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Judy Belk | Posted 06.08.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

How did we get to this point in California? Why, in one of the most prosperous states in the wealthiest country in the world, must families wait in line to use a portable shower stall and donated water in a church parking lot in order to bathe?

May's Seriously Downbeat Jobs Report Puts Kibosh on Fed Rate Hike; Underscores Need for Deep Infrastructure Dive

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In an unexpectedly downbeat jobs report, employers added only 38,000 jobs last month, the worst month for job gains since employment started recovering in 2010. Downward revisions trimmed the employment gains for the prior two months by 59,000, and the labor force participation rate fell again in May, as it had in April.

In light of all the lead: Let's take care of the basics.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Joe S. Whitworth

In a time-honored, headline-killing move, late Friday afternoon before a long weekend, Portland, Oregon's Public School Superintendent slipped in an a...

A Journey To The Future Via The Past - China's New Silk Road Is High-Speed

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
April Rudin

Everyone knows that I love to travel. Life on the road is exhilarating and educational. After too much time in airports, hotels and taxis, however, it...

How Inspired Architecture Can Connect Billions of People in Asia

April Rudin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Just a few weeks ago, I traveled to Hong Kong, a major hub of business connectivity in Asia, for the second time in two years. I had been invited to p...

The Wireline-Wireless Broadband and Internet Bait and Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's 2015 annual report states that the company is focused on a "digital-first mobile future," while AT&T's 2015 annual report proclaims that it is "Mobilizing your world." But there is a problem with this.

A Stronger, Sustainable National Infrastructure

Erik Rancatore | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Erik Rancatore

For centuries, humankind has relied on concrete to safeguard our families and ensure the security of our communities. We continue to use concrete because it is strong, and durable, and more able to withstand Mother Nature's temperament.

The Growing Threat of Cyber-Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Despite the fact that cyber-attacks occur with greater frequency and intensity around the world, many either go unreported or are under-reported, leaving the public with a false sense of security about the threat they pose and the lives and property they impact.

Larry Summers Gets It Right: We Really Need an Infrastructure Decade

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Right now interest rates are extremely low - even negative in some countries. This high price for government debt means the markets are demanding that governments issue more debt. This is the law of supply and demand. Again: money markets are demanding more supply of government debt.

Paving the Way for Smooth Streets

Richard Thomas | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Richard Thomas

The only time we think about our infrastructure is when the lights do not turn on or a bridge collapses.

A Transportation Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.18.2016 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

For generations, this country's transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth.

Except at CicLAvia, L.A.'s Streets Are No Work of Art

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

It is only Tuesday but it is shaping up to be another great week in L.A. The transformational L.A. happening, CicLAvia Southeast Cities is on the book...

America’s Crumbling Dams Are A Disaster Waiting To Happen

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green

America’s infrastructure is crumbling. The dams are in particularly rough shape and many have deteriorated -- some to dangerous and potentially dead...

Railroads Can Ease the Burden of Our Infrastructure Woes

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 05.16.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

With America's highways and bridges facing a backlog of $740 billion in repairs, transportation experts agree that the United States -- even with progress made through passage of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) in 2015 -- still has a long way to go.

Corporate Greed vs Critical Infrastructure: Greed Won. America Lost.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control and have a monopoly over the state-based utility wires. State by state they had an obligation to not only maintain but to upgrade the states' critical infrastructure. They failed.

Solving Complex Water Challenges Requires Multiple Solutions

Michael Deane | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Michael Deane

This month, as America's attention is being drawn to Infrastructure Week (May 16-23), the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) wants to draw...

The Long View: What Are the Biggest Issues for the Energy Arena Over the Next 10 Years?

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Stakeholders in the energy sector are focused on the ongoing legal battle over the Clean Power Plan, the potential rules on methane emissions and the ...

Brazil At the Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil is at a crossroads. The country retains its tremendous potential. But to reach it, it must pick the right fork in the road.

Solutions for Stormwater in Seattle

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

In Seattle, we embrace the rain. We dress for it, play in it and enjoy the benefits of plentiful water and greenery as a result of it. But rain -- or more specifically stormwater run-off -- is destroying Puget Sound.

Open Data + Increased Disclosure = Better Public-Private Partnerships

FOMIN | Posted 04.27.2016 | Impact
FOMIN

By David Bloomgarden and Georg Neumann David Bloomgarden is acting chief of the Multilateral Investment Fund's Access to Basic Services and Green Gr...

A Toll Road That Harms Taxpayers and the Environment

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Not only is North Carolina giving up the right to control an important public asset for the next five decades, they've made it harder on themselves to make changes to address one of the biggest challenges of our time, climate change.

The LA River as Community Infrastructure

Michael Seo | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Michael Seo

US infrastructure is in a desperate state. The Senate Budget Committee references a 2013 study , "Report Card for America's Infrastructure American So...

Michigan Residents Are Pretty Unhappy With Rick Snyder

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics

One-fifth of Michigan residents polled blame Gov. Rick Snyder (R) for the avoidable lead poisoning emergency in the city of Flint, according to a poll...

Why New York's Democratic Debate Suddenly Seems A Lot More Important

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

The moderators at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate shouldn’t have a hard time thinking up questions. It’s been more than a month since Hi...

The Most Substantive Debate in Recent Political History

David Morris | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Win or lose, Bernie Sanders has made this Democratic primary the most substantive in my lifetime. Not that Hillary Clinton's campaign is devoid of ideas. She has some thoughtful ones. But the boldness of Sanders' proposals is what has driven this historic and instructive debate.