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Obama to NASA: don’t boldly go

At the end of January, President Obama announced a major change to NASA’s space program when he put forward his budget request to congress. This week congressmen from both parties criticized the White House plans, and took it out on NASA chief Charles Bolden, who appeared before House ...

Gary Vay-ner-chuk on wine

The wine videos that sum up WLTV. Instant classic-Episode #125 @ Yahoo! Video

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This week’s articles of note

“Building a better teacher,” The New York Times Magazine, by Elizabeth Green

“Hotheaded Emanuel may be White House voice of reason,”  Washington Post, by Jason Horowitz

“Undying creed: the acceleration of our exceptionalism,” World Affairs, by Joel Kotkin

“What happened to New York’s moxie?”  Foreign Policy, by James Traub

From post-modern formalism to moral questioning

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Paul Auster’s latest novel, Invisible, is a meditation upon the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It explores the intensity of experiences in that period, and how our responses to those experiences can shape and pre-occupy us for ...

Health debate: Republicans offer career advice to Dems

So, it looks like President Obama and the Democrats in congress might finally make a run at passing healthcare reform legislation.

Obama today urged congress to arrange an “up or down vote” on the measure (by which he means the congressional tactic called “reconciliation”, which requires a simple majority). He wants a ...

Ravitch: school firings “mean and punitive”

Speaking to the US Chamber of Commerce on Monday, President Obama praised the Rhode Island school board that dismissed the entire Central Falls High School faculty and staff (93 in total).

This came as he was outlining his proposal to offer $900 million in federal grants to states and school districts that take drastic ...

Stiglitz gives Obama high marks

 

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In this excerpt from a recent talk, Joseph Stiglitz says Obama’s economic policy should be graded an A+, if only because his policy is much ...

The Coffee Party?

The New York Times reports today on the rise of a group formed in response to the Tea Party – the Coffee Party.

But for a group based on a more caffeinated drink, the Coffee Party seems far less agitated than their Tea counterparts. The party aims to “support leaders who work toward ...

Morgan’s study

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During the Panic of 1907, as Wall Street was crashing down and the contagion was spreading globally, JP Morgan, then 70 years old, summoned the heads of New York’s banks and trusts to his library and study. He famously locked ...

Fannie and Freddie: a problem, not the problem

The FT reports today that two Republicans in the House, Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan, have called for an investigation into the use of US government funds to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage companies that were taken into government “conservatorship” in September 2008. The congressmen’s ...

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