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Disarm the Hostage Bomb -- Stop Governing Based on Threats, Intimidation and Lies

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

A nation whose constitution begins with the words "We, the People" should not be governed through threats and intimidation and lies. It is time to de...

Who Will Be the Next Secretary of Labor?

David Macaray | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

Weingarten has the toughness, the smarts, the administrative chops, and the requisite union background to hit the deck running. I know her casually. With her dedication to labor and her willingness to fight like a badger, she'd make an excellent Secretary.

Bickering Is Bad for Business

Brian Hamilton | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Brian Hamilton

The message to Congress is simple: Adapt. Figure it out. Make the tough choices. It's what business owners do every day, and it's what Americans have done for centuries.

Haley Debacle Targeted In 'Political Stunt'

Associated Press | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

A Democratic senator introduced legislation Tuesday to apologize to millions of South Carolina taxpayers for the cyber theft of their personal data ...

Government Has Our Back -- And We Should Be Thankful

Allan Brawley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Those who rant against Big Government interference in the supposedly free market workings of the capitalist system are either delusional or cynically self-serving.

How to End Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 1

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.09.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

Accountability still lies with the individual, but we all pay the price when large numbers of our neighbors and fellow citizens fall through the cracks.

My Unsolicited Advice for the 113th U.S. Congress

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Like most Americans, I am ready for politics unusual. We all need to take bold risks to unite our country and to move us forward. I challenge the new Congress to embrace some of these ideas about being open, holistic, and relational. I know that I will.

Left Out! It Just Aint Right! The Extreme Center Needs to Be Heard

Peter Merriman | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

If we are ever to get back to a government that can have the faith of the American people, we need to limit the extremists in Congress. Today, only 50 of the 435 house seats are competitive districts according to former Senator Bill Bradley.

An Open Letter to Congress

Jennifer Rowe Walters | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Rowe Walters

If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.

Fiscal Cliff Diving: Here's to the Pool!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hanging on to a bit more of our money might sound good until the day of reckoning, whenever and however it arrives, when our flight is ending and our landing becomes salient. At that point, we are apt to find ourselves wishing for... a pool.

Quality Neighborhoods Citywide Essential to Stronger Detroit

Benny Napoleon | Posted 03.05.2013 | Detroit
Benny Napoleon

As Detroiters, we embrace our city's non-residential stakeholders. We embrace the fact that many are rooting for us; understanding that we will never have a thriving state of Michigan, or southeast region without a vibrant city of Detroit.

Time for an American Spring?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Okay, it's clear they don't get it. After several elections, the Great Recession and lots of moaning and groaning about the stalemate in Washington, o...

Governance in Revolution Generation

Kanan Dhru | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Kanan Dhru

The opaque style of decision making behind closed doors needs to become a thing of history, as the awakened "revolution" generation demands more answers, more openness -- more accountability!

Cliff-Jumping Is The New Normal

Howard Fineman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The cliff we fell off on New Year's Eve is just the first of many.

Analysis: Stop Using Feds as Pawns in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Max Stier | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Max Stier

Our leaders have been pursuing an ill-advised course when it comes to creating a vibrant federal workforce.

You're Not a Social Business Leader If __________? (10 Hints)

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Instead of defining what a social business executive is, we decided to list 10 hints that you're not a social business executive.

Crony Capitalism's Power Couple

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Where is Phil Gramm hiding? The former Republican senator from Texas has not been heard from since his bank got nailed by the G-men. Or, as the Times put it, UBS now has the distinction of being "the first big global bank in more than two decades to have a subsidiary plead guilty to fraud."

Bottom Line: Here's the Biggest Problem With the Constitution

Eric Black | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Eric Black

The bigger problem -- at least in terms of the structure of the government -- is that we have a system that's built for inaction. Too many veto points.

Washington Can Benefit From Social Business Leadership Principles

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

To collaborate with the ethos of value exchange, we must embrace social collaboration. We live in a connected world, where businesses must be able to change and adapt in order to achieve sustainable growth. Washington should take a lesson.

The Shameful Exploitation of Bradley Manning

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

What is protected in the First Amendment is not the right of commercial enterprises to exploit the news for profit, but rather of citizens to become informed. That requires the courage of heroic sources, including Bradley Manning.

Issues, Principles and Party Realignment

D. Robert Worley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Neither party stands for anything permanent. For several years, I've been hoping for a realignment that produces a party system representing mainstream America, with the fringe elements agitating in the wings. I'm still hoping.

Cancer Cronyism

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Six years ago, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was founded. Voters funded the institute with $3 billion over 10 years. People were hopeful. But that's a lot of money. Greed and politics were drawn to the fund.

A Sign That Obama Will Repeat Economic Mistakes

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Robert Scheer

Please don't tell me that these reports in the business press touting Sallie Krawcheck as a front-runner for chairman of the SEC or even a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary are true.

EPA Sends a Message With BP Suspension

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

It will be interesting to see how long the suspension remains in place. The last time the EPA took steps to exclude BP from federal contracting -- back in 2009 -- the agency backed off due to pressure from the Pentagon.

Under-Taxed Americans Face the Fiscal Cliff

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Steven Cohen

What I find troubling about the discussion of fiscal cliffs, tax policy and "entitlements" is that it is divorced from its underlying impact on our community and values.