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Just how did we end up with this presidential primary system?

Just how did we end up with this presidential primary system?
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“Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary” by Geoffrey Cowan; Credit: W.W. Norton & Company As a way to win the Republican Party nomination against William Howard Taft in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt capitalized on the idea of presidential primaries. Using the phrase, “Let the people rule,” Roosevelt swept nine […]

Police leaders at odds over use-of-force reforms

Police leaders at odds over use-of-force reforms

Los Angeles Police Department officers in riot gear look at protestors following a prayer vigil against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles,California.; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in […]

New book on Los Angeles looks at the fits of violence that created the city

New book on Los Angeles looks at the fits of violence that created the city

“Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles” (W.W. Norton, 2016) by John Mack Faragher; Credit: W.W. Norton & Company Before Los Angeles became the world’s dream factory, before it was the idyllic paradise of surf and sun, the City of Angels started as one of the most violent places in America. In the […]

New book on Los Angeles looks at the fits of violence that created the city

New book on Los Angeles looks at the fits of violence that created the city

“Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles” (W.W. Norton, 2016) by John Mack Faragher; Credit: W.W. Norton & Company Before Los Angeles became the world’s dream factory, before it was the idyllic paradise of surf and sun, the City of Angels started as one of the most violent places in America. In the […]

Ethical, legal questions surrounding Pentagon initiative to freeze eggs, sperm

Ethical, legal questions surrounding Pentagon initiative to freeze eggs, sperm

A new Pentagon pilot program would pay for active duty members of the U.S. military to have sperm or eggs frozen.; Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images A new Pentagon pilot program would pay for active duty members of the U.S. military to have sperm or eggs frozen, says Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The program is part of […]

Debating CDC’s strict warning against alcohol for women not on birth control

Debating CDC’s strict warning against alcohol for women not on birth control

A lady drinks champagne on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images); Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images There is a backlash against advice from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) warning sexually active women […]

University of Connecticut black-only learning community draws mixed reactions

University of Connecticut black-only learning community draws mixed reactions

An exterior view of Rentschler Field before a game in East Hartford, Connecticut.; Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images The University of Connecticut is setting aside specific rooms in its new dorm building for more than 40 African-American male students. On average, male Black students academically underperform at UConn. The school hopes having the students live together […]

University of Connecticut black-only learning community draws mixed reactions

University of Connecticut black-only learning community draws mixed reactions

An exterior view of Rentschler Field before a game in East Hartford, Connecticut.; Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images The University of Connecticut is setting aside specific rooms in its new dorm building for more than 40 African-American male students. On average, male Black students academically underperform at UConn. The school hopes having the students live together […]

Why Amazon wants to open up 400 more brick-and-mortar bookstores?

Why Amazon wants to open up 400 more brick-and-mortar bookstores?

Jeff Ing of Seattle uses a Kindle Fire tablet device at the newly opened Amazon Books store on November 4, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.; Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon.com, the online “everything store,” opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle late last year. The company called it a “physical extension of Amazon.com”. For all intent […]

Why Amazon wants to open up 400 more brick-and-mortar bookstores?

Why Amazon wants to open up 400 more brick-and-mortar bookstores?

Jeff Ing of Seattle uses a Kindle Fire tablet device at the newly opened Amazon Books store on November 4, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.; Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon.com, the online “everything store,” opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle late last year. The company called it a “physical extension of Amazon.com”. For all intent […]