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Supreme Court Justices To Snowstorm Jonas: It's Just Ice

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

Washington largely shut down on Monday after a major snowstorm hit the East Coast over the weekend. But one branch of the federal government did show...

Ted Cruz's Assault on D.C.'s Local Laws Reveals His Hypocrisy

Danielle Higgins | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.

"Don't Call Me Cookie": Resolving

Paola K Amaras | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Just last week, the federal government issues their new food guidelines and of course, that got me thinking. January is always the time of year when w...

The Fundamentalist Religious Views That Inspired Ammon Bundy's Militia

Jon Krakauer | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Jon Krakauer

To understand the source of the Bundy's self-righteous anger, it's helpful to examine their religious views, which are rooted in a maverick strain of fundamentalism found throughout rural Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

How (Native) America's History of Protest Exposes a Sick Irony Behind the Oregon Occupation

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

The only reason why white ranchers have any land to run their cattle on today -- whether it is land that they hold a deed to, that they now defend against federal seizure, or public land that they currently use to feed their livestock -- was stolen from the American Indians.

Many Federal Employees Will Spend Their Extra 4 Hours Off On Xmas Eve Like This

Meiko S. Patton | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Meiko S. Patton

Instead of spending that extra four hours on doing something that won't move the needle for you in your career, why not use that time to feed your soul, F.O.C.U.S.(Follow one course until complete) and make 2016 your best year yet.

Feds Want Nebraska, Oklahoma To Quit Harshing Colorado's Mellow

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to stay out of a controversial lawsuit the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed last year&nb...

Homeless Human Rights Report Card: U.S. Is Barely Passing, Despite Progress in 2015

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

After years of advocacy, the federal government took significant steps to fulfill its obligation to end the criminalization of homelessness and to address the importance of location for low-income residents.

Ben Carson Employs Fear Tactic in Swipe at Bernie Sanders's Proposal for Free College Tuition

Michael Sainato | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The term 'free' turns many people off of the proposal, but denigrating Senator Sanders solution to increasing college costs and student debt is treating a college education as though it were merely a consumer good.

Americans Hate 'The Government,' Like Actual Government Programs

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Trust in Washington is perilously low, disapproval of Congress is embarrassingly high, and outsider candidates remain at the top of the GOP poll...

Federal Government as Employer: High Road or Bottom Feeder?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama has been using his executive power to try to promote good workplace practices among federal contractors. But at the same time, his administration has been looking to restructure federal agencies with the hope of saving money by downgrading the job quality of large numbers of positions.

Congress Is Holding The Debt Ceiling Hostage Again -- And That's Still Scary

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

The United States will reach its legal debt limit on Nov. 3 if Congress does not act to increase it. What would the dangers be, in that scenario?&nbs...

Puerto Rico's Capped Federal Medicaid Funding Causing Shortfalls

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

This week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's financial and economic challenges brought overdue attention to the island's inadequate Medicaid funding. Unlike the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico is limited to a low, fixed amount of funding.

How to Cure Federal Workers' Biggest Workplace Pains

Tom Fox | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

My recent column on how federal senior executives have vastly different perceptions than their employees on a number of critical workplace issues stru...

Chief Scientists: U.S. Can Remain Innovation Leader in Science's 'Endless Frontier'

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science
Dr. Richard W. Spinrad

Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America.

The Case for Bernie Sanders

Walker Bragman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Bernie Sanders can win--not just the primary, but the general. Democrats should back him, and ignore the arguments made by Barney Frank and others, who say giving Hillary the nod early is the only hope for victory in 2016.

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Firing More VA Employees Faster Will Not Improve Services for Veterans

Max Stier | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Max Stier

In a rush to assist poorly served veterans, many in Congress are supporting legislation to quickly fire the "bad apples" at the Department of Veterans Affairs. These lawmakers have the right intention -- improved care for veterans -- but their remedy will do far more harm than good.

The Internet of Everything Empowers Cities as Never Before

John M. Eger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Let's be frank. The strength of America's economy and as well as our political prowess in the world are inextricably linked. Cities -- not the Federal government -- are best positioned to renew and reinvent America for the new, global, knowledge-based economy.

USICH Opening Doors

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When launched in 2010, Opening Doors was more than a blueprint for effective federal, state and local partnerships to end homelessness; it motivated all of us - inside and outside of government - to work harder, together, to address the needs of our most vulnerable people

Medicaid -- A Path to Housing & Services

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

"I am too old and sick to be back out there on the streets. It kind of takes a toll on a person." These words, spoken to Kaiser Health News by a gentleman once facing homelessness and now in supportive housing, say it all.

USCIS CIO: Design a User-Centric Digital Transformation Strategy

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Mark Schwartz, Chief Information officer of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is applying lean methods to reduce the distance between his internal customers and external citizens to the IT organization.

800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

Celebrating Every Member of Our Federal Family

Katherine Archuleta | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Katherine Archuleta

As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, I want to proudly reinforce my continued commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of our federal family, and recognize the incredible contributions this community has made in service to the American people.