Getting to the Point

Cultivate opinions. From authentic voices. With some shelf life.

Belgian Awful

The latest European terrorist attacks redefined nuclear security.

A Greener Leap Year

Try to devote a few of those bonus hours in 2016 to picturing life after fossil fuels.

Slurp, Baby, Slurp

Donald Trump is pandering to Iowa voters and the ethanol industry.

A Green and Dirty Gift

The GOP-led Congress rushed to help the Obama administration meet U.S. commitments under the Paris climate deal.

Trying a Fossil Fiend

Villains like former coal CEO Don Blankenship make it easier to get riled up over climate change.

Hurricane Francis

The Peoples Pope will shake up Washington before addressing the UN General Assembly and meeting with prisoners.

The Drill Is Gone

GOP hopefuls are paying close attention to energy policy even if theyre mum about it.

A Driving Force

Electric vehicles are on the verge of disrupting energy markets.

A Slick Maneuver

The Iran deal could trigger an end to restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports.

Lighting a Legal Fuse

People from Seattle to Fiji are filing lawsuits over global warming.

Losing Their Grip

The Supreme Courts affirmation of the right to marry and its rainbow-striped afterglow unleashed conservative tantrums.

How Would Francis Invest?

Heed the popes call to tread more lightly upon the Earth by making your money fossil-free.

The Divestment Dividend

Investors who refuse to put their money into oil, gas, and coal may reap financial gains for doing the right thing.

Talk Climate to Me

Florida Governor Rick Scotts henchmen punish staffers who utter the words climate change.

Green Believers

Dumping fossil fuels requires scrapping outdated opinions about renewable energy.

A Sweet Spot

Chocolate is a food group in my home.

Pipeline to Nowhere

Cheap oil is bankrupting the financial rationale for building the Keystone XL.

Too Big to Ignore

The gap between rich and poor has grown so vast that even Fed chief Janet Yellen suggests its un-American.

Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis

No matter how pointless these wars prove, Americas military-industrial complex makes a killing.

Blocking the Vote

Lackluster Democratic campaigns, coupled with vote-suppressing maneuvers, gave the GOP its edge.

Here Come the Rain and Drought

Many coastal regions must start bracing for frequent floods as key freshwater sources are drying up elsewhere.

Hamster-Wheel Economics 101

Given the bleak outlook, it's a relief to see growing momentum for raising the minimum wage to livable levels.

Recipe for Ripoffs

Deals that amount to NAFTA on steroids benefit corporations and hurt the rest of us.

Forging a Secret Legacy

Barack Obama's government is either the most tightlipped since Nixon or ever.

Saved by Swing

There's no way I could sit out Frankie Manning's centennial.

Death by Stalling

The aid-in-dying movement is slowly gaining traction.

The Rigged Housing Market

The homeownership rate is declining while rents rise and hedge funds snap up thousands of foreclosed homes.

The War on Veterans

Congress and the White House are much better at starting wars than cleaning up after them.

Obama’s Taxing Problem

If everyone paid their fair share there would be plenty of cash to go around.

Every Step You Take

Our emails are being tapped, our phone messages tracked, our cell phone locations mapped, and our license plates photographed.

Marriage Equality Hits Critical Mass

Already, 38 percent of Americans reside in a state that grants gays the freedom to marry or recognizes the validity of gay marriages conducted elsewhere in the nation.

Forging Ahead at 50

Not every think tank could weather FBI infiltration, scapegoating by right-wing extremists, and even a car-bomb assassination.

Haiti’s Hard Place

Foreign-funded mining operations may not be enough to alleviate the scourges of cholera, displaced people, and corrupt leaders.

The Nuclear Industry’s Meltdown

The former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says every single reactor in the nation should be shut down, starting with the riskiest.

Unfit to Print

Suddenly, all self-respecting billionaires need to own at least one newspaper.

Just Follow the Oil

Washington's fuss over Iran has more to do with its natural gas and oil reserves than anything else.

Syrian Dead End

How can the United States afford to keep proving that it's bad at bringing peace to conflict-ridden Middle Eastern countries?

Fair Elections, RIP

The Supreme Court's Shelby ruling aids a Republican plan to win more elections without winning support from more voters.

Locking Up Our Future

The logical fix would require putting more money and effort into securing jobs, transitional housing, and drug treatment for ex-offenders.

Cleaning Up Our Portfolios

A new movement is putting pressure on people and institutions to dump their investments in dirty energy companies.

The Pot Prohibition Runs Its Course

Now that most Americans support the legalization of marijuana, some Republicans back the right of states to stop banning it.

Stalling the Incomplete Recovery

Sequestration is likely to throw many lives off course, but it may also mark the beginning of the end of the bloated Pentagon budget.

What Post-Racial America?

It will take more than President Barack Obama's tenure to vanquish American prejudice and racial injustice.

Uttering the G Word

Conservatives will miss gay-bashing as an electoral strategy.

The Public School Business

High-stakes testing and charters won't fix what's wrong with America's educational system.

Donald Kaul Un-Retires Again

I won't be writing regularly but I intend to fire off a volley on an issue of the day from time to time.

Dodging the Fiscal Swindle

With a little creativity, we can easily balance the budget without cutting Social Security.

Donald Kaul’s Breather

With all that ink running in his veins, no stupid heart attack could interfere with a deadline.

The Lineup: Week of July 2-8, 2012

Stacy Mitchell explains why no one should cheer Walmart's 50th anniversary -- aside from Sam Walton's billionaire heirs.

The Lineup: Week of June 11-17, 2012

Robin Broad and John Cavanagh explain why a Canadian company's lawsuit against the government of El Salvador threatens democracy everywhere.

The Lineup: Week of May 21-27, 2012

Margot McMillen explains why the opposition to a new kind of genetically engineered corn is growing as fast as the hardy superweeds it's supposed to destroy.

The Great White Mancave

A study of three prominent op-ed sections highlights their byline diversity problem and the conservative tilt of the nation's top columnists.

The Lineup: Week of Feb. 20-26, 2012

Raul A. Reyes points out the dangers of "self-deportation," Mitt Romney's plan for resolving the nation's immigration challenges.

The Lineup: Week of Dec. 26, 2011- Jan. 1, 2012

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The Lineup: Week of Nov. 21-27, 2011

Sarah Anderson suggests concrete steps toward a more balanced budget that would make the U.S. economy healthier, more equitable, and sustainable and rein in runaway military spending.

The Lineup: Week of Nov. 14-20, 2011

Tom Israel provides a roundup of progressive electoral victories at the ballot box that could serve as a "signpost" for the 2012 elections.

The Lineup: Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2011

Deborah Burger calls for a new Wall Street tax and Libby Reinish reports on the quiet consolidation underway in the coverage of local TV news.

The Lineup: Week of Oct. 24-30, 2011

William A. Collins and Khalil Bendib offer their takes on Occupy Wall Street, while Donald Kaul and Phyllis Bennis address the big news out of Libya.

The Lineup: Week of Oct. 10-16, 2011

Sarah Anderson and Chuck Collins explain why Congress shouldn't give a tax break to corporations that hoard profits in overseas tax havens

The Lineup: Week of Oct. 3-9, 2011

Marc Morial and Khalil Bendib address capital punishment's "long shadow of doubt" in the wake of Troy Davis's execution.

The Lineup: Week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2011

In this Labor Day special, Sam Pizzigati casts a light on corporate consultants who recommend gutting the pay of America's most experienced and skilled workers.

The Lineup: Week of Aug. 22-28, 2011

Ann Mesnikoff hails the government's plans to strengthen fuel-efficiency standards and Jim Hightower laments a "loopy crusade" against energy-efficient light bulbs.

The Lineup: Week of Aug. 15-21, 2011

Matias Ramos explains why states should allow undocumented immigrants who have graduated from their high schools to pay in-state tuition.

The Lineup: Week of Aug. 8-14, 2011

Sam Pizzigati relays how President Franklin D. Roosevelt deftly handled his debt-ceiling standoff with conservative Republicans.

The Lineup: Week of July 25-31, 2011

Marge Baker sums up the Supreme Court's tendency to rule in favor of corporations in an op-ed accompanied by a Khalil Bendib cartoon.

The Lineup: Week of July 11-17, 2011

Chris Toensing calls for an "honest national conversation about Iraq" and John Franco highlights some of the latest political outrages in Wisconsin.

The Lineup: Week of July 4-10, 2011

Raul A. Reyes says that Alabama's controversial new immigration law scapegoats children and Tiffany Williams explains why a new caregiving movement is emerging.

The Lineup: Week of June 27-July 3, 2011

Peter Certo explains why he's not buying a shiny new iPad and William A. Collins says that big business is trying to keep climate change out of the news.

The Lineup: Week of June 20-26, 2011

John Feffer says that Sen. Jim Webb would make a great Secretary of Defense, and Donald Kaul explains why Michele Bachmann isn't a serious presidential candidate.

The Lineup: Week of June 13-19, 2011

Wenonah Hauter calls for a ban on gas "fracking" and Jim Hightower miraculously finds the humor in the GOP's efforts to kill Medicare.

Explosive Nuclear Spending

How about shifting the $1 trillion per decade the world spends on nuclear weapons to more important priorities?

The Lineup: Week of June 6-12, 2011

Donald Kaul says Jon Huntsman isn't likely to clinch the GOP presidential nomination and Jim Hightower wonders what it will take for the Catholic Church to recognize the severity of its pedophilia problem.

The Lineup: Week of May 30-June 5, 2011

William A. Collins sums up the nation's health care woes and Martha Burk calls for corporate boardrooms to stop doubling as old boys' clubhouses.

Crossing the Lexicon

Did Navy SEALs "assassinate," "murder," or "kill" Osama bin Laden?

The Lineup: Week of May 9-15, 2011

Jim Hightower writes about a company that's trying to override Vermont's decision to shutter a nuclear reactor and Peter Weiss explains why torture doesn't "work."

The Lineup: Week of May 2-8, 2011

Marc Morial weighs in on Donald Trump's "birther" obsession and Donald Kaul assesses Michele Bachmann's potential for a serious White House bid.

The Lineup: Week of April 18-24, 2011

Our Earth Day special edition features three commentaries and a cartoon addressing Obama's "dirty energy" policy and the BP oil disaster, as well as the dangers of nuclear weapons and reactors.

The Lineup: Week of March 14-21, 2011

Sanho Tree explains why adopting Colombia's failed anti-drug policies in Mexico is a mistake and Donald Kaul says we should stay out of Libya.

The Lineup: Week of March 7-13, 2011

William A. Collins laments the dangers that the nation's health care system poses to our health while Robert Alvarez explains why managing nuclear weapons should be the Pentagon's job, instead of an Energy Department task.

The Lineup: Week of February 28-March 6, 2011

Tracy Fernandez Rysavy underscores concerns about radiation from cell phones, Donald Kaul weighs in on Wisconsin's uprising, and Mary Anne Hitt puts the GOP attack on EPA funding in context.

The Lineup: Week of February 21-27, 2011

Michael B. Keegan expresses concern that Rep. Peter King's upcoming hearings on domestic terrorism will exploit widespread fears of Muslims in a newfangled version of McCarthyism.

The Lineup: Week of February 6-13, 2011

Chris Toensing argues that Democrats and Republicans alike have long wished that Egypt and other U.S.-allied Arab states would forever remain docile dictatorships.

The Lineup: Week of January 24-30, 2011

Marian Wright Edelman underscores the importance of preserving America's landmark health care reform and Dave Saldana warns about Comcast's potential to "throttle competition and stifle innovation" with its imminent takeover of NBC.

The Lineup: Week January 3-9, 2011

Janet Redman compares the recent lackluster climate talks in Cancun with a car wreck and Donald Kaul takes exception to latest trend in Republican flag waving.

The Lineup: Week of December 13-19, 2010

Anupama Joshi and Robert Gottlieb weigh in on the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act while Donald Kaul offers his take on Obama's controversial deal with the GOP on the Bush tax cuts.

The Lineup: Week of December 6-13, 2010

Marc Morial addresses school funding inequality and Chuck Collins looks at how Congress might spend the $700 billion in potential revenue from letting Bush's tax cuts for the richest Americans expire.

The Lineup: Week of November 29-December 5, 2010

As global climate talks get underway in Cancun, Miriam Pemberton calls for more parity in spending on climate and military security and Diana Bronson warns that "geoengineering" fixes for the world's climate problems could do far more harm than good.

The Lineup: Week of November 22-28, 2010

Tiffany Williams calls for raising the minimum wage and Lisa Hajjar highlights the recent conviction of Omar Khadr, a Canadian Guantanamo detainee.

The Lineup: Week of November 15-21, 2010

Sarah Anderson highlights the dangers of letting financial wizardry distort our food supply and John Steel makes a call for bringing back American manufacturing.

The Lineup: Week of November 8-14, 2010

OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul marvels at the GOP's "magical" gains in the midterm elections and FCNL's Joe Volk urges the Senate to ratify the New START nuclear weapons treaty before the year ends.

Speaker Bachmann?

Here's a snapshot of three huge stories currently buried by breaking electoral news.

The Lineup: Week of November 1-7, 2010

John Feffer ponders a new sitcom that treats outsourcing as a gag and Larry Cox calls on the state of Georgia to not execute Troy Davis.

The Lineup: Week of October 25-31, 2010

Donald Kaul muses about this year's "screwball" elections and William A. Collins calls for making the rich pay taxes instead of averting them with sneaky yet routine ploys.

The Lineup: Week of October 18-24, 2010

Andrew Korfhage calls on Congress to get chocolate companies to stop using suppliers that rely on enslaved child labor while Jim Hightower explains that Afghanistan remains the world's biggest producer of poppies--the main ingredient in heroin.

The Lineup: Week of October 11-17, 2010

Terry O'Neill reminds us that Alan Simpson is still co-chairing Obama's deficit commission weeks after his unbelievable Social Security gaffe and Sam Pizzigati points out the government is redistributing wealth in a way that makes the rich richer.

The Lineup: Week of September 27-October 3, 2010

Donald Kaul defends Keynes, Jim Hightower asks readers to help him overcome his loss for words, and William A. Collins shines a light on the government's domestic surveillance programs.

The Lineup: Week of September 20-27, 2010

Our latest editorial package includes an op-ed by Karen Dolan outlining policies that would reduce the startling number of impoverished Americans.

No Happy Ending in Honduras

The Central American nation's woes continue to rage despite Secretary of State Clinton's insistence to the contrary.

Rotten Egg Farming

Dirt-cheap protein is a fine ideal that it isn't worth risking our lives.

The Lineup: Week of August 23-29, 2010

Our latest editorial package includes an op-ed on the upcoming and lackluster U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and a column by Donald Kaul about unlikely advocates for ditching the Bush tax cuts for the most affluent Americans.

The Lineup: Week of August 16-22, 2010

This week's editorial package includes an op-ed by Daphne Wysham about an innovative concept for slashing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings while helping to avert some of the fallout from the coming commercial real estate crisis.

The Lineup: Week of August 9-15, 2010

This week's editorial package features an op-ed by Dedrick Muhammad on Glenn Beck's cynical plan for the upcoming anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech.

Dying Patients Deserve Better

The majority of terminally ill patients would have a better quality of life in their remaining days if they were left alone.

Corporate Negligence by any Other Name

Resurrecting the Amoco brand would be just a cynical ploy at a time when we need to move forcefully into a new economy that doesn't ravage the environment.

Speculation Tax

The levy Rep. Stark has proposed isn't likely to wallop your wallet or portfolio.

The Lineup: Week of July 19-25, 2010

The latest OtherWords editorial package features an op-ed by Manuel Perez-Rocha and a cartoon by Khalil Bendib about immigration.

Private Broadcasting Service

PBS runs a documentary about former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and exposes a double standard.

Atrazine on the Rocks? No Thanks

Questions arise about the reliability of data in company-produced studies the EPA considers when determining whether drinking water is safe.

Time for a Job Surge

National Urban League crunches numbers on joblessness and outlines solutions to the long-term unemployment crisis.

Angry about Arizona

Cities boycott Arizona to protest its immigration law as the state cracks down on ethnic studies.

Priority Check

The military claims more than half our taxes.

Lying with Statistics

Bill O'Reilly falsely claims respected medical journal is on his side.

What’s Next?

IPS wants to know what you think should be the next top legislative priority.