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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.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Have and Have Not: The Widening Gap

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.07.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Little is known about people's thoughts about wages and fairness. In general, people favor some threshold of fairness, but what is this threshold -- and how widely is it shared? Two psychological scientists have recently begun exploring these important questions.

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

Getting Rid of NYC's Garbage

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

The issue of New York's garbage is considered by many to be intractable due to the size, scale and the fast-paced lifestyle that this city is famous for. The city that never sleeps seems to be either too busy or too tired to sort its garbage.

Is It Time for a National Sports Commission?

Ken Reed | Posted 07.18.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Unlike most countries around the globe, sport policy development and implementation in the United States is almost solely the responsibility of the country's sports power brokers. And these power brokers have a personal vested interest -- too often ego-based and/or greed-based in nature.

Meet Sam Blakeslee: The Policy Entrepreneur

Anthony Byrne | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Anthony Byrne

With no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there?

Dear Mr. President, Wake Up!

Edward Summers | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Edward Summers

Wake up, Mr. President! I can no longer stand on the sidelines. I am very concerned about the advice you are receiving!

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Leaders need to make an effort to learn from scientists and scientists have a responsibility to communicate with leaders. In the modern, complex, technology-laden world we live in, there is no excuse for scientific illiteracy.

Two Public Policies That Transformed Our Nation

Michael Benson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

On Sunday, June 22, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the G.I. Bill becoming the law of the land. Innumerable individuals have benefitted from this far-sighted policy, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Legacy of Medical Marijuana Advocate Jim Greig (1951-2014)

Steph Sherer | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Steph Sherer

It was like any other conversation we had ever had, except for when timelines entered the conversation, and we knew he would not live to see his strategy play out.

Mental Health Reform Should Also Help Families

Kenneth J. Dudek | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Kenneth J. Dudek

Two separate mental health reform bills are now on the table, and both have fallen prey to the same old mental health politics. The limited research on the efficacy of various proposed treatment approaches brings the issue back to questions of ideology.

Blacks In Prison: Perception And Punishment

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One would expect such patently unfair statistics to cause outrage, and calls for more leniency in penal laws, but is it possible that the opposite occurs? Might the blackness of the prisons lead to more, not less, punitive attitudes and policies?

Finding the Right Tech Policy Solution

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
Eva M. Clayton

While the concerns that many proponents of strong net neutrality rules hold may seem sensible, the truth is that pursuing draconian regulations in a knee-jerk reaction is simply unnecessary and could potentially hamper future innovation.

Citizenship Through Sports Activism

Ken Reed | Posted 07.23.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The fact is, sport is a huge industry and a major socio-cultural institution. It impacts our society in numerous, significant ways, across all demographic categories. As such, we need to examine sports seriously.

A Message to the City Builders of Tomorrow

Richard Florida | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Richard Florida

"I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you this, but do what you love. You'll always need to make a living, but if you want to be happy -- if for that matter, you want to be successful -- money should never be your biggest goal."

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

The increase of Type 2 diabetes in youth should be received as nothing less than a public health crisis. Thankfully, there are numerous levers that can be pulled to reverse this trend.

Brown Out

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Maxwell Kennedy

I received an email this afternoon from Christina Paxson, the President of Brown University explaining that she would not comment about why Brown allowed a rapist to return to college after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female student.

Next Stop: Equal Pay Day

Megan Beyer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women
Megan Beyer

With so many families now relying on the earning power of women, why not take that supply chain approach a step further to require our government contractors to pay men and women equally? The relative success of the Swiss model speaks for itself.

The next generation of government problem solvers

Tom Fox | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Henry Brady is the dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a keen observer of government and politi...

LGBT Health: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions Are a Must

Sean Cahill, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sean Cahill, Ph.D.

If all 50 states asked these questions every year, we would have a much larger data set and could look at the intersection of racial/ethnic health disparities with sexual minority disparities, and at issues affecting older adults who are lesbian, gay and bisexual.

Poor and Uninsured? You've got an Obamacare Discount Waiting

PolicyGenius | Posted 05.12.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

If you know people in your family or circle of friends who still haven't shopped for health insurance on one of the marketplaces, either because they're worried about the cost or because they have no idea how it all works, feel free to use the information below to help clear things up.

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.

America: Paying the Piper

Terry Newell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

One of the lessons we teach our children is simply this: "If you make that decision now, you will have to live with the consequences later." It is a lesson about the need to consider the implications of a decision. It is a lesson we seem to have neglected in our national life.