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Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

The historic settlement signed yesterday with Bank of America is welcome news for New York families still struggling to recover from the mortgage crisis. B of A, one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders, will pay a record $16.65Show More Summary

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Announcements played overhead at Chicago Metra stations urged customers to participate in the transit company's drive to collect school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, rulers, glue, crayons, markers, erasers and more. Show More Summary

The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

The civil unrest in Ferguson brought to the forefront many compelling civil-rights issues of public importance, including the social outcomes of police interactions with citizens in communities beset by social and economic disparities;...Show More Summary

In Ferguson, the Most Important Color Might Be Green

After the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Rodney King -- the victim of a brutal beating by Los Angeles police officers -- asked, "Can we all get along?" Many people in and around Ferguson, Missouri are not getting along. The events that areShow More Summary

In Champaign, Similarity and a Possible Way Forward for Ferguson

Virtually unknown a little more than a week ago, Ferguson, Missouri has, in part through social media's ability to bring light to many of the world's dark corners, come to dominate national, and even global, attention in  the days since...Show More Summary

Missouri-The Show Me State?

I come from a state that raises corn...and Democrats and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me. Willard Duncan Vandiver, Speech at Naval Academy 1899. In order to place things...Show More Summary

Governors Perry, Christie, and Cuomo: Hardball Politics or Criminal Conduct?

What do Governors Perry, Christie, and Cuomo have in common? All three are governors of big and important states, all three are accomplished bullies, and all three have used bullying tactics recently for overreaching political objectives. Show More Summary

Incursion: Effects of Militarization of the Police in the United States

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought to the nation's attention a number of issues, not the least of which is the militarization of our domestic police force. While I am certainly not alone in the opinion that arming our...Show More Summary

Aleppo Must Not Fall

'Mankind has had ten-thousand years of experience at fighting and if we must fight, we have no excuse for not fighting well.' -- T.E. Lawrence 'All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Show More Summary

The NYPD: A Work in Progress

The New York City Police Department is a work in progress. It has moved along a winding path of reform for decades. It never seems to get to where it needs to be because the demands keep changing. Reform is a never-ending process that constantly requires mayors and police commissioners to reassess their goals and practices. Show More Summary

To Be an Israeli Mom

To be an Israeli mom is -- before you're even an actual mother, to wait for the ultrasound exam to learn that everything is ok, but when the doctor says "it's a boy" -- to immediately imagine your fetus a soldier in uniform, with road dust in his hair, his rifle hanging on his shoulder and his eyes full of innocence. Show More Summary

7 Things That Are Not Like Rape

This week in stupid, men are lamenting that they are expected to make sure they aren't raping people. Chris Herries, a senior at Stanford University, complained to Bloomberg News that the burden is on men to not rape. There's an assumption...Show More Summary

To Pay or Not to Pay, That Is the Polling Question

A big debate has been ongoing in the polling business. Should pollsters run political polls for free? Let's first consider polling as a community service. Many people regularly volunteer their professional services to people who can't afford them. Show More Summary

Ferguson Can Teach Us About Protest and Activism

The policing tactics employed in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, has been a major point of criticism for many. The police were excessive and applied a military-style approach that was largely inappropriate for the circumstance. Show More Summary

The Questions I Can't Ask About Guns

"Bang! Bang!" The sound of my 5-year-old son's voice shattered my concentration as I sat at the kitchen table, reading the medical journal that had arrived in my mailbox just that morning. I turned around just in time to see him pointing an empty plastic water bottle at my back. "The bottle is my gun, mommy. Show More Summary

The Cost of Free Information

The Drug Enforcement Agency paid over three quarters of million dollars for information that it could have gotten legally and for free. It paid $854,460 to be exact. This money went to an Amtrak employee identified only as "secretary to a train and engine crew" for confidential information about train passengers. Show More Summary

Ferguson: The Untold Story

Think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri? You may not, even if you've been watching a lot of cable news. Especially if you've been watching a lot of cable news. If the media's job is to give viewers and readers an accurate and full idea of what's really going on, we have to acknowledge that there is a long way to go. Show More Summary

How Do Liberal and Conservative Attitudes About Obedience to Authority Differ? The Surprising Result of My Study

As far as I was concerned, bible-thumping social conservatives were like obedient robots. When Uncle Sam called them to arms, heels clicked and hands met temples. When the preacher demanded chastity, zippers ascended toward belt-buckles. Show More Summary

Criticism of EPA's Economic Analysis Sorely Misplaced

A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should improve the way it analyzes regulations. Critics have been quick to trumpet the EPA's "failure," butShow More Summary

The Revolution May Not Always Be Televised, But It Damn Sure Will Be #Tweeted

When we hear the word revolution, one usually tends to think of images of rioting, unrest and utter chaos. But a revolution can also mean a break from traditional thinking; a revamp of the way we view things, accept stated norms and conduct ourselves. Show More Summary

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