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The Mouse and the Hippo: How the US Government tries to tap in to America's innovation ecosystem

Steven Koltai | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Steven Koltai

The stories of how the largest buyer of goods and services in America - the US Government - does (or more often, doesn't) have access to America's fre...

America's Foreign Engagement Gap

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The U.S. is once again in the midst of an inward turn. Unlike the disconnection following the First World War, America's growing national deficit in the capacity and will to engage other people not like them is not the innocent confidence of a rising power but the false bravado leading one to its fall.

Running Against Government: Here We Go Again

Terry Newell | Posted 07.23.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

What then might a hopeful, optimistic message for reform of the federal government contain? It would insist on hiring the best people, quickly. The reality is that the federal hiring system is too complex, too slow, and turns off or away good people.

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local

Charlotte Hill | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Until now, perhaps the single greatest stumbling block for the reform movement has been that many Americans are convinced victory is impossible, especially in a post-Citizens United world. This notion is unequivocally false.

Here's Hows Texas Is Leading the Political Tech Revolution

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

If you told me two years ago that Texas would be on the cutting edge of employing online tools to connect voters directly to their government's policy-making processes, I wouldn't have believed you.

Boehner Law Suit Dismissed; Fix Constitutional Dysfunction

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

To avoid our present dysfunction, we must modify House and Senate rules that elevate the party and ideology over the formation of a workable government. The tradition of separated power will continue to secure our liberty. It is the interdependence and the reciprocity that is understated.

The VA Scandal Flags Much Bigger Problems in Civil Service

Max Stier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Max Stier

Congress has both an opportunity and an imperative to plan for the future federal workforce, but to do it properly, it must revamp the system that supports it.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.

Jason Linkins

Vulnerable Dems Decry Failed Launch Of Health Care Website, But Offer No Solutions | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

At some point in the recent past, you may have heard that the federal government launched this health insurance exchange website called

Jason Linkins

How The United Kingdom's Healthcare Website Fiasco Inspired A Digital Revolution | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major government overhaul of a health care system collides with a massive IT project, ending in a glitchpocalypse that needs to be ful...

Fixing the gaps and overlaps between federal agencies

Tom Fox | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Fox

As federal leaders know all too well, collaboration among agencies on common missions is a rarity. The government is set up on a program-centric and a...

Urgently Needed: Reform of the Broken American Political System

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The evident concerns about our political system, from the rising roles of cash in elections through to Congressional dysfunction, cry for a response. But, politicians, seemingly trapped in the political quagmire are mostly silent.

'Lean In' to Government Reform

Yaron Schwartz | Posted 09.21.2013 | Women
Yaron Schwartz

Individual female action needs to be combined with government reform to reduce the workplace gender gap in the United States.

Common Cause President's Video And Mission

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Bob Edgar, the president and CEO of Common Cause, has passed away at the age of 69. Bob was active and on point up to the end, having recently held a...

Hagel: A Secretary of Defense Reforms?

Ben Freeman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Chuck Hagel came out swinging Wednesday in his first major address as Secretary of Defense, putting the bloated Pentagon on notice.

Why I Created the Democracy Fund

Pierre Omidyar | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Pierre Omidyar

As a first generation American who came to this country when I was still young, I continue to be inspired by the founding vision of the American republic and believe that through innovation, dialogue, and bipartisan reform we can take steps that will help us realize that vision.

Say This and I'll Vote For You

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Robbie Vorhaus

On the morning of November 7, the day after the election, regardless who wins this race, we will work together to heal our divisions, inspire all Americans to join together, and despite any differences, as our founding fathers wrote, "form a more perfect union."

Requiem for Reform?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.16.2012 | Books
Christopher Holshek

Maddow succeeds in explaining, in a charmingly non-wonkish way, how we got ourselves to our current state of affairs -- the unhealthy distortion of our time-honored yet taken-for-granted civil-military relationship.

Libertarianism, Rightly Conceived

Trevor Burrus | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

At bottom, what ties libertarians together is the notion of a "presumption of liberty" -- that state action needs justification, not human freedom. This idea is far from controversial and, in fact, it is the founding principle of the modern liberal state.

Reforming Chicago's City Government

Keith Koeneman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The Chicago City Council has tended to suffer from a rather poor reputation. With that in mind, it seems appropriate for Chicagoans to put forth a modest proposal for reforming our city government.

Could Newt Gingrich Work for the Obama Administration?

Larry Ottinger | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Larry Ottinger

Political reform is urgently needed, and it is critical that we get it right. We must restore public trust in government in order to -- as Dr. King said -- "make real the promise of democracy."

Wall Street: From Protest to Politics

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Wall Street protests are heartening -- but also a measure of the utter failure of the usual machinery of democracy to remedy the worst pillaging of regular Americans by financial elites since the 1920s.

Let Wall Street Beware a Risen People

Tom Hayden | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

No one can know where the wind will blow. The protests which are spreading are so far thin in numbers, organization and outreach. But sometimes the wind blows sparks.

Need Your Ideas Regarding Serious Improvements to Fed Web Sites

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, the deal is that Fed workers are seriously interested in better customer service, etc, via their web ops. I've worked with these folks for years...