ICE Officers Are Being Told to Take Tougher Action Against Undocumented Immigrants. Pacific Standard
The president's eldest son was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer. New York Times
NAACP statement on nominee to head DOJ’S civil rights division. “The evidence is clear. For the past 20 years, Dreiband has been on the wrong side of issues pertaining to housing, hate crimes and the many other critical areas that the Civil Rights Division oversees as part of its core mission.” For more, see NAACP.
“If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it's stalemate. There's a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like."
– Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner
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From Marty Smith on NPR tweeting the Declaration of Independence on July 4th:
“NPR followed its annual tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence line by line, but this year, to broaden the audience for this patriotic ritual, it tweeted the declaration line by line. The passage of the declaration was official on July 4, 1776. This act and this document are what we celebrate on July 4th each year.
“Predictably, numbers of Americans decried the tweets as ‘propaganda’ and other ostensibly negative descriptions. Obviously, they were unaware of the historic nature of those words, once more giving credibility to the many quotations similar to this one from George Santayana: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to relive it.’
“Many of us are ignorant of U.S. history, and the important documents of our founding, including the declaration that we celebrated yesterday, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights. This leads to ignorant political decisions. As is evident from the loud explosions that ring out outside my window on each Independence Day, people think it’s a day to set off fireworks with bright displays and lots of noise. Don’t misunderstand me, as a youth and young man I loved fireworks, but I know what they were all about.”
18 states to sue Betsy DeVos over neglecting student loan protections. The Education Department moved last month to freeze new rules for erasing the federal loan debt of student borrowers who were cheated by colleges that acted fraudulently. New York Times
The man behind the federal voter “integrity” panel. How Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws. The New York Times Magazine
ACLU Files Suit Against White House Election Fraud Commission. NPR
Altruism Trumps Narcissism. In this Huffington Post article, Ann Arborite Julie Nagel discusses how altruism may impact the current political situation.
Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them. In the last few years, Republican-controlled state legislatures have intensified the use of what are known as pre-emption laws, to block towns and cities from adopting measures favored by the left. The states aren’t merely overruling local laws; they’ve walled off whole new realms where local governments aren’t allowed to govern at all. The New York Times
Thinking rationally about Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline
"Talking purely conservative common sense here, there is no way any sane government should tolerate something that could easily destroy two of the greatest lakes in the world." Read more.