July 23, 2013 at 8:47 am #93396
Michelle Alexander, highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, delivers the 30th Annual George E. Kent Lecture, in honor of the late George E. Kent, who was one of the earliest tenured African American professors at the University of Chicago.
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Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 23, 2013 at 9:10 am #93397
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 23, 2013 at 9:14 am #93398
Nate got tired of having to lie for the NYTimes.
July 22, 2013, 1:51 pm
Nate Silver Went Against the Grain for Some at The Times
By MARGARET SULLIVAN
Why did Nate Silver decide to leave The New York Times and accept an offer from ESPN?
That’s the cause of great speculation in media circles at the moment. As has been noted elsewhere, there’s no question that The Times made a big pitch to keep him and that the effort to do so involved those at the highest levels, including Jill Abramson, the executive editor, along with people on the business side. And there’s no doubt that decision-makers are disappointed.
After all, his star power was significant. And his ability to drive traffic – especially among young, non-newspaper readers with his FiveThirtyEight blog – was unmatched, and probably will remain so.
I don’t have a great deal of inside information about how he made up his mind. But I did get to know Nate a bit. I visited with him at his second-floor desk a few times, interviewed him in person and by phone, mildly criticized one thing he did, and – notably — was mentioned very kindly in a Twitter message of his when I was under attack for that criticism.
This was true outside of the newsroom as well. In March, when I ran into him at the South by Southwest digital media convention in Austin, Tex., Nate was nice enough to stand around and chat at some length with a couple of young journalists I was with who admired him.
In short, I found him a thoroughly decent person, generous with his time and more likely than not to take the high road in personal interactions.
I also had many conversations about him with journalists in The Times’s newsroom.
So, without promising any huge amount of insight, I’ll make a few observations:July 23, 2013 at 9:19 am #93399
In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters
A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston.
By DAVID LEONHARDT
Published: July 22, 2013
Stacey Calvin spends almost as much time commuting to her job — on a bus, two trains and another bus — as she does working part-time at a day care center. She knows exactly where to board the train and which stairwells to use at the stations so that she has the best chance of getting to work on time in the morning and making it home to greet her three children after school.
“It’s a science you just have to perfect over time,” said Ms. Calvin, 37.
Her nearly four-hour round-trip stems largely from the economic geography of Atlanta, which is one of America’s most affluent metropolitan areas yet also one of the most physically divided by income. The low-income neighborhoods here often stretch for miles, with rows of houses and low-slung apartments, interrupted by the occasional strip mall, and lacking much in the way of good-paying jobsJuly 23, 2013 at 9:20 am #93400
Filibuster reform finds an unlikely ally
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:47 PM EDT.
For many on the left cheering on Senate Democrats recently as they threatened the “nuclear option,” last week was a serious letdown. Republicans caved, and gave Dems the deal they wanted that led to quite a few confirmation votes, but the institution’s dysfunctional rules were left squarely in place. For those who are eager to see real reform, the deal was wholly unsatisfying — the broken rules haven’t changed at all.
Proponents of reform are, however, continuing to pick up allies. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who turns 90 today, conceded what most senators are reluctant to acknowledge.
Senate leaders should change how they use the filibuster, he said.
“There are things that should be stopped, but at least there ought to be a vote,” he said. “It can’t continue, this constant holding up bills.”
\July 23, 2013 at 9:23 am #93401
Obamacare looks for boost from entertainment industry
By Steve Benen
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:00 AM EDT.
Ordinarily, I go out of my way to avoid celebrity news, but this item from Sarah Kliff has real policy significance.
The White House is enlisting the help of celebrity and entertainment officials to promote the health-care overhaul, focusing on stars who they hope can persuade young adults to purchase insurance coverage.
Comedian Amy Poehler, actor Kal Penn and singer Jennifer Hudson attended a closed-door White House meeting Monday, hosted by senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and other top White House officials, according to a White House official.
Representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, the Grammys and Latin Grammys were also present, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss a private meeting.
When Massachusetts approved its state-based law several years ago, state officials turned to local sports teams, most notably the Boston Red Sox, to help get the word out to the public about the new system, what benefits are available, how to apply, etc. It worked very well, so the Obama administration thought it would try the same strategy.
Congressional Republicans, eager to sabotage the federal health care system, had other ideas — the Senate GOP leadership sent a menacing letter to the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, and NASCAR, urging them not to partner with Washington. The Republican efforts have already had some success, with the NFL announcing it will not help.July 23, 2013 at 9:24 am #93402
Pelosi eyes House solution for immigration
By Steve Benen
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:14 AM EDT.
By any fair assessment, comprehensive immigration reform faces very long odds in the Republican-led House. The bipartisan Senate compromise was approved with relative ease, but in the lower chamber, the hurdles may prove to be insurmountable.
But reform isn’t dead just yet. The House’s “Gang of Seven” continues to work on a proposal; some key Republican leaders are leaving the door ajar on a pathway to citizenship; and House Democratic leaders still have a procedural tactic in mind that offers promise.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told donors at an Organizing for Action event Monday night that Democratic leadership in the House was weighing a discharge petition that would bring the Senate immigration bill directly to the floor for a vote.
Pelosi was asked about the legislative strategy during a dinner with about 70 supporters of the advocacy group, which grew out of the president’s re-election campaign. She said leadership was still deciding to press forward with the legislative maneuver, noting that doing so would take 30 legislative days.July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am #93403
Michelle Obama speaking out on gun violence
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
— Jul. 23 7:26 AM EDT
It’s a second term for Michelle Obama, too, and she’s shifting her social-issues emphasis to kids and gun violence after spending four years stressing better physical fitness for the young.
A meeting with high school students from a poor, gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago, her hometown, led Mrs. Obama to put a new spin on the stalled legislative debate over whether to ban firearms or impose new background checks on people who want to buy guns.
A mother to a teen and a tween, Mrs. Obama argues that the debate also is about the country’s obligation to help kids like these grow up and become adults. Several of the school’s current and former students were killed by gunfire within the past year.
The first lady faces the issue of immigration Tuesday when she gives the keynote speech at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. Immigration is one of President Barack Obama’s top second-term priorities.
Aides say the first lady isn’t making gun violence a new and distinct issue, but is folding it into her work encouraging youth to focus on getting an education.
By reaching beyond the pair of relatively safe issues she has pushed — reducing childhood obesity and rallying public support for military families — the Harvard-trained lawyer who some say has played it safe is showing a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone.July 23, 2013 at 9:29 am #93404
Framing Children’s Deviance
by Lisa Wade, PhD, 5 days ago at 12:00 pm
Leontine G. sent in a troubling example of the framing of children’s deviance, and their own complicity in this framing. She included two links: one to a Today show story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police, and one to a CNN story about a 7-year-old boy who took his family’s car on a joyride and got caught by police. Different 7-year-olds. One white, one black.
The white boy, Preston, is interviewed with his family on the set of the Today show. Knowing his kid is safe, his Dad describes the event as “funny” and tells the audience that if this could happen to a “cotton candy all-American kid like Preston,” then “it could happen to anybody.”
When the host, Meredith Vieira, asks Preston why hid from the police, he says, “cause I wanted to,” and she says, “I don’t blame you actually.” With Preston not too forthcoming, his Mom steps in to say that he told her that “he just wanted to know what it felt like to drive a car.” When Vieira asks him why he fled from the police, he replies with a shrug. Vieira fills in the answer, “You wanted to get home?”
Vieira then comments on how they all then went to church. The punishment? Grounded for four days without TV or video games. Vieira asks the child, “Do you think that’s fair?” He says yes. And she continues, “Do you now understand what you did?” He nods and agrees. “And that maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing?” He nods and agrees. “You gonna get behind the wheel of a car again?” He says no. Then she teases him about trying out model toy cars.
They conclude that this incident just goes to show that “Any little kid, you never know what can happen…” and closes “I’ll be seeing you at church buddy boy!”
READ ON TO SEE HOW THEY TREATED THE BLACK CHILD.July 23, 2013 at 11:03 am #93407
North Carolina Republicans Push Extreme Voter Suppression Measures
Ari Berman on July 23, 2013 – 9:35 AM ET
This week, the North Carolina legislature will almost certainly pass a strict new voter ID law that could disenfranchise 318,000 registered voters who don’t have the narrow forms of accepted state-issued ID. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the bill has since been amended by Republicans to include a slew of appalling voter suppression measures. They include cutting a week of early voting, ending same-day registration during the early voting period and making it easier for vigilante poll-watchers to challenge eligible voters. The bill is being debated this afternoon in the Senate Rules Committee. Here are the details, via North Carolina State Senator Josh Stein (D-Wake County):
If anyone had any doubt about the bill’s intent to suppress voters, all he/she has to do is read it. The bill now does the following:
*shortens early voting by 1 week,
*eliminates same day registration and provisional voting if at wrong precinct,
*prevents counties from offering voting on last Saturday before the election beyond 1 pm,
*prevents counties from extending poll hours by one hour on election day in extraordinary circumstances (like lengthy lines),
*eliminates state supported voter registration drives and preregistration for 16/17 year olds,
*repeals voter owned judicial elections and straight party voting,
*increases number of people who can challenge voters inside the precinct, and
*purges voter rolls more often.
Meanwhile, it floods the democratic process with more money. The bill makes it easier for outside groups to spend on electioneering and reduces disclosure of the sources. It also raises the contribution limits to $5k per person per election from $4k and indexes to amount to rise with inflation.July 23, 2013 at 11:17 am #93410
Feds take evidence related to Zimmerman trial, including gun
By Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 4:06 AM EDT, Tue July 23, 2013
(CNN) — Florida authorities have delivered all evidence related to the George Zimmerman investigation to federal officials, who are weighing whether to pursue a civil rights case.
The Sanford Police Department said it turned over all evidence, including a gun, to the Department of Justice on Monday.
Justice officials are investigating whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights when he shot the African-American teenager.July 23, 2013 at 11:18 am #93411
Latino Homebuyers Face Hostility, Higher Fees, And Fewer Options
By Aviva Shen on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:15 am
Though formal “redlining” based on race was banned decades ago, a new report finds that Latinos still face rampant discrimination in the housing market. The report, released Monday from the National Council de la Raza (NCLR), found that Latinos looking to buy or rent homes were more often met with hostility, quoted higher fees, and offered fewer options than white prospective buyers.
NCLR sent white and Latino testers to try to buy or rent homes in Birmingham, AL, San Antonio, TX, and Atlanta, GA — three cities with burgeoning Latino communities. Though about 58 percent of Latino testers had no complaints, 42 percent were subjected to discrimination. Housing agents were less willing to schedule appointments with Latino testers than white testers. Some Latino buyers were told they would have to pay an additional deposit or fee that was not mentioned to their white counterparts. Latinos were also specifically told they would need valid identification and a credit check. White testers, on the other hand, were offered cheaper security deposits, lower application fees, discounted rent, and more information about the neighborhood and financing options. They were also shown additional apartments Latinos did not see.
This casual discrimination against Latinos is not only offensive; it’s bad business. As the NCLR points out, Latinos will make up half of first-time home buyers by 2020. As most other young Americans’ interest in owning their own homes declines, overwhelming majorities of Latinos believe homeownership is intrinsic to success.July 23, 2013 at 11:19 am #93412
Justice Department Sues Florida Over Disabled Kids in Nursing Homes
The civil rights division says Florida’s tea party budget cuts are harming vulnerable children.
By Stephanie Mencimer | Tue Jul. 23, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
The Justice Department Monday sued the state of Florida over its longstanding practice of housing medically fragile and disabled children in geriatric nursing homes, alleging that the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The complaint has been a long time in coming. DOJ started investigating Florida’s treatment of medically fragile and disabled kids in late 2011. It’s been warning the state ever since that if it didn’t change its practices and find a way for these kids to be cared for at home with their families or in better settings in the community, it would file suit and force the state to act.
Tea party-dominated Florida has been extremely reluctant to spend any money to provide care for this vulnerable population of children. The state even went so far as to turn down $37.5 million in federal money that would help move children out of nursing homes, all because the money was seen as part of Obamacare. Not even the threat of a civil rights lawsuit, apparently, was enough to get the state to do more.July 23, 2013 at 11:34 am #93414
House GOP has a game-plan for August
By Steve Benen
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:49 AM EDT
About seven months into the new Congress, House Republicans don’t have much to show for 2013, at least not yet. They’ve passed no major bills; they’re on track to be the least productive since historians started keeping track; and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he wants to be judged by how many laws he repeals — a figure that currently totals zero.
Given this, it stands to reason that House GOP members will be a little concerned about a cool reception when they return to their home districts during the four-week August recess. After all, Congress hasn’t been this chronically unpopular since the dawn of modern polling, and lawmakers probably shouldn’t expect a hero’s welcome.
But the House Republican Conference intends to help with an “exceptionally detailed” guide for its members on how best to survive the rest of the summer. It’s a doozy.
The August House Republican Conference planning kit, titled “Fighting Washington for All Americans,” offers a rare glimpse into the constituent outreach efforts of the GOP. Those efforts, it turns out, are highly calculated, hashtag-heavy and rife with references to the video app Vine.
The best way to stay in Washington appears to be to deride Washington, and Republican leadership isn’t going to deviate from that familiar formula.July 23, 2013 at 11:45 am #93415
Internal Document Reveals House Republicans’ Strategy For Successful Public Events: Plant Questions
By Judd Legum on Jul 23, 2013 at 9:03 am
Approval for Congressional Republicans stands at just 24 percent. So how, exactly, can House Republicans make sure their events with constituents go smoothly?
Republican leaders have an answer: Plant questions.
In a detailed, 31-page guide produced by the House Republican Conference, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) repeatedly advises staff to plant questions at public events:
Advice for a “Meetup”:
Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts. A meetup event should be closed press so everyone feels comfortable to candidly speak about the issues.
Advice for a “Roundtable”:
Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts.
Advice for a “Health Care Forum”:
[C]reate a 10-minute talk on the issue and its effects on the specific demographic. Also, have questions prepared to facilitate the discussion.
The document also advises members to plant friendly people in the audience: “Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal.”
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