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The "Invisible Hand of Charles Koch" Is Why This George Mason University Student Left Economics

Connor Gibson | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

Last fall, when I first arrived at George Mason, I decided to major in economics. Halfway through the semester, I learned about the large amount of money GMU has accepted from Charles Koch and the power such money has given the Charles Koch Foundation at other universities.

Creating Resilient Communities

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Creating resilient communities, providing the resources that can take conflict out of isolation and put it into a constructive context, strike me as a crucial step in our social evolution.

Friday Talking Points -- Marijuana Policy Questions for the Candidates

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some good news and some bad news on marijuana this week, which got us thinking about how the subject of federal marijuana policy relates to the presidential nomination race.

Student Accused In BDSM Sexual Assault Case Wins Rare Legal Victory

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics

A male student accused of sexual violence didn't get a fair shot at defending himself when George Mason University expelled him, a district court judg...

Students Found With Bomb-Making Materials At George Mason University: Cops

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 03.22.2016 | Crime

Three students have been arrested after George Mason University police found bomb-making materials in a dorm room last week, authorities said Tuesday....

Mason Madness: Inside The Most Unlikely Run In NCAA Tournament History

The Washington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 03.04.2016 | Sports

In March 2006, an unheralded team from an overlooked university known even to locals as a commuter school took the nation on a magic carpet ride. Ten ...

To Charles Koch, Universities Are Propaganda Machines

Connor Gibson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Connor Gibson

This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university "philanthropy" coordinated by Charles Koch.

'Sanctuary Cities' Bill on Senate Floor Is Unsafe and Unwise

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The truth is that anti-immigrant groups are less concerned about public safety and more concerned with reducing overall levels of immigration, particularly people of color.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Alan Cheuse's Gift

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Some weeks ago I was headed down up the Hudson River on the train from Albany-Rensselaer to Penn Station. As I rode I was thinking about my former teacher, Alan Cheuse because at the time, Alan was still in a coma from head injuries sustained in a car accident in California.

Kentucky Coal Country's Clean Tech Makeover

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2016 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Most of the chatter about this coal state is that it's recalcitrant when it comes to acting on climate change. And while some of that skepticism is certainly valid, there's lots happening in Bluegrass Country when it comes to green energy.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: On Secondary Locations and Not Packing It In

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.30.2016 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Recently, Jordan Rosenfeld, who has a great new book out called A Writer's Guide to Persistence, asked a great question on social media: when did you persist through a challenge as a writer? Motivated by the fact that the best answer would win a free book--I am a total sucker for free stuff, especially books--I started thinking.

Catholic Republicans Are More Likely To Believe In Global Warming, Surveys Find

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Catholic Republicans are more likely to believe in global warming than their fellow party members of other religions, according to research released F...

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

To The Teachers Who Taught Beyond The Textbook

Anam Ahmad | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Anam Ahmad

I couldn't be more grateful for the teachers who have entered my life and helped to shape me into the person I am.

Watch A Fire Being Extinguished With Sound

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.26.2015 | Science

It may seem outlandish, but George Mason University engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran say they’ve developed a way to extinguish fire...

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

Super Pollutants to Face Bipartisan Battle in Congress

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We already have many of the technologies needed to fight super pollutants. Given how harmful these super pollutants are on our environment, it only makes sense to use these existing technologies to reduce our emissions and slow climate change before it is too late.

Journey Toward Writing Fulfillment

S. L. Young | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
S. L. Young

If a writer writes for themselves and to also convey a viewpoint -- even if others don't agree with it -- then an article has a better opportunity to connect with readers and have greater chances to deliver powerful, purposeful or progressive pieces.

Amber Ferguson

Will The Most Coveted Voting Bloc Show Up To The Polls?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Ferguson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

This election cycle, candidates from both parties have shown that when it comes to courting millennials, "the limit does not exist." Senate candida...

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Why Hong Kong's #OccupyCentral Used Nonviolent Action as Tactic

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The Occupy Movement has returned and is resurrecting itself in Hong Kong. But in this case, the "occupying" is not associating itself with the Occupy Wall Street of recent years.

Rethink America's Yemen Policy, Set New Standard for Syria, Iraq

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Addressing root causes of inequality, inequity and injustice and promoting the well-being of Yemeni citizens will ensure that the country thrives in the long-term.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

In Washington, or any town where money is often valued above all else, the act of moving dollars out of fossil fuels and into sustainable, renewable options is a powerful demonstration of values.

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...