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Buying Your Followers

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

It's a dark and lonely place out there. Did you know that, should you need to have more friends, numerous companies offer to sell you some? It's not ...

Public Citizens in Our Towns

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

We would benefit if more public servants decided to spend their retirements in our towns, rather than in this town, and to follow the models of Tom Eagleton, Walter Mondale and John Danforth and others who have returned home to be public citizens.

Will 'Schmekelgate' Stop the Rise of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer?

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.22.2013 | Comedy
Bernard Starr

History tells us that if you do good deeds and control the "restless penis syndrome," time, compassion, changing mores -- and statistics -- will trump Schmekelgate.

Would You Ever Run For Public Office? (POLL)

Posted 07.17.2013 | MarloThomas

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An Astrological Perspective: What the Hell Is Going On in Your Career?

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

Of course, if you aren't clear about your ambitions and what you want to achieve in your career this may be a lengthy period in your life when you'll change jobs often on your path to discovering the work you'll ultimately do.

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?

Even When Politicians Fight, Americans Often Agree

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Can we agree on this? Americans still think alike much of the time even if our politicians don't. To get heads nodding, just say someth...

My Hero, Chris Christie

Robin Lakoff | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

I cannot imagine a circumstance in which he would get my vote. (Well, maybe I can -- if for instance he were running against Ted Cruz.) But there are things about the man himself that I greatly admire.

Weiner Re-emerges

Candy Spelling | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

I realize that Americans are very forgiving of the sexual indiscretions of male politicians. Somehow these prodigal sons always seem to work their way back into the trust of the American public.

Reinvention: The Future Is All Around Us

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

If you're not reinventing yourself, your business, your point of view, your multi-platform communications, and your Internet persona -- you're behind history's curve.

That Best Most Imperfect Place

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 06.24.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

I spent these years wondering why the rest of the world spoke so slowly, how some towns ever got built when change was "hard," how candor sometimes challenged colleagues who mistook bluntness for bad manners and why the rest of the world didn't see the humor and tragedy in life.

How to Truly Evaluate a Teacher

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Ferroni

To me, and most people, there is not a nobler or more important calling in the world than teaching. But, for some reason, teachers constantly come under attack by many.

Economy's Rise Sparks Political Battles Over Who Gets Credit

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Increased hiring, lower unemployment, stock market on the rise. Who gets the credit? It's a hotly debated point in Washington, where po...

The Truth About Lying: Reinventing Our Survival Instincts

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

As we get older, it becomes clear how cheaters do, in fact, sometimes win. Quite often, they win big and fall to a horrible disgrace when the truth is revealed about their compromised victories.

They All Look The Same!

The New Republic | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

I have a question I like to ask journalist friends whenever they're stressed about misspelling the name of some obscure interest group flack or mistak...

Earmuffs! Politicians Curse At Friend And Foe Alike (SLIDESHOW)

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

As leaders and lawmakers, politicians are held to a high standard of good manners. But sometimes in the heat of the moment, a slip-up is inevitable. ...

A Presidential Inauguration, Beyonce, and the Climate of Risk-Aversion

Naftali Brawer | Posted 03.31.2013 | Media
Naftali Brawer

Perhaps so many people were disappointed with Beyonce because they saw a beautiful and talented artist at the height of her powers afraid of taking a risk.

The Manly Origins of Cheerleading

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.02.2013 | Sports
Lisa Wade

You might be surprised to learn that at its inception in the mid-1800s, cheerleading was an all-male sport. Indeed, cheerleading helped launch the political careers of three U.S. Presidents.

Nothing But Lumps Of Coal For Political Hypocrites This Christmas

Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), former vice president Al Gore (D) and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) have all certainly made an im...

Why We Must Fight for Peace

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Imagine a world where all of humanity feared less. Where we found less of a reason to await potential tragedy of every shape and size.

What God Tells Us

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Brian D. Cohen

I am on sabbatical from teaching to work with chronically mentally ill patients in a hospital setting. The patients I encounter are fortunate to have...

50 Young Progressive Activists Who Are Changing America

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In the next decade, America will be transformed by a new wave of progressive activism, led primarily by organizers, thinkers, and politicians born after 1960.

Sandy's Environmental Impact: What Are Your Officials Doing?

Rand Strauss | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Rand Strauss

Now that Sandy has torn apart much of the East Coast, what are your local, state, and national officials doing about the environmental impact?

Helping Our Children Navigate a Politically Partisan World

John McCormick | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Shortly after this month's election, I overheard several of my son's friends talking "smack" on the playground about the election's winners and losers. Nothing too derogatory, but several voiced digs along the lines of, "I can't believe your parents voted for [Candidate X]."

The Cost Of Deceptive Politics

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 01.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Dana Radcliffe

2012-11-09-TEDmeyerpullAt the heart of our ad-saturated democratic process is a moral paradox. Politicians raise and spend billions of dollars to convince us to trust them. But the fevered competition for votes virtually compels them to lie to us.