April 20, 2017
by Christine Stuart | April 20, 2017 1:38pm
HARTFORD, CT — David Wilkinson, who most recently served as director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation under President Barack Obama, isn’t concerned about taking a job that might only last 21 months.
April 14, 2017
by Barth Keck | April 14, 2017 5:30am
April 10, 2017
by Christine Stuart | April 10, 2017 5:30am
WEST HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Rep. John B. Larson’s constituents struggled Sunday with the idea that Republican President Donald Trump has the authority to launch airstrikes in war-torn Syria without permission from Congress.
March 28, 2017
by Dan Levine, Reuters | March 28, 2017 4:07pm
March 24, 2017
by Christine Stuart | March 24, 2017 5:12pm
HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was on MSNBC Friday afternoon as news broke about the decision to repeal the Republican healthcare bill, said he thinks this was a “good day for America.”
by Dustin Volz and David Lawder, Reuters | March 24, 2017 3:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Republicans in Congress lacked the votes needed for passage of their U.S. healthcare system overhaul and a key committee chairman came out in opposition after Donald Trump demanded a vote on Friday in a gamble that could hobble his presidency. As a result, shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican replacement plan from the House floor.
March 23, 2017
by Christine Stuart | March 23, 2017 4:25pm
March 17, 2017
by Barth Keck | March 17, 2017 5:30am
When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 235,000 new jobs were added in February, the first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency, the response from the White House was predictable.
March 10, 2017
by Susan Bigelow | March 10, 2017 11:00am
by Sarah Darer Littman | March 10, 2017 9:00am
“What do you suppose is the life expectancy is of a country that’s lost its grip on reality? Whose national consciousness is based on delusion and fantasy? Whose dominant mode of expression is the language of advertising and sloganeering?”
—Soldiers on the Fault Line: War, Rhetoric, and Reality, The Seventh Annual David L. Janetta Distinguished Lecture in War, Literature, and the Arts, 9/10/13 U.S. Air Force Academy delivered by Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
One of my favorite creative writing exercises with teens is to have them make a list of 10 current issues, technologies, or laws and then make second column where they extrapolate 50 years into the future and imagine how the things they’ve written in column one might affect society.
Have laws been taken to the extreme? Are technologies being used for good or have they taken a less benevolent turn? Teens then write a story using some of the ideas in column two.
Last night, I read Ben Fountain’s lecture as research for a novel I’m writing, and it prompted me to ask a few “what if” questions of my own: