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Government Shutdown Could Affect Passport Applications, Travel Plans

Sue Frause | Posted 06.07.2011 | Travel
Sue Frause

I'm somewhat nervous about the potential government shutdown this weekend. Not so much that the national parks and museums will be closed, but because I have international travel plans in early May.

Once Dead, Now Fully Alive: How Foreign Aid Is Making a Difference in Zambia

World Vision | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
World Vision

By Miyon Kautz, World Vision Zambia I have been paying taxes my entire adult life. But I never saw those tax dollars put to such good use until thre...

AIG Expects Other Bids For Their Former Subprime Bonds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - American International Group (AIG.N) expects others to bid for the mortgage-backed securities that it has offered to pay $15.7 billion to ...

Libya and the Short of It

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan W. Silberberg

There has been a spate of recent stories about the problems with shorterners, long before the current problems heated up. Governments should take the mischievous component out of the equation.

Doing Things Differently in Haiti

Mark Feierstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Feierstein

Despite the best of intentions, years of international generosity had failed to transform Haiti into a prosperous country. But today, we are doing things differently.

The Julian Assange 'Trial by Newspaper' -- A Response to Nick Davies

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bianca Jagger

The press has a responsibility to present a fair account of events relating to Julian Assange, particularly when due process is at stake. Prejudiced reporting can have costly and tragic consequences.

Trial by Newspaper

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bianca Jagger

A mighty mountain of innuendos has been made to cast Julian Assange as some kind of rapist. As a women's rights advocate, I condemn and abhor rape, but Assange is innocent until proven guilty.

'Democracy Recession' Sweeps The Globe

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Norwegians have the privilege of enjoying the most democratic government on the planet, a new report has found. Now in its third edition, the Econom...

TSA Protects America by Groping My...Poodle

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

If you have been reading the news the last couple of weeks, you know that we have been covering the new enhanced (read "illegal") searching and gropin...

What the Tea Party Is Really All About

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It is simply ridiculous to suggest that the Teabaggers are engaged in a "spirited defense of fundamental American principles." That's giving them too much credit.

Translating For Dollars

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In my Sep. 14 post I wrote about what I considered to be false accusations against Mission Essential Personnel, which provides translators and interp...

Beck-Palin 2010

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Beck and Palin are like an all purpose high school gang: the quirky, sagacious Honor Society geek and the homecoming queen who claims the ROTC kids as backup. Interestingly, the ROTC kids are never present to deny the alliance.

Oversight, Accountability Needed for Contractors in War Zones

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

The Washington Post launched a series looking into the U.S.' national security industry. They found an unwieldy system of companies that work in secret with little oversight on counter-terrorism.

Gov 2.0 In Need of the "G" Chip?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

As governments rush head on into constructing their own Gov 2.0 online platforms, applications and services; care needs to be taken to consider the privacy, industrial and personal issues.

Swiss Journalist Says UBS Responsible for Fall of Swiss Banking Secrecy

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

Over the past five months I've spent quite a bit of time in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Austria. During my time in Zurich, Switzerland I had ...

Resetting U.S.-Russia Relations with a Mix of Tech and Diplomacy

Jared Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jared Cohen

The risk-averse culture that characterized our previous approach to Russia has been "reset" and the barriers to collaboration have been shattered by the spirit of partnership and the shared resource of innovation.

America's New Face of Terrorism

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Thanks to a 23-year-old black man who deceptively looks like an innocent boy, African-Americans, Arabs and the Muslim Diaspora all have something in common. They are more easily viewed as terrorists, and there's no escaping it.

Foreclosures: 'Worst Three Months Of All Time'

CNNMoney.Com | Les Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite concerted government-led and lender-supported efforts to prevent foreclosures, the number of filings hit a record high in the third quarter, a...

Do American Taxpayers Receive Dividends on Repaid TARP Funds?

Ben Arnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Arnon

I diligently followed the TARP debate and happenings early on. However, at this point there have been so many versions, revisions, and debates about the TARP program that I have lost track.

Twittering the G20 Iranian Style

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

In the wake of protests last week at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, the police arrested a self-professed anarchist for using Twitter to coordinate communications among G20 summit protesters.

How to Help the Three American "Hikers" Come Home Soon

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

The Iranian government has announced that they will try the three American citizens who strayed into Iran in late July. How can the U.S. help free them?

The Exit Strategy We Need at Home

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

No matter how much we love and trust the U.S. military, the American face to the world cannot be wearing a uniform.

The Honduran Battle for Washington

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
The Real News

There is a showdown in Washington between high-powered lawyers, politicians and lobbyists on one side, and on the other some dedicated anti-coup activists and one Honduran delegation.

President Obama Confronts Holocaust Evil, Now Confront Slavery Evil

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The U.S. government, not just a handful of evil Southern planters, encoded slavery in the Constitution, and protected and nourished it for a century. The government should apologize.

Congress and Administration Reach Deal on Economic Stimulus Plan

William Galston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Galston

Sooner or later, the administration will have to level with the people, and then make the case for a financial rescue package the magnitude of which will make the stimulus package look like pocket change.