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Climate Change This Week: The Good, The Bad, The Old, The New in 2013, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Jingle right along with us this week, folks, for the usual up and down sleigh ride! Most Important Climate Message: "You CAN Do Something About It" i...

Congress: Stop Acting Like Kids At Recess

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.25.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

I am frustrated with how things in this country are progressing. I am frustrated with policy, and I'm frustrated with my lack of voice.

Closing the Civic Achievement Gap in an Increasingly Diverse Country

Peter Levine | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices
Peter Levine

As these demographic trends transform the nation, the stubborn achievement and opportunity gaps between ethnic groups and socioeconomic circles become more evident and problematic.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

No Fate! Or Maybe Fate. What's Your Choice?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fatalism is a supernatural belief, and it can indeed have harmful consequences for the way we act in the world. But where does fatalism come from?

Climate Change This Week: Sudden Surprises, Cheap Wind, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Gradual Climate Shifts Could Have Sudden Impacts says the US National Research Council, reports Brian Kahn at Climate Central. Abrupt shifts in the c...

Our Nation has a Secret: Felony Disenfranchisement in America

Jotaka L. Eaddy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Black Voices
Jotaka L. Eaddy

Today, nearly 4.4 million people in America have families, own homes and have even started their own businesses. They are pursuing the American Dream with one exception -- they cannot vote.

"Who Cares" Generation

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

I use the same two words: "Who cares?" -- not as a phrase, but as a question. And if I don't have an answer, I realize I don't know enough about this and I have to learn.

Ryan J. Reilly

Nearly Half Of Americans Live In Places Where Election Officials Admit Long Lines Are A Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Americans live in precincts where long lines at the voting booth were a problem in the 2012 election cycle, according to ...

Higher Standards for Detroit Elections

Brianna Fritz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Detroit
Brianna Fritz

We elect our city clerk to triple check her work. We trust our clerk to prepare for the unexpected. And we hold our clerk to the very highest standards, because if our vote is in jeopardy, our voice is too.

The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Rob Richie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.

Climate Change This Week: Warsaw Walkout, Clean Energy Pride, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

To tackle pollution, China to Drop Pursuit of "Growth at All Costs" reports David Stanway at World Environment News, steering local governments toward...

End to Violence Rides on Honduran Elections

Jody Williams | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Jody Williams

The Honduran general elections on Nov. 24 could determine whether the impoverished Central American nation will be able to stem its epidemic of violen...

Climate Change This Week: The REAL Connection to Tornadoes, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How Tornadoes ARE Influenced By Climate Change Tornadoes ARE influenced by climate change, despite a recent, misinformed New York Times Op-ed. Grante...

State's Republicans Pushing To End Early Voting On The Weekend

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Wisconsin Republicans are working to end early voting on the weekend. On Nov. 14, a measure passed the state assembly that would require county cle...

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Calls to Action, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Super Typhoon Haiyan Blasts Thru Philippines; 10,000+ Feared Dead report Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Calum MacLeod at USA Today. Wunderground meteor...

When Can We Vote, Mom?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

With the three kids off for the day, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. But the first grader asked, almost first thing after breakfast, "When are we going to vote?"

Climate Change This Week: Future Freakout Forecast, Green Transformations, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

IPCC: Global Warming Will Create a More Violent, Sicker, Poorer Future says the reputable Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a new study, re...

The Real Revolution

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Not voting reinforces rather than defies corporate power structures. Distinguishing his "indifference and exhaustion" from apathy, Russell Brand suggests that abandoning our voices will silently (telepathically?) send a message for utopian change. Hardly.

Nabila's Plea: The Case Against Congressional Apathy

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jihad Al-Jabban

Beyond the controversy of drone strikes is the issue with Congress's deplorable conduct. On that day Nabila and her family shared their heartfelt testimony, 430 representatives missed the opportunity to learn about the implications of the drone strike policy.

A Shift in Focus, a Push to the Polls

Scott Levenson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Levenson

With a new mayor and city council, this election is set to usher in a new era of New York City politics. Unfortunately, despite the historical implications of the upcoming election, voter turnout today is still likely to be just as low as it usually is.

Local, Not U.S., Issues At Play In Tuesday Voting

Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Elect...

Liberals, Stop Posting Russell Brand's Interview and Vote

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Regardless of how articulate his summation was, and regardless of how much I enjoy his comedy, Brand is not a part of the solution; in fact it's quite the opposite.

Climate Change This Week: China Chokes, Arctic High, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Record-Breaking Fossil Fueled Smog Cripples Large Chinese City reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Soaring pollution levels, 3 times the desi...

The Muslim Vote: Down by Law

SpearIt | Posted 12.31.2013 | Politics
SpearIt

With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for Muslim-Americans.