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The Joke Is on Us: Super PACs, Money and Democracy

Dan Glickman | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Super PACs only serve to enrich broadcasters and worse, relentlessly assault Americans with negativity and the ugly side of politics.

U.S. v. Jones: Fourth Amendment Privacy Certainly Not "Dead," But How Do We Deal With It?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.25.2012 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Privacy and its treatment in the civil context, particularly what society's view of the "reasonable expectation of privacy" is, will most certainly be shaped by society's use of technology and how it interacts with platforms like Facebook or Google.

States Should Maintain Role in Nuclear Oversight

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Governors have the responsibility to protect the safety of their citizens. If the plant accidentally releases radiation, the governor takes immediate action, ordering an evacuation, issuing iodine pills. But the governor had no power to prevent an accident in the first place.

Matt Sledge

'The Pruitt Igoe Myth' Finds Architecture's Big Flop Was Somebody Else's Fault | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

The images of its destruction are some of the most iconic in all of modern architecture. Less than 20 years after they went up, the towers of the Prui...

Jason Cherkis

Let The Mud Fly: Read Texas Dems' 500-Page Rick Perry Opposition Book | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Running for the 2008 GOP nomination, John McCain's campaign team pulled together 200 pages of dirt on his 2008 rival Mitt Romney, posted...

Gov 2.0 Crashes in Election 2012

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

Many people may not be familiar with Gov 2.0 but with all the current electioneering going on, we need to pause for a moment to see where a lot of this energy and technology is getting its base from. There are some excellent examples of where Gov 2.0 has crossed into electoral politics.

NYC's Digital Roadmap: 2011 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In July 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced that the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment would include NYC Digital. Last January, NYC Digital launched and we hit the ground running.

Happy Birthday, Common Sense

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.

Open Government Data: Not Just Good Policy, But Economically Sound

W. David Stephenson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
W. David Stephenson

It's time for those on both the right and left concerned about the cost and efficiency of government to join in: opening up data makes hard economic sense as well.

Turning Off the Lights: Democracy in the Dark

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

There is no more dismal metaphor for America's abandonment of the public sphere than the decision by Highland Park, Michigan to rip up a swath of its street lights in the name of public parsimony.

Marginalizing Ron Paul

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

It should not be difficult for the New York Times editorial writers to treat Ron Paul as a profound and principled contributor to a much-needed national debate on the limits of federal power instead of attempting to marginalize his views beyond recognition.

Policy and Markets: How, Not If

Bruce W. Jentleson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Bruce W. Jentleson

The nature of 21st century international economic competition writ large is not about who can become the most laissez faire capitalist but who can forge optimal bi-sectoralist policy-market synergies.

There Goes the Republic

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The defense authorization bill that will soon become law is not only a disaster in the making for civil liberty but a blow to effective anti-terrorist police work.

3 Themes of Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

We are past the point where the "Gov 2.0" in our name does more than evoke recognition. It is time to focus not on the theoretical but on the practical.

Amid Portal Problems, USAJOBS Turns Frustration to Friendship With Social Media

Steve Ressler | Posted 02.11.2012 | DC
Steve Ressler

When USAJOBS -- the online portal for federal jobs -- shut down for a few days in October to launch it's new website, government job seekers and recru...

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, One Land Title at a Time

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Tim Hanstad

It should be simple. A country ensures free education for all children, and everyone benefits. But we all know it's not that easy.

Double Trouble

Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe | Posted 02.07.2012 | Technology
Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe

Sometimes, the challenges facing Federal IT -- and Washington writ large -- seem so complex as to be intractable. Other times the answers are so simple it makes my blood boil.

All-American Socialism?

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Is socialism's value as a meaningless scare-word played out yet? If so, maybe we can give it a second chance as a real idea. By treating the word as an all-purpose insult, we've lost touch with essential strands of American political thinking.

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The driving faith of the GOP has become the notion that the toxic mixture of moral hypocrisy and unfettered greed is a formula for victory. Newt Gingrich could be their man.

Oval Office Outs Overspending

Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe | Posted 01.29.2012 | DC
Stephen W.T. O'Keeffe

Whether donkey or elephant, it's difficult to argue with these common-sense changes. That said, a couple of questions: Why do we need an Executive Order to make these common-sense changes?

Change or Be Changed

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

We Americans have a lot to be thankful for. As a land of inordinate opportunities, our success has not been because we're really any better than anyone else -- but we have been luckier.

People Should Come With Warning Labels

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 01.22.2012 | Comedy
Lisa Earle McLeod

Wouldn't it be great if people announced their dysfunctions and hidden agendas at the start of a relationship rather than you having to discover it later? Think about how much time you would save.

Evolving Democracy for the 21st Century

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 01.18.2012 | Technology
Beth Simone Noveck

To achieve the twin goals of more participatory and effective governance, we must innovate in how we govern. Thanks to technology, if we have the will to do so, we also now have the opportunity.

Open Data for Real People

Patti Prairie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Technology
Patti Prairie

Why, when the app industry is booming with new demand and innovation, are open data providers seeing much lower uptake than anticipated?

The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Robert Scheer

Only in America is the arrogance of the super-rich so perfectly concealed by the pretense of democracy that the 12th richest man in the nation can suppress dissent against corporate rapacity and expect his brutal actions to be viewed as necessary to providing sanitary streets.