@ProPublica. Ex-TNR, WaPo, BaltSun. Proud native of Pittsfield, MA & resident of Baltimore. Author of The Cynic (S&S). alec.macgillis [at] propublica [dot] org

Higher Ed Lobby Quietly Joins For-Profit Schools to Roll Back Tighter Rules

propublica.org — The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of billions of dollars in U.S. grants and loans yet often leave their students with little beyond crushing debt, will need to meet new standards or risk losing taxpayer dollars.

It is made possible by the fact it is in a deeply troubled city.

slate.com — The three fire trucks heaved to a stop right outside our house in Baltimore on Tuesday night, all red and white flashing lights, as firefighters jumped out to unspool their hoses. Our younger son leaped out of bed and screamed: "There's something wrong!" But there was nothing wrong. It was...

The early primary states can afford to wait longer.

slate.com — Have pity on the Democratic poo-bahs of the early primary-season states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, who are suffering the greatest case of political denial this side of Chris Christie's zombie presidential aspirations. According to a remarkable, almost surreal front-page story in Wednesday's Washington Post, the Democratic chieftains...

Oregon’s new governor has gone on the offensive in the voting wars.

slate.com — For more than a decade, voting rights advocates have on been on the defensive. They've resisted one effort after another to restrict access to the polls, efforts that got new life following the Florida election fiasco of 2000, when a large black turnout almost (or maybe did) put Al Gore...

The new law had bipartisan support, but its reforms appear to be failing.

slate.com — In a Washington that fetishizes bipartisanship as an emblem of a lost golden age, the farm bill that passed last year with 68 votes in the Senate was a true marvel. Imagine, in these polarized times, a bill that won the support of Democratic senators like Barbara Boxer, Al Franken,...

Veterans should pay state taxes on pensions:

slate.com — There are the constant standing ovations at sports stadiums. There is the jump-to-the-front-of-the-line privileges at Amtrak and airline ticket counters. There is federal legislation to incentivize employers to hire veterans and White House pressure on federal agencies to do so. And now comes another, increasingly prevalent way to show appreciation...

The Maryland governor’s accomplishments are disappearing fast.

slate.com — Martin O'Malley is having himself a bit of a moment-not really through any of his own doing, but because the swirl of anxiety about Hillary Clinton's readiness for a presidential campaign has Democrats looking around for alternatives, and the only person standing there right now is, well, Martin O'Malley. The...

The New Jersey senator’s case isn’t a part of the state’s political culture.

slate.com — No sooner had news surfaced on Friday that federal prosecutors were on the verge of bringing criminal charges against New Jersey's Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez than the jokes about the Soprano State's culture of corruption began. Heck, even I couldn't resist. On further reflection, though, we're being unfair to ascribe...

The National Rifle Association’s new low.

slate.com — Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting near Tucson that killed six people, returned to Capitol Hill this week to renew her push for legislation that would expand background checks for gun purchases to include gun shows and Internet sales. The legislation, a similar version...

Will the logic that gutted Obamacare in 2012 save it this time?

slate.com — To the topsy-turvy annals of the Affordable Care Act, we might soon add this: that the law was saved on its second visit to the Supreme Court by the same line of thinking that partially gutted it on its first trip to the court. That is the distinct possibility that...
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Jul 03, 2015

Monthly job numbers coming out on a Thursday, Peggy Noonan's column running on a Friday...the whole world's off kilter!

Jul 03, 2015

As guv, Jeb gave $82 million K-12 test contract to McGraw-Hill. After he left office, it paid him $40K for a speech. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/03/us/…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @nickconfessore: Your quarterly reminder that the percent of contributions that are $100 or less is a useless metric.

Jul 03, 2015

What makes US spying on German media (cnn.com/2015/07/03/pol… all the more appalling: we had big hand in building their free press post-WWII.

Jul 02, 2015

When @dliebelson asked how many incidents of rape were committed against youth inmates, MI officials demanded $41,984 highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cr…

Jul 02, 2015

Harrowing report (w/ shocking video evidence) by @dliebelson on mistreatment of youth in MI prisons. cc @onetoughnerd highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cr…

Jul 01, 2015

"Btwn '00 & '08, proportion of income req for families in bottom quintile to cover cost of 4-yr public [college] rose from 39 to 55%" (NYRB)

Jul 01, 2015

Columbia's Delbanco in NYRB: "At my univ, which has raised billions [for]campus xpansion, the % receiving fin aid has inexcusably declined."

Jul 01, 2015

RT @dliebelson: WATCH: Exclusively obtained videos of how kids are treated in prison in Michigan: highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cr…

Jul 01, 2015

RT @dliebelson: 5 months, 2 subpoenas, multiple suicide attempts & MY PRISON INVESTIGATION IS LIVE: highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cr…

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