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Energy Is The Answer

With the State of the Union address scheduled tomorrow night, let’s look at how policy goals in President Obama’s past annual speeches to Congress fit with oil and natural gas development. It turns out the fit is good – very good.

For example, in the 2010 State of the Union the president called jobs his No. 1 priority and said American business would always be the “true engine of job creation.” He also applauded the improving health of the retirement funds supporting the future hopes of so many Americans. Oil and natural gas is playing a key role with both.

A PwC study found the industry supported 9.8 million jobs in 2011 (most recent data year), an increase of more than 600,000 jobs from 2009. Meanwhile, the strength of the industry no doubt has contributed to the improved state of retirement funds, since pension plans, 401(k)s and IRAs hold nearly 50 percent of the shares in U.S.-based oil and natural gas companies.

A tale of two political systems

It’s a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there’s more than one way to run a succesful modern nation.

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Google Glass Causing Congressional Privacy Concerns

Eight Congress members are questioning how Google Glass would impact the privacy of the “average American.”

Slacktivists vs. Activists

What can online activism achieve? Awareness is one of the greatest assets of the new age and online activism is king of just that. But after the awareness has been risen, what comes next? In this episode of The Coalition the strengths and weaknesses of online activism are outlined. 

Evaluating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 

The U.S. government supports programs to combat global HIV/AIDS through an initiative that is known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This initiative was originally authorized in the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 and focused on an emergency response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic to deliver lifesaving care and treatment in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with the highest burdens of disease. It was subsequently reauthorized in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (the Lantos-Hyde Act).

Evaluation of PEPFAR makes recommendations for improving the U.S. government’s bilateral programs as part of the U.S. response to global HIV/AIDS. The overall aim of this evaluation is a forward-looking approach to track and anticipate the evolution of the U.S. response to global HIV to be positioned to inform the ability of the U.S. government to address key issues under consideration at the time of the report release.

How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America.

Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government.

Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thinkers and politicians, Citizenville is the first book by Lieutenant Governor Newsom. He broke new ground as the mayor of San Francisco, one of the most high-tech, experimental, and progressive municipalities in the nation. But when Newsom’s tenure as mayor began, he found that San Francisco was behind the likes of Estonia and South Korea in terms of digital governance. Newsom’s quest to modernize one of America’s most modern cities—and the amazing results he achieves—form the backbone of this far-reaching book.

Inventing the American presidency

When the founders of the United States gathered to create the foundations of the country, they decided on three branches of government, with a president central to the executive branch. Kenneth C. Davis explains why this decision was not necessarily inevitable and what variables were up for debate.

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Albania: The Struggle for Compensation

In Albania, former political prisoners spent weeks on a hunger strike - in vain. The government is refusing to grant them compensation. According to a 2007 law, victims of Enver Hoxha’s dictatorship can claim compensation. Between 1944 until his death in 1985, Hoxha imprisoned and killed hundreds of thousands of Albanians and sent many more to labor camps. Today, over 20,000 people have applied for compensation.