Criminal Justice

News: Senators Introduce Landmark Bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

Via Sen. Chuck Grassley: Senators Introduce Landmark Bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 Excerpt A bipartisan group of senators led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin today is introducing comprehensive legislation aimed at recalibrating prison sentences for certain drug offenders, targeting violent criminals, and granting judges […]


News: Update on No Child Left Behind

Pioneer Press: Other voices: Fine, a new No Child Left Behind. But what if students don’t learn? Excerpt Both House and Senate would wisely continue statewide testing regimens that break out results among students by race, income and special needs. However, both bills rate a big red “I” for “incomplete” in one vital measure: accountability […]

Andre Agassi

News: An Interview with Andre Agassi

Harvard Business Review: An Interview with Andre Agassi Excerpt [On his school's difference to the rest of the public schools in Las Vegas] One difference is time on task. There are no shortcuts. We have longer school days—eight hours versus six. If you add that up, it’s 16 years of education versus 12 for district […]

religion and faith

Religion & Freedom

Over the past month, a lot of the country has been following Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ fight against gay marriage. On June 26 of this year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize and provide marriage licenses for all legally-able couples, gay or straight. Mrs. Davis claims issuing those licenses […]

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Event: Federal Budget Workshop in Des Moines

Community members are invited to join Drake University students, faculty, staff and the RaySociety in an interactive budget forum to learn about the federal budget and study real-life public policy choices related to domestic priorities and defense spending, Medicare and Social Security, and taxes. During this fun and interactive exercise facilitated by Sara Imhof, Iowa’s […]

Experian Social Security

Facts & Myths About Social Security

Groups on all sides of the issue of Social Security are doing their best to build up walls around their staked-out positions and all that is leaving us with is a battlefield full of ideas that are DOA. Instead, we need to approach Social Security with an open conversation about the facts and leave the […]


News: Presidential candidates confront opioid epidemic in N.H.

Boston Globe: Presidential candidates confront opioid epidemic in N.H. Excerpt One by one, as the candidates march through New Hampshire, they are forced to confront the state’s drug crisis through sorrowful, first-hand testimonies of addiction. A recent poll showed the drug crisis ranked second as the biggest issue facing the state — ahead of health […]