On October 9th, 2012, then-15 year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen as punishment for advocating female education.
Friday–on her 16th birthday–the teenager addressed a stunned crowd at the United Nations, continuing her activism.
“Malala Day is not my day,” she said. “Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.” read more
Police in Newark, New Jersey, are changing the way they do business. On Tuesday, the city council approved an order to overhaul their stop-and-frisk program in order to boost transparency and ensure the practice is not abused. “When you look at the scope and breadth of the policy, I dare to say it’s the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation,” Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, told msnbc on Thursday. read more
It's been nearly two weeks since interest rates on student loans have doubled, but the Senate still hasn't managed to pass a deal to fix them--even though both parties say the new 6.8% rate on lower-income borrowers is unacceptable.
What's holding everything up? The central problem is that keeping interest rates low for students costs a bunch of money, and legislators still can't agree on who's going to pay the price. read more