Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The awesome world of the future:
What you may have missed on Sunday Kos …
• Another way to visualize gerrymandering: Measuring the competitiveness of state legislatures, by Steve Singiser
• Don't suffer internet trolls gladly, by Denise Oliver Velez
• Will 'bitter' voters keep clinging to Trump? by Jon Perr
• It sucks to be a woman in the United States, by Susan Grigsby
• The revolutionary conflict of our civilization is being televised, by Frank Vyan Walton
• As Trump attacks and divides, liberals must be the glue that unites the victims of his vile vitriol, by Egberto Willies
• Would this be an improvement over current retirement savings?
We need a bolder plan, which we are calling the guaranteed retirement account (G.R.A.). Under our proposal, all workers and employers will have to make regular payments into a G.R.A., which builds until retirement age, then pays out a supplemental stream of income until that person and his or her beneficiary die.
The current system — a mix of 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts (I.R.A.s) — is broken. These plans are individually directed, voluntary and leaky. Just over half of workers don’t have access to a workplace retirement plan. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, Americans between the ages of 40 and 55 have retirement savings of $14,500, when they will need between 20 and 30 times that amount. Many people take money out before they retire. And the wealthy tend to pay lower fees and get higher subsidies for their savings.
• Sanders backs Obama’s executive action on guns:
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday offered his support for President Obama's plan to enact stricter gun control laws via executive action, while Republican candidates threatened to roll it back if elected.
"I would prefer that we could have bipartisan support, but the truth is Republicans are not interested in doing anything about gun safety," the Vermont independent senator said on CNN's "State of the Union," according to The Washington Times.
• E-mail shows Hillary Clinton quietly supported marriage equality in Maryland referendum:
The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails made public by the State Department reveals she made an effort in 2012 to help with passage of same-sex marriage in Maryland, even though at the time she had yet to come out for gay nuptials.
• Affirmative action for white Protestants:
When the Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case about affirmative-action at the University of Texas, the headlines were mostly about Justice Antonin Scalia’s assertion that some black students might be better served by less demanding colleges. This is an argument we never hear when it comes to legacy admissions, the policies some colleges have of giving preference to students whose parents attended the school.
• China backs off coal:
China says it will not approve any new coal mines for the next three years. The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) says more than 1,000 existing mines will also be closed over the coming year, reducing total coal production by 70 million tons.
Analysts say this is the first time Beijing has put a ban on the opening of new mines: the move has been prompted both by falling demand for coal as a result of a slowing economy and by increasing public concern about hazardous levels of pollution, which have blanketed many cities across the country over recent months.
• On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we stayed stuck on the Gimmetarian insurrectionists, with an assist from Armando. For such a stupid story, it sure has implications that run deep, and in multiple directions. Plus, Texas open carry begins, and a Texan gun lover admits a #GunFAIL.
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