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2013

Public Education Reform Successes of 2013

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In 2013, the American public was schooled in a lot of things. The iPhone 5s brought even more smartphone technology into the hands of consumers, Paula...

Like a Wrecking Ball: In Defense of Miley

Scott Ellman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Celebrity
Scott Ellman

I don't condone Miley's antics. Nor do I think her behavior sets a positive example for anyone. But the world has to realize something: Miley Cyrus doesn't want to be a role model. And we have to learn to be okay with that.

An Open Letter: From a Gay, to America

Tré Easton | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Tré Easton

Honorable mention: Asking me my opinion on the Lady Gaga v. Katy Perry debate. If you're a friend of mine, you know it. If not, it's both presumptuous and none of your damn business.

Notable Medical News of 2013

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel P. Malito

Keep in mind it wasn't easy to select just three notable medical stories from the past year, but I do believe this trio is one that will not only provide you with useful information, but will make you much more attractive to others and likely get you invited to many high class social events.

WATCH: Stunning Side-By-Side Look At London In 1927 And 2013

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

You may not be able to actually travel through time, but this video will get you pretty close. 86 years ago, filmmaker Claude-Friese Greene releas...

Keeping It Connected

Jason Wahler | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Jason Wahler

One thing I know about recovery is that going through treatment is not nearly as hard as trying to stay sober once you are out. Aftercare is truly where the challenge of sobriety lies. Because I can connect with the idea so deeply, I have jumped into this project whole-heartedly.

Justin Timberlake Was the Most Inspirational Man of 2013, And Here's Why

Tywan Wade | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Tywan Wade

I don't have too many inspirations in the world, but there's been one person who's been my biggest inspiration for as long as I could remember: Justin Timberlake.

7 Millennials Who Are Too Busy Changing The World To Take Selfies

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

The old narcissistic, entitled millennial stereotype has grown tired. From tech to business to medicine, these young people have proven they're changi...

OTP's Favorite Travel Apps of 2013

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

New apps to color the road from point A to point B (and one to keep you alive should point C be passed-out drunk in a ditch.)

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.02.2014 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Building off of the victories of last year, 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. In fact, America is already more family-friendly.

OTP's 9 Favorite Travel Bloggers of 2013

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

This year, we turned away from analyzing website traffic and rank-o-meters, choosing our travel bloggers on merit alone.

Selfies, Steroids and Twerks: A 2013 Full of Lessons From Failure

Steve Young | Posted 01.02.2014 | Comedy
Steve Young

2013. Wow. Could you be more proud of how this country chose to treat its most recent 365 days?

Dear 2013

Penny Love | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

Dear 2013, As eager as I am to slam the door shut on you, I want to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for all of the humbling lessons and f...

Pemex Blues: The Downside to Mexican Energy Reform

Daniel Pena | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Daniel Pena

Whlle foreign investment might seem like the silver bullet for Peña-Nieto and many of his allies, I wonder if this move might exacerbate some or all of Mexico's ailments.

Best Architecture Moments of 2013

Jacob Slevin | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Jacob Slevin

I'm trained as an architect, not an economist or financier, but as we count down the final hours of this year, there are some obvious observations reg...

The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives are rarely satisfied. It is part of our political DNA. There's so much injustice in the world, it's sometimes hard to feel that we're making progress. Let's look back at 2013 and examine 25 significant accomplishments.

2013 and the Beginning of America's Economic Revolt

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

If a populist revolt against extreme inequality materializes in the first decades of this century, historians may look back on 2013 as a turning point.

2013: Epic Year for Pensions, Corruption and Madigan Family Feuds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Finally, some pension crisis action. Politicians dropped like flies. Some of them were Metra-fried. And that's just the start of my year-end look back. Whoa nellie, it was quite a crazy year in reform news and politics.

Sidebar: Dear 2013...

Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Amy “Aimstar” Andrieux

Dear 2013, you were a real bitch.

14 LGBT Resolutions for 2014

Anna Aagenes | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Anna Aagenes

We have an opportunity to strengthen our efforts when we unify and include more diversity of voices in our fight for full equality.

Top Interracial Moments of 2013

Atinuke O. Diver | Posted 03.02.2014 | Black Voices
Atinuke O. Diver

2013 was quieter than usual on the blog, but not when it came to stories about race and relationships in the 21st century. Here are the interracial moments that caught my eye (and side-eye) the year.

The 8 Coolest Things I Did in 2013

Anne Maxfield | Posted 03.02.2014 | Taste
Anne Maxfield

This year a lot happened to the Accidental Locavore and in the spirit of a year-end round-up, here's a look back at some of the cool stuff from 2013. ...

Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Buchanan

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of Salon. She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

Boehner Ends Rough Year On A High Note

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It says a lot about House Speaker John Boehner's rough 2013 that even friends debate when the low point hit. Some say it was Jan....

13 Of 2013's Biggest Winners

Posted 12.31.2013 | Entertainment

Robert Downey, Jr. pretty much won 2013. His "Iron Man 3" dominated at the box office, bringing in $409.01 million in domestic ticket sales and $806.4...