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Setting the Record Straight: Healthy School Meal Rules Allow for Bake Sales

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Kevin W. Concannon

Our children's ability to learn in the classroom and reach their fullest potential depends on what we do right now to secure their future. Healthier meals and snacks at school--with flexibility, common sense, and occasional treats--are how we get there.

Africa: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

Last week, President Obama hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He welcomed over 40 African heads of state and their outsized entourages to what was a festive affair.

Government Consolidation Might Be the Answer to Illinois' Problems

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even when consolidation isn't the best option for a particular arm of government, politics shouldn't be the driving factor in deciding not to consolidate.

New Koch, Same as the Old Koch

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.

The African Youth Movement for Social and Economic Prosperity

Barry Segal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

We cannot afford to stand at the sidelines and watch people do things for us. Developing a resilient entrepreneurial base and private sector can sustain economic growth and produce real economic and social gains in Africa.

Baggage Culture and Why Embracing Transhumanism Doesn't Come Easy

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.07.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

For many thousands of years now, the human race has been indoctrinated to submit to orthodoxy and to cower before authority, and to swallow endless nonsense from both.

Entrepreneurship: An Avenue for Economic Growth

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 08.06.2014 | Small Business
N. Kimron Corion

If many more countries were to invest in entrepreneurship and ensure that citizens are exposed to business creation from a very young age then this can help curb some of the economic problems being faced.

This Is The Government Of The Future

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 08.04.2014 | World

For hundreds of years now, humans have tended to believe that the best sort of government is one which leaves its citizens maximally ‘free’. We’...

Dereliction of Duty, Part III

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Harry Leibowitz

I recently wrote about our Government's dereliction of duty in relation to the crisis at our nation's border (see Part 1 and Part 2). Today, this appe...

Dereliction of Duty

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Harry Leibowitz

According to the Brookings Institution there are some 47,000 unaccompanied children in the USA from Central America, almost all of whom arrived this y...

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

Illinois Turbulent Love Affair With Government Entities

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With more than 8,400 government taxing bodies, Illinois tops the nation. The city of Chicago on its own has almost 2,000 units of government. There is a government entity for nearly every part of civic life.

GSA CIO: Successful Organizations Connect, Collaborate and Innovate

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Successful CIOs are driving digital business transformation, leveraging mobile, social and cloud computing technologies to improve workforce productiv...

Reigniting a Passion for International Service

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Peace Corps has always been about igniting a passion for service. When it was created by President John F. Kennedy, it presented a model for international service that was so unique, so unprecedented, that many said it will never work.

Getting Bids: Yes or No?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.19.2014 | Money
William B. Bradshaw

We frequently hear about the need for governments -- local, county, state and federal -- to get competing bids, and too often we learn after the fact that contracts were let without getting bids. But many people ask, "Does getting competing bids really make any difference?"

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

How Do We Build a 21st Century Government? Start With Reflecting Our Communities

Nicole Neditch | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Nicole Neditch

Our program -- and the future of our communities -- is stronger when a range of people contribute their skills and unique perspective to solving such fundamentally important problems.

I Pledge Allegiance to Greed

Kelsey Minor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Kelsey Minor

Imagine sitting on a plane either at the gate or on the runway for five hours. Well it happened to me over the holiday weekend. Not once did a fligh...

Pirates, the Printing Press and Global Democracy

Don Kraus | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Don Kraus

Just as Gutenberg did not anticipate his press would promote literacy, mass media, and eventually enable the rise of Twitter, today's technological developments have immeasurable possibilities.

#sorrynotsorry: How the CIA Could Think More Strategically About Their Twitter Content

Mark Drapeau | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Mark Drapeau

This isn't a challenge confined to spy organizations or governments, but rather one for any high-profile organization wading taking social media seriously for the first time.

Men Who 'Leaned On' So That Women Might 'Lean In'

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Laura Wellington

It is very important that the growth we, women, are experiencing serves as a vital reminder of the intelligence and muscle that was put forth on our behalf by men who, ultimately, opened the first doors to us and continue to do so.

More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive

Saul Segan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Saul Segan

The laws continue to increase in severity. Mandatory sentencing for DUI is far more widespread than the old days. Now, something has been added to the mix. The ignition interlock.

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.

Advocating a Change in Farm Policy

Marc Barnett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Marc Barnett

Essentially, U.S. farm subsidies are encouraging obesity among citizens, particularly poor citizens. Obviously this sounds very strong, and quite possibly may seem overstated, but it's not.