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On Saturday we had our first annual TPM Holiday party at our New York City office (yes, War on Christmas, 'natch). As part of the festivities we had an amazingly talented photographer, Victor Jeffreys, taking portraits. After the jump, an assortment of them and a chance to see up close and in their best light who writes, edits, publishes, designs and codes everything you see here each day. as well as a bunch of our friends.
Pickens County, SC Sheriff Rick Clark has deleted his Facebook post saying he would refuse to lower Sheriff Department flags to half staff in Nelson Mandela's honor. He now says it's time to "move on" and advises readers to "read about President Mandela."
TPM is a website and a news organization. But fundamentally it's a small business. And like any well-managed small business we keep a close eye on expenses and review all the incoming and outgoing revenue at the end of month. So it was with some surprise when I heard from our accountant last week asking me about a payment for $1984 to Julian Toynbee (not his real name, for reasons which will become clear shortly.)
Today at TPM Cafe's Book Club, Diane Ravitch makes the case against the modern education reform movement, as argued in her book Reign of Error:
In the early years of the twenty-first century, a bipartisan consensus arose about educational policy in the United States. Right and left, Democrats and Republicans, the leading members of our political class and our media elite seemed to agree: Public education is broken. Our students are not learning enough. Public schools are bad and getting worse. ... There is only one problem with this narrative. It is wrong.