Michigan has a smart idea for fixing gerrymandering. Conservatives want to crush it.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 6:17 PM

Reformers hoping to rein in partisan gerrymandering have a big idea that’s caught on in several states: handing the redistricting power over to an independent commission, rather than politicians in the legislature, as Michigan’s electorate voted to do last year.

Elizabeth Warren leads Joe Biden in ranked-choice poll

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 6:17 PM

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the crowded Democratic field — but under a “ranked-choice” system designed to suss out the majority’s ultimate preference, Sen.

The 20-year argument between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren over bankruptcy, explained

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4:27 AM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first Democratic 2020 hopeful to take a direct swing at former Vice President Joe Biden since he got into the race, accusing him of being “on the side of the credit companies” in a fight that launched her political career a decade ago.

Every game should copy Death Stranding’s “Very Easy Mode”

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Last week, the team behind Death Stranding discussed the game’s “Very Easy Mode” publicly for the first time. The mode, according to┬áDirector Hideo Kojima’s assistant Ayako Terashima, is designed for “[people] who usually don’t play game[s], movie fans or RPG fans.

The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Human brains aren’t built for self-rule, says Shawn Rosenberg. That’s more evident than ever. Everything was unfolding as it usually does.

NY Payroll Company Vanishes With $35 Million

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

MyPayrollHR, a now defunct cloud-based payroll processing firm based in upstate New York, abruptly ceased operations this past week after stiffing employees at thousands of companies.

There’s a Weird Mass Extinction Everyone Forgets, Scientists Say

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Life on Earth has diversified into countless forms over the course of billions of years, but it hasn’t always been a smooth ride.

Trump demanded retraction after NWS disputed his false hurricane claim

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 9:58 PM

The White House pressured the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration into backing President Trump over weather forecasters who disputed Trump’s incorrect claim that Hurricane Dorian would likely strike Alabama, according to news reports.

Nuclear power’s controversial role in the fight against climate change, explained

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8:06 PM

One of the more vexing and heated debates in climate policy has to do with the role of nuclear power in decarbonization. Is it helpful or not? Necessary or not? Almost every Democratic candidate was asked the question during the CNN climate forum on Wednesday.

Smaller communities are “seceding” from larger school districts. It’s accelerating school segregation.

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:20 PM

America’s schools are becoming increasingly segregated, research has found, with black and Latino students attending schools that are more likely to be predominately non-white and low-income than that of their white peers.

Job growth is slowing, but the US economy is doing just fine

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 4:10 PM

Job growth slowed again in August, with 130,000 new jobs added to the US economy, compared to 159,000 positions created in July, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The slowdown suggests that the severe labor shortage is holding back economic growth.

6 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s climate town hall

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 9:16 PM

CNN’s climate crisis town hall on Wednesday night was an unprecedented seven hours of discussion on climate change with 10 of the Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. It was also the most substantive discussion of climate change policies ever broadcast on primetime television.

But how will they pay for it?

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 1:33 AM

Since the climate change townhall is happening, here’s a piece I wrote for Wired about it last month, based on some ideas of Jeff Colgan, Jessica Green and Thomas Hale. —————-…

An appeal to the WHATWG Posted on 2018-09-11

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 10:28 PM

As you may know, I co-maintain the uri-generic egg, together with Ivan Raikov. We had just been working on fixing a bug and porting it to CHICKEN 5 when I stumbled across the WHATWG URL specification, an evolution over RFC 3986.

Scoop: Trump allies raise money to target reporters

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 10:18 PM

Why it matters: Trump’s war on the media is expanding. This group will target reporters and editors, while other GOP 2020 entities go after the social media platforms, alleging bias, officials tell us.