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  • Donald Trump's Latest Dumb Press Release Will Make You Glad Donald Trump Writes His Own Press Releases

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    Ben Dreyfuss
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Donald Trump's latest press release is the greatest thing ever pic.twitter.com/otEWsZUVcv — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 7, 2015 Update, 6:48pm ET: Keen-eyed Mother Jones editor Ian Gordon has found the real scandal: Donald Trump is a Mexico-smearing jackass. But is he also the kind of monster who uses two spaces between sentences? pic.twitter.com/NzWOd4rQBC — Ian Gordon (@id_gordon) July 7, 2015
  • Scott Walker's Office Was Part of a Sneaky Effort to Keep His Records Private

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    Russ Choma
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Update (7/7/15): Gov. Scott Walker's office has confirmed in a statement that it was involved with the measure to change Wisconsin's open-records law to block access to many currently available government documents. The statement was released after Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) acknowledged that Walker's office took part in discussions to slip the changes into a last-minute budget bill. Fitzgerald said the governor's office had specifically cited the volume of requests it receives as one reason for the measure. Another Wisconsin Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dale Kooyenga,…
  • White Ballot Access, Black Ballot Access

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    Kevin Drum
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Greg Sargent draws our attention today to a new report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress on, among other things, ballot access in all 50 states plus DC. They grade each state based on things like availability of preregistration, availability of in-person early voting, voter ID laws, voting wait times, and so forth. You will be unsurprised by the results. The top map shows ballot access, with the darker colors indicating poor access. The bottom map shows the percentage of the African-American population in each state. Dark colors indicate a higher black population. Kinda funny…
  • Hillary Clinton Says She Is "Very Disappointed" in Donald Trump

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    Inae Oh
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    In a new interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants crossing the border as criminals and  "rapists." "I am very disappointed in those comments," Clinton said. "I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying 'enough stop it.'" Trump's remarks have sparked national outrage over their racist descriptions, even prompting several businesses and television networks long associated with the real…
  • Solar Power Is Mostly for the Affluent. Here's Obama's Plan to Spread the Wealth Around.

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    Tim McDonnell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rooftop solar power systems cost a lot less these days than they did five or 10 years ago, and with many solar companies now offering leases and loans, it's safe to say that going solar is more affordable than even before. That trend goes a long way to explaining why solar, while still making up less than 1 percent of the total US energy mix, is the fastest-growing power source in the country. But access to solar power is still overwhelmingly skewed toward affluent households. Of the roughly 645,000 homes and business with rooftop solar panels in the US, less than 5 percent are households…
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  • Donald Trump's Latest Dumb Press Release Will Make You Glad Donald Trump Writes His Own Press Releases

    Ben Dreyfuss
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Donald Trump's latest press release is the greatest thing ever pic.twitter.com/otEWsZUVcv — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 7, 2015 Update, 6:48pm ET: Keen-eyed Mother Jones editor Ian Gordon has found the real scandal: Donald Trump is a Mexico-smearing jackass. But is he also the kind of monster who uses two spaces between sentences? pic.twitter.com/NzWOd4rQBC — Ian Gordon (@id_gordon) July 7, 2015
  • Supercut: Joe Biden Has a Really Itchy Face

    James West
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    The first thing I want to say is this: I didn't intend to make this video. My project was more noble. I've noticed Vice President Joe Biden appearing a lot recently with President Obama at big news conferences—the Cuba embassy announcement, when the Supreme Court upholding a key element of the Affordable Care Act, the heckler scene at the White House's LGBT Pride Dinner, the first White House reaction to the Charleston massacre. Biden is such a big, everyday presence in public life—like furniture in a comfortable room—that I wanted to see if there were any common threads I…
  • Hillary Clinton Says She Is "Very Disappointed" in Donald Trump

    Inae Oh
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    In a new interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants crossing the border as criminals and  "rapists." "I am very disappointed in those comments," Clinton said. "I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying 'enough stop it.'" Trump's remarks have sparked national outrage over their racist descriptions, even prompting several businesses and television networks long associated with the real…
  • I Can't Stop Laughing At This Vine of a Little Kid Dunking a Basketball

    Ben Dreyfuss
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    If it makes me a bad person to laugh at this Vine, then I guess I'm a bad person. (via Deadspin)
  • White Ballot Access, Black Ballot Access

    Kevin Drum
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Greg Sargent draws our attention today to a new report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress on, among other things, ballot access in all 50 states plus DC. They grade each state based on things like availability of preregistration, availability of in-person early voting, voter ID laws, voting wait times, and so forth. You will be unsurprised by the results. The top map shows ballot access, with the darker colors indicating poor access. The bottom map shows the percentage of the African-American population in each state. Dark colors indicate a higher black population. Kinda funny…
 
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  • Scott Walker's Office Was Part of a Sneaky Effort to Keep His Records Private

    Russ Choma
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Update (7/7/15): Gov. Scott Walker's office has confirmed in a statement that it was involved with the measure to change Wisconsin's open-records law to block access to many currently available government documents. The statement was released after Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) acknowledged that Walker's office took part in discussions to slip the changes into a last-minute budget bill. Fitzgerald said the governor's office had specifically cited the volume of requests it receives as one reason for the measure. Another Wisconsin Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dale Kooyenga,…
  • These GOP Candidates Are Standing Behind Donald Trump

    Allie Gross
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Following Donald Trump's controversial comments suggesting that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" who bring drugs and crime to America, his fellow 2016 contenders have largely condemned his inflammatory remarks. But a handful of Republican hopefuls have either defended the real estate mogul or, in one case, fled a question on the subject to avoid going on the record. Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson are standing behind Trump. They have defended (even applauded) the billionaire, in what might be attempts to appeal to conservatives opposed to immigration reform. Continue Reading »
  • Here's What Happens When You Ask a Bunch of Hippie Kids to Act Like Correctional Officers

    Michael Mechanic
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It has taken Hollywood more than four decades to turn the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment into a feature film, but not for lack of trying. There have been numerous attempts, retired psychology professor Philip Zimbardo told me. One involved Leonardo DiCaprio, whose father, George, was one of his students. But they kept falling through, either due to the whims of Hollywood or because Zimbardo found the treatments "too grandiose." To use the university's name in The Stanford Prison Experiment movie, which hits theaters on July 17, producer Brent Emery had to agree that he would portray the…
  • What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

    Katherine Reynolds Lewis
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nina D'Aran, the principal of Central School in South Berwick, Maine, has implemented many of Dr. Ross Greene's methods and philosophy along with her staff. Tristan Spinski/GRAIN   Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He'd taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. The recess staff was worried he might hurt someone. Robinson, who was Will's educational aide, raced back to the…
  • Teddy Roosevelt Was Obsessed With Making the Dollar Look Like the Greek Drachma

    James West
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    After Sunday's decisive vote to reject a financial bailout offer, Greece may now be inching closer to leaving the eurozone—the collection of 19 countries that maintains the euro. If it does, it will need a new currency, of course, likely the drachma—the name of Greece's currency going back to ancient times. Ancient Greek drachma coins, as it happens, were famous for their artistry, especially the handcrafted, high-relief designs—three-dimensional and elaborate—that rose from the faces of the coins. Many coins from Athens featured an owl, the bird representing the…
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  • White Ballot Access, Black Ballot Access

    Kevin Drum
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Greg Sargent draws our attention today to a new report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress on, among other things, ballot access in all 50 states plus DC. They grade each state based on things like availability of preregistration, availability of in-person early voting, voter ID laws, voting wait times, and so forth. You will be unsurprised by the results. The top map shows ballot access, with the darker colors indicating poor access. The bottom map shows the percentage of the African-American population in each state. Dark colors indicate a higher black population. Kinda funny…
  • The July Surprise

    Kevin Drum
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Ed Kilgore surveys the Republican primary landscape and throws out a few thoughts about the upcoming first debate on Fox: Fox will allow only ten participants, chosen by the results of five national polls taken in the week or so before August 4. Right now, Donald Trump is sucking up all the media oxygen, making it hard for marginal candidates to move up in the polls and avoid being forced into the kiddie debate. This makes the end of July a critical period for all the C-list candidates. Here's Kilgore: It's increasingly clear the polling spike marginal candidates need to make the cut needs to…
  • Greece Looks Screwed; China Looks In Trouble Too

    Kevin Drum
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:01 am
    From the Financial Times: Hundreds of Chinese companies have halted trading in their shares as Beijing races to insulate the economy from the country’s steepest equity decline in over two decades. The list of suspended companies has reached 760 over the past week, representing more than a quarter of all companies listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges, according to the Securities Times, a paper published by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. ....Beijing has taken steps to keep stocks on China’s two main indices afloat, including direct purchases of large-cap companies, a halt to…
  • Today's Proposal In Legislative Transparency: You Amend It, You Own It

    Kevin Drum
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Last week Wisconsin Republicans tried to sneak language into a budget bill that would have gutted the state's open records law. Sadly for them, they got caught and had to withdraw the proposal—which, Gov. Scott Walker hastily assured us, "was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way." Uh huh. This kind of sleazy behavior is hardly uncommon, but there's one bit of it that's equally common and even sleazier: State Republicans have refused to disclose who inserted the language into the budget legislation, which was approved late Thursday evening. Before dropping the…
  • There Are Things That Erode Public Trust in Science. Primordial Gravity Waves Aren't One of Them.

    Kevin Drum
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    I had to laugh just a little when I read this last night: Jan Conrad, an astroparticle physicist, claims that "The field has cried wolf too many times and lost credibility," and he worries that false discoveries are undermining public trust in science. He lists some dubious results which have caused a stir amongst physicists and the general public over the past couple of years, including the faster-than-light-neutrinos that weren’t, the primordial gravitational waves that are probably just dust, and several Dark Matter candidates which remain shrouded in uncertainty and contradiction.
 
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  • Hillary Clinton Says She Is "Very Disappointed" in Donald Trump

    Inae Oh
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    In a new interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants crossing the border as criminals and  "rapists." "I am very disappointed in those comments," Clinton said. "I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying 'enough stop it.'" Trump's remarks have sparked national outrage over their racist descriptions, even prompting several businesses and television networks long associated with the real…
  • The Vast Majority of America's Elected Prosecutors Are White Men

    Jaeah Lee
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    A study released on Tuesday reveals a glaring lack of diversity among America's elected prosecutors. The data, gathered by the Center for Technology and Civil Life and published by the Women's Donors Network, examines the racial and gender makeup of the more than 2,400 elected city, county and district prosecutors, as well as state attorneys general, serving in office during the summer of 2014. Here are the key findings: 95 percent of all elected prosecutors were white. 79 percent of all elected prosecutors were white men. In 14 states, all elected prosecutors were white. Just 1 percent of…
  • What Really Happened With Jesse Jackson's Reddit Appearance

    Josh Harkinson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    You may have read about the situation at Reddit, the online community that devolved into mutinous turmoil after the firing of a popular employee last week. Well, I was pretty close to the center of the storm, and I can tell you that there's more to the story. The fired employee, Victoria Taylor, coordinated the "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) forum, where celebrities and regular people ranging from Bill Murray and President Obama to some random vacuum-cleaner repairman answer Redditors' questions in real time. In response to Taylor's dismissal, the site's army of volunteer moderators shut down…
  • Donald Trump Just Issued Another Insane Rant About Mexico

    Ben Dreyfuss
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Donald Trump is a dumb person who is dumb. For a very long time that dumbness didn't really come with consequences. He had his TV show and his hotels and a lot of fans in the Republican party. Sure, people knew he was a lunatic, but none of his corporate business partners really cared. That changed a few weeks ago when from his mouth biliously flowed some totally racist nonsense about Mexicans being rapists. Ever since the blow back from businesses newly ashamed of their association with Trump has been unflagging. Univision? Gone. Macy's? Gone. NBC? Gone. Today, Donald Trump issued a…
  • South Carolina Senator Rants Against Gay Marriage During Vote on Confederate Flag Removal

    Inae Oh
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    In a historic 37-3 vote, members of South Carolina's Senate just voted to remove the Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds. Monday's vote followed hours of debate, with lawmakers overwhelmingly making the case to do away with the racist symbol once and for all. Perhaps confused by the subject at hand, Sen. Lee Bright used Monday's debate as an opportunity to voice his support in keeping the flag and dually attack the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision last month, not to mention the "abomination colors" showcased by the White House to celebrate the court's decision. "This nation was…
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  • Solar Power Is Mostly for the Affluent. Here's Obama's Plan to Spread the Wealth Around.

    Tim McDonnell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rooftop solar power systems cost a lot less these days than they did five or 10 years ago, and with many solar companies now offering leases and loans, it's safe to say that going solar is more affordable than even before. That trend goes a long way to explaining why solar, while still making up less than 1 percent of the total US energy mix, is the fastest-growing power source in the country. But access to solar power is still overwhelmingly skewed toward affluent households. Of the roughly 645,000 homes and business with rooftop solar panels in the US, less than 5 percent are households…
  • America's BBQ Grills Create as Much Carbon as a Big Coal Plant

    Maddie Oatman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    As your neighbors fire up their barbecues this Independence Day, the most popular day in America to grill, they won't just send the scent of tri-tip or grilled corn over the fence in your direction—they'll also send smoke. As my colleague Kiera Butler wrote about here, even the "cleanest" gas grills emit pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every hour they're used. So how many emissions can we expect from dinner barbecues on the 4th? Roughly eighty percent of American households own barbecues or smokers, according to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association. Let's say all…
  • Finally, a Little Good News on the California Drought Front

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Finally, some good news on the California drought beat: Californians reduced their residential water usage in May by a whopping 29 percent compared to the same month in 2013, according to a report released today by the State Water Resources Control Board. That's the steepest drop in more than a year. Californians may have been inspired to reduce their water use by the mandatory, statewide municipal water cut of 25 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown announced in April, though those cuts didn't go into effect until June. (Those 25 percent reductions did not apply to agriculture, which uses an…
  • The Threatened Atlantic Puffins Are Nesting And It's Adorable

    Luke Whelan
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Atlantic puffins are back...for now. After spending much of the year on the open sea, the photogenic birds have made their annual trip to the North Atlantic shores of Maine, Newfoundland, and the United Kingdom to breed. Click here to read our feature on Atlantic Puffins But as Rowan Jacobsen reported in a Mother Jones feature last summer, rising ocean temperatures have taken a huge toll on these seabirds. Cold-water thriving zooplankton, critical to the Gulf of Maine's food web, have reached their lowest numbers ever, forcing the fish that puffins feed to their young to go elsewhere for…
  • Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

    Maddie Oatman
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural subsidies and public school lunches, so they're fairly influential. When the committee tasked with making scientific recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines released its report this year, it ruffled some feathers. For the first time it included concerns about the environmental issues linked to certain dietary patterns and agricultural practices—for…
 
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  • Scott Walker's Office Was Part of a Sneaky Effort to Keep His Records Private

    Russ Choma
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Update (7/7/15): Gov. Scott Walker's office has confirmed in a statement that it was involved with the measure to change Wisconsin's open-records law to block access to many currently available government documents. The statement was released after Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) acknowledged that Walker's office took part in discussions to slip the changes into a last-minute budget bill. Fitzgerald said the governor's office had specifically cited the volume of requests it receives as one reason for the measure. Another Wisconsin Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dale Kooyenga,…
  • These GOP Candidates Are Standing Behind Donald Trump

    Allie Gross
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Following Donald Trump's controversial comments suggesting that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" who bring drugs and crime to America, his fellow 2016 contenders have largely condemned his inflammatory remarks. But a handful of Republican hopefuls have either defended the real estate mogul or, in one case, fled a question on the subject to avoid going on the record. Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson are standing behind Trump. They have defended (even applauded) the billionaire, in what might be attempts to appeal to conservatives opposed to immigration reform. Continue Reading »
  • What Really Happened With Jesse Jackson's Reddit Appearance

    Josh Harkinson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    You may have read about the situation at Reddit, the online community that devolved into mutinous turmoil after the firing of a popular employee last week. Well, I was pretty close to the center of the storm, and I can tell you that there's more to the story. The fired employee, Victoria Taylor, coordinated the "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) forum, where celebrities and regular people ranging from Bill Murray and President Obama to some random vacuum-cleaner repairman answer Redditors' questions in real time. In response to Taylor's dismissal, the site's army of volunteer moderators shut down…
  • Teddy Roosevelt Was Obsessed With Making the Dollar Look Like the Greek Drachma

    James West
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    After Sunday's decisive vote to reject a financial bailout offer, Greece may now be inching closer to leaving the eurozone—the collection of 19 countries that maintains the euro. If it does, it will need a new currency, of course, likely the drachma—the name of Greece's currency going back to ancient times. Ancient Greek drachma coins, as it happens, were famous for their artistry, especially the handcrafted, high-relief designs—three-dimensional and elaborate—that rose from the faces of the coins. Many coins from Athens featured an owl, the bird representing the…
  • "You Might Very Well Be the Cause of Cancer": Read Bernie Sanders' 1970s-Era Essays

    Tim Murphy
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    Last month Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent socialist seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, repudiated a 1972 essay he wrote for the Vermont Freeman, an alternative newspaper, which included depictions of a rape fantasy from male and female perspectives. On Meet the Press, he dismissed the article as a "piece of fiction" exploring gender stereotypes—"something like Fifty Shades of Grey." Yet as the New York Times recently reported, during his years as a contributor to the Freeman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sanders often wrote about sexual norms, as he…
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  • Solar Power Is Mostly for the Affluent. Here's Obama's Plan to Spread the Wealth Around.

    Tim McDonnell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rooftop solar power systems cost a lot less these days than they did five or 10 years ago, and with many solar companies now offering leases and loans, it's safe to say that going solar is more affordable than even before. That trend goes a long way to explaining why solar, while still making up less than 1 percent of the total US energy mix, is the fastest-growing power source in the country. But access to solar power is still overwhelmingly skewed toward affluent households. Of the roughly 645,000 homes and business with rooftop solar panels in the US, less than 5 percent are households…
  • Stop Buying in Bulk

    Eric Holthaus
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're like me, you writhe in guilt-ridden anguish each time you forget to bring your canvas tote to the grocery store. But in the rare times we do remember our reusable bags, Americans tend not to think much about what we actually put inside them, according to a new survey. The takeaway: We waste a lot of extra food (and money) simply because we don't shop often enough. As big of a problem as it is, food waste rarely makes the news. There was some buzz a while back about France's…
  • BP Set To Pay Largest Environmental Fine in US History for Gulf Oil Spill

    Dominic Rushe
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The US justice department, along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, all sued BP for damages not covered by the company's earlier settlements with businesses and individuals harmed by the worst offshore spill in US history. The settlement ends all litigation between BP,…
  • Police Say the Biggest Pot Raid in Years Wasn't Really About Pot

    Josh Harkinson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    There were helicopters, SWAT teams, and nearly 100,000 marijuana plants yanked out of the ground, but last week's massive raid in Northern California's rugged Emerald Triangle was not your father's pot bust. Carried out by county law enforcement with no help from the DEA, it targeted private landowners—and not just because they were growing pot, police say, but because they were illegally sucking some 500,000 gallons of water a day from a section of the nearby Eel river that is now stagnant and moss-ridden. In short, the cops say this was as much a water raid as a pot raid. One…
  • The Supreme Court Just Stopped the EPA From Making the Earth a Safer Place

    Gregory Barber
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down sweeping regulations that would limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants from power plants, extending a debate that has started and sputtered for nearly 20 years. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that the EPA's refusal to consider costs to energy companies in its decision to regulate emissions was an unreasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act. "The agency gave cost no thought at all," wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, who penned the majority opinion joined by the Court's more conservative justices, adding that the EPA had strayed far beyond…
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  • Here's What Happens When You Ask a Bunch of Hippie Kids to Act Like Correctional Officers

    Michael Mechanic
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It has taken Hollywood more than four decades to turn the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment into a feature film, but not for lack of trying. There have been numerous attempts, retired psychology professor Philip Zimbardo told me. One involved Leonardo DiCaprio, whose father, George, was one of his students. But they kept falling through, either due to the whims of Hollywood or because Zimbardo found the treatments "too grandiose." To use the university's name in The Stanford Prison Experiment movie, which hits theaters on July 17, producer Brent Emery had to agree that he would portray the…
  • Music Review: "Up in the Pine" by Heather Woods

    Jon Young
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    TRACK 1 "Up in the Pine" From Heather Woods Broderick's Glider WESTERN VINYL Liner notes: Prepare for liftoff (or vertigo) on this shimmering fusion of visceral, ethereal sounds, featuring acoustic guitars, murmuring synths, and swirling voices. Behind the music: A member of Sharon Van Etten's band, the Portland, Oregon, resident has cited everyone from Neil Young to William Faulkner as an influence. Check it out if you like: Sound manipulators like Juana Molina and Julianna Barwick. We couldn't find a video for "Up in the Pine" online, but that doesn't mean you can't get a feel for Woods…
  • Tom Tomorrow Celebrates 25 Years of Cartooning With a Massive Retrospective

    Dave Gilson
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tom Tomorrow The average lifespan of an Antarctic emperor penguin is 15 to 20 years. The average lifespan of an American comic strip is probably far shorter. Both are reasons to celebrate the 25th anniversary of This Modern World, Tom Tomorrow's unconventional political comic strip starring the endearingly acerbic Sparky the penguin. Earlier this year, Tomorrow (AKA Dan Perkins) was nominated for a Pulitzer—not bad for an independent cartoonist who got his start in zines and alt-weeklies and survived the bumpy switch from newsprint to pixels, not to mention two Bush…
  • Music Review: "Alerado (Take 2)" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Jon Young
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    TRACK 2 "Alerado (Take 2)" From Duke Ellington & His Orchestra's The Conny Plank Session GRÖNLAND Liner notes: Get your cool on, '70s style, with a swinging mix of lounge organ, breezy flute, and brassy orchestral flourishes. Finger snapping encouraged. Behind the music: German producer and sound engineer Conny Plank collaborated with Ellington on this unreleased session before he became known for his work with Kraftwerk and Eurythmics. Check it out if you like: Later Duke (not as consistent but still rewarding). We couldn't find audio for "Alerado (Take 2)" online, but that doesn't…
  • 3.5 Minutes, 10 Bullets, and 1 Racially Charged Tragedy

    Hannah Levintova
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Black Friday 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was sitting with three friends in a car at a Florida gas station, cranked up the rap on the stereo. Three and a half minutes later, he was dead, shot at 10 times by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man bristling at the black teens' "thug music." In a new documentary, 3-1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, director Marc Silver explores the perfect storm of racism and lax gun laws that led to the killing. The film, which opened in theaters this month, comes at a time when a lot of racially motivated tragedies have been in the news—the…
 
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