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Bipartisanship

No More Flints

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The dangerous water consumed by residents of Flint, MI is the canary in the coal mine of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Poisoned water endangers the health or millions of Americans, especially children, and jeopardizes state and national economic vibrancy.

Transpartisanship and the Conversion of Political Conflict

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

The current presidential campaign exposes extreme partisanship as our political normality. Reminiscent of the classic "boiling frog" metaphor, what on...

Increased Funding for Medical Research Is a Terrific First Step

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Right in the midst of the holiday season, Congress passed a $1.8 trillion spending measure to fund all federal agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2016. Signed into law by President Obama on December 18, the bill was a promising step toward a continuing investment in the nation's long-term health.

Why We Need a White House Office of Opportunity

Monique Rizer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

At no other time in recent history has the need to expand opportunity been more urgent. Despite some progress in overall access to social and economic mobility over the past five years, the truth is that far too many people have been left behind during the uneven economic recovery.

A Resolution for Resolution

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Marc Erlbaum

Thinking about resolutions for the year ahead, it occurs to me that one of the most necessary resolutions at this moment is resolution itself. With ...

Pa Politicos Try Bipartisanship But It Only Lasts The Weekend

Laura Goldman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Laura Goldman

Protesters had to be thrown out of the event by security. Veteran Inquirer political reporter Tom Fitzgerald noted that this was not a good image for the GOP. The protest footage was eerily reminiscent of the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, a debacle from which took the Democratic Party years to recover.

A Game Changer for Education - And American Students

Michele Jolin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Could a significant investment in evidence-based education funding signal the beginning of the end of partisan gridlock in Washington? There is certai...

Full-Service Community Schools: A Bipartisan Victory to Help America's Students Succeed

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

I was proud to be on hand today as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, which includes a provision I authored to encourage the wider adoption of the full-service community schools model.

Congress Is Moving Bills

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Both these bills have worked their way through a long, complicated process involving numerous committees, two chambers and who can say for sure how many factions, to reach agreement. Perhaps this signals the beginning of a new ability for Congress to work together.

The Stakes Could Not Be Higher

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its 2015 World AIDS Day report, in advance of December 1. The report finds that 15.8 million people were accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) as of June 2015.

Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

The Benefits of Bipartisanship

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

Since its inception, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been a beacon of bipartisanship. Launched by President Bush in 2003 and expanded by President Obama, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives -- and helped to change the trajectory of the global HIV response.

What I Learned on My Red State Book Tour

Robert Reich | Posted 11.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

I intended to put into practice what I tell my students -- that the best way to learn is to talk with people who disagree you. I wanted to learn from red America, and hoped they'd also learn a bit from me (and perhaps also buy my book). But something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say -- and I agreed with them.

Washington Gridlock: Too Many Principled Politicians?

Robert Alexander | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Alexander

Compromise and negotiation seem like relics of a bygone era. When principles, ideals, and values are at stake, there is little-to-no room for compromise.

Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A plethora of child care legislation has been passed over the past four decades but programs are still available to only a fraction of the children who need them. The quality of care provided to our children in their early years remains very inadequate, especially for the poorest children.

The Growing Bipartisan Consensus for Rolling Back the Failed War on Drugs

Bill Piper | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Bill Piper

A major bipartisan political shift on numerous drug policy issues is underway that has gone largely unnoticed in the press.

The Death of Decency

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Please don't mistake me for a Boehner-defender, but name one other Republican who at least projects a modicum of maturity and discipline. Who, feebly and ineptly, at least tries to act like an adult in a room full of rubes.

10 Reasons to Spend Time With Your Political Opposite

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...

Obamacare is Here to Stay, So Let's Make it Better

Rob Sawicki | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

If Democrats and Republicans can work together to take a "mend it, don't end it" approach to Obamacare, it could be a defining moment.

Make Criminal Justice Reform a Key Issue in 2016

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The state of our criminal justice system is simply so bad, the political climate for change so good, that it would be an epic desertion of our civic duties -- and of the pressure we as voters possess -- to let the 2016 election slip by without electoral promises of far-reaching reform. Which is why criminal justice must be a key issue for 2016 voters.

Congress Reinvigorating Rules of the Road

Jason Grumet | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

While active skepticism of government is healthy, unwavering condemnation can be corrosive to a democracy that depends on participation. Fortunately, we see a glimmer of effective governance that contradicts the narrative of congressional incompetence as an embedded feature of our democracy.

Obama's Recent Victories: How and Why?

John Feffer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

It would have been difficult, after the 2014 elections, to imagine that President Barack Obama could achieve much of anything in his last two years in office. After all, the opposition Republican Party had taken control of both houses of Congress in the midterm elections in 2014. The Supreme Court, led by the right-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts, maintained a narrow conservative majority. And the president's approval rating had dropped below 50 percent. And yet here we are, only a few months after the new Congress took up residence on Capitol Hill, with a suddenly resurgent president. Just in the last few weeks, President Obama has been scoring a surprising number of domestic and foreign policy victories. His critics are cowed. The president reached a 50 percent public approval rating for the first time since May 2013.

Reforming Our Justice System Will Require Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances

Christine Leonard | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Christine Leonard

As Congress and the nation are increasingly focused on the need for systemic reform, the Coalition and its partners, on both sides of the political spectrum, believe we are on the cusp of meaningful change, through fair sentencing and fair chances.

Why Ending Cosmetics Testing on Animals Is a Bipartisan Issue

Monica Engebretson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Monica Engebretson

It's no secret that the U.S. has a less than stellar track record of passing animal protection legislation at the Federal level especially when compared to other countries. It's also no secret that bipartisan support is needed for any legislation to have hope of passage in the U.S. Congress.

Medical Research Becomes a Bipartisan Issue

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Perhaps one thing that people of all political stripes can agree on is the importance of health. When disease strikes us or our loved ones, our whole world changes.