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US Commission on Civil Rights Report on Police Force

The best available evidence reflects high rates of uses of force nationally, with increased likelihood of police use of force against people of color, people with disabilities, LGBT people, people with mental health concerns, people with low incomes,

Immigrant Food Stamp Use Plummeted after Trump Election

Meanwhile, food insecurity among new immigrant families has nearly doubled in the last decade.

Republican Judges Swept Out by Voters in Harris County

A sweep of elected Republican judges in the Nov. 6, 2018 election has left only Democrats on the bench at the Harris County Texas Criminal Courthouse.

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms

Americans express broad concerns over the fairness and effectiveness of computer programs making important decisions in people’s lives

Julian Assange Indicted ?

As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom

Democrats Consider Making Their Own Agenda Impossible

The rule, proposed by Pelosi and Massachusetts representative Richard Neal, would “require a three-fifths supermajority to raise individual income taxes on the lowest-earning 80 percent of taxpayers.” "Medicare for All" would be doomed.

Drier Autumns Are Fueling Deadly California Wildfires

Burnt car in California's deadliest wildfire.
California’s two wildfires have left more than 66 people dead and 600 missing. Thousands of homes and 260,000 acres have burned. Climate Scientist Daniel Swain talks about the influences on California’s wildfires and what the future could bring.

Friday Nite Videos | November 16, 2018

Drain the Swamp. Oil | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. Boy Erased | Movie. Ice Cube | Arrest the President. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Climate Change Activists in Protest at Nancy Pelosi's Office

Congress Progressives Have an Ambitious Plan

Liberal lawmakers are teaming up with Move On and Indivisible

Seizing the Initiative

If moving government leftward is part of our mission, growing a political movement from the bottom up will require ballot initiatives
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Culture

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POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN AMERICA, 2018

Charlotte Muse
It’s the opposite of attention deficit disorder, observes poet Charlotte Muse; we inhabit “a cloud of mosquitoes,” while the other guy gets richer, stronger.

books

Looking Back at the 2016 Campaign

Christian Lorentzen Bookforum
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" revisits (and tries to make historical sense of) the convulsions of the 2016 election as prelude to--and forewarning of--the perfervid run-up in Trump country to the 2018 midterm contests.

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America: The Farewell Tour

Tony Weller Tony's Blog: Weller Book Works
"Hedges’ assessment of the sickness of our times is searing in its directness," writes reviewer Weller. "His rage is palpable in his scolding of the system we take for granted, one we preserve at our own peril."

food

Rice: a primer

Harvard T. H. Chan Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
Rice is a main staple in more than 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of types of rice are cooked throughout the world in more than 100 countries.

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The Romanoffs Defends the Men of #MeToo

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
“Bearing false witness is the worst crime that you can commit,” says a character in the most recent episode of the Amazon series "The Romanoffs".

Labor

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Striking Marriott Workers in Boston Reach Agreement With Hotels

Katie Johnston and John Hilliard Boston Globe
The union, Unite Here Local 26, declined to release details of the agreement until the remaining 5,000 Marriott workers who are on strike in San Francisco and two locations in Hawaii settle their contracts.

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Staten Island Goes Purple

Shaun Richman The American Prospect
MOSTLY ABSENT FROM THE STORY of Max Rose’s ground-breaking victory are unions. The New York state AFL-CIO endorsed Donovan, the Republican incumbent. Many individual unions did the same

labor

AFL-CIO President: How Working People Defined the Midterm Elections

Richard L. Trumka Yahoo Finance
AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka says the midterm elections showed how unions are dismantling a broken system that expects workers to work harder and longer and produce more wealth than ever before—but take home the same or even less.

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Remember When The Unions Could Take On A Dictator? These Three Do...

Kevin McKenna The Guardian
The documentary film Nae Pasaran pays tribute to the Scottish trade unionists working at the Rolls-Royce plant in East Kilbride in 1974 who refused to carry out repairs to Chilean air force jet engines, eventually rendering them obsolete.

Friday nite video

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Drain the Swamp

Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp.” But considering the culture of corruption inside of his administration, Washington is looking awfully...swampy.

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Boy Erased | Movie

There are 77,000 people currently being held in conversion therapy across America. This is one gripping story.

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Team Trump Spreading Doctored Jim Acosta Video

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a doctored video clip from Infowars in which they sped up Jim Acosta's hand movement in an effort to discredit a reputable journalist. She should be forced to resign for this.

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Congo to the Mississippi | Playing For Change

Starting under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo, we added musicians wherever we traveled for the past few years until we finally added the piece with Grandpa Elliott playing the harmonica solo in New Orleans.