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(Mike Blake/Reuters) Steven Wilson said all students should find ‘intellectual joy’ at school. An online mob slammed his ‘white supremacist rhetoric,’ and he lost his job. Earlier this month, Ascend, the high-performing Brooklyn charter-school network, fired its accomplished founder and CEO, Steven Wilson. What had Wilson done to deserve this? Not much. Wilson, a school
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The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) As loyalty to parties’ organizations and doctrines is supplanted by parties as hostility-based tribes, polarization supplies solidarity in an era of empty politics. Washington — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita
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U.A.W. members strike in Hamtramck, Mich., September 22, 2019. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters) The United Auto Workers union on Friday approved a new contract with General Motors, ending a nearly six-week-long strike that had seen 49,000 workers walk off the job and forced GM factories to sit idle while thousands of other employees were prevented from coming
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President Donald Trump responds to a question about Ukraine and the whistleblower report at the White House, October 2, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Both make the president’s conduct look foolish, but only one makes it look impeachable. According to the media, Bill Taylor, the acting chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, delivered the coup
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Vice President Mike Pence (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Vice President Mike Pence had strong words for both the NBA and the Chinese government during a major policy speech on Thursday, accusing the sports league of behaving like a “wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime” in its response to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. “Lately, China
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A Turkish solider in the town of Tal Abyad, Syria, October 23, 2019 (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters) The State Department confirmed Wednesday that more than 100 ISIS prisoners have escaped since Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria following the Trump administration’s withdrawal of about 1,000 U.S. troops from the region. Ambassador James Jeffrey, the chief diplomat in charge
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(Unsplash) Life is pretty good—right? It’s the middle of the night, and your kids are asleep. Your spouse is sleeping beside you. You should be asleep, too, but you’re tossing and turning because you’re worried. It started with something so silly; you read the other day that the Seattle school district is “planning to infuse
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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks at a press conference outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., February 15, 2018 (Thom Baur/Reuters) The Florida Senate Rules Committee on Monday recommended removing the Broward County sheriff accused of mishandling the February, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sheriff
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A tornado in North Dallas, Texas, October 20, 2019. (Philip Ellis/Social media via Reuters) A tornado tore through Dallas not too far from where I live last night. I slept through it. A Home Depot got leveled, and there was a fair amount of damage to houses and other structures, but as of this writing
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Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses attendees at the “Bernie’s Back” rally at Queensbridge Park in Queens, N.Y., October 19, 2019. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) The Sanders circus comes to Queens. Who says Joe Biden supporters aren’t fired up and ready to fight? Twenty-five thousand eight hundred and seventy-two of them showed up in Queens Saturday to bring a
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) released a far-reaching plan on Monday outlining her education-policy proposals. Titled “A Great Public School Education for Every Student,” the plan calls for banning for-profit charter schools and using the IRS to
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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney during a cabinet meeting at the White House, June 21, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday that the upcoming G-7 summit will be hosted at President Trump’s resort in Miami, the Trump National Doral Golf Club, from June 10–12 of
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City Hall in San Francisco, Calif. (Kate Munsch/Reuters) The city of San Francisco has added 22 states with laws limiting abortion access to a blacklist that prevents city employees from traveling to those states on the city’s dime or dealing with businesses based in them. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2020. “We
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The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in drills in the western Pacific, April 2018. (Stringer/Reuters) America and its allies must cooperate to counter the military-commercial threat. China is working to end U.S. military predominance in Asia, and likely beyond. This forces U.S. officials to rethink how military security relates to trade and investment. U.S.
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A grounded Icelandair Boeing 737 MAX aircraft parked in a Boeing employee parking lot at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash., July 1, 2019. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters) A Boeing pilot who tested the 737 Max jet in flight simulators in 2016 admitted in a series of text messages that he lied to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding
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Matt Lauer (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) NBC News has confirmed that they will not commission an outside investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of former Today Show host Matt Lauer. “There is no additional investigation being launched,” NBC spokeswoman Hilary Smith told the Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “We are very confident in the report that was conducted.”
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 22, 2016. (Albert Gea/Reuters) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the company’s policy of allowing political campaigns to run advertisements containing misleading or false information on their platform. “People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about an erosion of truth,” Zuckerberg
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President Donald Trump meets with China’s President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Economists and commodities traders question whether China will increase agricultural purchases to $50 billion as part of a yet-to-be-finalized deal. On Friday, after two days of negotiations in Washington, President Trump announced a ceasefire
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York, September 14, 2018. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a measure Wednesday freeing New York from its obligation to observe presidential pardons when it comes to prosecuting crimes committed in the state. The measure scraps the “double-jeopardy loophole” that bars states from
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U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland poses in Brussels, Belgium, June 4, 2019. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters) Former White House foreign-policy adviser Fiona Hill told House impeachment investigators on Monday that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was a potential “security risk” because he came so unprepared to the job, according to the New
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James answers questions at the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., September 27, 2019. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports) If these things really do matter to you, you should also start prioritizing them even when they may be inconvenient. So, LeBron James claimed that
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention in Manchester, September 7, 2019. (Gretchen Ertl/Reuters) Elizabeth Warren wants the social-media giant to certify the truth and falsity of the political ads it runs. She should think the issue through more carefully. I’m not convinced that Elizabeth Warren is thinking clearly when
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