Interested in living in Moscow? Better know Russian!

The Moscow Times takes a look at a new Russian law that is sure to restrict who can live in Moscow. The new immigration rules for foreign citizens, published Monday on the Kremlin’s website, make it compulsory for anyone applying for a Russian work or residency permit to submit a certificate from an accredited institution, demonstrating…

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The U.S. is no longer a democracy?

Talking Points Memo takes a look at a new study from Princeton that has an uncomfortable message for America. Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. Using data…

Attention, Pittsburgh Riverhounds fans

Here’s a great opportunity to support your team and help Autism Speaks. Purchase a ticket to the Riverhounds match on April 26th using promotional code RUNMIKERUN- $1 per ticket will go back to Autism Speaks. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE  or call the Highmark Stadium Box Office at 412-325-7241 Three lucky supporters using the promotional code RUNMIKERUN will win lunch with their favorite Riverhound team…

Columbus as the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention?

WBNS reports that officials in Ohio’s capital city have been asked by top Democrats to bid for their party’s 2016 national convention. Besides Columbus, 14 other cities have also been asked to submit bids – including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.Experience…

U.S. to send troops to Baltics and Eastern Europe, message to Russia

TIME magazine examines the Obama administration’s decision to send troops to Russia’s sphere of influence. The U.S. will deploy roughly 600 troops already stationed in Europe to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary,said Tuesday. The troops will be replaced with new units within about a month, and the…

Reactions from the left and the right from today’s Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

The Associated Press examines today’s Supreme Court ruling that opens the door for colleges to ditch affirmative action in their admissions decisions. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a figure that has dropped since voters in 2006 said race couldn’t be used as a factor in the selection process. Nearly…

Efforts to ban affirmative action in college admissions strengthened

The New York Times sent the following news alert at 10:25 a.m. EDT: The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state’s public universities. In earlier cases, including one from June concerning the University of Texas, the court has said that race-conscious admissions policies can be constitutionally…