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The “Good” Abortion Paradox

By Sarah Larson In February 2011, as the U.S. House of Representatives was considering a bill to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) took to the House floor to speak about her personal experience with abortion. Speier was 17 weeks pregnant when she experienced complications resulting in fetal unviability.  The speech…

Ratifying Women’s Rights – Why the U.S. Should Endorse CEDAW

By Kavita N. Ramdas and Kathleen Kelly Janus This article originally appeared in Policy Review, a publication of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University The convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has been one of the most broadly supported international treaties since its adoption by the United Nations 30 years ago….

The Wisconsin Debate – The Basics and Implications of Public Sector Collective Bargaining Legislation

By Amanda Huffman Wisconsin’s recently passed legislation to limit public workers’ collective bargaining rights has ignited a fiery debate over public sector union power in the United States. Despite the complexity of unions in this country, the discussion is often boiled down to a political faceoff between anti-union conservatives and pro-union liberals. Regrettably, such simplification…

A Call for Innovation: Maintaining America’s “Software” While Pooling Global Talent

By Elizabeth Laferriere In the State of the Union address President Barack Obama challenged his countrymen to “out-innovate” the rest of the world and “make America the best place on Earth to do business.” His emotive rhetoric appealed to the perception of America’s entrepreneurial spirit: “what we can do – what America does better than…

Healthy Debt Debate

by Chris Hildebrand The Congressional Budget Office released its January 2011 Economic Outlook on Wednesday, and the news was…not good. While the economy showed continued signs of recovery, it will be several years before unemployment returns to a level resembling normal – unemployment won’t dip below 8% until after 2012 has come and gone. Of…

A Walmart Manager, a Farmer, and a Bodega Owner Walk into a City Planner’s Office: Food Deserts, Urban Agriculture, and Nutrition in the City

by Scott Baumgartner The first Walmart in the city of Chicago opened in 2006 following a bitter fight between supporters, including Mayor Richard Daley, and opponents, including the zoning board, who showed their opposition by passing a bill that would have required Walmart to pay its Chicago employees a base wage of $13 per hour….

Poverty in the Suburbs: A Growing Crisis

by Betsy Keating In a stereotypical view of the United States, those living in the suburbs are affluent, with larger homes, better schools, and safer neighborhoods, and poverty is a problem only for the inner-city.  A recent report published by the Brookings Institution challenges this assumption, demonstrating that suburban poverty rates have been steadily rising over…