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The Shame of Transportation: Safety

The long history of transportation also has been a history of a struggle for safety. It's not over. The recent crash of an AsiaAir Airbus A320, with the loss of 162 lives, highlights one of aviation's lasting shames: The reluctance of air carriers to invest in safety unless they're forced to do so. Show More Summary

Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

Tragedies shrink communication. They take us by surprise, and force us to use slogans and tweets. It is emotional contraction. Understanding, however, is an act of expansion. It requires patience: the privilege of those who are not personally touched by the crippling effects of tragedy. Show More Summary

Behind Closed Doors in Vegas, Militarized Gun Industry Sells, Sells, Sells

Last week, a man was arrested in Ohio for an alleged ISIS-inspired plot to attack the U.S. Capitol with gunfire and pipe bombs. According to the government's criminal complaint, to prepare for the attack Christopher Cornell bought two...Show More Summary

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

"In war, truth is the first casualty." -- Aeschylus 525-456 BC As reported by the BBC this month, the Taliban have rejected an offer by the newly installed President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, of Cabinet positions and governorships in three Afghan provinces. Show More Summary

Should Secular Societies Accommodate Religious Beliefs?

Secularism and pluralism are two of the defining ethos of Western societies. The former decouples religion from governmental institutions whilst the latter seeks to protect the rights of all citizens to freely practice their creed. In many instances, these two concepts can happily coexist. Show More Summary

#HelmsHurts: President Obama Must Act Now

Every January 22, Washington, D.C. sees an influx of marchers who reject a woman's right to abortion access. To protest peacefully in the glow of the Supreme Court and Capitol buildings is an age-old American right. But with a new and...Show More Summary

Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy

Five years after the Supreme Court's disastrous 5-4 decision in Citizens United, there's a lot to be angry about. With election spending out of control, and super PACs empowering giant corporations and billionaires like no time since...Show More Summary

Obama's State of the Union

For the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a Republican controlled Congress. Yet he spoke with confidence and ease as he laid out a progressive agenda for the final two years of his presidency. Noting that the U.S. Show More Summary

Politician Random Accountability Test (P-RAT)

Perhaps I have this wrong and I am hopelessly naive (or idealistic), but even though President Obama was elected as a Democrat, once elected isn't his constituency the entire American population, and isn't he supposed to serve all of...Show More Summary

Protecting Social Security Disability Insurance

On the first day of the 114th Congress, the Republicans in the House of Representatives made an unprecedented change to their rules that puts Social Security recipients at risk of receiving unnecessary cuts to their benefits. The House...Show More Summary

Obama Opens the Door For the GOP to Blow It

President Obama announced some radically redistributive measures during the State of the Union on Tuesday. The Robin-Hood-esque plan proposes raising the taxes and cutting tax breaks on the super-rich and easing the burden on poorer Americans. Show More Summary

America's Retirement Security Crisis Is Huge and Quickly Approaching

You've heard about boomerang kids--adult children in their 20s and 30s who have returned to live in their parents' homes. Well, get ready for boomerang parents, formerly independent middle-aged people who--ten, fifteen, twenty yearsShow More Summary

To Achieve Big Results From Social Policy, Add This

Continuous Real-Time Learning to After-The Fact Program Evaluations Co-authored by Anthony Bryk The challenge of making progress on the country's social problems is attracting strange bedfellows these days. In a rare instance of Washington...Show More Summary

Saving Our Republic from Citizens United

When Benjamin Franklin walked out of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a woman standing outside the hall asked him what sort of government the delegates had created. Franklin responded: "A republic, madame, if you can keep it." While...Show More Summary

Free Community College Supports Marriage and Family

Marriage has fractured along class lines. Conservatives and liberals alike can agree that socio-economic class has come to define all couples, gay and straight, seeking access to the institution of marriage. However, the White House's...Show More Summary

A Democracy for All of Us

January in the year after an election is a busy time on Capitol Hill. As new members of Congress get settled in their offices and parties pick their leadership teams, political donors brave the cold to visit members of Congress they helped get elected. Show More Summary

5 Encouraging Moments for Mothers at the State of the Union

The State of the Union came and went. President Obama challenged Congress to recapture a sense of common purpose that, as he put it, has always propelled America forward. "In two weeks, I will send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan. Show More Summary

Obama's Indulgent Victory Lap

Tuesday's surprisingly moving State of the Union address came from a man who no longer has to run any campaigns "cause he won 'em all." Someone in my neighborhood of Boston even shot off fireworks. Obama looked liberated and victorious. Show More Summary

Why Obama's State of the Union Was a Triumph for Elizabeth Warren, Too

President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address reminded many of us exactly why we'd worked so hard to elect and re-elect the guy: He's on our side. And by "our," I mean the 99 percent of Americans who would be better off if our economic system weren't rigged by the other one percent. Show More Summary

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