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Great Moments in Parliamentary Procedure
More than 70 lawmakers brawled in Taiwan’s parliament on Monday, the first melee in the island nation’s notoriously rambunctious seat of government since the ruling Nationalist Party swept to power two years ago.
Massachusetts has been lauded for its healthcare reform, but the program is a failure. Created solely to achieve universal insurance coverage, the plan does not even begin to address the other essential components of a successful healthcare system.
Coakley’s Loss: Pie in the President’s Face
Barack Obama went to Boston to rally voters and got a pie in the face. He lost his innocence as the valiant young president and also lost his sixty-vote majority in the Senate.
The Plight of the Uncool Sociologist
The other day I was talking to someone about a concert I went to in the mid-nineties. As I was telling the story, I realized that I sounded ... old.
Putting the Ph.D.’s to Work
Even old news can be dismal, and that is the case at hand. For about 40 years, by my calculation, American universities have been admitting too many candidates for doctorates in the liberal arts and the social sciences and, startling attrition along the way notwithstanding, have produced too great a supply of Ph.D.’s for a dwindling demand.
Democrats Boosting Right-Wing Populism
In his triumphant speech on election night, the next senator from Massachusetts should have thanked top Democrats in Washington for all they did to make his victory possible.