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Students at a KIPP charter school in San Francisco. KIPP and other charter schools are giving serious thought to the question of civic education.

There are things that are appropriate for charter school authorizers (and the legislators that write charter school policy) to ask schools to demonstrate before they are allowed to accept students and public dollars. And there are things that are inappropriate for them to request. Many authorizers (and legislators) have gone far beyond what is reasonable and appropriate.

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The chief responsibility for the destruction of Palmyra will rest with the Islamic State. But it is worth considering why a reactionary interpretation of Islamic law has taken hold among groups like the Taliban, the Islamic State, and Al Qaeda affiliates.

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The Oracle of Omaha predicts how the rush to sharply raise the minimum wage will end. (Spoiler: badly for the people the policy purports to help.)

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It’s not hard to imagine that many Democrat-inclined voters will vote for Clinton despite the deleted emails, the six-figure speech fees, the contributions from foreign governments. It’s harder to imagine these voters generating the enthusiasm that drove up Democratic turnout in 2008 and reversing the trend that is apparent to anyone who looks at the numbers.

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Under Hillary’s plan, every candidate is free to launder six-figure checks from Russian banks through his or her personal bank account. It’s another example of something often seen in the business world. Regulation often serves to protect insiders from competition.

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Here’s today’s assortment of interesting links, charts, videos, quotations, markets in everything, and more.

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When Harvard social scientist and celebrated author Robert Putnam lists the challenges facing poor Americans, family structure is always at the top.

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