FROM Larry Gordon
Financial Aid for Middle-Class Students Middle-class students in California often find themselves caught between two financial realities: Their parents make too much money for them to get financial aid, but too little to pay much — or sometimes anything — for college. But now middle income students can catch a break, thanks to a new and unusual state program that offers aid to families who earn up to $150,000 a year. Larry Gordon writes about higher education for the Los Angeles Times.
Out-of-State Admissions at UC Continue to Rise Fifty-three years ago, the Master Plan for Higher Education promised that America's finest public university system would be available to California high school students who qualified. Affordability was part of the guarantee. Now, state funding has declined, tuition and fees have skyrocketed and more and more students from out of state are being accepted. Graduates of California high schools have a harder time getting in.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.