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Kaine Orders Independent Investigation

washingtonpost.com — Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) ordered an independent review yesterday of Virginia Tech's handling of Monday's massacre after 24 hours of criticism that the university waited too long to inform students and faculty of a potential danger.

The Great Republican Crack-up

propublica.org — Don Phillips sat down at his desk at the Mandalay banquet hall along the interstate just south of Dayton, Ohio, and composed an angry letter to the congressman from the adjoining district, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the country, then-House Speaker John Boehner. What has Congress done to solve any of these problems that affect all Americans?

Peabody Energy's Disappearing Health Benefits

newrepublic.com — "It's rather extraordinary," said Robert Bruno, director of the University of Illinois-Chicago's School of Employer-Labor Relations. "It's just a more elaborate attempt to detach the employer from any kind of legacy obligations for their employees, a further abdication, or departure, from the post-war era's contract in which employers bore some responsibility...Now that model of providing some level of social insurance has been torn asunder, and the burdens have been handed to the individual worker."

Alec MacGillis: Third Wheel

newrepublic.com — Yet another attempt to upend the two-party system. There is a movement afoot in the land, but I don't mean the one amid the tarps at Zuccotti Park. Instead, it's a 148-person operation headquartered in a tenth-floor office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington decorated with sleek posters that proclaim, "Make My Vote Count" and "Open Up The Ballot."

Baltimore : The Third Rail

baltimore.citybizlist.com — The Baltimore riot of April 27, 2015, started with a shutdown of public transportation. When students got out of Frederick Douglass High and other nearby schools that Monday afternoon, just after Freddie Gray's memorial service had concluded, and headed for Mondawmin Mall, the transit hub for some 5,000 of them, they found several hundred police waiting, mobilized by social media rumors of an after-school rampage that would start at the mall and head toward downtown, three miles away.

The rise of zombie liberalism: Half-dead, half-alive

washingtonpost.com — The American left is exultant: Expanding civil rights and the retreat of discrimination on race, gender and now sexual orientation mark major milestones for the traditional liberal worldview. The American left is in mourning: Income inequality has soared to levels not seen since the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties, anti-tax orthodoxy is ascendant on the right, the safety net is under attack, and labor unions are barely hanging on.

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The Big Split: Why Hedge Fund Honchos Turned Against Obama

newrepublic.com — Why the hedge fund world loved Obama in 2008-and viscerally despises him today. In May 2007, when Barack Obama was but an upstart challenger of Hillary Clinton, he attended a gathering of several dozen hedge fund managers hosted by Goldman Sachs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Third Rail

placesjournal.org — The Baltimore riot of April 27, 2015, started with a shutdown of public transportation. When students got out of Frederick Douglass High and other nearby schools that Monday afternoon, just after Freddie Gray's memorial service had concluded, and headed for Mondawmin Mall, the transit hub for some 5,000 of them, they found several hundred police waiting, mobilized by social media rumors of an after-school rampage that would start at the mall and head toward downtown, three miles away.

The Referendum That Could Have Saved Flint

psmag.com — Michigan's voters decided to scrap the kind of super-empowered emergency managers who made questionable decisions in Flint-but state lawmakers found a way to revive the program.
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Jul 23, 2016

@jmartNYT @speechboy71 @KevinMKruse Agreed. Point is that sending kids to public schools in Richmond carried meaning, couldn't be finessed.

Jul 22, 2016

@CarlNyberg312 Huh? Some are painting him as southern conservative. His being fair housing atty and making these personal choices relevant.

Jul 22, 2016

Lefty criticism of Kaine on economic issues has basis. Partly due to VA, land of Tysons Corner, lacking org labor tradition of Rust Belt.

Jul 22, 2016

@chris_merriam Though I also think (not w/o self-interest), that very few other senators even sent their kids to "City or Poly" equivalents.

Jul 22, 2016

@chris_merriam Believe me, I had same thought (and I would know...). My hunch is that Richmond's smaller scale allows for less such route.

Jul 22, 2016

RT @KevinMKruse: Wife's dad was Gov. Linwood Holton. When whites fled busing in Richmond, he enrolled his kids in its public schools.  https://twitter.com/AlecMacGillis/status/756686396631441409 

Jul 22, 2016

Demo's of Richmond public schools, where Kaine & wife sent their kids: 75% African-American, 13% Hispanic, 9% white, 75% free/reduced lunch.

Jul 22, 2016

Kaine was the person who showed NRA could be beaten--even in its home state. Has had an F-rating from it for years, yet won race after race.


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