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Rand Strauss

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How to Keep Your Legislators Accountable

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:28 PM

In our current political system, many United States citizens are unsatisfied by the work Congress is doing -- or not doing. Congress started 2013 with a measly 14 percent approval rating, with 81 percent of Americans disapproving of the performance of our congressional leaders. But social media and...

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Civic Engagement 101: Your Go-to Guide

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 8:31 AM

Since the rise of the Internet, plenty of Americans have taken to the Web to express their political views and discuss solutions. Driving political, economic, and social change requires adequate discussion, no doubt, but increasingly we are seeing an overall lack of civic engagement in the public sphere...

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4 Moves President Obama Needs to Make After the Inauguration

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 9:00 AM

On January 21, 2013, the second inauguration of President Obama will take place. However, many are still disconnected, aggravated and even apathetic with the state of our nation. His speech to Americans needs to be a deliverance that illustrates how we can move forward from recent difficulties into a state...

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Three Ways Your Voice Can Be Heard

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 3:55 PM

According to a recent Gallup Poll, only 31 percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States. Another poll noted that 77 percent of Americans say the nation would be better off if leaders followed public opinion more closely.

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Sandy's Environmental Impact: What Are Your Officials Doing?

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Superstorm Sandy plowed through the United States at the end of October, forcing families to live without basic necessities and leaving many unsure of what their lives would be like in the near future. In addition, many parts of New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas were damaged beyond...

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How the Internet Has Changed the State of Political Debate

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:40 PM

The 2008 political campaign undoubtedly changed how politicians view the importance of the Internet. Some have said that without the Internet, President Barack Obama wouldn't have been elected. Regardless of your view on that, there's no denying that the Internet has changed the way we view, research and...

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4 Ways to Improve the State of Political Discourse Online

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:46 PM

It's that time of year when we are tired of talking politics and start avoiding political discussion online, blocking friends, unfollowing acquaintances, and ignoring extreme rants -- right? While we are all entitled to our freedom of speech, political discourse online has a tendency to get out of hand.

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Five Ways the Unemployed Can Take Action

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Unemployed and underemployed workers today already know the impact our economy has on their careers and finances. And it seems that unemployment and underemployment has hit our younger generation hardest. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of young adults ages 18 to 24 currently...

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