For too long the models for reducing corruption in America have only been known by a small group of good-government reformers. It's like ancient medicine that you have to find a shaman in some remote part of the globe to be able to get.
CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.
The moral compass is often purer in young kids and these distinguished professionals all behave like little children anyways, so what if we evened the playing field by letting them compete with smart young folk?
There is something about her eyes. Big, round saucers brimming with innocence that can see right through you. A dark scar runs down her cheek, a permanent tear for a girl who has a lot to cry about but instead smiles.
At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.
We keep getting twisted and tied up by urgent matters because we don't address America's important underlying issues: what we want as a people and the role of government in helping us achieve that. To develop a framework, we need a fuller accounting.
What problems and injustices in our society bother you? Whatever it is, the only way those problems can be addressed is by a government that is truly accountable to the people. We believe a system of Local Electors would do just that.
Classification is important; state secrets do need to be guarded. But more important than classification is government transparency. Classification in a democracy must be used judiciously and sparingly, else democracy itself is imperiled.
Corruption in D.C. damages our chances for full voting rights and cheats District residents. Recent federal prosecutions, along with a cascade of elections, may help clean out the D.C. Council. But we need more.
Obama deserves top grades for the strategy, the initiative, and the commitment to openness. To be truly transformational, he must get agencies to make timely, accurate information available to the public in searchable and downloadable formats.