Dominic Vasapolli

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Red Bull, Robin Hood, and the Republican Tax Bill: Two Moderates' Perspective on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

<b>By Enoch Hill and Tim Taylor</b><p>The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (GOP tax plan) has left people asking: What exactly does this mean for me? What does this mean for the county? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Who does it help and who does it hurt? Will this really lead to more jobs, fairer taxes, and …

Ten books every teacher should read

In the last decade, a wealth of books has brought together ideas to help teachers have the greatest impact on student learning. Here are just a few<p>Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only …

Pedagogy

10 Must-Read Books That Should Be Mandatory Reading In High School

Mandatory reading isn't always everyone's favorite kind of reading. Everyone has that one book that they remember slogging through in high school …

A former skinhead explains why it’s a mistake for the US to stop targeting right-wing extremists

The Trump administration plans to refocus a program to stop violent extremism in the United States to address only Muslims, ignoring white supremacist groups and other forms of extremism, Reuters reported Feb. 2.<p>Part of the Department of Homeland Security, the “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) …

Rights & Freedoms

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s Closest Adviser, Just Wants to See the World Burn

A tale of two terrifying quotes.<p>Over the last ten days, it's been easy to feel like shadow President Donald Trump and the actual President Steve Bannon are purposely trying to destroy this country, but common sense would indicate that such an idea would be ridiculous. After all, these are men who</i> …

Donald Trump

John McCain Takes Over as Shadow Secretary of State

The 2008 presidential runner-up has found a new purpose in criticizing, and cleaning up, Trump’s foreign policy messes.<p>On his first full day as secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil C.E.O. <b>Rex Tillerson</b> called on his new employees at Foggy Bottom to band together in the face of sweeping change, …

Can History Prepare Us for the Trump Presidency?

Twenty-one historians explain which moments in history are closest to this one—and what we can learn.<p>The 45th president had already broken many norms when he took the oath of office: Donald Trump is the first commander in chief never to have served in public office or the military; he enters the …

Political Science

'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration

If the president and his aides will tell easily disproven falsehoods about crowd sizes and speeches, what else will they be willing to dissemble about?<p>One of the many things that is remarkable about the Trump administration is its devotion, even in its first days, to a particular variety of …

Donald Trump

How Black America Saw Obama

I stood in Grant Park on election night 2008, along with more than 200,000 other people, and watched as a man I’d known as a fellow member of a Chicago church, a man I’d worked to help get elected, took to the stage. He would be the first black president of the United States of America. My joy at …

Aretha Franklin

Trump 'accepts Russia's role in US election hacking', says aide

President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.<p>Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the …

Donald Trump

U.S. banks gear up to fight Dodd-Frank Act's Volcker rule

(Reuters) - Big U.S. banks are set on getting Congress this year to loosen or eliminate the Volcker rule against using depositors' funds for speculative bets on the bank's own account, a test case of whether Wall Street can flex its muscle in Washington again.<p>In interviews over the past several …

Wall Street

Lawmakers are going after Trump for questioning US intelligence agencies

President-elect Donald Trump is drawing criticism from lawmakers after he questioned the legitimacy of US intelligence officials' findings on Russia's cyberattacks.<p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer cautioned Trump against mocking the nation's top spy agencies during an interview with MSNBC's …

Donald Trump, meet your toughest hurdle: The U.S. Senate

Almost every new president has hit Washington with a sense of swagger and talk of barnstorming the town in the first 100 days.<p>Then they met the United States Senate.<p>Now, it’s President-elect Donald Trump’s turn to acquaint himself with a place of strange rules and rituals, amazing ego and ambition, …

Donald Trump

Impeaching Trump

The process begins now.<p>Donald Trump is wildly unfit to be president, and he will demonstrate that in ways that break the law and violate the Constitution. Since the election, there have been three wishful efforts to keep Trump from the presidency: a recount doomed by a lack of evidence; a futile …

Donald Trump

The warning signs of fascism that Americans should be watching for under president Donald Trump

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes the aphorism commonly attributed (perhaps mistakenly) to Sinclair Lewis. The election of soon-to-be president Donald Trump suggests the prediction may turn out to have been only half-true.<p>As Trump opponents …

Political Science

Climate deniers, conspiracists and one-percenters: Trump's cabinet of characters

The president-elect plans to surround himself with enemies of the environment, billions of dollars in net worth and people who are against their own agencies<p>Barack Obama’s original cabinet was chockablock with historic firsts. The first African American attorney general. The first Nobel laureate …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s questionable intelligence: All those false claims about his academic record and derision of others bespeak profound insecurity

Our president-elect loves to talk about his intellectual gifts and academic success. Shockingly, none of it’s true<p>Donald Trump says he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefings.<p>“I’m, like, a smart person,” he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace last weekend, explaining why he’ll be the first president …

The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.

<i>Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of “Republic, Lost: Version 2.0.” In 2015, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.</i><p>Conventional wisdom tells us that the electoral college requires that the person who lost the popular vote this year must …

Government

Terrorism is top fear for countries worldwide

People around the globe are more concerned about terrorism than any other issue, and most residents of several countries expect an attack soon, …

White privilege wages jihad: Kansas “militia members” aren’t considered “terrorists” because they’re not Muslim

The three white men planned to unleash a killing spree and to bomb a house of worship — what should we call them?<p>On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it had arrested three white men, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein, who as part of a militia group called the …

The Most Remarkable Thing About Capitalism Is How Little We Have To Work Under Capitalist Oppression

The subject of a basic income is one very popular at present. I support it myself, not on the grounds that the robots are about to take all our jobs but just because I think it would be better than our current welfare system. However, however good such an arrangement is this does not mean that we …

Economics

Clearing a Path to Truth

Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ is a poem that’s loved for the wrong reasons.<p>Not the least of Robert Frost’s accomplishments is that he managed to balance popularity with artistic excellence. Take “The Road Not Taken” (1916), arguably his most famous poem. You probably read it in high school. …

Literature

NASA’s ‘blue collar robot’ may help astronauts colonize Mars

It takes a lot of fuel to break free from Earth’s gravity and navigate outer space. A staggering 90 percent of a rocket’s initial mass is made up of …

Space Exploration

I helped create a climate of fear in the new age of terrorism, and I’m sorry

My daughter, in college, will now have to clean up the mess my generation helped create.<p><i>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.</i> <br>I recently sent my last kid off for her senior year of college. There are rituals to such moments, and because dad-confessions are not among them, I just carried …

Colin Kaepernick’s protest highlights America’s racist, hypocritical attitude toward patriotism

Systemic racism exists in structures and institutions, legislative policy and social practice. It also survives in some of the nation’s most treasured artifacts, prized as symbols of American patriotism.<p>America’s value of rugged individualism has long taken a backseat to that of herd-mentality …

Black History

Finding Good Relationships In Adulthood | The Art of Manliness

Awhile back, a couple who Kate and I knew mostly in passing and moments of small talk at church, invited us over to their house for dinner. We gladly …

With so much poverty hidden in plain sight, you have to ask: is this still America?

Last week, in America, I was in one of the country’s most celebrated tourist spots, renowned for its natural beauty, swanky resorts and marine life.<p>I spent the first part of the week in what could be kindly termed as a service hub. Let’s call it Depresso.<p>On my morning walk, instead of the vista of …

Manhattan

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

What Bernie Sanders Has Achieved

As he has been for most of the past year, Bernie Sanders is on the road. On Thursday, he was scheduled to hold a town-hall meeting at the Twin Arrows Casino, east of Flagstaff, Arizona. You read that right: the seventy-four-year-old Vermont senator was set to issue his trademark call for a …

Congress's Deep Hypocrisy on Defense Spending

With the national debt officially over $19 trillion, you’d think the Republican-controlled Congress would finally begin to make good on all that talk …