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    Congressional dysfunction took a dangerous turn recently. In the House, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., allegedly elbowed Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., in the kidney (McCarthy denied the claim). Not to be outdone, Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., challenged the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union, Sean O’Brien, to a fight, with the two men exchanging insults.

      All of a sudden there is a flurry of activity around artificial intelligence policy. On Oct. 30, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on the topic. An AI safety summit is being held in the UK later this week. And last week, the U.S. Senate held a closed-door forum on research and development in AI. I spoke at the Senate forum, convened by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Here’s an ...

        Donald Trump has made it increasingly clear that the survival of democracy in 2025 and beyond likely depends on a Democratic presidential victory in 2024. So panic is an altogether appropriate state of mind for democrats, and Democrats, who contemplate the electoral landscape. Joe Biden’s weaknesses — his age, his failure to connect with many young voters — are similar to his shortcomings in ...

        Government has a long conflicted record on tobacco use. The harms of smoking have been well-known since the 1960. Instead of banning cigarettes, though, government greatly increases taxes on them, delivering state and federal revenue windfalls from addicted smokers.

        Pop quiz time. “Teacher shortages have gotten worse.” True or false? False. And yet, that sentence was part of a recent Washington Post headline. And it’s far from uncommon. In fact, public schools have been on a hiring spree for decades. It began with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and has continued to the present day, aided partly by a temporary federal COVID bonus payment of $190 ...

        The teacher shortage is real — and has been growing over the last decade. While shortages vary across schools, districts, regions, grades and subject matter, they are most severe in schools that serve larger numbers of students from low-income families and students of color and in subjects like special education, mathematics and science. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the shortage — with ...

        In the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress sent $190 billion in aid to schools, stipulating that 20% of the funds be used for reversing learning setbacks. At the time, educators knew that the impact on how children learn would be significant, but the extent was not yet known.

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