Higher Education Crises

Drop-out rates are frighteningly high. Even those who finish, moreover, often emerge from college with staggering debts, no technical qualifications and few basic skills.

In two new books, Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus — a political scientist and a reporter — and Mark Taylor — a professor of religion — examine the ivory tower’s alleged demise. Their emphases differ in certain ways. Hacker and Dreifus explore a range of problems — including the corrupting role of big-time sports and admissions preferences for the children of alumni and donors. Taylor, by contrast, limits himself to elite institutions like Williams and Columbia. At the core, the two offerings have a great deal in common. Both point out — with considerable justice — that the financial condition of American universities is at best precarious.

A UN-style partition plan for 'red' and 'blue' America

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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CNN files lawsuit against Trump administration

The lawsuit claims the administration violated the First Amendment when it revoked the press credentials of reporter Jim Acosta.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials were revoked following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump on November 8.
  • The network filed a lawsuit against the administration on Tuesday, claiming the administration has violated multiple amendments.
  • The White House may only revoke the press credentials of journalists for "compelling reasons," not for reasons involving content.
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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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