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What It Do: Testing The Teachers

I came of age amid the opening cusp of the time of the standardized test. During elementary school, the California Achievement Test came around every year to classify the dumbs from the smarts, and offer parent...
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What It Do: Thieves In The Night

We got hustled last Tuesday. The Supreme Court heard arguments about Proposition 8, and national attention was understandably fixated. Twitter exploded with pithy statements of support, Facebook turned into a s...
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What It Do: Brooklyn Burning

It’s been less than three weeks since NYPD bullets ended a 16-year-old’s life in East Flatbush. Less than two since a 21-year-old put a bullet through an old man’s brain near Prospect Park. God only knows what ...
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What It Do: Brave New World

In 1997, when scientists successfully grew a human ear on the back of a mouse—without the use of any genetic trickery—the photograph became one of the internet’s first truly viral hits. The biological science c...
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What It Do: Blood From A Stone

Chris Dodd, former Democratic senator and supposed crusader against the corruption of Wall Street, cleared a cool $2.4 million in 2011 as head of the Motion Picture Association Of America. To earn his keep, Dod...
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What It Do: The “S” Word

Franklin Delano Roosevelt killed American socialism. When Roosevelt took first took up residence at the White House in 1933, the nation was several years into the Great Depression, and people were looking to...
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What It Do: The Struggle Continues

The GOP is fading into history. A recent USA Today/Pew Research poll placed the percentage of Americans who self-identify as Republicans at a record low of 22 percent, which is five points below George W. Bush’...
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What It Do: ID, Please

If you lose your wallet the week before a flight, it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time. Not because of airport security—you’ll breeze through that with relative speed. Not because of the sheriff who...