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Behind The Bipartisan 'Austerity Class' That Rules Washington

The Nation | Ari Berman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

In September the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan deficit-hawk group based at the New America Foundation, held a high-p...

Monkeys Join Wall Street Protest

Frans de Waal | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Frans de Waal

From this experiment and others like it, we believe in an inborn sense of fairness. But there is more: primate studies also tell us something about empathy and altruism. In contrast to inequity, which is on the rise in our society, empathy appears in decline.

The Self-Absorbed Higher Ed System

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.07.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

If the current economic crisis is teaching us anything, it's that we have a serious mismatch between the "traditional" student of today and what much of higher ed is offering.

Young Adults Are Moral... Just in a Different Way: A Response to David Brooks

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Young adults are far from impotent when it comes to discussing right and wrong. First, they are deeply curious. They want to know what it means to live a good life.

Finding God And Community In Simple Dwellings

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

The nicer places felt colder. Rather than getting to know the other guests through communal dinners and the staff through informal encounters, they sat at separate tables and were served by waiters who kept their distance.

Lawrence Summers Gives Great Keynote at NY Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

Dr. Lawrence H.Summers, former President of Harvard, gave a brilliant keynote address at the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference in which he talked about how technology will change education.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Sad That Obama Didn't Buy Him A Pony | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.20.2011 | Media

David Brooks, man without a political party, is embittered today that President Barack Obama didn't create a political party for him. I have to admit, the party that David Brooks seems to want sure sounds like a wonder!

Do We Create Our Own Morality?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Moral education needs to join in the major educational shift toward a focus on the learner rather than on the teacher. Every teacher knows that what we teach and what our students learn are two very different things.

The Artist's Urge to Proselytize

George Heymont | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In many ways, Dear World was out of sync with the moment. Its relevance to the corporate greed and political corruption plaguing today's world is staggering.

Let Your Kids Fail

Emily Bennington | Posted 10.07.2011 | Parents
Emily Bennington

I'm not a perfect parent by any stretch, but one of the things I'm most proud of is that my kids know that when they get in an argument with each other, there's one rule: Figure it out.

Lesson From the Debt Ceiling Negotiations: The GOP Is Now Run by Far Right Ideologues

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Opposing raising the debt ceiling is essentially an announcement to the world the United States will not stand by its commitments. No American should want to be part of such a statement.

Republicans Putting Party Above Country

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

Republicans are now touting a cynical ploy dubbed "cut, cap, and balance." It should be renamed politicize, pander, and abdicate.

David Brooks Blasts GOP 'Bandits' And 'Blowhards'

Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

As Congress struggles to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling, David Brooks blasts Republicans for refusing to accept a favorable deal that would ha...

How Obama and the Democrats Are Reclaiming the Debt Issue

Asher Smith | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Even if they can't reach that magic $4 trillion number, President Obama and the Democrats may have already claimed the moral high ground and defused the deficit as a major 2012 campaign issue.

GOP Presidential Candidate Takes On Bachmann's Record, David Brooks

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty took issue with rival contender Michele Bach...

Brooks Is Right: Democrats Have Caved to the GOP in Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Why have the Democrats caved into the Republican assumption that cuts have to be made to raise the debt ceiling? The decision is especially vexing when you consider that the Democrats have not even tried to point out the falsehoods at the heart of Republican claims.

David Brooks, Diane Ravitch and the Education Wars

John Merrow | Posted 09.05.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Our public schools are the equivalent of yesterday's pony express. Just as a faster pony express would not be sufficient to deliver the mail today, the "faster horses" that reformers represent are not in themselves adequate for our 50 million school-age children, nor will they ever be.

David Brooks: GOP 'May No Longer Be A Normal Party'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

The Republican party “may no longer be a normal party,” David Brooks writes in his New York Times column Tuesday. In negotiations with Democrat...

When Washington Works

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

What most of us don't see, and rarely hear about, is the silent army of civil servants who do the actual work of running the institutions that make up our government.

A Bad Week for David Brooks

Mark Engler | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

Full disclosure: I find New York Times columnist David Brooks exceedingly annoying, and I have no intention of reading his most recent book, The Socia...

Jason Linkins

As GOP 2012 Field Firms Up, So Does Discontent Over The GOP 2012 Field | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

So the word is out! The GOP field for the 2012 nomination looks set for the time being. And the enthusiasm is pretty much not palpable at all. But for what it's worth, the Obama team seems to be expecting to face a serious challenge, perhaps because the economy will continue to remain sluggish. But that's looking far ahead. Today, right-leaning pundits feel about the same way they felt about the field last week: let down and hoping for a white knight to emerge. Given the vagaries of the GOP nominating process, this is a hope that will be kept alive through the fall.

Michael Calderone

How Will The New York Times Look Different On Sundays? | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.23.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- When New York Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal told staff Monday that reporter Frank Bruni will soon get a Sunday Op-Ed column, ...

Can a "Health" System Kill a Country?

Chris Norwood | Posted 07.17.2011 | New York
Chris Norwood

The nation could achieve marked degrees of improved health and jolt employment in its collapsed communities by having local community groups train local residents as health educators.

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

Dissecting the Photo of Obama in the Situation Room

Danny Groner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

While some have turned the photo into a meme, others have reflected on its significance, particularly Obama's and Hillary Clinton's expressions.