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Harsher punishments for blacks at public schools?

Harsher punishments for blacks at public schools?

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. The suspensions — and disparities — begin at […]

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

CIA-Senate spat raises concerns about oversight

The government’s top intelligence lawyers on Wednesday renewed assurances that Congress is adequately monitoring U.S. surveillance programs. But it’s suddenly an awkward argument for the Obama administration, since the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee publicly accused the CIA of illegally monitoring its investigators as they carried out their oversight duties. Since disclosures about the […]

Obama shuts down Syrian embassy, consulates in U.S.

Obama shuts down Syrian embassy, consulates in U.S.

The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, requiring all personnel who are not legal U.S residents to leave the country. The order, three years after the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, essentially shutters the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary […]

All the news that’s fit to…whatever

All the news that’s fit to…whatever

A new study finds Americans of all ages are charting their own paths across a media landscape that no longer relies on front pages and evening newscasts to dictate what’s worth knowing. They still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, according to the Media Insight Project. The conclusions […]

Free tuition? A growing idea in some states

Free tuition?  A growing idea in some states

Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word “free,” and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college. Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global skills race, supporters of a no-tuition policy see expanding access to community college as way to boost […]

Backtrack on deportations carries political risk

Backtrack on deportations carries political risk

President Barack Obama’s new promise to seek ways to ease his administration’s rate of deportations aims to mollify angry immigrant advocates but carries risks for a White House that has insisted it has little recourse. In asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to review enforcement practices, Obama could undo already fragile congressional efforts to overhaul […]

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