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Lobbyist Turned Hill Staffer Owned At Least $100,000 in Northrop Stock

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Thomas MacKenzie, the former Northrop Grumman lobbyist who was awarded a large severance and bonus prior to taking a job on Capitol Hill in 2011, also owned between $100,000 and $250,000 in Northrop stock during that time.

How Is the Government Communications Office Changing?

Steve Ressler | Posted 08.27.2012 | DC
Steve Ressler

As the nature of our media shifts, the nature of our communications offices will be forced to shift as well. What will the future of government communications look like?

A Smarter Government Through Cloud Computing

Andras Szakal | Posted 08.26.2012 | Technology
Andras Szakal

A smarter government is more agile, more able to effectively respond to changing government needs and citizen dynamics. One of the best ways to improve the way our government works is through cloud computing.

Four Extraordinary Women Explain How to Balance Work and Family

Susan Moeller | Posted 08.26.2012 | Women
Susan Moeller

"It's not that Anne-Marie was being blocked by attitudes that are keeping her from her definition of the top, but that she's being blocked by the reality of her needing to be available to her family,"

Liberals Working for the Right

Dean Baker | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Some say the left should tout the merits of "government." That is a great idea, if the point is to advance the conservatives' agenda. It is astounding how happy liberals are to work for the right by implying that conservatives somehow just want to leave markets to themselves whereas the liberals want to bring in the pointy-headed bureaucrats to tell people what they should do. This view is, of course, nonsense. Pick an issue, any issue, and you will almost invariably find the right actively pushing for a big role for government. However, for conservatives the goal is not ensuring a decent standard of living for the bulk of the population. Rather the goal is ensuring that money is redistributed upward. And, of course, the conservatives are smart enough not to own up to their use of the government.

The Role of Government

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The president and Governor Romney gave dueling speeches in the swing state of Ohio yesterday, laying out broad economic themes, so it is incumbent on me to look under the hoods. It is, of course, impossible for politics to be anything but deeply political right now. By that cryptic statement, I mean that it's actually hard to listen to the core of what the presidential candidates are saying through anything like an objective lens. It's all positioning, framing yourself and your opponent, capitalizing on their gaffes while walking yours back, presenting plans but assiduously avoiding key details. And with the media, understandably, in full horse-race mode, an actual substantive analysis of the candidates' positions may be nigh impossible. But I'm going to try anyway.

SASC Marks Up the Defense Budget in the Dark

Danielle Brian | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

It's hard to think of a bill that merits more public scrutiny than the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

See You at the Club: Fed Fat Cats Dip Into the Till

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The Fed has been run like an elite club, handsomely rewarding its banker directors while sacrificing the homeowners and families who most need safeguarding.

How Is the Iraqi Government Doing as of 2012?

Quora | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Wael Al Sallami, Iraqi Rubyist, CS grad student at TAMU Let me break it down to a few key areas:Pow...

You Can't Have Healthy Businesses Without Strong Government

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

As much as conservatives want to pretend otherwise, you can't have strong, healthy, prospering businesses without a big, strong government. The kinds...

The Real Reason for Big Government

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Douglas J. Amy

Big government is not something that has been forced on Americans by liberal elitists and power-hungry bureaucrats. We have it because we ourselves have demanded big government to deal with the many big problems we have faced.

A Voluntary Buffett Rule

M. Todd Henderson | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
M. Todd Henderson

Some people prefer to help others through charity, while others prefer the government to serve this role. Making government more like charity can offer the latter group a means of doing so, without coercing those who prefer private action.

Democrats Failed in Wisconsin Because They Failed Wisconsin

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

By refusing to campaign in Wisconsin before Tuesday's vote, President Obama proved he has no heart for engaging in a real debate about the sources of our economic crisis.

In Government Class On Election Day

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The connection between having at least a high school education and getting out to the polls is something that civics and government teachers think about every day. How do you encourage students to see politics as relevant?

Is Progress Possible?

Gary Hart | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who believe in a society, that to some degree we are all in this together, there are three choices: resist change, stagnate or progress. So far, no one has discovered how to progress without the institutions of government.

Modernize the Constitution, But Do it Through an Amendment

Rui Dai | Posted 07.31.2012 | College
Rui Dai

Yes, the U.S. Constitution desperately needs to be updated. However, any updates should go through the amendment process. The U.S. Constitution may be flawed, but changing it outright is more dangerous.

Hope Burning

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Now we have Rambo Obama, a steely warrior who hurls death-dealing drones at anyone who threatens the good old USA. Including children. The Obama answer to human rights groups is the same as that offered by George W. Bush: Get the Justice Department to say that anything goes.

Why I'm Not Married

April Salchert | Posted 07.29.2012 | Weddings
April Salchert

Unlike McMillan, though I may 'have the badge' in marriage AND divorce, I hardly feel that gives me some authorial position on the subject. In fact, when I read she was divorced three times, I was miffed to why she was advocating the institution of marriage.

Memorial Day 2012: Take Time to Remember and Give Thanks

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2012 | DC
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Whether you are for or against this or any war, I hope you'll join me in pausing to be thankful to the "all who gave some and the some who gave all" so that people could be free. Neither or I nor my children have served in the military, but they and I enjoy freedom because of it.

Dirty Business: How Unaccountable Bureaucrats Kill Clean Technology

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

While we fight this battle against our own government for clean energy, we are being welcomed with open arms in Russia, China, Indonesia, and Australia, all who want our technology now.

TSA Mission: Impossible?

Steve Ressler | Posted 07.25.2012 | Travel
Steve Ressler

A former TSA administrator says two major changes would create better -- and less frustrating -- airport security.

Idling Government Employees Need to Wake Up

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

With the economy so bad now, these blatant public displays of waste and excess in taxpayer-subsidized vehicles highlight a careless disregard for public funds and how they are spent.

Detroit Police Restructuring Necessary to Curb Crime

Gary A. Brown | Posted 07.22.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroit continues to face a fiscal crisis. However, the issue to address crime in the neighborhoods is not about resources; it's about managing the resources. The crime affecting our neighborhoods is fixable.

Big Data and a Brave New World

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.17.2012 | Chicago
Ben Hecht

In this early stage of innovating with Big Data in cities, the challenge is not how to do something with nothing but how to do anything with a lot.

Innovation in the Government Industry, Vol. 2: Bitcoin

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 07.17.2012 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

There are many risks and potential flaws associated with buying or using Bitcoin, but the idea of competing with government and creating a new currency outside of the control of a third party is very interesting to me.