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  • Exploring mysteries inside Trump voters’ heads

    Here is a rant that’s been shared multiple times on Facebook. I quote it at length, crude language and all, and then offer my own view. The question was posed, “Why do people continue supporting Trump no matter what he does?” A lady named Bev…
  • US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87

    US Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, opening a crucial vacancy on the high court expected to set off a pitched political battle at the peak of the presidential campaign.  Affectionately known as the Notorious RBG, the 87-year-old Ginsburg was…
  • The Big Ten Just Followed the Money

    The coronavirus pandemic is still ravaging America, just as it was in August, when the college presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten Conference decided against playing football in the fall. The only thing that’s changed is that the same leaders now feel far more…
  • End the Nobel Peace Prize

    Trolls are a Scandinavian invention, straight from the frigid sagas of Norse mythology, but Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliamentarian, swears that he is not one. Observers of his antics this week could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. On Wednesday, he announced that he had nominated…
  • Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Classroom

    Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…
  • Learning From Black Educators

    Editor’s Note: In the next five years, most of America’s most experienced teachers will retire. The Baby Boomers are leaving behind a nation of more novice educators. In 1988, a teacher most commonly had 15 years of experience. Less than three decades later, that number…
  • Your Tote Bag Can Make a Difference

    My newly adopted home state is on fire again: Scorching heat and lightning strikes have sparked dozens of fires across California, burning an area the size of Rhode Island. Iowa is reeling from a deadly derecho. The mountain west is suffering through a severe drought.…
  • Steve Bannon’s World of Wallcraft

    Nothing says more about Steve Bannon than his choice and his analysis of movies. I knew from Joshua Green’s Devil’s Bargain that Bannon’s favorite movie is Twelve O’Clock High. And when faced with the challenge of interviewing him for my film American Dharma, I thought,…
  • China fires ‘carrier killer’ missiles into South China Sea

    China has boldly launched its infamous “carrier killer” missiles into the South China Sea on Wednesday, an action likely construed as a veiled warning over recent US incursions into the region, as well as a disturbing new escalation in the growing strategic conflict between the…
  • China leads regional markets, Japan lags

    Asian markets are broadly higher riding the coat-tails of Chinese markets after the central bank injected 700 billion yuan of 1-year funds into the market through the medium-term facility. But Japanese stocks are down after a shock economic contraction and Australian stocks are under pressure…