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Rep. Chris Van Hollen

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Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

Rep. Chris Van Hollen | July 30, 2014 | Politics
By capping carbon emissions, selling permits, and returning the resulting revenue to everyone equally, this "Cap and Dividend" approach achieves the greenhouse gas reductions climate scientists tell us we need to prevent the dangerous consequences of climate change while boosting the purchasing power of American consumers.
Arianna Huffington

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This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time -- not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country's history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on adolescents and young adults. So as we move toward legalization, let's put the science front and center.
M. Shannon Hernandez

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Teachers Occupy the US Department of Education in Washington, DC

M. Shannon Hernandez | July 29, 2014 | Education
Teaching is an issue near and dear to my heart. It was my dream when I was younger -- I would line-up my stuffed animals, and my little sister, and teach to them for hours. Even at the age of seven, I understood what it meant to engage my students.
F. Kaid Benfield

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What City Dwellers Want, and Why It Matters

F. Kaid Benfield | July 29, 2014 | Green
American city dwellers place a high value on their cities' food offerings, from restaurants to farmers' markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much.
Reza Marashi

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Meet My Friend Imprisoned in Iran

Reza Marashi | July 29, 2014 | World
To some, Jason is simply the latest in a long line of journalists who have been treated terribly by the Iranian government. To others, he's recognizable from sporadic in-person encounters or his Washington Post byline. But to me, he's J -- my good friend that also happens to be a stellar journalist in Iran.
Richard Trumka

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Let's Call 'Corporate Inversion' for What It Is: A Gaping, Unpatriotic Tax Loophole

Richard Trumka | July 29, 2014 | Politics
We need to start demanding a little more patriotism from these corporations. If they want to keep benefiting from everything our great country has to offer, they need to start showing a little more loyalty to the people who live and work in America.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

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No More Subsidizing Corporate Tax Cheats

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | July 29, 2014 | Politics
Too many American corporations have recently sought to renounce their corporate citizenship and reincorporate as a citizen of another country in order to avoid paying a fair share of taxes. The technical term for this practice is an "inversion," but it really is a perversion of our tax laws.
Jordan Jayson

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How Finding My Father's iPhone Helped Me Mourn His Death

Jordan Jayson | July 29, 2014 | Healthy Living
I realize nothing can replace a face-to-face goodbye. But I believe the digital clues I've been able to piece together give me the memories I need, and I'm grateful that I was able to witness his life -- even in death.
Joanna Zelman

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The Truth Behind My Travel Photos

Joanna Zelman | July 29, 2014 | Travel
Pretty travel photos mask the work it takes to reach the destination. There is no shortcut to Easter Island. But with a little patience, the journey often becomes the best part.
Heather Rosen

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The Calculated Entrepreneur

Heather Rosen | July 28, 2014 | DC
Every day I meet people who dream about starting their own business, but wonder if they have what it takes. Some have been in corporate jobs for years and have great skills but not a great idea for a business. Or they may not be a big risk taker. But...
Wait But Why

Your Life in Weeks

Wait But Why | July 28, 2014 | Business
You have about 4,500 weeks to live, and seeing them all on one image is a weird experience.
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

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Becoming Intentional About College Retention

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | July 28, 2014 | College
Retention means something quite different depending upon the institution. At elite colleges, for example, retention rates below 85 percent in four years are a cause of concern.
Philip K. Howard

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The Dawn of a New Political Narrative?

Philip K. Howard | July 28, 2014 | Politics
Perhaps this is the dawn of a new political narrative. The current fault lines don't get us anywhere, with Tea Party conservatives attacking the very idea of government, and liberals defending the virtuous aims of government without coming to grips with their pervasive semi-failures.
Deborah De Santis

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More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | July 28, 2014 | Politics
We must have additional commitments to affordable supportive housing to maximize the promising trend in reducing homelessness across all populations, including, families, children, veterans and the elderly.
Sam Chaltain

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Summer, Once a Time for Reflection, Now the Time for Radical Redesign

Sam Chaltain | July 28, 2014 | Education
Although the phrase hasn't entered mainstream conversation, "competency education" is on the mind of lots of educators and policymakers.
Michael Kaiser

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Employing Celebrities

Michael Kaiser | July 28, 2014 | Arts
Summer is a good time to think through all the celebrities your board, staff and artists know or have worked with and think about ways to use one or two in the upcoming season.
H. A. Goodman

Which View of Christianity Does the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Defend? What About Sharia Law?

H. A. Goodman | July 28, 2014 | Politics
Until God comes down from heaven to advise the Supreme Court on which religious interpretations are truly expressed correctly, it's best to keep "religious expression" away from laws affecting the lives of all Americans.
John A. Tures

Boehner Sues Obama in Order to Implement Health Law Faster

John A. Tures | July 27, 2014 | Politics
When I learned that House Speaker John Boehner is suing President Barack Obama, I thought about a number of good reasons for something to limit executive actions. For example, would it be to limit NSA spying on its citizens?
Hilary Gowins

Three Cities Show How Food Trucks Live and Die on Political Whim

Hilary Gowins | July 26, 2014 | Politics
If you care about people having access to good, reasonably priced food, and the ability to open and operate a safe, responsible and successful business, the food-truck fight happening across the country should matter to you.
Joe Hansen

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President Obama Should Go Big on Immigration Reform

Joe Hansen | July 25, 2014 | Politics
The unfolding humanitarian crisis on the border further highlights the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system and create a clear and fair path to citizenship. Yet some Congressional Republicans are using the plight of immigrant families to call for even stricter enforcement policies. It's shameful.
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