When Public Schools Rely on Local Property Taxes: Letters

Readers discuss the phenomenon of school districts being isolated from financial resources in their communities.

By The Atlantic

A ripped open chain link fence borders the playing field at the Marie Reed Elementary School in Washington Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003. City and federal officials are fighting over how to fix the myriad problems that plague the public school system.
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‘One Belt One Road’ Is Just a Marketing Campaign

China’s signature project is actually a sweeping, poorly coordinated branding effort posing as an infrastructure initiative.

By Eyck Freymann, Research analyst at Greenmantle | The Atlantic

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a briefing on the final day of the Belt and Road Forum, at the Yanqi Lake International Conference Center, north of Beijing, China May 15, 2017.
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A Nation of Pundits

Electability is king in the 2020 Democratic primary as voters are choosing candidates they think their fellow citizens would support—not the ones they actually like best.

By RUSSELL BERMAN | The Atlantic

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Ask any New Hampshire Democrats which of the nearly two dozen candidates they’re voting for in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, which is still six months away, and the reply usually isn’t a name, but a list—a few candidates they like, perhaps, or maybe a couple they’ve ruled out.… read the full article

America Moved On From Its Gay-Rights Moment—And Left a Legal Mess Behind

Half a decade after the Supreme Court’s same-sex-marriage decision, the justices and Congress are still trying to figure out what federal law should say about LGBTQ rights.

By EMMA GREEN | The Atlantic

LUCY JONES

Roughly half of americans think federal law bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.… read the full article