Rick Schwartz

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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.<p>After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the …

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How Vice News Got Unprecedented Access To The Islamic State

NEW YORK -– When The New York Times reported last month on life in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the extremist group the Islamic State, the paper didn’t reveal its reporter’s identity or that of anyone interviewed out a fear of retaliation. No original photographs or video accompanied the …

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Real Costs of Fracking and Plastic

In a free market economic system the cost of goods and services greatly influences consumer choices and behaviors. A significant problem with our current economic model is that it does not account for the actual costs of many products.<p>Two examples prompted me to write this piece. First is fracked …

Fight Brews In Arizona Over Dark Money, Solar Policy

Arizona Public Service, the largest utility in the state, is facing scrutiny over whether it is secretly funding a campaign against two Republican candidates for the state's utility regulatory commission.<p>The primary race for the state's Corporation Commission, which oversees utility issues in the …

These Disturbing Photos Show Why Algae Blooms Are A Growing Global Water Threat

When more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water in Ohio and Michigan this past weekend, Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms received intense scrutiny. Though people were told Monday it was once again safe to drink the water, there's still major concern: harmful algae blooms have …

These Are The Most Dangerous Schools In New York City

The New York State Department of Education has labeled 40 schools in New York City "persistently dangerous."<p>The state released its latest list of unsafe schools on Tuesday. Of the 47 schools on the 2013 to 2014 list, 40 of them are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx or Staten …

This Is What Happens When A Politician Really Doesn't Want To Answer A Reporter's Question

What's a politician to do when he or she takes a tough question from a reporter? Well, in general, they do this thing called "dodging the question," dispensing a publicist-massaged talking point, or changing the subject, or spinning like a dervish, or just lying. (I suppose in some instances, there …

Controversial North Carolina Budget Director Art Pope Resigns

WASHINGTON -- Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state's strong rightward shift, is stepping down from his post in Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration.<p>McCrory praised Pope, the former chief executive of the …

Hawaii Prepares For Rare Back-To-Back Hurricanes, Iselle And Julio

It's hurricane season in Hawaii and it's turning out to be one helluva season.<p>Two very rare, back-to-back storms are headed for the islands: Hurricane Iselle, a weakening but still potentially dangerous category 2 hurricane, which currently has maximum sustained winds of up to 100 mph and Hurricane …

Senate Democrats urge Obama to stop firms from moving tax domiciles overseas | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three prominent Democratic senators on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to reduce or eliminate tax breaks for companies that shift their headquarters overseas to cut their U.S. tax bills.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in …

Cain: Tea party 'still very strong'

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said Wednesday that despite Tuesday night’s win for what he considers is the Republican establishment in the primaries, the tea party movement is still going strong.<p>“The tea party movement, in terms of its impact, is still very strong,” Cain said on Fox …

Clinton trumps Christie for president in New Jersey voter poll | Reuters

(Reuters) - New Jersey voters favor Democrat Hillary Clinton over their own Governor Chris Christie in the 2016 presidential race, according to a poll released on Wednesday.<p>Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Center for American Progress 10th Anniversary policy forum in …

Good news for reproductive rights: Some judges care about medical facts and women’s lives!

Will recent victories in Mississippi and Alabama influence the outcome in a Texas legal challenge? Let’s hope<p>In the last week, two courts have struck down two separate abortion laws after finding that they placed an undue burden on pregnant people trying to exercise their constitutional rights and …

The Colbert Report: "Hard Choices": Hillary Clinton

The Colbert Report is currently unavailable to stream on-demand, but may be available on Hulu with Live TV depending on regional availability. Try …

Rand Paul’s chronic inconsistency: Where does this guy really stand on anything?

Rand Paul keeps trying to have it both ways on so many issues. This act won’t get him far in a presidential race<p>Let's play one of the best games in politics, "Where is Rand Paul on immigration and general Republican minority outreach today?" This morning in Iowa, he's apparently the Open to …

Poll: Clinton tops Christie in his home state

<b>Washington (CNN) –</b> Hillary Clinton is beating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on his own turf, a new poll finds.<p>Fifty percent of New Jersey voters - who reelected Christie in 2013 - said they would vote for Clinton over Christie if the presidential election was held today, according to a Quinnipiac …

Obama, Bush 1st ladies press for girls' education

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, first ladies from different generations and opposing political parties, spoke with one voice …

The Future of Ocean Conservation: New Aspen Report from the Ocean Community Strategy Roundtable

This is a pivotal moment in the global movement to protect the oceans from an ongoing trend of over-exploitation that threatens marine ecosystems worldwide. The ocean conservation community has now developed a more effective way to "save the seas," by approaching political leaders, fishermen and …

How Climate Change Could Deliver Sewage to Your Doorstep

It’s widely acknowledged that climate change is putting humanity’s future in some deep doo-doo, but now it’s getting literal. Grist.org reports that …