I was humbled and honored to be appointed, in 2013, to the Great Lakes Advisory Board tasked with crafting this new action plan to put this second round of GLRI funding to best use.
As President Obama puts the final touches on his State of the Union address, there is one topic he should add to his checklist, or more accurately perhaps, his bucket list. No State of the Union report can be complete these days without addressing the state of the union's environment, and especially our vulnerability to climate change.
As the 114th session of Congress begins, we turned to two former legislators for greater insight into how congressional leaders and the federal leader...
The 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, opening the flood gates to legislation that will potentially damage the economy, hurt the middle class and the poor, and leave the retired Americans in the worst financial shape they've been in for years.
In the wake of a guilty plea on felony tax charges, New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm resigned from Congress the day before the 114th Congress began. Though it is somewhat rare for a member to resign before his or her term even begins, resignations are not uncommon.
Tens of millions of people made New Year's resolutions last week, but few were as creative as the one pushed through Congress yesterday. Apparently, the new Congress decided that its first order of business should be to go after workers who are no longer able to hold jobs due to injury or illness.
Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.
The new year demands predictions. As those demands must be satisfied, here are mine: 1. President Barack Obama will be blamed for everything, from pe...
Right out of the blocks, House Democrats are pushing a tax reform in the 114th Congress that tackles the extreme gaps between CEO and worker pay. Their maneuver could raise awareness of a CEO pay loophole so outrageous it will be hard for Republicans to defend indefinitely.
We should all celebrate today with Don Edwards, the gifted, passionate liberal beacon in Congress for three-plus decades, who is celebrating his 100th birthday at his home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, surrounded by family and friends.
As the new Congress convenes this week, the prevailing question is whether Republicans will prove they can govern now that they rule both houses. For those who keep score, as everyone of voting age should, let's define "govern."
The first day of a new Congress follows a well-established schedule, from oaths of office to leadership elections and rule changes. Here are ten of the highlights, gathered by POPVOX.
While tradeoffs are an essential ingredient to reconciling conflicting positions, the transactional view in some ways puts the cart ahead of the horse. In reality, genuine personal relationships are essential to create any hope of bridging differences and finding common ground.
Starting Jan. 6, a new story will be written, and it revolves around a central question that some in the party's own rank-and-file are asking: Can the GOP transform itself from a party of obstruction to a party of governing? To date, we simply don't know whether Republican lawmakers will be able to make that transformation.
The 114th Congress has an opportunity to fundamentally shift American life. To do so, though, they must overcome cynical calculations that have become too common when it comes to young people and politics.
Democrats need to point out that they're turning over to the new Republican Congress an economy that is doing better than at any time in the past six years. They need to lay this down as a benchmark that they can later point to, no matter what happens. Republicans are already chomping at the bit to claim all that credit for themselves.