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By Patrick Tuohey on Apr 02, 2018

Education funding is a hot topic in several states, with lawsuits alleging that state governments are failing to meet their constitutional duties to provide adequate resources.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Mar 28, 2018

Last month the U.S. Census Bureau found that St. Louis had, once again, shrunk in population over the last year. The Bureau reported that St. Louis’s population in 2017 had dropped to fewer than 309,000 people—over 10,000 fewer St.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 19, 2018

In the 80’s and 90’s, politicians from both parties wanted to be tough on crime. A favored tool was stripping judges of their discretion in favor of mandatory minimum sentences set by the legislature. Unsurprisingly, prison populations have gone up.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 08, 2018

Imagine someone knocking on your door with a business proposal. He and his partners want to build on the vacant lot next to your home. Right now the venture is a guaranteed money-loser, but if you chip in some of your money, the other investors are guaranteed a better return.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Mar 07, 2018

If you google “What is the value of a high school diploma?” you get some pretty inspiring results: “Though it may seem like a cliché, the value of a high school diploma cannot be overstated.

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By Emily Stahly on Mar 06, 2018

A high-school diploma is supposed to mean something. A student who earns one should be ready to attend college or a trade school, or to start working right away. But a diploma’s value depends on the quality of the school that stands behind it.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Mar 05, 2018

As president of the most powerful country in the world – and a man with the utmost confidence in his own judgment – would Donald J. Trump dare to tell the Sun, that fiery ball at the center of our solar system, “You’re fired”?

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By Patrick Tuohey on Feb 07, 2018

As Omahans consider spending hundreds of millions of dollars for a streetcar system, proponents point to Kansas City as an example of a successful system. But the claims about Kansas City’s success are grossly overstated, and voters reject the system almost every time they are given a chance.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jan 31, 2018

Conservatives have long argued that taxes matter. Sure, they matter, progressives have countered – if all you care about is making the rich richer and doing nothing to help working people.

Witness an incredible turn of events:

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By Susan Pendergrass on Jan 17, 2018

It is one of the most important decisions for parents to make—where to send their children to school. Some parents even pick up and move to the school district they desire, but of course this is impossible for many middle and low-income families.