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February 20, 2012 11:22 am
thenewrepublic:

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by brushing up on the glories and glitches of the institution. 
“In 1787, nothing quite like this office existed anywhere on earth. Hereditary monarchs and feudal lords held sway across the Old World, and American states generally allowed only propertied men to vote for or serve as governors. By contrast, the framers of the Constitution designed the presidency as an office that would be open to rich and poor alike, and imposed no constitutional property qualifications on presidential electors or ordinary voters. In the 1960s, the Constitution’s Twenty-fourth Amendment went a step further, freeing presidential and other federal elections from poll taxes that might limit voting by the poor.”
- Akhil Reed Amar, “Two Cheers For the American Presidency!”
Photo courtesy of MSNBC

thenewrepublic:

Celebrate Presidents’ Day by brushing up on the glories and glitches of the institution. 

“In 1787, nothing quite like this office existed anywhere on earth. Hereditary monarchs and feudal lords held sway across the Old World, and American states generally allowed only propertied men to vote for or serve as governors. By contrast, the framers of the Constitution designed the presidency as an office that would be open to rich and poor alike, and imposed no constitutional property qualifications on presidential electors or ordinary voters. In the 1960s, the Constitution’s Twenty-fourth Amendment went a step further, freeing presidential and other federal elections from poll taxes that might limit voting by the poor.”

- Akhil Reed Amar, “Two Cheers For the American Presidency!

Photo courtesy of MSNBC

February 17, 2012 5:32 pm
Education Week: Why science doesn't support single-sex classes

IPR labor economist Kirabo Jackson has conducted one of the first studies to credibly link the effects of single-sex education to student achievement. Although a select few benefit from attending single-sex schools, he finds little to no difference in achievement for most students in the sample.

February 16, 2012 4:43 pm
Chicago Tribune: Door shutting on residents of last Cabrini-Green row houses

IPR associate Mary Pattillo says that the Chicago Housing Authority has failed to keep its word to the residents of Cabrini-Green and has an ongoing history of broken promises. The CHA announced last September that it would move out the remaining families in the unimproved portion by the end of February and would no longer rehabilitate the units.

3:24 pm
pbstv:

Happy Birthday 55th Birthday, LeVar Burton!! 
Ah, nostalgia!

pbstv:

Happy Birthday 55th Birthday, LeVar Burton!! 

Ah, nostalgia!

(via newshour)

12:35 pm
latimes:

After revolution in Egypt, women’s taste of equality fades:  Women were at the vanguard in the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak. But long-held sexism has reasserted itself at the hands of the military and the Islamists.

Bothaina Kamel is a novelty and a provocation in a single breath. The only woman running for Egypt’s presidency, she travels without an entourage, wears a bracelet that says “Make poverty history,” can outlast the most exasperating heckler in the crowd, and has no chance of winning.
“I want to create culture shock. Yes, a woman is running for president,” says Kamel, a television presenter and ex-wife of a former cultural minister. “Some people have come up to me and asked, ‘Is it even legal for a woman to run?’ I hope to set a trend, to open a door. A girl sent me a Twitter: ‘You have given us a chance to dream.’”

Photo:  Bothaina Kamel, a candidate for Egyptian president, campaigns in Cairo last summer. Credit: Filippo Baciocchi / Rex Features

latimes:

After revolution in Egypt, women’s taste of equality fades: Women were at the vanguard in the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak. But long-held sexism has reasserted itself at the hands of the military and the Islamists.

Bothaina Kamel is a novelty and a provocation in a single breath. The only woman running for Egypt’s presidency, she travels without an entourage, wears a bracelet that says “Make poverty history,” can outlast the most exasperating heckler in the crowd, and has no chance of winning.

“I want to create culture shock. Yes, a woman is running for president,” says Kamel, a television presenter and ex-wife of a former cultural minister. “Some people have come up to me and asked, ‘Is it even legal for a woman to run?’ I hope to set a trend, to open a door. A girl sent me a Twitter: ‘You have given us a chance to dream.’”

Photo: Bothaina Kamel, a candidate for Egyptian president, campaigns in Cairo last summer. Credit: Filippo Baciocchi / Rex Features

February 15, 2012 1:36 pm
Chicago Tribune: Family ties cut suicide rate for LGBT youth

LGBT flag

New research by IPR faculty associate Brian Mustanski is the first to show what happens over time to LGBT teens who are bullied and victimized, finding that being bullied and experiencing low levels of support from others boosts the risk that teens will become suicidal or try to harm themselves. 

February 10, 2012 5:36 pm
Better Measurement for Racial Disparities in Causes of Death

IPR fellow Quincy Thomas Stewart proposes a supplemental method for estimating and comparing death rates that could lead to a better understanding of the racial gap in causes of death.

Better Measurement for Racial Disparities in Causes of Death

IPR fellow Quincy Thomas Stewart proposes a supplemental method for estimating and comparing death rates that could lead to a better understanding of the racial gap in causes of death.

5:24 pm
latimes:

“Hai…”
Photo: Friedrichskoog, Germany — A young gray seal peeks out of partly frozen water at a breeding station. Credit: Carsten Rehder / DPA

latimes:

“Hai…”

Photo: Friedrichskoog, Germany — A young gray seal peeks out of partly frozen water at a breeding station. Credit: Carsten Rehder / DPA

5:10 pm
The Economist: The Modern Matchmakers

The typical online dating site where users view recommended profiles determined by matching certain characteristics or values doesn’t improve one’s chance of meeting a compatible mate, according to a new study led by IPR associate Eli Finkel.