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Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

With Just 10 Days Until Exchanges Kick Off, Obamacare Limps To The Field

John Murray | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
John Murray

We should be building a well-functioning, patient-focused healthcare system that puts families first, lowers costs, promotes high quality, and doesn't encourage employers to "sack" workers or "turn over" their insurance coverage.

From Welfare to Work: What Americans Are Saying About Government's Role in Helping the Neediest

John Murray | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
John Murray

How do middle-class Americans feel about the Obama administration's record of emphasizing government programs over job-creation while much of the coun...

How Much Chicago Food Can Chicago Corruption Buy?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

What will $500 million buy you, in terms of orders of some great Chicago foods?

Put Social Justice Back in the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiziana Dearing

Social justice says that we have inherent dignity as human beings. As we organize ourselves into communities and societies, we should do so in a way that preserves and allows expression of that dignity by everyone. That means doing our best to share resources and opportunities.

Our Counterintelligence Philosophy and Why It Deserves a Second Look

Mehroz Baig | Posted 11.03.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

It is important to understand the thinking behind our response to terrorism.

Weighted Funding: What it Is and Why Michigan Needs It

Dan Varner | Posted 10.26.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Today, if your district has a higher proportion of more expensive students, it isn't reflected in the funding it receives from the state. And as a consequence, new inequities are created, and inequities that already existed are frequently made worse.

Higher Ed Costs Are Important, But Jobs Are Number One

John Murray | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
John Murray

While it's important to promote transparency and accountability within the education system, it's even more important to care about the big picture: young Americans deserve meaningful, full-time work.

Why My Wife and I Pulled Our Daughter Out of Soccer

Ken Reed | Posted 10.22.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

Sitting around an outside table at a restaurant near our home, we were sharing news our youngest child didn't want to hear: Mom and Dad were not going to let her play soccer anymore.

Food Additives: How Do We Know If They're Safe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Toxic substances -- how does the government prevent them from getting into the products we buy? Not well at all.

Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

It seems fairly certain that as long as we gulp down barrels and barrels of oil each day, we are going to have pipelines and pipeline spills. There is a solution, admittedly not an easy one: get off the gasoline kick.

On Carbon Taxes and Competition

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The United States and China are talking different languages when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

Social Change in the Face of Austerity

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

The idea of these high net-worth individuals and empowered citizens taking action into their own hands is exciting, but what does this mean for our society as a whole?

If Stop-and-Frisk Is Illegal, NYC Will Become Dangerous Again

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Stephen Robert Morse

Stop-and-frisk is working. There are clearly fewer "bad guys" roaming the streets with guns, hard drugs, and other illegal possessions. If the NYPD is forced to no longer practice this policy, the results will be clear.

Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The requirement is due to become law in January 2014.

Science Mag's 'Once and Future Climate Change' Coverage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

"Is the climate changing?" is not the big climate question one of the world's most respected scientific journals is seeking to address. Instead, the question they attempt to address is: What does climate change mean for us, for our ecosystems, for the globe?

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

An Update on Coal Ash: In Words and on Film

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The story of coal ash keeps going nowhere. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about coal ash.

Data Dealer Is Disastrous

Christian Sandvig | Posted 07.15.2013 | Technology
Christian Sandvig

Finally, a video game where you get to act like a database! The new browser-based game Data Dealer has just been Kickstarter-funded . It's a single-...

Immigration Policy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Attack on Trayvon Martin Is an Attack on America

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 09.14.2013 | Crime
Leslie K. Stein

Voter suppression and "stand your ground" are attacks on America's 99 percent. Sound crazy? They are attacks on reasonableness. Voter suppression a...

The Three Words Missing From Many Anti-Bullying Policies

Deborah Temkin | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

It is clear that if a student calls another a racial epithet or a derogatory homophobic slur, that bullying is probably because of a characteristic, but bullying is often much more nuanced than this scenario.

Obama's Climate Plan and What It Means for States

Karen Laughlin | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Karen Laughlin

A solid library of state-driven experience across the country will provide Congress, states, and stakeholders the opportunity to use our state laboratory to build the most cost-effective, adaptable, and efficient national system.

Climate Change: China, U.S. Bring Toy Fire Truck to Seven-Alarm Fire

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Lo and behold, the leaders of the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases came to an agreement to address the problem of climate change. Was it a visionary and bold plan to address emissions from the energy sector? No.