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A Note from WRM
A Note from WRM
Go Bard!

The success of the Prison Initiative’s debating team is a reminder that many young people have tremendous untapped potential that can be unleashed with the right support.

A Note from WRM
Extremely Proud of My Bard Students and Colleagues

Debaters with the Bard Prison Initiative recently defeated the Harvard debate team. The story is a reminder that many young people in the United States lack the kind of mentoring, care, and attention that can make all the difference.

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Upgrades at Our Site

As you read this, I’m on a plane somewhere over the Atlantic flying back to the States. I’ve been in Budapest for most of the week completely swamped in meetings, all the while trying to meet several competing writing deadlines. As such, you’ll have to forgive me, dear readers, if my post explaining the site changes you see in front of you is a little brief.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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