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How a Kids Program Hillary Brought to Arkansas Could Unite Democrats

If she runs in 2016, her prescient advocacy for early-childhood education might be peaking at just the right time.<p>Everything Hillary Clinton does is …

How Two Struggling Schools Got Two Different Results With Ed Tech

“I don’t know if the time a kid spends on one of these online providers is the thing that makes the difference,” Betlach said. “But when I think …

The Tea Party’s inspiration: A tax revolt that destroyed California

An anti-tax referendum in California started the “mad as hell” brigade — and led to the current faux-populists<p>In California, as in most of the country, tax policy rarely showed up as a political issue prior to the late 1960s. With the economy chugging along, most Americans paid their taxes without …

The Rise of the New New Left

Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story. It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American …

Secession Fever Sweeps Texas, Maryland, Colorado, and California

It seems to be sweeping the nation. But do any of the movements have a chance? Caitlin Dickson reports.<p>Five counties in Maryland want to form their …

No Drama Obama’s Dramatic 2012 Reelection Campaign

As the 2012 Obama reelection campaign geared up, there was open warfare with two of his closest aides, David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs. An inside look …