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Should Joe Biden's Son Have Been Kicked Out of the Navy for Drug Use?

James Carli | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
James Carli

But why is there such tolerance in high levels of government for alcohol and such admonition for other substances resoundingly less harmful?

The Great Society Meets the Taxpayer

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

President Lyndon Johnson's legacy was the so-called Great Society (read: entitlement programs). As these programs have matured, along with the U.S. population, the proportion of the people dependent on the State has soared

What Do Small Businesses Want From Their Government? Part 3

Lukas McGowan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Small Business
Lukas McGowan

Make sure that the necessary licenses and permits to work in the area are simple to obtain and only as burdensome as necessary to protect the public. Making service professionals wait days at City Hall to pull a permit for a plumbing job when they could be working slows everyone down.

Review: Edward Kleinbard's 'We Are Better Than This'

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Kleinbard describes himself as a "Dutch uncle" which the dictionary tells me is someone who admonishes sternly and bluntly... tells us the hard truths whether we want to hear them or not.

A Modest Proposal: Vigilante Traffic Enforcement

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 10.08.2014 | Comedy
Bill Halamandaris

Compared to those risky and dangerous commitments to justice, vigilante traffic enforcement in a digital age should be a breeze.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 10.03.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Miami-Dade Annexation Push Rises Again

Luis Andre Gazitua | Posted 10.01.2014 | Miami
Luis Andre Gazitua

If annexation seems inevitable, your group needs to find common ground with your new city. For starters, try to negotiate the continuation of MD-PD as a first responder in the cargo-sensitive areas.

Healthy Child Healthy World: From the Pain a Passion for Change

LuxEco Living | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Colette Chuda 1989 photo credit Irene Born...

Kalabagh Dam - A Pivotal Need for Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Only if the discrepancies are kept aside and the general good of the people of the nation be focused upon, then only can the Kalabagh Dam be erected which can effectively put to rest a great number of problems faced by the citizens of Pakistan.

Ideas for a New Political Platform

Philip K. Howard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Most Americans think government is broken, and despair of either party fixing it -- indeed, 58 percent say we need a new political party. But what should a third party -- or an independent grassroots movement -- stand for?

Saving the World, DIY-Style

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.

The Purple Agenda: A National Strategy to Bridge Left and Right

Mack McLarty | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

Our leaders need to embrace an attitude where working with the other party to solve problems is seen as a virtue and not a weakness. An attitude where the focus is on finding common ground instead of fomenting conflict.

Are Cruise Lines Doing Enough to Protect You?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.26.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

What are cruise lines trying to avoid? A proposed law called the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. Among other things, the bill would compel cruise lines to offer customers a clear, upfront summary of the restrictive terms and conditions in cruise contracts.

Making the Castle Transparent

John Feffer | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today's Romania is quite different. It has gone through several political upheavals with different parties taking the helm. Accession to the EU forced quite a few important structural changes. The result is a considerably more transparent set of political institutions.

Pakistan's Politics: A Soap Opera?

Mariam Khan | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The basic purpose of the government and its bureaucracy is to fulfill the needs of the people they govern. The champions of democracy who are carrying out sit-ins in Islamabad, are they really giving the people their right?

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Debating the Role of Government in Somerset, Kentucky

David Morris | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
David Morris

When two politicians debate the role of government, it is almost always Democrat vs. Republican.  Which is why it was so refreshing and instructive to read of the debate taking place among Republicans in a small city in southeastern Kentucky.

Would fewer governments in Illinois equal a more balanced budget?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois has the lowest credit rating in the country, a budget that needs balancing and pensions that are millions of dollars underfunded. Illinois al...

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

See You on October 2

Jacques Attali | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

By this date, in fact, our country at last will have to make the choices that it has stubbornly refused to make over the last 20 years, in spite of all the advice, the books and the talk.

Could A Caregiver Corps Solve the Caregiving Shortage?

Hilary Young | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Aging in place has become an important part of aging in America. Whether due to the struggling economy, comfort or deeper personal reasons, people simply do not want to spend their later years in nursing homes or assisted living facilities; they prefer to grow old in their own homes, usually with the help of their grown children.

Growing Up in the Shadow of 9/11: Revisited

Kimberly Tan | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Kimberly Tan

As an incoming sophomore in college now, I understand even more about the extraordinary impact that 9/11 had on America.

REPORT: Think Tanks Sell Out To Foreign Governments With Eye On Washington

The New York Times | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top...

Ask Women to Run for Office to Lead and Change Our Communities

Erin Vilardi | Posted 09.05.2014 | Women
Erin Vilardi

We need more headlights, not headlines. But the brightest lights are not going to choose politics unless we make it an appealing, even noble, calling. W