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The Measles Outbreak - What to Know

In the Chicago Tribune article "Doctors, Talk Tough on Measles," Cory Franklin traces the measles back to a nineteenth century outbreak in the South Pacific, discusses what this has in common with the...
affluent, devastate, epidemic, lack, missionary, eradication, vaccine, demographic, vaccinate, more...
15 words

The Scoop on Net Neutrality

In the New York Times article "Internet Taxes, Another Window Into the Net Neutrality Debate," Steve Lohr outlines how legislators feel a tax ban on high-speed internet service will further the...
bipartisan, legislation, ban, prohibition, federal, communications, commission, utility, protect, more...
20 words

Mario Cuomo (1932-2015) Tribute List

Mario Cuomo, 3-term governor of New York and expert articulator of his party's principles, died on January 1, 2015. Cuomo became a national figure with a series of speeches in 1984, several of which...
eloquence, calamity, affluence, aspiration, mettle, manipulate, prose, affidavit, celestial, more...
12 words

"Class Matters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Originally a series in The New York Times, these 14 articles compiled and edited by Bill Keller give glimpses into the lives of people across America to prove that, despite our image of being the land...
integrated, mobility, elusive, impoverished, adversity, gender, heterogeneous, ironic, exemplar, more...
40 words

Quotes about Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (1951-2014)

Former Hatian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier died of a heart attack on October 4, 2014 at the age of 63. While most historians agree that he was an improvement on his father, "Papa Doc,"...
venal, affable, stolid, unanimous, redemption, embezzle, ascension, totalitarian, stark, more...
10 words

President Obama's Speech on ISIL Threat

On September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation about the terrorist threat posed by those known as ISIS ( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) a...
degrade, affiliate, vigilant, exploit, grievance, condone, strife, genocide, decisive, more...
24 words

A Quick Current Events Quiz: Pulitzer Prizes in the News

Talking about the Pulitzer Prizes awarded this week? Make sure you're up on these ten words essential for talking about the forces shaping our culture. We publish this ten-word list drawn from news...
wry, lyric, compensate, rectify, deftly, subsequent, empathetic, somber, squalid, more...
10 words

A Quick Current Events Quiz: "Balking" & "Reneging" in Middle East Peace Process

Follow news of stalling Middle East negotiations from a vocabularian's perspective by learning 10 words from this week's New York Times new coverage. Commit to this list on weekly basis! Here are six...
balk, condition, broker, faction, isolation, brink, constructive, unilateral, renege, more...
10 words
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