Category Archives: News of the Day

News. News. News. Walker’s Reform, Williams’ ‘Truth,’ and Bush’s Education (2/5)

Walker Wants to Circumvent Teacher Licensure In his post, Dr. Haymond argued that Scott Walker should go on the offensive. One of his suggested reforms was school choice. Walker is seeking a different sort of change. Walker wants to alter Wisconsin regulations so that people with a college degree and some work experience can quickly transition into the teaching profession. Such a reform could significantly expand the pool of qualified teachers. What do you all think about such reforms? Would they… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. ISIS, “Triple Parents,” and Obama’s Budget (2/4)

Three Parent Babies in England MPs agreed to allow “triple parent” babies in England yesterday, though the House of Lords still has a say on the issue. What are “triple parent babies?” They are fertilized eggs with DNA from two women and one man. I do not understand all of the science involved. The procedure is described as a mitochondrial transfer that allows women with genetic dispositions that are normally destructive to children to have healthy babies by using parts of… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. The Super Bowl and Scott Walker’s Surge (2/2)

Super Bowl Lives Up to the Hype As a Colts fan, last night’s Super Bowl was not ideal. Any New England Patriots’ triumph is very low on my list of things to see. Being fair, though, it was a remarkable game. Both teams played at a championship level and the outcome was in doubt until the very end. The commercials were largely forgetful, at least for me, although I wish the Mexicans had drafted the polar bear. Three quick comments:… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 29th Edition

A.G. Nominee Drawing Opposition Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, began her confirmation hearings yesterday. Republican Senators were particularly curious about Lynch’s perception of President Obama’s executive order on immigration. When pressed on the matter, Lynch said Obama’s actions were reasonable and a function of his prosecutorial discretion. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pushed Lynch on the matter, asking her if a future president might have the prosecutorial discretion to lower taxes by not enforcing higher tax brackets via the… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 28th Edition

Mike Huckabee on Professional Civility Potential Republican presidential candidate and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) is taking a fair bit of grief over his perception of work place standards. Huckabee bemoaned the constant use of profanity while he was at Fox News, even among women.The fact that Huckabee’s comments have garnered such attention largely reflects our own society’s competing conceptions of femininity. Huckabee’s basic point is that standards in the Midwest and South are different from those in urban areas… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 27th Edition

Still Searching for the Holocaust’s Victims The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has many staggering displays. One of its most powerful is a multi-floor walk through that shows hundreds of photos arranged all around four walls. They are pictures of people at play in the snow, in casual poses of love and friendship, and formal settings of commemoration. The pictures, you learn, are all from a particular shtetl, Eishishok, which was located in modern Lithuania. The photos… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 26th Edition

2016 Kicks Off in Iowa Like tweens to a Taylor Swift concert, Republican hopefuls flocked to Iowa this weekend, in search not of sugary pop lyrics, but corn-fed hope. U.S. Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) Freedom Summit attracted what appears to be the heavy majority of the presidential field. Politico has a helpful summary. Highlights of note: Scott Walker was a revelation to many. He can point to significant accomplishments in office, as opposed to those who can only claim to… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 23rd Edition

House Republicans Pass Watered Down Abortion Bill Political parties, for those who fall in love with them, will always jilt you in the end. The Republicans have leaned on the right to life community for years, and though the party has maintained its fidelity on the issue, it has not delivered much in the way of substance. Granted, the Supreme Court has retrained the legislative options. Given the Republican takeover of Congress last November, and the March for Life this… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 22nd Edition

CNN to Launch Political Game Show? According to sources, CNN is preparing a possible Jeopardy-styled game show to air on the cable network. Contestants would be quizzed on presidential politics and Anderson Cooper is slated to host. I just have to say this. If a cable news channel (take your pick as to which one–CNN, MSNBC, FOX) hosted a game show, how would that be different from normal coverage? The newscasts themselves, not to mention they events they purport to… Continue Reading ››

News. News. News. January 21st Edition

The State of the Union President Obama’s State of the Union address was typical in many ways. The speech has devolved into a fairly limp laundry list of presidential hopes and dreams. Never missing an opportunity to score political points, both parties either stand or sit, depending on their affiliations. It is theater more than anything, and not the good kind. Obama, however, did provide a robust vision of the future. It is, as Jamelle Bouie notes at Slate, a… Continue Reading ››