News from the Community

The following news items are an aggregation of RSS feeds taken from over 60 websites across the web.  They represent member organizations from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the Bridge Alliance, and supporting organizations of the Transpartisan Review.  Although not all items reflect transpartisan news and opinion, the following feed offers an interesting snapshot of the work of organizations who pursue a mission of sharing meaningful ideas and lasting solutions to our most pressing problems.

  • Meet the Fellows: Sunmin Kim
    In January 2007 Steve Jobs, Apple’s late boss, held up the first iPhone. “This will change everything,” he said. Rightly and rapidly so. Alexander Graham Bell patented the landline telephone in 1876, and it took over 60 years for it to reach 40% of the US population, and nearly a century for it to reach market saturation. It took mobile phones 18 years to reach the 40% mark and smartphones just 10 years. Since its first release in 2007, the iPhone has become the fastest selling gadget in history. Smartphones have transformed how consumers interact with technology, and in return ... (Read More)
    Source: Tech CongressPublished on 2017-03-14By Sunmin Kim
  • The 5 Things Republicans Don’t Want You to Know About Their Tax Reform
      On February 24, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), addressed the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to provide his vision for Republican “tax reform.” The Tax Revolution Institute’s Dan Johnson, however, wasn’t impressed. In this video, TRI’s executive director provides his rebuttal to Brady’s plan, noting the various empty promises that many Republicans made during the last election. While Brady is quick to point the finger at President Obama for the government’s failure to reform the tax code over the last eight years, Johnson explains how the Republicans’ plan ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-14By TRI Staff
  • The 5 Things Republicans Don’t Want You to Know About Their Tax Reform
      On February 24, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), addressed the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to provide his vision for Republican “tax reform.” The Tax Revolution Institute’s Dan Johnson, however, wasn’t impressed. In this video, TRI’s executive director provides his rebuttal to Brady’s plan, noting the various empty promises that many Republicans made during the last election. While Brady is quick to point the finger at President Obama for the government’s failure to reform the tax code over the last eight years, Johnson explains how the Republicans’ plan ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-14By TRI Staff
  • Future 500 Releases Top 10 Stakeholder Engagement Trends of 2017
    Stakeholder engagement nonprofit Future 500 has released its annual Top 10 Stakeholder Engagement Trends report for 2017, available now at Future500.org. The report compiles careful monitoring and analysis of current events, combined with feedback from Future 500’s diverse stakeholder network, to make projections and suggestions in environmental, economic, and social trends shaping business and advocacy in the coming year. In 2016, the Future 500 team anticipated greater corporate involvement in global climate politics, more inclusivity in environmental discussions, and stakeholder-driven transparency in consumer products. Many of these trends proved accurate with COP21 implementation, civil rights movements claiming a stake in ... (Read More)
    Source: Future500Published on 2017-03-13By Matt Stites
  • Justice Dept. Improves Access to Foreign Lobbying Documents
    The Department of Justice has made a key set of foreign lobbying documents available online for the first time. American lobbyists working on behalf of foreign governments or political parties are required to file these documents, known as informational materials, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2017-03-13
  • The EPA Is Literally the Worst (and Here’s Why)
    The EPA is hard at work flushing your tax dollars down polluted rivers. (Photo: @WilliamsLawNYC) Founded in 1970 under the Nixon administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. Since its founding, the EPA has grown from 4,000 employees to more than 15,000 employees. Their annual budget in the 1970s was around $1 billion. As of 2016? More than $8 billion. The mission of the EPA is simple: “protect human health and the environment.” Their website states that their ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-13By Chloe Anagnos
  • The EPA Is Literally the Worst (and Here’s Why)
    The EPA is hard at work flushing your tax dollars down polluted rivers. (Photo: @WilliamsLawNYC) Founded in 1970 under the Nixon administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. Since its founding, the EPA has grown from 4,000 employees to more than 15,000 employees. Their annual budget in the 1970s was around $1 billion. As of 2016? More than $8 billion. The mission of the EPA is simple: “protect human health and the environment.” Their ... (Read More)
    Source: Tax Revolution InstitutePublished on 2017-03-13By Chloe Anagnos
  • Guest post by Eric Zahnd, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney
    Eric Zahnd, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd has served as the Platte County Prosecuting Attorney since 2003. His office handles thousands of cases each year, ranging from traffic offenses to first degree murder. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association and was recognized as Missouri’s Prosecutor of the Year in 2014. He obtained his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College, where he studied in the Oxbridge Honors Program and spent a year at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors from Duke Law School and also holds an M.A. in Philosophy ... (Read More)
    Source: American Public SquarePublished on 2017-03-13By Alyssa Dinberg
  • Trump’s Trademarks Pose Ethics Challenge for the Executive Branch
    President Trump has trademark litigation before an executive branch panel—these judges ultimately work for Trump. Can they neutrally preside over a case involving him? ... (Read More)
    Source: POGOPublished on 2017-03-13
  • An Icon of Progressive Politics Reaches Out to Conservative Friends
    Joan Blades is a co-founder of MoveOn.Org, widely recognized as a standard bearer for progressive politics.  However, Ms. Blades is also what we call a “common grounder” having co-founded Living Room Conversations, an organization dedicated to transforming “distrust and discord into understanding — paving the way for collaborative solutions”. In this piece from the Christian Science Monitor (Common Ground Committee’s media partner) Ms. Blades elegantly makes a compelling case for building relationships that enable the discovery of common ground.  Bravo, Ms. Blades! ... (Read More)
    Source: Common Ground CommitteePublished on 2017-03-12By Common Grounder
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