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Colleges Rattled as Obama Seeks Rating System

By MICHAEL D. SHEARMAY 25, 2014 NYTimes WASHINGTON — The college presidents were appalled. Not only had President Obama called for a government rating system for their schools, but now one of his top education officials was actually suggesting it would be as easy as evaluating a kitchen appliance. “It’s like rating a blender,” Jamienne […]

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers

By CORAL DAVENPORTMAY 13, 2014 NYTimes WASHINGTON — The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military research organization concluded. The CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board found that climate change-induced drought in the […]

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt

By JUSTIN GILLIS and KENNETH CHANGMAY 12, 2014 NYTimes A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the […]

One of the 6 Biggest Ecological Disasters in the last 4.5 Billion Years is Happening Right Now

BY JEFFREY MARLOW 05.08.14 | 10:08 AM | Wired When a 10 km-wide meteorite slammed into the Earth roughly 65 million years ago, megatsunamis sloshed across the oceans and a front of superheated particles swept across the surface, outward from the impact site located in modern-day Mexico. Most significantly, a thick cloud of dust enshrouded […]

The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken Bert McCracken Huffington Post Although Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, we must look to an economic and historic analysis of anti-drug laws in the U.S. to put the “war” into context. In the late 18th and well into the 19th century, before the drug-conviction craze, the issue of addiction was […]

Troubling Student Loans

By THE EDITORIAL BOARDAPRIL 28, 2014 NYTimes College students who borrow from private lenders often assume that private and federal student loans work the same way. The two could not be more different. Federal loans, for example, have low, fixed rates and broad consumer protections that permit people who run into trouble to make lower, […]

Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report

Abby Haglage 05.05.14 Daily Beast The ‘singular approach’ to fighting drug abuse isn’t working—and it’s time for a change, says a new report produced by the London School of Economics. What they suggest, in five steps. In an 81-page report released Monday evening, the best and brightest minds in the economic drug policy world send […]

U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods

By JUSTIN GILLISMAY 6, 2014 NYTimes The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States, scientists reported Tuesday, with water growing scarcer in dry regions, torrential rains increasing in wet regions, heat waves becoming more common and more severe, wildfires growing worse, and forests dying under assault from […]

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy NYTimes APRIL 22, 2014 The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have […]

How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

by NPR STAFF April 16, 2014 3:41 AM ET Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt. But what if the city you lived in footed the bill for college? That’s what Kalamazoo, Mich., has been doing […]