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'I've been hearing that since the Coolidge administration'

GOP senators laugh off proposals by GOP presidential contenders.<p>Rand Paul took the stage in Louisville this month for his presidential campaign kickoff and delivered a thunderous pronouncement to cheering supporters. “We limit the president to two terms. It’s about time we limit the terms of …

Government

Delacroix’s Rare Illustrations for Goethe’s Faust

“Goethe … peered into the mysteries of human existence with a hope of solving the imponderables that hold the lives of men enmeshed.”<p><i>“Why not take advantage of those antidotes to civilization, good books? They give strength and peace of mind,”</i> 25-year-old <b>Eugène Delacroix</b> urged himself in his …

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.<p><i>Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m.</i><p>A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride.<p>Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common …

Justice

The real reason why poor kids perform worse in school – and in life

Research has shown that children of poorer parents display substantially worse math and reading skills by the time they start grade school. Other studies have revealed that these wide gaps in pre-school skills persist into adulthood and help explain low educational attainment and lifetime …

Retirement
Black Students

How Republican presidential candidates want to reform the criminal justice system

It is unsurprising that several top Democrats — including presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton — criticized the status quo as overly punitive. However, about a half dozen Republican White House contenders also argued the justice system needs to be less …

New Jersey

Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy

It’s crucial to see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy. If it fails to win people over it’s a futile tactic<p>As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life.<p>We see ghettos and crime and absent parents where we …

Justice

What we talk about when we talk about black protesters: A history of right-wing dogwhistles

Ronald Reagan perfected the use of coded racial language to court white voters. His strategy persists to this day<p>"Liberals won't get angry about the #BaltimoreRiots unless the rioters start carrying off loot in untaxed plastic bags." So said Rep. Steve Stockman, R- Texas, in response to the …

Political Science

After decades, NFL decides to give up tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every so often, in a bid to sound threatening, a member of Congress has vowed to revoke the NFL's tax-exempt status. Now Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will give it up voluntarily to "eliminate this distraction."<p>One result is that Goodell's compensation — about $35 …

Taxes

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In Germany, DIY porn is the difference between East and West

The Berlin Wall might be long gone, but Germany is still a divided nation — at least between the sheets.<p>In the communist era, East Germans would …

Europe

John Oliver Really Needs To Understand Clothing Sweatshops And Wages

As a Brit I almost feel that I should apologize to you for John Oliver. Either that or for the state of our education system. For he has been through one of the better colleges in one of the finest universities in Dear Old Blighty but he seems not to understand the very basics of the things that he …

Economics

Religious Right Serves Restraining Orders On Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Kagan

A restraining, or protection, order is issued by a court to protect a person or an entity, or the general public, in dangerous situations involving …

Do We Live In A Hologram? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math.<p>If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear three-dimensional — you can get a sense of how …

Physics

In America’s past, a culture of animus against federal workers

The preferred terms were “pervert” or “deviate,” and if they needed further elaboration, favored adjectives included criminal, notorious, dishonest, immoral and disgraceful. There were no niceties of language when it came to the way the U.S. government treated gay and lesbian people for most of the …

LGBTQI

Summer 2015: 21 must-see movies

Sunshine: it's overrated. No, not the Danny Boyle movie – we're talking about the high pressure weather system. Why waste your summer basking in the sun, soaking up vitamin D, when you could be huddling in a darkened cinema, soaking up some film?<p>If you're planning on pursuing the latter activity …

Marriage equality is only the beginning: As SCOTUS prepares to make history, here’s what’s on the horizon for LGBTQ rights

The fight for equal marriage is a worthy one. But it’s far from the last front in the fight for LGBTQ equality<p>The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear 2.5 hours of oral arguments that may very well determine the fate of marriage equality in the United States. There is an incredible amount at stake in …

LGBTQI

The Supreme Court can’t fix Ted Cruz’s America: Why bigotry will survive even if marriage equality wins

Even if the Supreme Court rules for gay marriage, Cruz proves that much still needs to be done for LGBT rights<p>Today's oral arguments in the Supreme Court marriage equality case may or may not be exciting, but the importance of the outcome cannot be overstated. We are witnessing before us one of the …

LGBTQI

Seven Soviet sci-fi films everyone should see

From Tarkovsky to the ‘godfather of Star Wars’, The Calvert Journal looks back at the finest examples of Soviet futurism<p>Aelita (1924)<p>Dir: Yakov Protazanov<p>Based on Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, Aelita is considered a classic not only of Soviet filmmaking, but of world cinema. It tells the story …

Science Fiction

A Baltimore Orioles executive issued a defense of Freddie Gray protesters—and it is perfect

Justice

Top Economist Sizes Up Income Inequality in America, Has a Dire Prediction for Our Future

<b>A fatal flaw in capitalism has been exposed</b>: According to what's being hailed by Keynesian economists as a revolutionary work in economic thinking, …

Income Inequality

The entire history of the world, in 1 chart

The 5-foot-long chart below has an ambitious goal: To record 4,000 years of history in a single graphic.<p>Drawn by John B. Sparks of Rand McNally and Company in 1931, the chart traces world history from the Egyptian Empire through the Assyrians, Persians, Romans and Huns through the early 20th …

History

Obama on riots: America needs some soul searching

The president says the deeper problem is a lack of educational opportunities for some children and a broken criminal justice system.<p>President Barack Obama on Tuesday said America needs to do some “soul searching” to break the cycle of clashes between police and the communities they serve.<p>Obama …

Justice

6 Marketing Moves Small Businesses Can Borrow From Big Companies

<i>By Robert Sofia</i><p>Established businesses have one obvious advantage over their younger counterparts: Deep pockets.<p>Fortunately, what today’s small business lacks in budget can be made up for with strategy and a few carefully chosen tools. Here are six smart marketing ideas gleaned from my experience …

Small Business

The most racist places in America, according to Google

Where do America's most racist people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.<p>The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes …

Research
Justice

Gay marriage ruling a foregone conclusion?

Even opponents are expecting the court to rule in favor of same-sex unions.<p>It’s come to this: Even those who most strongly oppose gay marriage think the Supreme Court is likely to support a constitutional right to same-sex unions — and are looking beyond Tuesday’s legal arguments to demand that …

LGBTQI

Five Reasons Why Silicon Valley Won't Partner With The Pentagon

Last week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Silicon Valley in pursuit of closer ties with America’s premier center of technological innovation. Carter told executives at Facebook and other tech companies that the Pentagon wants to fashion a partnership enabling the military to leverage …

Silicon Valley