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Vision Talks

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Hear four concise talks on why America needs to rethink education, what that thinking looks like in practice, and how to move from ideas to action.

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According to new data just released by the IRS, the top 400 US taxpayers paid almost as much in federal income taxes ($19.1 billion) in 2010 as the 67.5 million Americans in the bottom 50% of all taxpayers ($22.4 billion).

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If the value of taxi medallions collapses, is government obliged to offer compensation because it, in effect. made a regulatory decision that is a taking?

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Something to give thanks for tomorrow: the thousands of strangers who were led by the “invisible hand” of the market over the last several months to make sure your holiday feast was possible.

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While U.S. upward mobility probably has not declined in recent decades, neither has it increased. Helping Americans climb the ladder should be a key focus of economic policy.

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President Barack Obama signs executive orders on immigration reform. Reuters

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Will the approximately five million undocumented immigrants covered by the President’s action be eligible to receive welfare benefits? And if so, how much will those benefits cost?

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada November 21, 2014. Reuters

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President Obama’s real immigration goal is twofold: Cement Latinos into the Democratic coalition and force Republicans to overreact.

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Protesters march during a demonstration, following the Monday Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown, in Los Angeles, California November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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The case of police Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO became, in the public imagination, a symbol for everything wrong with our criminal justice system, and for the inequities and depredations minorities and the poor suffer daily.

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It’s past time for all of us who lead, teach, or study at one of the nation’s colleges or universities to take a more active role in ending campus rape, and to make sure that the likes of “Drew” — the Phi Psi ring leader who put Jackie through a living hell — don’t go on to graduate to murder.

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Here’s today’s top ten assortment of charts, links, photos, tables, videos, quotations, and economic facts.

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New data released today from the Netherlands show that global trade and global industrial production reached record high levels in September – so why the global gloom?

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