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Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Finally! Someone Explains What All Those Obamacare Numbers Mean!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You're going to hear a lot about Obamacare this fall, especially from Republicans. They'll try to convince you that it was a bad deal. They'll throw numbers at you to make you think that the cost of health insurance is spiraling out of control. In all likelihood those numbers will be incorrect, but how will you know?

Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

There's no getting around the fact that we have to wean the world off fossil fuels as soon as possible, and one of the answers, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

Taking the Wheels Off the Motor City

Michael Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Rose

Sadly, Governor Snyder's bankruptcy plan seems more about weakening unions and protecting corporate subsidies and tax breaks than it does about shoring up Motown for the long haul.

Unreliable Sources 3: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Media
Elliott Negin

Despite the fact that ExxonMobil is still a significant contrarian funder, the flurry of media interest in the company's funding agenda sparked by UCS's exposé died down soon after its release and remains feeble to this day. What happened?

Is the Common Core an Attack on Progressive Education?

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Lisa Nielsen

When we insist on measuring the performance of students with cognitive disabilities by giving them a curriculum that is beyond their reach and assessments we know that developmentally they will be unable to read, we are setting everyone up for failure.

Literacy By Third-Grade A Renewed Priority For Many States

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to...

Sending the Wall Street Journal Back to School on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Jamie Henn | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Jamie Henn

While we welcome the debate over divestment, it's disappointing that Bryce and the Journal are leaving out key facts about the promise of renewables and Bryce's own industry affiliations.

2012 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneurship Awards Honors C-SPAN's Brian Lamb

Howard Husock | Posted 11.27.2012 | Media
Howard Husock

Brian Lamb, the founder of the C-SPAN network, is a man of the sort of deep modesty that most successful people in this era of self-promotion don't even bother to feign anymore.

Zach Carter

VIDEO DISCUSSION: New Trend Puts America On Sale

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.06.2012 | Business

With cities across America on the verge of financial ruin, local governments face two decisions. Like Stockton, California, they can file for bankrupt...

New Community Policing Initiative Targets Home Break-Ins

Posted 05.23.2012 | Detroit

The Detroit Police Department is piloting a new program that may help discourage home invasions through increased police interaction with the communit...

Manhattan Institute Flunks Energy Policy 101

Lewis Milford | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Lewis Milford

The Manhattan Institute's report, which ignores the facts and is more propaganda than sound public policy analysis, does not justify suspending policies that are improving the environment and diversifying our nation's electricity supply.

Are the Koch Brothers Funding Rush Limbaugh?

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Are the Koch brothers funding Limbaugh? I'm not sure Rush has ever sent them an invoice. But he doesn't have to. And that's what's so insidious about what the Kochs do.

The End of a Segregated Century?

Angela Caputo | Posted 04.09.2012 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Last week, the Manhattan Institute released a report that suggests Chicago is less segregated than it was a decade ago. When I drive through the Near North Side, it sure appears to be true.

Report on Low Racial Desegration Depicts Less White Flight

Deborah Plummer | Posted 04.07.2012 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

A recent report concluded that racial segregation in U.S. cities is at its lowest in a century. Though great news, I do not believe that the demographics have shifted because of an intentional desire for racial integration. Given the current economy, it is just harder for spatial racism to exist.

4.4 Million Middle-Class New Yorkers To See Taxes Cut

Posted 12.09.2011 | New York

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN, AP Most New York taxpayers will see their overall income tax rates trimmed slightly next year following overwhelming legislati...

Big GOP Donors Funding Fight For NY Marriage Equality

AP | Posted 07.16.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A gay rights coalition hoping to legalize same-sex marriage in New York has been getting an infusion of cash from a surprising source: Rep...

For Those Who Love to Hate the New York Times

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geri Spieler

It is difficult to sort out how much of Gray Lady Down is personal or an objective assessment of the New York Times by William McGowan.

What Helps Us Hurts Us? The Tortured Logic on Denying Aid to New York

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Who needs jobs and public services when you could be shuttering libraries and cutting pay at the Parks Department?

Huff and Puff

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

I think all these neo-con "think tank" guys deserve our sympathy. Let's help them return from Bizarro World. In case you doubt my sincerity, I have a history of trying to "give to those who take."

The Corporatists - Running the Nut House from Bizarro World

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

With virtually infinite resources, corporate America has had a grip on the executive and legislative branches of government for some time.

An Illegitimate Response to Chicago's Youth Violence

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John Petro

A Manhattan Institute writer argues that any money spent on social services will be wasted until poor, black Chicagoans stop the prevalence of "unwed pregnancy" and the "culture of illegitimacy."

Heads Still in the Sand on Global Warming

Charles Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles Alexander

The current energy system is choking our quality of life and mortgaging our future; indignant conservatives want to conserve everything but the planet.

Putting Carter to Rest

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

President Obama seems committed to shifting federal urban policymaking from a reactive, "Marshall Plan"-type strategy to a proactive, cooperative approach.

Getting Steamy About the Administration's Unrequited Love

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

America's mayors, as Politico puts its, are "steamed" about the White House's decision to pull hundreds of administration officials out of last weeken...