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Hipmunk

14 Places to Swim Before You Die

Hipmunk | July 5, 2015 | Travel
One of the best things about a warm-weather getaway is the thrill of throwing on a bathing suit and going for a swim. In putting together this list, we chose places, pools, and locales that created truly incredible, one-of-a-kind swimming experiences.
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | July 5, 2015 | Business
"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.
Stacey Newman

Negotiating a Good Iran Deal

Stacey Newman | July 5, 2015 | Politics
President Obama has repeatedly stated that he prefers no deal to a bad deal. Fortunately, the negotiators are on the right track to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis peacefully, allowing all sides to walk away knowing that what they're getting is better than they're giving up.
Robert Kuttner

Just Say No

Robert Kuttner | July 5, 2015 | Politics
The No vote to austerity by a margin of 62 to 38 is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's tactical gamble. The stakes, however, are larger than Greece. It's increasingly clear that the E.U. needs to change course -- not just to save Greece but to save itself.
David Singh Grewal

Time for Change at the IMF

David Singh Grewal | July 5, 2015 | Politics
The Greek crisis has made it painfully clear that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) needs a change at the top -- and that the U.S. must use its privileged position as the IMF's biggest contributor to insist on it.
Amy Zellmer

An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Saved a Little Boy

Amy Zellmer | July 5, 2015 | Good News
I know it's your "job" but it's also your worse fear. No one can ever have enough training to prepare you for what this moment will actually feel like, but because of you, this little boy is home playing with his family today.
David Macaray

The Irony Would Be Overwhelming

David Macaray | July 5, 2015 | Business
By now everyone who has regularly paid attention to what might optimistically be called the "American labor movement" is aware that the Supreme Court now holds in its hands the power to ruinously damage U.S. public sector unions. Indeed, it holds in its hands the power to eviscerate them, destroy them.
The Active Times

The Most Dangerous Beaches for Shark Attacks in the U.S.

The Active Times | July 5, 2015 | Travel
As you head to the coast for summer vacation, the slim possibility of a shark attack might be in the back of your mind. Chances are you've got nothing to worry about, but just in case, you should probably know where most shark attacks happen in the U.S.
Meg Stone

First Came Love, Then -- With the Law on Our Side -- Came Marriage

Meg Stone | July 5, 2015 | Gay Voices
My grandmother went into hospice the day the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. She died the next day, surrounded by people she loved. In her mind, we were married in 2004, and all the civil rights victories that followed didn't seem to phase her. But I can't help thinking about the grandmothers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Pavlos Tsimas

No-No or No-Yes?

Pavlos Tsimas | July 5, 2015 | World
The outcome of this Greek drama is not up to the Greeks anymore. It now depends on how European leaders will react. Whether they will view the referendum result as an opportunity for a big deal or a chance to rid themselves of the Greek issue, putting all the blame on the Greeks, remains to be seen.
Jim T. Miller

When and How Social Security Checks Are Delivered

Jim T. Miller | July 5, 2015 | Fifty
Generally, Social Security retirement benefits (as well as disability and survivor benefits) are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you apply for your Social Security benefits in September, you will receive your September benefits in October.
John Lewis

A Decision for the Ages

John Lewis | July 5, 2015 | Gay Voices
The Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges establishing nationwide marriage equality will likely go down in history as one of the Court's great landmark rulings. The tone of the majority opinion is strikingly vivid, emotionally intelligent, and personal.
Caleb McClennen

Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40

Caleb McClennen | July 5, 2015 | Green
This Shark Week 2015 -- and on the 40th anniversary of Jaws -- let us reflect upon our growing appreciation for (and willingness to protect) these vulnerable species. Let us then dramatically scale our commitment to reverse the decline of these magnificent species on a global scale.
Ioannis Karamagalis

Greece Divided by Dilemma Once More

Ioannis Karamagalis | July 5, 2015 | World
The referendum, before being conducted, unfortunately released the darkest aspects and features of Greek political socialization. It reinstated divisive reasoning in the public sphere, divided society into two camps with no diffusion and without any room for common ground.
Alex Simon

Great Conversations: Gabriel Byrne

Alex Simon | July 5, 2015 | Entertainment
I interviewed actor Gabriel Byrne by phone in 2009, my final interview for Venice Magazine. It was simultaneously one of the easiest and most difficult conversations I've ever had. Easy because Byrne and I had that very rare thing: an instant rapport.
Sheldon Filger

The Greece That Can Say No: History's Lessons Applied to the Greek Debt Crisis

Sheldon Filger | July 5, 2015 | World
As in 1940, despite the hard road mandated by their decision, the Greek people have placed national honor and dignity on a higher plane than the only other alternative on offer: an ultimatum based on collective indignity and national impoverishment .
Alex Ivanovs

Raising Our Vibration by Doing the Things We Love

Alex Ivanovs | July 5, 2015 | GPS for the Soul
Over the last three years, since the inception of my own spiritual journey, I have come across countless techniques and methods of feeling better, thinking better, creating the life of my dreams, and so on.
Sidonie Sawyer

10 Secrets for Successful Selling on eBay

Sidonie Sawyer | July 5, 2015 | Style
We all have too much "stuff" in our wardrobe, closets and lives. Sometimes we want to throw it all away. But you can have fun and recoup a few dollars if you use eBay's platform to sell online. If you have an email and Paypal accounts, you're already half way done.
Food Fanatic

You'll Be Making This Negroni Granita All Summer Long

Food Fanatic | July 5, 2015 | Taste
Negroni Granita is a cooling, fun way to serve this classic Italian aperitif. Serve it with cheese and crackers for an outdoor party!
Rep. Alan Grayson

My New Declaration of Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | July 5, 2015 | Politics
We need a new declaration of independence. FDR took a stab at this, with his "Four Freedoms." That's a good start. But now, eight decades later, we need to declare our independence from other forms of oppression.