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New Psychoactive Substances Ban Won't Even Achieve Its Aims

The UK Government yesterday announced its plans to introduce a blanket ban on all new psychoactive substances (NPSs as they're known), in a move that follows in the steps of Ireland's ban in 2010. Following the recent spate of hospitalisations...Show More Summary

Disease-a-Week Challenge #1: How the California Stem Cell Program is Battling Lou Gehrig's Disease

Last year, chronic disease cost America as much as all federal income tax and the national debt combined. Let me prove that. First, the money we spend on chronic (long-lasting or incurable)disease is three-quarters of every health care dollar. Total medical care in 2014 was approximately $3.1trillion. Show More Summary

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Now that the results in Ireland have been reported on the referendum for marriage, and supporters have had a chance to giddily rejoice, and those upset at the results have had a chance to spew and vent, it's important now to step back...Show More Summary

The Deadly Polarities: Warming Up for 2016

What set me off was a recent column in the New York Times by David Brooks. A friend had sent it to me because it was concerned with the centrality of spirituality in our lives. But it wasn't the column itself which got my attention. It was the comments. Show More Summary

Three Clicks and You're Out

"Home! And this is my room--and you're all here! And I'm not going to leave here again, because I love you all! And--Oh, Auntie Em--there's no place like home!" Words spoken by Dorothy upon returning to Kansas from the Land of OZ. -- L.Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz Had she known she would not have clicked her heels three times. Show More Summary

Is TPP the Most Progressive Trade Agreement in History? Not If You Need Access to Affordable Medicines

There are two things that we at Oxfam can say for certain from what we know about the TPP: First, the TPP would do more to undermine access to affordable medicines than any previous U.S. trade agreement. Second, the intellectual property...Show More Summary

My Take on the Minimum Wage

A minimum wage discussion. Above is the character of Eric from the hit television sitcom "The Seventies Show" The show was the story of several teens finding their way in the world and in this case a good example that a minimum wage job is not supposed to be a living wage job. Okay, let's get that straight right from the start. Show More Summary

Republicans Want You to Forget Why Sending Troops Back to Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

As the Republican presidential demolition derby continues, the 2016 GOP candidates have settled on two central themes: hatred for President Barack Obama and desire to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer...Show More Summary

The South, Not Just in Black and White

A new South is emerging. Nowhere is it more evident than in the Carpet Capital of the World: Dalton, Georgia. According to the most recent census, Dalton is 48 percent Latino and 42 percent White. Those who have lived in the community for decades are quick to point out that just a generation ago, Dalton was almost all White. Show More Summary

What the US Can Learn From the May 24 Electoral Victory in Spain

The tsunami of popular outrage and indignation that in May 2011 led to the take-over of parks across Spain, sparking a worldwide movement made famous by Occupy Wall Street, has done it again this time at the polls, upending that nation's...Show More Summary

A Few Clarifications About Air Traffic Control Reform

Co-authored by Eno's Aviation Policy Expert, Dr. Rui Neiva Change can be frightening. Big changes, like restructuring U.S. air traffic control (ATC) governance, even more so. On April 5th, Kevin DeGood, Director of Infrastructure Policy...Show More Summary

Ten Ways to Make the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few: #7, Strengthen Unions and Preempt State 'Right-to-Work' Laws

One big reason America was far more equal in the 1950s and 1960s than now is unions were stronger then. That gave workers bargaining power to get a fair share of the economy's gains -- and unions helped improve wages and working conditions...Show More Summary

President's Task Force a Springboard for Policing Reforms

Images of police in riot gear standing atop armored tanks in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. dominated the summer of 2014. That same summer ushered in waves of protesters chanting "black lives matter" -- protests that continue today following...Show More Summary

Bring Rhode Island's Election Law into the 21st Century

What's more common sense than making voting more accessible while reducing opportunity for fraud, all while reducing taxpayer costs? It is time to do just that by upgrading Rhode Island's election law. Right now, the Ocean State hasShow More Summary

Power Is A Zero Sum Game. When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Liberty. Power. Government. The way one frames the equation that connects these three words is at the heart of any political philosophy. The passage of a law in Wyoming got me thinking again about them. Wyoming just made it a criminal act to gather and submit to the government any kind of data--including photos--derived from privately owned land. Show More Summary

Cult of Patriarchy

With the news of Josh Duggar admitting to having molested at least five girls, some of which were his siblings, there has been one glaring issue that I've seen. His family, fans, and a politician have weighed in talking about how this was a 'teenage' mistake. Show More Summary

Is a Death Sentence Really a Death Sentence?

In the 18th Century BC, the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon codified the death penalty for twenty-five different crimes. In the 7th Century BC, Draco made it the only punishment for any crime. According to Plutarch, "Draco...beingShow More Summary

Why Cuba Matters

When President Barack Obama met Cuban leader Raul Castro in the last summit of the Americas on April 11, he said: "The United States will not be imprisoned by the past. We're looking to the future and to polices that improve the lives...Show More Summary

Delusionary Thinking in Washington

The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower Cross-posted with Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, ignoring Washington’s dictates, or actively combating them. Show More Summary

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. Earlier this month, Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

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