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The End of Civil Rights

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:51 PM

Across immigration, policing, criminal justice, and voting rights, the attorney general is pushing an agenda that could erase many of the legal gains of modern America’s defining movement.

The future of the GOP looks a lot like this fast-growing community in Florida

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Republicans’ political future looks a lot like this vibrant, fast-growing, Trump-friendly retirement community outside of Orlando.

‘I Can’t Go Without My Son,’ a Mother Pleaded as She Was Deported to Guatemala

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:16 PM

They’d had a plan: Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez packed up what little she had in Guatemala and traveled across Mexico with her 8-year-old son, Anthony. In a group, they rafted across the Rio Grande into Texas.

Kids who cross the border meet with therapists and social workers. What they say can be used against them.

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Undocumented kids in custody at the border think they’re getting help when they talk with a social worker or clinical psychologist, but what they say is often used to keep them in detention longer or even deport them, lawyers who work with these children say.

Thinking About a Trade War (Very Wonkish)

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Until fairly recently, I didn’t really think we were going to have a trade war.

What Did the Romans Ever Do for Us?

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:51 PM

For some reason I’ve been feeling the urge to write too much the past couple of days. I just put out a monster piece on trade war, but still have another itch to scratch, this time about Roman history, with relevance to current events. OK, that should be a red flag right there.

This Predictive Policing Company Compares Its Software to ‘Broken Windows’ Policing

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:56 PM

Police training documents from PredPol, a company that sells predictive policing software, shows that the company considers its software to be comparable to a “broken windows” policing strategy that has led to overpolicing of minority communities and is widely believed to be ineffective.

Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 7:46 PM

“Modern copyright rules fit for the digital age” is how the European Commission describes its proposals for the first major overhaul of EU copyright law since 2001.

The Bullshit-Job Boom

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, including their authors’.

Doctors Concerned About 'Irreparable Harm' To Separated Migrant Children

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 11:21 PM

In South Texas, pediatricians started sounding the alarm weeks ago as migrant shelters began filling up with younger children separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

No one is opening those emails about privacy updates, and marketers are getting nervous

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:36 PM

You’ve probably received a bunch of emails from companies telling you that they’re changing their privacy policies, and perhaps asking you for permission to keep sending you email. And, if you’re like most Americans, those emails went straight into the trash.

Are Americans Fleeing Cities for Suburbs? Not So Fast.

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Basic comparisons of population growth rates don’t tell the whole story, and they misrepresent important questions about where people really want to live. Every year, in the late spring, the Census Bureau releases its latest population estimates for the nation’s municipalities.

'Prison-like' migrant youth shelter is understaffed, unequipped for Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy, insider says

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Colleagues at a government-contracted shelter in Arizona had a specific request for Antar Davidson when three Brazilian migrant children arrived: “Tell them they can’t hug.”Davidson, 32, is of Brazilian descent and speaks Portuguese.

Data protection laws are shining a needed light on a secretive industry

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Regardless of where we live, we all benefit from data protection laws – companies must us show how they profit off our information When Marc Zuckerberg testified before both the House and the Senate last month, it became immediately obvious that few US lawmakers had any appetite to regulat…

US expected to withdraw from UN human rights council: report

Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:47 AM

The U.S. is reportedly planning to pull out of the UN’s Human Rights Council after clashes over key issues such as Israel. U.S.