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Chicago’s art and architecture

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Chicago has wonderful architecture, public sculpture and art.

The photo above shows “Cloud Gate” by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Below is a picture of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry and home to ...

This week’s articles of note

“The comeback country,” Newsweek, by Daniel Gross

“Nudge, nudge, wink, wink: behavioral economics – the governing theory of Obama’s nanny state,” Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson

“On closing the culture gap,” Seed, by Paul Ehrlich

“Everything is contagious: has a plague of social illness struck mankind?” Slate, by Dave Johns

Tea Party “revelations”: will liberals stop obsessing now?

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Today is “Tax Day”, April 15th, the deadline for filing federal income taxes. Predictably, the Tea Party organized gatherings in Washington, D.C. and other cities to protest excessive taxation and spending.

And so it was perfect timing for the New York Times to publish the findings of its poll about ...

Technical-fix education reforms have failed

I’m in Chicago, and I was pleased to open the Chicago Tribune and read a sensible op-ed by Steve Chapman on education reforms.

Considering reform moves over the past two decades, Chapman finds that “Coming up with solutions for public education, it turns out, is easy. Coming up with solutions that ...

Nebraska law is first to ban abortion on fetal pain basis

Nebraska passed a law on Tuesday that bans most abortions 20 weeks after conception or later. What’s unique about this law is that is is the first to restrict abortions on the grounds that the fetus feels pain.

Some states require counseling to women contemplating an abortion, and are told ...

South Hadley suicide: the dangers of stressing vulnerability

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Guest Post by Nancy McDermott

A sad story of teenage suicide in a small town has become a national fascination.

Last week three teenage girls pleaded “not guilty” to civil rights violations and harassment in the death of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year old ...

In defence of science and progress

In this TED talk video clip, Michael Specter, a New Yorker journalist who writes about health and ...

Family is becoming “more important” in America

Writing in Forbes, Joel Kotkin argues that the American family, despite claims of its decline, “is becoming not less but more important”.

Some facts that Kotkin marshals to establish his case:

“80 percent of Americans eventually get married, often after cohabitation” “Since 1982 the number of those over 35 who give birth have more ...

Bacevich: “Osama is not Hitler,” use police not military

Bill Moyers has a very interesting interview with Andrew Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University and a former US Army colonel (watch video here).

Here is Bacevich’s perspective on Osama bin-Laden and the war on terror:

BILL MOYERS: In this context, then, what do we do about what ...

Obama’s NASA plan: an “elaborate wake” for human spaceflight

Last month, President Obama announced proposals for restructuring the NASA space program, and a key plank of his new approach was to rely much more on commercial companies.

As I noted earlier, this sounds more like the outsourcing of leadership. And as an article in today’s New York Times today finds, it turns out ...

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