The ‘Bullying Trial’: The Unsettling Verdicts in the Tyler Clementi Case

    We can’t know what Tyler Clementi would have wanted. In September 2010, he threw himself from the George Washington Bridge and ignited a national outcry against bullying. On Friday, his former roommate at Rutgers University, Dharun Ravi, was convicted on criminal charges of intimidating Clementi for being gay. The conviction could lead to Ravi’s quick deportation — if […]

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The Sound And the Fury – Occupy Wall Street Six Month Anniversary Ends In Arrests

  From the very beginning, Occupy Wall Street’s power was never in its numbers. That’s still true. Six months in, the movement that helped change the political conversation is still going at it.   As popular movements go, the Occupy phenomenon, in New York at least, has always had a pretty paltry turnout. When I went down to Zuccotti Park […]

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High-Profile Chinese Politician Bo Xilai Is Removed from Post

Bo Xilai, the high-profile Chinese official who was once seen as a favorite for elevation to the top echelon of Chinese political power, has been removed from his office as Communist Party secretary of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, the official Xinhua news agency announced. Bo’s axing comes one day after he was publicly criticized by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. […]

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Fewer Seek Unemployment Aid, 4-Year Low

Fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening. Applications for unemployment aid dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That matches a four-year low reached last month. The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, was unchanged at 355,750. Applications have leveled off in the past few weeks after […]

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Why Obama’s Re-Election Fortunes Are Suddenly Looking Up

  President Obama’s performance in head-to-head matchups with his Republican competitors, especially Mitt Romney, have dramatically improved in recent weeks. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press, Obama went from being tied with Romney in trial heats last fall to holding an eight-point lead in the fresh batch of data released this week. […]

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