By Michael Bryan
Alas, I have not found a good solution for noting web articles and posting them here to the blog since Digg changed its business model. So, for now, I’m going to try a bi-weekly compilation of the best I’ve read so far that week.
Unavoidably, some of the articles will be a few days old, because I’ll be compiling throughout the week and posting (hopefully) twice a week: on Wednesdays and on Sundays (alongside Blue Meanie’s Calendar and Editorial Cartoon posts). I’ll try to stick to articles of note that will stand the test of a little time, or more considered looks at the breaking news of the week.
So, here we go after the “Continue Reading…”.
- In case you missed my stand-alone post on this piece, the New York Times Magazine had an excellent long-form article on the groundwater crisis in Arizona: “The Water Wars of Arizona”
- Initiative drives across the country are addressing the problem of gerrymandering: “Drive Against Gerrymandering Finds New Life in Ballot Initiatives”
- The AZ GOP is apparently just fine with the anti-Muslim bigotry of Rep. Paul Gosar: “Arizona GOP Silent After Congressman Gosar Rallies With Anti-Muslim Activists”
- Patriotism correlates with support for immigration, not the opposite: “Patriotic Americans are Pro-Immigration”
- Former NJ Gov. Christine Todd Whitman calls for GOP officials to demand Trump resign: “GOP ex-gov to Republicans: Call on Trump to step down”
- The poorest Americans are propping up economic growth with sub-prime borrowing; are we setting the stage for another debt crisis?: “America’s economic growth has come from subprime borrowing by the poorest 60%”
- Trump (and his GOP supporters) seem to have forgotten that tariffs are taxes, and that they are supposed to hate taxes: “Trump makes his trade war pitch: “Tariffs are the greatest!””
- The sitting U.S. Attorney General chants “Lock her up!” about private citizen Hillary Clinton: “Sessions Laughs, Repeats ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant While Addressing High Schoolers”
- Dark money is flooding into our elections and the power brokers behind it don’t want you to be able to vote here in Arizona to shine a light on it: “Dirty money boys (and girls) want to bury your vote”
- Martha McSally is touting her access to and good relations with Trump on the stump: “In Arizona’s Senate race, Martha McSally cozies up to Donald Trump”
- Thomas Frank explains why Democrats lost the white working class.
- Don’t be afraid of Democratic candidates being too liberal; be afraid of them being too boring: “Democrats Are Moving Left. Don’t Panic”
- “2 new polls give Democrats a double-digit lead in the 2018 generic ballot”
- Trouble comes for Trump from an entirely new direction – the Emoluments Clause: “In Ruling Against Trump, Judge Defines Anticorruption Clauses in Constitution for First Time”
- Kyrsten Sinema is out-spending Martha McSally in the television air war for Arizona’s Senate seat by almost 3:1: “Here’s what Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally have spent to stay on your TV screens”
- Apparently, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce thinks you shouldn’t have a choice to spend more on our children’s education: “Arizona Chamber Files Court Challenge Vs. Invest In Ed Initiative”