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William Bradley

Obama Makes Some Progress In His Passage To India Before the Big Kowtow in Saudi

William Bradley | January 30, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be. With Republicans stronger in Congress now than they have been since the first election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in...
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | January 30, 2015 | Politics
The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Greece Revolts!

Nathan Gardels | January 30, 2015 | World
No sooner did the global elites leave their annual talking shop high in the Alps at Davos last week than the people spoke in Greece. In a mutiny against an untenable status quo, those who are run over have revolted against those who run things. Now righteous populism must face economic, financial and political realities if other European states don't bend Greece's way. To keep up with the drama as it evolves over the coming weeks, we've connected WorldPost readers directly to the daily blog of Yanis Varoufakis, the self-described "erratic Marxist" who is now Greece's finance minister. Writing from Athens, HuffPost Greece Editorial Director Sophia Papaioannou says Alexis Tsipras' electoral victory will give suffering Greeks "space and time" to address their predicament. Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou argues that the path forward after the election is for a national referendum on a "Greek plan" for reform that will bind a now polarized nation. Rena Dourou, a deputy of the victorious Syriza party, notes that the vote was as much against the corruption of the formerly ruling political parties in Greece as it was against austerity. (continued)
Marian Wright Edelman

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | January 30, 2015 | Politics
It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.
Dawn Laguens

The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Abortion Movement -- From Billionaire David Koch to Congresswoman Renee Ellmers

Dawn Laguens | January 30, 2015 | Politics
If the same people who are picking on Ellmers for her nuanced objections to an abortion bill are silent on Koch's support of abortion rights, then they do not have the courage I always ascribed to their convictions.
William Hartung

Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget

William Hartung | January 30, 2015 | Politics
It's budget season again, which means it's time for another round of budget gimmicks on the part of the Pentagon. The Obama administration's new Pentagon budget proposal exceeds the budget caps established in current law by $34 billion. That's a hefty sum even by Pentagon standards.
Steve Cooker

Closing the Cyber Talent Gap

Steve Cooker | January 30, 2015 | Politics
For the U.S. federal government to effectively build its cyber workforce of the future, agencies must consider adopting new approaches and technologies to streamline critical aspects of recruiting, hiring, workforce planning, and training.
Andrew Perez

Meet the New HSBC ...

Andrew Perez | January 30, 2015 | Politics
In her confirmation hearing this week to become the next U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch said that "no individual is too big to jail" and "no one is above the law." But, at least in one recent case in which Lynch was a key player, this may not be accurate.
Jonathan Richards

Tipping the Scale

Jonathan Richards | January 30, 2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Ash Carter's Excruciating Dilemma

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | January 30, 2015 | Politics
One of Carter's major tasks will be to oversee the continuing transition of the U.S. military after two highly costly and un-winnable wars to an uncertain environment that will test the Obama administration's last two years in office.
John Geyman

Martin Luther King Jr. -- Health Care as a Moral Crisis

John Geyman | January 30, 2015 | Politics
As Martin Luther King knew full well, health care is a moral issue. Virtually all advanced countries around the world recognized long ago that health care is a human right, not a privilege based on ability to pay.
Doug Kendall

Carvin's Cornhusker Quandary in King

Doug Kendall | January 30, 2015 | Politics
It would be surprising if any member of the Supreme Court would take the King v. Burwell petitioners' wholly unsubstantiated assertions about former Sen. Ben Nelson's critical role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act at face value, particularly in light of his direct and explicit contradiction of those assertions.
Anthony Biglan

Perhaps We Can Prevent Terrorism

Anthony Biglan | January 30, 2015 | Science
As we are pouring billions into the war on terror, we should be putting millions into studying how we can build positive social relations between members of our Muslim communities and those in non-Muslim communities.
Erik Rancatore

Time is Now for President, Congress to Act on a National Infrastructure Bill

Erik Rancatore | January 30, 2015 | Politics
Our nation's roads and bridges are used continuously, 24/7. Although they are vital to public safety, the economy and national security, not much thought is given to them until something goes wrong.
Rodrigo Aguilera

The Fiscal Risks of Low Oil Prices in Mexico

Rodrigo Aguilera | January 30, 2015 | World
This weakness in oil prices comes at a time when the Mexican government is struggling to overcome a two-year economic slowdown and ensure the attractiveness of Mexico's considerable energy potential after passing the energy reform. The country will have to make important adjustments in both the short and medium term if low oil prices remain the norm after 2015.
Tom Fox

Leading in the Last Two Years of an Administration

Tom Fox | January 30, 2015 | Politics
With only two years remaining for the Obama administration, it might be easy for agency leaders, both political and career, to assume they are in a lame-duck situation and can't get much done. The truth is that agencies can accomplish a great deal in the next 24 months, according to Edward Montgomery.
Catherine J. Pratt

No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute: A Perspective From the Bench

Catherine J. Pratt | January 30, 2015 | Impact
I first met Rebecca when she was 14 and arrested for prostitution. Although most youth offenders charged with non-violent crimes remain at home while on probation, that wasn't an option for Rebecca.
Free The Slaves

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | January 30, 2015 | Politics
January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Robin Guittard

Cuba-USA: A New Hope for Human Rights

Robin Guittard | January 30, 2015 | World
The positive steps taken in the past weeks must absolutely translate into the full implementation of a new human-rights agenda. That is the only hope for real change.
Francis Levy

American Sniper

Francis Levy | January 30, 2015 | Arts
What's a hero? Odysseus is one of the most famous heroes in literature and the complexity of his return might be said to be a metaphor for the perils of the calling. As you may recall when Odysseus returns, he's only recognized by his dog Argos.
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