March 26, 2017

How Overtime Rules Would Benefit Millennials

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Reforming the overtime rule is an important step toward ensuring that workers are earning pay for all the hours that they work, as well as offering the Millennial generation basic opportunities to reach and build up the middle class. Read More »

What’s Really at Stake With the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dark smoke from a gas and oil fields near Ahwaz, Khuzestan province, Iran. (Photo by dynamosquito, Creative Commons License)

If the Iran nuclear deal eventually leads to a withdrawal of sanctions, the results will be increased Iranian supplies, forcing prices lower by some $10 per barrel. That could go a long way in changing the political structure of the Middle East, reducing West's dependency on its traditional allies in the region. Washington wants Iran positioned as a competitor to Russia for EU and Asian energy markets, and as a bulwark against Russian and Chinese expansion. Read More »

Check out College Tax Credits for 2015

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Now is a good time for parents and students to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits or other education-related tax benefits when they file their 2015 federal income tax returns. Read More »

Understanding American Women’s Leadership Gap

Juliette Gordon Low (October 31, 1860 – January 17, 1927) was an American youth leader and the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. (Photo by David, Creative Commons License)

Women have outnumbered men on college campuses since 1988. They have earned at least one-third of law degrees since 1980 and accounted for fully one-third of medical school students by 1990. Yet they have not moved up to positions of prominence and power in America at anywhere near the rate that should have followed. Read More »

Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

The bare grasslands of the Powder River Basin, Montana,  is a lonely place. About the only thing on the land is Oil & Gas Wells and range cattle. (Photo by  Jim Taylor, Creative Commons License)

A growing movement across the Pacific Northwest is gumming up the fossil-fuel works. Read More »

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

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The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly? Read More »

As Biodiversity Declines on Corn Farms, Pest Problems Grow

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Continued use of pesticides will lower diversity of beneficial insects, costing corn farmers more money over time. Read More »

The Missing Piece in UN Sustainable Development Goals

Communities need to be empowered to deal with crises, such as the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. unmeer/flickr, CC BY-ND

As Obama travels to Africa, it's a reminder of how people and communities need to play a bigger role in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Read More »

Lobbyists Bundle Big Money for Clinton, Bush

Washington's K Street, famous for think tanks and lobbyists and advocacy groups. (Photo by Glyn Lowe, Creative Commons License)

The two candidates leading the money race are pulling in checks rounded up by lobbyists for oil, banking, tech and other major interests. Read More »

Terrorism: A Simplistic Vent with No Real Answers

Police tape and a makeshift memorial frame the scene after a shooting at an Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Photo U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz/Released, Creative Commons License)

One housewife and a blogger shares her frustration over the incidence of violence in the name of religion. Read More »