Daily Clips: January 4, 2017

Daily Clips: January 4, 2017

Gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis, study says 30+ thousand people a year are killed from guns. If that doesn’t demand a public health approach, I don’t know what does. Poverty and inequality pervasive in two-fifths of US counties This is according to Population Reference Bureau (which admittedly I had never heard of before this morning). Their analysis is convincing, however their prescription is incredibly vague. Listen to this: It’s important to close these gaps to put the next generation of workers and their children on a path to succeed in the labor force and advance the U.S. economy. Yeah…no s***. Rising inequality is far from inevitable Excellent piece from Robert Kuttner over at The American Prospect. AG Bob Ferguson urges state lawmakers to ‘step up’ on assault rifle ban “A bill like this, that’s obviously controversial, is going to be uphill,” Ferguson said Tuesday during an appearance on “Q13 News This Morning.” “I just really felt strongly and feel strongly that I need to step up and legislators need to step up and be counted.””

Daily Clips: January 3, 2017

Daily Clips: January 3, 2017

After a little hiatus, Daily Clips are back on the web. I cannot comprehend how anyone was able to keep up with the news without my words of wisdom. David Brooks shows his elitism Listen to this ridiculous sentence which illustrates how far Brooks is up his own a**: To read Trump correctly, it’s probably best to dig up old French deconstructionists like Jean Baudrillard, who treated words not as things that have meanings in themselves but as displays in an oppositional power struggle. Yeah, I’m sure Jean Baudrillard is exactly who comes to mind to the *average* American when they see Trump. Three steps for progressive resistance and rebuilding as Trump era launches Ultimately, the party’s fortunes will depend on recruiting a new generation of progressive leaders, especially women and people of color, who can harness the power of social movements and drive it into electoral politics — everywhere in the country, at every level of government. Can anyone say, Pramila Jayapal? “The Constitution has strangled American democracy for long enough.” What’s going on? The answer is that, after more than two centuries, America’s pre-democratic constitutional machinery is spitting out increasingly undemocratic results with catastrophic consequences. Instead of government of, by, and for the people, it’s giving the people government they don’t want but can do nothing about. Ford cancels $1.6 billion Mexican plant On the face of it, this looks like a huge win for Trump. According to Reuters, “Ford Motor Co ( F.N ) said Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and will invest $700 million at a Michigan factory as it expands its electric vehicle and hybrid offerings.” The GOP’s Ethics Disaster Nothing to add. Our federal government is an embarrassment.

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