Until the 1990s, the agency routinely denied security clearances to gay men and women. Hundreds were purged from government agencies in the '50s and '60s. Today, the CIA is actively searching for them, hoping they'll join.
President Francois Hollande says the extra work penalizes students with difficult home situations, proposing doing away with homework in elementary and junior high schools. But others argue the individual work is exactly what those students need to succeed.
Downtown Community Television has served as both an educational video center for its Chinatown neighborhood and a pioneering independent producer for major broadcast networks. DCTV is marking its 40th anniversary this fall. Jon Kalish talks to its founders, alumni and current crop of students about why its work is still important.
From directors to designers, almost everyone in beauty pageants turns a profit. But not most of the contestants. Many can wind up spending thousands of dollars for entrance fees, the perfect gown and top-notch coaching. For most contestants, it's an expensive hobby with little or no financial reward.
Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.
The bows are tied, the garlands are hung, and the White House is aglow. The decorations were handled with care by volunteers from all over the country, and this week, first lady Michelle Obama showed them off to military families.
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