There’s been a convergence on the left and right on Common Core: A lot of the right-wing opposition is about Obama. … On the left, it’s about standardized testing and how high-stakes tests are going to be used to hold schools accountable.
I know for a fact that it occurs to at least some of us. You know who we are. We obsessively followed the reports from Ferguson, and would, no question, tell a pollster that we believe the criminal justice system is biased against people of color. We’re white girls who make jokes about “white girls,” as if this category does not include us. We are proud to say we live in diverse cities — not the anodyne suburban enclaves and small towns of our upbringing. Yet our friends are mostly white. And we don’t feel great about it. Which raises a very thorny question: Should we actively try to make more friends who aren’t white? And if so, how?
After a meteoric rise in support over the last twenty years, a new trend may be emerging. Here’s what it could mean
My latest at Salon. Basic takeaway: Don’t freak out just yet.
Accusing a politician of breaking a promise is a bit like complaining that the water is too wet. … But Obama’s announcement on immigration over the weekend is dismaying to even the most cynical political observer.
Defying the expectations of naysayers, today 53,000 4-year-olds will show up for the first day of school under New York City’s new, universal pre-kindergarten program. You can bet on one thing: There are going to be plenty of screw-ups.
That’s right — lawyers for Indiana and Wisconsin claimed that because a ‘fleeting moment of passion’ can produce offspring, straight people need marriage as an incentive to stay together and raise their ‘unintended children.’ Gay people, on the other hand, have to think and plan a lot harder if they want to be parents, so marriage doesn’t concern them. In other words, because an ill-considered, alcohol-fueled romp between two straight people can lead to a baby, gays shouldn’t be able to marry.
Ironically — or fittingly enough — having a gay kid is the best medicine for conservative parents scared of raising a sissy or a tomboy.
Justice Kennedy’s exercise in judicial restraint has come back to haunt him. In overturning DOMA without fully explaining why, he left lower courts to come up with their own standards for judging gay-marriage bans across the country. In the end, this has only hastened the day the Supreme Court will have to fully explain itself on gay marriage.