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High Schools Abandon Valedictorian Because Competition is Bad

High Schools Abandon Valedictorian Because Competition is Bad: According to the National Association of Secondary School Principals, nearly half of high schools in the United States no longer report class rank, the Associated Press reports. The graduation tradition of naming a senior class valedictorian is slowly fading into history. In areas where the tradition contin...
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High School Summer Reading List Canceled Over Conservative Authors

High School Summer Reading List Canceled Over Conservative Authors: A teacher at a public high school in Alabama sent his students home with a summer reading list chock full of conservative authors from which to choose, including Ann Coulter, Ronald Reagan, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and libertarian John Stossel. But parents became concerned that it l...

Future Development Reads: Air conditioning and economic development

By Indermit Gill Temperatures here in Durham, North Carolina, have soared close 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius). I’m told by natives that July will be equally hot, but much more humid. As I go from an air conditioned house to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned office, I thank Willis Haviland Carrier—the inventor of modern air conditioning—much like religious folks thank their patron saints.  From hot and humid to cool and comfortable ...

The shortsightedness of “Denounce and Preserve”

The response to Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee’s statement over “Obamacare Light” or Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 or McConnellcare or whatever you want to call it has been cynical, at best. AP ...

Net neutrality: The war is over

By Stuart N. Brotman Stuart N. Brotman, a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation, provides a brief history of net neutrality and addresses the future ...

Africa in the news: ‘Famine’ label somewhat lifted, Solidarity Summit hails refugees, and CAR signs an unstable ceasefire

By Christina Golubski The United Nations removed “famine” label from South Sudan and Somalia out of famine, but stresses the countries are still in extreme peril Earlier this week, the United Nations declared an end to the famines—which have been caused by multiple factors, including major conflict, high food prices, and low harvests—in South Sudan and Somalia. Despite this positive news, though, the ...

Learning from public sector experimentation with artificial intelligence

By Kevin C. Desouza, Rashmi Krishnamurthy, Gregory S. Dawson Artificial Intelligence is not coming; it’s already here. AI tools are becoming an integral part of organizational decisionmaking in both the public and private sector by evaluating large amounts of data to quickly arrive at conclusions. What’s already here Public agencies are leveraging AI tools to become smarter, more efficient, and more responsive. For instance, the ...

Today in leaks and liars

(Scott Johnson) Washington Post reporters Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous bring us “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” They purport to give us the inside story on the collections of intelligence on Russian interference in the presidential election and apologetics in defense of ...

Austria tries paying migrants to leave. The results are mixed

Austria hasn’t been a nation which has been particularly welcoming to the flood of largely Muslim refugees and migrants who have been streaming into Europe. A couple of years ago when the crisis was really kicking into high gear (thanks to ISIS for the most part), Austrians responded in droves ...

Gay marriages still growing, but not as fast

Barely 24 months after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults who say they’re married to someone of the same sex has increased to more than 10%. But the rate of growth has slowed significantly since the first year. In t...

When Modi meets Trump: Where do U.S.-India relations stand?

By Tanvi Madan On his fifth trip to the United States as Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi will find a very different Washington than the one he visited a year ago. Where does the relationship stand six months into the Trump administration? The good,...

With Trump assassination comments, we may have reached Peak Johnny Depp

I’m old enough to remember when Johnny Depp was a widely sought after actor with a penchant for playing really offbeat but intriguing characters, commanding top dollar at the box office. What ever happened to that guy? Well, these days he’s doing public appearances looking even stranger ...

What Is Mitch McConnell Thinking on Health Care?

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Scalise Continues To Improve

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Michael Brown’s Family Wins Lawsuit. Shameful!

Settlement in Michael Brown suit $1.5 million, Ferguson attorney says By Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch   47 min ago   ...

Hitting the wall: Challenges to President Trump’s signature campaign promise

By Christine Stenglein Building a wall on the Mexican border was a signature issue in Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.  The wall has both failed to garner public support and was rebuffed by Congress in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House in May. Despite candidate Trump’s refrain that he would get Mexico to pay for it, that plan evaporated long before the inauguration. Although some administration officials have ...

The battle for the rubble of Raqqa is underway

Three weeks into the allied assault on the ISIS capital of Raqqa, operations to surround the northern Syrian city are complete and street-by-street fighting has begun in the outskirts. The struggle to deny terrorists the symbolic capital of their self-proclaimed caliphate is likely to be har...

Mueller’s empire

(Scott Johnson) President Trump is now in a death struggle with Robert Mueller and James Comey. That’s the conclusion I draw from former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy’s gimlet eyed American Greatness column “Mueller’s empire.” Andy’s column makes several important points...

Leadership on green finance and sustainable infrastructure – how can China and Sweden work together on the Belt and Road Initiative?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative aims to transform connectivity and cooperation on trade and development across Asia and beyond. To succeed, the initiative will require the deployment of modern infrastructure across several regions and sectors. In recent years narratives have shifted around global progress towards a low-carbon and sustainable future: where once there was concern over the costs of action, now there is increasing recognition of opportunities for growth and productivity...