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The Fair Housing Act of 1968 sought to end racial discrimination in housing, but American cities remain deeply segregated. NPR’s Michel Martin looks back with former Vice President Walter Mondale, who co-wrote the bill. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Sheryll Cashin, author of the Place, Not Race: A New Vision for Opportunity in America, explains why equal access to housing is so essential for economic progress. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Korea expert Jean Lee of the Wilson Center tells Michel Martin Kim Jong Un’s understanding of “denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula may be very different from what President Trump expects. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob Corker was notably lukewarm on Sunday in his endorsement of the fellow Republican running for his seat in Tennessee in November, saying he was supporting her but would not campaign against her Democratic opponent.

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Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress needs to consider rolling back the spending deal that U.S. Republicans brokered with Democrats last month, because lawmakers voted to enact the $1.3 trillion legislation without reading it, an aide to President Donald Trump said on Sunday.

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Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

A week ago I quoted an unnamed “reader in New Haven,” who offered thoughts about “The Future of Elite Schools in the Trump Era.” That occasioned a lot of response, which is still coming in. I quoted some of it in “Trump vs. Harvard and Yale” and “The Future of Elite Schools, Continued.”This next installment comes from the author of the original message, who is now willing to be identified. He is Michael Doolittle. As he explains, he is a Harvard College alumnus, and he works as a photographer in New Haven. In the message below he talks about the […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.

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Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Monday on President Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who could be the first nominee for the position not to win support from the panel.

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Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance about a proposal to change New York’s criminal code to allow the state to prosecute people already granted presidential pardons. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Across every continent, in every country, Catholics “find themselves divided against one another,” writes the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat in his new book, To Change the Church. On one side stand the orthodox, who see doctrine and tradition as the best antidote to a changing world. On the other stand the liberals, who yearn for a Church that focuses on pastoring rather than enforcing rigid rules. This “widening theological and moral gulf,” Douthat argues, is potentially “wider than the chasm that separated Catholicism from Orthodoxy, and later from Lutheranism and Calvinism.”That’s a bold claim to make. After all, […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

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Blogosphere

Four Gunned Down At Tennessee Waffle House By Man Armed With An 'Assault Style Rifle'

Another day, another mass shooting in America. This time, it happened at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooter has been identified as a White man named Travis Reinking, age 29. He was wearing nothing but a green jacket with an AR-15 and started shooting in the parking lot, killing two and then walked into the restaurant, killing two more and injuring several others.
Police put out an APB report shortly after he went on the run:
“Keep your doors locked, keep your eyes open. If you see this individual — if you see a nude guy walking around this […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Kellyanne Conway: ‘Comey Has Some Kind Of Weird Problem With Powerful African American Women'

Queen of “alternative facts” Kellyanne Conway came up with another whopper Friday night, this one designed to be a gotcha about James Comey’s supposed bigotry. Maybe her microwave wasn’t watching but the Fox camera was!
Apparently, Conway thinks that if she accuses Comey of racism, people will somehow forget that she serves as adviser to the bigot in chief, Donald Trump. Maybe she also figured we’d forget that his firing of Comey smacked so much of obstruction of justice that it led to the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe.
On Watters World tonight, Conway delighted host […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Say hello to Agadez:
Agadez is 4,000 miles from Aghanistan, where the Global War on Terrorism began. It’s 2,500 miles from Iraq, our next destination in the war. It’s 2,000 miles from Syria and 1,500 miles from Benghazi. This is where we’re building a $110 million drone base there that will host nearly a thousand American troops, double the number of a few years ago. Here is Eric Schmitt:
Taken together, these parallel missions reflect a largely undeclared American military buildup outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, often with murky authorities and little public attention, unfolding in remote places like Yemen, […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

It’s just adorable how Brian Stelter assumes Donald Trump’s base uses sound judgment or critical thinking skills to evaluate Donald Trump’s tweets. Geesh!
BRIAN STELTER: But first today, slippery slime-ball liars and third-rate reporter flunkies. Is there no end to the commander in chief’s name-calling? President Trump is putting the bully in bully pulpit. He’s on the attack this weekend, seemingly supporting calls for a Justice Department probe into his opponent, but of all the tweets, I want to hone in on just one of the many attacks.
This is his bald-faced lie about New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

The mainstream media has two common themes when discussing politics: When Republicans do something awful, it’s “great news for John McCain”; and when Democrats punch back, inevitably the framing is “Democrats in disarray!” “Wasting money!” and “They can’t win this.””
So now that the Democratic Party is suing the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and Russia, based on the THEFT of the Clinton campaign emails and the COLLUSION to get those emails into the hands of the Trump campaign, it’s time for Chuck Todd to worry aloud that this is a fool’s errand.
TRANSCRIPT via NBC h/t Heather:

CHUCK TODD: […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)
A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic.
“Today, children […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

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That’s it, we’re storming the castle. On April 23, thousands of New Yorkers are showing up at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s front door in Albany to demand genuine action on climate change. We’re not going to bus up just to go “rah-rah-rah” on the steps of the statehouse for the press and going home. We have three specific demands: halt of all fracking infrastructure now, a just transition to 100 percent renewables, and make corporate polluters pay into […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images)

A JetBlue passenger jet (Embraer 190) taxis at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. (Photo: Robert Alexander / Getty Images)
On April 18, nearly 5,000 JetBlue Airways flight attendants voted to form a union, notching a major victory for organized labor. The employees voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union (TWU), a labor group that represents rail and airline workers, among others, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
Sean Doyle, Assistant Director of Organizing for the TWU, tells In These Times that the vote to unionize JetBlue is “probably one of the largest and most successful union campaigns […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

VIEQUES, Puerto Rico — As the cry of a rooster heralded the dawn, Joe Garcia, 41, pulled a vial of insulin from the fridge. He filled a syringe and wrapped it in aluminum foil in preparation for the long day ahead.
“I tell him that from here to there, that’ll spoil,” said his mother, Martina Collazo de Jesus, 63, watching the preparations under the fluorescent bulb lighting the family kitchen.
It is a gamble Garcia, who has both diabetes and kidney failure, has taken since Hurricane Maria slammed this Puerto Rican island just east of the main island. More than six months […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

How much has the cost of housing gone up over the last few decades? There are several different ways of measuring this, but here are five:
The Case-Shiller index since 1960. This is a national index of home prices only, not apartment rentals.
The CPI for shelter since 1990, deflated by the overall CPI. This measure accounts for both housing prices and rentals.
HUD’s affordability index for both homeownership and renting.
The 10-City Case-Shiller index since 1990. This provides an idea of how much housing costs have gone up in our largest cities.
An interpolated estimate from StreetEasy and Miller Samuel of average rents in […]

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

In a complete surprise, conservative megadonor Foster Friess announced on Friday that he would run in the August GOP primary for governor of Wyoming. Friess had spent months talking about challenging Sen. John Barrasso, despite having described him as “one of my heroes,” but he’d given no hint that he was interested in succeeding termed-out Republican Gov. Matt Mead. Politico reports that Friess only began informing party leaders he would seek the governorship the very day he declared for the race. Friess, who pledged to serve just one term, also endorsed his would-have-been rival Barrasso.

Friess rose to prominence in 2012 […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● New Jersey: On Tuesday, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed automatic voter registration into law, making New Jersey the 11th state (plus the District of Columbia) to approve this reform. Eligible voters who do business with the state Motor Vehicle Commission will be automatically registered, unless they opt out. Consequently, this law could add hundreds of thousands of new voters to the rolls, make voting more accessible, and help keep records more secure and up-to-date.​

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​Importantly, this law also gives the secretary of state the option to expand automatic registration to other state agencies that can verify voter eligibility, […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

In a surprise move, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would issue an executive order to restore the voting rights of most of New York’s 35,000 citizens who are currently disenfranchised because they are on parole for a felony conviction. This is a welcome move that will help curtail a policy that is rooted in white supremacy. However, it will still leave tens of thousands of incarcerated citizens without voting rights. Furthermore, by excluding parolees who have committed certain crimes, this solution gives the governor undeserved discretion over who gets to the right to vote.

And given that […]

Fri, Apr 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

BEIRUT—In a neighborhood in east Beirut, you’ll come across a nondescript parking lot, backed up on one side by an Ottoman-era house and on another by a sleek high-rise, casting its shadow across a mix of old shops and upscale design stores below. It was from inside one of these old shops in the late 1970s—a few years into Lebanon’s long, violent civil war—that Avedis Manoukian, a shop owner, saw the trucks loaded with dead bodies roll up to what is now the parking lot; back then, it was an empty, dirt-covered patch. “He kept telling us, ‘Today, they […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

Andrea Nahles becomes the SPD’s first woman leader in 154 years – at a time of crisis for the party. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

It’s astonishing how quickly the story of the North Korea crisis seems to have changed from one of fear to one of optimism. It was less than a year ago that the U.S. president was threatening “fire and fury” against Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, to touting upcoming talks with him. It is not the case, as Trump tweeted Sunday morning, that the North “agreed to denuclearization.” But the North’s recent declarations that it would at least talk about denuclearization, and put a moratorium on the nuclear and missile tests that kept the world on edge last […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

As Arsene Wenger prepares to leave Arsenal after 22 years, he leaves a legacy of signing and nurturing some of Africa’s top stars. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

The French leader says there are no other options for the nuclear deal, which Mr Trump opposes. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan was taken into custody shortly after a TV exchange with PM Serzh Sargsyan. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

British nationals were killed in a road crash in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Foreign Office says […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge win his third title, while Vivian Cheruiyot won the women’s race. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Christian Gross is appointed as the new head coach of Egyptian giants Zamalek on a two-year deal. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Britain’s Mo Farah finishes third at the London Marathon in a new British record as Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wins for a third time. […]

Sun, Apr 22, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

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