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Climate Change This Week: Marine Heat Waves, Peel N Stick Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.01.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

West Antarctic ice is melting much faster than thought and could raise sea levels ultimately by 11 feet, reports Michael Lemonick at Climate Central. ...

Climate Change This Week: Bumper Clean Energy, Death By Climate Change, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Collaboration Builds a Sustainable AND Affordable Home, reports Kathy Orton at the Washington Post. Habitat for Humanity, community government and lea...

While Politicians Run, Conservative Judges Stand for Voting Rights

Doug Kendall | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Whether the conservative majority on the Roberts Court will follow the political winds on the right, or hew to the legal analysis of conservative judges on the lower courts, is one of the critical backstories in Shelby County v. Holder, a blockbuster challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Rick Scott: Voting Problems Were 'Just Too Long'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

More than a month after Election Day, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) admitted on Wednesday that his state's voting setup had its share of problems. I...

Strengthening the Right to Vote

David Orr | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in his victory speech on November 6, the Senate is now the official arbiter of dozens of election reform proposals.

Climate Change This Week: A Break for Clean Energy, 2012 Hottest Yet, GravityLight, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.15.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Making the U.S. a global clean energy leader will ensure a heck of a lot more jobs, and a clean, safe future.

Holder: Voter Registration Should Be Automatic

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically a...

GOP Voting Chief: Balance Not Politically Possible

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) defended his decision to limit early voting in the state, saying that voting places needed time to set up for t...

I Don't Know What I Don't Know

Daniel Fein | Posted 02.10.2013 | College
Daniel Fein

I had a mission before the election because I knew that I was lost when it came to politics. The stories and information during political segments of the news seemed to go in one ear and out the other. I had a knowledge gap, a void that I wanted to catch in its tracks.

The Nonexistent Facebook Democracy Is Now Gone for Good

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.09.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Whatever Facebook does eventually replace the current voting system with, there is one fundamental thing that will not change: You will still be the product, not the customer.

Climate Change This Week: Plastic Lightbulbs, Bye-Bye Reindeer and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.08.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Rudolph and friends are dying off, as Arctic snow now occasionally melts, then refreezes into impenetrable ice, covering reindeer food, explains Jeff Flocken at Living On Earth.

Scott Walker's Son Used Same-Day Registration

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) may find same-day voter registration inefficient, but his son apparently finds it quite convenient. According to th...

Gov. Walker, GOP Allies Put Voter Suppression Ahead of Helping the Middle Class

Jon Richards | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Richards

Instead of finding compromise, being straight with the public and keeping their promises, Walker and Republicans like him would rather eliminate their competition by creating hurdles to the voting booth for people who don't agree with them.

Egyptians and Jordanians Dealing With Constitutional Guarantees vs. Legislative Limits

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The constitutional debate is turning into a street battle, with the country's rulers insisting that the constitutional assembly's slight majority is empowered to decide for all Egyptians what the shape and text of their parliament should be.

An Ecuadorian Election

Emily Soule | Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen
Emily Soule

What I have learned from living abroad is that the meaning of the word "election" is not universal.

Craig Newmark's big issues for craigconnects in 2013

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.02.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Nothing I do is altruistic the way I look at things; it just feels right. A nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

Defending the Voting Rights Act From Its Conservative Critics

Doug Kendall | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Forgive us for getting a bit worked up in explaining that Lawrence Guyot's untimely death coincides with a time when conservatives are seeking simultaneously to enact laws that suppress the vote and to have their conservative majority on the Supreme Court strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

Climate Change This Week: Freaky Fracking, the Solar Sell and More

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.01.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Friggin' Fracking Foiling Human Health all over the U.S., as both underground and accidental above ground releases of toxic chemicals enter our air and water, reports Elizabeth Royte at The Nation. Think organic chemicals, heavy metals and even radioactivity. Fun, huh?

Time for a National Primary Day in September

Bill Feldman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Bill Feldman

Sorry Iowa and New Hampshire, but you've had your time in the sun. It is time for a national primary, not in the snows of January but the golden late summer days of September.

John Celock

'Trying To Find A Problem That Doesn't Exist' | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker in Montana is pushing legislation to restrict voter identification in the state to driver licenses and tribal ID c...

The Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court and the Life of Lawrence Guyot

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As we mark the passing of a civil rights warrior who wore his scars proudly, Lawrence Guyot's story should serve as a reminder of the truly heroic efforts that were necessary to win passage of iconic laws such as the Voting Rights Act.

Army Lessons Learned and the Vote

Harold Ross | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices
Harold Ross

My vote is not a Christmas gift, some toy or clothing item that I'm allowed to play with or wear from time to time. It is learned, informed and dedicated to the self-evident truth that fair and equal citizenship for American men and women is inherent in the American dream.

Why Facts Are Not Enough

Lee LeFever | Posted 01.21.2013 | Media
Lee LeFever

It's easy to assume that facts can stand on their own, that the mere existence of fact will win any argument or change someone's mind. But facts need help. If we want facts to be more powerful and effective, we need to consider how we package and explain them.

American Voters Are Getting All Mixed up

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Where does a half-Mexican, half-black woman from Texas come down on immigration reform? What does a quarter Chinese, quarter Filipino, half-Jewish male from Florida think about affirmative action?

Voice Your Vote

Grant Hansell | Posted 01.20.2013 | Teen
Grant Hansell

My opinion is important and it deserves to be shared. We all want to improve our community; we all want to move forward. This is the start.