New Year’s Resolution: if you’re an active voter, find and befriend one non-voter

Starting this year, progressives should assign ourselves one mission as a New Year’s Resolution: each person should find one ...
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    Change city zoning laws to ban new construction of fossil fuel projects

    In the coming months and years, cities will move to the forefront of the climate change movement. Portland, Oregon took a bold step in ...
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      Sign the pledge to save Santa Claus’s home at the North Pole

      We all know Santa Claus and his elves live at the icy North Pole — but it won’t be for much longer. If the planet keeps heating ...
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        Free copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in American hotels

        On December 10, we commemorate Human Rights Day: the anniversary of the day in 1948 when the nation members of the United Nations ...
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          Place more federal work centers outside the Beltway

          Partly thanks to this Vox piece, one classic idea that’s been attracting new attention is the chestnut to relocate federal ...
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            The Loyal Opposition in America should form a Shadow Cabinet

            In the United Kingdom, major political parties that are out of power in parliament aren’t entirely erased out of the ...
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              Demand more accurate and informative maps for visualizing election results

              When national election results are reported to the American public, they are by default visualized in maps with each state filled in ...
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                Add “Criminal Injustice” to the law school curriculum

                There’s broad consensus among the public, as well as experts, that America’s criminal justice system is in dire need of ...
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                  Simple solution to include more children in youth sports regardless of parents’ wealth

                  Playing sports as a kid can bring a lifetime of benefits, physically, mentally, and socially. Not only is it good exercise, it gives ...
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                    “Safe days” for domestic violence survivors

                    Abuse from one’s partner takes a terrible toll on victims — physically, emotionally, and socially. Domestic violence, which ...
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                      Organize an emergency committee to defend Medicare

                      It may be a challenge to pin down President-Elect Donald Trump’s exact position and intentions on Medicare and Social Security, ...
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                        Build more Green Walls: Get cities to plant a crazy number of trees

                        Verdant greenery captures more than the eye and enhance more than the beautiful scenery around town. Trees are also good for public ...
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                          Sue the big banks to make them pay for the foreclosure crisis

                          Nearly a decade later, major banking institutions have recovered from the Great Recession they helped precipitate but many communities ...
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                            Build up your savings—and get a chance to win a lottery jackpot

                            Economists and anti-poverty advocates have long warned that playing the lottery can be a money trap for low-income Americans, given the ...
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                              Elect the U.S. President through the popular vote, not the Electoral College

                              Next week, millions of Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote for U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, state ...
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                                Support Our Diplomats bumper stickers & celebrations

                                It’s a classic American tradition to honor the valor of U.S. military service-members who risk their lives on the ...
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                                  Get the #FamilyVote Out!

                                  Get ’em while they’re young. That’s the core idea behind a buzz-worthy new initiative to instill the habit of ...
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                                    Curb dynastic wealth with these tax ideas

                                    In a blockbuster scoop, The New York Times recently reported evidence that presidential nominee Donald Trump could’ve legally ...
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                                      Another path to owning your own home and building wealth: community land trusts

                                      For many families, owning their own home is still a pillar of the American Dream. Thanks to a new model for affordable homeownership, ...
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                                        How to get more women involved in UN peacekeeping operations

                                        In a watershed moment, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in 2000 urging the greater participation of women in ...
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                                          Pool housing funds from different agencies to build more affordable housing

                                          Like so many other metropolitan areas across the country, Chicago long faced a thorny dilemma: how best to ensure affordable housing ...
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                                            Law clinics for green-collar worker-run businesses

                                            The Green-Collar Communities Clinic (CG3) is the first and only law school clinic of its kind in the country: free legal, business, and ...
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                                              Cap nonprofit CEO salaries to the US President’s salary

                                              Runaway executive salaries aren’t limited to corporate America. Top universities and many other nonprofit institutions also ...
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                                                Create LGBTQ units inside police departments

                                                It’s dangerous to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer in America. As numerous statistics warn us, LGBTQ people in ...
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                                                  Win a prize for simply applying to college

                                                  The barriers facing low-income young people with dreams of college aren’t limited to family money troubles, little encouragement ...
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                                                    How to make dark alleys safer: invite everyone in by throwing parties

                                                    “If you treat it as a place where nobody goes, then you’re inviting illicit activity and you’re inviting people not to respect ...
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                                                      Charge extractive industries a severance fee for the damage they leave behind

                                                      Extractive companies come and go, but the damage stays. When local communities welcome oil, gas, and mining business interests into ...
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                                                        Cities should stop banking with predatory banks that rip off their communities

                                                        Elected leaders to city government would have good reason to stop giving certain banks their business: those banks are exploiting their ...
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                                                          A new intergenerational movement to bring the young and the aging together

                                                          Today’s youngest will grow up experiencing a new phenomenon in human history: being alive at the same time as four to five ...
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                                                            Hawaii’s novel way of selecting judges

                                                            In our idealized view of the American legal system, judges are supposed to be dispassionate arbiters of the law who are freed to focus ...
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                                                              Take the Public Transit Challenge, just like the Minimum Wage Challenge

                                                              As anyone who relies on the local bus or train lines to get around can show by example, public mass transit is a necessity in modern ...
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                                                                Raise wages by banning employers from asking salary history

                                                                Due to the declining power of ordinary workers against powerful employers in general, unfairly low compensation is the unfortunate ...
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                                                                  Overhaul the way medicines are innovated by de-linking R&D costs from drug prices

                                                                  Judging by the national headlines in America today, one particularly effective way to make a killing in the corporate sector is to be a ...
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                                                                    Why doctors should prescribe legal aid for their patients

                                                                    Ask doctors who’ve practiced in underserved communities and they can testify that what happens to their patients can hinge on the ...
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                                                                      The Next Einstein Project: Close the Black & Latino teachers gap

                                                                      In order to build the pipeline of Black and Hispanic talent, as a society we also need to bring more Black and Hispanic Americans into ...
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                                                                        Hire dogs to help struggling students and promote learning

                                                                        The power of a friendly dog to comfort traumatized people is already well-known, if not to pet owners, then to those who’ve heard ...
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                                                                          To help homeless panhandlers, let them be city workers for the day

                                                                          While many other cities are moving to ban panhandling by homeless people or push them further out to the outskirts, the city of ...
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                                                                            Retrain all remaining coal workers for great jobs in clean energy

                                                                            Clean energy is a booming sector, with the solar industry adding new jobs 12 times faster than the national job growth rate. ...
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                                                                              These moveable “pop up” preschools for underserved communities are a hit

                                                                              High-quality preschool helps ensure that young children are ready to learn, academically and socially, on the first day of ...
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                                                                                For a healthier climate and community, cities should stop requiring so much parking

                                                                                In order to combat climate change, we need to encourage people to use to mass transit rather than driving individual vehicles that run ...
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                                                                                  To curb human trafficking, clean up the foreign labor recruitment process

                                                                                  This summer, a new law went into effect in California that protects international workers from human trafficking and abuse by ...
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                                                                                    Smart ways for shelters for homeless dogs and cats to achieve “no kill”

                                                                                    Not all homes deserve a dog or cat, but all dogs and cats deserve a loving home. Unfortunately, with nearly 3 million homeless ...
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                                                                                      Let’s throw Virginia Gov. McAuliffe an envelope-stuffing party—to support voting rights

                                                                                      America should be a place of second chances — an ideal that’s often harshly flouted by the workings of our criminal justice ...
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                                                                                        Show #LoveTrumpsHate with a voter pledge map

                                                                                        The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is fueling extremist, bigoted rhetoric against marginalized groups and emboldening ...
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                                                                                          Colleges should just require students to be voters

                                                                                          Here’s the most straightforward way to get young people to vote: make them. That is, we should push America’s institutions ...
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                                                                                            Open food pantries inside local schools

                                                                                            When children come to school hungry because their family can’t afford food, they struggle to learn and concentrate in class. ...
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                                                                                              Give all new renters a voter registration form when they move in

                                                                                              Being a voter just got a bit easier in the city of Minneapolis. In March, a new local ordinance went into effect that requires ...
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                                                                                                In a country of second chances, college for ex-prisoners returning to society

                                                                                                America aspires to be a country of second chances. In terms of the numbers, most incarcerated people do eventually return to society on ...
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                                                                                                  How one city made its domestic violence rate plummet

                                                                                                  About a decade ago, the city of High Point found itself struggling with an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence—the worst in the ...
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                                                                                                    The Next Einstein Project: Easy steps to help first-generation college students fit in and finish

                                                                                                    Even for the most talented and determined among them, young people who grew up in a disadvantaged family face enormous barriers to ...
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                                                                                                      Send more American students to study abroad

                                                                                                      Given the increasing interdependence of nations and complexity of America’s role in an interconnected world, it’s more ...
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                                                                                                        If a corporate deserter doesn’t want to pay US taxes, don’t let it buy US elections

                                                                                                        As far as lucrative business practices go, one clever gimmick is an increasingly popular one: the “corporate inversion,” in ...
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                                                                                                          There’s a lawyers shortage—for Americans who aren’t rich. Here’s how to fix it.

                                                                                                          Yes, there is a lawyers shortage in our country — for ordinary Americans who need professional legal counsel, especially low-income ...
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                                                                                                            Modernize Unemployment Insurance systems so you can keep benefits while launching a new business start-up

                                                                                                            The rate of new business start-ups is in a long decline in the United States, raising concerns about this crucial source of job ...
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                                                                                                              T-shirts showing life-sized exit wounds from an assault weapon

                                                                                                              In response to the Orlando gay nightclub massacre, the Boston Globe published an editorial with a straightforward message: “ban ...
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                                                                                                                Launch a new “Media Beacon Project” to counter misleading portrayals of American Muslims

                                                                                                                Anti-Muslim sentiment and bigotry are soaring to frightening levels in America, along with harassment, bullying, and death threats ...
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                                                                                                                  Stop special perks like U.S. Embassy parties for corporate deserters

                                                                                                                  U.S. multinational companies that simply changed their addresses on file, just to dodge taxes to Uncle Sam, are still enjoying various ...
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                                                                                                                    Reward cleaner air with free public Wi-Fi Internet

                                                                                                                    In Amsterdam, a start-up is testing out a new air pollution monitoring device that triggers on to provide free and secure Internet ...
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                                                                                                                      Require pharmaceutical companies to justify their price hikes

                                                                                                                      The level of profiteering and price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry can be downright scandalous, as former drug company CEO ...
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                                                                                                                        The Next Einstein Project: How this low-income public high school graduates 100% of its Black students

                                                                                                                        Who will emerge as the next Albert Einsteins—uncommon genius to join the pantheon of humanity’s greatest theorists, scientists, ...
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                                                                                                                          Make zero food waste a national priority

                                                                                                                          The United States as a country is so awash in abundance that we use 10 percent of the total national energy budget to bring food from ...
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                                                                                                                            Electric car-sharing programs for impoverished neighborhoods

                                                                                                                            For Americans who aren’t rich, simply traveling to work, school, or the grocery store can be an expensive, time-consuming hassle. ...
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                                                                                                                              Talk to an American Muslim over free donuts & coffee

                                                                                                                              After the recent surges in bigoted attacks on American Muslims, Mona Haydar and her husband Sebastian Robins responded in a ...
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                                                                                                                                The “If I ever die in a mass shooting, please politicize my death” card

                                                                                                                                Here’s a simple idea. Don’t just tweet or declare that “If I ever die in a mass shooting, please politicize my ...
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                                                                                                                                  Big Pharma would hate this simple solution to curbing $3 billion wasted per year on expensive medicines

                                                                                                                                  Did you know that the United States throws away $3 billion worth of perfectly good, unused cancer drugs annually—because they’re ...
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                                                                                                                                    Spread the Providence model to close the 30 million “words gap” for poorer children

                                                                                                                                    By age 3, children in impoverished households already face a stunning disparity in their language development compared to children with ...
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                                                                                                                                      Seattle is rethinking policing by putting social workers on the daily beat

                                                                                                                                      The city of Seattle is trying out an unconventional way of policing: team up social workers with police officers to walk the beat ...
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                                                                                                                                        The public option for banking: Create city banks for and by the public

                                                                                                                                        In the United States, state and city governments rely on the same private sector banks used by individual consumers for ...
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                                                                                                                                          To bring fresh fruit and veggies to food deserts, turn old buses into mobile food markets

                                                                                                                                          A promising program in Toronto, Canada is bringing fruits and veggies to impoverished communities in an unusual way: through a grocery ...
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                                                                                                                                            To break the cycle of violence, embed violence intervention teams in hospitals

                                                                                                                                            Some hospitals are taking an unusual approach to stop the street violence that’s driving the same victims to cycle in and out ...
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                                                                                                                                              Global treaty to help save antibiotic medicines from becoming useless against disease

                                                                                                                                              We overuse antibiotic medicines to our peril. The problem is that as the microbes make copies of themselves, then copies of copies, ...
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                                                                                                                                                Require housing rentals to be free of toxic lead paint

                                                                                                                                                The lead poisoning crisis isn’t just limited to Flint, Michigan. It’s a scourge across the country, causing irreparable ...
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                                                                                                                                                  The right to know if global companies are profiting off human rights abuses in their supply chains

                                                                                                                                                  Modern day slavery, sex trafficking, and forced child labor aren’t just festering in the shadows in far-flung locales. These ...
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                                                                                                                                                    Ban corporate “non-compete” agreements that trap low-wage workers

                                                                                                                                                    A newly emerging issue is on the radars of pro-worker advocates, corporate accountability watchdogs, and economists: the ...
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                                                                                                                                                      Bring in the voters with food trucks and pop-up parties

                                                                                                                                                      Voting in elections is a civic duty of all Americans, but making it part of an enjoyable social experience could entice more voters to ...
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                                                                                                                                                        Children are taking climate change to the courts

                                                                                                                                                        The judiciary is familiar battleground for veteran climate activists, but today, it’s kids who are pioneering a new strategy in ...
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                                                                                                                                                          Build all new buildings with green roofs—with solar panels or rooftop gardens

                                                                                                                                                          The core idea behind “green roofs” is simple: use building rooftops to grow plants or generate clean energy with solar ...
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                                                                                                                                                            Panama Papers: The Response

                                                                                                                                                            By now, chances are that readers of this website have heard of the Panama Papers. So let’s get right to the point: what should be ...
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                                                                                                                                                              Why Norwegian parents send their kids to simulated refugee camps

                                                                                                                                                              For the refugees worldwide who’ve fled their home countries due to war and persecution, life in a refugee camp is often brutally ...
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                                                                                                                                                                Urban Warriors: connecting combat veterans to teens in high-violence neighborhoods

                                                                                                                                                                A promising program in Chicago is bringing combat veterans and teenagers in high-violence neighborhoods together. The premise behind it ...
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                                                                                                                                                                  Barbershops that turn out Black men to vote

                                                                                                                                                                  For men, the local barbershop can be the proverbial community water cooler where they let down their guard and ...
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                                                                                                                                                                    A different way to police: catch kids doing good and give “positive tickets”

                                                                                                                                                                    Police officers typically show up in kids’ lives after they or someone they know get in trouble with the law. So it was no ...
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                                                                                                                                                                      Showers and bathrooms on bus wheels for the homeless

                                                                                                                                                                      In San Francisco, decommissioned city buses are now bringing something to homeless people that everyone else often takes for granted: ...
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                                                                                                                                                                        The promise this inspiring teacher has been keeping to his students for four decades

                                                                                                                                                                        Retired high school teacher Bruce Farrer turned an unusual writing assignment for his students into an unusual promise—and the 72-year ...
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                                                                                                                                                                          Fund a Veterans Trust Fund before the war’s aftermath

                                                                                                                                                                          For America’s elected leaders, the warnings of history loom over one of the most important decisions they can ever make: we must ...
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                                                                                                                                                                            Simple idea to turn more empty federal buildings into homeless shelters

                                                                                                                                                                            It may not seem like a sexy issue, but vacant federal property is often the target of ire from lawmakers and pundits. That’s why ...
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                                                                                                                                                                              Warren Buffett: make sure the CEO loses everything if a bank has to be bailed out

                                                                                                                                                                              Despite various policy and regulatory reforms to rein in excessive CEO pay, top executives continue to rake in the huge ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                The unusual way Denmark reins in reckless corporate greed

                                                                                                                                                                                It’s a common refrain: corporate executives in the U.S. are too short-sighted and myopic in their time horizon, controlled by the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Delicious idea for overhauling the corporate income tax: replace it with stocks

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to rampant tax-dodging trickery and sophistry, corporate America is enjoying huge payoffs even as it complains loudly about the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Eyes on the Supreme Court…and the “invisible justices”

                                                                                                                                                                                    The rulings issued by the Supreme Court of the United States aren’t the only important decisions it makes. So are its choices ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Voting guides for citizens by citizens, Oregon-style

                                                                                                                                                                                      Could voting guides created for citizens by citizens encourage more people to participate in the electoral process and increase their ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                        When the data crunching crunches you in the new age of algorithms

                                                                                                                                                                                        The robot takeover will have profound implications for the future of work and daily life—but not in the way that lay folks might guess. ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                          “If you have nothing to hide, show us your email passwords”

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Apple vs. FBI drama is in the national headlines, which means so are the issues it raises around democratic governance, civil ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Translate the great American thinkers like Thomas Jefferson into Arabic

                                                                                                                                                                                            Decades ago, people stopping by in a bookstore or public library in Amman, Jordan, or Istanbul, Turkey, wouldn’t have been ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Awesome way to tackle a bunch of problems at the same time: cell phones waste, global poverty, climate change

                                                                                                                                                                                              Summary The global community faces a challenge: how do we lift developing nations out of poverty while avoiding the greenhouse ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                The cutest book club: children reading to orphaned dogs at animal shelters

                                                                                                                                                                                                A new idea is spreading to instill a love of reading in kids and help shelter animals find their forever families. The Humane Society ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Require expertise in climate threats to get an MBA degree from business school

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Top business leaders in the U.S. and abroad are among the voices calling for carbon pricing, whether in the form of emissions trading ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open up the popular federal retirement plan to all Americans

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here’s an idea so compelling that it’s backed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Center for Economic Policy and Research, the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Novel proposal for single, limited terms for Justices of the Supreme Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death this presidential election year has jolted Supreme Court watchers, catapulting the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        The 1% to root for: redirect 1% of political ad spending to organizing voters in the Rising American Electorate

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To build a vibrant progressive infrastructure lasting for years to come, we should create a groundswell of pressure on donors to move a ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          The universal “handicapped parking” symbol is outdated. Let’s fix that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It’s time to update the standardized disability access sign used across the country. Since it was introduced in the late 1960s, ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Put solar panels on our national highways

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here’s a simple but powerful idea to help accelerate the clean energy revolution: put solar panels on our roads. Why let all that ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Train a new corps of activists on how to convert businesses into worker-owned cooperatives

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Worker coops aren’t the standard way of running a business in America. That’s a big reason why they’re catching on. ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Re-imagine public libraries—through exchanges with art museums

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our public libraries are more than just repositories of books and media. They are institutional anchors that make information ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stop the billionaire corporate shell game in real estate deals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s no surprise the United States is so attractive to foreign plutocrats, international criminals, and corrupt politicians ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shorten the work week and lengthen vacations—it’ll create jobs!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Spend fewer hours at work, use your paid days off, and take longer vacations — and at the same time, help put other Americans back to ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spread Project Fatherhood to more of America’s toughest communities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you don’t have the experience of growing up with a father involved in your life, what do you draw on to be a good father and ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Make everyone’s tax returns public

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whoa, what? You read that right: let’s put every American’s tax return in the online public domain—after anonymizing it to ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amazing things happen when we put preschools and nursing homes together

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle is unlike any preschool or senior living facility that most Americans have seen, ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The corporate race to the bottom leads to Delaware. Let’s stop that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Delaware is the preferred state for thousands of companies seeking a corporate charter, including those with no real connection to the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Push American companies overseas to adopt a Code of Conduct for gender equality

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For women around the world, discrimination and hardship based alone on their identity as women is a daily reality that’s ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quitting is a sign of empowered workers. Let’s empower them more through Unemployment Insurance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quitters never prosper, right? Think again: for rank-and-file workers, quitting is a good sign that they have the financial means to ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A big idea for better science: a Wikipedia for software code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether the field is physics, biology, or neuroscience, chances are that the scientific breakthroughs making headlines today ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Raise the standard minimum age for buying guns to 25 years

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The national debate on gun violence often overlooks these two intertwined factors that combine to produce daily carnage: people under ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2020 Cities By 2020 Leading On Climate Change

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cities, not Congress, are leading the charge on climate change. It’s time to accelerate the movement to double the number of ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walk the walk, progressive organizations: The Progressive Accountability Project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When powerhouse PR firm FitzGibbon Media recently imploded amid revelations of its founder & owner’s unacceptable workplace ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New Kickstarter-way of donating to political candidates: “Take a stand or get nothing”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frustrated that a candidate for elected office hasn’t taken a stance on a heated issue yet? Here’s an idea offered by ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To crack down on tax evasion by wealthy investors, create an international register of who owns which financial securities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Secrecy allows tax-dodging by super wealthy investors to fester around the world. Here’s one idea from economist Gabriel Zucman ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How to solve low voter turnout in national elections (hint: mandatory city elections)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you think universal voter turnout is an impossible pipe dream in the United States, because Congress would never enact a law ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calling all cities: commit to ending the cradle-to-prison pipeline

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seattle’s City Council recently passed a resolution that endorses the goal of zero-percent detention of youth and calls for ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IRS: Disclose what tax perks Members of Congress are giving themselves

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Presidential candidates typically release their tax returns as standard practice in the modern era, but most Members of Congress ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Require the US Government to look hard at the human costs of war—the impact on local populations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Despite the horrific impact of war, the U.S. Government does not systematically look at how the use of U.S. military force affects ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To tackle “NIMBY” opposition to affordable housing, call their bluff with a reserve fund

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When new affordable housing projects are proposed for a community, residents who already live there will often protest with ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Require companies to disclose their gender pay gaps, not just their CEO pay gaps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies should be required to publicly disclose their gender pay gaps, just like the SEC is proposing that companies be required to ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Google: integrate carbon pricing into your search engine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let’s demand for Google and other tech companies to integrate carbon pricing or emissions trackers into all their relevant online ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            X Prize idea: technology that can make invisible carbon emissions visible

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What if we had a way to visualize in real-time the carbon dioxide emissions spewing out into our atmosphere, causing climate change? ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Law students + citizens barred from voting = organizing for democracy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Americans who’ve finished their time in prison should be able to fully rejoin society and undertake one of the most important ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                An international climate club: to give ourselves bigger sticks to combat climate change

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To prevent global climate catastrophe, humanity needs bigger “sticks” to curb carbon pollution. But how can we enact the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Novel way to curb sky-high CEO pay: base the corporate income tax on it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For those seeking new ideas to curb outrageous levels of corporate CEO pay, here’s a novel rethinking of the tax code itself: ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rebrand it: the real “right to work” is full employment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let’s turn the tables on conservatives and their powerful corporate donors who love to talk about “right-to-work,” ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here’s how states can help rein in abuse of federal tax loopholes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here’s how to step up the effort against corporate abuse of federal tax laws: get the states to deny their own state tax ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Make it impossible for a CEO to ignore the workers: put them on the corporate board

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Current law requires all publicly traded companies to have a board of directors, which hold major responsibilities and powers over the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clever but underused progressive tax ideas for urban inequality

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although much of the public debate on inequality focuses on national policies, there’s an impressive array of state and local ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bring Finland’s baby starter box to America

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here’s how we can help ensure that all children in America get a strong and equal start in life, no matter the wealth of the ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Get the racist slurs out of these official government place names

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              More than 1,400 locations across America have racist slurs, dehumanizing language, or other derogatory terms in their ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kill zombie debts that outlast bankruptcy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When people’s debt are canceled by a bankruptcy judge, the “zombie” debt should be cleared from their consumer ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colleges: self-impose a carbon tax

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dear college & university students, we can do something about climate change right on our nation’s campuses, with or without ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Create a new American tradition: Vote At The Dinner Table Day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We already have a National Voter Registration Day in America. In the same spirit, it’s time to establish a National Vote ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To spark interest in civil liberties, put up mystery surveillance cams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here’s a creative way to spark more public curiosity and concern about mass surveillance and civil liberties: put up mysterious ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        50% discount for Arabs & Jews dining together

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One family-style restaurant in Israel is inviting Arabs and Jews to eat together there—and offering them a 50% discount on creamy ...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Label Gas Pumps: “WARNING: Use of this fossil fuel contributes to climate change”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gas pumps should come with warning labels, just like tobacco products. That’s the proposal under debate in the city of North ...
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