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Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency
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Fossil Fuel Investments in Africa are Necessary for Economic Growth and Climate Resiliency
2021-06-11 22:21:14
by The Breakthrough Institute

The Biden Administration has made climate change one of its core policy priorities. Understanding the global nature of the problem, as well as U.S. leadership in technology exports and international markets, the reality of the crisis demands that we confront... Read More

What Biden Is Doing on the Other Viral Pandemic
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What Biden Is Doing on the Other Viral Pandemic

Memorial Day Weekend will be the first time millions of Americans have traveled in 14 months, signaling the possible end of the COVID-19 pandemic. But another virus, this one causing a cyber- attack on one of the nation’s largest oil... Read More

To Build Back Better, Look to the States
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To Build Back Better, Look to the States

The continued implementation of the American Rescue Plan across the country reflects exactly the type of bold and aggressive action from Washington that candidate Biden promised when he told the country how he would lead us through this challenging time.... Read More

Can Companies Really Talk Politics at the Dinner Table?
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Can Companies Really Talk Politics at the Dinner Table?

With American adults spending over 2 hours per day on social media sites, businesses are no longer just anonymous entities that supply goods and services.  They are influencing people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, participating in conversations with clear personalities... Read More

Employers Beg for Workers: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’
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Employers Beg for Workers: ‘It’s the economy, stupid’
2021-05-12 05:17:00
by John Kass

Have you ever wondered what happens to flat-earthers? Not all spend their days eating pudding with plastic spoons and rewatching old sitcoms — or as fabulists hanging at the end of the bar, boasting of their heroic exploits until closing... Read More

We Must not Forget that Republicans Tried to Overturn the Election
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We Must not Forget that Republicans Tried to Overturn the Election
2021-05-10 05:21:00
by Robert B. Reich

America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be a strength. We don’t get bogged down in outmoded traditions, old grudges, obsolete ways of thinking. We constantly reinvent. We... Read More

To Make Transportation More Climate-Friendly, Look No Further Than Rail
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To Make Transportation More Climate-Friendly, Look No Further Than Rail

The movement towards a more sustainable future has become a primary driving force in decision-making, both in Washington and in business. In April, the Biden administration committed to taking meaningful steps in fighting climate change, announcing a new goal of... Read More

Biden’s First 100 Days Make the Contrast With Trump Abundantly Clear
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Biden’s First 100 Days Make the Contrast With Trump Abundantly Clear
2021-05-03 14:24:00
by Robert B. Reich

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Some two-thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9... Read More

President Biden's Estate Tax Plans Would Hit Middle Income Families and Impact Many Family Businesses, Ranches, and Farms
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President Biden's Estate Tax Plans Would Hit Middle Income Families and Impact Many Family Businesses, Ranches, and Farms

President Biden and his administration will soon release the details of their plan for individual tax increases. He promised during the 2020 presidential campaign to lower the estate tax exemption, currently $11.7 million to $3.5 million and raise the estate... Read More

Food Technology Is Infrastructure
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Food Technology Is Infrastructure
2021-04-30 18:14:34
by The Breakthrough Institute

President Biden’s new infrastructure proposal makes bold investments to key sectors of the economy, while also racing the country forward toward a more sustainable and equitable future. The new package is not just about fixing roads, highways, and bridges, but... Read More

Times These Days When You Simply Must Close Your Mind
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Times These Days When You Simply Must Close Your Mind
2021-04-29 18:23:00
by Leonard Pitts

Thirty years ago, when I was still a music critic, I received a letter from a lady who informed me in no uncertain terms that I didn’t know what I was talking about. This was after I‘d written about the... Read More

We've Failed Our Children
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We've Failed Our Children
2021-04-23 18:27:00
by Leonard Pitts

An open letter to the children. We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you. We had one job where you were concerned, and that was to keep you safe. “Save the children,” pleaded a... Read More

Policing Will Reform With or Without the GOP
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Policing Will Reform With or Without the GOP
2021-04-23 18:17:00
by Mary Sanchez

America is pushing toward policing reform, with or without Republicans. Not swiftly, not without debate, and not without public protests. But it will happen. There is simply too much momentum for either political party to revert to the status quo... Read More

Leave These Children Alone!
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Leave These Children Alone!
2021-04-21 18:45:00
by Leonard Pitts

Look, I get it, OK? A lot of this, you plain do not understand. Much of it leaves you confused. Well, me too. I have no idea what it must be like to grow up feeling as if you were... Read More

Taking Our Lives Back From COVID-19 is Up to Us, Not the Government
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Taking Our Lives Back From COVID-19 is Up to Us, Not the Government
2021-04-20 18:48:00
by Rachel Marsden

Season One was the gripping saga of a new, mysterious and potentially plague-like virus sweeping across the globe and spooking governments into sending everyone into hiding at home. Then came Season Two: The Variants. But many people have already switched... Read More

Real Justice Shouldn't Be This Difficult
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Real Justice Shouldn't Be This Difficult
2021-04-20 18:41:00
by Leonard Pitts

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly African-American people — all over the country. Didn’t we all hold our breath as we awaited the verdict in the... Read More

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard
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A Riot is the Language of the Unheard
2021-04-15 18:51:00
by Leonard Pitts

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African-American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, especially given... Read More

It Takes Two Parties to be Bipartisan
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It Takes Two Parties to be Bipartisan
2021-04-13 18:54:00
by Leonard Pitts

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number... Read More

The Political Benefits of Building Back Boring
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The Political Benefits of Building Back Boring
2021-04-05 17:27:00
by Robert B. Reich

Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go,” he says. But when it comes... Read More

Solving Agriculture’s Climate Footprint
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Solving Agriculture’s Climate Footprint
2021-04-02 17:16:45
by The Breakthrough Institute

According to a popular proverb, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.  Like planting a tree, governments should have funded large-scale research and development 20 years ago to better address... Read More

America’s Mariners Are Essential Workers. It’s Time to Get Them Vaccinated
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America’s Mariners Are Essential Workers. It’s Time to Get Them Vaccinated

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed appreciation for a strong, stable and resilient national logistics system. America’s mariners, who have safely ensured essential cargo continue to reach American’s doorsteps amid the current crisis, are the cornerstone of that system.  Though... Read More

Asian American Judge Challenges Racism Inherent in ‘Equity’
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Asian American Judge Challenges Racism Inherent in ‘Equity’
2021-03-31 17:17:00
by John Kass

Have you read, heard or seen that important news story about an Asian American federal judge — born in Taiwan and subject to discrimination growing up — who confronted and denounced those who discriminate by race? No? With all that’s... Read More

Before the BLM Movement There was Emmett Till and the Man Who Tried to Bring Him Justice
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Before the BLM Movement There was Emmett Till and the Man Who Tried to Bring Him Justice
2021-03-26 17:33:00
by Mary Sanchez

More than 40 years before Black Lives Matter emerged as a movement, Alvin Sykes was doggedly questioning police brutality in cases famous, and not. Sykes convinced the federal government to reopen unsolved 50-year-old civil rights era murders, scores of cases in Mississippi and other southern states,... Read More

UWM’s Hardball Tactics Hurt Homebuyers and Our Economy
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UWM’s Hardball Tactics Hurt Homebuyers and Our Economy

As COVID raged, and mortgage rates plummeted, last March my husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly in the market to purchase a new home just a few weeks before the birth of our daughter. Even though we thought we saved... Read More

He Was Having a Bad Day
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He Was Having a Bad Day
2021-03-18 23:40:00
by Leonard Pitts

He was having a bad day. So said Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker by way of explaining last week’s mass shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. The suspect, a 21-year-old white man whose name won’t be used here, is... Read More

New Research Definitively Links Digital Tools to More Revenue and Hiring for Small Businesses During Pandemic
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New Research Definitively Links Digital Tools to More Revenue and Hiring for Small Businesses During Pandemic

As Congress continues its investigation into large technology companies, the critically important role digital tools and services play for small businesses is once again being overlooked. Before Congress, regulators, or Attorneys General take any action that changes the way the... Read More

How Bidenomics Can Unite America
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How Bidenomics Can Unite America
2021-03-15 23:36:00
by Robert B. Reich

A quarter-century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s Cabinet urged him to reject the Republican proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned... Read More

Climate Judo: A Path to Turn Crisis Into Jobs
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Climate Judo: A Path to Turn Crisis Into Jobs

At the heart of the Martial Art Judo is the notion that the momentum of your opponent’s aggression can be converted to your advantage in overcoming them. Advances in technology and a global momentum to avert the deepening climate crisis... Read More

When Facts Cease to Matter, Consequences Do, Too
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When Facts Cease to Matter, Consequences Do, Too
2021-03-09 14:14:00
by Leonard Pitts

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife spent a week in the hospital with hogwash. I tested positive for hogwash, but had few symptoms.... Read More

Joe Biden, LBJ and the Future of Voting Rights
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Joe Biden, LBJ and the Future of Voting Rights
2021-03-08 14:27:00
by Robert B. Reich

In 1963, when the newly sworn-in Lyndon Baines Johnson was advised against using his limited political capital on the controversial issue of civil and voting rights for Black Americans, he responded: “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” America is... Read More

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