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What Nobody Is Talking About in Flint

Mike Leyba | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Mike Leyba

Governor Snyder is not alone in his governing strategies. In fact, at the Federal level, the difference in tax burden as a percentage of revenue between business and individuals hasn't been as high since the trickle-down era of the Reaganomics.

Before Trump There Was Buddy Cianci

Rhoades Alderson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Rhoades Alderson

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., who served separate, decade-long epochs as mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, each punctuated by a felony conviction, died last week at 74. He lorded over only twenty square miles, but across America political junkies smiled and shook their heads at the news. "F---ing Buddy."

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Agree With Bernie Sanders And Ted Cruz On Broken Government

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

Cruz and Sanders appeal to the public by touting a broken government. President Obama’s approval ratings have steadily improved. And ESPN finds...

How Startups Are Helping Build a 21st Century Government

Jeremy M. Goldberg | Posted 02.04.2016 | Business
Jeremy M. Goldberg

Last week, we announced the launch of the second Startup in Residence (STIR) program for entrepreneurs to work with San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento to develop technology-based solutions that address challenges facing local government.

To Be Born a President

Justin Curmi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

No one is born a leader, but there are two types of leaders, one who was taught and circumstantially produced. One can be taught to be leader as anyone can be taught any other occupation, thought, and so on.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dariush Mozaffarian | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dariush Mozaffarian

We each have an opportunity and responsibility -- as parents, children, friends, neighbors, business owners, employees, tax payers, citizens, and Americans -- to push the government, food industry, media, restaurants, cafes, schools, and workplaces, and everywhere else we eat, away from the bad and ugly and toward the good.

A Tale of Two Buddys

Stephen Rosa | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics
Stephen Rosa

When former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci passed away this week, I was surprised to find myself as sad as I was. I was never a Buddy campa...

Is the Tragedy in Flint an Opening for Privatization?

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Many are familiar with the tragic details of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But a key chapter in the story is being overlooked. In February 2015, almost a year before the news of lead poisoning gained headlines, the world's largest private water corporation deemed Flint's water safe.

Detroit's Public School Educators Lead Protests With Moral Authority On Their Side

Eli Day | Posted 01.25.2016 | Detroit
Eli Day

Issue framing ranks among the more powerful weapons of political theatre. That weapon--of how to present an issue in a way that's most advantageous fo...

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The tragedy of Flint should never have happened, but at this point, the evidence is undeniable and the suffering is real. Fixing Flint is an urgent priority. Fortunately, (although far too late) the truth has finally sidelined the spin-masters who spent years denying the problem.

Feminist Leader Gloria Steinhem's Thoughts On Social Media And Capitalism

Quora | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact

Social media have been a huge advance in women's access to information, ability to contact each other, to call for organizing on the ground, and to do so in safety.

Government for the People

Jennifer Pahlka | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Jennifer Pahlka

Not everyone agrees that government should provide food assistance for families who need it. But we can all agree that it makes no sense for families (and the workers in government who serve them) to spend untold hours navigating bureaucracy.

Does This Sound Un-American to You?

Jackie DeHon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

I was born and raised in Texas, so I feel I have a right to complain about a rotten thing that is happening here. Texas used to be the best place in...

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

Here's How Much Gun Violence Is Costing You a Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

By Andrew Lisa, Contributor The debate on whether the U.S. should adopt stricter gun control policies has been a hot topic among politicians, espec...

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Where Does the United States Really Stand?

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Conroy

The time for smoke and mirrors is coming to a close, globally, and it is obvious that Iran is being turned into a scapegoat boogeyman by the Saudis and their allies (including United States Republicans). Human rights violations from Saudi Arabia must be kept in check.

Iowa, New Hampshire and the Disembodiment of American Foreign Policy

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.

Venezuela's Lying Statistics

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

Surprise! Venezuela, the world's most miserable country (according to my misery index) has just released an annualized inflation estimate for the quarter that ended September 2015. This is late on two counts.

Bogotá Cannot Expect A Miracle

Camila Mendoza | Posted 01.13.2016 | Teen
Camila Mendoza

Bogotá, Colombia is a city brimming with life. Articles such as those from The New York Times have helped the city see an exponential growth in tour...

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe:...

Africa's Education Emergency

Mmanti Umoh | Posted 01.11.2016 | Education
Mmanti Umoh

We all agree that there are schools in Africa, however the challenge is; how much are Africa's children learning in schools? Education is the key to...

What's That Smell? That Which We Call 'Dietary Guidelines'...

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Since the release last week of the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and in my case at least, a resulting bout of projectile vomiting, the nut...

The Stetson Rebellion and the Myth of the Welfare Cowboy

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

"...a little rebellion now and then is a good thing..." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. There is something deeply American going on out i...

Remembering Our Resolution

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

This New Year, let's think not about changing who we are, but about remembering who we are as individuals and as a people. There are, I think, two basic things we need.

What's Eating Silicon Valley

Andrew_Yang | Posted 01.10.2016 | Technology

These are some of the things that are making people uncomfortable both in and about the Valley. None of these issues are anyone's fault. It's just the market at work -- the capital market, the market for talent, the real estate market.