Part 1: We discuss with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson some alternatives to the current military posture that the US has, especially in the light of a more pressing danger: climate change.
Part 2: We discuss with John Nichols the possibility of NH loss of the "first in the nation" status of first presidential primary. NH is not representative of the nation as it now exists. Iowa has many of the same faults.
Political poetry for the times we live in by Skip Tenczar
Oh poor besieged Congressman Gaetz,
They’re saying you have strange character traits.
Sharing nude pics
Is one of your shticks.
Have you shown your friend Donald - he might relate.
part one: Dean Baker talks with us about unemployment statistics, the labor market in general, and the effects of the Relief Plan.
Bio: . Dean Baker co-founded CEPR in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer. His blog, “Beat the Press,” provides commentary on economic reporting. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Dean previously worked as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Council. He was the author of the weekly online commentary on economic reporting, the Economic Reporting Review (ERR), from 1996–2006.
Links: Biden infrastructure plan could be big boost for blue-collar America https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-infrastructure-jobs-idUSKBN2BN220, shows the upward redistribution in income in the U.S. was not the result of globalization and the natural wf
Part two: We talk with Hedrick Smith about pushing to promote innovation. Biden is stimulating the economy by recognizing that innovation occurs on its own or necessarily driven by capital, because the government is the largest and most powerful entity to actively bring about innovation. Private capital is impatient, and seeks short term returns. Only government has the long term capacity to support innovation. We talk about the advances made as a result of government investment.
Bio: Hedrick Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. Over five decades as a reporter, editor, producer and author, Smith has established himself as one of America’s premier journalists.
In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith served in Saigon, Cairo, Paris, the American South and as bureau chief in Moscow and Washington. In 1971, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Pentagon Papers series and in 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1988 through 2009, Smith reported and produced more than 50 hours of long-form documentaries and mini-series for PBS and PBS FRONTLINE. One distinctive feature of his television productions is his focus not just on examining systemic problems in modern America but on seeking solutions.
Two of Smith’s FRONTLINE programs, The Wall Street Fix and Can You Afford to Retire? won Emmies and two others, Critical Condition (on U.S. health care) and Tax Me If You Can, were nominated. Twice he has won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton, or grand prize, for the year’s best public affairs program on U.S. television – for Inside Gorbachev’s USSR in 1990, and a shared award for Inside the Terror Network with other FRONTLINE producers in 2002.
Smith is the author of five books and co-author of two others. His first The Russians, based on his experience as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief in 1971-74, was a No. 1 U.S. best seller, translated into 16 languages. His next book, The Power Game: How Washington Works, became a handbook for many in Congress and was bedtime reading for President Bill Clinton. His current book Who Stole the American Dream? is a probing historical analysis of the roots and causes of rising economic inequality in the U.S. and polarized gridlock in Washington and an outline of potential strategies for the future. More at www.hedricksmith.com.
From Skip Tenczar: political poetry baseball and politics
He’s a has-been seeking to be relevant,
So he issued a statement malevolent.
Knocking baseball’s decision,
For their Atlanta excision
But he’s just an irrelevant old elephant.
Part one: We talk with Chuck Collins about how the very wealthy hide their wealth and hoard it. We talk about the wealth defense industry: those wealth management professionals and government agencies (through tax policies and others) that help wealthy families compound and accelerate wealth growth over generations.
Bio: Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org. This story was adapted from his new book, “The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions To Hide Trillions.”
The costs of a secretive ‘wealth defense industry’ of shell companies, offshore tax havens, and empty luxury condos When oligarchs and ultra-wealthy around the world game the system to hide riches in Boston and other cities, everyone else pays.
Part two: Lincoln Mitchell discusses the parallels between the racism displayed in the George Floyd case, and the assassinations of Moscone and Milk in San Francisco, and the trial outcomes. We also discuss the role of police unions in the coverup of police brutality.
Bio: Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues domestically and internationally. He has written seven books, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and writes “The American Angle” for Brussels Morning. He retains an affiliation with Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. He is also a co-host of the Say It Ain’t Contagious
Podcast on baseball and social justice.
Links: Harvey Milk's murder is a stark reminder of the persistence of police brutality
Few realize Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were killed in part due to their opposition to police violence and abuse Lincoln Mitchell https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/27/harvey-milk-assassination-police-brutality
From Skip Tenczar
They called the police on the police,
As they watched his signs of life decrease.
Many of them were crying,
They knew he was dying.
Will these witnesses ever find any peace?
Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, dean of the Austin press corps.
Just after 2am, the GOP-led Texas Senate approved sweeping changes to voting laws so that the voter suppression will be increased in Texas, too. The vote in favor was by white Republicans. The votes against were by Democrats and people of color. This was targeted at Houston, the most diverse city in the US. Based on a lie about voter fraud that did not exist.
The Senate also approved a bill to ban abortions after 6 weeks, the "heartbeat bill"
Sen. Ted Cruz and other GOP senators visit the border where they say a "humanitarian crisis" is unfolding and it's the fault of President Biden .
We anticipate that the issues that the Republicans will trumpet will be abortion, the border, and the deficit until the midterms.
Part two; Bill Curry and Lincoln Mitchell join us.
Bio: Bill Curry former nominee for Gov of CT, advisor to Bill Clinton leader in the nuclear freeze movement progressive pundit
Bio: Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues domestically and internationally. He has written seven books, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and writes “The American Angle” for Brussels Morning. He retains an affiliation with Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. He is also a co-host of the Say It Ain’t Contagious Podcast on baseball and social justice.
Should the presidential primary be changed? NH and Iowa are not representative of the American voter. This is a party decision, and changes would most likely bring other candidates.
We discuss the ongoing Chauvin trial, and how this is a test of the American justice system.
HR 1 will change many things, and will, if passed, prop us democracy.
The infrastructure bill has been proposed, and should improve the American economy.
Harvey Milk's murder is a stark reminder of the persistence of police brutality
Few realize Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were killed in part due to their opposition to police violence and abuse (Lincoln Mitchell) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/27/harvey-milk-assassination-police-brutality
I cried twice today-first when I heard Darnella who filmed George Floyd's murder say she apologizes to #GeorgeFloyd every night for not doing more to save him & watching the funeral of the cop who lost his life trying to save lives at the #Colorado grocery store. Life is complex. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/03/30/darnella-frazier-video-teen-filmed-george-floyds-death-testifies/7057512002/?fbclid=IwAR0efn8-FNCu7UVajEgq_xsxNWlvo08wPn4yojmmneWby6ck7wgbGGPHIBg
Derek Chauvin’s Defense Puts Black Lives Matter on Trial
If George Floyd was somehow culpable in his own death, the defense seemed to argue, then so were the bystanders.
Push back omn HR 1 this is not a NH story...divisive concepts passed in Iowa and they also oppose HR1
Sununu and Gardner use the pretense of protecting the presidential primary as a reason to oppose HR 1 but to be honest we will lose the primary for three reasons
1. We are second oldest state in the nation, we are overwhelmingly white (90%) and we are rich (NH is the 7th richest state in the nation) we do not reflect the changing demographic of America which is necessary as future Presidential candidates are to be considered.
2. We are about to embrace the divisive concepts bill that was originally designed by Trump in October of 2020.This bill would have a chilling effect on virtually all persons and contractors associated with the state preventing them from discussing or educating about racism, sexism and other inequities crucial to a learning from our past (NH is, by law, demanding ignorance of its citizens) How do we choose a candidate for President if we embrace a law that makes is unlawful to consider the strengths AND weaknesses of our past behavior preventing a full throated conversation about the policy mistakes that have resulted as a consequence
3. We, like Georgia, are vigorously embracing voter suppression with our main target being the youth vote in NH
Dems could dethrone Iowa
The party, uncomfortable with the overwhelmingly white state's sway, is thinking about blowing up its presidential primary calendar.
nugget: “There’s no diversity in Iowa. There’s certainly no diversity in New Hampshire.”
As Republicans Suppress the Vote, What Are Democrats Doing About Their Own Selection Process? The DNC has yet to consider last year’s caucus and primary problems. https://prospect.org/politics/as-republicans-suppress-vote-what-are-democrats-doing-about-their-selection-process/
Taking road repairs on the road https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/taking-road-repair-on-the-road/
What Can We Learn from a Big Boat Stuck in a Canal? Financiers thinned out our supply chains. That was a risky bet. https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/what-we-can-learn-from-a-big-boat
Political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Oh my dear frightened Senator Graham.
He’s real worried he might get in a jam.
So he sits home eating trifle,
With his trusty assault rifle,
If his doorbell rings, Lindsey yells scram!
Part one: Jonathan Guyer The American Prospect Thinker, Tanker, Scholar, Consultant.
Bio: Jonathan Guyer is managing editor of The American Prospect. He has written for Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, Harper's, Le Monde diplomatique, and Rolling Stone. A former fellow of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, he is writing a book about political cartoons and comics in the Middle East.
We discuss what seems to be a common pattern in Washington. Every former policymaker in Washington is an academic, a researcher, or an adviser to big business. Although most of those individuals are not classified as lobbyists, they are not transparent about what they actually do: they advise on policy, and, in effect, are selling access to power, and looking forward to doing so after they leave their government jobs.
Part two: We have a conversation with Matt Stoller about corporate monopoly power. This includes tech companies, and the effects of their activities on all aspects of commerce and the lives of the populace. We discuss the recent Suez Canal mishap with the ship that didn’t fit, the poor performance of Google search, and other large fails. We talk about the weakness of efficiency.
Bio: Matt Stoller is the Research Director at the American Economic Liberties Project. He is the author of Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy also the author of BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly and finance.
What Can We Learn from a Big Boat Stuck in a Canal : Financiers thinned out our supply chains. That was a risky bet. https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/what-we-can-learn-from-a-big-boat
The FTC had a monopoly lawsuit against Google in its sights, and it blinked https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/the-ftc-had-a-monopoly-lawsuit-against-google-in-its-sights-and-it-blinked/
Matt Stoller calls for 'stark change' in Big Tech regulations https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/545113-matt-stoller-calls-for-stark-change-in-big-tech-regulations
NEWS: Latest Big Tech Front Group Admits Plans To Trick LawmakersMARCH 29, 2021 HTTPS://WWW.ECONOMICLIBERTIES.US/PRESS-RELEASE/NEWS-LATEST-BIG-TECH-FRONT-GROUP-ADMITS-PLANS-TO-TRICK-LAWMAKERS/
political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Again I saw George Floyd die on TV today,
It was part of a trial on national display.
A cop’s knee on his neck,
It made me a wreck.
George didn’t need to die on that warm spring day.
Part one -protecting the vote
DOUG LINDNER, NATIONAL VOTER PROTECTION DIRECTOR
Doug is a voting rights lawyer and political staffer with Voter Protection experience in every cycle since 2012. Prior to joining Voter Protection Corps, he served as Campaign Counsel and National Voter Protection Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and Voter Protection Director for the Montana Democratic Party during Senator Jon Tester’s successful re-election campaign.
New National Democracy Benchmark Report Provides Roadmap for Building on 2020 Voting SuccessesVoter Protection Corps Analysis Highlights Critical Election Reforms https://www.voter-protection.org/news-1
We talk about the steps that voting officials should take to increase the voting population: voting is a right, not a privilege. No one is “less of an American” , and voting expansion is imperative.
part two; seaweed-climate change, and cows
A conversation with Ermias Kebreab Associate Dean and Professor of Animal Science. Director, World Food Center, University of California, Davis
Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change
Cow burps and farts are no joke – they're a big factor in climate change. A new study shows that daily seaweed supplements could tame this major methane source while saving ranchers money We discuss with Ermias Kebreab the research done to reduce this methane source: this is research that shows it can be done, and also improve farmers' bottom line.
B.S., Biology, University of Asmara, Eritrea, 1987.
M.S., Integrative biology, University of Reading, UK, 1991.
Ph.D., Ecological modeling, University of Reading, UK, 1998.
His research is centered around:
-- Whole system approach to quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. Mathematical modeling and mitigation of emissions from animals, manure and soil.
-- Development of energy and nutrient utilization/requirement models in cattle, swine and poultry
-- Sustainable agriculture, in particular animal production in relation to environmental sustainability.
political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Trump said that on 6th they were just hugging,
But we all saw that it was a violent mugging.
He’s still pushing his big lie,
In hopes the truth will die
And some fools are still dying for his drugging.
Thought of the day
Ginsburg viewed voter suppression as a virus that will continually mutate to overcome each effort to suppress it. When left untreated, it will replicate endlessly until it kills its host.
Part one: Adam Aton, reporter for E&E news joins us.
Bio: Adam Aton covers climate politics for E&E News, the biggest newsroom in Washington, D.C., dedicated to environment and energy journalism. His reporting has also appeared in Scientific American, the Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and elsewhere
We discuss with Adam Aton President Biden's plans to start his infrastructure push next week in Pittsburgh. But in Washington, the jockeying is already underway. How the infrastructure bill might tackle climate change. We discuss the vulnerabilities of the current electric grid, especially in Texas, where there is no regulation. We also discuss the various ways to mitigate the loss of jobs in the energy sector, and how these could be transitioned to the new energy sector.
Part two: Harold Meyerson joins us to discuss economic policies and their effects.
Bio: Meyerson is editor-at-large of The American Prospect and was an opinion columnist for The Washington Post from 2003 until 2015, when he was fired by the latter. Some speculate that the firing was politically motivated and related to the 2016 electoral season and the rise of Bernie Sanders. He served as executive editor of the L.A. Weekly from 1989 through 2001, and continues to write about California politics in the Los Angeles Times. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy, and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, and New Statesman.
We talk about economic studies that show the advantages of different economic policies. These studies are based on data, not just social assumptions. We draw parallels with economic policies in Scandinavian countries. These are part of the Berkeley School of empirical studies.
Needed: More Rescue Funds for the Poorest Communities https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/needed-more-rescue-funds-for-the-poorest-communities/
Prez Meets Press; Does Good (and Well) https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/prez-meets-press-does-good-and-well
another reason for the $15 minimum wage social securtiy https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/another-reason-for-a-15-minimum-wage-social-security/
the berkeley school https://prospect.org/economy/berkeley-school-economics/
nugget: “We’re here not just to study the economy because it exists, like the stars in the sky,” says Zucman. “The motivation for many of us is to do research in social science that improves public policy.”
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage. In internal company documents, a private-equity owned conglomerate is bragging to its employees about successfully blocking a boost in pay for low-wage workers.
poetry for the politics of our times by Skip Penczar:
Ted Cruz said, “Every time there’s a shooting…”
And that’s quite often there is no disputing.
But he went on to slam
Any common sense plan
Cause when it comes to guns, Ted’s prostituting.
thought for the day:
If someone passes out on line from heat & dehydration while waiting hours to vote in GA can they sue the state for intentional harm?
tweet of the day
"I own an AR-15. If there's a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself." -- Lindsey Graham
rethink the week guests:
Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson
Union/public sector Reporter Robert Hennelly
Civic Scholar/Presidential Scholar Professor Dean Spiliotis
Commentator/podcaster, Author and Instructor Lincoln Mitchell
Biden's press conference, where the Covid virus was not discussed. The Crisis at the border was discussed, though the data about people who want to enter the US show no difference from historical counts. No solution yet to immigration problems, though most who are applying are applying for refugee status, and attempting to do so legally.
No word on substantive gun control, despite two mass shootings within a week in the US. Restrictions on voting continue to make the news.
Amazon workers in Alabama continue to vote on creating a union. Why is it so hard to have capitalism with a conscience?
Biden will be visiting Pennsylvania, and announce details of the new infrastructure plan. We consider that he should definitely visit Texas, where the effect of unchecked deregulation, no preparation, and poor planning made itself felt: 111 people dead, $110Billion in damage with more to come. The changes / upgrades in Texas will be very expensive.
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/25/biden-press-conference-pandemic-478041 Biden meets the press and the pandemic disappears
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/545281-blinken-suggests-us-wont-take-punitive-action-on-china-over-covid Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19
Why Georgia’s New Voting Law Is Such A Big Deal FiveThirtyEight
https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/545188-companies-sidestep-self-imposed-bans-on-gop-donations Companies sidestep self-imposed bans on GOP donations
Russia and China are sending Biden a message: don’t judge us or try to change us. Those days are over
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/there-were-3-800-anti-asian-racist-incidents-mostly-against-n1261257There were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year. “There is an intersectional dynamic going on that others may perceive both Asians and women and Asian women as easier targets,” one professor said.
Democrats call for $1bn shift from weapons of mass destruction to ‘vaccine of mass prevention’ Guardian.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-27/rising-covid-case-counts-in-the-young-test-u-s-vaccine-strategy Rising Covid Case Counts in the Young Test U.S. Vaccine Strategy
https://julieroys.com/graham-evangelicals-vaccines/ Franklin Graham Unfazed after Evangelical Base Blasts Him for Encouraging Vaccines
Universities Are Still Gambling With Students’ Lives Current Affairs
Joe Biden Just Fixed Obamacare’s “Subsidy Cliff” The Bulwark
New Jersey gym celebrated by Fox News is offering free memberships to people who refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccine Business Insider
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/03/minnesota-supreme-court-rape-victim-drunk.html Minnesota Supreme Court Throws Out Rape Conviction Because Victim Chose to Get Drunk
Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members The Hill
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America Eric Levitz New York MagazinePostal banking, alcohol delivery could save the U.S. Postal Service, experts say NBC
Amazon, on the move in health care, is granted authorization for its own Covid-19 test STAT
https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/amazon-union-twitter-alabama-dave-clark.html Amazon Is Spending the Last Week of the Union Vote Trying to Come Up With Epic Twitter Owns
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/technology/amazon-unions-virginia.html How Amazon Crushes Unions
Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap. Kaiser Health News. You can pump more blood into a zombie, but it’s still a zombie.
New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica unions authorize strike. NYT
What Happens When Investment Firms Acquire Trailer Parks The New Yorker
Gov. Kemp defends Georgia election bill criticized as ‘Jim Crow in 21st century’ New4Jax
Is Democracy Still Possible? Los Angeles Review of Books
At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military CounterPunch
US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home The Hill
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage Walker Bragman, Andrew Perez, and David Sirota
The Amazon Union Vote Is Ending in Bessemer. Workers Are Already Preparing for the Next Fight. New Republic
111 Texans Died In Last Month’s Shock Winter Storm, State Says Forbes
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Perry-says-Texans-wiling-to-suffer-blackouts-to-15956705.php Perry says Texans willing to suffer blackouts to keep feds out of power market
our deadline poet grabs the moment, from Skip Tenczar:
State Republicans are flexing their muscle
Trying to keep folks from voting by hustle.
Voter suppression laws abound
But a solution can be found
In HR 1 a voter suppression muzzle.
tweets of the day:
Hakeem Jeffries, @RepJeffries
WE want to make it easier to vote And harder for criminals to purchase weapons of war.
Republicans will make it harder to vote. And easier for criminals to purchase weapons of war.
Last weekend #ABC flew its entire roundtable to the US-Mexico border-Perhaps this weekend they will fly down to Bessemer #Alabama where #Amazon workers will be finalizing the vote on March 29 to form the first #Amazon union in the US... It's time to cover the issues of real consequence
Part one: Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, Dean of the Austin Press Corps
ERCOT- TX PUC - TX Freeze-Grid infrastructure-who is responsible for the energy failure. Can they even name it?... what to do???
Biden's border crisis is 'by design to create a one-party country,' says Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick . Is this a real surge? Not according to data.
In Texas, you can use a concealed weapon permit as a voter ID, but not a state-issued student ID. What does that tell you about Texas, and about the underlying motives of these voter ID laws?
AFTER mass shootings, Texas GOP leaders double down on protecting gun owners
Texas AG Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally before Jan. 6 insurrection
Bill Curry, former advisor to Bill Clinton, leader in the nuclear freeze movement, two time nominee for Governor of CT, progressive writer and pundit
Professor Robert Hockett , Cornell Law -AOC consultant on the Green New Deal
The filibuster has proven to be a tool for Republicans to avoid implementing many things: health care, infrastructure, minimum wage, industrial policy, civil rights legislation, etc. It is a way to allow a small minority to control the Senate.
Amazon workers leading a historic push for unionization in Alabama describe midnight ‘education’ meetings, an unexpected mailbox, and streams of anti-union flyers as they go up against one of the world’s most powerful companies Business Insider
Easing pandemic marks return to gun violence The Hill. This is America, man.
Yes, Blame Christian Fundamentalism for the Atlanta Murders The Intercept
I’m not sure where we go from here': pandemic fuels rise in US homelessness https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/25/pandemic-fuels-rise-in-us-homelessness
About 7 in 10 Voters Favor a Public Health Insurance Option. Medicare for All Remains Polarizing Morning Consult
Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon Scientific American.
Biden charges Harris with stemming migrant numbers at US-Mexico border https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/24/joe-biden-kamala-harris-us-mexico-border-immigration
The McConnell filibuster is not the same as the Jim Crow filibuster – it's much worse For decades senators blocked civil rights legislation but allowed democracy to function elsewhere – now next to nothing passes https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/25/the-mcconnell-filibuster-is-not-the-same-as-the-jim-crow-filibuster-its-much-worse
on deadline ...political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Trump’s words named Asians the other,
His Covid slang intended a pother.
Though the fool is gone,
His mean legacy lives on --
The hate he kindled will be hard to smother.
fact of the day:
The longest talking filibuster in Senate history, 24 hours and 18 minutes, was to block the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Part One: We talk with Steven P. Millies about Catholics' relationship to politics.
bio: Professor Millies is an Associate Professor of Public Theology and Director of The Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union Millies scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory. As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.”
Pope Francis has taken a more nuanced approach to Catholic teachings, and his own authority. He says he sees the world as it is, vs. how the Church sees it. This affects the opinions of Catholics internationally.
Catholic opinions on Johnson & Johnson vaccine highlight debate between hardliners on abortion and others in the church Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union Divisions among Catholics have created doubts about the moral acceptability of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An expert explains why there isn't one 'Catholic view' on the issue.
Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice – and nothing new Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union
The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all. https://theconversation.com/pope-francis-support-for-civil-unions-is-a-call-to-justice-and-nothing-new-148607
Clarity for Catholics: It's OK to get Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – if it's the only one available
Catholics might be somewhat confused by reports on differing messages about the acceptability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a cell line from an abortion being used in its production.The differences have been resolved and Catholic teaching is clear: Catholics have a moral duty to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by being vaccinated. However, if given the choice, they should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Should they choose not to be vaccinated, they have a moral obligation to mask, socially distance and "do their utmost" to avoid becoming infected or infecting others, the Vatican said.
the pope and gay marriage
Part Two: We speak with Daniel Block : Can Amazon be Stopped? Recent attempts to unionize Amazon workers are in the news.
bio: Daniel Block is the executive editor of the Washington Monthly.Before joining the Monthly, Daniel was a 2017-2018 Luce Scholar living in Delhi, India, where he studied Hindi and worked for the Caravan--a leading Indian politics and policy magazine. Daniel’s writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Prospect. Daniel graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He graduated with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a post-college gap year teaching skiing in Utah.
The story of the e-commerce giant is the story of America’s economic unraveling. America is no longer making all that it needs. Instead, it is concentrating on its service economy and on just “ shuffling money around,” This is not sustainable.