The 2018 Short Session was a triumph for that part of the right wing that is attempting to create a permanent majority by changing rules to silence and diminish all opposition. Herein, current information and background, ignored legislative offerings, reading suggestions, and action notices. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson.Read More
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The poor are some of the smartest and most resourceful people we have in our society. They are survivors and that makes for an amazing education.Read More
World Bank on Tuesday said it would by 2019 end all financial support for oil and gas exploration – huge news!
There is a great opinion piece in the New York Times today about the finanacial industry’s movement towards divesting away from fossil fuels. Amen! Fracking ruined our home town and everything around it in West...Read More
The book “$2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer shines a spotlight on the consequences of government policies on the lives of individuals and families caught in deepening poverty in the years since the welfare reform legislation of 1996 and after the 2008 financial crisis. Poverty in America is not new but it is worsening and a greater percentage of the American people are now living in poverty. –Dr. Jessie Fields, NY.
The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.
- Elon Musk, Aretha Franklin, ‘Disenchantment’: Your Friday Briefing August 17, 2018Here’s what you need to know to start your day.CHRIS STANFORD
- New York Today: New York Today: Aretha Franklin’s New York August 17, 2018Friday: Aretha Franklin’s performances in the city and readers’ memories of the “Queen of Soul.”JONATHAN WOLFE
- California Today: California Today: Unease in Sacramento After a Suspected ISIS Member’s Arrest August 17, 2018Friday: An F.B.I. raid sows suspicion, Elon Musk opens up to The Times about his “painful” year, and “Crazy Rich Asians” gets its Hollywood moment.THOMAS FULLER and INYOUNG KANG
- Elon Musk, Amid Tesla Furor, Tells of ‘Most Difficult’ Year August 17, 2018After setting off a furor that unsettled the markets and his own board, the Tesla chief talks about the pressure he is under and his struggle to cope.DAVID GELLES, JAMES B. STEWART, JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and KATE KELLY
- Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China August 17, 2018About 1,400 of the internet company’s employees have signed a letter demanding transparency, saying censored search results raise “urgent moral and ethical issues.”KATE CONGER and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
- An Appraisal: Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It? August 16, 2018The Queen of Soul sang the most empowering popular song ever. But even though she was brimming with it, we don’t think of her as an artist with swagger.WESLEY MORRIS
- Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76 August 17, 2018With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.JON PARELES
- When Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center August 16, 2018Her rendition of “Natural Woman” in December 2015 was unforgettable. Performers, guests and others who were there talk about the soaring performance.GAVIN EDWARDS
- Trump Cancels Military Parade, Blaming Washington Officials for Inflating Costs August 17, 2018The president said local politicians “wanted a number so ridiculously high” that he canceled a planned parade that the Pentagon had already postponed.EILEEN SULLIVAN