4 Reasons Why It’s Veto Season At The White House

i President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say, 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes, but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty […]

Russian Economic Woes Hit France’s Ski Slopes

i Russian tourists typically flock to the luxury ski resort of Megeve in the French Alps, but the weak ruble has kept them away this year. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images Russian tourists typically flock to the luxury ski resort of Megeve in the French Alps, but the weak ruble […]

Could This Virus Be Good For You?

i Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and colleagues analyzed the viral genetics in blood samples from 78 Ebola patients early in the epidemic. Stephen Gire/AP hide caption itoggle caption Stephen Gire/AP Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and […]

South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader

i Eugene De Kock a former Vlakplaas commander speaks to the judge at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1999. De Kock, the apartheid regime’s top assassin, asked the commission for amnesty for over 100 incidents of torture, murder and fraud. Yoav Lemmer /AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Yoav Lemmer /AFP/Getty Images Eugene De […]

True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

i In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: “free and reduced-price lunch.” What’s the percentage at a given school? In a given district or state? It’s not necessarily out of concern about who’s getting fed. Instead, it’s most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that effects learning. […]

As Deadline Passes, The Fate Of ISIS Hostages Is Uncertain

As a deadline came and went, the fate of two hostages being held by the Islamic State is uncertain. As we’ve reported, Jordan has indicated it was willing to release a convicted terrorist in exchange for the release of a Jordanian prisoner. On Thursday, Jordan demanded proof of life from the Islamic State, which had […]

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

i The obituary in The Los Angeles Times describes Rod McKuen as “prolific” and that may well be an understatement considering the many compositions he churned out. McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. His work included the Academy Award-nominated song “Jean” from the 1969 film The […]

China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting ‘Western Values’

i A Chinese paramilitary police stands in front a portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden city, Beijing, China, in November. Aaron Favila/AP hide caption itoggle caption Aaron Favila/AP A Chinese paramilitary police stands in front a portrait of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the Forbidden city, Beijing, China, in November. […]

After Testing Positive For EPO, Running Star Rita Jeptoo Banned For 2 Years

i Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women’s Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21. Timothy Clary /AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Timothy Clary /AFP/Getty Images Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women’s Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on […]

Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

Saudi authorities have once again canceled the scheduled flogging of blogger Raif Badawi who is being punished for insulting Islam, according to Amnesty International, the human rights group that has been closely following the case. Separately, Ensaf Haidar, Badawi’s wife, told Agence France-Presse, she was unclear why the 30-year-old blogger was spared today. Badawi, as […]