FROM William Holstein
Preparing Americans for the 21st Century Workplace With employment at 9.1 percent, even graduates of expensive four-year colleges are finding it hard to get jobs. Did they waste their time and their parents' money? Are there alternatives to prepare for work in a changing economy? Photo of Microsoft founder, philanthropist -- and Harvard dropout -- Bill Gates: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images
Is Higher Education Really Worth It? Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook, is awarding $100,000 fellowships to young people who drop out of college. Although he's a graduate of Stanford Law School himself, he points to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg as Harvard dropouts who made it big as entrepreneurs. On a campus in Northern Virginia today, President Obama touted an industry-led initiative linking companies with community colleges to create some 500,000 manufacturing jobs in years to come. Are America's most expensive schools failing to provide what graduates need to compete in the global economy? Is real-world experience a better investment, or is preparation for work the only important standard? Is a well-rounded education valuable just for itself, for those who can afford it?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.
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.