- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Manning Outrage:
- Poynter looks at how media are covering the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the commentaries is this one by Robert G. Kaiser, now an associate editor of the Washington Post, who was a summer intern in 1963. He wrote about why the paper “blew” its coverage of the march, noting that it was “poised and ready for a riot, for trouble, for unexpected events — but not for history to be made.”
- No more water-skiing for her says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The National Constitution Center reports on what Supreme Court justices have been saying in interviews and speeches and just off-the-cuff remarks during their summer vacation:
“I don’t water-ski anymore,” Justice Ginsburg said. “I haven’t gone horseback riding in four years. I haven’t ruled that out entirely. But water-skiing, those days are over.”Antonin Scalia spent his time trashing civil rights for LGBTs. Just like when he's not on vacation.
She also doesn’t plan to give up serving on the Court, even though she’ll turn 81 during its next term.
- Tennessee Greens sue over "unconstitutional" photo ID law:
Alan Woodruff, an attorney in Gray, Tenn., who has represented the Green Party in previous lawsuits, said he filed the complaint Monday morning in the Eastern District of Tennessee. [...]
“There is no justification for having the photo ID requirement, as there is no such thing as voter fraud,” said Woodruff, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year as the Democratic nominee in the 1st Congressional District and might run again in 2014. “It’s overly burdensome. It affects minorities and the progressive-leaning voter more than the typical Republican conservative, and it was intended to.”
- Wisconsin lawmaker seeks to make English the state's official language. Republican Rep. Andre Jacque says this would encourage immigrants to learn the language and give themselves a better chance to get ahead. The bill does not include funding for English as a second language classes:
Democratic Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa of Milwaukee said her district includes the largest number of Hispanics in the state. She said the measure would prevent her from including Spanish translations with her constituent newsletters.
"This is going to be detrimental to Jacque's party," she said. "Many Republicans saw the writing on the wall after the elections of 2012. This only hurts the Republican Party's ambitions to hopefully grow a Latino constituency."
- Report: Cut carbon emissions—improve economy:
Work from an international effort to model climate change’s effects show that the more carbon emissions humanity cuts, the better the global economy will perform over the next century. The report is part of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was set up by the United Nations to offer a comprehensive assessment of climate science. [...]
By the end of the century, the global economy would be well over $100 trillion larger under the most ambitious policies to reduce carbon emissions, versus the business-as-usual scenario.
- The Leveraged Buyout of America:
Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. They are systematically buying up or gaining control of the essential lifelines of the economy. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?
- Court unseals 1975 audiotape of Gerald Ford testifying about "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate him.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show: Syria and Cyrus. The standoff no one could have predicted: Minutemen vs. Arpaio deputies. Washington Times'new angle on the guy who sneezed and shot himself. The vast right-wing ripoff machine. Hunter on the anti-vax church that mysteriously suffered an outbreak of measles. Despite Antoinette Tuff's unarmed heroics (and TWO accidental discharges by school security officers in the last week), the principal still thinks the answer is armed guards. The "Trump University" fraud. Phyllis Schlafly accidentally owns up to the voter suppression goal of shutting down early voting. Coburn rediscovers his crazybones.
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