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Voters, shut down insanity in Congress: Column. Instead of that, it's time for some radical changes to break the crazy cycle of living from one manufactured crisis to another.

Voters, shut down insanity in Congress: Column

Every time I read a poll about the low opinion people have of Congress, I think of Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. By that definition, a sizable majority of the American electorate must be insane. A recent Associated Press poll, for example, found that only 5% of respondents approved of the current Congress. Protect foster children from sex trafficking: Column. Recent sting operations revealed that more than half of the children being traded for sex come from foster care.

Protect foster children from sex trafficking: Column

The same children identified by our courts as most in need of protection from abuse and neglect are being bought and sold everywhere from truck stops and cheap motels to wealthy suburbs. They are being used, reused, and then discarded like trash. When the U.S. Hold women in combat to same standard as men: #tellusatoday. For the first time, a group of female Marines is going through infantry school.

Hold women in combat to same standard as men: #tellusatoday

We asked our followers: What do you think of women in combat? Comments are edited for clarity and grammar: If a woman wants to fight and defend our country, she should have every right to do so. — @joeldude Women do many invaluable jobs in our military. . — @treybenton04 Women already serve in combat roles. Allergy sufferers cope with pets on planes: Your Say. Big U.S. airlines allow pets to be brought into cabins by passengers for a fee, USA TODAY found.

Allergy sufferers cope with pets on planes: Your Say

Animals on board can cause problems for fliers with allergies. "Nobody helped us for an hour" - Indian rape witness - World. Women take up self-defence, pepper spray after India rape - World. Outcry over India gang rape shames some in South Africa - World. Indian teen sentenced to three years in Delhi gang rape case - World. Rape is always the woman’s fault. Is this the first crime committed in the Sukma Games village, or have other rapes gone unreported?

Rape is always the woman’s fault

One MP insists that sex crimes could be checked if women were to follow a dress code yet another parliamentary official says that women need to flash their underwear, to become councillors. This disturbing opposition of views shows that this government needs to address the ignorance of its MPs. Police Statistics on Violence against Women 2000 - 2012 - Women's Aid Organisation. The Glass-Floor Problem. WHEN it comes to the economic malaise facing America, the biggest problem is not the widening gap between rich and poor, but the stagnation of social mobility.

The Glass-Floor Problem

When the income gap of one generation becomes an opportunity gap for the next, inequality hardens into social stratification. Eliminating the income gap is relatively straightforward (if politically fraught): raise taxes and expand government assistance for lower-income workers. Want More Energy? Skip The Coffee, And Call Your Mom Instead. Editor's Note: This story contains one of our 11 New Years resolutions you can actually keep in 2014.

Want More Energy? Skip The Coffee, And Call Your Mom Instead

For the full list, click here. We have plenty of time for the things that matter to us. If we work 50 hours a week, it shouldn’t be hard to find five of those hours to invest in activities that would nurture our careers and grow our organizations. “I Didn’t Know” Is Not A Valid Excuse. Walking into any event, meeting, or situation without doing your homework--read: research--does not give you the right to claim ignorance and still expect things to go your way.

“I Didn’t Know” Is Not A Valid Excuse

That's a pretty harsh statement but you have 24-hour news on a thousand different channels, news websites, and blogs, and free search engines where you can find all sorts of information at any time. Case in point: For anyone who was shocked and/or dismayed by Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)--get over it! The Annoying Things Students Do - On Hiring. During the summer semester I had a chance to work on a speech that has been bouncing back and forth in my brain for some time.

The Annoying Things Students Do - On Hiring

It is a curmudgeonly spiel, tentatively titled either “This Is College” or “What the [insert any expletive here] Are You Thinking?” You can't work and watch the kids too. It's back-to-school time and parents' worries abound.

You can't work and watch the kids too

Will the new teacher be any good? Will my child have friends in the new class? Will budget cuts limit the offerings in art, music or sports? There's one worry that's universal: Are my kids safe after school? The combination of shorter school days and the lack of after-school child care creates a mismatch for many full-time employed parents, especially mothers. Why 'I Have Nothing to Hide' Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance.

The programs of the past can be characterized as “proximate surveillance,” in which the government attempted to use technology to directly monitor communication themselves. The programs of this decade mark the transition to “oblique surveillance,” in which the government more often just goes to the places where information has been accumulating on its own, such as email providers, search engines, social networks, and telecoms. Apologists will always frame our use of information-gathering services like a mobile phone plan or Gmail as a choice.