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Dean Baker

Donald Trump and the Republicans: The Art of the Steal

Dean Baker | December 5, 2016 | Business
During the campaign Donald Trump boasted that he could kill someone on Fifth Avenue and it wouldn't affect his standing among his supporters. Whether or not this is true, this appears to be the approach that Trump and his fellow Republicans are taking to their role in governing. The basic...
Edward Goldman

Questionable Leonardo. Bad Koons. Great Isabelle.

Edward Goldman | December 5, 2016 | Arts
When, in 1967, the National Gallery of Art in Washington purchased Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Ginerva de' Benci from the royal family of Liechtenstein for $5 million --a record price at the time-- few doubted its authenticity. Now, almost sixty years...
Toby Moffett

Easy Math: Trump Sticks With Obama Cuba Policy

Toby Moffett | December 5, 2016 | Politics
Because he's good with numbers, it's hard to imagine a President Trump undoing the Obama détente with Cuba.
Rose Ann DeMoro

Repealing Obamacare? Here's a better idea - Medicare for all

Rose Ann DeMoro | December 5, 2016 | Politics
Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda. Repeal of the ACA will not curb the persistent, systemic inequities of our profit-focused healthcare system. Tens of millions, even those with health insurance, still...
Kati Haycock

Pushing, Prodding, And Cajoling Our Country Toward Educational Justice -- Even Amidst Alarming Times

Kati Haycock | December 5, 2016 | Education
Count me among those who have been deeply worried about what the next four years will mean for social and educational justice.
Judy Belk

One Year After San Bernardino

Judy Belk | December 5, 2016 | Black Voices
On Friday, hundreds gathered to remember the victims of that horrific day when gun violence claimed 14 more lives and left 22 people with serious injuries.
Randy Turner

The State Of Public Education In Trump's America

Randy Turner | December 5, 2016 | Education
Come next month, we will have a president who has never had any connection to public schools and who has selected a secretary of education who has made destroying public schools her life's mission.
Maria Foscarinis

Ben Carson, Housing, And Homelessness: Opportunities And Concerns

Maria Foscarinis | December 5, 2016 | Impact
The news that Ben Carson has accepted Trump's nomination for HUD Secretary is cause for concern for the millions of Americans who are homeless or at risk--and for anyone who cares about this continuing crisis.
UN Women

Wartime sexual violence survivors become entrepreneurs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

UN Women | December 5, 2016 | Women
Crossposted from UN Women. A UN Women project helps female survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina transform their lives and families by boosting their economic opportunities and teaching them how to set up a business and grow their markets.
Raul Sanchez

The Walking Dead's Tovah Feldshuh on Leadership & Legacy

Raul Sanchez | December 5, 2016 | Entertainment
Tovah Feldshuh Leadership matters more than ever now. And in our current atmosphere of national divisiveness, it's tempting to search elsewhere for leaders, until we're reminded that we must first find the champion within ourselves. Tovah Feldshuh is one of those...
Karin Badt

Teaching Thanksgiving Dinner at the University of Paris 8

Karin Badt | December 5, 2016 | Education
This year like every year I had my theater class in Paris create Thanksgiving dinners. I gave them the same instructions I always do: four family members, a stranger, and the centerpiece of a turkey. I explain to them the Pilgrim story (like I heard it as a kindergartner), admittedly...
Michelle Zunter

To The Woman On Her Cell Phone With Kids In The Car

Michelle Zunter | December 5, 2016 | Parents
I saw you as I drove with my 4-year-old in the car. You were smiling with the sun shining on your face. Then I saw you laugh into your phone as you failed to stop at the stop sign, with four children in your own car.
Human Rights First

Kobach Is Wrong, Barring Refugees Would Hurt National Security

Human Rights First | December 5, 2016 | Politics
The Kobach plan's goal of reducing the resettlement of Syrian refugees "to zero" makes clear that the true purpose of the Kobach plan is to prevent refugees and immigrants from Syria and other mostly Muslim nations from entering, or being welcomed in, the United States.
Michelle Zunter

Why I'm Proud To Be Divorced

Michelle Zunter | December 5, 2016 | Divorce
Even today, I am absorbing the total effect that the experience of "failing" at marriage had on me. And on the surface, I did fail -- miserably. But it wasn't for a lack of trying. I gave that relationship my heart and soul and -- ultimately -- my peace of mind.
Tom Spiggle

Washington Is Leading The Way On Paid Family Leave

Tom Spiggle | December 5, 2016 | DC
The Washington, D.C., City Council recently announced it will vote on a paid leave bill that would be one of the most generous in the nation. Thanks to the city's demographics and its unique position as the nation's capital, this vote could be a major turning point for the country.
The Conversation US

Italian Referendum: Neither Trump Nor Brexit

The Conversation US | December 5, 2016 | World
The challenge now for Italy's political leadership is to avoid any loss of confidence in Italy's banking sector or in the long-term sustainability of its public finances. This challenge is both practical and political in nature.
Mark Weisbrot

Fidel Castro Turned Out To Be Right About The US Role In Latin America

Mark Weisbrot | December 5, 2016 | World
Reactions to the death of Fidel Castro Ruz have highlighted some of the differences in the way the Cuban revolutionary and long-time head of state is perceived throughout the world.
The Cut

Why The Casey Affleck Sexual Harassment Allegations Just Won’t Stick

The Cut | December 5, 2016 | Women
By Allie Jones Casey Affleck, the 41-year-old younger brother of Ben, is predicted to win an Oscar for his starring role in Kenneth Lonergan’s New England family drama Manchester by the Sea. He posed for the cover of Variety...
The Conversation Global

Why is China so quiet in negotiations about fisheries in the central Arctic Ocean?

The Conversation Global | December 5, 2016 | Business
China's capacity to participate in Arctic affairs is still weak. Anna Filipova/Reuters Nengye Liu, University of New England China has become more active in global governance issues. Its involvement in new regulations about the changing environment of the Arctic is no...
Samantha Rodman PhD

10 Ways To Show Teenagers You Love Them

Samantha Rodman PhD | December 5, 2016 | Parents
Try some of these ideas to connect with your teenager when you have a few spare minutes, and see if your relationship improves.