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Mississippi, The Poorest State, Hands Out Richest Auto Subsidy, Yet Winds Up With Lots Of Low-Pay Temp Jobs

The citizens of Mississippi--the poorest state in America--have bestowed $1.33 billion, the richest subsidy ever in the auto industry, to highly-profitable Nissan--even though Nissan is failing to provide the required number of high-paying jobs required in the deal with the state.<p>Nissan built a new …

From the archive, 26 September 1955: Mississippi jury clears white men of racist murder

It took the twelve jurymen at Sumner, Mississippi, just 67 minutes to return an acquittal in the trial of the two white men accused of murdering a 14-year-old Negro boy who whistled at a white woman. It will take many months before this trial ceases to be a matter of national controversy.<p>Before the …

Angry right gets mad when you accuse it of race-baiting!

Critics didn’t like my column saying the shutdown stemmed from 50 years of racism. I should have written even more<p>Reason’s Matt Welch is occasionally smart. Unfortunately, he’s still mad at me for calling him out on a really dumb column he wrote three years ago. Oops: “Calling him out”; I shouldn’t …

Shutdown fulfills GOP’s Confederate fantasies

<b>(Justasc via Shutterstock)</b><p>It’s a way of acting out a deeply held secessionist dream<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>October 2, 2013 2:41pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>The House-led federal government shutdown is more than maddening, but nobody should be surprised by the Republican confederacy …

Mississippi Burning: a civil rights story of good intentions and suspect politics

Mississippi Burning <b>(1988)<br>Director: Alan Parker<br>Entertainment grade: B<br>History grade: D–</b><p>On 21 June 1964, one black and two white civil rights activists disappeared near Philadelphia, Mississippi. The FBI codenamed the case MIBURN – short for Mississippi Burning.<p>Crime<p>The three activists – in real life, …

Report: Most Inmates In Mississippi Private Prisons Are 2 To 3 Times More Likely To Be Assaulted

In a scathing consent decree last year, a federal judge described a Mississippi juvenile detention facility run by private prison company GEO Group …

Supreme court will not order new Mississippi elections in NAACP case

The US supreme court will not order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state's redistricting, under one of several decisions that were handed down on Monday.<p>The Mississippi National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had …