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Archive for February 25th, 2013

Long Past Time to Give Pipeline the Green Light

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 25th, 2013 12:09 am by HL

Long Past Time to Give Pipeline the Green Light

Medicaid Expansion the Right Call

To Ensure Upward Mobility, Fix Education System
Sen. Rand Paul, WT
America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages, and that is wrong. Those born in poverty already face significant challenges. For those striving to climb the ladder of success, we must fix our schools.The question then bears asking: What is the best way? Let’s start with what we’ve tried.We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education, and still we lag behind much of the world. We have moved control from the local level to the federal level. We have passed No Child Left Behind, which has not worked, and…

When the Best Thing to Do Is to Settle
Cass Sunstein, New Republic
Here is my nominee for the worst phrase in the English language: “it is what it is.” The phrase combines resignation, even despair, with self-congratulatory smugness. It is a fatal combination, because one really should not be self-congratulatory about despair.The phrase is always awful, but it is especially despicable when used by someone in a position of authority, who invokes it to dash the hopes of someone who is in a position of supplication. Imagine, for example, an employer telling a job applicant that she isn’t going to be hired, or a bank officer telling…

Does Hollywood Have a Foreign Policy?
Joshua Keating, Foreign Policy
Foreign-policy wonks enjoy movie stars and high fashion as much as everyone else, but this Sunday they may have extra incentive to tune in, thanks to two nominees very much in the center of pressing international political debates. It's not often that Hollywood films prompt official Senate inquiries, but the early scenes of Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, which strongly imply that torture was used to gain valuable intelligence that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, have reignited the debate over the “enhanced interrogation” practices of the George…