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ProPublica Partners with Yelp to Bring Big Data to Bear on Healthcare

ProPublica Partners with Yelp to Bring Big Data to Bear on Healthcare
Yelp may be best known for its restaurant and nightclub reviews, but the site’s seeds were actually planted when CEO Jeremy Stoppelman had trouble finding recommendations for a local doctor. Health providers now account for a rapidly growing six percent of Yelp’s reviewed businesses. Thanks to a new partnership with ProPublica, the site’s star ratings system is being supplemented with objective healthcare data.
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Confounded Fathers: Constitution Framers Appalled at Attacks on Free Public Education

Confounded Fathers: Constitution Framers Appalled at Attacks on Free Public Education
This post originally ran in May 2012. We are reviving it at this time in conjunction with Bernie Sanders' call for a free public college education for all. We hope it sheds some light on why this not only isn't a radical idea, but is one deeply rooted in our nation's history. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Another Prick in the Wall; Littwin on Trump’s Immigration Bomb

Another Prick in the Wall; Littwin on Trump’s Immigration Bomb
OK, I admit it it, I’m a silver-lining kind of guy. And so when I read Donald Trump’s round-up-the-illegals-and-ship-‘em-out manifesto – a point-by-point policy paper to follow up on his illegal-immigrants-as-rapists commentary — I knew we were finally getting somewhere.
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Opt-Out Movement Grows as Parents Fight Back Against Unfair Common Core Tests

Opt-Out Movement Grows as Parents Fight Back Against Unfair Common Core Tests
New York's Common Core testing madness is one year ahead of Connecticut's, which means parents know more and are taking action to protect their children. Last summer, the majority of parents in New York State were told their children were failures as a result of that state's version of the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core testing scheme. As a result, parents were prepared for this year's testing scam and record numbers of public school students were opted-out of the testing fiasco.
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Bernie Burns Up the Trail in Portland With 28K Supporters, 15K in Seattle 24 Hours Earlier

Bernie Burns Up the Trail in Portland With 28K Supporters, 15K in Seattle 24 Hours Earlier
Shattering a day-old record, 28,000 backers of Bernie Sanders on Sunday filled all the seats and crowded into overflow areas outside the Moda Center sports arena where the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers play.
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Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections

Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — a Civil Rights Era law that ensured minorities would not face discrimination at the ballot box. The court’s decision ushered in a slew of new measures that voting rights advocates say unfairly impact minorities, students and working people — like stringent voter ID requirements, politically strategic redistricting, reduced early voting and limited availability of multilingual ballots. And without the oversight authority it has had since the 60s, the federal government can’t do anything about it.
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Littwin: Who Knows How to Deal with Trump?

Littwin: Who Knows How to Deal with Trump?
Let’s all agree on this much after the opening night of the GOP debates: Donald Trump, the star of the show, did not disappoint. He was at his Donaldian best, or worst, depending on your world view. The thing about Trump is that his best and worst are exactly the same, so it’s hard to know the difference. He was appalling and he was entertaining, and he proved, if anyone doubted it, that he had no business standing on the stage among serious candidates, which is the whole point of the Trump experience.
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Clinton Talks Planned Parenthood, Climate and Immigration at Colorado Rally

Clinton Talks Planned Parenthood, Climate and Immigration at Colorado Rally
Hillary Clinton launched her Colorado campaign Tuesday from a rally at La Rumba, a Denver Latino club packed with more than 350 fans. The crowd was raring to go by the time Clinton took to the stage to talk climate change, immigration and women’s health – throwing in a few jabs at her Republican competition.
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Could Scott Walker’s Legal Victory Expand Super PAC Superpowers?

Could Scott Walker’s Legal Victory Expand Super PAC Superpowers?
A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on Gov. Scott Walker's campaign practices clears the way for state candidates to work more closely with legally independent political groups and their enormous war chests. The big unanswered question is how ripples from the case might spread beyond the state's borders.
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Is Public Education in Alabama Poised on the Brink of Disaster?

Is Public Education in Alabama Poised on the Brink of Disaster?
Hyperbole? Not really. Let's take a look at recent events and the GOP supermajority's plan to "fix" the state budget crisis during the special session set to reconvene the first week of August.
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