Before I entered the fray of Washington, I lived in Colorado. It was an amazing life, one in which I was surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty, and humbled by Mother Nature herself. As I approach another World Water Day in my new world, absent of mountains but full of a lot that is equally meaningful, I'm joining WaterAid supporters across the country in reflecting on an everyday moment when I was reminded of how important water really is. That moment came high in the mountains of the western slope of the Continental Divide, near Vail, Colorado.
We have a good understanding of why students drop out of high school. But if we know this, why aren't students succeeding in schools and why aren't schools succeeding in helping them?
The founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting as well as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks, Ted Turner is one of America’s wealthiest individuals. At age 75, he is worth over $2 billion and is one of the largest landowners in the country. But Turner believes his best investment came in 1998 when he pledged $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation (UNF).
A budget is a moral document. It reflects priorities, whether household choices or government. A budget is also a policy document, because those line items aren’t an abstract concept. They are guidance for what we do.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. argued that the isolation experienced by people of color living "on a lonely island of poverty" is unjust in a nation blessed with a "vast ocean of material prosperity." Fifty years later, the racial wealth gap is just as stark and immoral, with families of color possessing only a few pennies for every dollar of wealth owned by white families.
It’s been 12 years since November 19 was first deemed World Toilet Day. This year, though, there’s a lot more fanfare. That’s because the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution that, for the first time, makes November 19 an official day of international observance to recognize the 2.5 billion people in the world who live without a toilet.
Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations tell me is that a great communicator is most enabled to achieve a great presidency.
Late Wednesday night, Congress finally voted to end the 16-day government shutdown, pushing the debt ceiling to February 7, 2014. While both Democrats and Republicans had to make concessions to pass the continuing resolution, there is still much blaming coming from both sides, and neither views this is a legitimate long term solution to the debt problem. With the shutdown over and furloughed government employees back at work, read what some people are saying about the aftermath and where we are headed from here.