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Help Decide Which High School Gets Obama as a Commencement Speaker

Six high schools are competing for the President to be their graduation speaker, and it's (partially) up to a public vote.


As part of the "Race to the Top Commencement Challenge," some lucky high school is going to have President Obama speak on campus on graduation day. A public vote, happening this week, will take the current pool of six finalists down to three semi-finalists, and then the President will choose the final winner himself.

Each of the schools—Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tennessee); Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, Washington); High Tech High International (San Diego); Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (Pittsburgh); Science Park High School (Newark, New Jersey) and Wayne Early Middle College High School (Goldsboro, North Carolina)—made brief videos and wrote short essays spotlighting what makes them unique—whether its diversity, overcoming poverty, or an innovative curriculum.

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The Satellite Sentinel Project: Preventing War Crimes with Real-Time Surveillance

Yesterday, South Sudan began voting on whether to secede. The result could touch off devastating violence. But this time, satellites will be watching.


On Sunday, the people of the semi-autonomous region of South Sudan began voting on a referendum to form their own country. If they do decide to secede, that could touch off another devastating war with the north.

To deter the kinds of war crimes that have occurred in Sudan in the past, a new effort called the Satellite Sentinel Project will use satellites to monitor the border between northern and southern Sudan. The resulting maps and imagery will be made public, online, in near real time. The idea is that, by focusing a public camera on the most volatile areas of the country, the Satellite Sentinel Project will make potential perpetrators of genocide think twice, and make a peaceful vote more likely.

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DREAM Act Delayed After House Passage. Will Senate Reciprocate?

The Senate just voted to table debate on the DREAM Act until early next week. Will it get the 60 votes needed for passage?

The DREAM Act's fate is delayed yet again.

While the bill was expected to be voted upon by the Senate earlier this morning, legislators just voted to table discussion until next early week, with supporters fearing that Democratic leadership will fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage.

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GOOD Voter Guide to California: U.S. House of Representatives

The number of U.S, Representatives per state is based on population of each state; they serve two-year terms without limit.

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GOOD Voter Guide to California

We help you make sense of the crazy midterm election season (at least in our home state).

It’s crazy midterm election season, and this year is a doozy—especially here in California. This guide tries to make sense of the majority of state-wide races here, which include model/actress tea party members, socialists (real ones), a Columbine victim, career politicians, evil plots by oil companies, and the potential legalization of marijuana.

Over the course of the next two weeks, we will be publishing primers about the important items on the ballot in California, and linking the pages below. Bookmark this page and come back for daily updates. Here's the schedule:

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