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President's State of the Union and White House Proposals Do Little to Address Real Privacy and Data Security Concerns

Adrian Nazari | Posted 01.29.2015 | Technology
Adrian Nazari

While I share president Obama's goals, I fear the complexities of data security could lead to solutions that don't solve the problems -- or actually could make the problems worse.

Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Susan Danish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

Let's take as a given that an important piece of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem has to be creating awareness at the community level, where the traffickers actually make their money.

The Impenetrable Bond of a Sister's Love: Exposing a Potential Fatal Flaw in Breast Cancer Screening

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

It was Chris' own words that inspired her sister Anne to advocate for density reporting legislation in their resident state of Ohio. Anne was embarking on a new journey which was foreign to her, the political culture of breast density reporting legislative advocacy.

What Is on the Horizon for Grand Jury Reform?

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 01.23.2015 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Some of the current proposals may deserve consideration but they would have greater long-term impact and meaning if they improve transparency within the criminal justice system more generally and are not limited to cases just involving police.

A President Against Himself

Ladan Rafii | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

Yes, the latest polls may indicate that the President's popularity among Americans has increased by a few percentage points, but that won't make up for all the goodwill he's lost in the corridors of Capitol Hill.

Free Trade With Cuba Now

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

With increasing global threats of terrorism and epidemics, we are increasingly in need of partners and allies on the world stage. Cuba will be a welcomed addition, as our two nations are both known for international assistance.

What to Expect From the 114th Congress

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Personally, I'm not holding my breath waiting for rousing choruses of "Kumbaya" to be echoing through the Capitol any time soon.

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

Two Stalled Mental Health Bills Are Essential for All of Us

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Can a single piece of legislation really save our country millions every year, and at the same time improve the care of those with mental illness? It sounds too good to be true, but it is not.

Women's Health Care Under Attack: Sneak Preview of 2015

Cecile Richards | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Elections are behind us, and many new state legislative sessions don't begin until January -- yet lawmakers are already giving us a preview of the bills they intend to pass into law first chance they get.

Why Does Progress for Women Take So Long?

Susan Danish | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Susan Danish

It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in this country. Will it take that long to build a museum on the National Mall exploring and celebrating the contributions of American women?

The New Immigration Problem

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

While the problem to some is that the President spoke at all, the real problem is that we're now saddled with an executive order that cannot be implemented in any meaningful way.

Governor Cuomo Should Veto the Mold Legislation and Start From Square One

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 01.21.2015 | New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

Governor Cuomo should veto the legislation. A new mold bill should be written that includes stiff penalties. The bill should also require training of all mold workers, photographic documentation, and third party verification that mold remediation is properly completed.

Cambodia Takes Multi-Pronged Approach to Confronting Gender-Based Violence

UN Women | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
UN Women

Supported by UN Women, the Government of Cambodia established a Technical Working Group on Gender and Gender-Based Violence, consisting of key line ministries, civil society organizations and development partners.

How the House Would Prevent Scientists From Advising the EPA on Their Own Research

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

EPA's decision of whether the scientific evidence is sufficient to regulate is a legal and policy question. But it needs to be informed by good scientific advice. The House is not interested in good advice. It is interested in advice that supports the effort to manufacturer uncertainty.

Five Cyber Security Takeaways From the Mid-Term elections

Brian E. Finch | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Brian E. Finch

While not a much-discussed topic during campaign season, federal policy on cyber-security will likely see some material changes as a result of a Republican-controlled Senate. Just how significant those changes will be have yet to be determined, but here are some thoughts on probably outcomes.

Alaska's Marijuana Ballot Measure Language Proves Explosive Issue for Dueling Campaigns

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

The specific concern about hash oil is reflective of a larger question about the measure -- one on which the campaigns disagree: When it comes to the rule-making process outlined in the initiative, how much room is there for adding limitations?

Study: I'm the Most Effective Member of GA Delegation in 112th Congress

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Many people know me for my dry sense of humor, but I'm also a serious legislator who gets results. I work hard to offer meaningful and impactful legislation that helps level the playing field for consumers, working people, the middle class and civil rights for the disenfranchised.

Building a Cancer-Free Future

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

We are deeply investing all we have in a shifting culture with time, energy and minimal resources. We are not selling treatment, we are selling prevention. There is no short term financial model for prevention -- no buildings, machines or treatments.

The Indigenous Language Challenge

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Colleen M Fitzgerald

People are posting videos where they take on dramatic challenges and tag others to join in. It's an energetic effort to raise awareness ... to use Native American languages.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

What the 'Do Nothing Congress' Is Doing on ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It's one small piece of good news that some lawmakers, three Republicans and one Democrat, are trying to make sure that the people's representatives are expressing their Article I powers to the fullest extent possible.

Honduras: The Patriotism Bill

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

There was one round of debate in the legislative chamber before the measure's final approval, and apparently all those who participated in the exchanges were pleased and satisfied with the final language. Hmm, not so fast. I'd like a shot at amending the bill.

College Football, Sexual Assaults, and University Accountability

Adam Banner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

With the college football season set to officially begin on August 23, many collegiate teams find their rosters in question, with a number of football players accused of sexual assaults against other students. Should the university's investigation override a legal presumption of innocence? Maybe.

The Fight Against America's Terrible Vacation Policies Is Heating Up

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.07.2014 | Travel

The average American worker barely takes advantage of half of their allotted vacation time, according to a Glassdoor survey released earlier this year...