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  • Mr. Attorney General: I’m A Product of ‘Just Say No’ And It Won’t Work This Time In Richmond last week, Attorney General Sessions suggested reviving Nancy Reagan’s 80s anti-drug campaign to combat the 2017 addiction crisis. What a horrifying thought. I’m a product of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. Seriously. At my elementary school, a D.A.R.E. officer visited my third-grade classroom twice a week – to lecture us about the dangers ...
  • The Gorsuch Nomination And The Rule Of Law If Antonin Scalia had died in February of this year, and Donald Trump thereafter nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch as his successor, I would likely support Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. Judge Gorsuch is generally regarded as a capable judge with a good character. Moreover, although he is a very conservative jurist, he would be replacing a justice ...
  • Trump’s “Skinny Budget” Would Put Educators’ Learning On A Starvation Diet This week, President Trump released his “skinny budget” proposal, calling for wide-ranging cuts in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including the complete elimination of funding for Title II, Part A, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program. This is the section of the law that supports educator learning and development. To put this move ...
  • If Democrats Cave On Gorsuch They’ll Be Terribly Sorry The day the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Appeals Court Judge and Scalia’s nominated replacement, Neil Gorsuch, said he could barely get down a ski run in Colorado because he was so blinded by tears at his death. This was not a private utterance or personal feeling of deep emotion that he shared ...
  • A Third Way for Universities In higher education, people like to pick sides and stay there, often in the face of stubborn facts. Such is true of the ongoing and seemingly endless debate in higher education of vocational preparation vs. liberal education. On one hand, many parents, and—increasingly—millennials are calling for career-specific education. On the other hand, cultural icons and thinkers, ...
  • In Sickness And (For The Wealthy) In Health President Trump is conducting his presidency like a reality TV show, with all the trappings. But in real life, Trump’s actions—his travel ban, now-debunked wiretapping claims and “skinny” budget proposal—have harmful consequences for our democracy and for people’s lives, including many of the people who voted for him. Nowhere is that clearer than in health care. ...
  • 12 Kid-Friendly Snack Recipes For After-School Munchies Kids often need an energy boost after a long day in the classroom. Instead of processed snacks and junk foods, satisfy after-school munchies with one of these homemade snacks. Most of them are easy enough for the kids to make themselves! 1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Granola bars are a staple in my pantry, but between ...
  • Three Reasons You Need To Say ‘No’ More Often The lights came up on the stage, and I was about to make my entrance before the audience as a producer ran up behind me and tugged at my sleeve. “Just one more thing,” she whispered loudly. “Um, sure….” I said, anxious to get started and keep my schedule on track. “After you give your speech, would you ...
  • Previously Undiscovered Manuscript Reveals Things Jesus Didn’t Say Saying that budgets are moral documents, though a commonplace, is still instructive. Where you spend your money is how you signal your priorities. Or in the words of Jesus, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.” That whole budgets-are-moral-documents thing came to me as I listened to a summary of the president’s new ...
  • Black History Every Day 24/7/365: Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry sunrise 10/18/26, sunset 3/18/17 St. Louis, Missouri. Convicted of armed robbery in high school and served time in a reformatory from 1944 to 1947. After release from reformatory worked in an automotive assembly plant. His influences were Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Bennie Goodman, and Muddy Waters. He owned a nightclub in St. Louis ...
  • What The NEA Means To Me It is strange to be an American watching America from afar right now. I live in England, near the village of St. Albans, which has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. I often wonder what it must have been like to be a Roman living in Britain around the time of the fall of the ...
  • Why Meals On Wheels Should Actually Thank Trump And His Budget Director In the aftermath of the bombshell of a first budget submitted by President Trump, few individual programs have received more attention than the federally-funded home-delivered meal programs for older adults, also known as “Meals on Wheels.” It actually received two spotlights: one media-induced, the other from the chief defender of the Trump budget, the Director ...
  • Budgeting Social Darwinism There has been much chatter about President Trump’s proposed “America First” budget as well as the roll out of Trumpcare, which has been designed to replace The Affordable Care Act. Beyond the debatable specifics of these budget and health care proposals, it is clear—at least to me–that they reveal a disturbing back to the future ...
  • 10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable The Red Shoes, a young girl longs for a pair of pretty red shoes. She ultimately tricks the blind woman who cares for her into buying her a pair. Her love for the red shoes causes her to give them priority over the more important things in her life, and, ...
  • The Deeply Disturbing Trump-Merkel Press Conference Yesterday’s Trump-Merkel press conference was disturbing on several levels.  Worst of all was the scene of a German Chancellor listening to an American president boast about how strong his military is, and how much stronger it soon will be. Not that long ago in historical terms, Germany was a country that stressed military dominance. Two ...
  • No ‘Great Deal’ On The Horizon It looks like the Trump Administration has come to agree with the conclusion reached by every US president and central command chief since the Gulf War of 1991: that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is necessary to promote regional security and US strategic interests in the Middle East.  When viewed this way, the struggle for justice for ...
  • 13 Must-Make Dinners Before Winter’s End Can you believe Monday is the official start of spring? Before long, swimsuit season will be upon us. But there’s still time to enjoy the best-of-the-best cold weather recipes. From lasagna to beef stew to bolognese, how about one last hurrah for these cozy winter comfort foods? 1. Julia Turshen’s “A Nice Lasagna” This recipe comes from ...
  • Weekend Roundup: As The West Fragments, China Cements A Path Ahead This week we witnessed two contrasting systems of governance at work. In the Netherlands, we watched the divisive system of Western multi-party democracy struggle to contain volatile populism. In China, the annual gathering of the “two sessions” ― the National People’s Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference ― demonstrated the consensus-driven ...
  • The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe ISTANBUL ― Flying back to Istanbul after a warm week in Britain ― where it felt liberating to be away from the constant political chatter back home ― I came to the shocking realization that the Netherlands, of all things, had been dominating Turkey’s news cycle in my absence. In Germany, and now in the ...
  • Trump’s Proposed Budget Is Immoral And Un-Jewish The proposed budget is fundamentally immoral and un-Jewish. The Torah repeatedly admonishes us regarding the importance of taking care of the poor, the elderly, and the stranger. Trump’s targeting of social programs while simultaneously spreading alarm that undocumented immigrants may occasionally benefit from those programs (whatever the merit of this claim) embodies precisely the opposite ...