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California Gov. Wants To Downsize Nation's Second-Largest Inmate Population

The Conversation US | Posted 02.05.2016 | Crime
The Conversation US

The initiative seeks to reintroduce parole hearings and early releases. If it passes, nonviolent felons will come up for parole once they complete the basic term for their original offense.

Iowa Caucus: Playing Field of Dreams

David Trumble | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
David Trumble

First published in The Des Moines Register: ...

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

The Iowa Homestretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

At this point, both races are so close in Iowa that nobody really knows what will happen next Monday night. Will the polls turn out to be correct? Nobody knows. Will enthusiasm trump (pun intended) longtime voter turnout?

Donald Trump Faces The Music

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Malcolm Kushner

Many political pundits accuse Donald Trump of blowing his own horn. So much that they sound like a broken record. But maybe it's time they changed their tune. Because when it comes to his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump may have to march to the beat of his own drum.

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Research to Improve Health?

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Mary Woolley

Candidates running for national office never miss an opportunity to share their solutions on the many problems facing our country with voters. From te...

Whose Party Is It? Or, It's the Base, Stupid

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Randy Paul Oetinger

I find myself throwing around the term 'Republican Party' in contrast to 'Trump' a lot, and when I do this I am mostly following to logical conclusion...

20 Questions For Hillary Clinton's Supporters From A Bernie Sanders Only Voter

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If supporters of Hillary Clinton would answer the questions below, through a vantage point that doesn't entail moral relativism or the belief that Republicans are worse, then I'll do everything possible to ensure Hillary Clinton wins.

Black Women Must Leverage Their Power At The Ballot Box. Shirley Chisholm Knew That

Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Kelly Dittmar, Ph.D.

As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.

Europe's New Economic Divide: A key axis for Europe: free-market advocates in Western Europe ally with those in former communist countries

European Horizons | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
European Horizons

By Chris Miller, YaleGlobal, 27 August 2015 New East-West divide? An established welfare state like France, whose President François Hollande is see...

Two Months After Netroots Nation, Should Bernie Sanders Be Thanking Black Lives Matter?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Sanders has shown since Netroots Nation that he understands that reality by addressing both areas where race and class intersect, as well as those where racial injustice inflicts harm irrespective of class.

Bernie Sanders' Stand for Racial Justice Requires That He Stand for Palestine

Zahra Haider | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Zahra Haider

Sanders at Houston town hall meeting in July With a surprising number of Americans now rallying behind the Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders i...

The Marketing Genius of Brand the Donald

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Marian Salzman

For any serious student of marketing and media seeking a perfect pop culture storm, I give you the man currently dominating the race to be the U.S. Republican Party's 2016 presidential candidate.

Breaking the Silence

William S. Becker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

Unadorned by specifics, it was as vacuous a campaign pledge as a politician can make. But in those few phrases, Trump alluded to a couple of important points.

Gerrymandering Snafu Puts Proposed Tax Hike In The Hands Of A Single Voter

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

Business leaders in Columbia, Missouri, are caught in a web of their own spinning Monday, after their attempt to keep citizens from casting ballots on...

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

5 Ways Leaders Survive Election Season at Work

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Yes, election season is upon us, and believe it or not, it is possible to survive election cycles with your leadership integrity and the trust of your team intact. Use these five practical tips to avoid sabotaging your team's success with your own personal political biases.

2013 GOP: Need 'Welcoming, Inclusive Message' to Attract Hispanics. 2015 GOP: Trump Has Other Ideas

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Ian Reifowitz

The longer he continues to dominate the polls, the larger that number will grow. As Joshua Green put it, "The GOP is about the become the party of Trump." But will Trump's bile be so toxic that it stains the party's nominee no matter what?

Knight News Challenge Gives $3.2M To 22 Ideas To Inform The Public And Increase Voting

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

If the voting process is easier, maybe more people will vote. If the public is more inspired about the electoral process, maybe more of us will partic...

Donald Trump: The Bull in a China Shop

Charlotte Laws | Posted 07.20.2015 | Entertainment
Charlotte Laws

Donald Trump is the bull in a china shop, and I mean that in the nicest way. His competitors, delicate breakables, are lined up on the shelf, concerned that any bold move could topple them to the ground.

Bush Name May Not Sink Jeb Bush

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Jeb has frontally acknowledged the family name problem by loudly declaring that he's not his brother or father. One is the very thing that appears to be his political ball and chain: his name, Bush. In politics, as in life, name identification is everything -- both good and bad.

Humility and the Presidency

Terry Newell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

As the field of presidential candidates grows, so does the absolute certainty with which they claim to understand what ails the nation and how to fix it.

Marco Rubio and the Challenge to Hillary Clinton

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The conventional wisdom among Democrats is that Rubio's departures from Republican orthodoxy will doom him in the primaries. This is a curious strategy for Democrats since it relies on the Republican right to rescue Clinton from a formidable opponent. It also is likely wrong.

How Progressive Policies Boost Economic Growth

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

At the core of the debate between liberals and conservatives is a dispute over whose policies are better for economic growth, and particularly for the middle class. A new studyby Bryan Dettrey and Harvey D. Palmer suggests one way to test this question -- by examining how economic growth differs under Republican and Democratic presidencies.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.