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5 Years Later, SOPA And PIPA Serve As A Warning To The Trump Administration

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.18.2017 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Five years ago today, millions of people came together to shock Washington into action on behalf of the public. Jan. 18, 2012 was a day of mass protests against legislation that would have undermined the free and open exchange of information online.

Hope In 2017: Preventing The Spread Of False News And Partisan News Cycles

Christine Nero Coughlin | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
Christine Nero Coughlin

America is divided. While one group of Americans celebrate President-elect Trump's economic policies, the possible repeal of Obamacare, and unfiltere...

Reflections on a Post-Election Development Agenda

Bill Reese | Posted 01.03.2017 | Impact
Bill Reese

Like most people, I've been thinking a lot about how the results of the hard-fought presidential election of 2016 will shape the future. In this new y...

Reflections On The Obama Presidency: The Price Of Moderation

David Coates | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
David Coates

When examining the gap between promise and performance in the Obama years, the bit that isn't the Republican Party's fault is the bit that is Obama's.

Bipartisan Coalition in a Deep Red State Takes on Financial Industry and Wins

Sarah Anderson | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

A couple years ago, two South Dakota men on opposite ends of the political spectrum got into a nasty fight over marriage equality. But after one offer...

The Presidential Paradox: Winning In 2016 Means Losing In 2020

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Whichever party wins the White House in 2016 could find itself unable to make good on its vision and promises, reaping a whirlwind of difficulties instead.

Farm to 'Put a Fork in It': Why We Can't Afford to Polarize the Next Farm Bill

Roger Johnson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Roger Johnson

As a third-generation farmer, I understand that farm to fork is more than just a catch phrase. Food is what connects consumers to farmers and ranchers...

How To Head To The Polls Without Losing Our Souls

Ryan Phipps | Posted 10.08.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

The following is a transcript of a lecture given on October 5, 2016 at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana for the OPEN Faith conf...

A Million Reasons to Support AmeriCorps

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

On October 7th, national service marks a major milestone: the induction of the one-millionth AmeriCorps member. Twenty-two years ago, the first class of AmeriCorps members - 20,000 strong - raised their right hand and "pledged to get things done for America."

How Private Probation Perpetuates Debtors' Prisons

Malik Yoba | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Malik Yoba

There might be an industry more appalling than the payday lenders who trap low-income Americans into high-interest loans they know can never be repaid...

Where Are The Leaders?

William E. White | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

Look at the current political mess. Where are the leaders? "We the People" need inspiration, but there is a dearth of leadership. Across the political spectrum--local, state, and national politics--selfishness, denegation, dishonesty, and partisanship are the rule.

Paid Family Leave: We're Not #1, but We Could be #184

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Sunil Rajaraman

In the past few years, such political giants as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Andrew Cuomo have brought attention to paid family leave by discussing their own experiences as fathers, and describing the ways these policies benefit men too.

Political Conversations: Start with the Living Room and One Day It Can Perhaps Move to the Dinner Table?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Veronica Chin I always considered myself a pacifist, or at least not an agitator. But thanks to a Living Room Conversation I participated in a few...

As Republicans Defect, Will Clinton Be Tempted To Tack Right?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Hillary Clinton saved her primary campaign by rejecting the right-leaning "centrism" of recent Democratic administrations, including her husband's. Republican leaders clung to "centrist" ideas and lost their party to Trump. That should tell her everything she needs to know.

A Crazy Summer, And The Worst And Best About Us

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Linda DeMers Hummel

This summer we're spending a lot of time talk about our "tribes". We're fond of that term. It makes us sound loving, collegial, connected. But increasingly it's nothing more than code -- for the people who look like us and agree with us. The ones on our side.

What If Our Political Opposite Isn't (Actually) The Devil... What Then?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

Credit: Bonch Gurevich by Jacob Z. Hess, Partner, Living Room Conversations It used to be that friends and acquaintances were mystified at my inter...

While Democrats Held Their Convention, Here's Where The Money Was

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― It’s viciously hot here on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27, and the transportation logistics of the Democratic National Convent...

I'm Dreaming Of A Bi-partisan World!

Shannon M. Carducci | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Shannon M. Carducci

What could it look like? Could you just imagine how different our nation would be if we all worked together for the greater benefit of ALL? What woul...

This Story Of Bipartisanship Will Make You Believe In Government Again

Fred Krupp | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Fred Krupp

A professor of mine at the University of Michigan Law School once said that problems become more solvable when people lower their voices and work things out.

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

Americans Want Bipartisan Action To Tackle Rising Rent

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Despite an unemployment rate that has sunk below 5 percent, many Americans are justifiably concerned about their prospects - and those of their childr...

Leadership: A Lost Skill That Must be Re-Learned

David L. Nevins | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
David L. Nevins

Despite the demagoguery and rampant dysfunction that is so prevalent in today's political process, I believe a unique opportunity exists to create a political movement based on civil discourse and critical thinking.

55,000 People Have a Conversation

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

To be precise, there were over 3,500 conversations, involving 55,000 people. All on one day, in and around Chicago. Wow.

Political Leaders and the Search for Purpose

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

by Erik Fogg I recently had the opportunity to join a panel on "The Search for a Purpose" (which you can listen to as a podcast) with Living Room Con...

Trump and Liberal Women: 2 New Revelations About to Catch Fire

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

In terms of media narrative, a landslide victory for Hillary is the worst election result. Reporters will be straining to see any evidence that Democrats and independents, especially women, are shifting Trump's way. And as they report it, it may well become increasingly true.