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Clinton to detail sweeping plan to rein in Wall Street | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will unveil on Thursday a sweeping plan to curb what she has called the abuses of Wall Street, proposing everything from raising the fines that can be levied by regulators to requiring executives to bear some of those …

Wall Street

Can you be homosexual without being gay? The future of cruising, drag, and camp in a post-closet world.

1 That’s Gay<p>“You know,” observed a recent dinner guest, glancing around our living room between sips of his digestif, “there are <i>a lot</i> of strong women …

LGBTQI

Dear Hillary: A Letter From a Should-Be Fan

Dear Hillary,<p>I should be your biggest fan.<p>I grew up in a clan of strong, scrappy, determined, working women. That I was born to a single mother was never portrayed to me as an obstacle I would need to overcome. Nor was the fact that I am female. The message I got, loud and clear, was that I could …

Government

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

To This Day

Letter to My Son

“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”<p><i>And have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white.</i><p>—James Baldwin<p>Son,<p>Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my …

Howard University

Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson

Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned” is the best-known line from William Congreve’s <i>The Mourning Bride</i>. But I’m concerned with the phrase preceding …

Cornel West

Anchorman: The Legend of Don Lemon

So maybe he's not Walter Cronkite. Maybe he's done some famously awkward interviews, gotten his facts wrong, and made CNN the butt of more than a few jokes. But that won't stop Don Lemon. Because here's the thing: He can fill hours of nothing with a crisp, news-like something. No matter what he …

Don Lemon

The Dark Power of Fraternities

A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.<p>One warm spring night in 2011, a young man named Travis Hughes stood on the back deck of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at Marshall …

Reinventing High School

How Fresno prepares the kids in the middle<p>People often remarked about our sons’ competitive public high school in the Washington, D.C., area that it was a great place for the kids at the top and at the bottom, but it left a lot of room for those in the middle to fall through the cracks. I wasn’t …

High School

From Selma to Black Power

Only a few miles away from where the legendary march began, a new phase of civil-rights activism gathered momentum.<p>Anyone who was not a diehard white supremacist could see the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 for what it was: a myth in motion, advancing east through the Alabama countryside at …

Black History

Hillary Clinton, Uniter?

With talk of bridging partisan divides, the Democratic frontrunner is adopting a tone she once mocked in 2008.<p>Answering questions at a women's conference in Silicon Valley earlier this week, Hillary Clinton told <i>Re/code's</i> Kara Swisher that if she ran for president, she wanted to "bring people from …

Government

To improve schools, let teachers take over

Walk through a typical public school, and you see students, sitting in rows of identical desks, listening to teachers talk.<p>Unless the teacher is particularly inspiring, half of the students are zoning out. This isn't just a problem for teachers, half of whom leave the profession within their first …

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

New Jersey

How Racists and Partisans Exploit the Age of Obama

Since 2008, the Democratic Party has increasingly become the home of minorities, while the Republican Party draws its support from whites.<p>One of my fondest memories was spending four days in February 1977 as a staffer sitting on the Senate floor, mostly wedged between Gaylord Nelson and Russell …

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.<p>People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing …

What Happened the Last Time Republicans Had a Majority This Huge?

They lost it.<p>Since last week, many Republicans have been feeling singularly nostalgic for November 1928, and with good reason. It’s the last time that the party won such commanding majorities in the House of Representatives while also dominating the Senate. And, let’s face it, 1928 was a good …

How to save the Democratic Party: Path to nirvana requires total economic revamp

Dems may be content to win every other election cycle — but here’s a long-term plan that could change everything<p>By now you may have heard that the 2014 midterm elections sucked for the Democrats.<p>The party never even came close to retaining its Senate majority; states that were considered …

Rand Paul’s Greatest Weakness

It's himself.<p>It’s something of a miracle that Keith Richards is still around. The notoriously hard-living guitarist for the legendary Rolling Stones has spent decades spitting in the face of medical science. Some swear he’s found a way to defy death.<p>And so it is that we confront the equally …

Why Cliques Form at Some High Schools and Not Others

The desire to be around similar people is universal, but not all high schools break down into hardened, John Hughes-style clusters and hierarchies. Why not?<p>In the final monologue of <i>The Breakfast Club</i>, the John Hughes movie about five teenage archetypes facing detention on a Saturday morning, the …

Can a Teacher Be Too Dedicated?

How much is too much? Charter schools are trying to stem burnout and high teacher turnover with work-life balance policies.<p>James Cavanagh is 22 years old, fresh out of the University of Delaware. With his degree in elementary education, he could have gotten a job anywhere—and he chose to teach at …

Why a Republican Controlled Congress Is Great For Hillary Clinton and President Obama

Conventional wisdom states the GOP's resounding victory during the midterm elections is a testament to both Obama fatigue and America's repudiation of a liberal political agenda. This might be true to a great extent. State governments were also caught up in the Republican win streak, with 31 of 50 …

Mitch McConnell

Meet the Kansans fighting conservatives tooth and nail for gay rights

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Home to the Westboro Baptist Church, the state is as homophobic as any in the union. A brave few are taking a stand<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>October 26, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Michael Nelson stared at the room packed with students from the …

World politics: Tainting love

The Economist<p><i>In many places attacking the rights of gay people can still be politically useful and popular</i><p>IN THE argot of human rights, LGBT means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender--a catch-all term for sexual minorities. But Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia for 20 years, has a different …

LGBTQI

Actually, Yes, the Gary Hart Scandal Did Ruin Politics

Do we really want the press to pry into politicians’ sex lives?<p>Last week I published a book called <i>All the Truth Is Out</i> <i>: The Week Politics Went Tabloid</i>. It’s about the five days in 1987 when Sen. Gary Hart, the presumed Democratic nominee for president, was felled by the first political sex scandal …

Gay Marriage Finds Scant Mention Among Republicans At Values Voter Summit

WASHINGTON -- The need to preserve "traditional" marriage was on the minds of many at the opening day of Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of religious conservatives in Washington. It was on the lips of event organizers, a topic of debate at several panels, and the mission of many groups …

Obama loses the left: Why his low approval rating may be here to stay

For many liberals, it’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s party now. After six years, here’s why they’re ready for a change<p>Except for the brief interregnum that separated the Republican Party's George W. Bush era from its current Tea Party incarnation, President Obama has never enjoyed the kind of high …

Why right-wing Christians think they’re America’s most persecuted group

A new Pew poll reveals the extent of their complex. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the Bible<p>A recent Pew study found that white American evangelical Christians think they experience more discrimination than blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, atheists or Jews.<p>Really?<p>Christianity is the …