.
With strong leaders from both the public and private sector, we can slow climate change now by putting a price on carbon, eliminating fuel subsidies, and bring together bold, innovative country plans.
King Abdullah's writ lasted all of 12 hours. Within that period the Sudairis, a rich and politically powerful clan within the House of Saud, which had been weakened by the late king, burst back into prominence. They produced a palace coup in all but name.
I told myself that I would commit to just 15 minutes a day, nothing crazy. In the process, I started to feel better physically (less tension in my neck and shoulders, no more back twinges) and I learned some new things about what I could accomplish.
A world without Jews indeed would not be a world. A world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.
On January 28, it will be 90 days since diabetes Type 1 became a part of my 8-year-old daughter's life.
Most human rights advocates would agree that jailing people indefinitely without trial, at times in solitary confinement or other harsh conditions, is hard to justify. The biggest problem with Obama's call to close the military prison at Gitmo is that it doesn't go far enough.
On yet another anniversary of Roe, women's health opponents in Congress will mark the occasion by voting for a national ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Even if the ban fails, the right under Roe will still not be realized for millions of women.
The billionaire class has views that are profoundly out of step with everyday Americans. And that goes a long way to explain the agenda of the new Congress.
Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.
The old saying, "Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get" might well sum up the dilemma of many professional women.
Articles about the war in Ukraine invariably cite the over 4,800 casualties and one million displaced persons reported by the UN. That number, as horrible as it is, is just a small percentage of the humanitarian suffering that continues to unfold on the ground.
If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.
As we reflect on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and House Majority leadership's abortion fiasco, let's make sure the lesson we learn is the right one: The majority of Americans want their lawmakers to focus on policies that keep women -- and this country -- moving forward, not on turning back the clock.
Are National Football League referees, in addition to their duties policing a chaotic game of borderline violence, also supposed to serve as grade school hall monitors?
Given that there is unquestionably far to go when it comes to fair housing opportunities and conditions, the Supreme Court shouldn't dishonor Dr. King's memory by removing one of the tools we have used to build bridges from the "islands of despair" of racialized poverty and segregation that Dr. King so powerfully decried.
You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.
I offer a potential outcome on marriage equality when the Supreme Court takes it up this spring that New York Law School professor Art Leonard suggested as a possibility come June: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the majority and writes the decision himself, making it the narrowest possible ruling with regard to the ramifications for LGBT equality beyond marriage.
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.
This new model of governing has statistically proven to be a success in Boston. With fewer resources available for more programs, government must be smarter about how it functions.
Since December, Congress has twice passed measures to weaken regulations in the Dodd-Frank financial law that are intended to reduce the risk of another financial meltdown. In the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent over $1.2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to Americans for Financial Reform. Their spending strategy appears to be working. Just this week, the House passed further legislation that would delay by two years some key provisions of Dodd-Frank. "[Banks] want to be able to do things their way, and that's very dangerous," MIT economist Simon Johnson tells me. "'Here we go again' -- I think that's exactly the motto, or the bumper sticker, for this Congress. It's crazy, it's unconscionable, but that is the reality."
We all want what is best for our children, but the truth is that we are all in this together. Vaccines matter. They save lives. And when they are not given, the impact can be devastating and far-reaching.