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Hey, House GOP: We Need to (Re)Build Bridges, Not Burn Them

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Here we have an investment that would repair the beating heart of America -- its roads, airports, bridges, transit systems and energy grid -- and House Republicans would rather skip it and go golfing with their funders.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Ecosystems perform a wide variety of important services for free. But many of these ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed by human development. Now, communities need to put nature back to work.

Will The Bay Lights Inspire Other Cities to Merge Art With Technology? (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Greg Archer

The Bay Lights is a living, moving example of how art can help transform a city -- on many fronts -- and it certainly illuminates the importance of public art, in general.

What States Can Teach Us About Tolling

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

By taking a more permissive approach to highway tolling -- not as a mandate but as one tool in a wider toolbox of transportation funding options -- Congress can give its blessing to a trend that has already taken root in 34 states.

Tell Dems: Vote for Back to Work Budget -- And Win in 2014

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Despite a presidential campaign that revolved a lot on who had the better jobs plan, the political debate in Washington, driven by the party that lost the presidency, is once again dominated by the question of which party has the best plan to cut deficits. But Democrats should not forget that voters still care most about jobs.

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.

10 New Railroad Boom Towns

Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel

Last week, as congressional leaders announced a plan to reauthorize funding for railroads across America, a new Brookings Institution study showed tha...

What We're Hearing: IBTTA Highway Finance Campaign is Moving America Forward

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Anytime you undertake a major public campaign, you're quickly reminded that listening is even more important than speaking.

SOTU: Obama Embraces Public-Private-Partnerships

Michael Likosky | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Obama makes clear that partnerships reduce individuals tax burden. Tying the discussion to the reform of the tax code gives a sense that we can cut taxes and invest in a revenue neutral way. At least in this area.

Maryland: Leading the Way in Cyber

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

There is an adage in business that says that you should only compete when you have a competitive advantage. When it comes to cybersecurity, Maryland has a whole host of competitive advantages.

President Takes Aim at Cybersecurity Through Executive Order

Sarah Granger | Posted 04.19.2013 | Technology
Sarah Granger

Just a few hours before the State of the Union address, President Obama signed an executive order authorizing new policies to protect U.S. critical infrastructure cybersecurity. The call for additional legislation in this area acknowledges the need for continued vigilance.

The Most Important, Least Sexy Use of Tax Dollars

Ron Carlee | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Ron Carlee

A more productive conversation, however, will be future-oriented, focused on the investments needed to create and sustain a city's vision for its future. And, a recognition that sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

How To Innovate Faster Than the Fastest

Ethann Castell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Technology
Ethann Castell

The world is moving fast these days, but to truly innovate you need to move even faster than the fastest competitors. So how can cloud computing give you the speed you need to stay ahead of your competition?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos

Whether we're planning an Olympic Games or a new interstate highway, policymakers need to look past the short-term budget and scheduling constraints, and have a clear vision of how what is built today will be used tomorrow.

Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

Deborah Gordon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Deborah Gordon

From mass transit options to street design to parking provisions, the shape of cities and their transportation systems will help determine oil consumption patterns for billions of people worldwide.

The State of the Union... and our Highways

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

While the State of the Union is traditionally broad and sweeping in its scope, here are some very specific numbers for Congress and the White House to keep in mind as they consider the future of America's infrastructure.

7 State Of The Union Goals Obama Hasn't Fulfilled Since 2012

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

It has been about a year since President Barack Obama delivered his last State Of The Union Address, so it's about time to check in on the state of hi...

The Need for a National Conversation about Water Infrastructure

Michael Deane | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Michael Deane

Drought is once again becoming part of our daily vocabulary. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports at least 36 states are expected to face water shortages by the end of this year.

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

State of the Union: Episode IV -- A New (Progressive) Hope

Arshad Hasan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

The State of the Union is the president's first big opportunity to retrain our nation's focus on economic prosperity instead of austerity.

Why We Need an Investment Budget

Robert Reich | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The only way to ensure private investors will continue to invest America, and support the high living standards we want, is for Americans to be highly productive. This requires public investments in education, infrastructure, and basic R&D.

Confront Them, Mr. President: On Civics, Jobs, the Economy, Climate, Infrastructure, Education

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The remedy for losing one's proposals is to win a majority for them in the next election, not taking the American people hostage.

TBTF, TBTJ: Too Big to Exist

Mike Lux | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

I remain troubled by the fact that fundamental economic issues seem to be the last thing on anybody's minds in D.C. And looming over these economic problems is the elephant in the room: these Too Big To Fail, and apparently Too Big To Jail, Wall Street financial conglomerates.

Waiting for the State of the Union Address

David Coates | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Ideally, it is the silences in the last four SOTU addresses that will begin to be filled in next Tuesday night. The biggest of these silences -- the greatest domestic failure of this would-be progressive president -- has been on the issue of poverty and the need for anti-poverty programs.