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'No More Stringent Than': Why Disempowering Indiana's Department of Environmental Management Is Bad for the State

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Nichlas Emmons

Over the last couple of years, there have been a series of severe policy decisions made within the halls of the state assembly and the Governor's office that has accelerated the crumbling foundation on which Indiana's economy was built.

Serious Debate on Caste Discrimination in India

Varun Gupta | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Varun Gupta

A lot has been said and written about caste discrimination in the aftermath of tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula. However, as always, the debate has ha...

These Devices Could Prevent Fatalities in Mass Shootings

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 02.01.2016 | Technology
Rawan AbuShaban

(Source: Wikimedia.) The ill-fated shooting at Sandy Hook shook the nation in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults lost their lives in a mass ...

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

Here's How Much Gun Violence Is Costing You a Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
GOBankingRates

By Andrew Lisa, Contributor The debate on whether the U.S. should adopt stricter gun control policies has been a hot topic among politicians, espec...

What I Hope the U.S. Has Discussed With China

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Stability is in the interests of both China and the United States. However, wise planning suggests that a North Korean collapse might happen. If it does, the desirability of contingency plans to restore stability and to prevent adding to instability, suggests that China and the United States should discuss their mutual interests.

A Tutorial for Nikki Haley About America's History of "Racial" Policies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Unfortunately, Trump's perverse proposals fit "right" in with the racist immigration history of the United States. So in the service of education, I offer Nikki Haley the following tutorial focusing on issues of "race" in our immigration and naturalization policies.

Toolbox of a Policymaker

Justin Curmi | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

A policymaker that uses economic planning and political economy planning will be able to ensure that his or her policy can be more effective because it allows one to try to manipulate certain outcomes by using history as a guidebook.

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

Why Obama's Conservation Strategy Puts America on a More Prosperous Path

David Festa | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
David Festa

By taking President Bush's policy to the next level, Obama is setting a new precedent which says that human needs for food, fuel and fiber must not come at the expense of the environment.

In Final State of the Union, Obama Answers Critics, Forges Vision

EBONY.com | Posted 01.13.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Over the past seven years, many have bashed this President for not being strong enough, for not exercising enough force, and for not bringing our economy back. Last night the President graciously answered all the critics.

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe:...

The Internet of Things Era Is Here. Is Washington Ready?

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.12.2016 | Technology
Alex Wirth

When I first walked onto the showroom floor of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) I was simply overwhelmed. From cages filled with flying drones (inc...

A Common Community

Akhila Satish | Posted 01.12.2016 | Science
Akhila Satish

No one wants to infringe on patient rights or privacy. However, as we try to find the balance between research and privacy, we need to create greater awareness. Increasing education around research processes may just be the silver bullet to do so.

How the Homeless Population Is Changing: It's Older and Sicker

The Conversation US | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
The Conversation US

What policymakers and the general public need to recognize is that the homeless are aging faster than the general population in the U.S. This shift in the demographics has major implications for how municipalities and health care providers deal with homeless populations.

Amidst the Refugee Crisis, I Find Peace in Syrian Food

Marilyn Schlitz | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Marilyn Schlitz

Nourishing childhood memories triggered by the sensuous food are also spurred by the day's news about Syria and the massive refuge crisis. As I bring forth my mindfully crafted dishes, we turn off the talk of terrorism and mass homicides.

Thinking about Climate Change Following the Paris Agreements

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

Not only should we begin to reconsider how capitalism works in developing more sustainable communities, but its current form in the United States may not be as resilient as it needs to be to cope with climate change.

The Formally Incarcerated Should Not Be Left Out of Daily American Life

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Demonizing incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals permitted us to leave them out of daily American life. Even worse -- we excluded them from conversations about their own fates and continued to punish them with collateral consequences, long after they had served their time. In America, every sentence is a life sentence.

'Tis the Season

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

This Christmas season, while we make our annual burst of charity, let's look at the bigger picture and see if we can stretch those efforts year round.

How Knowledge and Trust Tell Us What "Forward" Means

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 12.10.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

When I say "forward" to Nacho, I am giving one of the very basic training commands and certainly the most used command. It also seems pretty "straight...

Connect to Lead for Climate Change

Johann Berlin | Posted 12.19.2015 | Impact
Johann Berlin

What will catalyze such a profound shift in our priorities that our policies and laws reflect rather enforce a healthier, more sustainable relationship with our environment? How do we reach a place where a critical mass of global citizens prioritize our planet?

On Gun Violence: Uttering the Unutterable

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

What will it take for us to cease fighting insanity with insanity? How many more of our precious people of all ages will have their lives cut short under the banner of "freedom to bear arms"?

The Pope and Cap and Trade

William A. Sundstrom | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
William A. Sundstrom

Pope Francis didn't win many friends among mainstream climate economists when his recent environmental encyclical Laudato Si' condemned the notion of buying and selling carbon credits.

Why You Should Watch China's Commitment to Becoming an Innovation-driven World Leader

Kristel Van der Elst | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Kristel Van der Elst

It is easy to discount the idea of China becoming an innovation-driven world leader - but that could prove to be a dangerous strategic blind spot. Impossible? Many things are impossible, until they happen.

Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.