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Old, Old Glory

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

If we are to have a government, it should at least do the bare minimum of what's necessary for a modern, competitive society. Now, in 2015, a high-speed railway system and effective public transit are necessary.

Winning the Competition

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

We must make certain that America remains a leader on the world stage. This will happen when we take the necessary time and money to advance our transportation system, which is an investment in our people and the future of America.

Public Private Partnerships: No Silver Bullets

Michael Curley | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Curley

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are the new rage inside the capital beltway. They are the new buzzword of officialdom.

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Stupid Is as Stupid Does, Mr. Speaker

Erica Payne | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.

Fund Infrastructure Now!

Richard Fowler | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Fowler

Let's make the bold decision to transform our transportation system into something that Americans can be proud of. If we do that, the residual impacts will be much more than just safer transit to and from work and play. A real 21st-century American transportation system will stimulate our economy and revitalize our local communities.

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

Gabriel Arana

Rachel Maddow: Amtrak Derailment Is Congress' Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media

Rachel Maddow went on a righteous rant about the state of the country's infrastructure on her show Wednesday, assailing government officials for faili...

Gabriel Arana

Rachel Maddow: Amtrak Derailment Is Congress' Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media

Rachel Maddow went on a righteous rant about the state of the country's infrastructure on her show Wednesday, assailing government officials for faili...

Daniel Marans

This Guy Used 5 Seconds Of Video To Calculate How Fast The Amtrak Train Was Going

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

According to multiple reports, investigators believe that Amtrak Regional Train 188 -- the train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, killing ...

We Need Infrastructure Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

Remember shovel-ready infrastructure jobs and how they were going to lift the country out of the economic doldrums? They have not fared well, thanks to partisan politics. The Amtrak crash that took at least six lives last night makes it more obvious than ever that we need them now.

Daniel Marans

Michigan Voters Reject Tax Increase To Fund Roads, Bridges

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

Michigan voters in a special election on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted down Proposal 1, an amendment to the state's constitution that would have increa...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Despite Reid's Threat, GOP Won't Prioritize Highway Bill Over International Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Senate Republicans made it clear Tuesday that in spite of threats from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), they don't intend...

Matt Sheehan

Signs of Life In China's Gleaming 'Ghost City' Of Ordos

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

ORDOS, China -- This is a city that was built too big for its britches. Rising up from vast deserts of northern China, Ordos is an oasis of 21st-centu...

Voting 'No' on Proposal 1 Is Good for Michigan

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

There is little doubt that Michigan needs much of what Proposal 1 offers, but enough is enough. Liberals need to stop taking what they can get and start demanding what they deserve, and the only way to make sure that happens is to replace as many of the corporate-sponsored Republicans as possible. Voting "no" on Proposal 1 is the first step.

Federal Dysfunction Continues to Underfund Science and Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Funding ports and scientific research should be ideologically neutral pieces of consensus in American politics. But in the toxic environment of the American Congress we can't even do the easy stuff.

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Laura Barron-Lopez

On To The Next Crisis: GOP Lawmakers Divided On Highway Funding As Trust Fund Expiration Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal money pot that pays for roads, bridges and mass transit expires in one month, and lawmakers are struggling to build support ...

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Now Is the Time to Act

Christian Caballero | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Christian Caballero

News that the U.S. economy grew at an anemic 0.2 percent (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015 should trigger a reaction by policymakers in Washington.

10 Illinois Counties With the Most Structurally Deficient Bridges

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Here's a look at the state's bridge inventory and the number of structurally deficient rural and urban bridges, as well as the top 10 most traveled structurally deficient bridges in Illinois.

Infrastructure Salvation

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

We need an infusion of federal money to restore the nation's infrastructure to good working order, not to mention all the jobs that would be created. (Shockingly, our nation has a mediocre ranking internationally in regard to infrastructure, even as federal spending has been steadily declining.)

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.30.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Devastation and rescue in Nepal after massive earthquake; March 2015 th...

Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The fact that the people voters tasked with making the tough decisions are so afraid of losing their jobs that they would put the desires of a fringe "no new taxes" group ahead of the needs of their constituents suggests that the real problem here is not road or education funding but a complete and total failure of leadership.

Bonding the Future: Green Bonds for a Greener Planet

Scott M. Stringer | Posted 04.22.2015 | New York
Scott M. Stringer

In New York City, our coastline, growing population and aging infrastructure put us on the front lines of the climate battle, which poses challenges to our future prosperity and quality of life.