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People Are Pissed at Pearson

Sir Michael Barber, Pearson's chief educational officer, actually became a British knight in 2005 for his role in leading marketplace "educational reform" in Great Britain. I suspect if he were good in math they would have made him a count. Show More Summary

Aid in Dying

Brittany Maynard's youthful pizzazz and Diane Rehm's gravitas as a public radio host have in the last year vaulted the issue of aid in dying, or assisted suicide, into public consciousness without the creepiness of Jack Kevorkian's jerry-built suicide machine in the 1990s. Ms. Show More Summary

Republicans Want To Repeal Obamacare? Go Ahead, Make My Day

The new budget proposals from House and Senate Republicans are a joke. How bad a joke? Both would repeal Obamacare, yet both count on collecting $1 trillion over 10 years in Obamacare taxes--all of which, by the way, would be paid by upper-income earners. Show More Summary

What's Wrong with this Picture?

The University of North Georgia says it was an "isolated case of poor judgment." Well, maybe they honestly think that it was -- or suddenly realized they should stop letting partially blind Uncle Bubba pick out the catalog pictures. Or...Show More Summary

The Spring of Climate Change

It was a lovely spring day in Chicago. Last week it hit a balmy 60 degrees as the season began to move off of winter. Opening Day of the baseball season is just around the corner, less than a mere two weeks away on April 5. I look my...Show More Summary

What Ever Happened to Post-Racism?

During the last few years, from Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner's painful words of "I can't breathe," to Ferguson, to voting rights and more, we as a nation continue to deal with issues of race -- and more specifically racial inequality -- in the areas of criminal justice, voting, housing, education, health care and just about every area of life. Show More Summary

A Time for Action as Syrian Crisis Enters Its Fifth Year

Young, far from home, under threat of violence for working, and pregnant, Duha is living a life she never imagined. Three and a half years ago, Duha was living in Damascus, Syria, and attending college. She was studying business economics and planning for her future. Show More Summary

Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians

By Deborah A. Miranda All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. Show More Summary

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

The Supreme Court heard arguments today in the case of Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans. The case poses an intriguing First Amendment question. Like many states, Texas permits drivers to design specialty license plates bearing messages they want to promote. Show More Summary

Rob O'Neill's Montana Return

During his career in the Navy, Rob O'Neill served as a team leader within the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six, and completed more than 400 different combat missions within four dramas of war. TheShow More Summary

The Future of Policing and Autonomous Cars

Recently a Department of Justice Report stated that the now, well-known municipality of Ferguson, MO in St. Louis, MO, was using traffic tickets to provide for a substantial amount of the city's revenue. In addition to this being a substantial...Show More Summary

Mandatory Voting Doesn't Address the Problem of Corruption, Mr. President

President Obama, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, was asked what he thought he could do about the issue of money in politics. And his answer -- for the short term, at least -- is to suggest that America make voting mandatory, as they do in Australia. He’s wrong. Show More Summary

Ignorance Is Bliss

Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor. The ultimate freedom for them is to avoid needless bother in knowing the truth and distinguishing it from falsity. Show More Summary

Why ISIS Is Increasingly Using Kids as 'Cubs of the Caliphate'

On March 10th, the Site Intel Group released a shocking video of a 13-year-old boy executing a Palestinian Arab prisoner, Muhammed Mussallam, accused of being a spy for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. The video showed the entire scene -- leaving no doubt that the child had pulled the trigger. Show More Summary

Small Businesses Must Export East to Maintain US Leadership

This post was co-authored by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Karen G. Mills, Steve Preston, Hector Barreto, and Aida Alvarez. By 2030, more than 2 billion Asian consumers are expected to join the global middle class. In 15 years, the Asian market is projected to be six times larger than the U.S. Show More Summary

Consumer Privacy: Moving the Conversation Forward

We live in an era where nearly every commercial interaction involves the exchange or use of personal data -- often without our knowing it. But for years, the legislative debate over how to provide consumers with more confidence, and businesses with more clarity, about the rules of the road for the use of private information has been stalled. Show More Summary

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

President Obama has less than two years remaining in his presidency. Recent events have caused me to rethink some initial conclusions I had been considering about the future historic legacy of his administration. The fight against ISIS, the ongoing negotiations with Iran, the U.S. Show More Summary

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

The men and women who risked their lives for the right to vote would never have imagined that 50 years after Bloody Sunday and the historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that a Black president would be paying homage to their sacrifice. But it happened March 7, and many of us watched this historic occasion unfold. Show More Summary

At the UN, 'Disappointment and Cautious Optimism' About LBTI Rights

The 2015 session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which just concluded in New York, involved thousands of delegates and hundreds of meetings. But, if a single theme resonated over and over again, it was that the work...Show More Summary

Elements of a Public Policy Discussion Concerning the Treatment of the Mentally Ill

We are all touched directly or indirectly by mental illness. Many commentators note unresolved issues and debatable policies within our mental health system. It is time as a society to rethink our approach to mental illness. This comment...Show More Summary

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