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Net Neutrality's Big Bottom Line

David Sable | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media
David Sable

Net Neutrality. Not to be confused with Net Openness. And certainly not with Right to Be Forgotten.

Where Is That Inflation We've Been Waiting For?

Luis Ubiñas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Luis Ubiñas

Fear of resurgent inflation has been a defining element of U.S. economic policy over the last five years, driving federal spending reductions, personal income tax increases, and, just this month, the end of the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing program. But that broad-based inflation has not materialized and we are left asking why?

The King Of Credit Card Fraud

Robert Siciliano | Posted 12.13.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Gonzalez became a paid informant for the agency's office in Miami. Gonzalez's work was so impressive that he spoke at seminars and conferences, delighting in shaking hands with the head of the Secret Service. But this sly devil of deception had tricks up his sleeve all along.

Pulitzer Prize Winner: Obama 'Could Learn From' This Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

Fourteen Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters recently denounced the government’s legal action against New York Times Reporter James Risen, who was orde...

@Dinosaur_13 Peter Larson and Todd Douglas Miller on #AOLBUILD with @moviefone

AOL BUILD | Posted 10.04.2014 | Science
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD Watch the latest #AOLBUILD featuring the cast and crew behind the new documentary "Dinosaur 13." Filmmaker Todd Douglas ...

REPORT: Chinese Hackers Broke Into Government Computer Networks, Targeted Employee Files

www.nytimes.com | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information o...

Child Welfare Group Issues Report on Impact of Nepal Adoption closure by U.S.

Andrea Poe | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Andrea Poe

Armed with a new study, Both Ends Burning, a nonprofit organization focused on advocating children's right to permanent families, is urging the Department of State to reopen adoptions from Nepal, which have been closed to U.S. citizens since 2010.

EVERYBODY PANIC: There May Be Fungus In Our Coffee!

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weird News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down t...

America's Peace Ship

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

OOPS: Goverment Lost Contract Files Worth Billions

AP | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion i...

U.S. Government Letting Go Of Key Internet Oversight Role

Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The U.S. government announced Friday that it is relinquishing its hold on a key Internet oversight role. The Wall Street Journal reported that the...

In Search of a Cure for America's Drug Shortages

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Buried under fancy-sounding terms like Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Special 301 is the real irony that availability of cheap drugs is not just a concern for the poor in an India or a China, but also for the poor back home in the US.

Revisiting America's Disgraceful Treatment of Mandela

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Contrary to belief, the malignant treatment by the U.S. of Mandela didn't end with his release from prison in 1990, the official unbanning of his African National Congress, or even his becoming the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1993.

Individual Acts

J Henry Fair | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

Buy your toilet paper made from post-consumer content, get your food as organic and local as you can (urge your local farmer to trade in that gas guzzling pick-up for something more climate friendly) and pray for a miracle.

Why Government of the Future Needs to Be a Functional Utility

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

Clearly, our political system is going through some of its greatest challenges. When competing values are so polarized, systemic seventh level thinking doesn't see the light of day as the entire system heads into collapse.

Remembering Greatness on Capitol Hill

Ladan Rafii | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ladan Rafii

It really is an honor and privilege to be there, and such a pleasure too. So why can't it be a harmonious environment instead of a place of rancor, infighting and dysfunction, as revealed to the entire world during the recent shutdown?

Karzai's Taliban Solution

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

What seemed inconceivable a decade ago -- the integration of the Taliban into Afghanistan's post-9/11 political process -- appears not only possible today, but probable.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

Marital Walkout - How to End the U.S. Government Shutdown

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stephanie Michele

I don't care to predict when the shutdown will end or how; however, I do have an idea I would like to see get implemented to help end it.

A Modest Proposal to Restore Constitutional Government

Carl Pope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

While the Tea Party may display the Constitution at their rallies, their movement and their current strategy in Congress are at their heart fundamentally anti-Constitutionalist and anti-Madisonian.

Does the Government Stifle Innovation? I Don't See It (To the Contrary...)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While "entrepreneurial culture" will always be essential, many innovations that turned out to be economically important in the U.S. have government fingerprints all over them.

The Third Energy Revolution

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

Whether it is firing synapses, moving cranes, or powering our homes, we run on energy. And our dependency is growing: 7,000,000,000 humans with an annual growth rate of more than 1 percent translates to one more person on Earth every 13 seconds.

Urgently Needed: Reform of the Broken American Political System

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The evident concerns about our political system, from the rising roles of cash in elections through to Congressional dysfunction, cry for a response. But, politicians, seemingly trapped in the political quagmire are mostly silent.

Thank You Note for VBA Workers

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Government workers don't get much respect these days, and are sometimes the targets of unfair abuse. That's not right.

Supreme Court Stands With NGOs In Landmark Free Speech Ruling

Lindsay Coates | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Today, NGOs scored a major legal victory when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that a USAID policy requirement infringed upon Americans' right to free speech.