Julia Schroeter

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America’s Best University President

Several years ago Robert Zimmer was asked by an audience in China why the University of Chicago was associated with so many winners of the Nobel Prize — 90 in all, counting this month’s win by the behavioral economist Richard Thaler. Zimmer, the university’s president since 2006, answered that the …

Democrats Should Embrace Impeachment

Last week, Tom Steyer, the billionaire progressive donor, announced a $10 million campaign calling for President Trump’s impeachment, beginning with a television commercial running in all 50 states. Trump, the spot says, has “brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the F.B.I., …

I Accidentally Turned My Dad In to Immigration Services

This month my father and I drove to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Centennial, Colo., for a routine visit. I offered to drive because my dad was too nervous and excited to take the wheel. “How long have we waited for this day?” he asked me. He had been told to come …

The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem

Matt Hannon was in preschool when he started getting into trouble. Teachers quickly labeled his mischievous behavior — like cutting his hair under the table — problematic. His kindergarten teacher warned that if Matt didn’t stop using “potty words,” she would make him do his work in the bathroom. …

Education

Why ‘Medicare for All’ Will Sink the Democrats

Repeal-and-replace may be done for now, but for Senator Bernie Sanders, the war is just beginning — and it has already become a fracas that is dividing the Democratic Party, to its detriment.<p>Mr. Sanders — who, of course, isn’t even a registered Democrat — is banging on about what he calls “Medicare …

In Germany, the Center Holds

Sunday was a dark day for Germany. For the first time in its postwar history, a far-right party won enough votes to enter the Bundestag. And not by a hair, either — the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won 12.6 percent, ahead of stalwart parties like the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats, …

California’s Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids

Gov. Jerry Brown of California is poised to sign a worrisome bill that will codify the Obama-era sexual assault guidelines. Those rules told colleges to toughen up on sexual assault allegations or risk losing federal dollars.<p>California’s law explicitly applies to children in public kindergarten, …

Women’s Voice Remains Faint in Politics

Women have led New York’s City Council — two of them in a row as speaker — for almost 12 years. Some people may be tempted to say it means that female lawmakers in America’s largest city finally have a solid grip on political power. It’s a temptation to be resisted.<p>The reality is that women in New …

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All

This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize …

The Democrats have become socialists

When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful bid, that question is moot. The Democrats have become socialists.<p>This …

The World's Most Radical Experiment in Monetary Policy Isn't Working

During Japan’s go-go 1980s, Hiromi Shibata once blew a month’s salary on a cashmere coat, wore it a few times, then retired it. Today, her daughter’s idea of a shopping spree is scrounging through her mom’s closet in Shizuoka, a provincial capital.<p>“About a third of my wardrobe is hand-me-downs from …

Evangelicals need to stop being wimps

In July 2012 I was speaking at a youth retreat in the mountains of Tennessee when I received a call from CNN. It seemed that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy had publicly commented on the issue of same-sex marriage and now the gay mafia were out to destroy him and his restaurant chain. Would I, asked CNN, …

Gorbachev throws shade at Putin: 'Russia can succeed only through democracy'

Decisions made by Russian President Vladimir Putin were “justified” and successfully stabilized his nation, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote in Time magazine, but have proven costly in the longer term.<p>“In the initial phase, certain measures of authoritarian nature—a kind of manual …

Russia

'We don't answer to him': McCain calls Trump 'poorly informed,' 'impulsive' in blistering op-ed

Sen. John McCain called out President Donald Trump as "poorly informed" and "impulsive" in a rallying cry for Congress a week before the legislative body returns to work.<p>In a blistering op-ed article for The Washington Post published Thursday night, the Arizona Republican called on Americans to …

Singapore to get first female president, Halimah Yacob, without vote

Voters in Singapore responded with anger after electoral officials effectively decided on the future head of state. With all other candidates …

Bradley shrugs off Lalas criticism: 'The lion doesn’t care about the opinion of the sheep'

Having been personally called out by the Fox Sports pundit, the U.S. national team captain took the remarks in stride<p>U.S. national team captain Michael Bradley has shrugged off vehement criticism from <i>Fox Sports</i> pundit Alexi Lalas, saying that "the lion doesn’t care about the opinion of the …

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

One morning in January 2016, Martin Steltner showed up at his office in the state courthouse building in western Berlin. Steltner, who has served for more than a dozen years as the spokesman for the Berlin state prosecutor, resembles a detective out of classic crime fiction: crisp suit, wavy gray …

President Trump’s claim foreign leaders told him they’re unhappy with 7-9 percent GDP growth

<i>“In the last ten years our economy has grown at an average of only around 2 percent and some would say less than that. When I talk to the leaders of other countries – I speak to them all the time – they’re unhappy about 7 or 8 points of growth – GDP [gross domestic product]. I spoke to a leader of</i> …

FACT: America Has a Nuclear Submarine That Could Destroy North Korea in Minutes

<i>Currently, nine boomers are based in Bangor, Washington to patrol the Pacific Ocean, while five are stationed in Kings Bay, Georgia for operations in</i> …

Military

After Irma, America Should Scrap the Jones Act

The century-old law restricting trade between U.S. ports is a costly failure.<p>Another big hurricane, another temporary waiver of the Jones Act -- the 1920 law mandating that goods and passengers shipped between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flagged ships, constructed primarily in the U.S., owned by …

U.S. Soccer Picks St. Petersburg as Russia World Cup Base–If USA Qualifies

The U.S. has yet to qualify for World Cup 2018 in Russia, but if that happens, sources say that U.S. Soccer has reached an agreement for the team to …

Why Babies Born in September Are More Successful, According to Science

According to a new study, your birth month can impact much more than your astrological sign. In fact, it correlates with the overall success of …

Jimmy Carter says US has become more an 'oligarchy than a democracy' in speech critical of Trump

Former President Jimmy Carter offered a damning indictment of US foreign policy and domestic affairs on Tuesday, saying money in politics makes the nation more like an "oligarchy than a democracy" and casting President Donald Trump as a disappointment on the world stage.<p>Carter’s criticisms, offered …