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Peter D. Rosenstein


'Ready for Hillary' and the 2014 Mid-term Elections

Peter D. Rosenstein | September 18, 2014 | Politics
We are witnessing a new tour-de-force in election strategy operating across the nation. It isn't based on raising a billion dollars but rather raising just enough money, less than $10 million so far, to generate excitement and get people motivated to speak out and work for a candidate who hasn't...
Marcy Winograd


Santa Monica Beach Bathroom Workers Demand Union Recognition

Marcy Winograd | September 18, 2014 | Los Angeles
These workers are fighting for rights long denied in a city with a reputation for progressive policies.
Munir Moon


Glass Ceiling in U.S. Congress

Munir Moon | September 18, 2014 | Politics
There has been a lot of talk about a glass ceiling against women in business and corporate boardrooms. This week's block by the Senate for a bill that would strengthen equal pay for women is a good example of the challenges we face regarding this issue.
Stephen Gutwillig


A Crucial Election Season for Legalizing Marijuana and Ending the Drug War

Stephen Gutwillig | September 18, 2014 | Politics
In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, there are more drug policy reform questions on the ballot this November than ever in American history.
Alon Ben-Meir


ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | September 18, 2014 | World
Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.
College Magazine

The 10 Most Progressive Colleges

College Magazine | September 18, 2014 | College
Imagine a college where protests break out on the quad as often as the on-campus wind turbine produces electricity. At each of these schools, open-minded students feel at home in the company of peers who aren't afraid to voice their opinions.
Diane M. Francis

How to Fix America's Gridlock

Diane M. Francis | September 18, 2014 | Politics
The midterm elections loom but everyone knows what the outcome will be: gridlock, gridlock and more gridlock. That's because the U.S. system is based on a 227-year-old prototype (circa 1787) that badly needs a refresh to match the efficiency and transparency that characterizes other, superior government systems.
Shai Franklin


Congress Pays Ukraine Lip Service, Again

Shai Franklin | September 18, 2014 | World
If Congress wants more than cheerleading points for encouraging Poroshenko down the road of existential confrontation with Russia, it needs to back its applause with real dollars, for real weapons, real economic aid, and real trade concessions.
Michael Brenner


The Islamic State Is Obama's Rubik's Cube

Michael Brenner | September 18, 2014 | Politics
Obama officials used to be fond of saying that, in Afghanistan, "we will know success when we see it." So, too, with IS. Unfortunately, our angle of vision may be a supine one.
Steve H. Hanke


Prof. Krugman Snared By 364 Trap

Steve H. Hanke | September 18, 2014 | Politics
In his New York Times column of September 15, Paul Krugman pleas for open-mindedness and reason. From whence did Prof. Krugman convert from his embrace of dogmatism?
Robert Koehler


Traces of Evil

Robert Koehler | September 18, 2014 | Politics
Obama's speech is addressed to a nation with a dead imagination. Doing "something" about the Islamic State means dropping bombs on it. Bombing runs don't inconvenience a politician's constituents and always seem like stalwart action: a squirt of Raid on an infestation of bugs.
Harlan Green


Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | September 18, 2014 | Business
Why do we have such a high poverty rate five years after the end of the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression, and the greatest income and wealth inequality since that Great Depression?
Paula Schnurr

The National Center for PTSD Celebrates 25 Years of Leadership in Research and Education

Paula Schnurr | September 18, 2014 | Impact
We are probably only at the beginning stages of figuring out how to use technology and social media to help individuals with PTSD. The stage of basic and clinical science is further developed, but even in those areas, there is much more to learn.
Bracken Hendricks


A Message to World Leaders at the UN Climate Summit: Green Growth Isn't Just Possible -- It's Profitable

Bracken Hendricks | September 18, 2014 | Green
Working from the administration-supported climate goal of 40 percent GHG emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2035, we determined the fuel mix and level of public and private investment needed to reach that goal.
John Arensmeyer


When it Comes to Our Economy, Washington Can Do Something Before the Mid-Term Elections

John Arensmeyer | September 18, 2014 | Small Business
Small businesses have been doing their part -- outperforming big business on the job creation front every month for the past year. But, they can do more if Washington will only step up and take a role in helping fuel this engine for growth.
Richard (RJ) Eskow


Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street

Richard (RJ) Eskow | September 18, 2014 | Politics
Wall Street is the epicenter of our environmental crisis. To ignore that fact is to risk dooming our other climate efforts to failure, or to use them merely as palliatives for troubled consciences. There's no other way to say this: Capitalism, as practiced on Wall Street today, is an existential threat to humanity.
Sam Gilman

What Boomers Miss When They Bash Millennials

Sam Gilman | September 18, 2014 | Media
We hear the same conversation, "Your generation is lazy, selfish and always on your phones." But our parents and Boomer punditry often miss two key parts of the conversation: the immense pressures facing many our generation and millennial efforts to fix our nation's problems.
Howard Fineman


Political Read: Scot-Free? Scotland, America and the World

Howard Fineman | September 18, 2014 | Politics
Scotland's story is also America's story more than we tend to realize, and the Scots' decision today will say more about the world at large than we might think.
David Wood

The Air War Gets Harder, and Harder

David Wood | September 18, 2014 | Politics
It's worth remembering these days -- as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground. And that the effects of air campaigns diminish over time -- as the Germans discovered when their intense bombing of London in 1940 failed to break Britain's will. Shock and awe are short-lived.
Rebecca Solnit


The Wheel Turns, the Boat Rocks, the Sea Rises

Rebecca Solnit | September 18, 2014 | Green
To make personal changes is to do too little. Only great movements, only collective action can save us now. Only is a scary word, but when the ship is sinking, it can be an encouraging one as well. It can hold out hope.
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