Trump Drops Citizenship Question, Orders Count From Existing Records

Just a week after insisting that he was “absolutely moving forward,” President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census. He directed federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases instead.

Via: RealClearPolitics


Why The Future Is Bright For 100% Clean Energy

A city in Texas with oil derricks on its license plates. A Kansas town devastated by a tornado. An isolated Alaskan island, known for its huge bears. What do they have in common? All are in red states, yet their electricity is generated from 100 percent renewable energy sources. And in all three places, the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy was found to be more economical and their leaders claim power bills are lower after the switch.

Via: WhoWhatWhy


Margaret Renkl Weaves Personal And Natural History In ‘Late Migrations’

Individually, the pieces in Renkl’s new book are polished jewels and indeed 10 of them have been published in The New York Times, where she is a contributing opinion writer. Renkl is a clear-eyed observer of Southern culture. She’s also a gorgeous writer. Join her for a discussion of her work tonight at Parnassus Books.

Via: Nashville Scene


The War Against Gerrymandering Successfully Goes On

Despite the drama of a showdown at the Supreme Court, the fight over gerrymandering was never only about winning in the federal courts. The fight against gerrymandering has always been a war with multiple fronts, including state courts, the ballot box, the nation’s legislatures, and Congress. And on those other fronts, it is a fight that is not only going well but producing victory after victory.

Via: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Good Works

Hillbillies Need No Elegy

In the new book “Appalachian Reckoning,” dozens of mountain voices combine to talk back to J.D. Vance’s best-selling “Hillbilly Elegy.” And to demonstrate that it is a range of truths — hard to sum up — that makes Appalachia, like America, a place to rally around and a place to love.

Via: Bitter Southerner


Preaching Faith In Democracy

A movement spreading across the country since the 2016 election evokes a church. Its teachings? Civic engagement. It’s called Civic Saturdays.

Via: New York Times


Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Just Applauded Brett Kavanaugh

“There is a very important first on the Supreme Court this term, and it’s thanks to our new justice, Justice Kavanaugh, whose entire staff is all women. All of his law clerks are women,” she said on Tuesday while speaking to a packed auditorium at Georgetown University’s Law School. “And with his four women as law clerks, it’s the first time in the history of the United States that there have been more women clerking at the court than men.”

Via: Salon


Spend Summers Like You Barbecue: Low, Slow And With No Shortcuts

“Summer, for some reason, seems to be the shortest of seasons. So you should want to savor it, not make it go faster. Just put your phone down and be in the moment. Take your time and kind of let the day happen. Get a pair of shorts and your flip flops, or deck shoes — or whatever it is you wear — and enjoy yourself.” – Al Roker

Via: NBC News


Oregon Just Passed The Best Family Leave Law In The U.S.

Many were singing the praises of Oregon’s law on Monday, touting it as the most inclusive in the country for a few reasons: The bar to get paid leave benefits is low. Nearly all workers in the state will have access to the benefit, including those who work part time. You just have to earn at least $1,000 in wages a year to qualify.

Via: HuffPost