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Shades of Grey

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty is a decision that requires a level of legal and moral analysis that any thoughtful person would avoid at all costs.

The F Word: Charity or Philanthro-Feudalism?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

29 million unemployed or looking for work, that's the latest estimate, and you'd think it'd concentrate the mind in Washington. 29 million, or over 16...

Three Signs That Government Is More Innovative Than Ever

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Steve Ressler

For the past couple weeks, GovLoop has been highlighting the hottest mobile applications, website re-designs, and social media contests coming out of government. Here are a couple of the latest examples.

Biotech Propaganda Cooks Dangers out of GM Potatoes

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

Don't worry your little heads over the gene-spliced foods on your plates. Just trust companies like Monsanto when they tell you their genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are perfectly safe.

Anniversary of a Whistleblowing Hero

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith Part 1 (Click here for Part 2 ») Twelve years ago, a 150-second TV broadcast changed our world; e...

Get Rid of (Bad) Government

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Common wisdom is often common self-deception. We seem to be deceiving ourselves a lot these days as we respond to the drumbeat that government needs ...

McInnis Still Has Not Answered On Hasan Fellowship

Pat Waak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Waak

The news about former Rep. Scott McInnis' sweetheart deal with the Hasan family continues to raise more questions than provide answers. In the last f...

Top 10 Government Agencies to Work For

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ressler

Partnership for Public Service ranked government agencies in order of best places to work. I look at the 10 agencies with the biggest improvement in the 2010 rankings and provide some feedback.

Top 5 Government TV Shows That Should Exist

Steve Ressler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steve Ressler

So there's CSI and NCIS and 24 and Parks and Recreation and other government-related TV shows. But there should be more. Here are my 5 ideas.

Gov 2.0 is Getting Cool!

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan W. Silberberg

Gov 2.0 tools, applications and thinking allows for us to collectively take some ownership back. But what kind of ownership and control should we be seeking? Do we even know really?

In Defense of "Big" Government

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Those who demonize the institution of government as inherently opposed to the people forget the truths laid down by our Founders. Government is not against the people: it is the people.

Will Social Security Get Social Media in the Government 2.0 Age?

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In 2010, whether Social Security can better deliver on its mission through adopting social media, more data, better e-services and mobile technologies is an open question.

Story Time with Robert C. Byrd

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

I know well that Robert Byrd's past was not perfect, and I cannot account for this. What I can say is as follows: he seemed to be a good man when I knew him.

Can Civil Society Survive in a Free Market Economy?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fron Nahzi

An inappropriate, mutually beneficial relationship between political leaders and members of the business elite in the countries of Eastern Europe is thwarting the emergence of genuine democracy.

Why Hugo Chavez Dug Up Simon Bolivar's Bones

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On Friday before dawn, a Chávez government team ceremoniously opened Bolívar's casket in the National Pantheon in Caracas, where his remains were br...

Village Green: How Government Buildings Shape Community, and What to Do

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We generally do not think of the federal government as having much of a role in the shape and function of our local cities and towns. But there are important ways in which it does.

Kudlow Kowtows to Corporate Interest, Abandons Conservative Principles

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

Nothing annoys me more than supposed conservatives in the media advocating for enhanced government intervention. Case in point -- Larry Kudlow.

There's Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Game over, Wall Street has won big-time, and the Bush-Obama policy has made the financiers whole while largely ignoring the deep plight of the true victims of the economic collapse, the unemployed and the foreclosed.

Coming Wave of Gov 2.0 Mergers

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

The Coming Wave of Gov 2.0 Mergers, Takeovers and Buyouts is almost upon us. This will mark the second major part of the Government 2.0 revolution.

Wait, Who Said We Want Less Government Protecting And Empowering Us?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Conservatives cut taxes on the rich, and then spend the next 30 years saying, "OK, now you have to do your part and cut the things government does for the people."

Will the Owner of Reckless Government Spending Please Stand Up?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

It was the Republicans under Bush that planned, excavated and laid the foundation for a rocky road to fiscal hell.

Is BP the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

It is an outrage that Corexit continues to jeopardize both the health of the public and of the Gulf marine life exposed to the chemical. Both the EPA and BP are to blame, with the former allowing the latter to shoot first, ask questions later.

Government Awakens from Coma: Forces BP to Contain the Well

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

For the last 81 days, I've been watching the government, perpetually 2 steps behind BP, fail time after time to keep BP honest, or even understand the...

Gov 2.0 In Need of the "G" Chip?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

As governments rush head on into constructing their own Gov 2.0 online platforms, applications and services; care needs to be taken to consider the privacy, industrial and personal issues.

Problem Solving 101

Brandon Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brandon Shaffer

I consider myself to be a problem solver. As a kid, I loved participating in "Odyssey of the Mind." Building mousetrap powered cars and solving puzz...