It's a moment many education reformers have dreamed of for decades and many thought they'd never see.
Nobody likes the prospect of financially pressed school districts handing out thousands of pink slips to teachers, but Democrats' proposal for a $23 billion bailout attracted so many critics early on that it seemed doomed from the start, despite energetic lobbying by teachers' unions and congressional educational leaders.
What's left to say about Oprah's against-all-odds rise to become one of the most powerful women in the world? Kitty Kelley's version includes the messy, contradictory, and less-than-inspirational bits that crack Winfrey's carefully crafted image as the nation's $2.4 billion Everywoman. Kelley (and particularly Crown Books) should get some points for taking a critical look at a diva with whom most authors and publishers wouldn't tangle.
OK, we still have the highest divorce rate in the world. But that's the problem—"We divorce, repartner, and remarry faster than people in any other country," says Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist and author of the new book The Marriage-Go-Round.
Geraldine Ferraro on Palin, Clinton and the campaign ahead.