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Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray | Aeon Essays

When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations. We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I …

Is Caroline Kennedy Qualified To Be U.S. Ambassador To Japan?

President Obama is expected to name Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, ambassador to Japan. The job has been critical to U.S. trade and business interests with the world's third largest economy. But Kennedy has no prior experience in government or …

College Republicans Deemed Security Threat, Refused Entrance to Obama’s Campus Speech

<i>Editor’s Note</i>: <i>This article has been modified from its original version to reflect that six students, not 10, were rejected from entering the speech,</i> …

Republicans

The Blip

Picture this, arranged along a time line.<p>For all of measurable human history up until the year 1750, nothing happened that mattered. This isn’t to …

Economics

Cop Fired for Speaking Out Against Ticket and Arrest Quotas

Auburn, Alabama is home to sprawling plains, Auburn University, and a troubling police force. After the arrival of a new police chief in 2010, the …

Tax writers promise 50 years of secrecy for senators' suggestions

The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to …

Green Party

The incredibly shrinking superintendent

Less than 10 months ago, San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza couldn’t run up the district’s central office staircase without feeling fatigued.<p>He was taking medicine for Type 2 diabetes and pills to lower his blood pressure.<p>That was about when he took over as superintendent and he …

Watchdog: Senior IRS Officials Knew Conservative Groups Were Being Targeted in 2011

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.<p>On Friday, the IRS …

CBS Anchor Scolds: ‘We’re Getting the Big Stories Wrong Over and Over Again’

Getty Images<p>CBS News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday scolded the news media for what he said has been “a bad few months for journalism.”<p>“Our house is on fire,” Pelley told an audience at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. “These have been a bad few months for journalism. We’re getting the big …

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'The Great Gatsby' is an over-the-top misfire

'The Great Gatsby,' directed by Baz Luhrmann, tries too hard to update the story and piles on the party scenes.<p>If I were to choose the film director …

Online blueprint for 3D gun violates export law, US says. Too late now.

A Texas man removed 3-D plastic gun blueprints from his website on Thursday afternoon, after the US State Department said he had violated United …

Big Three automakers, reinvented, eye consumers worldwide

Talk about a near-death experience.<p>In 2007 two of America's three legacy automakers – General Motors and Chrysler – faced nothing short of oblivion, …

Canberra's Skywhale splits opinion

A 110-foot whale-shaped hot air balloon called the Skywhale has begun floating above Australia's capital, Canberra, but critics are divided over the "esoteric" design and public cost.<p>The 1100-pound balloon was commissioned to mark Canberra's 100th birthday at a cost of £200,000. Another £32,000 was …

Britain evacuates some diplomatic staff from Libya

Unrest on the streets of Libya's capital, Tripoli, has forced Britain to evacuate some diplomats from its embassy, the Foreign Office disclosed on Friday.<p>Armed militiamen have effectively shut down the Libyan foreign and justice ministries, protesting against what they say is the continued …

Opinion

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Boston bomber: Russia 'withheld details on Tamerlan Tsarnaev'

Russia withheld "crucial" information from the United States on one of the suspects of last month's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, The Wall Street Journal has reported.<p>Citing unnamed US officials, the Journal said on its website that the information consisted of text messages between the mother …

Prince Harry's concern over 'visual impact' of wind farms

Prince Harry has voiced concerns about the visual impact of wind farms during his tour of America.<p>His comments came as he attended a reception in Denver on Friday night and his views are apparently shared by his father the Prince of Wales.<p>The event was hosted by Beverley Simpson, British consul …

Prince Harry at home among warriors

Dressed in Army Air Corps fatigues and desert boots, Prince Harry met America’s “wounded warriors” at a military rehabilitation centre on day two of his US tour.<p>“We’ve got nothing like this back in the UK,” he said, marvelling at the state-of-the-art equipment put at the disposal of the most …

Karen Handel Senate Run Likely in Georgia

Georgia Republicans expect Secretary of State Karen Handel to jump into the open-seat Senate race now that Rep. Tom Price announced he won't run.<p>"I …

Toomey to Press For Bigger Debt Limit Prioritization Plan in Senate

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, maintaining a Republican drumbeat for payment “prioritization” in case of a debt limit stalemate, plans to push for a broader …

Social Security

Why All of Us Should Mistrust the Government

It should come as no surprise that President Obama told Ohio State students at graduation ceremonies last week that they should not question …

Scrappy High School Band Survives Attempted Murder by Local Teachers Union

The high school band in Gold Beach, Oregon, isn't bad. The group is only 15 kids, but they did well in last year's District Festival and were hoping …

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FORTUNE — The web has given rise to a number of notable digital publishers serving almost everyone’s tastes, from straightforward news to guilty pleasures. For every Pulitzer-winning 10-part series on wounded war veterans, there are just as many frothy posts like the “10 funniest cat GIFs of the …

Genocide Conviction In Guatemala Is 'Huge Breakthrough'

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide by a court in his country Friday for the part he played in massacres and other crimes committed against Mayans while he ruled in 1982 and 1983.<p>As NPR's Carrie Kahn reported, Montt (who will likely appeal the verdict) was …

How Hard Would It Be To Impose A No-Fly Zone In Syria?

So called no-fly zones have worked in the past, not always to change regimes but to help protect those trying to overthrow their government. Host Scott Simon talks with Kevin Baron of <i>Foreign Policy Magazine</i>'s E-Ring blog about the possible imposition by the U.S. of such a zone in …