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  • This insightful Edsall essay in the New York Times describes the Trump phenomena in terms of the US big fault lines: diversity and discrimination. -- Diversity, Discrimination, and the Trump Phenomena --
  • This Washington Post article examines how the lopsided gener ratio of higher education graduates effects geneder equity and family conflict. -- Dating and Gender Ratios in Higher Ed Graduates --
  • In a New York Times Op-Ed, Jamie Holmes argues that teaching uncertainty encourages curiosity and prevents warped understandings of a field. -- Teaching What We Don't Know --
  • Barbara Reynolds, civil rights activist and authors, shares a great comparison of the Black Lives Matter movement and the nonviolent civil rights movement of the 1960s in the Washington Post. -- Civil Rights Movements --
  • The Harvard Business Review gives a thoughtful essay asking why we continue to select leaders that lack the capacity to lead - we may confuse signs of confidence with competence. -- Incompetent Leaders --
  • In the Washington Post, professor of Islamic Studies Ebrahim Moosa examines why so many people are drawn to join the Islamic State. -- What Makes the Islamic State Attractive? --
  • The Washington Post examines the promise of cultural diversity and cross fertilization in the face of the perils of cultural appropriation. -- Spanning Cultural Divides --
  • This Atlantic article argues that social skills such as handling conflict may be even more important to career success than STEM-based skills. -- Social Skills Essential to Career Success --
  • Gallup's surprising poll indicates how different US demographic groups think about have/have not issues, and how they percieve themselves. -- Perception as Haves or Have-Nots --
  • This New York Times Review covers Dale Russakoff's "The Prize," a book examining the challenges facing education reform efforts, using Newark as a case study. -- A Window into the Challenges of Education Reform --
  • The Atlantic explains that government spending on infrastructure has been in sharp decline for years. Given the collapsing US support for the “commons” on which we all depend, what can be done? -- Failure to Invest in Infrastructure --
  • The New York Times examines the increasingly frequent use of video cameras in policing and the effects of this trend. -- Cameras and Accountability in Policing --
  • In light of recent controversies , the Washington Post discusses the practical difficulties associated with the guarantee of religious freedom. -- How Should Religious Freedom Work? --
  • The Washington Post gives a great illustration of how our information system is biased toward telling us what we want to hear, using the example of a certain false story which circulated widely through the media. -- Media Bias in Action --
  • The New York Times explains that we are seeing a new type of "Astroturf" social movement in the mobilization for Uber in its conflict with the Mayor of New York City, demonstrating an emerging structure of conflict. -- Uber, New York City, and the Structure of Conflict --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall gives a great background on the emerging conflict over efforts to affirmatively promote integrated, affordable housing by asking the question, "Where should a poor family live?" -- Conflict over Affordable Housing --
  • As some within the Muslim Brotherhood push for violent retribution, the New York Times offers a sobering exploration of Egypt, the Arab Spring and the perceived failures of nonviolence. -- Egypt's Push for Violent Retribution --
  • Sabrina Tavernse evaluates how Colorado was able to cut teen pregnancy by 40 percent from 2009-2013 by offering free long acting birth control to low income women in this New York Times Article. -- New Strategy in Addressing Teen Pregnancy --
  • In this essay in the Washington Post E.J. Dionne Jr. looks at the paradoxical relationship between liberation movements and how it may be influencing the rise of religious fundamentalism. -- Paradox of Fundamentalism --
  • The New York Times examines the most recent disputes in Congress and the courts over climate change legislation, exploring what will have to be overcome in order to make progress. -- Climate Change Disuptes --
  • Thomas B. Edsall of the New York Times take an in-depth look at how changes in the affordable housing legislation could change the political environment, and who will ultimately win. -- Affordable Housing and Politics --
  • Nicholas Kristoff argues that the best way to prevent abortions is through Title X programs, and asks how the House Republicans can defend their proposal to eliminate the program in order to eliminate funding for abortion. -- Title X Funding and Doing the Right Thing --
  • Every day in the news, it feels like the world is falling apart. Zack Beauchamp of Vox has compiled 11 maps and charts that show that now is actually the best time in all of human history. -- Despite the News, Things are Actually Getting Better --