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02/25/2017 - 2:00pm

   Since World War II, the U.S. university system has been the envy of the world. More than that, it has to some extent been the world's university system, drawing the best scholars from all over the planet to do their research and teaching where academic standards are highest and resources greatest. America's higher-education dominance has...

02/22/2017 - 8:00pm

    We buried one of my heroes on Friday. She was my mother-in-law.

    In the case of Helen Boyle, hero might be a form of understatement. Rather than begin with gushing words and bloated adjectives, permit me to recite just a few facts about her 85 years...

02/22/2017 - 10:00am

    At what point does a body of evidence become massive enough to count as proof? When has a question been answered enough times that it can be put to rest?

    When it comes to the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, it sometimes seems as though public...

02/21/2017 - 5:00pm

    The tea party wave of 2010 cost the Democrats the House, and then Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to remain in power. But drawing districts with the intention of helping your party is an act of statistical modeling, and all models have assumptions, biases and flaws. A midterm election...

02/21/2017 - 3:00pm

    In the fall of 2007, Steven Fabre appeared in my courtroom. He was a 29-year-old New York native there to plead guilty to a single count of possession with intent to distribute crack. Fabre was a typical, fungible street dealer who found business by approaching cars or pedestrians. He used the proceeds...

02/20/2017 - 1:00pm

    Two years ago, I suggested that the U.S. economy is riddled with strangely high costs in key sectors of the economy. Now, more and more people seem to be zeroing in on this problem. On Slate Star Codex, blogger Scott Alexander has a long, excellent rundown of high costs in five areas --- K-12 education...

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