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When Mass Shootings Become Typical, What Do You Believe?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

"This was not a typical mass shooting day," he said. The words struck my heart as the newscaster described the variation in what had become a ritual i...

This Is Either the Best Idea or the Worst Plan Ever

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I've been following the advice of the Freakonomics guys, who advise us to think like a child and ask seemingly naive questions in the pursuit of higher truths. So I asked myself, "Would something like the Homestead Act for undocumented immigrants be a good idea?"

The Most Beautiful Travel Souvenir

Rick Steves | Posted 12.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

TripIt, a popular app designed to help you organize your travels, just did a quality job of producing a series of four-minute interviews with me about...

Public Mass Shootings: The Terrorism That Needs to Be Tackled

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Patrice Bendig

The fears of being a casualty of a public mass shooting can longer be criticized as irrational. It is an act of domestic terrorism that knows no geological preference, nor does it discriminate against age or nationality. Americans are being terrorized by fellow citizens, their own community members.

The Descent Into Madness, Part II

James Zogby | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

For months now, the pundits and the GOP establishment have dismissed the dangers posed by the likes of Trump and Carson and Cruz. But as their rhetoric becomes harsher, with naked appeals to intolerance and even violence, it is time to wake up. Because they speak to an entire group's existential crisis

My Family Came to This Country Legally, But We Were Almost Deported

Ben Huh | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Ben Huh

Our immigration system is an immoral mess that throws obstacle after barricade in front of the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It doesn't prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. And it certainly doesn't excel at making America more competitive or innovative.

Financial Inclusion and Shared Prosperity: The Next Frontier for People with Disabilities

Michael Morris | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Michael Morris

This Thanksgiving Day, I would ask us all to reflect on a group of Americans growing faster in size than any other, a group that cuts across the usual dividing lines of gender, race, ethnicity and age who deserve our attention and support - people with disabilities.

Is Long-Term Travel Selfish?

Ashley De Hertogh | Posted 11.21.2016 | Travel
Ashley De Hertogh

I recognize it is far easier to be the one going than to be the one left behind. I sympathize with them. But I do not feel it fair to call my decision, or me by extension, selfish. On the contrary, I believe what I am doing is empowering those I know and am soon to know to go out and live their dreams.

The Courage to Be Kind

Sherman Yellen | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Can we never learn from the past? If we do not help the Syrians we end by not just destroying the lives of refugees but destroying the moral fabric of this country. Did we keep the Irish from immigrating to America because of the violence committed by the IRA?

US Dismal Ranking in the World Betrays Serious Decline; Wake Up America!

David Oualaalou | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Given the current global chaos, which unfortunately our country is in the midst of, one wonders whether our badly broken tax system, political paralys...

Immigration Is The Single Greatest Thing To Happen To This Country

Wilmer Valderrama | Posted 11.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Wilmer Valderrama

In the United States, the immigrant story is part of the blueprint of our country. It disheartens me to see my community or any other culture under attack. Some presidential candidates do not seem to care that by promoting negative stereotypes, they are alienating one of the biggest voting blocs in America.

Your Lost Dream...

Daniela Nikolova | Posted 11.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Daniela Nikolova

In those moments when you have your arms wrapped around a dream that never happened and you are finding it hard to let go... In those moments exactly ...

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

The American Dream Is Authored By Entrepreneurs Part 3

John Swanciger | Posted 11.05.2016 | Business
John Swanciger

For the third and final installment in this series, we reached out to small business owner Manuel Mendoza, owner of La Patisserie Cafe, to find out what he considers to be the American Dream, how it resonates with him, and why running a business is so meaningful.

5 Principles to Restore Trust in Banking

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2016 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

In today's America, bankers are often seen as uncaring, and media portrayals reflect a view that banks put hardworking people on the streets. Our industry, which should be a key part of helping people achieve their economic and financial goals, has lost consumer trust.

What Can Parents Learn From Video Games?

Brian Watkins | Posted 10.30.2016 | Entertainment
Brian Watkins

Have you ever sat down and played Minecraft with an 8 year old? It is astounding how fast they pick up new concepts and geometric construction techniques. There are some amazing things being built, and shared, just in that community alone.

Empowering Veterans Through Entrepreneurship

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.28.2016 | Business
Jack Nadel

Every day, Americans wake up to frightening headlines from all across the globe. Warring factions of terrorist groups, especially in the Middle East and Africa, show no signs of desiring peace, and the threat of nuclear attack is ever present.

Why The Martian Is Still on Top of the World

Tony Varona | Posted 10.25.2016 | Entertainment
Tony Varona

The Martian, in fact, may be the 21st Century's retelling of The Wizard of Oz -- the long-loved American fable that spoke directly to Americans' anxiety and identity, both as a nation and as individuals.

Enter An Adult: A Visit from George Mitchell

Barry Singer | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Barry Singer

The adults, it nearly seems, have all gone from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., leaving behind a playpen teeming with delinquents. One wise, early escapee, former-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, came to Chartwell Booksellers to talk about his new book, The Negotiator.

Why One of the Richest Countries on Earth Is So Poor: The Facts that Drive the Sanders Revolt

Les Leopold | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The United States is among the richest countries in all of history. But if you're not a corporate or political elite, you'd never know it.

The Unnecessarily High Cost Of Inmate Calling Charges Is An Injustice

Cory Booker | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Cory Booker

The opportunity and ability to turn one's life around is a fundamental principle of justice and of the American Dream. Unfortunately, it seems this principle of American values has gone missing from our broken justice system. Fixing the way inmates interact with the outside world is an important step in restoring it.

"Sí Se Puede!": From First-Generation American To First-Generation College Student

Marcos Saldivar | Posted 10.10.2016 | Latino Voices
Marcos Saldivar

"Perseverance," "resilience," "strength," "immigration," and "the American Dream" are just a few words that are nearly synonymous with the Latino experience. And this is especially true when you look at the staggering statistics and the obstacles that Latinos have to overcome in order to succeed in public schools.

Prime Time Innovation: Why Audiences Can't Get Enough of 'Shark Tank' and Other Entrepreneurial Reality TV Shows

Robert F. Brands | Posted 09.25.2016 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Move over rose wielding bachelors and cha-chaing celebutantes, reality TV has crowned a new ratings darling: ABC's "Shark Tank."

Thanks, Ben Carson, for Killing the American Dream for So Many Children

Mallika Chopra | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Mallika Chopra

That Dr. Ben Carson, a black man who is running for President, has said a Muslim should not be President of the United States just killed the American dream for many children and their parents in this country and the illusion that America stands for something greater -- equality and dignity for all.

GOP: No Bootstraps For You, Baby!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a GOP field filthy with candidates who kiss up to corporate bosses and systematically suppress workers' wages, Walker is a stand out. But the whole motley GOP crew is determined to do whatever it takes to deny workers and their children economic mobility.