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Cass Sunstein

A Harvard Professor On The Profound Life Lessons Of 'Star Wars'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.16.2016 | Parents

For Cass Sunstein, the distinguished Harvard law professor and former Obama White House official, “Star Wars” is a whole lot more than a sci-fi na...

An Interview With My Father, Cass Sunstein

Ellyn Kail | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
Ellyn Kail

Here is a short interview with my father, Cass Sunstein, to mark the publication of his new book, "The World According to Star Wars."

How the Science of Human Behavior Is Beginning to Reshape the U.S. Government

The Conversation US | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

When we ignore the limitations of human rationality and the systematic errors those limitations produce, we end up designing policies that are logical but don't end up working well for the people they're supposed to serve.

Eating in Echo Chambers

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One thing is for sure: echoes make for a pernicious diet. There is greater opportunity for us all in the lasting, less aggressive truths that ride the prevailing winds, whispering beneath all of our competing noise. There are better meals out there, too.

3 Simple Strategies to Keep Your Financial Resolutions

Shahar Ziv | Posted 03.02.2015 | Money
Shahar Ziv

As January kicks off, close to half of Americans will make resolutions on the perennial quest for self-improvement. Predictably, losing weight continues to be the top goal for 2015. Money-related resolutions, however, rank among the favorites.

How to Pull in Friendships and Fresh Adventures

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Good News
Kare Anderson

We have an understandable tendency in such times to seek out the familiar and comfortable as a buffer against the disruptive changes surrounding us.

iDietology: Why I'm Fed Up, and You Should Be, Too

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Radical fervor and echo chamber distortions do quite enough damage to our world without populating our kitchen tables. Be fed up, as I am, with such nonsense -- and we will all wind up eating better.

What D School Can Teach L School and the Law

Ray Brescia | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Ray Brescia

Law schools can learn a lot from D School approaches and design thinking. Lawyers and the law generally should be more user-friendly, transparent and adaptable. An emerging theory known as "New Governance" attempts to incorporate some of these approaches through legal and regulatory experimentation.

Be Influential, Holding Diverse Teams Together

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

The most powerful leaders in a connected, complex world may well be the ones who can recruit the right team fastest to solve a problem or capture an opportunity. Why not be one of those sought-after leaders?

The Top 9 Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theories

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.30.2013 | Media
Bob Cesca

There's no doubt that Beck is a conspiracy theorist. He's a purveyor of wacky, purely fabricated gibberish leading to the ultimate conclusion that there's an unholy alliance composed of the Obama government and "fascist" progressives out to destroy us all.

Follow the Plastic Bag Example, Nudge Polluters to Pay

Gernot Wagner | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Gernot Wagner

There is one policy that seems to bridge the gap between the type of non-intrusive nudges Sunstein champions and the type of policies he knows are ultimately necessary to do something about global warming. They're called bag taxes.

Former Obama Official: I Was Sent Death Threats

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

Lawyer and former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein received death threats after he was targeted by Glenn Beck, according to an excerpt from...

The Challenge of Climate Math

Andrew Winston | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

These are important numbers to wrap your head around, but what do they really mean for countries and companies? How fast do we have to change?

Can Crowdsourcing Save the World?

Chris Deary | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business
Chris Deary

Can crowdsourcing provide the answers to one of mankind's biggest challenges, namely how to sustain an ever-growing population in a world of ever-diminishing resources?

Replacing Cass Sunstein

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Whether President Obama gets another bite at the apple or Governor Romney gets a shot at the next appointment, there are certain tenets that should be adhered to when looking for a new OIRA director.

Dan Froomkin

Cass Sunstein's Resignation Encourages Advocates For Health And Safety | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein is stepping down after failing to advance federal health and safety rules nearly as much as Ob...

Nudge the U.S. Out of Its Obesity

Kevin Hansen | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Kevin Hansen

Unlike anti-smoking advocacy, anti-obesity policymaking is a much less mature field, and the public is still unsure when -- or if -- it wants the government meddling in what it eats and drinks.

Dave Jamieson

More Workers Killed On Job In 2010, Labor Group Says | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thirteen U.S. workers were killed on the job each day and roughly 50,000 died from work-related diseases in 2010, a worrisome increase i...

Dave Jamieson

Workers Fear Plan To Speed Up Chicken Processing Lines | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When he was working on a poultry processing line in northern Alabama last year, Jorge Polanco-Mercado watched new workers come and go al...

OK White House, Now Give Consumers Some Quality Time to Talk Health Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The administration should pay far more attention to what they have to say than to executives and lobbyists for Aetna and the rest of the industry who, take it from me, are more interested in their own best interests than in their customers.

Behind Closed Doors at the White House, Obama Administration Politicizes the Regulatory Process

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

When former Harvard Law Professor and eclectic intellectual Cass Sunstein was named administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ...

Dan Froomkin

OBAMA'S BIG MISTAKE: Ambivalent Regulator Cass Sunstein | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

When President Barack Obama let it be known in January 2009 that he had selected Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein to be his regulatory czar, it was...

From Shared Sacrifice to Shared Prosperity

Michael Likosky | Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Today, we would rather bicker amongst ourselves than find ways of working together as a team to open up the economy, and rapidly grow our pie. As a result, we find ourselves embracing a no-jobs in our back yard philosophy.

Dan Froomkin

WATCH: Administration Official's Announcement At AEI Gets Panned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House regulatory czar Cass Sunstein rolled out the results of the administration's four-month-long regulatory review Thursday morn...

Key OSHA Safety Initiative Potentially Delayed Months by White House Nitpicking

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 05.30.2011 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

Last week, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) approved a survey to be conducted as part of the agency's efforts to develop an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) standard.