May 17, 2016

News Notes

While “family values” Republicans have a long history of adultery and sexual abuse there have been three cases in recent history of Republican Congressmen sexually harassing people in bathrooms alone. There are zero recorded instances of harassment by transgender people in bathrooms

The sky is falling on print newspapers

Four reporters who were arrested in Ferguson, Miss., during the protests that followed the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown have reached a $75,000 settlement with St. Louis County.

Back in 2002, Bill Clinton said, “If Iraq came across the Jordan River, I would grab a rifle and get in the trench and fight and die.” Which not quite the way he felt about defending the US back in 1969 when failed to report to his duty station at the University of Arkansas ROTC.

41% of Republicans and right leaning independents support federally funded healthcare

There's been a growing tendency to create symbols of social and political change without the substance. In the wake of vicious police treatment of minorities we're not making much in the way of solutions, but there has been a lot of renaming of things, especially on college campuses. Riviera Beach in Florida has even changed the name of Old Dixie Highway to Barack Obama Highway The problem is that these symbolic measures give a false impression of change while the real crises remain. Better to solve the actual problems, and let the symbolic changes come after.

Verizon has about 40 percent fewer unionized U.S. workers now than a decade ago, and the telecommunications giant wants to send thousands more jobs offshore and outsource additional work to low-wage non-union contractors.

Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump

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