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These Maps Prove Americans Speak Totally Different Versions Of The English Language

American English dialects and pronunciation have been a point of interest from coast to coast among linguists for years.<p>The idea first appeared in mainstream culture in 1937, when George and Ira Gershwin's song "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off," was performed by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the …

Linguistics

An Obamacare PR Launch Gets a Correction

The Social Security Administration set one recipient's teeth on edge when it emailed him the wrong link to learn about the new insurance marketplace.<p>An entrepreneur who left a major corporation -- and the security of its health insurance -- and now runs his own small business writes in with a view …

Senate backs 'border surge' in test

The support of 67 senators on a test vote for a so-called “border surge” deal on Monday strongly signaled that a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws will clear the Senate later this week.<p>The amendment, from Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota, …

Experts weigh in on climate plan

President Barack Obama’s new climate change agenda may be ambitious, but experts warn it won’t be enough to avoid the worst effects of a warming planet.<p>The climate threat is so severe, they say, that the administration must quickly pivot from the steps it’s announcing Tuesday — including greenhouse …

Raise the minimum wage

Seventy-five years ago, during the height of America’s gravest economic crisis to date — the Great Depression — President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the landmark Fair Labor Standards Act, which established the first federal minimum wage.<p>Roosevelt and minimum wage proponents of the time looked to …

Senate Passes Key Immigration Amendment

Senate Adds Border Security Measure To Immigration Bill

The Senate has taken another step toward approving a sweeping immigration overhaul bill, as the legislation passed an essential test Monday evening. By a vote of 67-27, the chamber voted to include an amendment on border security to the final bill.<p>The margin of the vote means the measure cannot be …

Mayors leading on education reform

There’s been a sea change in the education landscape over the past two years, but you won’t see it if you’re looking toward D.C. Instead, look toward our nation’s mayors.<p>In 2011, when two of us, as mayors of Sacramento and Los Angeles, respectively, joined together to launch a national conversation …

Immigration Overhaul Clears Pivotal Vote in Senate

The Senate voted today to accept an amendment calling for stricter border security as part of comprehensive immigration reform.<p>The amendment that was …

Affirmative Action Lives! What Happened at the Supreme Court

A surprise move with the Supreme Court overturning a lower-court decision on affirmative action. Adam Winkler on the internal court politics behind …

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Student Loan Refinance Market Should Get Government Boost, Top Regulator Suggests

The U.S. government should help to develop a market for student loan borrowers to refinance high-cost debt in order to allow younger households to benefit from the Federal Reserve’s efforts to provide cheaper borrowing, a senior regulator has suggested.<p>Rohit Chopra, the official responsible for …

Diabetes study finds new weight-loss benefits

Modest weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes is found to bring a variety of long-term improvements.<p>Heavy people with type 2 diabetes who lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off get many long-term health benefits such as reducing their risk of chronic kidney disease, depression and eye …

After Jailing Women, Bolivia Weighs Legalizing Abortion

The move would be a major step in a region with harsh restrictions on terminating pregnancies.<p>On January 30, 2012, Helena, a 27-year-old Guaraní Indian, was arrested and handcuffed to her bed at the Percy Boland Maternity Hospital in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Six months earlier, she had been raped; at …

U.S. Mayors to Obama: Quit Cracking Down on Marijuana

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