FROM Jacques Steinberg
How Much Does College Matter? It's that time of year when high-school seniors and their parents are biting their fingernails over college admissions. Seventy percent have probably been accepted to some four-year institution. The question now is where to go. We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and the multi-billion-dollar college-admissions industry, financed by parents' hopes for their children.
How Much Does College Matter? As President Obama makes yet another speech about America's future, more than a million high school seniors are deciding about college. No less than 70 percent will be accepted somewhere, most often near home. But many will have been recruited by the most elite schools, even though they'll never get in. From Harvard on down, schools encourage "application inflation," because the more they reject the better their reputations. Are they really that good? Are they worth all that money? We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and hear about the strange and expensive world of college admissions.
Networks' Plans for Exit Polls All the broadcast networks and cable outlets share a single source for exit polling across the country. Four years ago, their data led to early calls that John Kerry had won the election. Those calls, of course, turned out to be wrong. Will there be greater caution this time around? Jacques Steinberg reports for the New York Times .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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.