In Defense of Leading from Behind (Leslie Gelb) from Foreign Policy Magazine
"So what if it's a terrible slogan? It's still the right strategy."
In Syria, U.S. Inaction is Better than Intervention (Eugene Robinson) from the Washington Post
"President Obama is right to resist the mounting pressure for military intervention in Syria. Action by U.S. forces may or may not make the situation better — but certainly could make things worse."
The Tortured Tsarnaevs: The Boston Bombers’ Family History: Theft, Violence, and Religious Strife (William Saletan) from Slate
"...three of the nation’s leading newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times—have dispatched teams of reporters to dig into the family’s background and the sons’ radicalization. This weekend, all three papers published extensive articles. Here’s a summary of the most intriguing patterns and conflicts they found."
U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico from the Pew Global Attitudes Survey
"Fewer See Better Life North of the Border, but 35% Would Migrate. ... On the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico, the United States is enjoying a resurgence of good will among the Mexican public, with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama."
Introducing a Special Report on Education: How are Schools Adapting to the New Demands of the 21st Century? from Smithsonian Magazine
"You might not know it from the news reports, but there's never been a more exciting time to be going to school in America. Innovations abound, from the way we teach math to the way we teach teachers, from how kids get to school to the actual design of the buildings. The global economic climate has sparked an intense desire to focus on traditionally second-string subjects, like science, technology and engineering. And structural experimentation in blended learning, charter schools and virtual classrooms are evolving the very idea of what public education should look like."
How Voter Backlash Against Voter Suppression is Changing Our Politics (John Nichols) from the Nation
"“From the tours we did in 22 states, it became clear to us that many blacks that were apathetic and indifferent became outraged and energized when they realized that [Republicans] were changing the rules in the middle of the game, in terms of voter ID laws, ending ‘souls to the polls,’” Sharpton told theGrio.” So what was just another election, even though it dealt with the re-election of the first black president, took on a new dimension when they realized that they were implementing the disenfranchisement of black voters.” This was a big deal for Obama and the Democrats."
Black Turnout, GOP Denial Both High (Michael Tomasky) from the Daily Beast
"For the first time, black turnout exceeded white turnout in 2012. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to alienate black voters. Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s self-destructive behavior."
Republican Immigration Nightmare Could Recur (McKay Coppins) from BuzzFeed
""We are really balanced here on a little precipice and if this, pardon the pun, goes south, we could be in very serious trouble. If [the legislation] stalls or is killed off by conservatives, we could take the Hispanic community and turn them into the African-American community, where we get four percent on a good day... We could be a lost party for generations.""
George Bush’s True Legacy? A Republican Party in Denial (Ramesh Ponnuru) from Bloomberg News Service
"Conservatives rejected Bushism without demonstrating any understanding of why it was adopted in the first place, or why it was rejected. That’s George W. Bush’s political legacy: a weakened Republican Party unable to face its flaws."
The Integrated Prom was a Whopping Success (John Aravosis) from Americablog
"Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia finally held its first inter-racial, integrated, prom this past Saturday night – and the dance was a wild success. According to news reports, over half of the high school attended. (And I’m told it wasn’t just the African-American half – a large number of white students attended.)"
HOPE-FOR-PAWS DOG RESCUE VIDEO NUGGET!!
Healing A Shelter Dog's Broken Back And Wounded Spirit from Hope-for-Paws via Youtube
ANCIENT EGYPT NUGGET!!
We haven't had one of these in ages!!
Heracleion Photos: Lost Egyptian City Revealed After 1,200 Years Under Sea from the Huffington Post
"It is a city shrouded in myth, swallowed by the Mediterranean Sea and buried in sand and mud for more than 1,200 years. But now archeologists are unearthing the mysteries of Heracleion, uncovering amazingly well-preserved artifacts that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port."