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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

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

President Biden’s new infrastructure proposal makes bold investments to key sectors of the economy, while also racing the country forward... Read More

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

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

Thirty years ago, when I was still a music critic, I received a letter from a lady who informed me... Read More

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

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

An open letter to the children. We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you.... Read More

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

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

America is pushing toward policing reform, with or without Republicans. Not swiftly, not without debate, and not without public protests.... Read More

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

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

Look, I get it, OK? A lot of this, you plain do not understand. Much of it leaves you confused.... Read More

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

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

Season One was the gripping saga of a new, mysterious and potentially plague-like virus sweeping across the globe and spooking... Read More

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

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

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly... Read More

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

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

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake... Read More

“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

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

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did... Read More

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

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

Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or... Read More

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

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

According to a popular proverb, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time... Read More

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed appreciation for a strong, stable and resilient national logistics system. America’s mariners, who have... Read More

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

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