Success Academy shares space with public schools in the same building, and New York’s mayor is willing to fight his own party to kick them out.
When does a local education fight become a national bellwether? When it touches a policy lightning rod, scrambles partisan allegiances, and involves political actors who stand in for whole political ideologies.And, sure, it helps when the locale staging the fight is New York City.New mayor Bill de Blasio made waves last Thursday when his administration withdrew three agreements that would have allowed public charter schools to share space with district schools in public school buildings.
The Obama administration is working around the clock to come up with ways to punish Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. But will any of them work?
UPDATE: The Associated Press reported Monday that Russia is already suffering some economic consequences of its aggression in Ukraine. The Russian stock market is down 12 percent, the ruble is falling, and the Russian central bank has hiked interest rates in an attempt to shore up the value of its currency.Behind the scenes, Obama administration officials are preparing a series of possible battle plans for a potential economic assault on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, an administration source close to the issue told The Daily Beast.
By Adam Grannick and Antonia Marrero for the Moral Courage ProjectOn August 5, 2012, Wade Michael Page walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and killed six people. Page was a member of the Hammerskin Nation, one of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi racist skinhead groups. They are known for violent attacks on African-Americans, immigrants, and other minorities.“[People] think it’s not still around,” says TJ Leyden. A former Hammerskin, TJ gives us an inside look at what drew him into the white supremacy movement.
Two out of John McCain’s three suggestions for how to aid the conflict in Ukraine and Russia are bad—and if the U.S. isn’t careful, it may end up more involved than it can afford to be.
I’m not sure what we should do about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I am, however, dead sure about what we shouldn’t do. Please, Washington—don’t listen to John McCain!The leader of the capital’s bombs-away caucus spoke exclusively over the weekend to the Beast’s Josh Rogin, who nailed the scoop. It was a relief to see McCain acknowledging that there is no plausible military option. So that’s progress. But the steps McCain advises are certain to heighten tensions and probably start a new Cold War, which is surely what the thuggish Putin wants.
They captured ‘El Chapo’ without a shot, following the death of a comrade and the unthinkable subsequent horror visited upon his entire family.
As we clamor to extradite Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman-Loera for blighting entire American cities with untold tons of drugs, we should first offer two words to the Mexican marines who captured him.“Muchas gracias.”The marines made the grab with full knowledge of the risks involved not just for them, but for their families.They had only to think of what happened to their fallen comrade, 30-year-old Ensign Melquisedet Angulo Córdova—and his mother, sister, brother, and aunt just hours after his funeral.
A 21-year-old American student died after a night of partying at Sloppy Sam’s—the latest in a string of deaths related to the capital’s raucous bar culture.
It is just after midnight on a rainy February weeknight and Sloppy Sam’s in Campo de Fiori in central Rome, the epicenter of the Roman “movida” for the international college-age set, is packed. A sign hangs over the outdoor seating area boasting “classy in the front, sloppy in the back”—the bar’s motto. A tray of free shots is passed around to new arrivals. “ALCOHOL! Because no great story started with someone eating a salad,” is scribbled on a chalkboard above the bar.
After years of being underappreciated by Wall Street, financial analysis’s are predicting ludicrous growth rates for Elon Musk’s electric car company.
Tesla Motors is back in the news again.In the past year, the company has been on a continuous roll. In August, it opened an assembly plant in the Netherlands, and it now as has a functional cross-country supercharger network in the U.S. In the fourth quarter, it sold about 6,900 cars, more than expected. It ended 2013 with 22,477 cars sold, worth $2.5 billion, and a projection that it would “deliver over 35,000 Model S vehicles in 2014, representing a 55+% increase over 2013.
Darsh Preet Singh fought discrimination to become the first Sikh to play NCAA basketball. Now, he's waiting for the first turbaned player to break into the NBA.
Growing up in South Texas, Darsh Preet Singh overcame adversity and discrimination to become the first turbaned Sikh to play NCAA basketball. The Smithsonian Institute is honoring Singh’s contributions by publicly displaying his jersey and sharing his story.Darsh Preet Singh had lots of sports heroes growing up, yet as he explains it, he was always aware that none of them looked like him.“Even when I was a kid, I remember wondering what my ceiling was.
While traditional big cities are struggling, the Sunbelt cities like Houston and Phoenix are booming. If trends continue, the Sunbelt will keep growing as the coasts decline.
Ever since the Great Recession ripped through the economies of the Sunbelt, America’s coastal pundit class has been giddily predicting its demise. Strangled by high-energy prices, cooked by global warming, rejected by a new generation of urban-centric millennials, this vast southern was doomed to become become, in the words of the Atlantic, where the “American dream” has gone to die. If the doomsayers are right, Americans must be the ultimate masochists.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
Calm down, everybody. Clinton's Hitler analogy was accurate—and it's hilarious to watch Republicans trying to use it to dent her foreign policy credentials.