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August 29, 2015 at 12:00:07
Republicans' hostility to everyone who isn't white and male and conservative and wealthy is by now irrefutable. But how deeply those hostilities run through all facets of their policy is worth highlighting. Slate's Helaine Olen does just that in this case study about how Social Security cuts are particularly damaging to women. In national politics, the war on women isn't always about denying women the right to choose to end a pregnancy or to have health insurance pay for contraception. It's also about denying women their financial dignity. So is Social Security another front in the politicians' affronts to the lives of American women? "Absolutely," says Nancy Altman, co-founder of the advocacy organization Social Security Works and co-author of a book with the same name. "Attacks on the program are attacks on everyone, but they are especially attacks on women." ["]
August 29, 2015 at 11:00:13
Ten years ago, the United States suffered one of its worst natural disasters ever when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. A mandatory evacuation order came late, with the highways out of New Orleans already jammed with traffic and many residents unable to leave. The city's levees failed, and the nation was horrified by images of residents trapped in a flooded city. Ten years later, black residents of New Orleans see significantly less improvement than white residents. Recovery has badly lagged in the Lower Ninth Ward. The natural disaster was used to accelerate a human-made disaster in the city's schools--a disaster lauded by policymakers like Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Head below the fold for more.
August 29, 2015 at 10:00:06
Careful guys, your callousness is showing. The Obamacare "replacement" plans put foward last week by presidential would-bes Scott Walker and Marco Rubio have one major thing, and very Republican, thing in common: they hurt poor and middle-income Americans at the expense of the rich. As usual. Hurting the low- and middle-income folks is actually pretty much baked-in to the entire Republican response to everything, but particularly Obamacare. Sarah Kilff has just one more example of that in the form of the lawsuit House Republicans have brought against President Obama over the law. The Republicans argue that the administration broke the law by sending money in the form of cost-sharing subsidies to insurance companies--money that Congress did not authorize. The case has troubling implications for legislative-executive processes if it advances past the federal district court in Washington, DC, where it is now. But setting that aside, it's what it would do to the subsidies that are making keeping insurance even remotely affordable for millions of people that's the issue here. At issue aren't the subsidies to purchase insurance, but assistance to low-income Obamacare enrollees to pay for other insurance costs, like co-pays and deductibles. The large majority of people getting the help fall solidly in the lower- and middle-income brackets.
August 29, 2015 at 09:00:10
August 29, 2015 at 08:00:07
Tropical Storm Erika's projected path as of 8 AM EST Friday Trump is damn entertaining and he has the GOP somewhat paralyzed; they're not sure if they can go forward with him or without him. I've even heard some progressives starting to come around, mostly due to Trump calling the Iraq War what it was: a horrible, expensive mistake. Vox had this article a week or two ago that I meant to link, just to remind folks what you all get when you go with a loose cannon that has nothing to lose by firing wildly like the Don-Don: Trump's other theory about climate change is that the Chinese dreamed up the whole thing to gain a competitive manufacturing advantage ... Let us pause for a moment to envision the leaders of the People's Republic of China, sitting around a table, racking their brains about how to gain advantage on the US. "Wait," one of them exclaims. "I've got it!" He's also said it's a giant conspiracy, and here's the thing about that: distinguishing between nonsense and reality is a learned skill and not everyone learns that skill. But it's a damn important one when it comes to running the most scientifically advanced nation on Earth for good reason: the US utterly depends on science for its continued military and economic welfare. So no matter what other admirable qualities Trump may have or what politically seductive sound bites he may pay lip service to, the man simply falls flat on his face in a cringe-worthy, embarrassing splat when it comes to the most basic high school science.
August 28, 2015 at 22:00:08
What if one is more right than the other? There may be no more persistent myth in political analysis than the notion that the wisest, most moderate political position on an issue lies somewhere between the partisans of one party and the partisans of another. It presumes that on any given issue, both parties must be wrong--and by an exactly equal amount--and that the therefore most "rational" voters would therefore gravitate towards a theoretically "correct" position between the two. The problem is, as David Roberts explains, that's an entirely false notion of who "moderates" actually are:
August 28, 2015 at 21:00:08
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn't quite get the illegality of tracking cellphones A recent investigation by USA Today showed that police in Baltimore have been tracking cellphones during investigations but have failed to disclose the tracking to defendants and their attorneys. As a result, public defenders in Baltimore are expected to request that "a large number" of criminal convictions be thrown out. Baltimore police have used cellphone trackers, commonly known as stingrays, to investigate crimes as minor as harassing phone calls, then concealed the surveillance from suspects and their lawyers. Maryland law generally requires that electronic surveillance be disclosed in court. ["] Stingrays are suitcase-sized devices that allow the police to pinpoint a cellphone's location to within a few yards by posing as a cell tower. In the process, they also can intercept information from the phones of nearly everyone else who happens to be nearby. At least fifty-three police departments from Miami to Los Angeles own one of the cell trackers, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. But few have revealed when or how the devices are used, in part because they signed non-disclosure agreements with the FBI. The tracking was monitored by police in Baltimore surveillance logs, which indicate that they used "stingrays to hunt everyone from killers to petty thieves, and usually did so without obtaining search warrants, and routinely sought to hide that surveillance from the people they arrested." Despite this clear violation of the law, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "sees no problem with keeping the surveillance secret, as long as the police are using the trackers legally."
August 28, 2015 at 16:50:04
Click to enlarge. With Trump leading Republican polls with a full-blown racist nationalist platform of slurs and insults, the rest of the field is following his lead and it's ugly. Stripped of the dog whistles and coded language employed by Republicans for decades, the hatefulness of that party toward immigrants is now obvious to anyone, especially those who will be voting in the general election.
August 28, 2015 at 16:35:04
I'm not sure that there's anything too surprising about the Republican presidential candidates' constant bashing of China. The nation has a terrible record on human rights, is increasingly aggressive in their military posturing, props up North Korea, one of the world's most cruel and inhumane dictatorships, is a constant source of seemingly state-sanctioned cyberattacks, and indeed does not run their markets to the benefit of the United States because why would they. There are two ways to engage with any very powerful nation that is doing things we don't like. The first is to, well, engage. The second is what the new would-be leaders of the free world are doing.
August 28, 2015 at 16:05:04
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed papers in a Louisiana case that argues that the judicial selection mechanism violates the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution, according to an LDF Press Release. In the 32nd Judicial District Court, judges are elected at-large, rather than by district. The case shows that by electing judges at-large, black voters are completely silenced. As the press release states: Under district-based voting, black voters would comprise the majority in one of five single-member districts for electing judges to the 32nd JDC. Although black residents comprise 20 percent of Terrebonne's population, are geographically concentrated within the Parish, and consistently vote together to attempt to elect candidates of their choice, no black candidate has ever been elected in a contested election in the 32nd JDC because of the at-large electoral system.
August 28, 2015 at 14:37:22
Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump and too many other Republicans when she was asked about immigration Friday afternoon: "I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport 11-12 million people who are working here." She continued, saying it was "the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort---including perhaps National Guard and others---to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don't know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border."
August 28, 2015 at 12:32:22
A federal judge's ruling that blocked the NSA from continuing bulk collection of cellphone metadata has been overturned. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon had stopped the collection until the new provisions guiding bulk collection included in the USA Freedom Act are implemented at the end of November. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court. The law in question expired in June and was revised by Congress. The three-judge panel concluded that the case was not moot despite the change in the law and sent the case back to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon for further proceedings.