What the 2016 contenders have to say on education
After many months of fevered commentary, we're finally into primary season. Millions of families, students and educators have a clear interest in where the candidates stand on things like schooling, pre-K and college. Given that, it's worth seeing what some of the major presidential contenders have to say on education.
Tech-challenged Pentagon searches for a Silicon ally
Silicon Valley is a popular destination for the feds lately. President Obama’s intelligence team trekked there last month to ask for help defeating Islamic State’s propaganda on social media. Less noticed has been the steady parade of Pentagon leaders heading west. Last summer the Pentagon leased 12,000-square feet of Class A real estate in Sunnyvale for a new office: the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental. Why? Commanders are worried about the accelerating erosion of the American military’s technological superiority. They believe Silicon Valley’s talent and tech can restore agility and innovation.
The US has less income inequality today than in 2000. Just pointing that out.
I gave a brief talk earlier today about income inequality to the National Academy of Social Insurance. (My co-speaker was my frequent CNBC debate partner Jared Bernstein.) And I think the talk was well-received. In it, I made a point to highlight two data points or data sets that often get ignored.