Unemployment is going down. Consumer debt is going up. Even the housing market is showing signs of improvement. But the US economy is far from recovery mode.
While the private sector is de-leveraging, the public sector is borrowing and spending more than ever.
The Hanukkah and Christmas holidays coincide amid a season of Jewish and Christian bridge-building, as evidenced, in part, by a recent surprise bestseller on Amazon.
Even the best Christmas gifts lose their luster within a few months. Books have a staying power few gifts can match. I have nothing left from Christmases long past except my childhood books, each still prized. This season, give books. They are our bulwarks against time, ignorance, and barbarity.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) National Report Card shows clear and positive trend lines for big-city schools, though the progress has been slow.
Occupy Oakland protesters held a late night march after a protesting Iraq war veteran was left in critical condition following clash with police. Oakland's police force is coming under fire for improper use of force against the Occupy Oakland movement
Constance Marks's sprightly documentary tells the heartwarming story of the man behind the furry red face.