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Schools May Solve the Anti-Vaccine Parenting Deadlock

February 5, 2015 The debates over vaccinations are often cast as arguments over the integrity of science. But they can just as easily be understood as conversations about power, writes Eula Biss, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University, in her book, On Immunity: An Inoculation. As it stands, all 50 states require specific ...

In War and Tragedy, How the US Media Prioritizes Death

September 30, 2014 The past several months have been scarred by international crisis and turmoil, from strife in Gaza to the downing of Flight MH17 and the gruesome murders of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. News is so grim that The Washington Post recently published an accounting of what it ...

More Money Won’t Win the War on Cancer

August 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forty-two years after President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act and declared the “war on cancer,” it’s virtually impossible to separate cancer from money—walks, bike rides and pink ribbons entice people to donate more and more. To question the need for more funding to help cancer patients seems almost sacrilege. ...

No taxes, no travel: Why the IRS wants the right to seize your passport

April 17, 2012 You're standing at the airport. The ticket agent clacks away on the keyboard. She looks up. "I'm sorry," she says. "We can't let you board the plane today." Why? "It's the IRS. They say you haven't paid all of your taxes." It sounds like the opening scene of a straight-to-DVD ...