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US Politics | Opinion | Super Tuesday gave Joe Biden the historic surge he needed

Jennifer Rubin 5-6 minutes - Source: The Washington Post As of this hour — with winners predicted (or announced) in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Vermont, North Carolina, America Samoa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma and partial return in Texas — Super Tuesday is shaping up to be an overwhelming victory for former vice president Joe Biden, whose campaign was hanging by a thread before South Carolina voted. In the space of four days, Biden swept to victory in the Palmetto State and picked up a slew of endorsements from former rivals and state and local Democratic officials. The effort was designed to create a sense of momentum and a binary choice for voters: Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); a mainstream Democrat or a self-described socialist; a unifier or a pugilist. It paid off like gangbusters. Super Tuesday now looks like a historic surge for Biden. Early in the night, the races in Virginia, North Carolina and Ala

Perspective | College admissions are corrupt because universities are. Here’s how to fix them.

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By Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen  11-14 minutes How the pursuit of money and status overtook the missions of knowledge and truth. The Trojan Shrine at the University of Southern California is a symbol of its ideals. Can the school realize them? (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) The scandal around rich people buying college admissions for their underqualified children is disgusting and disheartening for everyone, but especially for those of us who teach and study at universities. My own University of Southern California is described as the “ epicenter ” of a crisis involving bribes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. While it is tempting to say that the scandal involves only nefarious individuals, and that we can address the problem with a fine tuning of the bureaucracy, the problem is much deeper. There is an illness in higher education, and its name is corruption. Corruption, in its most effectiv

‘Solo’ gets one thing right: The droids in ‘Star Wars’ are basically slaves. May 31, 2018.| Washington Post

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washingtonpost.com ‘Solo’ gets one thing right: The droids in ‘Star Wars’ are basically slaves. by Dan Hassler-Forest 9-11 minutes PostEverything Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events May 31 at 11:34 AM Follow DanHF Dan Hassler-Forest is an author and public speaker on media franchises, cultural theory, and political economy. He lives in the Netherlands and works as assistant professor in the Media Studies department of Utrecht University. Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is L3-37 in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” (Lucasfilm Ltd.) The new film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is mostly a listless, tone-deaf bore, tediously trekking through a deeply unimaginative backstory for a character who was always at his best when he was at his most myste

Washington Post | Politics - July 21, 2016.

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washingtonpost.com Sen. Cory Booker of N.J. remains under VP consideration for Clinton