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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.

Should We Tax Content Providers to Fund Broadband Build-out?

Nathan Newman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

With political leaders talking about general tax reform in D.C., it's also time to have a serious evaluation of how online content providers can help pay for the next generation of high-speed Internet and finally close the digital divide.

Sam Stein

In Exit Interview, Ray LaHood Warns Congress To Loosen The Purse Strings

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaving what he called "the best job I've ever had," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took some parting shots at lawmakers, mainly hi...

JLMC Begins Work in Senegal

Vivian Glyck | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Vivian Glyck

Just Like My Child Foundation officially signed a covenant with community members for a sustainable water irrigation project, which aims to generate income within the community of Keur Cheikh in Senegal.

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.

Brazil and China: Different Paths to Riches in Africa

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Yuliya Neyman

Brazil and China both have a strong geopolitical incentive to establish a worldwide influence, and to be seen as benevolent powers in lesser-developed nations. Africa, which has until recently been all but ignored by U.S. investors, presents the most logical opportunity.

Natural Gas Leaks: A Risky Business in Need of a Fix

John B. Kassel | Posted 03.10.2013 | Green
John B. Kassel

Ignoring leaky natural gas infrastructure is risky business. Let's fix what we have, and maximize our efficiency gains, before aggressively expanding. We'll be more sustainable, and safer, that way.

So Can We Focus on Jobs NOW?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Congress and the media paid homage to the agenda of the billionaires and Wall Street, with the manufactured "fiscal cliff" PR campaign frenzy that just ended. So now can we get back to the country's priorities? Can we talk about jobs now?

In the Footsteps of Ancient Rome: Does the U.S. Have a Chance?

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The factors that lead to national or imperial decline are hardly mysterious. The fall of Rome, one of history's most momentous, has parallels with our current situation.

Our Tragedy of the Commons: Austerity That Doesn't Work

Harlan Green | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

All of the 'fiscal cliff' discussions have centered on how to cut government spending on public programs or raise enough revenues to diminish the deficit. But in fact there would be a much smaller deficit if the negotiations included reversing the neglect of our public resources.