The state of Illinois took a big step toward resolving its dire financial position last week when the state assembly passed legislation to reform Illinois' public pension system. The bill aims to cut $160 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.
This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.
It's obvious that socialism, Marxism, and communism are words with derogatory connotations in the collective mind of the United States; the evil United Socialist Soviet Republic did, after all, influence the bulk of 20th century U.S. rhetoric.
Imagine yourself in this situation. You're in your mid-40s. You've worked hard all of your life. Then, you acquire a serious health condition. Your savings are wiped out. You're forced to go onto disability. You lose your modest home.
I've been fascinated by IBM for decades. They are one of the few companies who have been able to figure out how to reinvent themselves radically, from a product-centric company to a services-centric company.
In the relatively short time since Isabel Peron was elected President of Argentina in the 1970s, Latin American women have surged to the forefront of politics, including a higher percentage of female members of parliament (22.5 percent) than any region of the world except Nordic Europe.
Since I started this journey, countless friends have been curious as to exactly how one goes about running for Congress. It's the murky mysteriousness of the process itself that discourages so many would-be candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.
Even if, like me, you don't fall into one of those categories and also take issue with the Catholic Church's teachings on a number of contested social issues, it is difficult to deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff's critique of the modern capitalist economy.
Finally, Barack Obama may prove deserving of his Nobel Peace Prize by joining with England, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating an eminently sensible rapprochement with Iran on its nuclear program.
That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.
We have come a long way since sovereign wealth funds' controversial investments in distressed financial and infrastructure companies in the U.S. and Europe. Indeed, their investment behavior has changed in recent years and new trends are emerging.
I am focused exclusively on services for dance teachers and companies in the metropolitan area. Yet, I offer here that all of us in arts and culture are strongest when we are working together with all New Yorkers.
Kennedy's call to action, from his first to his last day as president, was a constant call to citizenship - local, national, and global. It was a call to embrace the promise of American reinvention and renewal.
Not only is healthcare.gov a poorly-packed parachute with an 80 percent likelihood of working for people who try to use it, the government that constructed the health care canopy knew it would fail to meet its promise for 20 percent of the certain-to-be disappointed insurance-shopping public.
No longer can the U.S. or others in the West claim the moral high ground. So now that this is established, let's have the conversation that is long overdue. The U.S. and the West can regain leadership, but it must take the first steps to strike the right balance, and through a cooperative process.
What if Snowden had not revealed that shocking information on the vast government surveillance system that was hidden from the American public but known to Feinstein and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee?