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Hurricane Sandy Deals Infrastructure A Blow, Highlights Need For Investment | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- A day after Hurricane Sandy swept across the nation's most densely populated communities along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, utilities, ...

Covachita: Workshop in Mexico

designboom | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts

2012-10-29-imagepull.jpg In the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia in the Nuevo Leon Region of Mexico, local firm Covachita has completed their "workshop" amongst the indigenous mountainous terrain overlooking a valley.

"Strong America" Needs Less Foreign Savior and More Infrastructure Maven

Ronnie Cameron | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Ronnie Cameron

If we want to do as President Obama says and build a "Strong America" again, we need to take foreign spent dollars and invest them at home.

We Can't Afford to Wait to Fix Our Water Problem

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 12.15.2012 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

If we hope to protect America's waterways, we need to support the EPA in enforcing Clean Water Act safeguards. One of the most important ways to do that is by investing in green stormwater infrastructure -- and we'll put millions of Americans to work in the process.

So DO Tax Cuts Create Jobs?

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

In Wednesday's debate Mitt Romney repeated his claim that cutting individual and corporate income taxes creates jobs. But when you look at what actually happened, the periods when we had the highest tax rates were the periods we had the greatest job and economic growth.

Meeting the Infrastructure Challenge Requires Innovative Solutions

Jonathan Tisch | Posted 12.04.2012 | Business
Jonathan Tisch

The old model -- relying on some combination of tax increases, additional debt, and help from Washington -- has fallen victim to fiscal and political challenges that promise to intensify rather than subside.

Afghanistan: We're Out of Reasons

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

In reporting about a Taliban attack against Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan last Friday, The New York Times pointed out that the eight U.S. Marin...

If You Build It, Will They Come? Robot Cars, Infrastructure and Policy Innovation

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Science
Joseph F. Coughlin

There's currently not much demand for infrastructural and policy solutions because no one has an autonomous car yet. But, on the other hand, no one will have autonomous cars until some of these problems get sorted out.

Infrastructure Investment Creates Jobs -- For Everyone

Avi Viswanathan | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Avi Viswanathan

The private sector will not be able to drive our recovery alone. Investing in proven job creation strategies with clear paths to reducing racial disparities will help put America back on the path to prosperity.

White House To Issue Executive Order On Cybersecurity

Reuters | Joseph Menn | Posted 11.24.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to develop voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for owners of power, w...

A Grand Bargain for Roads

Ron Davis | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Traffic policy is, admittedly, unsexy. But the potential for saving many billions of dollars and thousands of lives demands serious attention and action.

Why Wait Until Something Breaks? Let's Try Predictive Maintenance

Christopher Conradi | Posted 10.28.2012 | Technology
Christopher Conradi

Why wait until something is broken to fix it? That's what a growing number of companies are asking themselves these days.

Startup Aims to Install Pipelines With Helicopters... Seriously!

XPRIZE | Posted 10.27.2012 | Business

By David J. Hill Contributing Writer, Singularity University. A major earthquake strikes a town leaving power plants damaged, water pipelines broken,...

At DNC, Obama Should Propose: Close the "Romney Loopholes" and "Give America a Raise" by Increasing the Minimum Wage

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

President Obama should throw down the gauntlet by promising to veto any cuts in any domestic programs until the Romney loopholes are closed. Why should the rest of us pay for Romney's money vacationing in the Cayman Islands?

How Congress Can Get Its Act Together | Posted 09.03.2012 | Business

NEWPORT BEACH – What if members of the United States Congress, now returning from their summer recess, were to receive a “back to school” letter...

What Bernanke Couldn't Quite Say

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Today, there is so much public infrastructure in disarray, such a crying need to move the nation to a sustainable energy path, and so great a need for the jobs that could be created by large-scale public investments that more stimulus spending should be a no-brainer. But this alternative is not even being seriously debated. Rather Democratic paths to deficit reduction are jousting with Republican paths. So here is Ben Bernanke -- a Republican, first appointed by George W. Bush, a huge admirer of Milton Friedman -- saying what no other Republican and too few Democrats are willing to say: The problem is not the deficit, but the risk that Congress will overreact to the deficit.

Letter From Charlotte, NC: Fighting for America's Future

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We are in a fight for the future of America. Anyone who watched the Republican National Convention speeches knows this. Anyone who has witnessed the ...

Natural Gas: Bridge or Dead End?

Christopher F. Jones | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Christopher F. Jones

Natural gas could be an ally of the pragmatic environmentalist. But we must be careful that infrastructural investments do not hinder a renewable energy future. Without off-ramps, a bridge is simply a dead end.

Why Is Wal-Mart Silent?

Paul A. London | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Paul A. London

Wal-Mart should be standing on a soap box denouncing the Republican Party for proposing exactly the policies Republicans championed in the 1930s.

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Help Get America To Work

Nancy Andrews | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Nancy Andrews

To help get America back to work, there is one critically important element that is often overlooked: the fact that today, simply getting from home to work and back again has become a growing challenge for many Americans.

Robust Economic And Job Growth Requires Government To Do Much More

Russell Goldsmith | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Russell Goldsmith

With millions of Americans still out of work, government at all levels can and should do much more to help the private sector create jobs and accelerate the country's economic recovery. Simply lowering taxes and easing the regulatory burden is not enough.

How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan -- or America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask "Did we succeed in Iraq?" or "Will reconstruction pay off?" The question du jour has finally shifted to: "Why did we fail?"

Partnering To Rebuild A Better America

Kasim Reed | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Kasim Reed

Public-private partnerships are promising opportunities to get domestic infrastructure funded by putting in a small amount of public funds to attract corporate investment. More importantly, such partnerships are crucial to putting more people back to work and creating a better Atlanta.

For Prosperity Economics to Work We Must Leverage America's Growing Diversity as an Asset

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

Prosperity Economics provides an excellent policy platform for building an equitable and sustainable economy. The nation is now undergoing an unprecedented demographic transition, and it is time for policymakers to incorporate these solutions into national policy.

2012: The 'Stockholm Syndrome' Election

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

So, here we are, all "you people," being deliberately targeted for pain so we will feel so anxious, so unhappy and so angry that we will embrace anyone else, even those who have deliberately screwed us for their political gain.