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Friday Nite Videos | October 6, 2017

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John Oliver | The NRA. Cable Street: Anti-Fascist Story in Song. Betsy DeVos Faces Silent Protest at Harvard. An Algorithm That Could Help End Partisan Gerrymandering. How Russia Sent a Small Idaho Town Into a Fake News Tailspin.

Gerrymandering in Front of the Supreme Court

Michael Li, Thomas Wolf Brennan Center for Justice
With Gill v. Whitford, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken the most important case in decades dealing with how Americans are represented in Congress and state legislatures.

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Hacked Records Show Bradley Foundation Taking its Conservative Wisconsin Model National

Daniel Bice The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
Records make clear the Bradley Foundation no longer simply favors groups promoting its signature issues: taxpayer-funded school choice and increased work requirements for welfare recipients. It now regularly funds nonprofits that are, among other things, hostile to labor unions, skeptical of climate change or critical of the loosening of sexual mores in American culture.

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Who Moved My Teachers?

Patrick Caldwell Mother Jones
Wisconsin's war on unions has gutted schools. The rest of America could be next.

Wisconsin Has Taken Its Partisan-Gerrymandering Case to the U.S. Supreme Court—Here’s What Happens Next

Thomas Wolf Brennan Center for Justice
This was first time in more than three decades that a federal court ruled for the plaintiffs in a partisan-gerrymandering suit after a full trial. It also dealt a critical blow to a very particular kind of gerrymander—call it “extreme seat-maximization”—that emerged in Wisconsin and a handful of other states in the most recent redistricting cycle.

The Invention Of The White Working Class; Univ. of Wisconsin Threatened with Funding Cuts for Teaching About Racism

Les Leopold; Lilly Price Huffington Post
History warns us to be very, very careful when using the phrase "white working class." The reason has nothing to do with political correctness. Rather, it concerns the changing historical definitions of who is "white." The conclusion that white working class flocked to Trump as a way to protest their economic decline is flawed. And Trump supporters in the Wisconsin legislature are threatening to withhold funding from the University of Wisconsin for teaching - about race.
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