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Friday, December 25, 2015

NYTimes: Reforms to Ease Students’ Stress Divide a New Jersey School District

NYTimes: Reforms to Ease Students’ Stress Divide a New Jersey School District

"Both Asian-American and white families say the tension between the two groups has grown steadily over the past few years, as the number of Asian families has risen. But the division has become more obvious in recent months as Dr. Aderhold has made changes, including no-homework nights, an end to high school midterms and finals, and a “right to squeak” initiative that made it easier to participate in the music program."

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Trump-Clinton fight gets fierce | MSNBC



The Trump-Clinton fight gets fierce | MSNBC

How Trump wins, even if he loses | MSNBC




How Trump wins, even if he loses | MSNBC

The Key To The GOP Race: The Diploma Divide | FiveThirtyEight

"The latest polls of the Republican presidential primary show a party badly divided by education: Donald Trump’s strong showings are entirely attributable to huge leads among voters without a college degree, while voters with a degree are split among several candidates."



The Key To The GOP Race: The Diploma Divide | FiveThirtyEight

NYTimes: Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fears

NYTimes: Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fears

"President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stems from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future - The New York Times

On the surface, it is a battle over whether Puerto Rico should be granted bankruptcy protections, putting at risk tens of billions of dollars from investors around the country. But it is also testing the power of an ascendant class of ultrarich Americans to steer the fate of a territory that is home to more than three million fellow citizens.



The investors with a stake in the outcome are some of the wealthiest people in America. Many of them have also taken on an outsize role in financing political campaigns in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. They have put millions of dollars behind candidates of both parties, including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Some belong to a small circle of 158 families that provided half of the early money for the 2016 presidential race.



To block proposals that would put their investments at risk, a coalition of hedge funds and financial firms has hired dozens of lobbyists, forged alliances with Tea Party activists and recruited so-called AstroTurf groups on the island to make their case. This approach — aggressive legal maneuvering, lobbying and the deployment of prodigious wealth — has proved successful overseas, in countries like Argentina and Greece, yielding billions in profit amid economic collapse.



The pressure has been widely felt. Senator Marco Rubio, whose state, Florida, has a large Puerto Rican population, expressed interest this year in sponsoring bankruptcy legislation for the island, says Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut. Mr. Rubio’s staff even joined in drafting the bill. But this summer, three weeks after a fund-raiser hosted by a hedge-fund founder, Mr. Rubio broke with those backing the measure. Bankruptcy, he said, should be considered only as a “last resort.”



And this past week, House Republican leaders said any financial rescue for Puerto Rico may not come until the end of March.



Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future - The New York Times

Friday, December 11, 2015

Justice Scalia under fire for race comments during affirmative action argument - LA Times

Justice Scalia under fire for race comments during affirmative action argument - LA Times

"It is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench of the nation's highest court," Reid said on the Senate floor. "The only difference between the ideas endorsed by [Donald] Trump and Scalia is that Scalia has a robe and a lifetime appointment."

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Republicanism Trumps Religion When It Comes To Anti-Muslim Sentiment | FiveThirtyEight

"We can at least say this much: Iowa’s religiosity — 57 percent of Republican caucus-goers identified as born-again or evangelical Christians in 2012 — won’t make its voters extra receptive to Trump’s proposal. According to our research, negative views of Muslims among Republicans are not based on conservative Christian attitudes toward another religion; they’re based in Republican partisan identity. And it may take a political ally, such as Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, to persuade evangelicals to denounce Trump."



Republicanism Trumps Religion When It Comes To Anti-Muslim Sentiment | FiveThirtyEight

Sanders knocks Trump's scapegoating strategy | MSNBC



Sanders knocks Trump's scapegoating strategy | MSNBC

Even Rachel Maddow doesn’t understand Trump | MSNBC



Even Rachel Maddow doesn’t understand Trump | MSNBC

GOP in chaos over Donald Trump | MSNBC



GOP in chaos over Donald Trump | MSNBC