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Reminder: I’m doing an FDL Book Salon this afternoon at 5pm, EDT. Here is my intro to the political aspects of the argument made in Grounded. Hope to see everyone there!
Three salient takeaways from Phillip Longman’s excellent piece explaining why Texas is not the model for economic development that Republicans would like to think it is: Economic growth in Texas has been relatively rapid, but it has been driven almost entirely by 1)immigration (not migration from other states) and 2)the oil and gas boom. Per [...]
The first thing I noticed when reading this Gallup poll of what concerns Americans is how low environmental issues and climate change are on the list. The second thing I noticed is how Republicans are concerned primarily with resentment and fear while Democrats are concerned with equity and a fair shake for people. And at [...]
Ever more bizarre… Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia announced on Saturday afternoon that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing as the result of deliberate action by someone aboard. Mr. Najib also said that search efforts in the South China Sea had been ended, and that technical experts [...]
It’s a stupid question, and whether intentionally or not asking it is rape apologia.
I don’t need to read any of these children’s books to know Rush Limbaugh deserves the Children’s Choice Book Award for his no doubt outstanding magnum opus, “Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans.” I think you know you need to force your children to “choose” this book for America and [...]
Yesterday, the Senate finally reached a deal to extend unemployment benefits (with the extension applied retroactively.) Whew. Since the parties are now essentially indistinguishably neoliberal on economic policy, I assume getting this through the House will just be a formality: House conservatives moved quickly Thursday to condemn an agreement struck by a bipartisan group of [...]
Mike Elk’s long piece on southern white masculinity and the defeat of the UAW in Chattanooga is well worth your time. There’s a long history in the South of working-class whites showing political deference to their social and financial superiors and it came to play again in Chattanooga. This deference is based on ideas of [...]
Bruce Ackerman just released the third book in his We the People series on American constitutionalism. Very roughly, the argument he’s making is that the Reconstruction and New Deal eras should be seen as establishing new constitutional orders (although the new constitutional order established by the latter left few traces in the text of the [...]
If there’s one thing I learned when the gun nuts attacked me in late 2012, it’s that conservatives take the specifics of language very seriously and abhor violence. That’s why I expect this person from American Family Radio to be attacked like I was in approximately never days. That is the nonsense that they teach [...]
US News has just published data on class of 2013 law school graduate debt. Matt Leichter points out that an unusually large number of ABA schools — 14 out of 201 — chose not to reveal this figure to US News (Schools are required to report these numbers to the ABA Section of Legal Education, [...]
On March 14, 1954, the great labor film Salt of the Earth, a fictionalized version of a 1950 Mine, Mill strike in the zinc mines of southwestern New Mexico, premiered despite being lambasted as a communist plot, subjected to police harassment, and having one of its leads deported to Mexico. On October 17, 1950, miners [...]
The U.S. military’s use of film during World War II was remarkable. The bravery of the cameramen, risking and often losing their lives, in taking this footage is amazing. Of course, it took good direction to turn unbelievable footage into a good film. In The Battle of San Pietro, John Huston did that. The Shores [...]
Columbia University named the 2014 winners for the Bancroft Prize today, which is the most prestigious prize in the field of U.S. history. This year’s winners are both close to LGM’s heart. One winner was Ira Katznelson’s Fear Itself, which Scott reviewed here. The other winner is Ari Kelman’s A Misplaced Massacre. We can all [...]
It’s almost NCAA Tournament time! I have reactivated the LGM Tourney Challenge League, but if you’re new the Challenge, here’s the info: League Name: Lawyers, Guns and Money Password: zevon As always, the owner of the winning bracket will receive general acclaim and a prize of his or her choice.
The Supreme Court’s odious ruling on the Medicaid expansion in NFIB v. Sebelius has had awful direct effects, leading to millions of people being denied health care. But, as Alec Macgillis notes, it’s also had important political consequences: By this logic, Democratic candidates in 2014 should be running as fast as they can from Obamacare. [...]
The American Federation of Government Employees released an interesting press release today: The American Federation of Government Employees today expressed its profound disappointment regarding a plea deal that will allow one of two inmates charged with killing a correctional officer in 2008 to escape the death penalty. The case involves Jose Rivera, a 22-year-old correctional [...]
I look forward to Republicans discovering the interstates are a socialist program and thus Interstate 5 Brought to You by Microsoft can be a pothole-ridden road that would make no nation proud: “Socialism, defined on Wikipedia, ‘is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of [...]
For some of these women, this will probably be the most lucrative work their Ph.D. will ever get them.
That’s today’s headline. Tomorrow’s will be: “Paul Ryan insists he has no idea why he thought of the word ‘inarticulate’ to describe racially insensitive remarks.” NOTE: I’m posting links to what I’m writing elsewhere because the conversations generated by them strike me — for the most part — as really interesting. I promise, though, that [...]