Setting Us Up For Another Crash

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August 11, 2013
Best leave the mortgage market in government control or abolish Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac entirely and let moral hazard rule.
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Impact of Slashing Racist Crack Sentences

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August 11, 2013
One federal appeals court panel held that the FSA’s reduction of mandatory minimum sentences should apply retroactively, not just because that was the intent of the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act, but because failure to do so would amount to unconstitutional, “intentional racial subjugation.” Should this ruling does not survive a full panel review and/or appeal, a bipartisan bill introduced this week by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) would make the ruling law.
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Native American Vote-Suppression Scandal

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August 11, 2013
"Right now, most Indians in South Dakota get one day to vote, Election Day, when precincts are set up on reservations; meanwhile, other voters have several weeks," said civil-rights leader OJ Semans, a Rosebud Sioux who co-directs Four Directions. "That's not equal access."
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ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago

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August 11, 2013
A coalition of labor, community and environmental groups is making it clear that ALEC isn’t welcome in the union town.
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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

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August 10, 2013
Unemployment, Amazon, Detroit, Bank of America, the elite, Chicago Teachers, March on Washington
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Ines Abdel-Dayem Returns to the Cairo Opera

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August 10, 2013
In May, Ines Abdel-Dayem was fired from the Cairo Opera's chair; in July she was offered ministerial post which she turned down. Today, reinstated to the opera, she shares her thoughts about past months and reveals dynamic plans
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Dream Defenders Introduce ‘Trayvon’s Law’

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August 10, 2013
The Dream Defenders have scored a number of victories since initiating their #TakeoverFL sit-in.
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NSU, NSA and other Embarrassments

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August 10, 2013
The hot, seemingly untroubled vacation days were disturbed only mildly by two abbreviations, NSU and NSA – not to be confused!
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Olympic Boycott - A Bad Idea

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August 10, 2013
The time to organize resistance begins now, with no illusions in the IOC, their corporate sponsors, or the good will of our own government.
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Friday Nite Videos -- August 9, 2013

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August 9, 2013
The R-Word. Pete Seeger remembers his late wife Toshi. Global terror warning. Cultured beef. Making Social Security secure.
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Portside Culture

Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy
The American Scholar
This new book highlights the technology at the heart of what reviewer Jill Leovy calls "surveillance-driven policing," and the heightened dangers this new set of law enforcement tools pose to democracy.

The Coney Island Hot Dog: a Uniquely American Story

Erick Trickey
Smithsonian Magazine
Nathan's may be famous, but it's only part of the Ellis-Island-meets-Coney-Island story. Outside New York, the Coney Island name evokes an entirely different hot-dog tradition.

Life Jacket

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Heartjournalonline
The New York poet Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad offers a soulful Life Jacket to those displaced and forlorn by international tragedies: "remember," she writes, "you were born first/into a province of hope."

Ava DuVernay Thinks Little Brown Girls Should Be Space Travelers, Too

Mattie Kahn
Elle
People seem to think that a movie or a television show or a book is "diverse" when there are "one or two black people or brown people, or one girl or a couple of girls," DuVernay says. "Inclusion is really half—half of the cast, half of the directors, half of the writers are women or girls, half of the room, more than half of the room is of color," she says. "I think we get really satisfied with less.

Portside Labor

Unions Rip Senate’s Obamacare-Repeal Move

Seven Wishnia
Labor Press
"Several American labor unions reacted angrily to the Senate’s vote July 25 to take yet another crack at dismantling Obamacare. AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the vote “morally indefensible,” while Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said it was “cruel and heartless.”

Nyack Library Workers Vote to Unionize

Kimberly Redmond
Lohud
Nyack Library workers voted Monday night to unionize, making it among the small handful of Rockland County, New York libraries where employees are covered by unions. They will be joining the New York State United Teachers.

Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt
In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

Solidarity with Palestine is not Hate Speech, says Cosatu

Cosatu
Morning Star
A South African court ruled that the trade union federation Costau is guilty of hate speech and anti-Semitism because of its support of Palestinian rights. The union denounced the ruling as an attack against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and former Local 983 President. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times September 30, 1998 is a fitting tribute to Mark Rosenthal

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Keegan-Michael Key's famous character Luther, Obama's anger translator, rode off into the sunset at the end of the 44th President's second term. Or so we thought...

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Official music video of Mia Paz performing 'Shelter'

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

As the Russia story keeps getting worse, we're going to see just how far the network is willing to go to stay on Trump's good side.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

The max speed of a Tyrannosaurus rex was about 12 mph, according to scientists at University of Manchester. 

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Ezra Klein wondered what it must have been like to live through Watergate. Now he thinks he knows.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

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