- Newmaker: Washington Reacts to Anthrax - Despite disruption of daily activities at the US Supreme Court, Justice and State Departments by the recent discovery of anthrax spores, the government is sending increasingly positive signals to the rest of the country. Freelance writer and Washington commentator Elizabeth Drew talks about business, politics and life in "post-panic" Washington.
- Reporter's Notebook: Selling America Overseas - With the appointment of a new Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, the US has adopted a "Madison Avenue" approach to selling its image oversees. Political scientist and author Nancy Snow counsels that a bottom-up technique would generate a more sympathetic response than the bottom-line tact that plays into foreign criticism of the US.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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