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Cities Failing to Meet Innovation Age Challenge

John M. Eger | Posted 08.05.2013 | Technology
John M. Eger

The U.S.-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITLF) published its seminal report "Digital Prosperity" warning that: "In the new gl...

Children and Families Need to Be the Number One Priority in Our Society

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?

Congress's Response to Sexual Assault in the Military

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

According to a Pentagon survey of active duty service members, there were an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults in the military last year. However, the number of actual reports of sexual assaults was far lower. There were 3,374 reports of sexual assault involving service members last year.

Broccoli Is Your Best Bet In Rudy Baylor's ObamaCare Marketplace

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Right now, in every state across America, teams of people are building websites that will change the health care landscape in this country. These "Health Insurance Exchanges" will offer Americans government-run health insurance plans.

What Do I Tell My Daughter Who Wants to Serve? The Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military

Donna McAleer | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Donna McAleer

Both my husband and I proudly served in the Army, and we have told our daughter of our experiences. I want my daughter to consider serving. But how can I ask her to enter the military knowing that her chances of being sexually assaulted are 1 in 3 compared to 1 in 6 in the civilian world?

To Curb Domestic Violence, Start With Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

When lawmakers in March reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act--the landmark legislation that guarantees certain rights and protections for survivors of domestic violence--they expanded a rule to bar landlords from evicting survivors from any publicly-supported home.

3 Initiatives to Drive the New Secretary of Transportation

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Transit advocates are hoping that Anthony Foxx's experience as the successful mayor of a mid-size city will ground his work as secretary of transportation.

San Diego Moves to Ban Puppy Mill Sales

Carole Raphaelle Davis | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Carole Raphaelle Davis

Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.

States' Support for Trap-Neuter-Return Is Gaining Momentum

Becky Robinson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Becky Robinson

We've achieved many victories for cats over the past 23 years but we need many more. Americans can add their voice to this movement by asking their lawmakers to support legislation that protects cats and ends the senseless killing in our nation's pounds and shelters.

Draft Law in Venezuela Is the Private Sector's Death Knell

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Joel D. Hirst

A new legislative proposal quickly moving through Venezuela's National Assembly gives new force to that country's 'socialist' government's war on the private sector.

Hitting the Reset Button on Zero Tolerance

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Lynda Bekore

For any student, the stigma and shame of a school suspension can be emotionally life-altering; for older students, suspensions become part of their permanent record, adversely affecting their chances of acceptance to college.

How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

As much as my sons delight in the tree, sometimes I daydream about less bedraggled alternatives. Instead of accidental, what if our view had been planned and purposeful? In its place could be something more pleasing. Imagine the space of a single street tree transformed into a small-scale woodland.

What We Are Missing in the Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Debate

Tracy Weitz | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Everyone please step away from the ledge. The public discourse about mandated trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortion patients is completely out of control--among both abortion rights opponents and abortion rights supporters.

Domestic Workers: Long Hours, Backbreaking Jobs and Few Rights

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Reporters Uncensored

Two years ago, commemorating International Domestic Workers Day on June 16, governments, labor unions and employers' associations voted overwhelmingly to create global labor standards to help promote the rights of the 50 to 100 million domestic workers worldwide.

Dear Telecom Unions: Time to Fight for the Public Switched Network Infrastructure & Technology (PSNIT) -- The State-based Utility Wires

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

The real question is: Are the unions going take an active role in stopping the closing down of the networks? Are they going to help to get the networks get upgraded?

'Silver Linings Playbook' Director Joins Senators To Introduce Mental Health Legislation

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

Hollywood director David O. Russell joined a bipartisan group of senators and mental health professionals on Thursday to introduce legislation to impr...

Should Parents Need a License to Procreate?

Jenny Isenman | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

You're also required to pass a test to drive a car, sell a house or be a lifeguard. You can take a class to learn how to give birth, but once that baby's out, you're on your own.

POTUS Immigation Platform Reflects Silicon Valley Push For Immigrant Visas

Turnstyle | Posted 03.31.2013 | San Francisco
Turnstyle

by Nishat Kurwa President Obama's address today focused on broad immigration form, but his platform on legal immigration has been informed by Silicon...

What Obama's Gun Control Plan Would Mean For You

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama proposed an aggressive plan on gun control Wednesday, following a wave of mass shootings including the Sandy Hook elementary sc...

January's Most Important Vote: The Senate Vote to Fix the Filibuster

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

While media attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff," the January 1st vote and the upcoming debt ceiling battle, a more important vote is scheduled for the Senate next week: the reform of the Senate filibuster rules.

Time to Take the Lead: Virginia and the Gun Show Loophole

B.J. Garrison | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
B.J. Garrison

This nation saw many tragedies involving weapons in the past year -- Oregon, Colorado, and most recently Sandy Hook. We have and will continue to grieve the loss of life. However, the situation begs the question: If now is not the time to discuss positive reforms, when exactly is?

Haley Debacle Targeted In 'Political Stunt'

Associated Press | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

A Democratic senator introduced legislation Tuesday to apologize to millions of South Carolina taxpayers for the cyber theft of their personal data ...

GOP Still Aims to Make Obama a Failed President

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP banks that it can swivel this divisiveness into sustained opposition to those policies, and that it can buy enough time with that until the 2014 midterm elections and further boost its numbers in the House and especially the Senate.

Lead the World By Example: Reauthorize VAWA

Theodore Johnson | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Theodore Johnson

The phrase "war on women" was uttered frequently during the recently concluded election season. But the real war is ensuring they enjoy the same rights as men: to safety, security, and equality, something violence and sexual assault attempts to rob from them.

The Insanity of Our Gun Culture

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As we all know, the chances for comprehensive gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream since the NRA controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.