March 26, 2017

Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

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Smart home technologies have some major security weaknesses that better design and programming could solve. Read More »

Raising the Social Security Retirement Age is a Bad Idea

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As the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans continues to widen, now is the time to expand and strengthen Social Security, not cut it. Read More »

Megadonors Capitalize on Offshore Opportunities

George Town, Grand Cayman. (Photo by PC Ward, Creative Commons License)

The release of the Panama Papers has brought fresh reminders of the stunning amount of wealth held offshore, but that’s a world these donors and their firms navigate routinely as part of a rarefied investment community far more wealthy and sophisticated than the market to which most people have access. Read More »

Will the U.S. Be Trump-ed?

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Unpredictable and having no discernible philosophy himself. Trump’s gung-ho style and flamboyant mannerisms has caught the imagination of mainly white males. He is temperamental, troublesome and has authoritarian tendencies. Read More »

Passage Through Divided America

Burning with anti-establishment rage and white identity politics, Republican base voters cheered when Trump toppled traditional politicians. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons License)

The hard-core Republican establishment is worried sick about a possible political disaster in November 2016. Could Trump possibly be a “Goldwater” moment for the Republican Party? Read More »

Coastal Flooding Threatens Cities Across World

Flood waters from swollen rivers in Kuakata in south eastern Bangladesh.  (Photo by  Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

According to projections for the year 2070, India’s Kolkata and Mumbai top the list of cities whose populations are most exposed to coastal flooding, with 14 million and 11.4 million respectively. The first seven cities on the list are from Asia, followed by Miami at number eight. Read More »

Political Ads: Dark Money Dominating Senate Contests

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Dark money groups — 501(c) tax-exempt organizations — have been behind 28,551 ads in Senate races so far, compared with 16,102 paid for by super PACs. Read More »

The Real Scandal Behind the Panama Papers

Panama City skyline. (Photo by Ali Eminov, Creative Commons License)

The Panama Papers revealed how financial system opacity enables crime, corruption, and terrorism. The United States has an opportunity to lead in the global effort against corruption—after getting its own house in order. Read More »

US-Saudi Ties and Middle East’s New Realities 

King Salman greets the President and First Lady.
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As Saudi Arabia embarks on a period of significant economic and foreign policy change, the United States should use all the incentives at its disposal to press for change in a progressive direction. Read More »

Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate

Chicago skyline from a green rooftop. (Photo by  Josh Koonce, Creative Commons License)

Faced with growing risks of flooding, heat-related deaths, and poor air and water quality; skyrocketing energy bills; and costly damage to homes and infrastructure, some Midwestern city officials and community advocates are taking steps to improve their cities’ resilience to the effects of climate change. Read More »