What is privacy? Why should we want to hold onto it? Why is it important, necessary, precious? Is it just some prissy relic of the pretechnological past? We talk about this now because of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency revelations, and new fears that we are operating, all of us, within what has become [...]
Governor Jerry Brown said Monday that California’s high-speed rail project will not be stopped by a judge’s ruling that project officials failed to comply with provisions of Proposition 1A, the initiative in which voters approved initial funding for the project in 2008. Read more here. Like this post? Chip in $5 to AFP.
About half of the outstanding $1 trillion in federal student loan debt in the U.S. isn’t being repaid. And 1 out of 8 borrowers are defaulting on their loans despite unprecedented federal attempts to help. An analysis released Monday by the CFPB shows borrowers are struggling to repay their loans and are seemingly unaware of options that [...]
The pension liabilities that helped bankrupt Detroit have cast a harsh light on similar problems in Chicago and other large American cities, adding urgency to the question of who should close the shortfall. This is a challenge that public-sector workers and retirees shouldn’t bear on their own. The public pension problem is by now well known. Detroit’s emergency [...]
At 40 years old, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is in dire need of a mid-life makeover. This well-intentioned law gives the federal government nearly unlimited power to regulate the use of private lands in the name of protecting endangered species. But as decades of experience show, the act is neither as effective nor [...]