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Quick Takes: More Brexit Fallout

Apparently British Labour Party MP’s are not happy with their leader Jeremy Corbyn. At an extraordinary meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party in the House of Commons Monday, Jeremy Corbyn fought for his political life. MP after MP lined up to attack the Labour leader and demand his immediate resignation, according to several MPs... Read more »

NPR’s Deeply Unbalanced Profile Of Rocketship Charter Schools

An "in-depth" NPR story on a tech charter school network lacks breadth and balance.

How Britain Can Break from Brexit

Here's a roadmap for how Britain can walk itself back from its recent disastrous referendum.

How Trump’s Lies Do Their Work

His accusations of Clinton money laundering can affect the campaign.

The Other Story About White America and Immigrants

For those of you who, like me, could use some encouragement in these days when Donald Trump and Brexit garner all the attention, James Fallows provides just what we need. But before we get to that, I have a bone to pick with either Fallows or his editors – whoever is responsible for a headline... Read more »

Is it Better to Teach Pure Math Instead of Applied Math?

OECD study of 64 countries and regions finds significant rich-poor divide on math instruction

Maintaining a Moral Compass in a Globalized World

Brexit and the rise of nativism threaten more than just individual states.

How Failures Helped Lead to Success in New York’s War on Poverty

The third in a series on how New York City dropped its poverty rate to among the lowest in the country.

Who Put Us on the Wrong Track?

Today on ABC’s This Week, Republican consultant Alex Castellanos made a frighteningly good point in Republican nominee Donald Trump’s favor: two thirds of people say the country is on the wrong track – and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the candidate of status quo. The Democrats on the panel mostly argued: yeah, but Trump is... Read more »

Brain-Free Zones

Will the 2016 Republican National Convention set a new record for the largest collection of losers in one arena? This year’s catastrophe in Cleveland will not be uniquely disastrous, only because the quadrennial event has always been a hot mess. Can you think of one GOP convention in recent history that didn’t display the worst... Read more »

A Taxing Effort

Will Congress actually pass carbon-pricing legislation by December 31, 2017? This ambitious goal is not as far-fetched as it may seem—especially if Donald Trump damages the Republican Party so severely that the GOP actually loses both houses of Congress (also not a far-fetched prospect). Having said that, the final version of a carbon-pricing bill may... Read more »

Strange Justice, Indeed

Should he stay or should he go? The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may have denounced the rumor that the controversial conservative may be planning to leave the bench next year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the rumor is false. If Thomas does decide to call it a career in 2017, it will... Read more »

If You Fail to Plan, Then You Plan to Fail

Like my colleague David Atkins, I think a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren ticket would be a strong one for the national Democratic Party; on MSNBC this morning, Joy Reid also noted Warren’s merits as a running mate for Clinton. However, as a Massachusetts native, I cannot dismiss concerns that Warren’s departure from the Senate upon becoming... Read more »

“Now There’s Revolution, But They Don’t Know What They’re Fighting…”

“Just one more thing: you know, I’m just as fearful [as you are of] Donald Trump, but, you know, but when it comes to that, I’m not exactly sure I’m down with Hillary [Clinton]. I’m gonna sit this one out, I think. I’m really gonna sit this one out, I think.”   “Luis,” a Bernie... Read more »

The Sight of Two Men Kissing

His father told NBC News that his son was affected by a recent incident involving two men showing each other affection. “We were in downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid, and he got very angry,” Mateen’s father, Seddique Mir... Read more »

Quick Takes: The Big Picture on Trump and Brexit

Josh Marshall did a good job of connecting the dots between Trump and Brexit. Put simply, Trumpism and the greater arc of rightist politics in the US in recent years seems to follow this pattern. A declining but still very large fraction of the population which feels that it is losing power, wealth and... Read more »

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