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Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Apprenticeships are a win-win: They provide workers with sturdy rungs on that ladder of opportunity and employers with the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. And yet they've been an undervalued and underutilized tool in our nation's workforce development arsenal.

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. But FMLA still has a long way to go.

8 Ways Businesses Can Eliminate Mad Men Workplace Policies and Keep Women at Work

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Liz O'Donnell

Corporate America needs to make significant shifts in how it operates to keep women engaged in work and part of our country's economic engine. Here are eight ways employers can "do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode" and keep working mothers at work.

'The Surest Basis of Public Happiness'

Jon Whitmore | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Jon Whitmore

In his SOTU address, President Obama said: "It's not enough to train today's workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce, by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education." No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, we think that's a sentiment worth supporting.

Was the President Divisive?

Phil Campbell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Phil Campbell

Our podcast The Ohio Revolt (two Ohioans and two Ohio ex-pats argue politics) usually records on Sunday nights, but with the Super Bowl coming, there is no way in hell anybody is going to be around to do that this weekend.

Rep. Lee on Congress: It's Time the People Saw Who These People Are

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Spreading the message of empowering Americans and making government functional would seem like an easy task. But when 78 million more people want to watch a corporate football game instead of the game of the politics of running a country, it's an uphill battle for Rep. Lee, or anyone that wants Washington to actually become more functional, no matter the party.

'Green News Report' - January 30, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

A New War On Inequality

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

For far too long, some political leaders have looked at education and economic inequality as two disconnected factors that keep children and families from achieving the elusive American dream.

Dear Mr. President: Support Better Buildings Through Executive Action

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Doing more to advance better buildings would help millions of Americans save energy and save money --- and should be part of the President's agenda to help make 2014 "a breakthrough year for America."

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why Income Inequality Has Gone Up Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about economic policy. See what she had to say about income inequality in th...

State of the Union Speech Sets the Stage for International Climate Leadership and Cooperation

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

There is a gridlock in the U.S. Congress, and many wonder what it means for climate action. There is a lot that the President can do under existing U.S. law to fight climate change, and that is the commitment he made very clear in the State of the Union.

We Pay the Wage

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Create a logo that the business can use if it verifies that it is going further than the minimum wage laws. This is easy enough via quarterly wage reporting. A business can place a decal on the door, in the letterhead if they like, or wherever they advertise to show the business as a verified good corporate citizen.

The Double-Edged Message of Cory Remsburg

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

No one can fail to be awed by, and to appreciate, the sergeant's courage and sacrifice. But what was he sacrificing for?

The State of the Union Speech I Wish Obama Would Deliver

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

My fellow Americans: I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we d...

SOTU: Obama Defines the Challenge, But Misses the Solution

Lori Sanders | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For those who care about wage stagnation, alleviating poverty, and increasing income mobility, the President's speech Tuesday night was a mixed bag. It was hard not to come away with the feeling that Obama's agenda is lacking.

U.S. Climate Action at Home Sends a Powerful Signal to the Rest of the World

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

International leadership must be followed by tangible actions both at home and abroad. The State of the Union and Obama's recent remarks show that he understands both aspects of action on climate change.

So, About That SOTU...

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.30.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart gave President Obama some credit for not going the obvious route with Tuesday's State of the Union address, but he was flummoxed at some o...

The State of the Union Address -- Taking the Longer View

David Coates | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

No politician these days gets any traction from the exploitation of bad news, unless he/she is currently out of power and, like the GOP, trying to work their way back in. Democratic presidents concerned with their legacy are not in that position; which is why all we can legitimately expect of any State of the Union Address these days is some sort of claim for progress in the immediate past, plus an equivalent case for more progress in the year to come. That, in truth, is most of what we heard from President Obama on Tuesday evening. Fine rhetoric well delivered, mildly progressive goals modestly pursued, and a strong statement of the continuing importance of American exceptionalism and American power. But just because a president cannot do a full and honest stock-taking of our overall condition, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't.

Washington Watch: "Obama (Gently) Smacks-Down Congress"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

President Barack Obama delivered his 5th State of the Union (SOTU) address with a style and tone reminiscent of his early presidential campaign years....

State of the Union 2014: President Obama Puts Strengthening Women Front and Center

Maria Shriver | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Maria Shriver

For too many American women, the dream of "having it all" has morphed into "just hanging on." This is not about handouts. This is about smart economic policy. Working women are the core of our economy. Leave them out and you don't have a robust economy. Lead with them and you do.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Who Were Lawmakers Wearing At State Of The Union? | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

If Washington is the Hollywood for ugly people, then it follows that Hollywood is the Washington for stupid people. And that probably makes the presid...

Attending the SOTU as a Miami Student DREAMer

Mayra Rubio Limon | Posted 03.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Mayra Rubio Limon

My name is Mayra Guadalupe Rubio Limon and I am a dreamer. When Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL) asked me to join him at the 2014 State of the Union I was thrilled because I knew it would give me a chance to tell my story, and that of the 11 million others that have one just like it.

SOTU: Obama and the Business of Climate Change

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Judith Samuelson

I have become a single-issue voter. It may not be best for democracy, but I have come to measure all actions through the lens of whether we are doing ...

President Obama and the Politics of Inclusion

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

This State of the Union was all about inclusion. The President acknowledged that the economic gains after the Great Recession have gone largely to those at the very top, excluding most of us.

Delivering an American Economic Comeback

Sec. Penny Pritzker | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Sec. Penny Pritzker

Like the president, I believe the state of our union is strong because of the determination and ingenuity of our people and businesses. Yes, we've come a long way back, and we will continue our mission to help the millions who most need help. We are indeed open for business.