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POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:20 PM

Barack Obama has a question:

“It’s not sustainable,” Mr. Obama said at a White House news conference. “The notion that we’re going to keep 100 individuals in no man’s land in perpetuity,” he added, makes no sense. “All of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? Why are we doing this?”

POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:28 PM
Hundreds of pot smokers gathered at Independence Mall outside of the Liberty Bell to celebrate the marijuana holiday, "420". (Colin Kerrigan)

Dude! It looks like Pennsylvania is going to need to have an intervention...because we have a governor with a severe case of denial.

Last week, we learned that that Pennsylvania -- which had long been doing better than the national average when it came to jobs when Tom Corbett became governor in 2011, but now trails the U.S. unemployment rate -- lost more people from its labor force than any time in the last 30 years, and that it ranked 49th in job growth (ahead of only Wyoming) in March.

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013, 5:21 PM

Best protest poster we've seen in a while:

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013, 4:28 PM

Meet Jason Collins -- NBA stalwart, civil rights hero:

The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn't wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully? When I told Joe a few weeks ago that I was gay, he was grateful that I trusted him. He asked me to join him in 2013. We'll be marching on June 8.

POSTED: Monday, April 29, 2013, 2:59 PM

Who is this billionaire who lives 3,000 miles away from us, yet wants to monkey with Philadelphia's schools. Here's an excerpt. (To read the whole thing, use promo code H55K):

Schools Superintendent William Hite - a 2005 graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy - is the latest of four Philadelphia School District heads over the past decade to have forged close ties to the Broad Foundation. Other Broad trainees served as top aides during the reign of Hite's predecessor, the late Arlene Ackerman - herself a "superintendent-in-residence" at the same Broad academy before coming here.

POSTED: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 8:56 PM

It's kind of remarkable how quickly blogging went from cutting edge to over the hill. This site is truly now a dinosaur:

We will still have blogs, of course, if only because the word is flexible enough to encompass a very wide range of publishing platforms: Basically, anything that contains a scrollable stream of posts is a "blog." What we are losing is the personal blog and the themed blog. Less and less do readers have the patience for a certain writer or even certain subject matter. Instead, they use social media to efficiently pick exactly what they do and do not click on, rather than reading what a blogger or blog offers them. In part due to his melodramatic intellectual style, Sullivan's blog was almost like a soap opera pegged to the news cycle—which I mean as the highest compliment. Smith's blog, too, had its specific scoops (Jewish politics, labor politics). And Media Decoder frequently brought a Times-type sensibility to media stories not big enough to merit their own staid articles in the ink edition. A necessary byproduct was that even if you were a devotee, you were not interested in about half of their posts. You didn't complain, because you didn't have an alternative. Now, in the form of your Twitter feed, you do, and so these old-style blogs have no place anymore.

POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:39 PM

This is the war on drugs that America really needs. Doctors are taking on Big Pharma charging more than $100,000 a year for cancer drugs:

The doctors and researchers, who specialize in the potentially deadly blood cancer known as chronic myeloid leukemia, contend in a commentary published online by a medical journal Thursday that the prices of drugs used to treat that disease are astronomical, unsustainable and perhaps even immoral.

POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:07 PM
About 100 students, parents, and organizers found themselves temporarily locked out of the School District of Philadelphia Building after marching from City Hall. They were eventually allowed to come in. Students, like Joshua Garcia, Jr., left, of Charles Carroll High School, wanted to tell the School Reform Commission exactly what they think about Superintendent Bill Hite's plan to close 37 schools and close or change programs at dozens others. ( Charles Fox / Staff Photographer )

Score one for transparency. Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts by parent groups, the NAACP and others to find out more about the tangled relationship involving the Boston Consulting Group -- which recommended a major overhaul of the Philadelphia School District, including massive school closures -- its funder the William Penn Foundation, and the district.

Today, Parents United for Public Education said they've won a skirmish in that war:

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