Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, now leading the Heritage Foundation, has been one of the most influential voices in the budget brinkmanship on Capitol Hill. "There's no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator," he says.
Roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the SAT in 2013 performed poorly. The sponsor of the test wants to work with schools to help students do better, but some say the group is really concerned with trying to keep the test relevant.
Classrooms at some historically black colleges and universities around the country are emptier this semester. Stricter lending requirements for the federal Parent PLUS Loan that began in 2011 have dramatically cut federal lending to parents of HBCU undergrads. While some analysts welcome new limits to parent loans, administrators at HBCUs worry about increased financial pressure from drops in student enrollment.
In 2006, Oregon successfully made pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of meth, a prescription drug. Since then, Mother Jones' Jonah Engle reports, 24 states have tried to follow suit — and 23 have failed. Engle attributes those failures to pharmaceutical companies' massive lobbying efforts.
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' grant this week for improving health care in one of the poorest cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Brenner about his experience, and the national health care debate.
Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota's Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.
Like so much of the advice that parents give to their children, conversations about race can be pretty instructive about the values parents hold most dear. And like so much other parental advice, kids are often keen to reject it outright or remix it for themselves.
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