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Voting with a Criminal Conviction :: ACLU of Pennsylvania

Voting with a Criminal Conviction in Pennsylvania<p><b>Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 15, 2018.</b><p><b>You must register to vote by Monday, April 16, …

Government

Experiments show this is the best way to win campaigns. But is anyone actually doing it?

There’s a refrain we hear about political campaigns every election cycle: "this year, campaigns waged an unprecedented ground game, having a face-to-face conversation with almost every single voter."<p>Baloney. As academics who study campaigns, we hear this claim all the time. But we also know it’s …

Trump’s attack on Red Hen sends a chilling message to 29 million US small businesses

It’s going to be a tough week for the twenty restaurants, bakeries, and coffee houses in the United States with “Red Hen” in their name. Over the weekend, several were bombarded with death threats, nasty online reviews, and even eggs, after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on …

Donald Trump

Steve Schmidt, Longtime G.O.P. Strategist, Quits ‘Corrupt’ and ‘Immoral’ Party

For months, Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican strategist, has warned about the degradation of his party, saying the Trump administration is responsible for a “coarsening of this country” and calling the president a “useful idiot” for Russia.<p>Now, Mr. Schmidt says he’s done: On Wednesday morning, …

Morality

‘Today I renounce my membership’: Longtime GOP strategist Steve Schmidt announces he’s leaving the party

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), announced early Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party, which he decried as “fully the party of Trump” and “a danger to our democracy and values.”<p>In early-morning tweets, …

Trump Administration

Arizona Is Advertising For More White Kids

Arizona Republican State Representative David Stringer addressed the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum this week and called immigration an …

A black woman was at the pool on vacation. A white man asked whether she showered before swimming.

Carle Wheeler was doing what one does on a vacation in the sun, hanging with her 5-year-old daughter in the pool of the hotel in Pasadena, Calif., where they were staying, when a man approached them.<p>The man, who is white, asked Wheeler and her daughter, who are black, if they had showered before …

Women of Color

Spare me the calls for civility – President Trump deserves our rage | Jessica Valenti

Samantha Bee and Robert De Niro have taken flak for foul language. But polite responses to Trump play right into his hands<p>Can we stop pretending that the right cares about civility? Whether it’s the faux outrage over the television host Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a “cunt” or the yammering …

Robert DeNiro

Why Trump Voters Supported Trump

<b>THE GREAT REVOLT</b> <b><br>Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics</b><br>By Salena Zito and Brad Todd<br>309 pp. Crown Forum. $28.<p>Long before he decided to vote for Donald Trump, Jonathan Kochie, a bar owner in Luzerne County, Pa., worried about his country turning from the American traditions of hard …

It's Become Impossible for Republicans to Deny Their Party Is Racist

Stopped acting shocked that a Confederate-loving candidate won in Virginia's primary.<p>When Corey Stewart won the Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, the reaction from some corners of the GOP was shock and dismay that the party had nominated a overt white nationalist for such an important …

‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’

Tea Partier Raúl Labrador swept into Congress ready to dismantle Washington. Now he’s going home, more disillusioned than ever.<p><b>It was the opening week of the 112th Congress, in</b> January 2011, when Raúl Labrador, then a rookie congressman representing Idaho’s 1st District, joined 86 other Republican …

U.S. Politics

In 1968, Poor Americans Came to D.C. To Protest, Some By Mule

Fifty years ago, photographer and folklorist Roland Freeman hitched his hopes to a humble caravan of mule-driven wagons. The Mule Train left the small town of Marks, in the Mississippi Delta, for Washington, D.C. It was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last major effort to mobilize impoverished …

Black History

Lab-Grown Meat Startups Backed by Bill Gates, Tyson Foods Face FDA Oversight

Lab-grown meat startups that rely on animal cells to produce beef, poultry and seafood products have caught the eye of the U.S. Food and Drug …

Pennsylvania Has a Big Problem Enforcing Drinking Water Standards. Here’s How to Fix It.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is under fire from the Environmental Protection Agency. In December, the EPA sent a …

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them.

BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. — Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it had said something insulting.<p>Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. It’s the telltale mark …

Agriculture

Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women

Young women attending university1,2 face a substantial risk of being sexually assaulted. The incidence of sexual assault is estimated to be between …

Pennsylvania

Subsidy Program<p>Recent Annual<br>Cost<p>Online Recipient<br>Disclosure<p>Recipient Disclosure<br>Score<p>Job-Creation/<br>Job-Quality Score**<p>Monitoring/<br>Enforcement …

A Milestone En Route to a Majority Minority Nation

The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the …

Pennsylvania Voters May Hold Key to Democrats’ Hopes in November

If November delivers the wave election that Democrats hope will give them control of the U.S. House, it’s almost certain to wash through Pennsylvania.<p>…

What Special Elections Can’t Tell Us About a Democratic Wave

There shouldn’t be much doubt that the Democrats are riding a wave heading into November’s midterm elections.<p>That was clear well before Conor Lamb’s apparent victory in Pennsylvania last week. There have been nearly 100 special elections over the last year, and at this point there’s so much …

Inning two: Will 2018 be a “wave” election?

By Michael J. MalbinThree months ago, we asked in this space whether the extraordinary number of Democrats running against Republic incumbents in …

Sean Hannity Failed to Tell His Viewers the Truth

The Fox News host should have shared much more about his relationships with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen.<p>Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and talk-radio host, is perfectly entitled to support President Donald Trump, to defend Trump’s allies, and to attack Trump’s enemies. But his audience …

Donald Trump

The Wisdom of the Network: How Adaptive Networks Promote Collective Intelligence. (arXiv:1805.04766v1 [cs.SI])

Authors: Alejandro Noriega-Campero, Abdullah Almaatouq, Peter Krafft, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, Mehdi Moussaid, Alex PentlandSocial networks continuously …

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks.<p>Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amid a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of …

Political Science

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance

<b>Exclusive:</b> Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’<p>Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a …

Surveillance

5 Social Entrepreneurs On How To Turn Your Passion Into A Successful Impact-Driven Business

Social enterprises combine passion and profits by building positive impact directly into the business model – and they are on the rise. More and more, consumers are voting with their dollars to support companies that have a mission. Recent research shows that 56% of U.S. customers won’t buy a brand …

THIS → Social enterprise in Canada is booming, finally

In a capitalist free-market system, profit over everything seems to be the battle cry of big business and corporate strategy. However, those looking …

The innovation turning desert sand into farmland

<b>Faisal Mohammed Al Shimmari farms in some of the most extreme conditions in the world, at Al Ain, an oasis in the United Arab Emirates desert, where temperatures can reach 50C.</b><p>"It's expensive as we have to buy water regularly to irrigate these plants," he says.<p>Farmers have to use tankers to bring …

Particles

The Historian Behind Slavery Apologists Like Kanye West

A video of the rapper Kanye West discussing slavery is a sad reminder of America’s historical amnesia about the brutal realities of that institution. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years,” he said in the clip, which was widely circulated on Twitter, “that sounds like a choice.”<p>Mr. West seemed …

Black History

The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs

Looking back, there were two kinds of people who lived in America in 2016: people who believed Donald Trump, and people who believed data.<p>Trump claimed on the campaign trail that globalization had destroyed US manufacturing—and in the process, the American economy—by letting China and other …

Economics