Heroic quarterback Tom Brady was apparently caught lying about his involvement in deflating footballs. One assumes that such prevarication counts for little in the larger scheme of football and Tom Brady’s own career trajectory. His defense is that he did not need to use underinflated footballs to win, so what did a lie or two matter?
Today the Chairman of Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, released a draft bill entitled “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” covering a wide range of reforms. Like the widely-discussed House policy rules bill (Section 2 of HR 5018 of last year), this Senate bill (in the first section of Title V) would require that the Fed report on monetary policy rules.
"California, Water You Doing." The whole thing is worth reading because it's such a beautiful numerate analysis. Of the 80 million acre feet a year of water use in California, only 2.8 million acre feet are used for toilets, showers, faucets, etc. That's only 3.5 percent of all water used.
There can hardly be a more direct connection between military history and current affairs than over the celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Russia on May 9. Vladimir Putin attempted to use the huge commemorations to promote the Russian armed forces, criticize the United States, sabre-rattle against Ukraine, cement alliances with rivals and opponents of the West, and generally to stoke up Russian hyper-nationalism.
The drama may seem endless but the noose is tightening on the Greek government: It managed to make Tuesday’s $840 million debt payment only by forcing hospitals, universities, and local governments to deposit their cash with the central bank.
For years environmentalists have been raising alarms about the “bee-pocalypse”–a supposed catastrophic decline in honeybee populations–and calling for an immediate ban of a new class of state-of-the-art “systemic” pesticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short) which they blamed for the die-offs.
A quarter of a century ago, barely half the children of primary school age in sub-Saharan Africa were enrolled in school. By 2012 the share was 78 percent. In South Asia, primary school enrollment jumped to 94 percent from 75 percent over the same period.
Four guest speakers at the Leon Panetta Lecture Series took on the question, “Why is the middle class getting squeezed?” at the Monterey Conference Center Monday night, and despite a fair amount of discussion, agreement and gentle arguing, no particular answer came forth.
Stanford University economics professor Caroline Hoxby found that a student who attended a charter school would close 86 percent of the “Scarsdale–Harlem achievement gap” in math and 66 percent in reading.
The figures were compiled by two economists, Eric Hanushek of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich, and based on the international rankings of 15-year-olds using the OECD’s triennial Pisa tests across 76 countries.
Stanford University also has The Herbert Hoover Memorial Building and is home to the Hoover Institution and the Hoover Library/Archives – which houses papers from his humanitarian work before becoming president. The Hoover Tower is a 285 foot landmark that boasts a 14th floor observation lookout and the complex is home to the university's public policy institute