There are many good women who are serving on the local level; on school boards, city governments, county boards and in various state bodies; but there is still a very dismal representation of women on the federal level.
Today's trade agreements affect our daily lives in countless ways. It's time that the process for negotiating and implementing these trade pacts evolves to reflect that reality.
The America Gives More Act would implement several common-sense changes in tax law that many in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities have been seeking for too many years.
Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.
Many college graduates are delaying some of life's most important decisions -- including starting a family and buying a home -- because they face a pile of debt with no job prospects.
Student loan debt is exploding. It has grown so much and so fast that it not only crushes millions of young people, but it also has started to weigh down our entire economy.
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.
What it all boils down to is that we may not know which party controls the Senate when the votes are all in on election night. It may be days before anyone knows whether Democrats or Republicans will control the chamber.
Unless we reduce skyrocketing wealth and income inequality, unless we end the ability of the super-rich to buy elections, the United States will be well on its way toward becoming an oligarchic form of society where almost all power rests with the billionaire class.
A Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll earlier this week Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn by eight points. The numbers were m...
Despite the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America is not benefiting from its full potential. The law allows for $900 million to be used each year. Only rarely have annual funding levels approached that amount despite it being only a fraction of the billions oil companies pay in in royalties.
With less than 10 weeks to go before the midterm Congressional elections Americans in general are frustrated with Washington. National polls show that about three-quarters of all Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Because so much is at stake, this coming election day is not a time for eligible voters to stay home.
Are people less friendly than they used to be? As I looked beyond having just a "gut feeling" about attitudes and practices of people, I became aware of the "General Social Survey." I found a lot of information that relates to the friendliness of people.
As Silly Season winds to a close, there were a smattering of 'Obama's on vacation -- how dare he!?!' stories, as usual. Obama has taken less than a third of the days off that President Bush did, but that certainly doesn't stop pundits from complaining every time Obama picks up a golf club.
When it comes to weighing the importance of civil liberties against fear of a terrorist attack (or everyday criminal activity), the Beltway is trapped in 2005.
The United States simply cannot return to the Cold War days of nuclear tests. We have not carried out any tests since 1992. We need to keep it that way. The alternative is downright scary.