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The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn’t Felicity Huffman’s $15,000

The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn’t Felicity Huffman’s $15,000The American media world—both social media and “news” media—is afire with the news that actor Felicity Huffman is going to jail for spending $15,000 to bribe her daughter’s way into college. But a much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. Just prior to the 2016 presidential election, the Progressive Change Institute commissioned a nationwide poll conducted by the highly respected firm GBA Strategies. The result showed clearly just how deep and extensive the bribery problem in America is. When asked whether the U.S. government should negotiate prescription drug prices, 79 percent of Americans agreed and only 12 percent opposed. But because big pharma…

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Justin Trudeau Apologizes for Brownface Photo

Justin Trudeau Apologizes for Brownface PhotoJustin Trudeau issued an apology after a photo of him in brownface at a 2001 costume party surfaced Wednesday. The Canadian prime minister is currently campaigning for re-election, and this scandal could damage both his chances of winning and his reputation as a woke progressive. The photo depicts a 29-year-old Trudeau dressed as Aladdin at an “Arabian Nights” costume party hosted by the private school where he worked as a teacher. As part of the costume, Trudeau darkened his skin. Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada’s Liberal Party admits — TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019 “This is something I shouldn’t have done many years ago,” said Trudeau, according to The New York Times. “It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist…

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Felicity Huffman’s 14-Day Prison Sentence Is Too Harsh

Felicity Huffman’s 14-Day Prison Sentence Is Too HarshIt offers a “clear lesson in systemic racism.” It shows “there is no justice.” All in all, it’s too lenient—it’s just “unfair.” “It” is actress Felicity Huffman’s 14-day prison sentence, along with 250 hours of community service, a $30,000 fine, and one year of supervised release. The Hollywood star is being punished for her involvement in a college admissions scandal in which she pleaded guilty to paying someone $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT scores. It’s true the sentence isn’t fair, but not because it isn’t sufficiently punitive. On the contrary: it’s too harsh. The knee-jerk reaction is understandable. Defendants who are less privileged than Huffman have received harsher sentences for lesser offenses, something not lost on the many disgruntled media pundits and Twitter users who weighed in on the decision. But the desire to inflict maximal suffering on Huffman simply because others…

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Betsy DeVos’s Extraordinary Crackdown on Michigan State

Betsy DeVos’s Extraordinary Crackdown on Michigan StateThe $4.5 million fine for Michigan State University that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced last week is clear confirmation of one thing: The problems at MSU were not small and they were not the result of bad actors left to their own devices. The fine penalizes the university for failing to adequately protect students from sexual predators on staff and thus violating federal law. The punishment confirms, at least in the government’s view, that the abuse at MSU was the result of systemic failures—massive ones.The fine is the result of an investigation DeVos opened into the public institution last February, just after Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor for MSU and USA Gymnastics, pleaded guilty to molesting more than 150 young women. The fine marks the largest financial penalty the department has ever levied on a college over a failure to comply with requirements…

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Why College Became So Expensive

Why College Became So ExpensiveThe story of the rising cost of college in America is often told through numbers, with references to runaway tuition sticker prices and the ever-growing pile of outstanding student debt.The personal toll these trends have taken is hard to convey, but the anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom does so in her new book Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, which documents how the price of a college education has forced many middle-class families to rearrange their priorities, finances, and lives.In Indebted, Zaloom, a professor at New York University, draws on some 160 interviews she did with families who are taking on debt to pay for college, mixing in history of education policy and analysis of the financial morass students and their loved ones must navigate—including, at one point, a close reading of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, or FAFSA, and the concept…

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The Age of the Comfy College Dorm

The Age of the Comfy College DormBeing a college student is a lot comfier than it used to be. This fall, many of the undergrads settling into their campus dwellings will find themselves in buildings far better appointed than the ones that now-graying alumni once called home. These students are the beneficiaries of a generation of construction that has spawned ritzy new dorms and other facilities at many colleges, as well as, more infamously, such amenities as rock-climbing walls and lazy rivers.At some schools, the building continues. “The vision is to develop the coolest, hippest, most compelling destination in downtown,” the president of Emerson College, in Boston, told Architectural Digest last year when discussing a project that includes a new cafeteria and dorm. Meanwhile, at Arizona State University, a new residence hall for engineering students has 3-D printers, a fitness center, and Wi-Fi that can handle multiple devices per student.Campus…

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