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Michael R. Bloomberg

Why Cities Will Be Vital Players at Paris Climate Talks

Michael R. Bloomberg | June 30, 2015 | World
Over the next few days, leaders from cities, local governments and other organizations around the world will gather in Lyon, France. It is an important step toward COP21, the UN conference on climate change that will happen in Paris in December. The bold actions taken not only by local leaders but also by all the range of non-state actors to reduce greenhouse gases place them at the forefront of the fight against climate change.
Barack Obama

A Hard Day's Work Deserves a Fair Day's Pay

Barack Obama | June 30, 2015 | Politics
Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That's partly because we've failed to update overtime regulations for years -- and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year -- no matter how many hours they work.
John Geyman

Who Is the Patient: The Insurance Industry or Real People?

John Geyman | June 29, 2015 | Politics
Uncontrolled inflation of health care costs continues unimpeded as insurers, hospitals, drug companies, and others in the medical-industrial complex embrace expanded and subsidized new markets with minimal oversight.
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Will a 'Perfect Storm' Sink Europe?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | June 29, 2015 | World
Given the EU's fundamental interconnectedness -- in economic, financial, geopolitical and social terms -- the disruptive impact of each shock would amplify the others, overwhelming the region's circuit breakers, leading to recession, reviving financial instability and creating pockets of social tension. This would increase already high unemployment, expose excessive financial risk-taking, embolden Russia and strengthen populist movements further, thereby impeding comprehensive policy responses.
Lanny Davis

Have They Lost All Sense of Shame?

Lanny Davis | June 29, 2015 | Politics
The decision to call private citizen Sidney Blumenthal, former President Clinton's assistant and Hillary Clinton's longtime friend, on June 16 for a behind-closed-doors sworn deposition is emblematic of the shameful, shamelessly partisan conduct of Gowdy and the Republicans on his committee.
Jim Moore

In the Marketplace of Ideas, the Confederate Flag Is a No Sale

Jim Moore | June 29, 2015 | Politics
Americans treasure our individuality, and we hold tenaciously to the idea that what happens inside the case of our brains is sacrosanct. We can think what we want; no American institution can attempt to suppress our ideas. Here is where it gets tricky.
Jason Salzman

Conservatives Bash Gays (Again)

Jason Salzman | June 29, 2015 | Denver
Reporters covering the Western Conservative Summit, a gathering that attracted 4,000 people to the Colorado Convention Center over the weekend, did a good job spotlighting the gay bashing that permeated the event.
Yohuru Williams

When Microaggressions Become Macro Confessions

Yohuru Williams | June 29, 2015 | Black Voices
In the fuzzy arithmetic of their moral equivocation, flag pins matter, firearms matter, border patrols matter, but black and brown lives don't matter unless they can be leveraged for some self-serving political purpose
John Seager

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

John Seager | June 29, 2015 | Politics
Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.
Robert J. Spitzer

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | June 29, 2015 | Politics
As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.
Akshan deAlwis

Justice Kennedy and Confucianism

Akshan deAlwis | June 29, 2015 | Politics
The United States Supreme Court has traditionally been a staunch opponent of international theory. It doesn't help that there's also a strident political opposition to using foreign norms in American law.
Jim Keady

Governor Christie: The American People Will Not 'Sit Down and Shut Up'

Jim Keady | June 29, 2015 | Politics
While our fellow New Jersey residents continue to suffer, Governor Christie has spent more than 200 days of the last year out of New Jersey campaigning for a job that he will not get, while ignoring the job that the people elected him to do.
Steve Nelson

A Warm Planet Earth Welcome to Mike Huckabee!

Steve Nelson | June 29, 2015 | Politics
In his bestselling book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee writes, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" Yessiree, Governor Huckabee, I believe you have.
Paul Scham

A Call for International Action

Paul Scham | June 29, 2015 | Politics
A crucial dilemma will shortly face the United States in the United Nations, where a resolution is expected to be introduced in the Security Council by France that will seek to set the parameters for a permanent settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Martin London

The Same-Sex Marriage Revolution: The Story Behind the Story

Martin London | June 29, 2015 | Politics
How did these three disparate couples spark a change to a culture thousands of years old? Fittingly, it was an act of a mean spirited Republican-led Congress that was the Fort Sumter moment in the Same-Sex Marriage Revolution. The message? Be careful what you wish for.

WATCH: 10 Absurdly Funny American Laws

HooplaHa | June 29, 2015 | Comedy
Happy Fourth of July week! What better way to celebrate the creation of the United States than to check out some bizarrely inventive laws our state governments created? Did you know that in Massachusetts gorillas are not allowed in the backseat of your car? Check out this video and find out what other hilarious legislation has been passed in the last 250 years.
Stanley Fish

On King v. Burwell: What Is a Natural Reading?

Stanley Fish | June 29, 2015 | Politics
In King v. Burwell, decided last Thursday, the Supreme Court has once again (no doubt inadvertently) given us a lesson in the philosophy of language. The dispute in the case is over the meaning of the phrase "exchange established by the state." Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, argues that the phrase can and should be read to include an exchange established by the federal government. He explains that "exchange established by the state" is ambiguous because when read in context (as he proceeds to do) it means something different than it does when read in isolation. Justice Scalia retorts that by the logic of such a reading, "everything is ambiguous." That's both right and not right.
Nathaniel Katz

An Open Letter to the Hon. John Roberts

Nathaniel Katz | June 29, 2015 | Religion
Who are you to act as spokesperson for all people of faith in this country? For that matter, who do you think you are to speak for the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians, the Kalahari Bushmen and the Aztecs?
David Halperin

Meet the Lawyers Who Pushed the Supreme Court to Block Toxic Power Plant Rules

David Halperin | June 29, 2015 | Green
The lead lawyer urging the Supreme Court to overturn this important public safety rule was Michigan Solicitor General Aaron Lindstrom, representing a group of conservative-dominated states. But many private lawyers were paid by coal, oil, and gas interests to block the rule.  Who are they?
Mike Weisser

What the Movement for Marriage Equality Can Teach Gun Sense Advocates

Mike Weisser | June 29, 2015 | Politics
The day after the SCOTUS announced Obergefell vs. Hodges, Shannon Watts was to speak at the national PTA convention in Charlotte, NC. And if you don't think these two events aren't connected in a way that tells us a lot about the future of guns and gun violence, then think again.
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