Category Archives: National

CA: Using Wrong Gender Pronoun => Jail

CA is burning, both literally and figuratively, but this is what their Legislature is concerned with: California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient’s “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from … Continue reading

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NYT: “An Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Remake Florida Politics”

Many NYT stories are 50% news story and 50% activist strategy session, with a topping of wish-fulfillment, and “An Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Remake Florida Politics” by Michael Tackett, which is about the exodus, post Hurricane Maria, of Puerto Ricans … Continue reading

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Brooks on Tribalism

NYT ‘conservative’ David Brooks’ recent column attempts to make sense of the tribalism inherent in today’s right wing populism. But whereas Brooks argues goes on to warn that the GOP “is becoming a party permanently associated with bigotry”, Robert Merry … Continue reading

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Larry David’s Ancestral Sins

Larry David discovered an uncomfortable truth about his ancestry: In the Oct. 3 season premiere of PBS genealogy series Finding Your Roots (8 ET/PT, times may vary), David learns that they have common ancestry. And David also discovered his great-grandfather fought for the Confederacy … Continue reading

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Schools Are Running Out of White Children

The NYT has a piece on the shifting demographics in American public schools. With the country as a whole become more Hispanic and less White, it comes as no surprise that American public schools are reflecting those same demographic shifts: … Continue reading

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The Coming Middle Class Healthcare Crisis

From an RCP article on “The Middle Class: Uninsured and Hurting”: Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law … Continue reading

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WSJ Poll: The New Elite Class on Immigration

From a recent WSJ poll: Views of immigration have also become more partisan. In an April 2005 poll that asked whether immigration strengthened or weakened the U.S., a plurality of 48% said it weakened the nation, with 41% saying immigration … Continue reading

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Dems & Single-Payer

Whichever Democrat runs for POTUS in 2020 is going to make single-payer their central platform issue. Kamala Harris is the latest. Dems are going all-in with the single payer option. And for many voters, particularly low-information voters, the idea of … Continue reading

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Pew: Religious Affiliation & Household Income

This chart from a 2016 Pew study on religious affiliation and household income is quite interesting (hat tip: Z Man.)

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We Are *Not* Nation-Building in Afghanistan

Ghoulish neocon Max Boot has an op-ed today in (where else) the NYT titled “Back to Nation-Building in Afghanistan. Good.”: After a torturous and protracted White House review, President Trump unveiled what was billed as a new Afghanistan policy on … Continue reading

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