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Diane Ravitch

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Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | April 20, 2014 | Education
How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?
Mark Potok

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Bombing Anniversary a Reminder of the Radical Right's Rage

Mark Potok | April 19, 2014 | Politics
The threat from the homegrown white supremacist movement in America is real. We shouldn't need yet another bloodbath to face that sobering reality, much as many on the political right would like to deny it.
Katherine Warren

Marathon Monday: Tragedy and T-Shirts One Year Later

Katherine Warren | April 18, 2014 | Media
The Boston Marathon bombings were earth-shattering to many because the unspeakable happened to people and in places where the unspeakable does not happen. It happened to people about whom the media regularly speaks at all.
Randy Bennett

Why the Future of Media and Journalism Really Is Bright

Randy Bennett | April 18, 2014 | Media
Data will be at the core of everything media companies do going forward.
Danny Schechter

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Major Media Does Not Rally Behind Pulitzers for Snowden Stories

Danny Schechter | April 18, 2014 | Media
Bear in mind that had Snowden not done what he had -- and if Greenwald and Poitras hadn't done what they did -- we would not have learned of what's being done by the NSA in our name. If we had waited on the big media to tell the story, we would all still be waiting.
Clay Calvert

Larry Flynt's Fights for Access Continue Today, More Than 30 Years After U.S. Invasion of Grenada

Clay Calvert | April 18, 2014 | Media
In July, Larry Flynt will toss an invitation-only birthday bash somewhere in the greater Los Angeles area to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his flagship adult publication, Hustler. And if it's anything like the party five years ago, which boasted a bevy of bare porn stars and a fittingly racy...
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

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The Sun Revolves Around You? Narcissism on a Cosmic Scale

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | April 18, 2014 | Religion
The center of the universe might be closer than you think -- in fact, it might be right under your feet. A conservative Catholic crank, Robert Sungenis, is now resurrecting the long-discredited geocentric model in a bizarre movie called The Principle.
Keith Runyon

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A Book Page Dies, and the Celebration of Books Falters

Keith Runyon | April 18, 2014 | Books
On April 26, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., will publish its final book review page, ending a tradition that has been part of the newspaper's DNA since at least the Roaring Twenties. I know. I was a major part of it.
Alan Colmes

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Congressional Democrats Making Huge Mistake Targeting Hate Speech

Alan Colmes | April 19, 2014 | Politics
Democrats Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Hakeem Jeffreys of New York want to clamp down on what can be said on radio under the rubric of "hate speech," and it's a terrible idea. Government should stay as far away from broadcast content as possible.
Elizabeth Birch

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Why I Find Andrew Sullivan to Be Insufferable

Elizabeth Birch | April 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
While it is true that the struggle for marriage equality predates the Proposition 8 case and its aftermath, it also predates Andrew Sullivan.
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

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Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | April 18, 2014 | World
The culture that marginalizes women is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.
TEDTalks

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WATCH: Does Penis Size Matter? Here's One Answer From The Animal Kingdom

TEDTalks | April 18, 2014 | TED Weekends
From a sea creature's detachable, swimming penis to violent bedbug sex, this is a tour of the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. What can we learn about a species from how it has sex? Let's get it on
Greg Schwem

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I'm Gonna Be a Professional Tweet Reader

Greg Schwem | April 17, 2014 | Media
But I'm perfectly capable of searching for, and then reading those tweets all by my lonesome. I don't need them spoon fed to me by a spray tanned TV personality. Perhaps if I were functionally illiterate I'd feel differently
Fran Moreland Johns

Can Women Decide for Themselves?

Fran Moreland Johns | April 17, 2014 | Politics
Not a bad idea at all, making one's own decisions. Unfortunately, it's not always easy today if those are health care decisions, especially if you're a woman, especially if you're poor, especially if you live in the many, many areas of the U.S. without access to a women's health clinic.
Olivia Cole

Why Steve Harvey Needs to Have a Seat

Olivia Cole | April 17, 2014 | Women
Rather than using the Mimi and Nikko sex tape as a teachable moment about privacy, permanence and the longevity of Internet decisions, Harvey can't resist transforming that moment into a diatribe about shame and God's plan for women's bodies.
Tavis Smiley

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My Conversation With Best-Selling Author Jackie Collins

Tavis Smiley | April 17, 2014 | Books
She started writing as a teen and, since then, has sold more than 500 million copies of her books in more than 40 countries and had 29 best-sellers, many of which have been adapted for the big or small screens.
Greta Van Susteren

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White House Delusional? Obsessed With Fox News Channel?

Greta Van Susteren | April 17, 2014 | Media
I love to get credit for identifying a falsehood but we are not the only ones. I also know the White House likes to blame Fox News for all their problems, but it is NOT just Fox New that outs the White House about its false claim of transparency.
Melissa Schwartz

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The 'Front Page Rule'

Melissa Schwartz | April 17, 2014 | Media
Despite an organization's best efforts at reputation management, a nasty (or worse yet, entertaining) anecdote about leadership can go viral in an instant.
Jason Salzman

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Denver Post Scrubs Abortion Story From Its Website

Jason Salzman | April 17, 2014 | Denver
Obviously, Plunkett didn't rob Kurtis Lee of a Pulitzer by deleting his blog post from The Post's website. It wasn't an earth-shattering piece, but it advanced, in its small way, an issue that's important to a lot of real people as well as political elites.
David Tereshchuk

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Listen: 50 Years On, Mandela's Fateful Words That Media Too Easily Forget

David Tereshchuk | April 17, 2014 | Media
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
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