- Newsmaker: Longtime Bush Aid and Spokesperson Resigns
President Bush is losing a major player from the White House inner circle. Karen Hughes, the person said to be his closest advisor, is resigning her job as presidential counselor and returning to Texas. Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, reports that it was a difficult decision to leave one family for the benefit of another.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Numbing of the American Mind
Just as TV news anchors move on, and just as you move when you hit the remote button to change the station, we have conditioned ourselves to move from one reality to another. Friedrich Nietzsche called it "taking recourse in premeditated stupidity." Thomas Zengotita, contributing editor to Harper's magazine, expands on how we learn to "surf" between so many realities and representations.
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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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