National Politics

Why African Americans Bike Less

Posted July 29, 2014 by Michael Andersen

It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks to start thinking seriously about bicycling. The Denver City Council member, 35, had never owned a bike. By the time he headed home from a study tour in Denmark last month,
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Amazon Pricing Drives Me Bot-ty

Posted July 28, 2014 by

Steven Colbert is mad at Amazon. And so am I. My gripe has nothing to do with Amazon seeking to recover 50% of e-book sales rather than 30% from Hachette, the nation’s fourth largest publisher. That struggle has already gotten
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Scapegoating the Poor

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lizzie Buchen

Earlier this month, 46-year-old Debra Harrell, a single mother, was arrested and jailed for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to play at a park unsupervised while Harrell worked her shift at a nearby McDonalds. She was released from jail after posting
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Obama’s Defining Moment

Posted July 22, 2014 by

President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. By doing so, Obama immediately renders
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When It Comes to School Reform, Make It Up

Posted July 21, 2014 by dianeravitch

This letter came from an anonymous source in San Francisco whom I know to be trustworthy. Why the anonymity? The usual reason: fear of being fired for blowing the whistle. It raises the question of why some people teach under
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