Friday, June 13, 2008

Why giving poor kids laptops doesn't improve their scholastic performance.

It turns out that kids in households lucky enough to get computer vouchers spent a lot less time watching TV—but that's where the good news ends. "Vouchered" kids also spent less time doing homework, got lower grades, and reported lower educational aspirations than the "unvouchered" kids.

Tim Russert dead at 58.


WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, who pointedly but politely questioned hundreds of the powerful and influential as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died Friday of an apparent heart attack. The network's Washington bureau chief was 58.

Tim Russert was one of the few members of mainstream press that I actually liked and respected. He was smart, funny and above all honest. He cared about the truth and had the courage to ask tough questions. Our political discourse will be poorer with his absence. He will be greatly missed.