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March 20, 2014 Why Cities Work Even When Washington Doesn't

The Atlantic - âBeing a mayor, especially in a âstrong mayorâ city system, gives you tremendous opportunities,â I was told early this year by Don Ness, the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota ... Greenville region...

March 18, 2014 Were North Carolina Regulators Helping Duke Energy Avoid Big Fines?

Source: Moyers and Company

News broke last week that Duke Energy and its North Carolina regulator had worked together to minimize penalties the utility would have to pay for leeching chemicals into the drinking water. And this was before a coal ash spill...

March 12, 2014 Should Mt. Gox Be Bailed Out?

Source: Verdict

At the end of February 2014, headlines around the globe caused a panic in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency world. The largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, was reporting a loss of nearly 750,000 Bitcoins currency units (referred to as...

February 24, 2014 How Can Asia Protect Its Water Resources? - Editorial

Source: Asian Scientist

Asia’s economic growth has been one of the success stories of the 21st century. But the economic rise of countries such as China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia has created serious pressure on their environmental resources,...

February 20, 2014 How a CEO Reacts When Robert Redford Pegs Him a Villain

Source: Bloomberg

So there is Russ Girling, TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive officer, tubing giddily through a meandering oil pipeline, crude oil streaking his face, cackling about how a “little old-fashioned lying” got a gullible American...

February 14, 2014 Mercury News editorial: No easy answers for solving state's water shortage problem

Source: Mercury News

Unless the president has found a way to issue an executive order to make it rain, the residents of Fresno are largely in for disappointment Friday when President Obama comes to town to discuss the drought. There are no easy...

February 12, 2014 The Obama administration has a mandate on the health-care law, too - editorial

Source: Washington Post

THE OBAMA administration on Monday announced that it was delaying, once again, enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “employer mandate.” Yes, Republicans have done everything they can to impede implementation of this law....

February 6, 2014 An Olympic Shame: Vladimir Putin Plays Host To Winter Games - audio

Source: NPR

“How is it possible that the IOC could have done so little due diligence as to award the games to a Soviet throwback bent on putting on a show in an out-of-the-way place where poverty and payoffs thrive, where terrorism and...

January 30, 2014 New Republican Plan For Healthcare Reform Is "Hail Mary" Tax

Source: Forbes

Certainly one of the bigger healthcare stories this week was the unveiling of a new plan by three Republicans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. As the President’s signature legislation actually takes hold, the reality and...

January 30, 2014 Taper II and Goodbye Mr. Bernanke

Source: Forbes

While I wasn’t surprised that the FOMC accelerated their taper today, I wouldn’t have been surprised had they hit the pause button this time. The December jobs report plus other recent weaknesses in the data had provided...

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