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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Bill Gates And His Silver Bullet

by Diane Ravitchvia Forbes
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Back in 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had a big idea about how to fix the problems of American education...

Analysis and Commentary

The Right To Win

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Among the many new “rights” being conjured out of thin air, a new one seems to be a “right” to win...

In the News
In the News

U.S.-Iraqi Security Pact

with Thomas H. Henriksenvia KQED
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

If Iraqi government officials approve the newest version of a U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, American combat forces would leave Iraqi cities, towns and villages by next July...

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Shelby Steele on President-Elect Obama: Chapter 3 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Shelby Steelevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shelby Steels says Obama represented an opportunity for white voters to dispel the stigma that this is a racist country...

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Could 'Open Source' Testing Help Resolve the Testing Impasse?

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

While there is wide disagreement about how to revise the No Child Left Behind Act’s accountability system when the law comes up for reauthorization in the next Congress, there is virtual unanimity on one point...

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President-Elect Gets School Policy Advice

with Tom Lovelessvia Education Week
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

While President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team works behind closed doors, education groups are openly trying to influence the next administration’s K-12 policies...

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For Obama, a Game of High-Stakes Fiscal Poker

with Michael J. Boskin, John F. Coganvia Townhall
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Barack Obama will likely be forced to scale back his spending plans and perhaps slow his middle-class tax cuts next year because of massive deficits from the recession and the economic bailout...

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Education Next: As Popularity of Home Schooling Grows, Greater Numbers and More Diversity Among Families Choosing Option

with Education Nextvia Business Wire
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Home schooling is now popular among a broader and more representative group of the American public than ever before...

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Strategy Retooled at Gates

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In rolling out plans last week to revamp its high school strategy and launch a major new effort on the postsecondary front, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is undertaking a more sweeping approach to grantmaking that appears aimed at reshaping some core elements of the U.S. education system...

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FDA Scientists Allege Coercion in Medical Device Approval Process, House Panel Investigates

with Henry I. Millervia Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday launched an investigation into allegations by at least eight FDA scientists that agency managers coerced those in the medical device division into approving products despite serious safety and effectiveness concerns, CongressDaily reports...

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Creative destruction at risk

with Niall Fergusonvia Power Line
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Niall Ferguson is a bestselling author, a professor of history at Harvard, a senior research fellow at Oxford, and a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution...

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Opening the Rehnquist Files

with Hoover Institutionvia Law.com
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fresh from the Nixon Justice Department, newly minted associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist needed advice...

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GM faces its day of reckoning

with Gary S. Beckervia Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

General Motors Corp. has posted an ominous video on YouTube, warning of "imminent collapse" for the industry, just as chief executive officer Rick Wagoner heads to Washington today to plead for a $25-billion (U.S.) lifeline...

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The Ascent of Money; Spooks; The Department Store

with Niall Fergusonvia Times (UK)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A cartoon in Private Eye once depicted the Hindenburg airship on fire...

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The Gladwell Formula

with Diane Ravitchvia New York Observer
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Of all the writers in the world—the number continues to multiply in terror-inducing increments—Malcolm Gladwell may be the only one who doesn’t need the extra credit from God you get for being published in The New Yorker...

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Television critic's choice - Horizon

with Niall Fergusonvia Telegraph (UK)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A terrifically well-timed series in which historian Niall Ferguson argues the case for money, and especially money lending, being “the essential back story to the whole of history”...

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In the Paper: November 21 issue

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The gathering of the G20 marks a power shift as the EU hatches a plan to escape from Russian dominance over its gas supplies...

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Will vs. Krugman (and DeLong and Econospeak)

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Brad DeLong quotes commenter Steve Benen...