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Lincoln and the Dirty Business of Politics
| January 16, 2013
Appealing to rightness and reason is rarely enough to achieve big things. Politics requires dealing with human beings, and human beings are flawed.
Michelle Rhee, Education and the Inputs-Outcomes Trap
| January 10, 2013
Her rankings of states' education policies look at things from the wrong direction. It's a discussion we do need to have, but first we need to tone down the rhetoric.
The Political Future of a Browning America
| January 7, 2013
People of color now account for most of the country's population growth. That has profound implications for the way elections are won and the nation is governed.
Can a 'Millennial Mayor' Turn a Factory Town Around?
| January 3, 2013
Things are beginning to look up for Fitchburg, Mass., under Lisa Wong's leadership. It hasn't been easy.
A Fraudster's Nightmare Called 'Bubba'
| December 20, 2012
Tennessee's Arthur Hayes has had a major impact on the world of government auditing. Don't get him started on "gray areas."
Childhood Obesity and the Medicaid Squeeze
| December 13, 2012
We're beginning to turn this serious health problem around. That is very good news for efforts to get our health-care costs under control.
Community Health and the Competition for Jobs
| December 10, 2012
Community health is about more than quality of life. Increasingly, companies are basing their location decisions on the availability of a healthy workforce.
Barking Dogs and the Potluck Model of Government
| December 6, 2012
A city in California is working to move beyond the customer-service approach to government and engage citizens as problem-solvers.
Houston's Mayor and the Imperative to Compete
| December 3, 2012
For Annise Parker, competing globally is about a lot more than delivering services efficiently.
The Need for Data with Meaning
| November 29, 2012
Community-indicator projects are popping up all over. They are serving an important function for regions that must compete on a global scale.
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