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07/01/2016 - 5:00pm

    There are commodity bubbles, stock bubbles, bond bubbles -- and education bubbles. American high schools are a classic education bubble, if by bubble we mean a mismatch between a commodity's real-world value and the value the public places on the commodity.

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06/24/2016 - 11:00am

    Donald Trump believes American Muslims are hiding something. "They know what's going on. They know that [Omar Mateen] was bad," he said after the Orlando massacre. "They have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are...

06/23/2016 - 12:00am

   In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a controversial compromise bill for welfare reform, promising to “end welfare as we know it.”

    I was sympathetic to that goal at the time, but I’ve...

06/22/2016 - 5:00pm

    Along came the alligator.

    A horrifying story at the end of a horrifying stretch, a heartbreaking coda befitting a nation on perpetual edge.

    That the...

06/22/2016 - 4:00pm

    A political crisis is usually preceded by an intellectual and moral crisis. Dominant ideas that once seemed to hang together lose their hold when they are exposed as contradictory and incoherent.

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06/22/2016 - 3:00pm

    One day in the late 1950s on a golf course with actor-comedian Jack Benny, song-and-dance man Sammy Davis Jr. was asked what was his handicap. "Talk about handicap," said Davis, according to various sources. "I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew."...

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