Joe Biden’s plan to triple spending on poor schools, explained

Joe Biden’s plan to triple spending on poor schools, explained

Biden’s education plan suggests he’s breaking with Obama’s legacy. Former Vice President Joe Biden just announced his first detailed policy proposal of the 2020 campaign: an education plan that calls for a big increase in federal spending on schools and districts serving low-income kids. The plan, which Biden announced ahead of a forum with the American Federation of Teachers in Houston on Tuesday, would give teachers a raise (an idea previously proposed by Kamala Harris)….

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The “Green wave” and 4 other takeaways from the European parliamentary elections

The “Green wave” and 4 other takeaways from the European parliamentary elections

The Greens and far-right populists gained as Europe’s center caved. Fragmentation will define the new European Parliament. Voters across the European Union went to the polls this past week to vote for the parties they want to represent them in the European Parliament, one of the legislative bodies of the EU and the only one whose members — known as MEPs — are directly elected by EU citizens. And now that the results are in,…

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Netflix’s The Perfection learned all the wrong lessons from #MeToo

Netflix’s The Perfection learned all the wrong lessons from #MeToo

Netflix’s controversial new horror movie tries — and fails — to be a metaphor for rape culture. This review contains both a general plot overview and major spoilers for The Perfection. When I was a student at a prestigious music school, a widespread school legend told of the Juilliard School’s fiercely competitive piano department, whose students would place razor blades in between the keys of rehearsal pianos in practice rooms. If a student played too…

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Trump’s attack on Joe Biden over the 1994 crime bill, explained

Trump’s attack on Joe Biden over the 1994 crime bill, explained

Trump made a bad-faith attempt to drive a wedge between Joe Biden and black voters. President Donald Trump took aim at Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden for leading passage of the 1994 crime bill as a senator, criticizing him in a pair of tweets posted on Memorial Day while Trump was in Japan for a diplomatic visit. “….Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily…

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More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.

More pregnant women are using marijuana. We don’t know if that’s safe.

And cannabis dispensaries are marketing their products to pregnant women for morning sickness. Soon after Amy Smith* started thinking about having a baby a few years ago, she wondered what she’d do about her marijuana habit. Smith had deployed twice with the US Army, and had returned from Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. At one point, her doctors at the VA had her taking 22 pills to help her sleep and quell her depression…

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