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June 2013

Student-loan debt keeping first-time buyers out of housing market

By Kenneth R. Harney LA Times June 28, 2013, 8:13 p.m. WASHINGTON — They’re not yet an endangered species, but their steadily diminishing presence has some real estate analysts worried: First-time buyers are missing in action in housing markets across the country. Traditionally first-timers have accounted for around 40% of purchases in the resale market. […]

This Week Mainstream Media Debated the Meaning of Journalism

JUNE 28, 2013, 5:30 PM by ANDREA CHALUPA BigThink The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald is a traitor and should be arrested. Glenn Greenwald is a hero and a practicing journalist. That’s the debate in mainstream media that’s overshadowing the news that the NSA reads our emails. (For a “so sad it’s funny” look at that issue, […]

Obama is right on climate change

By Chris Field, Special to CNN updated 6:00 PM EDT, Fri June 28, 2013 Editor’s note: Chris Field is the director of the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science and co-chair of a working group tasked with assessing climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]

Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

Published on Jun 20, 2013 Andrew McAfee TED Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQrbxD9_Ng&feature=youtube_gdata  

China: Just as Desperate for Education Reform as the U.S.

By Rana Foroohar June 27, 2013 Time While Americans often worry that hordes of Chinese engineers will eat their economic lunch, the Chinese look to the U.S. for the model of how to educate a 21st century workforce. This realization hit me during a recent trip to China, on which I kept hearing about how […]

What we can learn from Cuba’s health care system

Margaret Badore Thu, Jun 27 2013 at 12:16 PM mother nature network The correlation between low income and poor health has been established in many countries. Yet despite Cuba’s poverty, the country’s quality of health bucks this trend. According to the United Nations Human Development Report, Cuba has the same life expectancy as the U.S. […]

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the War On Drugs

Steven Goldstein June 27 2013 policymic Whether it’s grainy clips of Richard Nixon speeches, five seasons of The Wire, or weed-addled wisdom while watching Pineapple Express, chances are you know something about America’s War on Drugs. Despite a proliferating list of states decriminalizing marijuana, the prohibition of narcotics and controlled substances continues to rage on. […]

NSA chief says agency eavesdropping helped foil 54 plots

June 28, 2013 – 1:27PM theage.com The director of the US National Security Agency on Thursday offered a more detailed breakdown of 54 schemes by militants that he said were disrupted by phone and internet surveillance, even as a British newspaper offered evidence of more extensive spying. In a speech in Baltimore, NSA chief General […]

Pity the Coal Miners: A Greener Environment’s Biggest Losers

by Stuart Stevens Jun 28, 2013 4:45 AM EDT Daily Beast There’s a reason President Obama outlined his climate-change proposals on June 25, 2013, and not June 25, 2012, and it has nothing to do with science. It’s called votes. The president ran for reelection on an “all of the above” energy strategy. “We need […]

Five State Education Reform Tidbits From New NCES Data

By Sarah D. Sparks on June 27, 2013 3:33 PM Education Week The National Center for Education Statistics today released updated data on state policy changes on accountability, testing, finance, school choice, and other education issues. For those who want to dig into the massive new data, here are a few interesting places to get […]