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Why Is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes.

From Doomsaying to Damage Control

Daniel Dowd | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Daniel Dowd

The truth is no one can really know what a negative economic outlook for a historically dominant superpower means, because we are in uncharted waters.

Global Stocks Down Due To Recession Fears

AP | GABRIELE STEINHAUSER | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

BRUSSELS — Stocks rebounded Friday as investors breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the U.S. added more jobs than expected during July, p...

The Keystone XL Pipeline: A Tar Sands Folly?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The U.S. State Department is in the rare position of having to decide on an environmental issue. Hillary Clinton is in the tar sands hot seat. Is she asking the right questions?

Weiner's Cyber Legacy

Sunil Adam | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Did Netanyahu Attempt to Score Partisan Points Against Obama in Washington?

Sigurd Neubauer | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Sigurd Neubauer

Conservative republicans may feel more sympathetic towards Netanyahu's leadership style, but it would be foolish to lose liberal Americans by playing up partisan differences by publicly undercutting Obama's call for direct negotiations with Abbas.

Netanyahu and the U.S. Congress: A Love Fest

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

I truly believe Netanyahu now knows the real truth -- a two state solution is no solution. The peace process has been over for sometime and his speech to the U.S. Congress solidified that.

Longing for Competence in a Land Where Nothing Works

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

The stunning capture and death of Osama bin Laden belies the widespread and ever-insistent notion that nothing works in America.

In Many States, Pensions Gap Continues To Grow, Report Says

Posted 06.26.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lisa Lambert) - U.S. states are short $1.26 trillion in paying for public employee pensions and other retirement benefits, a gap that ...

To Congress: Quit Playing Politics With Food Aid

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Ruth Messinger

Sadly, global hunger is getting worse not better. And it seems that the fate of a billion people living in poverty could take a backseat to opportunistic politics on Capitol Hill.

Michele Bachmann's Calling

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


What Tough Budget Choices? The Anti-Environmental House Majority Is Having a Ball

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Take a moment to look beyond the cuts and instead focus on the numerous policy changes proposed in the continuing resolution, and it quickly becomes clear that this is not fiscal prudence at work but ideology.

Start the Green Revolution Without U.S.

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Not that long ago, it seemed Americans had decided, for economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we were going to be enthusiastic participants in the green revolution. But the pendulum has clearly swung in the other direction.

An EPA Potboiler: Clean Air Retreat?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The EPA has been under concerted attack by members of the new Congress. Makes me wonder: are EPA's new, weakened rules on hazardous air pollutants intended as a peace offering -- or white flag -- to their opponents?

Why Foreign Aid Matters to Women

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Messinger

The global HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to hit women in poor communities especially hard. If Congress goes through with massive cuts to foreign aid that are under consideration, the effect will be devastating.

Curiouser and Curiouser: How the Hill Is Handling Being in the Hole

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with the words of Alice, "It would be so nice if something made sense." Alice, of course, was talking about the strang...

Legislating Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard three "experts" on abortion policy testify on the "Protect Life Act," one of several bills aimed at reducing access to legal abortion services.

Revisiting (Not Revising) History: The Reagan-Bush Energy Policy

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

When it comes to energy, many would agree we're in a pickle. And while some would have it otherwise, climate change must be part of that debate. Just don't allow nostalgia for the Gipper to seduce us.

A State of the Union Address for Today's Labor Market Realities

Andrew Sum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Sum

Last week's State of the Union message by the President left out any substantial references to today's labor market realities. Here's what should have been delivered to our nation.

Haiti's Recovery Must Be Haitian-Led

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

The international community has pledged $5 billion in aid, yet much of that money has not made its way into the country.

Wikileaks and Congress -- A Comparison

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Those in Congress who call for Julian Assange's execution or imprisonment make no attempt to conceal the chaos they are creating.

Thank You Tea Party!

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

I'm grateful for the Tea Party. This political shot across the bow might just provide the adrenaline we need to rebuild American civic life. I'm for giving the Tea Partiers a chance.

NRA Sides With Mass Killers Over ATF

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Now that the NRA bosses have exposed themselves as the mass gunman's best friend, President Obama and Congress should move swiftly to get an ATF director in place.

Turkey's New Fault Line Is the Republican House

Elcin Poyrazlar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elcin Poyrazlar

There is growing concern in the US capital as to whether Turkey is breaking away from the West, falling under the spell of Iran and becoming at best an unreliable ally.

Energy Industry Verklempt Over EPA Regs

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with The energy industry is pulling out the stops against proposed government regulations. Remember when the enactm...