Partisan commencement speeches?
No Republican or conservative has been invited to make the commencement speech this year at any of the 50 top U.S. liberal arts colleges, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
Los Angeles Times
Second term scandals
Every U.S. president since Richard M. Nixon has been faced with scandal in his second term, with an administration’s vulnerability to scandal peaking in its fifth year.
Poverty in suburbia
The number of people living in poverty in the suburbs has risen by 64 percent in the last 10 years, or twice the rate of urban poverty growth. An estimated 16.4 million Americans under the poverty line ($23,021 for a family of four) now live in suburbs, 3 million more than in cities.
The health of immigrants
The longer immigrants live in the U.S., research shows, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes—mainly due to their increased consumption of fat- and sugar-laden junk food. Immigrants’ American-born children have higher incomes than their parents, but on average live shorter lives.
The New York Times
China's favorite TV subject
Of the 200 prime-time dramas on Chinese TV last year, 70 were about the Chinese-Japanese war of 1937–45. Many of these war shows were filled with gore and hatred of the Japanese, featuring such scenes as Chinese heroes slaughtering entire companies of Japanese soldiers, or a lone Chinese soldier ripping a screaming Japanese opponent in two with his bare hands.