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6 Quirky Things To Do In Seattle

Viator | Posted 11.28.2012 | Travel

When I tell people I'm from the Seattle area their first reaction is inevitably, "Ah, Starbucks," or, "Isn't that where that really tall building is? The needle?"

Blaming America for Political Gain During the Middle East Violence

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Let us remember that, just like the Libyans who today denounce the killing of Ambassador Stevens, there are those in the new Arab world who we can work with to build a better future.

We Need to #TalkPoverty

Jamison Doran | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Jamison Doran

I cannot pretend there is an easy fix to get our poverty rate down, which is at the highest level in at least 63 years, because there certainly isn't an easy fix and it won't become any easier regardless of who is president.

The Gift You Really Want On Your Wedding Registry

Jon Stein | Posted 11.17.2012 | Weddings
Jon Stein

So why do we register for wedding gifts? I recently got married myself, and I can suggest one reason. My future bride and I feared if we didn't give our guests some guidelines, they'd buy us gifts we really, really didn't need, instead of items we only sort of didn't need.

Is Leadership a Dirty Word in America?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

It seems to me it's not that Americans don't value or exert leadership in the U.S.; it's just that they don't seem to like admitting to it. Not even the president.

A Dangerous Misperception and Cultural Divide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The flurry of reporting and analysis about the tragic death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans strongly suggests there is a strikingly limited understanding behind the complex underpinnings of this outrageous act of violence.

Shelter From the Storm

Elizabeth Lower-Basch | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Lower-Basch

No one would rip the plywood off their windows or empty the sandbags in the midst of an intense storm. Similarly, the federal government should not reduce the strength of its safety net when there are so many families in need and truly benefiting from the support.

Make September 12 'National Unity Day'

Lance Simmens | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Lance Simmens

If September 11th was our worst day, September 12th was our best. We came together. It was not a Democratic or a Republican resurgence, it was an American resurgence.

Mitt Romney Does Not Deserve To Be President

Leo Pierson D'Cruz | Posted 11.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Leo Pierson D'Cruz

He has put forward policies that are harmful to Americans in general, and to Latino Americans specifically, his policy proposals would be disastrous. Mitt Romney's behavior is unbecoming of what we know to be the shared values that unite our incredibly diverse community.

The Long-Term Price of Financial Reform

André Oliveira Santos | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
André Oliveira Santos

In response to the global crisis, policymakers around the world are instituting the broadest reform of financial regulation since the Great Depression.

When a Headline Isn't News: Child Poverty Persists

Hannah Matthews | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Hannah Matthews

If policymakers are sincere, rather than bemoaning current poverty rates, they will take action to make things better for poor families.

VIDEO: Pro-Life Rally At The 2012 DNC

Krzysztof Piotrowski | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Krzysztof Piotrowski

Pro-Life activists gather outside of the Democratic National Convention to rally against abortion. ...

Breaking the Climate Stalemate

Walden Bello | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green
Walden Bello

We can no longer tolerate a situation in which the United States and China portray themselves as opponents but actually provide each other with the rationale to pursue their environmentally destabilizing trajectories.

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.

Here Are A Bunch Of Countries That Are More Competitive Than The U.S.

AP | PAN PYLAS | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business

LONDON (AP) — The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politi...

What To Do About Iran's Nuclear Program

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Iran blusters too much, and if it only means half of what it says, Israel should fear for its safety. However, much mitigates against military action, either by Israel alone, or in consort with the United States.

Hands Off My Medicare, Paul Ryan

Noam Schimmel | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

Paul Ryan seems to think that adult Americans under the age of 55 are going to passively allow him to gut Medicare, end the Medicare guarantee, and risk their health security. He's wrong.

Meeting, Everywhere, The Rulers Of North Korea

Illya Szilak | Posted 11.04.2012 | Travel
Illya Szilak

In North Korea, the images of the Great Leader Kim il Sung and the Great General Kim Jong il are everywhere. This is not a Soviet-style cult of personality. Leader-worship here is a full-fledged religion.

PHOTOS: 12 Sizzling Volcanoes

Trippy | Posted 11.03.2012 | Travel

A natural phenomenon even most hardcore travelers never get to see in action, volcanoes are among the world's most fascinating wonders.

Are We Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Daniel Simon | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

Romney asked a question at the RNC that addresses a number of issues in one. He asked his listeners if we were better off four years ago. In the word...

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.

Will Israel Bomb Iran?

Joel Rubin | Posted 10.27.2012 | World
Joel Rubin

What is the strategy behind all this war talk? Is Israel really planning to bomb Iran? We don't yet know the answer, but the impact of this type of saber rattling is decidedly negative.

A Giant Step Backward for Voters in Nevada and Beyond

Yousef Abukhdair | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Yousef Abukhdair

A "none of the above" voting option allows Americans to articulate their disappointment with individual candidates and political parties while still being actively involved in the political process. States should be expanding this option, not eliminating it.

Time for Targeted Taxes

Noam Schimmel | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

Americans don't have faith in the government. There are many different reasons for this. What is clear is that improving citizen attitudes towards g...

Arms Trade Treaty -- Higher, Faster, Stronger

Lin Evola | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Lin Evola

The Arms Trade Treaty regards the following weapons as impacting the ebb and flow of war to peace on earth. Weapons included in the ATT are: • Ba...