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Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Income inequality is killing the economy. Retailers, bankers and Democrats agree on that. Really. It's only Republicans who continue to insist that income inequality is great.

The Tangible Case for Infrastructure Investment

Scott Paul | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

A who's who of international economy watchers are imploring Washington to do what it hasn't done in nearly a decade: Pass a long-term, large-scale infrastructure plan. And while I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, I think it could be presented in a less abstract fashion.

The U.S. and India: Forward Together

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Arun M. Kumar

A re-energized commitment to move both countries forward, together. That is what President Obama, leader of the world's oldest democracy, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the world's largest democracy, collectively committed to after their meeting last month.

Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

In some countries, particularly in Europe, reform of labor markets may be necessary to remove persistent rigidities. Fiscal policy cannot substitute for such reforms. But fiscal policy can work in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.

Legacies, Clouds and Uncertainties

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced countries, the United States and the United Kingdom in particular are leaving the financial crisis behind and achieving decent growth. Even for them however, potential growth is lower than it was in the early 2000s.

My Takeaways From the Administration's Infrastructure Investment Summit

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Lifting the ban on interstate tolling for purposes of reconstruction will not directly replenish the Highway Trust Fund, but it will give states the flexibility to use a reliable financing option to help meet their infrastructure funding challenges. Give states the flexibility to fund their transportation infrastructure projects the best way they see fit.

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You are all potential terrorists and will be treated as such. Here's half a Diet Coke as a reward for being compliant.

No One Should Live Outside the Web of Connectivity

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Various agencies designed to deal with such emergencies were already being stretched before Ebola struck. Equally frustrating is the fact that this crisis graphically demonstrates how the lack of reliable communication today is a matter of life and death, but communication infrastructure lags behind human need.

On National Manufacturing Day, Congress Must Recommit Itself to Investing in a Strong Manufacturing Future

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Americans ought to be filled with pride in our role as the world's manufacturing leader. But we cannot take that leadership for granted, as our competitors across the globe seek to lure manufacturing jobs away from our shores.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

A Three-Pronged Approach to Urban Resilience

Philip K. Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Philip K. Ryan

The fact is that is most of us don't sit up and take notice until bridges actually collapse, pipes burst and sidewalks give way. Take what has been recently happening in Los Angeles.

Climate Change and ISIS -- Fighting Multiple Existential Threats

Andrew Winston | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The reality is we don't have the luxury of dealing with everything in succession -- as a society, we have to tackle multiple threats simultaneously.

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

When it Comes to Our Economy, Washington Can Do Something Before the Mid-Term Elections

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small businesses have been doing their part -- outperforming big business on the job creation front every month for the past year. But, they can do more if Washington will only step up and take a role in helping fuel this engine for growth.

Simple Economic Plan That Wins the Midterms: Minimum Wage and Middle Class Tax Cut

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If the Democrats could stick to two economic proposals, Republicans would be put in the position of stating publicly what Mitch McConnell told his billionaires in private: we are here for you, and you only.

Build We Must -- Abroad But Not at Home

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As of this year, more U.S. and NATO money had been "squandered" on the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan than was spent on the full post-World War-II Marshall Plan to put a devastated Europe back on its feet. And how has all that spending turned out?

Why an 'ISIL War Tax' and a 'Russia Containment Tax' Are Necessary -- Now

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.

Now It's Burger King Renouncing US Citizenship -- Let's Eat Somewhere Else

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Every single step to Burger King's success was backed and enabled up by our taxpayer-funded American system. Our government is the reason that Burger King is extremely profitable.

Can China's New Development Bank Succeed?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

If China will publicly stress the importance of good governance as an essential component of making the development process work, the AIIB has a chance of being successful, and may work well in generating significantly more financial resources for the region.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

We Must Protect Taxpayers in Public-Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Public-private partnerships use private capital from investors to finance public infrastructure projects. But using P3s has proven to be difficult and even counterproductive when adequate care isn't taken to protect the public interest and include equity considerations and standards.

'Green News Report' - August 5, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Drinking water ban in Ohio's 4th largest city is over -- for now; Mine ...

'Green News Report' - July 31, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 20m gallon water main break, amid worst drought in CA history, exposes ...

America's Real Deficits: Jobs and Infrastructure

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

America's federal budget deficits have actually shrunk by nearly $5 trillion since 2010. The CBO's projection for the budget deficit this year is smaller than it's been on average over the past 40 years. In short, the economic evidence is clear: This deficit is no longer an urgent issue. But there are, in fact, deficits that demand immediate attention.