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The electoral college’s many flaws prove American democracy is surprisingly undemocratic

The results are still being tallied, but it is now apparent that Hillary Clinton has garnered well over two million more votes than her victorious opponent, US president-elect Donald Trump. Predictably, the outcome of this election—which is the fifth time in US history that the incoming president …

Starbucks Hopes to Win Over Coffee Snobs With More Fancy Coffee Shops

Starbucks’ continues to pour money into its attempt to woo coffee snobs. On Thursday, company CEO Howard Schultz told Reuters that the chain plans to expand its line of upscale, Reserve stores — by sticking smaller versions of them inside standard Starbucks stores.<p>Reuters reports that, by the end …

Trump's Indifference to the Constitution

The Republican nominee has advertised his disregard for the constitutional limitations on the president's authority.<p>During Sunday night’s debate, Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that, “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your [email] …

Behind the trend: Cold brew coffee

In the beginning...<p>Not to be confused with iced coffee or frappé, cold-brew uses an age-old method – the Japanese were brewing coffee this way …

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Faulty science behind a ‘superior education’ at grammar school? | Letter

Two basic errors are shown in your picture of a science lesson at a grammar school (Morgan warns plans could undo six years of reform, 10 September). First, the Bunsen burner is wrongly adjusted, heating the flask with a yellow flame, which will deposit soot on the gauze under the flask, is …

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Voting rights rulings could deal blow to Republicans in 2016 elections

North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas and Texas see voter ID and registration measures ruled discriminatory in decisions that could affect November results<p>Shortly after Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, the former chair of the North Carolina Republican party wrote an anxious …

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People Living Along U.S.-Mexico Border Think A Wall Is A Bad Idea

Donald Trump's proposal is hugely unpopular with people in both countries.<p>The majority of people living along the U.S.-Mexico border oppose the idea of building a wall between the two countries, suggests a new poll.<p>Seventy-two percent of people on the U.S. side of the border and 86 percent along …

Opinion: 7 U.S. companies that can easily afford to give pay raises

Starbucks Corp. SBUX, +0.98% Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz this week described his coffee chain’s recent increase in wages as a form of …

US spending on prisons and jails grew three times as fast as spending on education in the last 3 decades

The analysis used data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, US Census Bureau, and other sources to compare the changes in spending between 1979-1980 and 2012-2013.<p>Overall, spending on public elementary and secondary school education increased by 107%, …

Forget learning to code: Every employee should know data analysis

“Learn to code.” Around the world, it has been a familiar refrain. And the world has duly learned.<p>Time was that the standard in-school computer education was little more than word processing, spreadsheets and some basic programming. When I taught at Cal Poly in the ’80s, undergrads all had to take …

Learning Excel isn't just for finance professionals, it can boost anyone's productivity at work — here’s how

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Alfonso de Tomas / ShutterStock We've said it before but it bears repeating: Microsoft Excel is likely the most powerful program on …

In Age Of Terror, Why Is Obama Rushing to Open Daily Flights With Cuba?

As the horrific attack in Nice made clear again Thursday night, America is in the midst of a global war against terrorists who seek to exploit whatever weak spots there are. Why, then, is the Obama administration in an unseemly rush to open daily flights with a communist dictatorship that shares …

The Republican vision for the environment is not a pretty sight

With their party’s national convention just days away, Republicans in the House of Representatives have given us a detailed vision of their …

America is a wasteland: The U.S. produces a shocking amount of garbage | Salon.com

The EPA estimates that Americans generated about 254 million tons of garbage in 2013. That is a shocking amount of waste. Among developed nations, only New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland produce more municipal solid waste per capita.<p>The good news is that the average American also recycles …

What Do White Parents Want in Schools? A Lot of White Kids.

A key question in the raging debate over school segregation is how much the personal choices of white and wealthy parents contribute to the isolation …

ACLU: Several of Trump’s Policy Proposals Violate Constitution

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s policies would violate multiple constitutional amendments, the American Civil Liberties Union announced in a Thursday report.<p>His policies would launch a legal battle among federal courts and the Supreme Court that has been “unseen” in …

The Story Behind America's First War on 'Terror'

This summer marks 202 years since a force of American soldiers and volunteers embarked on the nation’s first war on terror. It did not turn out well. …

Gun control in America: How we got here

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Thursday night in Dallas, a peaceful protest against police violence was interrupted by a thunderous hail of gunfire -- an ambush from above that killed five officers and wounded seven more. Two civilians also sustained injuries.<p>President Barack Obama on Friday morning condemned the …

How MBA Programs Drive Inequality

Over the last several decades, American business executives have made decisions that have exacerbated the inequality that chokes prosperity for the country. They have misallocated resources and they have awarded themselves mind-boggling compensation packages while workers have suffered stagnant …

Timeless Note-Taking Systems for Students

<i>This post is part of an ongoing series, “Taking Note,” which outlines the history and styles of note-taking. In this series, we explore how taking</i> …

These asylum-seekers are being forced to raise their kids in immigration 'jails'

When Maria was detained by immigration officers, she was relieved that at least her children would stay safe with her sister in Atlanta after they deported her.<p>Two months later, on January 2, that small comfort was gone. She stood on her sister’s doorstep at 5 a.m. with armed immigration agents who …

Canadian housing: Something about the price is not right

Something doesn't feel right about the Canadian housing market. Gut instinct isn't necessarily the best guide to policy. But as the sense of risk continues to rise in lock-step with soaring housing prices, it's wiser to heed these gnawing worries than hold back until government has all of the …

With Obama and Trudeau as its face, free trade hardly needs enemies

You know free trade is in trouble when Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama are now considered its most outspoken political champions.<p>Canada's Prime Minister and the U.S. President, both of whom ran for office as trade-deal skeptics, tried to make the case for globalization at last week's North American …

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How American Cities Fine Their Black Citizens To Make Up For Budget Shortfalls

According to a piece from <i>Priceonomics</i>, the single biggest factor determining whether or not a municipality levies a lot of fines on its citizens is …

The Latest: Bush goes bike riding as UK releases Iraq report

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's inquiry into its role in the Iraq war (all times local):<p>5 p.m.<p>Former U.S. President George W. Bush is bicycling …

Obamas choose New York architects to design Chicago library and museum

A renowned husband-and-wife team of New York architects was named Thursday to design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, with a unique challenge: Shape the first presidential library to be built in a predominantly African-American urban neighborhood sorely in need of an economic …

The greatest reshuffle of individual incomes since the Industrial Revolution | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

The effects of trade, or more broadly of globalisation, on incomes and their distribution in the rich countries have been much studied, beginning …

LOOK: The inside of Johnny Manziel's rental mansion in Mexico is ridiculous

You can rent the place yourself for $4,800 a night<p>The Johnny Manziel party tour went international this week when the former Browns quarterback …

The Ambitious Equality of Avatar: The Last Airbender

<i>For a kid’s show that premiered in 2005, it was very ambitious and progressive.</i><p>Children’s shows are so easy to write off as just that, children’s …

17 Pictures Documenting The Olympic Torch's Weird-As-Hell Trip Through Brazil

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