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
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.
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
As a social worker in a public clinic, I see how poverty affects the lives of low wage workers on a daily basis. The stress, anxiety, depression can be unbearable when its exacerbated by the struggle to cover basic needs. read more
Detroit is broke, and the city's retired workers may have to pay a hefty price. Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager, has said he may cut the city's pension funds in order to pay back creditors. The city workers' unions have fought back against this threat, saying that cuts to the modest pensions would devastate their members. read more
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
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