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Competent, Caring Staff Crucial to Program Success

Laura Stepp | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among the hundreds of programs that scholar Ron Haskins examined for his persuasive new book on social policy, one stands out in his mind: a home visiting initiative in Texas that sends nurses to visit teenage girls who are pregnant or new mothers.

Samantha Lachman

Hillary Clinton Gratifies A Major Donor In Israel-Centric Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented herself as both a staunch defender of Israel’s security and a supporter of continu...

To Save Democracy, Act Now

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

In other words, if you want to preserve the integrity of our culture, you must first revitalize the economy for all Americans.

Introducing 'Natural Gas Exports: Washington's Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat'

Steve Horn | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Many former Obama administration officials now work as lobbyists or PR professionals on behalf of the LNG exports industry, as do many former Bush administration officials. So too do those with ties to potential 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 11.14.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business

Think white privilege doesn't exist in America? Consider just how much the color of a child's skin changes his or her odds of escaping poverty later in life.

Norm Coleman, Brookings and the Magic Carpet of Saudi Money

Nina Burleigh | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Nina Burleigh

It's becoming increasingly apparent some new Koch Brothers are on the loose in Washington, lavishing money on liberals and conservatives alike. Like the Brothers K, they got rich on filthy fossil fuel revenues, and are using their booty to buy up think tanks, lobbyists and the best law firms. For good measure, they're tossing some of the nation's top liberal institutions into their shopping carts, too.

The Mantra of a Broad Prize Winner Is About Teachers

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I have heard the same thing from enough other Gwinnett County educators -- principals and central office administrators -- to know that he isn't the only one saying it.

Educacion 3.0 and the Future of Talent in the Americas

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 12.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and private sector leaders are all pioneering new models of teaching and learning, new methods of training teachers, and better systems of evaluation.

Well-Known Scholar Says Planned Births, Not Marriage, Top Priority for Child Well-Being

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Years of research show that a baby who was unplanned or unintended is at risk for any number of things including premature birth, low birth weight, and later, doing less well in school than children whose births were planned. The sad thing is that it has never been easier to plan pregnancies.

Learning Champions Stand Up for International Literacy Day

Julia Gillard | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

I find it almost impossible to imagine life without literacy. But not being able to read is the day to day reality for billions of people.

Emerging Economies Are Exporting Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

With increasing economic growth, and the subsequent expansion of the middle class in regions like Latin America, there is a new market being created for quality post-secondary education.

Millennials Transform Charitable Giving Into Philanthropic Action

April Rudin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
April Rudin

Not only will these millennial inheritors likely look for a new financial advisor to manage their money, as opposed to sticking with the family advisor, they will also want to ensure their money positively impacts society, and they tend to crave intimate involvement with the causes they support. This could transform charitable giving.

Dire Predictions About Doctor Shortage Post-Obamacare Haven't Panned Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

It's true that the number of doctors per capita in the U.S. likely will continue to decrease, especially in rural areas. But even though an estimated 13 million Americans have become newly insured since the first of this year, the predictions of the gloom-and-doomers have not panned out.

Those Obamacare Attack Ads Backfired, Actually Helped Boost Enrollment

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While those attack ads likely cost some Democratic members of Congress their jobs in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the health care legislation this year.

Anti-Obamacare Ads May Have Totally Backfired

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

The hundreds of millions of dollars spent on anti-Obamacare ads may have inadvertently encouraged enrollment, a Brookings Institution study released W...

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Funneling Funding in to Resilience

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

On Friday, May 16th, I was in Washington, D.C., during a torrential downpour. Flash flood warnings stretched from Virginia, across Washington and out ...

Underwater America: Will President Obama, Mel Watt and Wall Street Finally Do the Right Thing for Troubled Homeowners?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Obama administration did too little, too late, to help troubled homeowners, who faced plummeting home prices and the risk of foreclosure. The most important thing they can do is get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to adopt principal reduction.

The Next Phase of Enhanced Student Loan Forgiveness: Pay as You Earn

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Wendy N. Powell

Individually, we may thrive by enhanced debt forgiveness but collectively, we retreat with considerable increases to our national debt obligation that we likely cannot afford.

What Is Mel Watt Waiting For?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

Some pundits and politicians claim that America's housing market is now recovering from plummeting home prices and a years-long lull in new construction. But the so-called recovery is very uneven.

Scaling Up Education: Finding New Financing Methods

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It looks like funding for education aid is always going to be a source of controversy. Disbursed aid levels for education in developing countries are barely reaching one-third of what governments have committed to.

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

Joy Resmovits

Students Probably Do Less Homework Than You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

The portrait of the American student buried under a crippling load of homework has been way overblown in news articles, argues a new report from the B...

Expanding School Choice: An Education Revolution or Diversion?

Patte Barth | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

Far from an education revolution, the political attention given choice and competition is diverting us from the hard work of making sure public schools prepare every child for their next steps after graduation.