Now that we have a third blog on the WaMo site in addition to Political Animal, we’ll get back into the habit of freestanding posts to draw some attention to what you should be reading here.

* At The Grade, Alexander Russo discusses the potential of “solutions” journalism on education–and how its credibility is threatened by special interest funding. Bottom line is that it’s a perilous step that could take us to the focus we need.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Stoehr marvels at the unwillingness of Republicans to stop their bleeding on minimum wage proposals.

* At College Guide, Jill Barshay explains an anomaly in California’s research on community college students and online courses: highly motivated students can use online courses to accelerate progress towards graduation, but others suffer from relying on those same courses.

Read and learn. There’s more at washingtonmonthly.com than PA.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.