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Healthy Eating

Here's how standardized tests like the SAT have poisoned America's classrooms

In "The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have To Be," veteran education reporter Anya Kamenetz investigates the $2 billion dollar standardized test industry.<p>Testing is thoroughly entrenched in the American education system. Students in grades three …

Ted Kennedy

The best and worst dressed celebs at Coachella 2014

The Presidency and Moral Courage

At a private club, in front of friendly, fellow conservatives in Manhattan this past Thursday, former New York City mayor and former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, said of President Obama that "I do not believe that the president loves America." Asked the next day on <i>Fox News</i>, another …

Republicans

Fear the Radical Christians Too

Lately we've been awash in a debate over the term "radical Islamist." Should we use it or not? For my money the answer is yes. In addition to savage beheadings and mass shootings, they want to send women back to the stone age.<p>But as a woman in the U.S., I don't fear them nearly as much as I fear …

Congressman Tim Ryan Changes Position On Abortion After Talking To Women

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state.<p>"I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their …

Rights & Freedoms

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,<p>type 2 …

Ergonomics

5 Ways to Lose Weight Every Day

These are totally doable for anyone!<p><i>This article was written by Leta Shy and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder of the Australian activewear line Lorna Jane, has a confession: While she may seem like she lives the perfect healthy lifestyle, she struggles …

Hope for breast cancer patients as scientists discover what triggers aggressive form of the disease

• <b>Triple-negative breast cancer is fast-growing and hard to treat</b>• <b><br>Is particularly likely to strike women when they are still in their 20s and 30s</b>• <b><br>Now</b> …

I Understand Nothing

I have felt ill and exhausted since first reading about the murders at Charlie Hebdo. The illness comes, partly, a sense of the pressure to form an opinion. The killers have forced themselves on the world's attention. Like the scriptural passages in a liturgical calendar, their monstrous acts have …

British Philosophy

What Democrats Should Learn From 2014? Howard Dean Was Right!

Since it is the end of one year and beginning of a new one, there is nothing I am more certain of than that Democrats want to close the book on 2014. An election cycle which offered little in the way of hope and far more change then anyone anticipated. It is precisely these moments that it's …

Bernie Sanders

The Government Problem

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is <i>for.</i><p>Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago.<p>It's not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 …

Remembering the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Notes from Indian Country<p>By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji - Stands Up For Them)<p>© 2014 Native Sun News<p>Remembering the massacre at Wounded Knee<p>December 20, 2014<p>Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another "Day of Infamy" that will live …

Christmas Morning Casserole Everyone Will Love

Christmas Morning Casserole is perfect for long lazy mornings with family and friends. A super simple casserole made with refrigerated biscuits, eggs, cheese, and bacon.<p>Are you excited for the holidays? <i>I</i> am excited.<p>Christmas morning is obviously the peak of all the holiday excitement, and in our …

The First Year

In the late 1980s, when the crack cocaine epidemic was ravaging America’s cities, Hallam Hurt, a neonatologist in Philadelphia, worried about the damage being done to children born to addicted mothers. She and her colleagues, studying children from low-income families, compared four-year-olds who’d …

Parenting

Overnight Christmas Brunch Recipes to Save Christmas Morning!

Christmas morning should be about family and gifts not breakfast preparations... magic, not mess. Here are some of my favorite make-ahead and or easy breakfast ideas that will make Christmas morning special without anyone having to spend it in the kitchen.<p><b>Overnight Blueberry French Toast</b> - Layer …

Congress Secretly Voted Themselves a Cromnibus Luxury Car Perk

Over the weekend, the Cromnibus budget deal passed the Senate by a 56-40 margin after narrow approval by the House. The outcome is a win for big corporations and wealthy campaign donors, and a huge letdown for 99 percent of Americans, who once again have been shafted by back room negotiations and …

From cable knits that create an optical illusion to shape-defining shawls...Winter knits that won't make you look chunky

• <b>Use lines to create optical illusions</b>• <b><br>Disguise lumps and bumps with layering</b>• <b><br>Use shawls to balance out pear shapes</b>• <b><br>Sparkly embellishment draws the eye</b> …

The Best Celebrity Haircuts of 2014

Resolving to (possibly, maybe, finally) change up that haircut in the new year? Good news: There have never been more seriously cool and inspiring ideas coming to us from Hollywood. Check out our favorites of 2014, and find the one you can't wait to show your stylist. The best part? They'll all …

Why Not Read It?

For the better part of a week now, I have been bombarded by media accounts of and non-stop comment on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.<p>The study itself, which runs to more than 6,700 pages, is still classified. Last Tuesday, …

Osama Bin Laden

As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are

<i>The remote village of Shishmaref, Alaska, has been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)</i><p>It's a Wednesday morning …

What's Left for America's Torture Apologists?

For the past several years, America's torture apologists have been telling stories about the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program. The stories go like this: Following the capture of high-value al Qaeda members, particularly Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the CIA found traditional …

Book Review Site for Librarians in Public Libraries and School Libraries

<b>Only Child</b> <br>by Rhiannon Navin<p>Things were bad enough in the Taylor household even before unthinkable tragedy struck. Before Andy Taylor was gunned down …

Books

A Primer on Compromise for Libertarians

"If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand." - Mark 3:25<p>"Politics at its purest is philosophy in action" - Margaret Thatcher<p>"Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle." - Thomas Jefferson<p>Whereas to many outside the liberty movement, including the …

Libertarian Party

An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

The Senate Intelligence Committee's recent release of their report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program (aka the CIA Torture Report) has caused quite a public and political stir. And while most reasonable people would agree that torture is categorically immoral, I have been repeatedly …

The Green Prince review – fascinating insight into Israel’s Shin Bet security agency

The relationship between a Shin Bet operative and a Palestinian informer makes for an absorbing documentary<p>With just two talking-head interviews, Nadav Schirman’s gripping and intimate documentary recounts Mosab Hassan Yousef’s extraordinary double-life as the son of a Hamas radical who turned …