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Trooper Sanders is founder of Wise Whisper, a social cause practice helping leaders, companies and non-profit organizations develop new and maximize the effectiveness of existing initiatives tackling critical social challenges. Most recently Trooper served as deputy director of policy to U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. Previously, he was domestic policy advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton. During the 2004 election season, he founded Time to Vote, a campaign encouraging employers to provide workers with flexible leave on Election Day. He also served as communications advisor to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and, during a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship in Germany, worked for the anti-corruption non-profit Transparency International and Ashoka, a non-profit supporting social entrepreneurs. His government service began as a White House policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. His international career began in the United Kingdom as a policy analyst with The Prince of Wales’s Business Leaders Forum. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Trooper has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree from the London School of Economics.

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Iran and Why Right-wing Cynics Don't Matter

(85) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:19 PM

American right wing alarmists couldn't get their Henny Penny costumes out of storage fast enough after the announcement of an initial agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. "The worst deal since Munich," "abject surrender," and "a terrible deal," said conservative establishment figures Charles...

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Typhoon Haiyan: Global Social Workers Helping for the Long Haul

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:07 PM

For the more than 11 million people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, including at least 670,000 displaced persons, aid cannot arrive fast enough. The cash collected, food, water and medicine shipped, and troops and disaster relief personnel deployed from the Philippines and around the world in the days...

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Ending Slavery: Obama's Best, Most Overlooked Speech This Week

(11) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 11:18 AM

You probably missed President Obama delivering one of the most meaningful speeches of his presidency this week. He wasn't touting his accomplishments on the stump or standing up for freedom of speech before the United Nations General Assembly, although those speeches were delivered as well. Top honors go to his...

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You Can Rescue America's Silenced Time Crunched Voters

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 8:01 AM

In the days and weeks following this November's election, operatives from one of the presidential campaigns will be licking their wounds and asking themselves: "What more could I have done?" What more could I have done to not only energize a few more base voters in the state that got...

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Turn on the Global High Beams for American Jobs

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 4:35 PM

With 60 years on the throne, the United States could learn a thing or two from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. As part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Her Majesty will dispatch virtually every member of her family beyond the seas to promote the crown and U.K., PLC. While America does...

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Romney's Sad Identity Crisis

(15) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 1:33 PM

I am going to violate the Eleventh Commandment of the prep school old boy network: thou shalt not speak ill of thy brethren. While I do not support Mitt Romney politically, as a fellow son of Michigan and alumnus of the same suburban Detroit high school, I am proud that...

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Reinventing Unemployment Insurance

(30) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 3:40 PM

Extending unemployment benefits will soon re-enter the gladiator arena of Washington's partisan politics. And what will all of the Sturm und Drang yield for the jobless? An average weekly benefit of less than $300 this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, which may rise to $387 by 2021. While...

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