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America's Shame and Our Blame

George Mitrovich | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
George Mitrovich

If you believe wars can be fought by your neighbor's children, but not by your own, you are morally bankrupt -- which means we have a nation of largely bankrupt people.

A Penny for Your Thoughts on the Minimum Wage

Beth Kobliner | Posted 02.27.2014 | Business
Beth Kobliner

Embarrassingly, I had fallen prey to the anti-minimum-wage-hike propaganda. But what I have learned is that the majority of low-wage workers are adults, not teens, many of whom are using that money to support their families.

Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

A 2012 study by 50 scientists and policy experts from around the world estimates that climate disruption kills nearly 1,000 children every day. Trees are our climate saviors, and it takes decades or centuries -- time we don't have -- to recover from the mistake of cutting them down.

If Ringo and Paul Can Work...

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

During an era when there are more of us over 60 than in the traditional "working age," who could quarrel with the fact that American economic growth needs older Americans to remain as economically engaged as their kids and grandkids?

Youth Empowerment and the State of the Union

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 04.12.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

The good news is Congress is likely to be more productive in 2014 than they were in 2013. But don't rely on the Senate and House to make this the "year of action." Young people everywhere can come together to make real, sustainable change this year.

Following the SOTU, Will Anything Change?

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The president did not start his speech with the usual "The state of our union is strong," presumably because that would be a lie.

'Green News Report' - February 4, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Keystone XL pipeline moves one step closer to approval; Britain pummele...

Obama's Executive Action Statements More Irresponsible Than Unconstitutional

Tom Mullen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Mullen

President Obama provided plenty of fodder for conservatives to howl "Dictator!" during his State of the Union address last week. If past experience is any indicator of what the President will actually do, his statements are more irresponsible than unconstitutional.

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

Putting a Face on America's Future

Deborah Plummer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

Researchers tell us that our preferential ability to recognize faces begins at an early age. An infant can recognize her mother or primary caregiver i...

Apprenticeship: Pathway to Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Apprenticeships are a win-win: They provide workers with sturdy rungs on that ladder of opportunity and employers with the skilled workers they need to grow their businesses. And yet they've been an undervalued and underutilized tool in our nation's workforce development arsenal.

Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

Linda Meric | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Linda Meric

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. But FMLA still has a long way to go.

8 Ways Businesses Can Eliminate Mad Men Workplace Policies and Keep Women at Work

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Liz O'Donnell

Corporate America needs to make significant shifts in how it operates to keep women engaged in work and part of our country's economic engine. Here are eight ways employers can "do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode" and keep working mothers at work.

'The Surest Basis of Public Happiness'

Jon Whitmore | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Jon Whitmore

In his SOTU address, President Obama said: "It's not enough to train today's workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce, by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education." No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, we think that's a sentiment worth supporting.

Was the President Divisive?

Phil Campbell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Phil Campbell

Our podcast The Ohio Revolt (two Ohioans and two Ohio ex-pats argue politics) usually records on Sunday nights, but with the Super Bowl coming, there is no way in hell anybody is going to be around to do that this weekend.

Rep. Lee on Congress: It's Time the People Saw Who These People Are

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Spreading the message of empowering Americans and making government functional would seem like an easy task. But when 78 million more people want to watch a corporate football game instead of the game of the politics of running a country, it's an uphill battle for Rep. Lee, or anyone that wants Washington to actually become more functional, no matter the party.

'Green News Report' - January 30, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

A New War On Inequality

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

For far too long, some political leaders have looked at education and economic inequality as two disconnected factors that keep children and families from achieving the elusive American dream.

Dear Mr. President: Support Better Buildings Through Executive Action

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Doing more to advance better buildings would help millions of Americans save energy and save money --- and should be part of the President's agenda to help make 2014 "a breakthrough year for America."

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why Income Inequality Has Gone Up Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about economic policy. See what she had to say about income inequality in th...

State of the Union Speech Sets the Stage for International Climate Leadership and Cooperation

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

There is a gridlock in the U.S. Congress, and many wonder what it means for climate action. There is a lot that the President can do under existing U.S. law to fight climate change, and that is the commitment he made very clear in the State of the Union.

We Pay the Wage

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Create a logo that the business can use if it verifies that it is going further than the minimum wage laws. This is easy enough via quarterly wage reporting. A business can place a decal on the door, in the letterhead if they like, or wherever they advertise to show the business as a verified good corporate citizen.

The Double-Edged Message of Cory Remsburg

Stanton Peele | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

No one can fail to be awed by, and to appreciate, the sergeant's courage and sacrifice. But what was he sacrificing for?

The State of the Union Speech I Wish Obama Would Deliver

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

My fellow Americans: I deliver this address at a time of great distress in our nation. Never before have we faced challenges of such severity as we d...

SOTU: Obama Defines the Challenge, But Misses the Solution

Lori Sanders | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For those who care about wage stagnation, alleviating poverty, and increasing income mobility, the President's speech Tuesday night was a mixed bag. It was hard not to come away with the feeling that Obama's agenda is lacking.