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How a Brewing E-Commerce Fight in Congress Will Impact Buyers and Sellers Online

A longstanding trade provision that provides relief for small-to-medium–sized businesses is under threat in Congress.  For nearly 100 years, a... Read More

A longstanding trade provision that provides relief for small-to-medium–sized businesses is under threat in Congress.  For nearly 100 years, a trade provision known as ‘de minimis’ has been quietly, steadily saving small businesses thousands of dollars every year while providing more... Read More

Fraudsters Won’t Wait. We Need Stronger Digital Identity at the State and Local Level.

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced its intention to pilot a government-run tax filing system for federal taxes. This is... Read More

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced its intention to pilot a government-run tax filing system for federal taxes. This is just the latest example of a government service moving online. Whether renewing a license, applying for government benefits or now... Read More

Rev. Markel Hutchins: We Can't Criminalize Our Way to a Healthier Society

Human and civil rights leader and CEO of MovementForward explains why ‘criminalizing bad habits’ will exacerbate strains between law enforcement... Read More

Human and civil rights leader and CEO of MovementForward explains why ‘criminalizing bad habits’ will exacerbate strains between law enforcement and citizens. Recently more than 800 community-focused police officers from across the country came together in Atlanta, Georgia, cradle of... Read More

A Former No Labels Donor, I’m Worried They'll Facilitate a Trump Victory

As an optimist, realist and pragmatic Republican, I firmly believe that compromise is the bedrock of democracy and that our... Read More

As an optimist, realist and pragmatic Republican, I firmly believe that compromise is the bedrock of democracy and that our system only functions when Democrats and Republicans are working together. But in this divisive political climate in Washington, I’m now... Read More

Work Requirements, Medicare and HCBS: Fighting to Step Forward, Not Back

There is much to reflect on about the recent events in Washington surrounding the debt ceiling crisis. In the end,... Read More

There is much to reflect on about the recent events in Washington surrounding the debt ceiling crisis. In the end, both sides agreed to a plan and the country escaped default. But what should not go unnoticed in that discussion... Read More

What the FDA Can Learn From the UK

The U.K. government is leading the way in providing life-changing support for smokers by offering vape starter kits and behavioral support to... Read More

The U.K. government is leading the way in providing life-changing support for smokers by offering vape starter kits and behavioral support to smokers in England. This groundbreaking initiative is a crucial step towards achieving the government's ambitious target of reducing smoking rates... Read More

The Path Forward for Myanmar's Spring Revolution

The Spring Revolution in Myanmar has been a remarkable display of resilience and determination since the military coup on Feb.... Read More

The Spring Revolution in Myanmar has been a remarkable display of resilience and determination since the military coup on Feb. 1, 2021. For more than two years, diverse resistance groups have united with a common objective: to dismantle military rule... Read More

Ocean Month: Is Congress Doing Enough to Harness the Ocean to Feed America?

June is National Ocean Month, a time to reflect on the amazing resource we have in our U.S. oceans. From... Read More

June is National Ocean Month, a time to reflect on the amazing resource we have in our U.S. oceans. From a fresh food supply that provides waterfront jobs to a beautiful place for recreation, opportunities for ocean and coastal communities... Read More

Clearing the Air for 30M+ Smokers 

We’ve come a long way in tackling smoking since the 1950s, an era when cigarettes were ubiquitous and, according to public... Read More

We’ve come a long way in tackling smoking since the 1950s, an era when cigarettes were ubiquitous and, according to public health data estimates, over one in five American males smoked them regularly. Movie icons smoked on the big screen, people... Read More

Civics Education: A Solution Exists to Declining Test Scores

It was once assumed that American students could name the three branches of government or quote from the Bill of... Read More

It was once assumed that American students could name the three branches of government or quote from the Bill of Rights. Today, that’s the exception rather than the rule. This month the National Assessment of Educational Progress revealed “the nation’s report... Read More

Community Foundations Represent an Untapped Resource to Address Climate Change

Climate change is often framed as a vast and complex global challenge, requiring international negotiations in faraway places. While this... Read More

Climate change is often framed as a vast and complex global challenge, requiring international negotiations in faraway places. While this framing has truth, it can obscure an important reality — namely that the negative impacts of climate change are also... Read More

Cairo Washington Nexus: the Road Ahead

In April 2022, Egypt and the United States celebrated a century of diplomatic relations, a landmark achievement highlighting the power... Read More

In April 2022, Egypt and the United States celebrated a century of diplomatic relations, a landmark achievement highlighting the power of cooperation and diplomacy amidst global conflict and economic disruption. The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in... Read More

Voters Largely Satisfied With Both DeSantis and Whitmer, Despite Stark Policy Differences

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently headed to Michigan for a few speaking engagements that informally confirmed his intention to run... Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently headed to Michigan for a few speaking engagements that informally confirmed his intention to run for president in 2024. The governor of the once-swing-now-red Florida brings a stark contrast to Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer... Read More

2023-05-12 21:30:37
by A Mother’s Reality
A Mother’s Reality

I remember looking through old photo albums with my mother once and seeing pictures of her when she was just... Read More

I remember looking through old photo albums with my mother once and seeing pictures of her when she was just a kid, before my sister, brothers and I were born, and thinking, “Who is this woman so full of bright... Read More

American Tech and the Ukrainian People: a Partnership With Lasting Lessons for Peace

While the United States and our allies continue to provide military assets to the Ukrainian people in support of their... Read More

While the United States and our allies continue to provide military assets to the Ukrainian people in support of their Herculean effort to push back on Russian aggression, a different kind of partnership — and perhaps an even more powerful... Read More

As the COVID-19 Emergency Ends, We Must Not End Our Commitment to Advance Health Equity

The COVID-19 public health emergency declaration has been a tremendous step forward for creating a more equitable public health system.... Read More

The COVID-19 public health emergency declaration has been a tremendous step forward for creating a more equitable public health system. In addition to expanding Medicaid coverage to an estimated 93 million people — and thus reducing the number of uninsured... Read More

Why Are State Privacy Laws Getting Worse?

In an alternate universe, the new crop of privacy laws in Iowa, Indiana and Tennessee could have been cause for... Read More

In an alternate universe, the new crop of privacy laws in Iowa, Indiana and Tennessee could have been cause for celebration, marking a growing number of consumers around the country enjoying strong new protections over their personal data. In reality,... Read More

Apprenticeships Are an Affordable Pathway for Minorities to the Tech Sector

As we celebrate diversity during the month of April, now more than ever, Americans should look to apprenticeships to provide... Read More

As we celebrate diversity during the month of April, now more than ever, Americans should look to apprenticeships to provide pathways to the middle class, to good-paying, technical jobs, and as a means to supplement or replace traditional four-year, post-secondary... Read More

Biden Administration Countering China Hinges on the African Growth and Opportunity Act

Over the past two decades, China has become the creditor and trade partner of choice to the continent by partnering... Read More

Over the past two decades, China has become the creditor and trade partner of choice to the continent by partnering with African countries to fund the basic needs of a growing population. This is clear in the volume of agricultural... Read More

Student IDs: An Overlooked Resource for Mental Health

College students are stepping into the best years of their lives with a massive pit in their stomachs. In fact, their... Read More

College students are stepping into the best years of their lives with a massive pit in their stomachs. In fact, their anxiety is worse than ever. They don’t know where to turn for help.  They aren’t sure if they even deserve... Read More

California Math Framework Creates Education Storm for the Nation

All storms have one thing in common: They leave destruction in their wake. The nation is bracing itself for a... Read More

All storms have one thing in common: They leave destruction in their wake. The nation is bracing itself for a Category 5 education storm looming on the horizon — the proposed California Mathematics Framework. This framework provides guidance for the... Read More

Preventive Care Takes a Hit — We’ll All Get Bruises 

Thirteen years after its passage, one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions, which guaranteed preventive care services without... Read More

Thirteen years after its passage, one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions, which guaranteed preventive care services without consumer cost-sharing, has been struck down by a judge in Texas. If upheld, the decision in Braidwood Management Inc. v. Becerra could... Read More

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Americans Need a More Comprehensive COVID-19 Treatment Plan

When consumers buy a hat that says "one size fits all," it doesn’t mean that it will actually fit everyone... Read More

When consumers buy a hat that says "one size fits all," it doesn’t mean that it will actually fit everyone the way it is supposed to. Fortunately, consumers looking to buy a hat are not stuck with that one-size-fits-all option,... Read More

One Judge, One Court, One Doomsday Decision

On Thursday, March 30, 2023 — "a date which will live in infamy," to borrow a phrase from President Franklin... Read More

On Thursday, March 30, 2023 — "a date which will live in infamy," to borrow a phrase from President Franklin D. Roosevelt — millions of Americans’ lives were put at risk by 57-year-old Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District... Read More

Building on What’s Working: America Has the Foundation to Transform the Next Generation of Health Care Access 

Since the enactment of the Medicare and Medicaid Act in 1965, rising health care costs have made it difficult for... Read More

Since the enactment of the Medicare and Medicaid Act in 1965, rising health care costs have made it difficult for Americans to afford necessary medical care, leaving many without access to crucial services. However, various programs, such as employer-sponsored insurance,... Read More

The Security of the United States Military Depends on 'Made in America'

Political leaders often talk about the importance of enhancing U.S. manufacturing. “Made in America” is a common campaign mantra that... Read More

Political leaders often talk about the importance of enhancing U.S. manufacturing. “Made in America” is a common campaign mantra that can always excite a crowd. As an American manufacturer, I have dedicated my career to producing critical aerospace components for... Read More

Transgender Visibility Saves Lives in the Clinic, Too

The overwhelming evidence and consensus among global health organizations is that gender-affirming care saves lives. Yet many transgender, nonbinary and... Read More

The overwhelming evidence and consensus among global health organizations is that gender-affirming care saves lives. Yet many transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people lack access to the care they need. Some must wait up to a year to talk to... Read More

Fundraising Over Solutions: Women’s Health and a Missed Opportunity Post-Dobbs

In June 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that provided the sought after political fodder to catapult fundraising... Read More

In June 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that provided the sought after political fodder to catapult fundraising efforts heading into the 2022 midterm election cycle. In the June opinion, the court overruled two cases from 1973 and... Read More

Buy Clean: for US Workers, Industry and the Environment

Did you know that the United States government is the world's biggest spender? As we transition to a clean economy,... Read More

Did you know that the United States government is the world's biggest spender? As we transition to a clean economy, federal agencies should be leveraging their enormous purchasing power to advance our national goals, like cutting climate pollution, bolstering the... Read More

Animals Need Medicine, Too. Congress Can Help.

Reportedly it was President Harry Truman who said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”  But what... Read More

Reportedly it was President Harry Truman who said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”  But what happens when our furry friends grow old and suffer from arthritis, as happens to about 20% of canines? Current arthritis... Read More

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