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Breastfeeding at Work, or Somebody Feed That Baby!

Liz Ryan | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Liz Ryan

Flexible programs don't do a lot of good unless people actually use them.

Policy Matters! Wednesday's Income, Poverty, and Insurance Coverage Data

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

A year ago, President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act. The fact that Congress was unwilling to approve these jobs measures is one reason middle class families continue to struggle and why the growth that we are generating is doing an end run around them. In fact, if you think back to 2011, instead of debating jobs measures that could have helped middle class and low-income workers, what was Congress fighting about? Whether or not to default on the national debt. And now there's the specter of the fiscal cliff, another potential self-inflicted wound to an economy that needs a shot in the arm not a punch in the head.

Obama's Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

What does the Obama administration plan for our energy future? To find out, we'll let the words tell the story.

Jacqueline Howard

What Does Addiction Have To Do With The Three Strikes Law?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Los Angeles

In some parts of America, marijuana possession may land you in jail for life. That was the case for Cornell Hood, a New Orleans man who was sentenced ...

The Debate in Washington State Over Legalizing Marijuana Is Off-Track

Rob Kampia | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Rob Kampia

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngThis year's Hempfest included a real debate, which was whether marijuana users should vote for Initiative 502 -- the marijuana-legalization initiative that will appear on the November 6 statewide ballot.

The Romney-Ryan Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The word cloud shown below provides some interesting insights: "U.S." and "energy" are front and center and "Obama" is pretty prominent -- although it's a safe bet that he's not being mentioned or discussed in a positive light. In terms of energy sources, "oil" is by far the dominant player and "gas" is no slouch.

We Can't Have It All, But We Can Give Her Credit

Ming Holden | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Ming Holden

Two main misconceptions have cropped up in the buzz around Anne-Marie Slaughter's current cover story in The Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All."

Climate Politics: North Carolina House Whiffs on Controversial Sea-Level Bill

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

North Carolina's now infamous bill, House Bill 819 -- designed to outlaw accelerated rates of sea-level rise in North Carolina has hit a snag... at least for now.

1.21 Gigawatts! U.S. Finally in the Clean Energy Game

John Farrell | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
John Farrell

In the past five years, a new U.S. renewable energy policy has quietly grown more popular, enabling enough solar power (1.21 gigawatts!) to send Michael J. Fox Back to the Future.

An Unnerving Reality: We're Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Adam Pertman

People who break the law should unequivocally pay an appropriate price for their offenses. But I think it can fairly be argued that the reason some are being ejected from the only country they've ever known is not because of the crime they've committed -- but because they were adopted.

Paid Parental Leave: It's About Time

J. Ronald Lally | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
J. Ronald Lally

It's time for the U.S. to catch up with the rest of the industrialized world and stand up for the rights of women and babies.

Teen Ambivalence Towards Pregnancy Points To Social Problems, Says Study

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee A new report by Melissa Kearney and Philip Levine at the University of Maryland, suggests that common ideas about teenage pregnancy mig...

Sending Sex Traffickers and Johns a Message Before NATO

Rachel Durchslag | Posted 07.17.2012 | Chicago
Rachel Durchslag

In preparation for NATO, both local law enforcement and the military are sending a message to pimps, traffickers and potential customers: If you buy sex in Chicago, there will be consequences for your crimes.

Becoming the Sustainabilitity We Seek

Rich Tafel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Rich Tafel

It is time for the nonprofit sector to change the rules that change the world. It must become the sustainability it seeks from others. Until there's a shift from scarcity to sustainability, we will never drain the swamp.

Two for Tuesday: The Latest on Common Pesticide and Coal Ash

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

A product used not just by farmers but also by lots of us common variety home gardeners and lawn groomers has been linked to a variety of unsavory health effects from cancer (in people) to hormonal disruptions (in animals).

Shifting the Conversation on Early Childhood and Technology

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

The challenge has shifted. It is no longer useful to simply think about limiting children's exposure and access to TV or screens. We need to understand what quality digital tools are and what quality practice looks like.

NCRW Annual Conference 2012: Leveraging Women's Voices

Linda Basch | Posted 03.21.2012 | Women
Linda Basch

NCRW's Annual Conference showcases current scholarship as well as the advocacy and policy work that is essential for advancing an agenda for change.

The Best Way for Congress to Help Small Businesses is to Not Close the Small Business Administration

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Small businesses are proven to be this nation's chief engine of economic stimulus and job creation but President Obama plans to close the only federal agency that exists to help America's 28 million small businesses.

U.S. Fuel Economy: Past, Present and Future

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

OK, amidst the discussion of rising gas prices, we have some good news on the car front. The average mpg for cars sold in the United States is on an upward climb, and has been for a while.

Superintendents, the Correct Answer Is "D -- All of the Above"

Elaine Weiss | Posted 05.09.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Education leaders appear oddly removed from the myriad out-of-school obstacles faced by the many students living in and near poverty.

Tech Sector Unified in Protecting Innovation and Combating Piracy

Rey Ramsey | Posted 04.10.2012 | Technology
Rey Ramsey

As word of the risks spread among entrepreneurs, investors, academics, cybersecurity experts and consumers learned about the risk, the sector came together. That is no small feat. This is an industry that has nearly 6 million jobs all throughout the nation.

A Look at Our Energy Outlook

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com.Steady as we go with energy but definitely not on our climate target. Presidential Disconnect? A little more than tw...

What Schools Are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media

Craig Watkins | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Craig Watkins

Can social media be a distraction? Absolutely. Will some students access questionable content? Yes. But many students use social media to enhance their learning, expand the reach of the classroom and fashion their own personal learning networks.

Shame on Humana for Banning Smokers From Employment

Liz Ryan | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business
Liz Ryan

Shame on Humana, and Geisinger Health Systems and yes, the American Lung Association, and any organization that contorts ethics and morality to believe its employees' daily habits are fair game for its scrutiny.

12 New Year's Resolutions For The TSA In 2012

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.03.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

No more lies.