How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

BY BETTINA CHANG from Pacific Standard The content of children’s textbooks is often a cultural flashpoint, with conservatives and liberals battling it out over who’s indoctrinating whom with biased views. Local news often centers on the public review process of a state’s chosen textbooks, and whether or not parents deserve more time to raise objections. With all…

The President of the United States Does Not Control the Economy

by DEREK THOMPSON from The Atlantic For years, Americans have listed the economy as their “most important problem,” and it seems like countless elections have swung on candidates’ sugar-coated promises to accelerate growth, create jobs, and generally make us all as rich as we’ve dreamed. But just how much power does the president really have over the…

Where Does Ebola Come From?

by Olga Khazan from The Atlantic The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and infected more than 1,000, including an American doctor and aid worker. One reason why Ebola is so terrifying is that there’s no cure, and the fatality rate…