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How Countries Fight Against Political Spending That Corrupts Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.

Americans Already Know How to Fix This Economy

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Unfortunately, things are getting harder for workers who want to organize. Many states have passed so-called "right-to-work" laws that do nothing but make it harder to form a union. Others have limited collective bargaining rights.

Book Review: Minute Zero

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Minute Zero by Todd Moss is a diplomatic thriller set in Zimbabwe. Protagonist Judd Ryker, head of a special unit within the U.S. Department of State, is sent to the troubled country just before a presidential election. An authoritarian is being challenged in his quest to continue in power.

A Dangerous Shift Against Democracy in Tanzania

Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Freeman Aikaeli Mbowe

For our entire history as a sovereign nation, Tanzania has been ruled by only one party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, the Party of the Revolution. In 1992, for the first time, a multi-party political system was instituted. Since then, the opposition parties have grown gradually stronger.

Experts Can't Agree On Whether Voting-Booth Selfies Will Destroy Democracy

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

A recent ruling out of New Hampshire has election-law experts wondering out loud whether the ballot selfie is the next great threat to American democ...

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Native Vote Could Make The Difference In Canada's Elections

The Huffington Post | Julian Brave Noisecat | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

Canada is facing a critical moment in its history. The Canadian dollar is at an 11-year low, and some say the country is in a recession. Oil produce...

Why the Press Can't Figure Out Trump

Richard Brodsky | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
Richard Brodsky

Read, or better yet, talk to a political reporter or Republican operative about the Donald and you find a pattern. Left, Middle and most of the Right there is contempt, head-shaking and bad, predictable jokes.

Lincoln 2.0?

Robert Moran | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Moran

Could we ever vote for an Abraham Lincoln 2.0 - an artificial intelligence built to replicate the decision making style of one of our most accomplished Presidents?

Robert Moran | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Moran

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5 Ways Leaders Survive Election Season at Work

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Yes, election season is upon us, and believe it or not, it is possible to survive election cycles with your leadership integrity and the trust of your team intact. Use these five practical tips to avoid sabotaging your team's success with your own personal political biases.

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

The Terrible Plight of the Average American Voter, Left and Right

Norman Lear | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Lear

They are fed up with American leadership in every sector of our current culture, be they corporate, union, pharmaceutical, legal or political leaders. In their emotionally crowded lives American voters despair of being aided, let alone led by them.

Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki Is Polling at Five Percent Among Likely Pataki Voters

Galanty Miller | Posted 08.13.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Unfortunately for Donald Trump, his most recent verbal attack on women only pushed his poll numbers up by a few points. However, there are far more offensive and misogynistic things yet to be said. And he'll say them. And that should boost his popularity among likely Republican voters.

Presidential Character Counts

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Would you consider voting for someone for President with whom you often disagree on specific stances, but whom you feel in your heart of hearts is practicing the virtues that you most prize? Is it time to resuscitate the tradition of old of voting for candidates on virtue-based criteria?

Trump Is Smarter Than You Think, Period

Blayne Davis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Blayne Davis

Trump is beyond single-word descriptions, unlike his lackluster rivals in the Republican field. Trump's flamboyance is actually his cunning genius expertly concealed that enables the masses to identify with his message quickly and effortlessly.

2013 GOP: Need 'Welcoming, Inclusive Message' to Attract Hispanics. 2015 GOP: Trump Has Other Ideas

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

The longer he continues to dominate the polls, the larger that number will grow. As Joshua Green put it, "The GOP is about the become the party of Trump." But will Trump's bile be so toxic that it stains the party's nominee no matter what?

The Voting Rights Act: Commemorate Its 50th Anniversary by Restoring It

Allegra Chapman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Allegra Chapman

Numerous acts -- killings of Michael Brown and others, persistence by some in waving the confederate flag high, the burning of Black churches -- indicate that the ideals of our American society have not yet fully born out, and that there is more we need to do to establish a just society in which all have a say.

6 Ways This New Site Makes Following Illinois Campaign Finances Easy

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform revealed its automated, new, Illinois Sunshine campaign finance website that provides information on all major campaign donations and spending, including those of Super PACs and other types of campaign groups.

In One Month: A New Earth; Shots From Pluto and a Missing Sun

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

I cannot recall a more eventful month than this July: We discovered the first Earth-like planet outside our solar system, capped a nine-and-a-half year space journey with the first shots back from Pluto, and saw the first report of a landmass "missing" its sun.

Trump Is #1 In The Polls, And So Was The 'Macarena'

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.26.2015 | Entertainment

Being statistically No. 1 doesn't equate to being the best. Exhibit A: Donald Trump has an early lead in GOP presidential polls.  Exhibit B...

The Donald Trump Rap

Alena Dillon | Posted 07.23.2015 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

After a series of ridiculous sound bites, Donald Trump gave me no choice but to compile his quotes into a rap (along with a few creative contributions for fusing.)

Knight News Challenge Gives $3.2M To 22 Ideas To Inform The Public And Increase Voting

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

If the voting process is easier, maybe more people will vote. If the public is more inspired about the electoral process, maybe more of us will partic...

GOP Should Handle Trump Very Carefully

Kevin Price | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

The media has a love/hate relationship with Donald Trump. He is at once, breathtaking in his proclamations and ludicrous in his behavior. He is hard to ignore. Like the entertainment value of watching two trains collide, no one in media wants to miss a Trump event. At the same time, they don't want to take him too seriously.

A President Limits Ugandan Democracy

Patrick Basham | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Patrick Basham

On Thursday morning, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was arrested outside Kampala while travelling to meet with supporters of his nascent presidential campaign. These grassroots gatherings are an important first step in Mbabazi's struggle to revive Ugandan democracy.