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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort

Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort:

The rule would have helped poor Americans move to more expensive neighborhoods with better schools. The zip code where a child grows up can have a huge effect on that kid's entire life. via Pocket

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Resegregation of Jefferson County

The Resegregation of Jefferson County:

In 2013, a flier began making the rounds in Gardendale, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. via Pocket

Monday, September 18, 2017

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don't Know It):

For every $100 earned by an average white family, how much do you think is earned by an average black family? Wrong. You're actually too pessimistic. Black families in America earn $57.30 for every $100 in white family income. via Pocket

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Only Problem in American Politics Is the Republican Party

The Only Problem in American Politics Is the Republican Party:

Political scientist Lee Drutman argues in a Vox essay that American politics is descending into what he calls "doom-loop partisanship. via Pocket

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart:

The poor and middle class used to see the largest income growth. Note: Inflation-adjusted annual average growth using income after taxes, transfers and non-cash benefits. via Pocket

Saturday, September 02, 2017

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them.

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it's devastating them.:

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. — Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it had said something insulting. Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. via Pocket

Friday, September 01, 2017

City governments are raising standards for working people—and state legislators are lowering them back down

City governments are raising standards for working people—and state legislators are lowering them back down:

On August 28, 2017, low-wage workers in St. Louis, Missouri, became the latest victims of state preemption laws. "Preemption" in this context refers to a situation in which a state law is enacted to block a local ordinance from taking effect—or dismantle an existing ordinance. via Pocket

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say:

WASHINGTON — When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor via Pocket

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane

Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane:

Wall Street has developed a new way, clouded in obscurity, to fleece the hundreds of millions of Americans who have money invested in company pension plans, mutual funds and insurance policies. via Pocket

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016

The GOP's Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016:

There were 25 debates during the presidential primaries and general election and not a single question about the attack on voting rights, even though this was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. via Pocket

Friday, August 18, 2017

How to Make Fun of Nazis

How to Make Fun of Nazis:

For decades, Wunsiedel, a German town near the Czech border, has struggled with a parade of unwanted visitors. It is the birthplace of one of Adolf Hitler's deputies, a man named Rudolf Hess. And every year, to residents' chagrin, neo-Nazis marched to his grave site there. via Pocket

Friday, August 11, 2017

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry:

Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn's Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile. via Pocket

How to Take Down Kim Jong Un

How to Take Down Kim Jong Un:

At my Senate confirmation hearing a few years ago, I made a promise to the panel deciding my fate: never to use the phrase "there are no good options. via Pocket

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Return of Monopoly

The Return of Monopoly:

On July 15, 2015, Amazon marked the twentieth anniversary of its founding with a "global shopping event" called Prime Day. via Pocket

The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise

The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise:

Colorado Springs has always leaned hard on its reputation for natural beauty. via Pocket

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Is It Time to Break Up Google?

Is It Time to Break Up Google?:

In just 10 years, the world's five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place. via Pocket

Friday, April 21, 2017

Gerrymandering means Democrats are playing a rigged game — in Georgia and everywhere else

Gerrymandering means Democrats are playing a rigged game — in Georgia and everywhere else:

The Democratic Party is going all-in on Georgia. More than $8 million in outside donations and 7,000 volunteers have come to the aid of Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is hoping to clear the 50 percent mark during Tuesday's special election in the Atlanta suburbs. Liberals see a lot riding on the race. via Pocket

‘Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court

'Pivotal Moment' for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court:

The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds. via Pocket

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.:

Since President Trump's election, much has been made of his rural, heartland voters, and how politicians can better serve them, with most discussion centering on international trade and globalization. via Pocket

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

How the Airlines Became Abusive Cartels

How the Airlines Became Abusive Cartels:

The recent United Airlines bumping debacle has prompted calls for reforms in the system of auctions that reward fliers for voluntarily giving up seats. Delta Airlines has now authorized payments as high as $9,950 to induce passengers to give up seats on overbooked flights. via Pocket

Thursday, April 06, 2017

What Gorsuch Means

What Gorsuch Means:

A few minutes after Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court, former Obama Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal had an opinion piece in the New York Times. In it, Katyal argues that Democrats should confirm Gorsuch, who is "an extraordinary judge and man. via Pocket

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I'm a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here's what I learned

I'm a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here's what I learned:

Sam Altman runs a prestigious Silicon Valley startup incubator, Y Combinator. He did not vote for Donald Trump. But he wanted to learn about how the rest of America thinks and feels. So he spent months traveling the country, interviewing Trump supporters. via Pocket

Thursday, February 09, 2017

How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning:

HOUSTON — It's looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America. via Pocket

Monday, January 02, 2017

More women seek birth control to last as long as Trump's term

More women seek birth control to last as long as Trump's term:

ST. LOUIS – Angelica Thompson was working part time and earning her college degree in genetics when she got a serious boyfriend. Thompson sought care at the campus health clinic, where she chose a hormone implant under her skin that prevents pregnancy for up to three years. via Pocket