Brian Benzel

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Farmers move to defy Trump on NAFTA

After trusting that the president would have their backs, many agricultural advocates now feel a sense of betrayal.<p>After spending nine months indulging President Donald Trump’s desire to renegotiate NAFTA, agricultural groups representing farmers in Trump-supporting states across the heartland are …

It’s What Bob Corker Does Next That Counts

After the senator warned that Trump’s threats may set the nation “on the path to World War III,” the question is whether he intends to do anything about it.<p>Senator Bob Corker, a Republican of Tennessee, deserves credit for saying in public this evening to <i>The New York Times</i> what most prominent …

Is American Democracy Strong Enough for Trump?

The case against panic.<p>As an American citizen, I have been rather appalled, like many others, at the rise of Donald Trump. I find it hard to imagine a personality less suited by temperament and background to be the leader of the world’s foremost democracy.<p>On the other hand, as a political …

A Message to Social Studies Educators of the US in the Coming Trump Era

<i>Editor’s note: This article is modified from the foreword by Peter McLaren to a book by Wayne Ross,</i> Rethinking Social Studies<i>, Information Age</i> …

Academic witch hunts are back: The new McCarthyism, a sign of the stupidity of the post-truth era

<b>(AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack/William J. Smith)</b><p>A new watch list targets “lefty” professors. It would be sad and silly if it weren’t so frightening<p>Sophia A. McClennen<p>December 4, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>In late November three blocks from the White House, a group of leaders from the so-called alt-right, who many …

The higher power of Russell Wilson

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 4 Championship Drive Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>AT 9 A.M. ON</b> Sunday, Oct. 18, after a choir of serene, …

Why Politicians Want You to Panic

Crime is down, jobs are growing, America is pre-eminent. And yet Republican candidates are still fanning the flames of fear.<p>At the beginning of this year, after a Republican sweep in the midterms, new Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell had a message for the incoming class as the party geared up …

Death of an Orca: What It Means for the GOP

Donald Trump may be to the Republican Party what Blackfish was to SeaWorld.<p>The documentary Blackfish on the mistreatment of Orcas had a disastrous effect on the marine amusement park, revealing a long-standing and widely-accepted SeaWorld lie that the whales were being treated well. Following the …

Blackfish

The Republican 'Freedom Caucus' Is Un-American

There's a stunning unreality to the right-wing attack on John Boehner as insufficiently conservative. On issues like economic policy, abortion, guns, Obamacare, gay marriage, immigration, you-name-it Boehner is in perfect right-wing harmony with the most reactionary of his Members. Indeed, the …

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The complete guide to getting Global Entry and TSA PreCheck

If you’ve been thinking about applying for any of the US government’s expedited screening programs for frequent fliers—Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, and the like—don’t put it off any longer. The process is easier than you might imagine, and the benefits are as good as people say. We’ll take you …

What’s the prime of your life?

Is ageing an inevitable decline – or are there unexpected perks to getting older? David Robson reports.<p>Do you ever worry that the prime of your life has already passed you by – and it didn’t even have the courtesy to let you know as it flew overhead?<p>They say that life begins at 40, or that 60 is …

Ann Coulter: Immigrants are worse than ISIL

Ann Coulter said in an interview set to air Tuesday night that immigrants to the United States are to be feared more than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS.<p>Appearing on the TV network Fusion, Coulter told host Jorge Ramos, “If you don’t want to be killed by ISIS, don’t go …

This researcher asked kids what's wrong with U.S. schools. Here are their ideas.

This is not news: America does pretty badly when it goes up against other countries academically.<p>This is true even if we take it one state at a</b> …

10 Ways to Manage Conflict in Project Teams

Conflict is a necessary part of a healthy team and organization. But too much conflict can be toxic and negatively affect your productivity. Here are 10 ways to effectively manage conflict on project teams.<p>Adapted from: Managing Technology-Based Projects by Hans J. Thamhain

25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List

<i>By Laura Woods, Contributor</i><p>While you relax in the sun by the pool this summer, make the most of your free time by checking out 25 of the hottest, newest and best-selling personal finance books. Learn how to catapult yourself to success and better manage your funds so that you can have even more …

LOOK: Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe page to help re-sign Russell Wilson

Seahawks fans really, really, really, want Russell Wilson to stay in Seattle.<p>If the Seahawks aren't willing to meet Russell Wilson's contract …

The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

Who attends America’s “high-poverty” public schools—and where.<p>U.S. public schools and the neighborhoods in which they’re located are inextricably tied together. Growing up in economically segregated, low-income neighborhoods comes with a host of disadvantages, one of which is that local schools …

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …