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Obama, Education reform - Suzy Khimm - 08/22/2013

Would Obama's higher-ed plan actually make college a better deal?

08/22/13 02:50PM

President Obama unveiled a new higher-education plan Thursday that promises to make college more affordable by ranking colleges and universities based on performance. The changes could help students and their families make more informed decisions about where to enroll based on graduation rates, graduates' earnings, and other outcomes. But would the plan actually make higher education better deal? read more

#click3: Anyone missing a giant deer statue?

08/21/13 08:44PM

1. Slate’s online game asks reader to solve a ‘Gerrymandering Jigsaw Puzzle. If only it was this easy to figure out how to solve the US electoral system. 2. Winter Olympics fast-approaching and tourists will be flooding Russia. Right now modes of transportation are pretty unique. Here's to hoping they've got that figured out by the time Sochi 2014 rolls around. 3. Meet Nicholas Selby, our nation's next great motivational speaker. This Georgia Tech sophomore’s speech is so good, you'll gain the confidence to finally build that ‘Iron Man’ suit. read more

Germany NSA Surveillance

No terror connection? No problem, says NSA

08/21/13 04:01PM

The National Agency Security collected tens of thousands of online communications from Americans with no suspected connections to terrorist groups, according to secret court opinions which were declassified on Wednesday. The declassified documents reveal that the NSA gathered up to 56,000 such online communications over a three year period, before the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found out and declared such data collection unconstitutional. read more

Detroit Stop and Frisk - Ned Resinkoff - 08/21/2013

'Stop-and-frisk' expands to Detroit

08/21/13 01:11PM

Just a week and a half after a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" program is unconstitutional, the city of Detroit is developing its own version of the policy. On Monday, the Detroit News reported that the city's police department is working in consultation with the Manhattan Institute and the Bratton Group, two of the architects for New York stop-and-frisk, to train Traffic Unit officers. read more

David Miranda - Ned Resnikoff - 08/20/2013

Guardian's editor in chief vows to continue publishing NSA documents

08/20/13 08:59PM

Early Sunday morning David Miranda, partner of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, was detained in London's Heathrow Airport for 9 hours-- the maximum time someone can be held without charge in the UK. Greenwald was the first to break Edward Snowden's stories on the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance tactics. "They wanted to intimidate our journalism, to show that they have power and will not remain passive but will attack us more intensely if we continue publishing their secrets," Greenwald said on Monday about the UK's decision to detain his partner. read more