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Posts from 2015

The Fraud of the New “Family Friendly” Work

by Robert Reich

Netflix just announced it’s offering paid leave for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child. Other high-tech firms are close behind. Some big law firms are also getting into the act. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is offering 22 paid weeks off for both… More

When cutting-edge tech turns against us, we need a strategy

by Michael Nacht

An attendee gets an airbrushed tattoo during the Black Hat conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. The annual computer security conference draws thousands of hackers and security professionals to Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, Associated Press) Cyber attacks have opened eyes to the prospect that futur… More

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

by David L. Kirp

A reading lesson last week in a summer program at the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center in Houston. (Michael Stravato for The New York Times) For decades, policy makers have treated poverty as a sign of helplessness and ineptitude. The worse off the neighborhood — the higher the rate of poverty, crime, and j… More

GOP candidates’ fatal problem

by Jennifer Granholm

I used to chuckle when people claimed that voters make decisions based upon how much they like a candidate and not on a candidate's policies. But after last night's debate, I'm starting to think that the GOP candidates must believe that policies don't matter much to voters at all. These Republican… More