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President Obama Vows to Cut Pollution

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I was live tweeting the speech, which had a distinct "call to arms" tone, as Obama underscored the need for each citizen to do his/her part. He said, "I'm going to need all of you to educate others. Speak up for the facts, Broaden the circle. Make yourself heard."

Thanks to Kelly Thomas, Fullerton's Future Is Now

John Mirisch | Posted 09.24.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Don't tell the good people of Fullerton, California that "you can't fight City Hall." Not only did they fight City Hall, they changed it.

Dumb by Design: Gingrich's Lobotomy of Congress and Today's Dysfunction

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

In January, 1995, Newt Gingrich pushed through a bill that wiped out the shared system of expert knowledge and analysis inside Congress. The bill made Congress dumb -- on purpose. And now, today, we're feeling the effects more than ever.

"Helpless President Lit" - The Latest Trend in Political Tragedy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Call it "Helpless President Lit." A recent Ezra Klein column is the latest in a growing genre which celebrates our Commander-in-Chief, not as a powerful leader, but as a perennial victim.

The Lesson We Can Learn From BP

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Kelly

We never want to see our government encounter a disaster where they are so ill-equipped to handle a bad outcome. The task in front of us is to identify anything that could be the next "BP disaster" and warn against it.

Health Reform: Make Your Voice Heard

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Our health care costs average $8,000 per person, a shockingly high amount when compared to other countries. Health reform will make preventive care more accessible and will begin to halt the astronomical rise of premiums.

Good News for Civil Libertarians?

Mark Dorlester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Dorlester

Several of the most controversial and draconian provisions of the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire December 31 unless renewed...

A New Year's Resolution for Communities

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Kelly

I bring to your attention the publication of the second edition of Community Planning: An Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan by Eric Damian Kelly.

The Boss Who Micromanages

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Except for the brief period when President Obama was off the plane and talking to Olympic officials, he probably read, talked to advisers, and possibly caught a badly needed nap.