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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Uneven Playing Field

The Uneven Playing Field:

Under unilateral disarmament, Trump stays, Conyers goes, Moore stays, Franken goes. Remember "when they go low, we go high?" Yep. So do I. via Pocket

How Do Politicians Get Away With Cutting Taxes for the Rich?

How Do Politicians Get Away With Cutting Taxes for the Rich?:

A substantial majority of Americans believe that rich people ought to pay more taxes. For example, consider public opinion about the "Buffett rule," named after its most prominent backer, the billionaire investor Warren Buffett. via Pocket

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks:

In late October, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proudly announced, "We've been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine months, the Commission has voted on 63 items at our monthly meetings, compared to 103 in the preceding three years. via Pocket

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing:

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating in Louisiana for almost two decades. via Pocket

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

We're witnessing the wholesale looting of America:

Over the course of 2017, both in Congress and in the executive branch, we have watched the task of government devolve into the full-scale looting of America. via Pocket

Monday, December 11, 2017

Newsweek on Twitter

Newsweek on Twitter:

U.N. "shocked" at the level of poverty in rural Alabama. "It's very uncommon in the First World" http://bit.ly/2ycnWFl via Pocket

Monday, December 04, 2017

Our National Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous, Powerful Men

Our National Narratives Are Still Being Shaped by Lecherous, Powerful Men:

And the stories keep on coming: about how political pundit Mark Halperin rubbed his erect penis against younger female colleagues (a claim he denies); how Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman touched young female employees against their will and told one of them that she needed to be "more ope via Pocket

How Our Broken Justice System Led to a Sexual Harassment Crisis

How Our Broken Justice System Led to a Sexual Harassment Crisis:

Amid the latest wave of sexual harassment allegations, you might conclude, with some relief, that predators are finally being held accountable for long-repressed abuse. But while several men have lost their jobs, there's been little accountability in a legal sense. via Pocket

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Trump Presidency: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Trump Presidency: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far and enlists our catheter cowboy to teach Donald Trump what he hasn't.Connect with Last Week Tonight online…Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.you via Pocket

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump:

You can't say Andrea Anthony didn't try. A 37-year-old African American woman with an infectious smile, Anthony had voted in every major election since she was 18. via Pocket

Friday, November 03, 2017

America is facing an epistemic crisis

America is facing an epistemic crisis:

Over at the Gothamist, Jake Offenhartz has an astounding and richly symbolic story about the latest bit of "fake news" burped up by the alt-right. [Ugh, that link now goes to the "Gothamist is dead" page. Here's a Jesse Singal story about the incident.] via Pocket

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The research is clear: Waiting periods can curb gun deaths

The research is clear: Waiting periods can curb gun deaths:

It's no secret this country is extraordinarily divided on the issue of gun rights, and common ground has been hard to come by. via Pocket