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Tale of two Rust Belts: Higher education is driving Rust Belt revival but risks abound
The region boasts an impressive network of 20 of the world’s premier research and teaching universities (ranked in the top 200 worldwide), more than in any other U.S. region. Yet ironically, as the link between higher education and prosperity grows ever stronger, governments at the national and state levels are advancing policy decisions that could weaken these critical assets, and the economic future of the Rust Belt and United States as a whole.
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6 hours ago by elfwreck
Queen and I bonded over sore feet, reveals Michelle Obama - BBC News
It was described as a breach of royal protocol - but Michelle Obama has revealed the reason why she put her arm around the Queen's shoulder during a 2009 reception.
The monarch responded by putting her arm around the waist of the then US first lady as they stood side by side.
In her memoir, Becoming, Mrs Obama said they had just agreed a long day wearing heels had left them with sore feet.
We were just "two tired ladies oppressed by our shoes", she added.
At the time, Mrs Obama's embrace was described by one commentator as "extraordinary", but as she put it: "I did what's instinctive to me any time I feel connected to a new person."
The exchange took place on 1 April 2009 when Barack Obama made his first visit to the UK as US President to attend a G20 summit.
gov2.0  politics  FLOTUS  michelle  uk  royal 
7 hours ago by rgl7194
Alex Knepper posted this survey — see below for... - John Althouse Cohen
"I've listed several domestic policy issues below. Copy-paste the list and indicate your general position on the matter (liberal, conservative, centrist, libertarian, etc)."

My response:

Abortion: should be legal and not more heavily regulated than ordinary medical procedures

Affirmative Action: should be deemed unconstitutional in the education/admissions context; I'm more open-minded about it in the job hiring context

Climate Change: in favor of attempting to address it in an efficient manner

Death Penalty: my views are too complex to summarize in this space

Deficit Spending: in favor of fiscal responsibility, against profligate taxing of future generations

Drug Policy: for legalization and heavy regulation

Economic Regulation: prefer allowing markets to work, with light regulation to the extent it's justified to correct market failures, e.g. taxing negative externalities

Education: in favor of vouchers and other such policies to encourage competition; generally against teacher/professor tenure

Entitlement Reform: too vague to answer

Gun Control: no strong ideological stance

Health Care: would prefer either single-payer or a radical libertarian system, rather than Obamacare or the status quo ante

Immigration: in favor of Gary Becker's proposal to offer citizenship to anyone (and their families) who'll pay the US a fixed amount, e.g. $50,000, on an installment plan, with any conditions and exemptions needed to make this policy viable

Judicial Affairs: judges should balance their legal duty to faithfully interpret and apply legislative and constitutional texts with the importance of making sensible decisions in the modern-day real world

"Law and Order": in favor of vigorous enforcement of laws against violent crimes, with all appropriate legal protections including due process and other rights of the accused

Religion In the Public Square: people can do whatever they want in public areas; just don't take my tax dollars to promote religion

Same-Sex Marriage: is urgently, morally, and constitutionally necessary, which should not be subject to the will of the majority

Taxes: should be raised in the US for conservative reasons

Welfare: in favor of limited welfare, crafted as intelligently as possible to minimize disincentives to work
my.views  ideology  politics  fb  knepper 
7 hours ago by jaltcoh
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Imagine the most comically absurd capitalist thing you can think of. Go ahead. Double it. OK — ready? How about this one: a nation of people who are mostly broke, living paycheck-to-paycheck, who’ll…
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