"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."
—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher
- For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:22:00 -0500
- The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.
- Illinois Governor Signs Pension Rescue Plan Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:30:00 -0500
- The law aims to plug a $100 billion shortfall in the state's pension system, which is considered the nation's worst-funded.
- White House: President Briefly Lived With Kenyan-Born Uncle Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:51:00 -0500
- After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that as a Harvard Law School student at Cambridge, the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.
- Obama: World Lost A Profoundly Good Man In Nelson Mandela's Death Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:10 -0500
- President Obama addressed the nation Thursday after news that former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died, saying the world lost an influential, courageous and "profoundly good" man.
- Wash. Judge Rules Towns Failed Poor Defendents Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:55:10 -0500
- A big ruling on whether poor criminal defendants have the right to a lawyer came this week. A judge in Washington state finds two cities have systematically violated the rights of indigent defendants by providing them with lawyers who spent less than one hour on their cases.
- To Fix Social Security, Some Democrats Want To Lift Wage Cap Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:49:00 -0500
- For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.
- Fla. Prosecutor: No Sexual Assault Charges For FSU Football Star Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:38:00 -0500
- Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. That decision was announced Thursday in Talahassee.
- New York City's New Top Cop's Broken Windows Background Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:59 -0500
- Robert Siegel talks with criminologist George Kelling, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, about the career and policing style of William Bratton, who was named NYPD Police Commissioner Thursday.
- DeBlasio Appoints New Commissioner To Run NYPD Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:59 -0500
- New York City Mayor-Elect Bill deBlasio named William Bratton to head the city's police department Thursday. Bratton was New York's police commissioner in the 1990s, and was police chief in Los Angeles and commissioner in Boston. He'll return to the role as head of the nation's largest police department as the NYPD faces a crossroads. Despite unprecedentedly low crime rates in the city, the department has come under scrutiny in recent years for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy — tactics the mayor-elect has strongly criticized for souring relations between police and minority communities.
- Fast Food Workers Rally Across Country For Better Pay Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:37:58 -0500
- Workers rallied in 100 cities on Thursday to raise awareness for increasing pressure to raise wages. The push comes as 19 cities and states already raised minimum wages. A report from Berkeley economists finds the low-wage fast food jobs are costing taxpayer billions of dollars in public assistance — everything from food stamps to Medicaid.
- Some Stranded Whales In Fla. Moving Out To Sea Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:48:00 -0500
- Rescuers say that they've spotted at least 20 pilot whales in deeper water — a positive sign after the animals were discovered beached in a remote area of the Everglades on Tuesday.
- Cuteness Alert: Christmas Cats TV Is Streaming Live Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:32:00 -0500
- The scene you'll find at Christmas Cats TV is a unique one. A woman sits in a den that includes a Christmas tree, a hearth and some presents — and lots of cute cats, some of which are wearing holiday sweaters.
- Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald's Buys Luxury Jet Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:23:00 -0500
- Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
- New York City's Fire Commissioner On Extinguishing Racial Gap Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:58:00 -0500
- Two years after a federal judge ruled that New York City's fire department's tests discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, nearly 62 percent of graduates from the most recent class of the FDNY's training academy are minorities.
- Obama Tells Government To Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:29:00 -0500
- Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.