FROM Danielle Allen
Two cousins: One to Harvard, one to prison Danielle Allen became a Harvard professor. Her cousin Michael died young after spending years in prison. They lived not far from each other. In a new book, Danielle Allen tries to understand how her cousin Michael’s life could have been different. She finds the answer in California’s harsh sentencing of juvenile offenders.
Echoes of Ancient Democracy in Denver Tonight Barack Obama will address some 75,000 people on a stage featuring Greek columns like those of the White House and other buildings in Washington. President Bush used a similar set in 2004. The Obama campaign says there's no connection, though there are other reverberations. Danielle Allen, professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, is author of Talking to Strangers : Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?