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'R' Is for Republican and Reverse

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse. In 2016, let's find Democratic candidates who will move the country forward.

Time To Get Moving On Transportation Funding

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

The federal budget is a reflection of our nation's priorities. As the budget debate heats up in Washington, Congress must choose between investing in a safe and economically secure America, or siding with special interests and continuing to spend billions on wasteful programs that military leaders do not even want.

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

A strangely popular proposal would give companies a temporary tax holiday, letting corporations "repatriate" their money at an extremely low tax rate, thereby encouraging more corporate tax dodging in the future. You'd think that common sense and strong opposition would be enough to kill a bad policy. Not in Washington, D.C., apparently.

Drinking Water: A Human Right at Risk in America

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Imagine life without running water. Imagine the ordeal of having to find water not only to stay hydrated but also to bathe, clean, and cook. Imagine the challenge of caring for infants, the sick, or the elderly when the tap runs dry. Over the past year, hundreds of thousands of Americans have had to live out this nightmare.

Let's Empower Local Microfinance Solutions

Joyce Kim | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Joyce Kim

But as the tech world continues to develop sleeker financial technology, let's not forget about the potential for sustainable progress and pervasive change in microfinance, for the people who need it most.

The Next American Economy Requires Bipartisan Leadership

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Now more than ever it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together to focus our vast national resources on new and better ways to grow our economy that are more sustainable and inclusive for Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions.

President Obama's Budget: Five Small Steps Forward, One Big Step Back

Doug Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Hall

Unfortunately, this year's budget continues the harmful framework imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 of "trading off" defense spending with domestic needs. Once again, increased defense spending has been blindly offered to balance an equal amount of increased investment in job creation and training, education, climate change, and other priorities combined.

The Year of Accountability?

Edward Wytkind | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

I may not have that corner office in the Capitol, but voters effectively do -- or should. It's up to all of us to speak up and make sure that those in Congress know that we have noticed that our transportation system is crumbling, and we won't stand for it.

What Do Bridges and Public Health Have in Common?

Brian Castrucci | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.

Time is Now for President, Congress to Act on a National Infrastructure Bill

Erik Rancatore | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Erik Rancatore

Our nation's roads and bridges are used continuously, 24/7. Although they are vital to public safety, the economy and national security, not much thought is given to them until something goes wrong.

Big Improvements Ahead for Illinois Infrastructure?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's many challenges as he attempts to lead the state in a better direction will be to improve its infrastructure.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

The State Of Transportation Infrastructure: Breaking The Stalemate On Progress

Edward Wytkind | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

If we ended this neglect we could also launch a transportation manufacturing renaissance across America because when we start building and modernizing our economy again, U.S. factories will start humming.

Kate Sheppard

President Obama And The Pipeline That Shall Not Be Named | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is pretty much the only thing Congress is talking about. The House passed legislation that would force...

The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear From the Politicians)

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Pay attention to what your local city councils are enacting. Pay attention to what your school officials are teaching and not teaching. Pay attention to whom your elected officials are allowing to wine and dine them.

5 Priorities For The State Of The Union

Kim Glas | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Kim Glas

America's infrastructure is in dire need of repair and it is past time to modernize the systems we rely on every day for energy, water, and communications both to address climate change and to create quality, family-sustaining jobs.

Suggested Message for State of the Union: 'Don't Screw It Up... Again'

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

President Obama begins his seventh year in office in good position. At this point in his eight-year term, the unemployment rate is a) lower than Reagan's at the same time; b) lower than Romney/Republican targets for the end of 2016 and St. Ronnie's for his entire term; c) Medicare is now solvent at least through 2031; and, d) ~10 million more people are covered by health insurance.

Engineering for the Future

Linda Katehi | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Linda Katehi

With the world's population rapidly expanding and our ecosystems under extreme stress, the field of engineering must focus like never before on sustainability and environmental repair.

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality

Les Leopold | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Les Leopold

America is the richest country in all of history. We have the largest economy and the largest number of millionaires and billionaires. At the same time, however, we lead the developed world in economic inequality.

Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda -- In Her Own Words

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Senator Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for economic change. But with media visibility comes over-simplified media analysis.

Matt Sheehan

Beijing's Incredible Subway Expansion In One GIF | Matt Sheehan | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

BEIJING -- The Beijing subway is a madhouse and a miracle, and the record-breaking system is expanding into new corners of the city. On Sunday, Beijin...

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

Sam Stein

Meet The One House Republican Willing To Call For A Gas Tax Hike | Sam Stein | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As gas prices nationwide continue to plummet, advocates for enhanced federal investment in transportation are sensing a rare political o...