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Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.

Why Are Conservatives Willing to Surrender American Sovereignty?

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Why are the Tea Party folks and other conservatives like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan, who are usually so anxious to protect our citizens from governmental abuse, supporting putting trade agreements on a fast track?

How the Republicans Could Make Government More Efficient, But Won't

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Almost the first thing the Republican leaders of the Senate and House promised when they took control of both houses of Congress was that they would make government work more efficiently. But they haven't, and they won't.

Is the FDA unKIND?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars...

8 Steps Government Can Take to Help Small Business

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.20.2015 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Many entrepreneurs can't help but groan when they hear politicians promise to help. As Austrian economist Peter Klein says in my new book An Entrepreneur's Manifesto (Templeton Press, fall 2015), "The best thing government can do for entrepreneurs is get out of their way."

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

The Public Sector and the Market Model -- A Risk to Trust and Citizenship

Terry Newell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Government is based, ultimately, on fostering relationships of trust aimed at joint efforts to create social good. Dan Ariely's reminder is thus worth keeping in mind. Yet we may be overly focused on seeing the connections within government and between government and citizens in market terms.

Enraged Congressman Confronts Me at the Airport

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

After the congressman told me I do not understand "the process," I had to tell him the obvious: "Excuses about process are not very compelling. Either you break through and get your bill on the floor or you don't." He once again shook his head at me, his eyes squinting as if at any moment he would punch me in the mouth.

Getting a Bargain on a Buzz? Calculating the Real Price of Alcohol

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

If you're someone who enjoys the "affordable luxury" of a beer after work, or sometimes even a few, reasonably-increased taxes aren't going to kill you. What can kill you though, is excessive alcohol use.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

How Can You Attain Sustainability Results? Try Triple-A (AAA)

Mark Coleman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Increasingly, governments, businesses, and consumers are trying to get there arms around complex and converging sustainability-related risks: climate, resource scarcity, food supplies, geo-political conflict, economic inequality, disease, hunger, human rights, and so on.

What Nurtures Confident Entrepreneurs?

Markus Giesler | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Markus Giesler

I had a pretty ordinary childhood until I was 8. In the space of two years, it all fell apart. My parents divorced, four family members died, and to...

Taiwan and the Internet of Everything

David A. Bray | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
David A. Bray

While no system on the internet is 100 percent secure, Taiwan has made great strides to reduce the risks to government agency systems.

Patriot Act

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
SidneyAnne Stone

As long as the war on terror exists, there will be a need for the Patriot Act. In all likelihood, this is simply the world we live in now. There are, however, aspects of the Patriot Act that are undeniably in need of revision.

Safety and Professional Standards 'From the Inside Out' -- A Not So Modest Proposal

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

When will professions and trade associations step forward and say they want to find solutions (with zero deaths as their goal) when patient safety is at risk as a result of medical conditions, including physical illnesses and mental and substance use disorders that have yet to be effectively treated or are in remission?

Ceasefire Deal Welcome But Major Challenges Remain

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

The people of Myanmar and the international community should congratulate the unflinching efforts taken by negotiators of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Cuba: So What Now?

Dane Steele Green | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Not only is Cuba's tourism infrastructure way behind the times, the country could not be in a more competitive tourism region; Caribbean nations, some of which rely almost entirely on tourism dollars, have long since written the book when it comes to satisfying every last whim.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

Understanding the RFRA: Why It's a Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Brianna Susnak | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brianna Susnak

While the ability to express one's religious beliefs is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest aspects of freedom in our country, it should never come at the cost of discrimination against other people.

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

How the White House Is Leading the National Effort On Civic Innovation

Maury Blackman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

What if local governments asked their tech talent to give a day or two or a couple of weeks a year to work with local agencies and departments to improve the communities where they live and work?

Who's Leading? Who's Responsible for Leadership in Government?

Jim Selman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Jim Selman

What if we were committed to being unreasonable? What if we stopped blaming the system, or the politicians or the media or our workloads for whatever we consider negative in our current situation?

100 Years of Denial

Stephan Pechdimaldji | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Stephan Pechdimaldji

I grew up hearing stories of how my grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide. Of how my grandfather hid in a haystack for more than forty days while his father and brother were taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.

Makers of Our National Pastime: Lessons for Cities From Louisville -- the Birthplace of the Slugger

Jeremy M. Goldberg | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Jeremy M. Goldberg

We are all "makers." We dream. We tinker. We design. We develop. We trouble-shoot and we deploy. Across industry -- public, private or government -- we're all making something; we're all part of the maker movement.