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Fixing Our Democracy

Nick Desai | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Nick Desai

Our society and our democracy are complex, fragile organisms upon which small changes can have great impact. The only way to stop doing nothing... is to start doing something.

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.

Ingenious Compromise: Reason for Hope

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Does a sharply divided America necessarily mean that no meaningful legislation can emerge from our political leaders on both sides of the aisle? I don't think so! What many people describe as the greatest political agreement in the history of the world came out of a deeply divided America -- the US Constitution.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Michael McAuliff

Congress' Leaders Showed Exactly How Broken They Are In Just 10 Minutes

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legendary coach Tommy Lasorda liked to kick dirt on umpires every now and then, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted Wednesd...

Harry Reid Should Call Kevin McCarthy's Bluff: A Vote for a Vote

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Newly-minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the gridlock in Congress.

Jon Ward

What's Wrong With Washington? We Ask Those Who Left It Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans view Congress more negatively now than at any point in our nation’s history. Which raises the oft-asked question: what...

I'm Tired

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As spring slowly unfolds into summer, I wonder if most Americans feel frustrations similar to mine. Like most people I know, I'm weary of "things as they are." To borrow from the title of Joe Louis Walker's blues song, "I'm Tide." In that tune he sings about the frustrations of contemporary life.

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

7 Valentine's Day Cards From Congress to You

James Napoli | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day?

Please, Mr. President, Lead Rather Than Divide

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

He assured voters that he would bring the county together and especially quell the gridlock in Washington. But, instead, the discord in Washington is greater than ever and has spread throughout our country. How did this happen?

2014 Warning to Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

To mobilize the Democratic base, the president and Democrats in Congress are going to have to do things much differently -- fight much harder, battle much more visibly and act much more boldly than they have in recent years.

Welcome to the Exciting World of Traffic Study

John Blumenthal | Posted 03.14.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I've been in the Traffic Study field for years and this whole stupid Christie flap is giving us Traffic Studiers a bad name.

Teach Your Children Well -- It Pays Off

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.17.2014 | Good News
Neale Godfrey

I am out of my office alot. I travel alot. I depend on my mobile phone -- alot. My phone must have escaped from my pocket in the cab -- the poor thing was probably so overworked it was looking for a vacation -- now what?

New York City Takes On Truck Traffic

Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

President Makes Rush Hour In Los Angeles Worse

Bill Swadley | Posted 01.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Bill Swadley

Mr. Obama, you are welcome to visit us any day and stay as long as you like, but PLEASE! NOT DURING RUSH HOUR(S)!!

Washington Should Follow California's Lead on Political Reform

Steve Westly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Westly

While California is often chided for its progressive world view, the rest of the country should pay attention to two of the smarter things we have done to reform the electoral process, increase voter participation, and cut down on legislative stalemates.

Filibustering Clean Air and Climate Action

Courtney Hight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Courtney Hight

It is no surprise that many reckless Senate Republicans will do anything it takes to keep seats on the D.C. Circuit Court vacant: If they were filled, it could bring balance to the court and ensure our most important laws are enforced fairly.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Coburn Calls Reid 'An Absolute A**hole'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party -- including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) -- were fundraising in New York o...

Republicans Are the Reason Secretary Sebelius Won't Resign

John Hudak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Hudak

Kathleen Sebelius will stay, and Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. Why is this? In an ironic twist of fate the Republican Party's obsession with filibustering, delaying, or holding executive branch nominations will finally have negative consequences for the GOP instead of the president.

Kerry Warns Budget Gridlock Could Lead To Lasting Damage

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - America's top diplomat warned on Thursday that the United States could suffer more ...