If you want a good education, you need to have good teachers. It seems ridiculous to have to say as much, but such is the state that matters have reached, both in academia and in the public conversation that surrounds it, that apparently we do. Between the long-term trend toward the use of adjuncts and other part-time faculty and the recent rush to online instruction, we seem to be deciding that we can do without teachers in college altogether, at least in any meaningful sense. But the kind of learning that college is for is simply not possible without them.
On the eve of his departure late last week, Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to beat back Islamist militants from committing genocide. Then as he wrapped up his first round of golf on the Massachusetts island Saturday night, The Atlantic interview with Hillary Clinton hit the Web, sparking days of speculation about the fraying Clinton-Obama relationship.
Three weeks from Sunday, Chuck Todd, the political obsessive with a knack for polling data and a love of “the game,” will take the reins at NBC’s Meet the Press and try, against all odds, to prove a morning news show can still set the national agenda.
Even by its usual messed-up standards, the world is a big mess: Iraq is being overrun by terrorists; Libya is disintegrating; Afghanistan stumbles to doom; Ukraine is battling Russian-supported separatists; and the Israelis and Palestinians are pausing only to reload.
If you thought the United States was alone in facing a crisis on its borders, think again. Since Saturday, Spain’s coast guard has picked up about 1,200 migrants in the Strait of Gibraltar trying to cross into European territory from North Africa. On Tuesday, meanwhile, roughly 600 more were caught scaling barbed wire fences, attempting to enter the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta in North Africa.
According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate “tax inversions” is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986.
Picture the ad, either in the Democratic primaries or from a liberal independent candidate: Hillary Clinton — a pro-Wall Street buckraker, a foreign policy interventionist — championing George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq and looking like a lukewarm supporter of President Barack Obama.
It would be wrong to view President Barack Obama’s decision to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and to give weapons to Kurdish fighters as a continuation of the war in Iraq. It is more accurate to see it as a mission to prevent a repetition of the war in Afghanistan. We have a chance to stop the Islamic State before it creates a sanctuary in Iraq and Syria that it could use to strike the United States, just as al-Qaida used its sanctuary in Afghanistan to kill thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. That, to his credit, is what the president has begun to do.
“Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” “Death to the Jews!” Those are two of the cruelest expressions of a phenomenon that is gripping Europe: anti-Semitism, that monster of hatred that many of us thought had been buried since the end of World War II but has resuscitated with unprecedented force and virulence.
Robin Williams first became famous for playing the sweet-natured, naive alien Mork on the Happy Days spin-off Mork & Mindy. Look up literally any episode of that show—they’re all over YouTube—and within minutes you will see an impossibly young Robin Williams in his colored suspenders doing something impossibly Robin Williams-y.
If you had asked me what I wanted when I was 12 years old, I probably would have said, “to marry a plastic surgeon.”
Much has been made of the NYT op-ed by Pamela Druckerman entitled Miami grows up. A little. The author's perspective is that of a tourist masquerading as a third generation Miamian. After reading her piece, I am going to accept as a compliment what she clearly meant as an insult.
While the world’s attention has been mainly focused on the war in Gaza, the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Islamic State’s campaign of terror in both Syria and Iraq has continued. In Syria, fighting between ISIS and Bashar Assad’s forces has led to some of the bloodiest days of the conflict so far.
Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure spending and business tax reform. The Obama administration, rightly or wrongly, is increasingly condemned as ineffectual. What was once a flood of extraordinarily talented people eager to go into government has shrunk to a trickle, and many crucial positions remain unfilled for months or even years. Bipartisan compromise seems inconceivable on profoundly important long-term challenges such as climate change, national security strategy and the need to strengthen entitlement programs in a fiscally responsible way.
The pope may be infallible, but he is not correct.
In Washington, short-sighted policies proposed for political messaging purposes often eclipse substantive dialogue. That is exactly what we are seeing as congressional Democrats and the Obama administration play election-year politics with the growing challenge of corporate inversions.
No one is as passionate about a cause as someone touched personally by it. Sympathy for strangers with dread diseases is nothing like the angst you feel when a member of your family is sickened. You may pity victims of hurricanes, but there’s nothing like wandering your own submerged neighborhood to bring the devastation home.
The Official Blog Spouse was on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show recently to talk about a variety of topics, including the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board that McDonald’s is a joint employer with its franchise owners, and it can therefore be jointly charged in labor disputes. As I have previously noted, this potentially opens the door to unionizing fast-food franchises, which would be a major change in labor law and the franchise market.
One in five? Yeah, right. Sounds way too high.
We recently marked the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which led to the escalation of the Vietnam War. It’s a history worth remembering at a moment when the United States faces so many crises in so many corners of the world.
Nixon without Watergate; it’s like Beethoven without music or The Godfather without violence.
Gallup finds that three of the largest drops in the rate of the uninsured just happened to take place in states with the hardest-fought Senate races:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Virginia’s former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged earlier this year in a 14-count federal indictment, it seemed the story could get no more depressing than it already was.
Recently, an explosion at a plant in Jiangsu province, China, that sold products to a General Motors supplier killed at least 75 workers and injured another 185. Two days later, Bloomberg News reported on a study estimating that better interactions with suppliers could have increased GM’s operating profits by about $400 million last year. The coincidence of these two stories seems to defy the cost-cutting logic that has driven most auto-supply work to the “China Cost.” Is it possible that an automaker could have made more money and avoided an appalling tragedy simply by not focusing so much on lowering costs?
A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States.
- Metal worker claims self-defense in killing 423-pound co-worker in Medley
- Louis Aguirre leaving Miami for L.A., ‘Insider’
- Judge dismisses suit against Miami-Dade primate-research protesters
- Black voters become focus in redistricting fight as both side claim to offer better protections
- Upgrades planned next year for Miami-Dade libraries
- Miami-Dade hires new housing director
- Guantánamo-bound MRI spent year in storage
- Partisan clash dominates hearing over new map
- Battle for Florida Gators’ backup QB spot going down to wire
- New SpoolTek lure catches monster snook in dark of night
- Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off single leads Miami Marlins to victory over Rangers
- RB Burns looks for breakout season for Gulliver
- Gators OC Kurt Roper says infamous Gator-on-Gator block ‘a product of season’
- Miami Dolphins’ kicking job up for grabs
- Miami Marlins can’t keep momentum going against Texas Rangers, fall back to .500
- Key Biscayne tennis tournament gets a new name: Miami Open
- 122 South Florida companies make Inc. 5000 list
- The Fresh Diet sold to Innovative Food Holdings
- Miami-based Movéo car service expands to Colombia
- Silver Airways adds Fort Lauderdale-Jacksonville flights
- Saks Fifth Avenue will anchor Brickell City Centre
- Taxi alternatives could improve service
- Back-to-school worries can stress working parents as well as kids
- $342 million sale of six properties on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road closes
- No slime: Indian dish brings out the best of okra
- Cats can pick up virus at vet’s, but they can also transmit it themselves
- 7 new ways to build a 7-layer salad
- Water bath takes some bite out of bitter radicchio
- Pinto beans in cake? Sounds crazy, tastes delicious
- Injectibles may make you look younger - but make sure you go to an experienced practioner
- Study: Fruits and veggies can boost one’s mood, creativity
- Ana Veciana-Suarez: Heaping helpings of restaurant sarcasm do nothing for my appetite
- Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Friday
- Robin Williams 10 Best Movies
- Preserving America’s seafood heritage
- Celebrity birthdays on Aug 11
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- ‘Shorts Gone Wild 2’ finds laughs and deeper moments in brief LGBT-themed plays
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- Culture Shock Miami brings cheap tickets and love of the arts to youth
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