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Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say

QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.

New York Times
Dec 17, 2010 U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistan

QUOTE: The president should inform our representatives in Afghanistan that although we shall continue to put up with much that we do not condone, there are limits to our accommodations. We shall neither finance nor protect a regime that refuses to act against large-scale sexual abuse of children.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 21, 2010 Texts Without Context

QUOTE: a concern with how digital media are reshaping our political and social landscape, molding art and entertainment, even affecting the methodology of scholarship and research. They examine the consequences of the fragmentation of data that the Web produces, as news articles, novels and record albums are broken down into bits and bytes; the growing emphasis on immediacy and real-time responses; the rising tide of data and information that permeates our lives; and the emphasis that blogging and partisan political Web sites place on subjectivity.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2009 Swine Flu Upsets Rituals of Greeting

QUOTE: the era of swine flu poses the thorny challenge of how to express cordiality, friendship, even love — while staying, as the authorities recommend, at least three to five feet away from anyone who coughs, sneezes or might otherwise show signs of infection with the H1N1 virus.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2009 Paying for healthcare overhaul may fall unevenly on states: States such as New York are most likely to pay higher taxes to fund expanded coverage but have less to gain, policy analysts say.

QUOTE: Some of the "bluest" states that propelled Obama into the White House are among those most likely to pay more in taxes to fund expanded health insurance coverage and make other changes to the system, analysts say.

Los Angeles Times
Apr 19, 2009 India's Muslims See Bias in Housing: Recent Increase Is Blamed on Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai Last Fall

QUOTE: accusations of discrimination [against Muslims] highlight the often simmering religious tensions in the world's biggest democracy [India]...

Washington Post
Dec 12, 2008 Chaos Begets Chaos: A new study supports the controversial claim that people can be morally swayed by the state of their surroundings.

QUOTE: It's not that good people turned bad, either. One goal simply surpassed another in importance. In the case of the mailbox, the desire for cash superceded the desire to behave appropriately, because others already hadn't.

Seed Magazine
Mar 09, 2008 Smartening Up: Brain Enhancement Is Wrong, Right?

QUOTE: era of doping may be looming in academia, and it has ignited a debate about policy and ethics that in some ways echoes the national controversy over performance enhancement accusations against elite athletes like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 The Smoking Scourge Among Urban Blacks (Baltimore Journal)

QUOTE: Even as antismoking campaigns have sharply reduced tobacco use in society at large, smoking has remained far more common among the poor of all races.

New York Times
Jan 23, 2005 See No Bias: Many Americans believe they are not prejudiced. Now a new test provides powerful evidence that a majority of us really are.

QUOTE: Banaji and others soon developed tests for bias against gays, women and foreigners. The bias tests, which have now been taken by more than 2 million people, 90 percent of them American, and used in hundreds of research studies, have arguably revolutionized the study of prejudice.

Washington Post
Mar 05, 2003 Rights Group Calls for End to Inheriting African Wives

QUOTE: Human Rights Watch issued a report today condemning the traditional African practice of wife inheritance, in which a widow is transferred to a male relative of her deceased husband.

New York Times
Jan 29, 2003 Debate rages on how much taxes rich should pay

QUOTE: It's an age-old American question — with an urgent new twist: Do the country's richest citizens owe an extra debt to society?

Seattle Times
Oct 26, 2001 When the Brutal Truth is a Kindness

QUOTE: when the anthrax scare first attracted Congress....Secretary Thompson's mistake was more serious. When there is a serious public concern with a possible danger, the worst possible official response is to offer false reassurances.

San Francisco Chronicle