Feb 25, 2018

Bipartisan condemnation
Trump Says FBI Missed 'Signals' Of Florida School Shooting Because Of Russia Probe

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I try so hard not to let tragedies like the one that happened at a Florida high school this week feel like just another shooting. This happens so often, it’s easy to fall into frozen despair. If child after child is killed, and still our politicians do nothing – how can we expect anything to change?
President Trump announced on Wednesday that his administration is making a radical break with nearly 70 years of official United States policy and with the international community: He is recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Early childhood education can be an invaluable opportunity for learning social and emotional skills. But when teachers repeatedly punish young children, their efforts can cause lifelong harm. Unfortunately, Matt’s story is not exceptional.
Few American industries are as invested in the decades-long political battle over immigration as agriculture. Paying low wages for backbreaking work, growers large and small have historically relied on immigrants from south of the Rio Grande. These days, over one-quarter of the farmhands in the United States are immigrants working here illegally.
The basic structure of the American health care system, in which most people have private insurance through their jobs, might seem historically inevitable, consistent with the capitalistic, individualist ethos of the nation.
푸른 눈의 노파가 1960년 초겨울 경주를 지나다가 한 농부가 지게에 볏단을 진 채 소달구지를 몰고 가는 모습을 보았다. '달구지 위에 올라타고 볏단도 실으면 될 텐데 한국 농부는 왜 고생을 사서 하는 것일까'라고 생각한 노파는 농부에게 다가가 "소달구지에 볏단을 실으면 되지 왜 직접 볏단을 지고 가는 겁니까?"라고 물었다.
"조상 나라 빛내려고 충의 남녀 일어나서 / 무실역행 깃발 밑에 늠름하게 모여드네 / 맘을 매고 힘을 모아 죽더라도 변치 않고 / 한 목적을 달하고자 손을 들어 맹약하네." 도산 안창호가 미국 샌프란시스코에서 조직한 민족운동단체 흥사단의 입단가 1절이다. 1913년 5월13일 청년 강영소의 집에서 흥사단 창립식이 거행됐다. 지방색을 없애기 위해 조선 8도에서 한 사람씩 지역대표를 뽑아 8도 대표가 창립위원으로 참여했다.
George Orwell, no doubt, would have approved of President Obama’s farewell speech. Underneath the hopeful rhetoric of “Yes We (Still) Can” and list of the accomplishments over the past eight years lay a bracing, overarching message: when lies can become truth, democracy is in peril.
In so many ways, 1968 was a great year for middle-class Americans' wallets — and terrible for politics. On the one hand, gasoline was cheap and unemployment was low. Real estate values were rising, helping average homeowners build wealth. Good times!
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