Monthly Archive: July, 2014

US Sentencing Commission votes unanimously to reduce sentences of nonviolent drug offenders retroactively

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  The U.S. Sentencing Commission has passed a measure that will reduce sentences for nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons.  These reductions will be applied retroactively.  As the Wall Street Journal reports: The… Continue reading

Held Hostage: Immigration Reform

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In 2012, President Barack Obama won reelection with a staggering 71 percent of the Latino vote. But it seems the tides have turned. Janet Murguía – the leader of the National Council of… Continue reading

The Roundup!

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It’s been a big week for the blog — over 10,000 visitors! Thanks for reading, and supporting our work. And shout out to new contributor Angie Hoxie! Here’s the Roundup: Jeremy’s Picks: Dueling… Continue reading

Part II: The War of the Rebellion

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This is the third installment of a series of long-form essays on race, history and politics. Previous installments can be found here: Prologue Part I No man can serve two masters: for either… Continue reading

Dystopian Film Snowpiercer Mirrors Real Life Class Disparities

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There’s been a growing trend in cinema of underclass discontent with elite oligarchies. Many of these films are dystopian, futuristic, and post-apocalyptic. The most well known franchise in the genre is The Hunger… Continue reading

Populations of Regulation — Intro

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“Regulation” is a topic that surfaces often in contemporary American political debate. Typically one finds Republican lawmakers in stark, total opposition to regulation, whereas the opposite tendency is found in Democrats, who tend… Continue reading

What the Television We Watch Can Tell Us About Our Politics: West Wing versus House of Cards

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In 1999, NBC premiered Aaron Sorkin’s new series The West Wing, a television show that follows the life of fictional President Josiah Bartlet and his staff. It was two years before 9/11, and… Continue reading

Part I: Ships Passing in the Night

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This is the second installment of a series of long-form essays on race, history and politics. Previous installments can be found here: Prologue Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee, I… Continue reading

New York City Arrests Subway Dancers

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New York City police have begun cracking down on subway dancers under the justification of “quality of life violations.” This is part of a general quality of life campaign conducted by Police Commissioner… Continue reading