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Facts And Logic Can Save Us (But Only If We Let Them)

Alternative facts and sloppy thinking. Either one can hijack our efforts to learn the truth and make quality decisions. Increasing political polarization, inequality and mistrust make it harder to reach consensus in politics, business, and society. This can slow human progress and result in …

Critical Thinking

Is the US Army turning into Animal House?

Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s name will live in infamy for many reasons, not the least of which was his admission late in life that …

Military

Why NSA Has Its Eye on ‘Girls Who Code’

‘The future workforce needs to be representative of our nation,’ says the spy agency’s new director.<p><b>The highly secretive National Security Agency is</b> …

National Security

Let's Retire The 'Gifted-And-Talented' Student Label

Earlier this year the Fordham Institute wrote about the challenge of the gifted gap in our nation’s schools. Put simply, gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds too often are not identified as gifted, which causes them to lose out on access to a variety of gifted-and-talented programs at …

Education

Media bias against conservatives is real, and part of the reason no one trusts the news now

Members of the media were shocked as he was supposedly revealed as incredibly anti-woman presidential candidate, perhaps even the most ever nominated by a major political party in the modern era. He had admitted that he reduced women to objects and the Democrats pounced, seeking to make him lose …

Donald Trump

Homeless man hands out resumes, gets hundreds of job offers

On Friday morning, homeless web developer David Casarez woke from his park bench in Mountain View, Calif., put on a nice shirt and tie, and carried …

Employment

Tim Tebow's big-league dreams are likely dashed, but deserve our respect

For all the gifs and memes and fragments of an Internet broken by his prodigious swings, Tim Tebow turned out to be a decent baseball player. Probably not a great prospect at 30 years old, but good enough to show that his second sports career wasn’t a joke.<p>His best shot at a cup of coffee in the …

Denver Broncos

Tariffs Trim a Factory’s Profit, but Loyalty to Trump Endures

COLUMBUS, Ohio — You might think that managers and workers at Banner Metals would be up in arms over the Trump administration’s trade policies. After all, tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have pushed raw-material prices up and margins down, forcing the company to delay plans to purchase a new …

Tariffs

Why do cyclists say ‘chapeau’? – you asked Google, and we’ve got the answer – plus other French terms of the peloton

<b>The cycling community uses a lot of French words year round, but come Tour de France season it really ramps up</b><p>Google’s autocomplete can tell us a lot …

Cycling

Mike Rowe Responds To Critics Blasting Him For New Show On Christian Network

"Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe responded to critics of his new show "Somebody's Gotta Do It," which airs on the Christian television brand Trinity …

The Indians aren't the best team in the AL, but here's why they could make a deep run in the playoffs

Cleveland should benefit from its roster and circumstances<p>No contender's weakness is more obvious than the Cleveland Indians' ratty bullpen. …

The Supreme Court Abandons Another Constitutional Safeguard, Only Gorsuch Dissents

Now fallen into obscurity and disuse, the Contracts Clause was once one of the U.S. Constitution’s strongest protections for economic freedom against state interference. Praised by James Madison as a “constitutional bulwark in favor of personal security and private rights,” the Clause declares that …

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot

In arguing for a sunset clause to the Nafta trade agreement, this odious man is exposing the corruption of liberal democracy<p>He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its …

Donald Trump

Number One In Poverty, California Isn't Our Most Progressive State -- It's Our Most Racist One

Everyone thinks California is our most progressive state. And why not? It imposes the highest tax on the richest one percent. It is aggressively implementing Obamacare. And it is standing up to President Donald Trump on everything from immigration to the environment.<p>And yet the Golden State is also …

Middle-class

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

The Wipeout of Obama’s Legacy

President Obama’s legacy is rapidly vanishing. The decision by President Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran is the biggest blow, but …

How To Increase Teacher Pay – No More Summers Off!

I’ve been watching in awe and admiration of the teacher walk-outs around the US as we grapple with the results of decades of underfunding (and a more …

Offended Woman Says Mike Rowe's 'Hard Work' Ethic Belittles Higher Education. Here's His Biting Response.

TV star Mike Rowe posted an <b>NPR article</b> to Facebook on Thursday that noted the massive number of vacant high-paying trade jobs as high school …

Ex-Secret Service agent: Barbara Bush's code name was absolutely perfect

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former first lady Barbara Bush once said, "Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics." On Tuesday night, the ugliness of our current political landscape dissipated for a moment as people reflected on the life of this remarkable woman. We quietly smiled at the pictures flashing …

Government

Beaten, tortured, sexually abused: An American ISIS widow looks for a way home

<b>Northern Syria (CNN) —</b> For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.<p>A holiday is …

Cotton Candy

John Stossel: The great American tax rip-off

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. "That's the one that really made me mad."<p>Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like "utility tax" and "government access fee."<p>That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a new book, "How Do I Tax …

Three Good Places to Find Hands-on STEM Lessons

Like a lot of people, my most memorable moments from elementary school involved hands-on science lessons. One of my favorite experiences was making …

Scenarios to end Kosovo and Serbia's frozen conflict

An armed conflict between Serbia and Kosovo is possible if their EU perspectives fade, a group of Balkan experts has said. But there are other more …

What is Germany’s dual education system — and why do other countries want it?

The German economy is powered by products sold the world over. The strength of Europe's powerhouse depends on outbound shipments. We take a look at …

Vocational Education

Data on mass shootings at school don't live up to the hysteria

How many people have been killed in school shootings in the United States since 1900? The answer is 552, at least according to a comprehensive list …

FBI Political Correctness Allowed Islamist Teenager to Carry Out Attack

A sickening act of youth violence in Florida glinted across the news headlines last week, and then disappeared from view.<p>There will be no CNN town …

The Real Reason We Have Mass Shootings

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in …

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Physics

North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.<p>The White House said that Mr. Trump had …

North Korea

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

‘American people’ and ‘peace-loving congressmen’ urged to press Trump into negotiating<p>In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving …

Afghanistan