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The Patriotic American

Courtney McKinney | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

If you want to be a patriotic American, look at America as it is. Acknowledge the human potential in this country as it exists rather than how you wish it to be. Listen to the observations of the young with curiosity rather than contempt.

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

President Obama Puts Spotlight on Economic Inequality

Gary Reber | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Propertyless and under-capitalized Americans sense and experience that they are less secure with prospects for good incomes that they can rely on to support themselves and their families, but they feel helpless to do anything about their plight and continue to struggle on day by day, month by month.

Will the GCC Take Leadership of Arab Economic Integration?

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

With the GCC countries facing their own youth bulge and implementing labor nationalization policies, the prospects of growing intra-Arab labor mobility looks dim. Protectionism will only lead to greater unemployment, frustration and radicalizing of Arab youth, leading to more extremism.

The One Percent Is Hogging So Much of Our Income That It's Holding the Economy Back

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The reason is quite simple: Those workers are also consumers. When the 99 percent earn more, they spend more, and the one percent can produce more and earn more themselves.

What Cities Can Do to Prepare Themselves for Increasingly Severe Weather

Shalini Vajjhala | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Shalini Vajjhala

While the eastern seaboard was fortunate to safely make it through hurricane season this year, cities should take this opportunity to invest in innovative storm water infrastructure systems that can help them withstand the next 100-year storm.

Blue Collar Men

Paul A. London | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Paul A. London

Women are doing better in today's economy. They still face major headwinds but their unemployment rate is significantly lower than men's and they have...

Water Utility Sector Works in Partnership to Meet Cyber Security Challenges

Michael Deane | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Michael Deane

The development of critical infrastructure security is complex and will require a continued united effort across sectors, companies and governments in order to ensure safe and reliable drinking and wastewater service for our nation.

Warning Signals: Metro-North Accident Underscores Need for Investment in Rail Infrastructure

Ryan Morgan | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Ryan Morgan

As a former intern at the MTA, I have seen first-hand that the constant lack of funding and political pressure to cut costs are beginning to take their toll on the condition of critical infrastructure and rolling stock.

A Trillion Dollars for Infrastructure Left on the Table

Michael Curley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Curley

While legislators and policy makers wring their hands over the condition of our nation's infrastructure and waterways, there is over $1 trillion -- conservatively at hand -- to fix the problems.

Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy: What Went Wrong?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.

Renewable Resources: We Sorely Need to Develop a Culture that Embraces Them

Michael Zacka | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Michael Zacka

What's draining U.S. energy resources faster than any other product or technology? Cars? Lighting? HVAC? Refrigeration? None of the above.

One Year Later, Hurricane Sandy From Those Who Fixed It

David Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
David Foster

The Greatest Generation built America's modern infrastructure, but Americans now have a choice to make. Will we be caretakers of the hard work of past generations who built our transportation, communications, water and energy transmission systems? Or will we squander it?

Smart Investments Today Will Prepare West Virginia's Infrastructure for the Future

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

The U.S. was once a global leader in building and maintaining our infrastructure, but that's no longer the case. After decades of under-investment in our roads, airports and air traffic control systems, rails, and ports, we have fallen far behind -- and it's staring us in the face.

House Passes Bipartisan Water Bill

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Bucking some of the same conservative groups that encouraged the government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats unit...

The Only Solution for the Budget Committee: How to Muddle Through to 2015

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans serve ideological masters, Democrats serve constituencies. None of the Democrats' constituencies fare well under Republican ideology, and nothing that serves Democrats' constituencies satisfies Republican ideology. Unstoppable force, meet immovable object.

The Infrastructure Imperative: How Investing in Campus Technology Infrastructure Increases Access and Improves Learning for Students

Sean Devine | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Sean Devine

If you take a peek inside a college students' backpack, in many cases you will find that smartphones, tablets, portable computers and e-readers have long since replaced more traditional essentials such as notebooks, pencils and textbooks.

GOP Financial Terrorism Must End, Shutdown Must End, Social Security and Medicare Must NOT Be Cut

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The latest offer from those I have called Banana Republicans would keep the government shut down and threaten again to default the nation and crash wo...

A Haitian Solution for Public Infrastructure to Eliminate Diarrheal Disease

Alan Ricks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alan Ricks

It is undeniable that Haiti needs -- and deserves -- a functional and dignified solution that provides the major tools to combat diarrheal disease -- clean water, primary healthcare, and clean waste. This is not a Haitian problem: It is a global one.

The Age of Oversupply: Good Argument Tough Sell

Dean Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Dean Baker

Daniel Alpert makes a compelling case that the U.S. and the world are stuck in a serious crisis of insufficient demand. Alpert is focused on the government spending route to restoring full employment, which is great, but this is not the only possible route.

Climate Change and Urban Sustainability: Building the Infrastructure for Resilience

Francesca Vietor | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Francesca Vietor

How do we build our urban centers so that we are both climate resilient and able to keep up with our growing population? How can we engage our communities and urbanites while we build the green job economy that holds such promise?

Resource-Backed Investment Finance in Least Developed Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

Mattea Kramer | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Right now is a rare moment when two pieces of bad news Americans are accustomed to hearing could be converted into one piece of very good news.

No Deal Is a Big Deal for Chicago

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Last week, Rahm Emanuel announced the city was putting a halt to the long-running negotiations to privatize Midway Airport. The long-term lease had long been trumpeted as an opportunity to modernize the airport and help stabilize city finances but the mayor decided the deal just wasn't good enough.