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February 4, 1993
President Clinton plans to appoint a task force to answer this question: How can poor, and often unskilled, adults and their children be helped to advance from dependency to self-sufficiency? His effort reignites a much-needed national debate over welfare reform. Unlike most traditional Democrats, the President is a centrist on welfare; his reform program in Arkansas showed that. Now that he is in the White House, Clinton can build on that wise model.
Is intelligence race-based? That argument was catapulted back into the public arena by "The Bell Curve," the 1994 book by conservative social theorists Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein that some credit with fueling the current debate over affirmative action. Now, into the fray comes a provocative study that suggests that a major determining factor of intelligence is not genetics but the quality of pre-college education.
March 9, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy
Months after California legislators had their pay and benefits cut 18%, the head of a state panel that sets salaries proposed Tuesday that elected officials lose 10% more in response to the continuing budget crisis. The idea came from Charles Murray, chairman of the state's Citizens Compensation Commission. The group, which is appointed by the governor, is scheduled to meet April 22 in Burbank to consider new cuts, which would also affect lawmakers' car allowance, health benefits and daily living expenses.
February 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California's budget situation has improved, but has it done so enough to allow raises for Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators this year? State law does not allow raises in years when a surplus fund falls below a certain level. Budget problems have resulted in the California Citizens Compensation Commission cutting the pay of the governor and lawmakers by 23% in the last four years. Thomas Dalzell, Brown's appointee as chairman of the panel, said it looks likely that the financial requirement will be met this year so that raises can be considered when the panel meets March 21. But just in case the surplus is not large enough, Dalzell has asked the panel's attorney to determine whether it could comply with the no-raise rule if it just restores pay levels cut in the past.
June 3, 2012 | By Arlie Russell Hochschild
We hear a great deal these days about the twin virtues of a free market and family values, as if the two went hand in hand. Reasoning about the connection seems to go like this: The freer the market, the more jobs. The more jobs, the more money. The more money, the stronger the family. And to free the market, the U.S. needs to cut taxes; privatize such things as public parks, libraries and schools; deregulate business; and cut public services such as Pell grants to help fund college, Medicaid and food stamps.
January 12, 1995
Re "Statistics Can Throw Us a Curve," Jan. 4: Your science writer, K.C. Cole, has joined many others in criticizing "The Bell Curve," and like others Cole's critique seems pointless. Quoting mathematicians, for example, Cole writes, "Correlation, they say, does not necessarily mean causation." The authors of the book agree, and further point out (Page 298), "That a trait is genetically transmitted in individuals does not mean that group differences in that trait are also genetic in origin."
March 25, 2007 | Brian Doherty, BRIAN DOHERTY is a senior editor at Reason magazine and the author of "Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement."
LIBERTARIANISM may seem hopelessly marginalized in American politics. The national record of the Libertarian Party since 1972 -- the first year it fielded candidates -- isn't too bright. Ed Clark, the party's presidential candidate in 1980, received 921,000 votes, the highest ever, but Michael Badnarik, the 2004 nominee, garnered merely 397,000.
March 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
A month after Detroit's only first-run movie theater closed, entrepreneurs detailed plans Friday to bring a new multiplex to Motown. Residents have had to travel to suburban screens since a theater in the heart of downtown closed last month. But two men plan in April to reopen another theater closed for financial reasons last September. The new Phoenix Theatres will be nine miles northeast of downtown and border suburban Warren, Michigan's third-largest city.
December 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
After earning a unanimous 12-round decision Friday in Paris, Terry Norris praised top-ranked challenger Jorge Castro of Argentina. "He stayed in there," Norris said. "He was a tough opponent. I'd give him an A-plus." Norris, a champion from Campo, Calif., found Castro more difficult than expected in defending his WBC super-welterweight title. Already a victor this year over Sugar Ray Leonard and Donald Curry, Norris made his fifth defense of the title he won in March 1990 from John Mugabi.
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