St. Paul mayor's State of the City speech focuses on transit, talent St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says the keys to the city's future are "tracks, trails, talent, technology and traction." Coleman made those "five Ts" the theme of his 8th annual State of the City speech Monday, also focusing on some of the challenges St. Paul faces.4:54 p.m.
Supreme Court To Examine State Ban On Affirmative Action
With a case examining the use of race in the University of Texas admissions process still undecided, the court surprised observers by accepting yet another affirmative action case for next term. This one, from Michigan, tests whether voters, by referendum, can bar race-conscious admissions programs in higher education.
Islamists Say They Are Filling Vacuum Left By Egyptian State
The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.
Women Can Take Tips On Negotiating From Pop Culture
Women in many professions have been talking about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Commentator Shana Naomi Krochmal has a longstanding interest in one of Sandberg's biggest points: women should bargain harder for better salaries. She says that you can see evidence of it even in TV game shows. She says an example of how to do it right is the drama Scandal on ABC.
Kerry In Afghanistan To Smooth Over Latest Disputes
Secretary of State John Kerry met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other top officials in Kabul on Monday. As Kerry arrived, the U.S. handed over control of the Bagram prison to the Afghan government, resolving a long-standing dispute between Washington and Kabul.
As Cardinal, New Pope Walked Fine Line On Economic Issues
The former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has both opposed liberation theology as well as criticized capitalism. And while Pope Francis' positions are in line with his predecessors on economic matter, his Latin American background may lead to an emphasis on those issues.