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Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

And Now for the Reception

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

Before we think we're done, let's remember: just like in real life, after the wedding comes the reception. What will happen now in states where marriage is legal but public support remains low?

We Are All to Blame for Michael Brown and Eric Garner Not Getting Justice

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

One can only serve on a grand jury if one is a registered voter. Moreover, that registered voter can only serve on a grand jury if he or she sticks around long enough to serve on that jury and doesn't try to outsmart justice by giving silly-ass excuses to get off that jury -- like I did. I let the Eric Garners and Michael Browns down.

Millennials Need to Turnout Every Day, Not Just Election Day

Joelle Gamble | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Joelle Gamble

Millennials are not just looking to be brought to the polls; we want to be involved in the process.

Employment, Not Immigration Reform

Brian Ross | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

Climate Change This Week: The Munchkin Dilemma, Solar Cash Crop and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate action is economically good and patriotic: clean energy is becoming as cheap as, and less economically volatile than, fossil fuels, and builds US energy independence.

The Fire This Time: Can We Get From Outrage to Action?

Mike Mennonno | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Can we finally go from outrage to political action, or have we lost all hope in the democratic process? The irony here is obvious: if we give up on democracy, as these numbers suggest many have, what exactly is it we're fighting for?

Climate Change This Week: the Pepsi Hijack, Cooling Mirrors, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. An Inspiring Conversation on Addressing Climate Change National Scientific Adviso...

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 11.29.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

North to Alaska: Images of Election 2014 in Native Villages

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 11.28.2014 | Good News
Stephanie Woodard

Voter turnout shot up in Togiak and throughout Native Alaska this year, thanks to the increased availability of early voting, improved language assistance for traditional-language speakers and ballot measures Natives strongly supported.

Legacy of Racial Subjugation: Denying the Right to Vote

Ira Glasser | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Slavery was America's original sin; it poisoned the blood and infected the bones of our polity, and that poison remains, still doing its sinful work. If we believe what we were taught in school about America as the land of freedom and equal opportunity, about all of us -- all of us -- being equally endowed with inalienable rights, about the purpose of government, as declared in the Declaration of Independence, being to secure those rights, then we have a lot of work still to do. We remain very far from a post-racial country.

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...

The Democratic Party Must Find Its Core Values in Order to Become Relevant Again

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Democratic Party's leadership has said they will release a report in February on what went wrong in 2010 and 2014 to produce such a "shellacking" and what corrective steps must be taken. I, for one, can hardly wait to read it and see if anything has sunk in.

How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win the Next Election

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.25.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Facebook is in a peculiar and unenviable position -- no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.

Activist Comics: Public Financing

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.21.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

Elections are in the public interest, designating the propriety of public works, impacting every single member of the public -- so therefore we must have public financing for campaigns. When the candidate with the most money wins over 90 percent of the time, it's not an election, it's a rich kid's birthday party.

Are We Failing Our Kids?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.

Activist Comics: Compulsory Voting

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.20.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

No more registering when we should not have to, no more collecting our taxes without each taxpayer having a say in how they are spent. (And yes, you could still write in your own gag candidate of choice, be it Grumpy Cat, Homer Simpson or Lyndon Larouche.)

Republicans Revive Bold Scheme to Rig Presidential Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

These plans can initially seem reasonable, even to progressives, many of whom are wary of the electoral college system. But this isn't a good-government plan to change the way our presidential elections are conducted. It's a targeted plot to get more electoral votes for Republicans, even when they're losing the popular vote.

Russell Brand Is Wrong: Voting Really Can Change America for the Better

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.

Pro-Life Does Not Equal Anti-Woman

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

Women voters don't take the bait when you accuse your pro-life opponent of being a misogynist. In two elections this November, Democrats failed to retain seats under seemingly favorable circumstances thanks to poor campaigns based almost entirely on women's issues.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Climate Change This Week: A BIG Climate Pact, Cheap US Solar Soon All Over, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. South Florida and Sea Level Rise - A Slow Motion Catastrophe - latest in the This I...

Where Have All the Voters Gone?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

It is nothing less than the heartbeat of our democracy. But when more than half of our citizens just do not show up, our collective heartbeat weakens, and our democratic society finds itself not thriving but on life support.

Climate Change This Week: Ikea Sells Solar, IPCC's Urgent Report, and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Screen capture of Facebook Timeline Photos Stephen Colbert: The Republicans' Inspi...

Florida's Voting Fiasco

Izak Pratt | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Izak Pratt

After handing over my ID and briefly waiting, I was given my ballot and directed to a booth where I could vote. Upon completion, I scanned my vote. That's when I witnessed something I hoped I would never see; A young African-American male was being denied the right to vote.