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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 →
Relative calm seems to have been restored in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, where the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black male shot by a white police officer, sparked nearly two weeks of fierce protest and … Read More
- Haunted by History: Why Peace in Iraq Remains So Elusive [An Illustrated Explainer]
- College Is Expensive! But Is It Worth It?
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?