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2021-09-10 20:17:06
by The Breakthrough Institute
We've Made Progress on Climate – but it's Time to Accelerate

A decade ago the world seemed on track for a dark climate future. Global emissions were increasing at a rate... Read More

A decade ago the world seemed on track for a dark climate future. Global emissions were increasing at a rate of 3% per year, China was building a new coal plant every three days, and the idea that global emissions... Read More

Vulnerable Americans Can’t Build Credit, but Congress Can Change That

A rare feat has occurred in the nation’s capital. A bipartisan group of senators worked together to assemble significant infrastructure legislation... Read More

A rare feat has occurred in the nation’s capital. A bipartisan group of senators worked together to assemble significant infrastructure legislation that now has real viability.   Let’s hope Congress can pull it off again regarding another pressing issue: the crippling lack of... Read More

Beyond Storytelling: Now is the Time for Story Proving

Brands are increasingly responding to consumer demands around Environment, Society and Governance. The trend is not new, but it has... Read More

Brands are increasingly responding to consumer demands around Environment, Society and Governance. The trend is not new, but it has grown in recent years, with 85% of Americans wanting companies to do right by their employees and communities, according to... Read More

Protecting Our Health Care Heroes

At the height of the first COVID-19 wave, hospitals tried their best to protect health care workers, but it wasn’t... Read More

At the height of the first COVID-19 wave, hospitals tried their best to protect health care workers, but it wasn’t enough. Nearly 4,000 U.S. health care workers died during that first wave from being exposed. As the number of patients... Read More

2021-08-13 21:47:13
by The Breakthrough Institute
Rural Broadband Funding in Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Paves Way for Widespread Precision Agriculture, but Comes Up Short

For weeks, I’ve been keeping my eye on one specific provision in the bipartisan infrastructure bill with enormous potential to... Read More

For weeks, I’ve been keeping my eye on one specific provision in the bipartisan infrastructure bill with enormous potential to lift communities out of poverty, address inequities, and, critically, transform our nation’s agricultural system: rural broadband. While much of the... Read More

2021-08-10 16:20:00
by Leonard Pitts
Too Stupid to Live

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Dr. King didn’t... Read More

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Dr. King didn’t know the half of it. Those words, after all, are from 1963. Back then, the idea of U.S. citizens and... Read More

2021-08-08 16:14:00
by Mary Sanchez
Olympics 2020 is Giving Female Athletes Respect They Long Deserved

“Flo-Jo” won’t get out of my head. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the trials that led up to it, have... Read More

“Flo-Jo” won’t get out of my head. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the trials that led up to it, have been a ritual of replayed taped events, and the occasional, live event watched at sleep-deprivation hours. Each female athlete’s performance,... Read More

2021-08-02 16:08:00
by Robert B. Reich
The Virus is Back; so is Trumpism

Despair is worse after hope is briefly ignited. I don’t know about you, but I was elated earlier this spring... Read More

Despair is worse after hope is briefly ignited. I don’t know about you, but I was elated earlier this spring when it seemed as if Donald Trump and COVID-19 were gone, and Joe Biden appeared to be getting the nation... Read More

American Workers Need A Recovery That Benefits Them. Employee Ownership Can Help Deliver It.

Long before COVID-19, Americans were facing a looming crisis of low household savings and unsustainable debt. The economic consequences of... Read More

Long before COVID-19, Americans were facing a looming crisis of low household savings and unsustainable debt. The economic consequences of the pandemic made matters worse, with unemployment hitting modern highs, consumer debt reaching record levels and many Americans depleting their household savings. Today, the... Read More

2021-07-26 18:37:40
by Rachel Marsden
After American Failure in Afghanistan, China is Trying Another Approach

As the old adage goes, the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.... Read More

As the old adage goes, the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. Is anyone in charge going to do any soul searching to ask why history has yet again repeated itself in... Read More

2021-07-22 18:15:00
by Leonard Pitts
She is 8 Years Old

She is 8 years old. That’s ... what? About third grade? Too young for boyfriends. Too young for R-rated movies.... Read More

She is 8 years old. That’s ... what? About third grade? Too young for boyfriends. Too young for R-rated movies. Too young for algebra or a learner’s permit. But she has already experienced her second shooting. It happened a little... Read More

2021-07-19 18:06:00
by Robert B. Reich
GOP has Become the Anti-Family Party

Last week, 39 million American parents began receiving a monthly child allowance ($300 per child under 6 years old, $250... Read More

Last week, 39 million American parents began receiving a monthly child allowance ($300 per child under 6 years old, $250 per child ages 6-17). It’s the biggest helping hand to American families in more than 85 years. They need it.... Read More

2021-07-14 18:27:00
by Leonard Pitts
Democracy Worth the Trouble Every Time

It was, let us say, an interesting weekend for democracy. Call it a tale of two cities. One is Dallas,... Read More

It was, let us say, an interesting weekend for democracy. Call it a tale of two cities. One is Dallas, where thousands of so-called “conservatives” -- the word has less meaning by the day -- gathered in support of Donald... Read More

2021-07-09 22:56:26
by The Breakthrough Institute
At the Doorstep of a Nuclear Energy Revival — Are We Ready?

The next several years may determine whether nuclear energy has a future in the United States and, in turn, how... Read More

The next several years may determine whether nuclear energy has a future in the United States and, in turn, how successful we will be in reducing our national climate emissions. There is a broad and growing expert consensus that taking... Read More

2021-07-09 18:30:00
by Mary Sanchez
Time to Admit What we Know About the Death Penalty and who Receives it

His mother began drinking as a ten-year-old. Her prepubescent cocktail of choice was half beer and half soda. As a... Read More

His mother began drinking as a ten-year-old. Her prepubescent cocktail of choice was half beer and half soda. As a young teen out partying with the man who’d father her children, she drank pints of gin and whiskey. Jean Ann... Read More

2021-07-06 16:11:00
by Mary Sanchez
The Avoidable COVID Death of a Missouri Farmer

Julius Bennett Glaze, “J.B.” to the community, lived the kind of life that embodied refrains like “salt of the earth.”... Read More

Julius Bennett Glaze, “J.B.” to the community, lived the kind of life that embodied refrains like “salt of the earth.” He was of the land; a farmer and a horse trader by profession, a husband and father by devotion. His... Read More

2021-07-02 15:26:00
by Robert B. Reich
America’s Greatest Danger Isn’t China; It’s Much Closer to Home

China’s increasingly aggressive geopolitical and economic stance in the world is unleashing a fierce bipartisan backlash in America. That’s fine... Read More

China’s increasingly aggressive geopolitical and economic stance in the world is unleashing a fierce bipartisan backlash in America. That’s fine if it leads to more public investment in basic research, education and infrastructure — as did the Sputnik shock of... Read More

2021-07-02 15:23:00
by Rachel Marsden
No One Wants to Hear Eco-Theories During a Heat Wave

The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. has been sweltering for the past few days under what weather specialists are... Read More

The Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. has been sweltering for the past few days under what weather specialists are calling a “once-in-a-millennium heat dome.” In neighboring Canada, 60 temperature records were broken during the same heat wave, as the... Read More

2021-07-02 15:17:00
by Mary Sanchez
Confused About Systemic Racism? In The Heights Offers a $55 Million Cinematic Primer.

In a matter of weeks, the swell of Latinx pride and anticipation surrounding the release of “In The Heights” has... Read More

In a matter of weeks, the swell of Latinx pride and anticipation surrounding the release of “In The Heights” has turned and swiped at the film’s creators. Racism is like that. Never doubt its power; sly and capable of infecting... Read More

Overcoming the Healthcare Cost Crisis with Price Transparency

Americans have pulled together with the help of widespread vaccinations to put the worst of the pandemic behind us. Now... Read More

Americans have pulled together with the help of widespread vaccinations to put the worst of the pandemic behind us. Now the country must demonstrate the same Manhattan-Project mentality to tackle the other healthcare epidemic plaguing the country: obscene and opaque... Read More

Paid Leave is a Critical Tool to Keep Our Communities Safe and Our Small Businesses Alive

For the past year, COVID-19 has kept me up at night. I’m a small business owner with 75 employees, and... Read More

For the past year, COVID-19 has kept me up at night. I’m a small business owner with 75 employees, and I have had many restless nights wondering if we are doing enough to keep our team safe to prevent an... Read More

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

The Biden Administration has made climate change one of its core policy priorities. Understanding the global nature of the problem,... Read More

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

Memorial Day Weekend will be the first time millions of Americans have traveled in 14 months, signaling the possible end... Read More

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

The continued implementation of the American Rescue Plan across the country reflects exactly the type of bold and aggressive action... Read More

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?

With American adults spending over 2 hours per day on social media sites, businesses are no longer just anonymous entities... Read More

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

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

Have you ever wondered what happens to flat-earthers? Not all spend their days eating pudding with plastic spoons and rewatching... Read More

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

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

America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be... Read More

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

The movement towards a more sustainable future has become a primary driving force in decision-making, both in Washington and in... Read More

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

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

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated... Read More

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

President Biden and his administration will soon release the details of their plan for individual tax increases. He promised during... Read More

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

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