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Who Needs the Gestapo When You Have 'Angry Birds'?

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What is alarming is the depth of detail, as well as the breadth of the information, gleaned from the ubiquitous mobile phone apps, including political affiliation and gender preferences, geographical location, an extensive network of one's friends and even distant associates.

Innovation in the Government Industry

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

Government may be susceptible to the same forces that are currently changing many major industries. Software is eating government, too. Therefore go...

The Poor Don't Lie and Cheat Any More Than the Rest of Us

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The notion that the poor are uniquely morally deficient, it turns out, is completely backward. They're actually more virtuous, on average, than the rich. And yet, we have politicians who assume that the poor are less trustworthy and therefore less deserving of our help.

The Temperance Movement and How We Beat the Tea Party

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

It's time we deal with the reality that, for the first time in American history, middle-class American incomes have declined for almost a generation. If middle-class incomes continue to decline, we will have a dramatically different America, a less optimistic, more sour America.

In Search of Government Competence

Rob Taub | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Rob Taub

There are many annoying things about the NYC subway system, but the most maddening for me is the signage indicating when the next train will arrive. ...

The Iowa Caucuses in the Snow

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

The Iowa Caucuses were held Tuesday night. No national cameras or crowds, just a dark night, snow and below-zero wind chills.

The NSA Is Scary Good

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Since June 2013, when Edward Snowden released government documents confirming the existence of various data gathering methods used by the National Sec...

Technology That Leads Local Governments Forward

Steve Lucas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Steve Lucas

The important thing for these cities will be to find and adopt next generation technology platforms that easily scale to the right size for a city in terms of ease of use, flexibility and cost.

New Marriages May Sharply Decline in Coming Transhumanist Era

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

While many in the world may not realize this, civilization is on verge of the greatest change it has ever known. Entire social systems and institutions may soon become obsolete, nonfunctional, and even unsafe. New marriages will not likely outlive this century.

It's a Matter of Priorities

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It is clear the pledge made to Grover Norquist is stronger for some in Congress than the pledge they have made to our troops. It is absolutely reprehensible that the richest country in the world will not keep its promises to its voluntary military.

Healthcare.gov and Social Media: Strange Bedfellows

Mark Weinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

While there's a compelling argument to be made for our government having health information on all Americans and certainly on its health care applicants, there are also surprisingly intrusive clauses that are built into HealthCare.gov's privacy policy that may outweigh any benefits.

A New Way Forward: The World Five Platform

Jim Prues | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Jim Prues

We can end war, repair our broken government, create thriving communities, revamp our food system, and replace propaganda and distraction with understanding. The real challenge is for we, the people, to rise up and create the change we wish to see.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

Exposing Public Wickedness Is More American Than Apple Pie

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It's the revolt of the geeks. Edward Snowden is John Peter Zenger digitized, a post-Internet free-press hero soaring above the security obsessions of the past decade to assert the inalienable requirements of individual sovereignty in a wired world.

40,000 Laws Took Effect on New Year's Day. What's Left?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If 40,000 laws can go into effect before Baby New Year has had time to soil his first diaper, then, potentially, the sky's the limit.

The Top 70 Most Social U.S. Federal Technology Pros On Twitter

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.04.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Information flow and interactive communication with our elected and appointed representatives is vital for government to function. It's unfortunate th...

The Human Cost of Welfare

Phil Harvey | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Phil Harvey

The clearest finding is that some form of work appears to be necessary for a satisfying life. Work involves challenges, and dealing with such challenges lies at the heart of human wellbeing.

NSA, Benghazi and the Monsters of Our Own Creation

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

If we are so smart why are we so dumb? I am referring to the "intelligence" that our spy agencies have gathered at great cost in both massive secret black box budgets and, much more important, the surrender of our personal freedom to the snooping eyes of our modern surveillance state.

Congress: Stop Acting Like Kids At Recess

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.25.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

I am frustrated with how things in this country are progressing. I am frustrated with policy, and I'm frustrated with my lack of voice.

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

Bill O'Reilly's War on Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What would Jesus do about the profound inequality of opportunity that both the pope and our president have identified as the most pressing moral crisis of our time? It is a timely question to ponder when many of us honor the purported moment of Christ's birth with a last-minute burst of shopping.

A Better Ending for the "Invisible Child"

Judith Sandalow | Posted 09.08.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

If there's one news article I would put on your must-read list from 2013, it's last week's exceptional New York Times series on Dasani, a homeless gir...

Are Stocks Too Expensive? Who Cares?

Neal Frankle | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Neal Frankle

Why does the government want to keep rates in the basement? They want to get business to unleash their stash of cash (currently over $1 trillion) and create more jobs. By many accounts, that action is working.

American Versailles

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I first saw Washington, D.C. in 1974. I was astonished with the Greek vision of architecture on Capitol Hill. I could not get over my admiration for t...

Celebrating Four Years: Opening the Government's Doors to the AAPI Community

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on December 3, 2013. President Obama signs Executive Order 13515 ree...