Category Archive: Politics

Apr 17

According to Princeton Study, America is Now an Oligarchy

Earlier this month when the Supreme Court struck down yet another major provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, many critics called the ruling the beginning of the end of democracy. In a interview with NPR, Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 said the decision would “create a new American political oligarchy.” While lamenting that the …

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Apr 03

CityLab Wins “Best Conference” Award

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We’re pleased to congratulate our partner, The Atlantic for its CityLab event, which was awarded “Best Conference” by the min+Folio FAME Awards. Additionally, The Atlantic received honorable mentions for “Best First-Time Event” for the inaugural Start-Up City Miami, and for “Magazine Event Dream Team.” CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges was a partnership of The …

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Mar 31

Pot Goes Public: A FORA.tv Original Video Series

As America’s great experiment to legalize marijuana begins in earnest, the government, media, industry, and general public will seek to discover the economic, social, and health-related implications of what happens as pot goes public. Over the next year, Colorado and Washington, the first two states to end prohibition of marijuana and legalize it for public …

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Mar 27

How America Can Reinvent the War on Poverty

Have we lost the “War on Poverty?” In the fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson first announced a series of initiatives designed to help lift America’s most vulnerable, the results have been mixed. A report released by Columbia University in January shows that while poverty rates have declined overall since 1967, poverty is still …

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Mar 26

Tomorrow on FORA.tv: The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum 2014

As of next Monday, March 31, the Obama administration hopes to have 6 million uninsured Americans signed up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. More, of course, would be better, but at this point the White House is doing all it can to meet that target. And so begins the nation’s grand experiment to …

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Mar 20

Commonwealth Club Exclusive: Billionaire Tom Perkins on the 1%, ‘Kristallnacht’ Op-Ed

If there is an epicenter to the national debate on income inequality, rich versus poor, or the shrinking middle class, it’s probably in San Francisco. Long considered a bastion of progressive politics and inclusiveness, California’s fourth largest city is experiencing a dramatic cultural and economic shift that has divided the community. On one hand, you …

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Mar 19

Grover Norquist: Gridlock is Better Than Big Government

At Atlantic‘s Economy Summit Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader and mastermind behind the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, took a look at the Republican Party on the road to 2016. Who are the front-runners? (Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul–no Marco Rubio.) Does immigration matter? (Yes.) Do millennials matter? (No.) But what can the …

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Mar 13

Putin’s Russia: Marginal Power or Superpower Reborn?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates couldn’t have timed last night’s event, Russia is a Marginal Power, any better. This morning several news outlets reported on the country’s most aggressive military build up to-date near the Ukrainian border. Despite continued warnings from European Union leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel who called on Russia to stand down from 19th and …

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Mar 12

Americans Are Learning to Love Mass Transit All Over Again

The American love affair with cars, trucks, and motorcycles is far from over, but recent numbers show that mass transit is resurgent in the United States. Just check out these numbers gathered by the American Public Transportation Association: mass transit ridership hit a 57-year high with 10.7 billion trips in 2013. Cities large and small …

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Mar 12

Up For Debate: Russia Is A Marginal Power

Once a part of the world’s greatest superpower, Russia was a country on a steep decline in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. But through the strong (or some might say strong-armed) leadership of President Vladimir Putin, Russia is now resurgent. The exploitation of massive oil and gas reserves has boosted the …

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