Keith Fitzgerald

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Donald Trump's Losing View on Immigration Policy

Historically, America has done well when everyone works together towards common goals that pool our collective strengths. We have built a great …

The Man Accused of Inspiring Turkey’s Coup is Behind the Largest Charter School Chain in America

Until last Friday, most Americans had probably never heard of Fethullah Gülen — the controversial Sunni cleric now accused of fomenting a coup …

Liberal News

Web Event: Rx Drugs and the U.S. Health System – A Conversation About Drug Prices

Prescription drug spending surged in 2014 and continued to rise significantly in 2015, driven in part by growth in specialty drug expenditures, …

Health

The US needs more flexible labor markets

The United States is often thought to have an exceptionally fluid labor market, with workers able to easily move across states in response to …

Markets

The future of parent involvement: Nagging other people’s children about school work

One of the key ingredients to student success is engaged parents. While there is considerable debate on just how much parent engagement influences …

Kids

The 3 Biggest Lessons of Denmark's Clean-Energy Movement

City leaders across the globe would do well to pay attention.<p>To find the world’s most aggressive clean energy targets, look no further than Denmark.<p>The city of Copenhagen is working hard toward meeting a pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2025. A much smaller municipality near the German border, …

Denmark

Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

A paper in the British Medical Journal in December reported that cognitive behavioral therapy — a means of coaxing people into changing the way they think — is as effective as Prozac or Zoloft in treating major depression.<p>In ways no one understands, talk therapy reaches down into the biological …

Mind

Is white rage driving our racial divide?

The virulent backlash against President Obama’s 2008 election set the stage for this year’s presidential campaign, in which Muslims, Mexicans and other marginalized groups have been explicitly maligned.<p>While Obama’s historic two-term presidency has inspired the “birther” movement, an unprecedented …

United States

New Evidence in Mice That Cocaine Makes Brain Cells Cannibalize Themselves

Working with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have contributed significant new evidence to support the idea that high doses of cocaine kill brain …

Cocaine

House Democrats Stage Sit-In to Push for Action on Gun Control

WASHINGTON — Dozens of House Democrats on Wednesday staged a sit-in in the House chamber to demand that the Republican majority hold a vote on a gun-control measure before a weeklong recess for Independence Day.<p>Plunked down on the floor in the well of the House chamber, the Democrats — including …

Nancy Pelosi

Elizabeth Warren Takes on the ‘Gig Economy’

The Democratic party hasn’t quite figured out how to take on the rapid rise of the “gig economy.” Hillary Clinton said last summer that companies …

Elizabeth Warren

Marijuana Arrests Down In Colorado For White Teens, Up For Black And Latino Teens

A new state report shows that the total number of marijuana arrests in Colorado for juveniles increased after legalization — and racial disparities within those arrests grew worse.<p>Black and Latino adolescents in Colorado are being arrested for marijuana offenses at more disproportionate rates than …

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Medicare's New Physician Payment System

On October 1, 2015, HHS published a request for information on MACRA's implementation. The request posed some seventy-five questions on how the law …

Health Policy

12 Million Reasons to Believe in Lizard People | Motherboard

According to a 2013 poll, as many as 12 million Americans believe in the possibility that reptilian overlords rule our country—that’s intergalactic, shape-shifting lizards in Congress and on TV. Granted, the lizards-in-people-suits theory is one of the less popular in the nation; according to the …

Bias

L.A. is resegregating -- and whites are a major reason why

Some of America's most racially integrated neighborhoods and cities are on a path to becoming segregated all over again. In Los Angeles this means neighborhoods where Latinos and Asians now live alongside black or white neighbors may have few to no whites or blacks in 10 to 20 years.<p>In research I …

Human Geography

The logic behind conspiracy theories

The Internet is often accused of fueling conspiracy theories, but it also serves as an outlet for mindless conspiracy bashing.<p>Some pundits took the start of the new year as an excuse to aggregate, and denigrate, recent conspiracy theories. Alternet published “The 5 Craziest Right-Wing Conspiracy …

Bias

The fire inside: Manatee County finds itself at the epicenter of a heroin epidemic

BRADENTON — He hadn't heard from her in hours, which was unusual. Even if she was upset, even if she was high, Angel never ignored a text message. …

Heroin

The Trade Deficit Isn’t a Scorecard, and Cutting It Won’t Make America Great Again

Donald Trump believes that a half-trillion-dollar trade deficit with the rest of the world makes the United States a loser and countries with trade surpluses like China and Mexico winners.<p>“They’re beating us so badly,” he has said. “Every country we lose money with.”<p>The reality is different. Trade …

Economics

Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further

A group of 22 medical experts convened by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet have called today for the decriminalization of all nonviolent drug use and possession. Citing a growing scientific consensus on the failures of the global war on drugs, the experts further encourage countries and U.S. …

Marijuana

Block grants are just budget cuts in disguise — and the targets are antipoverty programs

The most popular panacea offered by conservatives for the supposed burden of federal funding that comes with strings attached is the "block grant." The idea is that states and localities know best how to serve their citizens — especially their disadvantaged citizens — so the feds should just give …

Ted Cruz

How One Famous Economist Summed Up Donald Trump’s Secret to Success: “Brazil in Drag”

While he was considered a tad unorthodox during his lifetime, the economist Hyman Minsky is now widely remembered today as the patron saint of …

Donald Trump

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.”<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Finland

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'

War

Congress Needs More and Better-Paid Staff

Recently, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, announced a new project to re-invigorate the first branch of government. “The premise of the Article I Project is …

Government

Setting the Record Straight on Medicare for All: An Open Letter From 560 Physicians and Medical Students

<i>Physicians-in-training voice their support for single-payer reform. Photo: Al Nowakowski.</i><p><i>The following statement has been signed by more than 560 physicians and medical students. It was crafted by Andrea Christopher, M.D., Fellow in General Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Adam Gaffney,</i> …

Medicine

What Americans Don’t Get About Nordic Countries

When U.S. politicians talk about Scandinavian-style social welfare, they fail to explain the most important aspect of such policies: selfishness.<p>Bernie Sanders is hanging on, still pushing his vision of a Nordic-like socialist utopia for America, and his supporters love him for it. Hillary Clinton, …

United States

Illinois cuts off funding for its public universities

March 18, 2016 | 10:22 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/14/education/illinois-cuts-funding-its-public-universities/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>A state budget stalemate in Illinois, which has dragged on since last July, is offering …

Education

The best articulation yet of how President Obama sees the world

On Thursday morning, the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg published a 20,000-word essay on President Obama's foreign policy struggles, successes, and …

Foreign Policy