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Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown. View all posts by Matthew Green →
UPDATE: Since we first published this piece two weeks ago, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki agreed (on August 15) — after days of tense standoff that brought the possibility of a military coup — to relinquish power and accept the nomination of Haider … Read More
- College Is Expensive! But Is It Worth It?
- How the Drought is Shrinking California's Reservoirs [Visualization]
Click on different points on the map below to see which counties would be part of each one of California’s six new states, as outlined in a proposed ballot initiative. Per capita income and population figures are listed for each “state,” … Read More
- Demystifying California's Top-Two Primary System
- "Schoolhouse Rock" Revised: What it Really Takes to Pass A Bill in Congress
The Supreme Court this week dealt a blow to the nation’s struggling labor unions. In a 5-4 decision along ideological lines, the court ruled that some government workers who decline membership in the unions that represent them can’t be forced … Read More
- Why All the Hype about Thomas Piketty's "Capital"?
- Income Inequality in America, An Illustrated Guide
he 2012 presidential and congressional elections will cost roughly $5.8 billion, making it the most expensive in U.S. history. That’s according to estimates by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which predicts about a 7 percent increase from 2008′s $5.4 … Read More
- Three Awesome Infographics On America's Abstract Electoral System
- Who Do We Lock Up? Four Key Characteristics of Cal's Prison Population
ndividuals and organizations are spending millions in this election to win support for, or to defeat, a variety of propositions on California’s ballot. Anyone who’s watched even a smidgen of TV in the last two months can attest to the … Read More
- Redistricting, California Style: Letting the "People" Draw the Maps
- Tying The Knot With Same-Sex Marriage: Obama's Slow Evolution
By Donelle Blubaugh Contributor hat are political party platforms and how much impact do they have in actual political decision-making? During the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer, you probably heard a lot about the party platforms” These are … Read More
- Where the Super PACs Spend Their Dough
- Leaders of the (super) PAC: This Election, Who Are the Heavy Hitters?