Tag: Sold Short

Biden Is To Blame for the Border Misery

“We weren’t treated like humans, but like animals parked somewhere,” 31-year-old Aminadel Glezil told The New York Times. According to Glezil, he was beaten and put in handcuffs after he protested his deportation. “I couldn’t believe a powerful country like the U.S. would treat us that way,” he said. “They did not even tell us […]

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Banning the Homeless Won’t Keep California From Burning

The day before the county’s encampment ban, a group of Topanga residents submitted a letter urging the board to “take action … to prevent camping fires and similar high-risk human behaviors, in order to protect our lives, homes, and community, including the homeless themselves.” Public comment submitted by concerned citizens in favor of the ban […]

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Biden’s Conservative Vision on Clemency

“Nonviolent drug offenders are such a limited category. Why are others left out?” The case that sent Kirstie to prison for close to a decade, instead of, say, rehab, was prosecuted by the office of former U.S. Attorney Jay Town, an Alabama Republican appointed by Trump. But the mandatory minimums that landed her in prison […]

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Occupy Wall Street at 10: What It Taught Us, and Why It Mattered

The tangible impact of Occupy is much greater. Occupy the SEC, a working group that included many employees or ex-employees of big finance, produced a meticulously detailed formal comment on the Volcker Rule that was widely praised, and continued to watchdog the finance sector for years to follow. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York in […]

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There’s No Fixing Rikers. Close It and Let People Go.

The pandemic offered a roadmap: Last year, the city dramatically reduced the numbers of people held at Rikers in response to Covid-19, a push mirrored in local jails around the country. In New York, the call for decarceration has been most forceful coming not only from critics of mass incarceration, but from the self-identified socialists […]

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Texas Republicans Can’t Stop All Medical Abortions

“In those cases, normally what is being criminalized is women’s sexuality or their infidelity, or their lack of knowledge, or their poverty,” Cruz said. “They’re criminalizing the conditions of their lives.” “They’re criminalizing the conditions of their lives.” Or, as Mexican Supreme Court President Arturo Zaldivar put it: “Rich girls have always had abortions and never […]

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The 33-Year-Old Tour Guide Exposing the Absurdity of the California Recall

Tens of millions of dollars have poured into this election, with most of it aimed at supporting Newsom and opposing the recall effort. Freed from the usual imperative to collect from small donors—targets of recalls in California aren’t subjected to the same campaign contribution limits as candidates—Newsom has raked in mounds of cash from political […]

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Charter Schools’ Scary Future

The ferocious blowback against critical race theory represents yet another threat to charter schools. Many of the bills limiting how teachers can discuss issues of race and racism, including those passed in Tennessee and Texas, also apply to charters. Federal legislation proposed by a Wisconsin lawmaker would ban the teaching of CRT in Washington, D.C., […]

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Is It Finally Curtains for Roe?

Here, as in Dobbs, both constitutional text and history, as well as the court’s own precedent, require the same result—upholding the lower court decision. After all, at the same time the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment drafted that amendment, they also enacted a long list of race-conscious legislation designed to guarantee equality of opportunity for […]

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Regulating Amazon’s Warehouse Algorithms Is About More Than Injuries

The tracking of workers’ productivity by algorithm and through sophisticated surveillance mechanisms isn’t simply a concern for the Teamsters. The tracking of workers’ productivity by algorithm and through sophisticated surveillance mechanisms isn’t simply a concern for the Teamsters, which represents workers across the logistics industry, warehousing, package delivery, freight, airline, and food distribution. The model […]

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A Legendary Abortion Rights Activist on What Comes After Texas

They eventually found out that Mike wasn’t a physician, wasn’t a licensed MD, and yet the procedures had been safe. (In fact, after Roe one of the women who was working in a health research effort at the University of Illinois did an analysis of the successful outcomes, comparing Jane to a licensed facility after […]

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Getting to the U.S. Is Just the First Hurdle for Afghan Refugees

Parolees, however, are not eligible for the same benefits as SIV refugees under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, Peck noted. For example, people on humanitarian parole are required to secure vaccinations within a week of arrival: “If they arrived directly here as SIV holders, that would be covered through […]

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Two Frontline Workers on Day One of Texas’s New Abortion Ban

“I said that many times over the summer: Roe is going to fall before we even hear that case.” I haven’t been working in clinics this week, and I don’t know if that’s good or bad. When other terrible political things have happened in this country over the past few years, I’ve been providing abortion […]

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Here’s What Happens If Texas’s Extreme Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

Signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May, SB 8 appears to be modeled off of the local abortion bans trumpeted by Dixon and other anti-abortion extremists in the past two years—it bans abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant, and deploys a similar enforcement mechanism. (When I interviewed Dixon in March of 2020, he […]

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Here’s What Happens When Texas’s Extreme Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

Signed by Governor Greg Abbott in May, S.B. 8 appears to be modeled on the local abortion bans trumpeted by Dixon and other anti-abortion extremists in the past two years—it bans abortion before most people even know they’re pregnant, and deploys a similar enforcement mechanism. (When I interviewed Dixon in March 2020, he told me […]

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The “Metaverse” Is Facebook’s Soulless Virtual Vision for the Future of Life and Work

While virtual meetings may hold little charm, the metaverse, in its potentially all-encompassing nature, clearly offers some unusual possibilities. Maybe it could be fun to attend a concert with millions of people, or to go to a theme park and then continue the experience at home. (And think about the advertising and upselling opportunities if […]

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Why ICE Is Leaving New Jersey County Jails

However, the reasoning from administrators was far from encouraging to advocates. With immigrant detention at all-time lows due to the pandemic, Essex found it more lucrative and less controversial to start using their capacity to incarcerate nonimmigrants from neighboring Union County. In Bergen, Sheriff Anthony Cureton discussed holding federal inmates with the U.S. Marshals Service. […]

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Inside the Paranoid, Highly Excitable Ecosystem of the Vaccine Card Black Market

The people selling fake vaccination records online are ravenous for my attention. The Telegram channels ping me at all hours of the day with emoji-laden reminders to deal only with verified sellers, copy-and-pasted passages from anti-vax e-books describing infertility, pulmonary issues, and neurological degeneration. “THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU TO BE FREE IS STAYING AWAY […]

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The CEO Trying to Build a White, Christian, Secessionist Tech Industry

Torba’s rhetorical double-step didn’t stop Gab from being “unilaterally removed from the internet,” as he told the interviewer. Criticism came from many sides, as the site’s CEO exhibited a contradictory display of principle: offering condolences to bereaved families, berating the media for not going after big social platforms instead, and, in managing Gab, continuing to […]

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The End of “the End of Welfare As We Know It”

Twenty-five years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law, following through on his campaign pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” He turned the Aid to Families with Dependent Children system, with its entitlement of cash assistance, into a miserly program bound tightly by reams of red […]

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Don’t Call It a Pandemic of the Stupid

Add to this the fact that the pandemic struck under Donald Trump, a president who mocked scientific expertise, tried to interfere with the vaccine approval process, and sowed health misinformation and doubt. Jaiswal, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama, has researched health-related mistrust, particularly in communities of color and LGBTQ communities, for years. […]

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How the Pandemic Became an Unplanned Experiment in Abolishing the Child Welfare System

“The best way to keep children safe is to provide their families with the services and supports they need, in the least obtrusive way possible,” an Administration for Children’s Services spokesperson wrote in an email. “ACS is committed to continuing to expand services and supports to strengthen families, keep children safe, and take steps to […]

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Facebook Wants to Ban the Taliban. It’s Another War that Can’t Be Won.

Moderating content has been the Achilles’ heel of large social media platforms, and their tendency to keep policies secret or to engage in ad hoc decision-making, sometimes based on specious reasoning or the influence of national governments, has led to a sense, mostly among the political right, that these companies are censorious. In fact, the […]

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New School Year, Same Old Covid Chaos

By mid-May, the CDC announced new masking guidelines, emphasizing that fully vaccinated people no longer needed face-coverings outdoors and in most indoor settings. The guidelines took many by surprise, and it wasn’t clear how institutions would determine who was vaccinated or not. But such details were largely waived aside. “We have all longed for this […]

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The New “Crime Wave” Panic and the Long Shadow of John Walsh

John Walsh had at least as much of an impact in the cultural sphere. America’s Most Wanted debuted to rave reviews in April 1988, against a backdrop of intense anti-crime sentiment. TV Guide awarded the show its “Best Public Service” prize, and World News Tonight called it “the ’80s answer to the ‘Most Wanted’ poster—criminals […]

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The Eviction Moratorium Was Written for the Perfect Tenant. They’re Often Hard to Find.

Leegraciea Lewis had lived at the Landings at Steele Creek, an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, for eight years until she was evicted the morning of September 30, 2020. A team of sheriff’s deputies arrived at her door and told her she needed to change out of her pajamas and leave her immediately. The […]

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The Infrastructure Bill’s Crypto Tax Was Always Going to Be a Fiasco

With the tax provisions remaining in place and any possible amendments in a holding pattern, that pressure seemed to have yielded limited results beyond some favorable media coverage and busy phone lines in senators’ offices. On the other hand, something notable did happen: A $28 billion tax measure targeting an industry rife with scams, subterfuge, […]

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How Does Amazon End?

For Mitchell, dispersing ownership and the “tools of economic power” are essential to tackling Amazon and what she calls the “huge threat this company poses to the economy and to people’s livelihoods, but also to democracy.” She thinks that, under proposed antitrust legislation, Amazon could be broken up into five or more companies. These might […]

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The Cuomo Report and the #MeToo “Reckoning” That Never Really Came

In describing their interactions with Andrew Cuomo, many of the women quoted in the report released this week by New York Attorney General Letitia James noted that they put up with his harassment due to fears that they would experience professional repercussions. The range of women made to feel this way—their differences in relative power and […]

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Can Olivia Rodrigo and TikTok Save Us From the Delta Variant?

Were the government pursuing an all-of-the-above approach to tackling the pandemic, its decision to throw money at the internet-famous (and at least one vaccine skeptic) might seem like just another arrow in its quiver. Even if trusted friends, family members, and doctors tend to be most influential in getting others to accept the vaccine, there […]

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Los Angeles Liberals’ Brutal Campaign Against the Homeless

Similarly deep-pocketed donors are targeting the local elected officials who are most supportive of L.A.’s homeless community: Councilperson Mike Bonin, who has recounted his own experiences being unhoused in the 1980s and been a stalwart opponent of some of the worst anti-homeless measures during his tenure, is facing a dubious recall election at the hands […]

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