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Rural and Urban Education Needs Not That Different After All

Kate Casas | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Visiting these districts awakened me to the fact that adults need to reimagine how education is delivered to at-risk children in rural Missouri just as they need to do in suburban and urban Missouri.

Washington Bureaucracy Fingered in Killing of Ambassador Stevens

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The sub-text of the report is that those in charge of the Near East Bureau and Diplomatic Security dropped the ball, though the Review Board was careful to not find the senior leadership to be so derelict of duty as to warrant immediate discipline.

Matt Sledge

Karl Rove Latest In Long Line Of Bad Actors To Escape Accountability | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

Despite burning through some $390 million worth of GOP donors' fortunes, Karl Rove is still very much poised to be a central player in the Republican ...

It's Broken (Not Broke); Fix It

Larry Strauss | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Larry Strauss

The people who run failing schools act as if they have a data problem -- not an education problem -- and it is the data problem they set out to repair. The system has disregarded -- or forgotten -- its purpose.

Can Non-State Service Delivery Undermine Governments?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?

How To Keep Your Promises

Melissa Van Rossum | Posted 12.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Melissa Van Rossum

The promises we make speak volumes about who we are. Whether your promise is as casual as committing to your partner that you'll eat better foods or as serious as eliminating abusive behavior, the promises we make -- to ourselves and others -- have tremendous power.

Holding All Universities Accountable For Student Outcomes

David Van Zandt | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
David Van Zandt

Colleges and universities should not need government regulation to do what is right. We must begin to take more seriously the major investment that our students and their families are making with us, and demonstrate why it is a good one.

Getting Away With Murder

Andrea Prasow | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

In the years since the executive order was signed, tolerance for torture seems resurgent. What happened in those intervening years? Actually, what didn't happen is what matters.

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

A Contractor, Wrapped in Mystery, Inside an Enigma

David Isenberg | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The use of private contractors is not just for the Pentagon or the State Department. It is also for that frequently crashing collection of agencies e...

New Podcast: Just How Secret Is the Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

One promising development this year was the disclosure of the intelligence budget, a figure that had never been available before.

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

Working together through the Global Strategy, we have seen how sound planning, sufficient resources and political will, can make a significant difference in the lives of millions. But the global community can still do much better.

6 Steps to Help You Run, Walk or Get You to What's Next

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business
Robyn Greenspan

I participated in my first 5K recently and, in doing so, learned more about myself than I expected. Most specifically, I learned that I don't like running -- but that won't prevent me from probably doing it again.

Burn, Baby, Burn

David Isenberg | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Remember when rioters in Watts, Calif., began shouting "Burn, Baby! BURN!" in the turmoil of 1965? I'm sure they didn't have the following future in ...

When a Lie Is No Longer a Lie, What Happens to America?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Through the years, we've become accustomed to a little political sidestep, where politicians don't answer the question asked and respond with a totally irrelevant answer. But lately this sidestep has morphed into outright lying.

About Leadership: Give and Take

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Many big companies have formal networks that meet regularly to share best practice. Everyone (well, almost everyone) wants these to be more than talk shops, or occasions for going someplace nice to spend a few days with your colleagues.

A Life Lesson From ... Keanu Reeves?

Christine Sachs | Posted 09.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Sachs

What if -- truly -- one of the most important things in life is showing up? How do you show up for yourself and what you need?

RESTORE Act: Key Environmental Legislation or Blank Check for Businessmen and Developers?

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

One thing is for sure: When it comes to how the billions of dollars in BP fines slated for the Gulf Coast is used by the states, advocates, watch-dog groups and citizens alike best keep their nose on the money trail.

Everything Is Secret, So Don't Bother Asking

William Astore | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Classification is important; state secrets do need to be guarded. But more important than classification is government transparency. Classification in a democracy must be used judiciously and sparingly, else democracy itself is imperiled.

UN Investigator Criticizes U.S. Drone War

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Citing a "dramatic increase" in the United States' use of targeted killings in the last few years, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings has just released a report decrying the lack of accountability in the U.S. overseas killings by unmanned drones.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blackwater Appeal -- What Does This Mean for the Accountability of Private Military Firms?

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to dismiss the manslaughter and weapons charges against the four defendants Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Donald Ball and has declined to comment.

Mitt Romney and the Marketplace of Ideas

Heath Brown | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.

Follow the Defense Dollars -- If You Can

Joe Newman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

What happens when Congress does the public's business in secret? The well-connected corporate lobbyists, fundraisers and campaign contributors are the ones who benefit the most because of their insider access.

Being Indispensable: Willingness + Spirituality = Success

Mark Samuel | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Samuel

When you demonstrate willingness to support another person, to support your team or to support your family, you are indispensable. And, many times, it requires stepping beyond our discomfort, resistance and embarrassment.

Mortgage and Securitization Fraud: Where Is the Task Force?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

It was almost four years ago that Ben Bernanke, Henry Paul Paulson, and Timothy Geithner ran to Congress warning that the end of the world was near. They said the banks were drowning in bad debt and without a massive bailout they would soon be forced into bankruptcy. Congress quickly coughed up the money in the form of $700 billion in TARP loans. The Fed contributed trillions more. Undoubtedly most of the bad debt was due to stupidity, which does not seem to be in short supply on Wall Street despite the high paychecks. But there was more than just stupidity involved here. There was an epidemic of mortgage fraud that was identified by the FBI as early as 2004. And yet, in its first three years, the Obama administration did almost nothing to investigate criminal practices that contributed to the bubble and the subsequent meltdown.