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Are Republicans Abandoning Democracy?

December 10, 2018

In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. We all used to agree to rules that apply uniformly whether those we favor win or lose. Now, many Republicans are abandoning that guardrail of democracy.

Via: Washington Post

America’s New Religions

December 9, 2018

Evangelical leaders have turned Christianity into a political and social identity, not a lived faith, and much of their flock – a staggering 81 percent voted for Trump – have signed on. And because their faith is unmoored but their religious impulse is strong, they seek a replacement for religion. This is why they could suddenly rally to a cult called Trump.

Via: New York Magazine

‘Damaged goods’: Alleged Fraud Has GOP Bracing For Loss Of N.C. Seat

December 8, 2018

With a special election in response to alleged voter fraud looking increasingly likely, ex-Marine Dan McCready is scrambling to reassemble his campaign. And McCready, who’s currently trailing Republican victor Mark Harris by 905 votes, would have the inside track, political operatives from both parties say.

Via: Politico

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Mental Models: The Best Way To Make Intelligent Decisions

December 9, 2018

To help you build your latticework of mental models so you can make better decisions, Farnam Street has collected and summarized the ones they’ve found the most useful. And remember: Building your latticework is a lifelong project. Stick with it, and you’ll find that your ability to understand reality, make consistently good decisions, and help those you love will always be improving.

Via: Farnam Street

Wins

Everybody Loves Redistricting Reform

December 8, 2018

State ballot measures to fix gerrymandering did strikingly well this year with both Democratic and Republican voters.

Via: Brennan Center For Justice

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

Democracy Won The Midterm Elections

November 14, 2018

The 2018 midterm election season proved to be fertile ground for civic engagement and cause for optimism about the future of our democracy. Record numbers of voters headed to the polls and voted like the selection of a president was on the line, as opposed to the sleepy response midterm elections usually elicit.

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Leadership: In Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

Via: Goodreads

Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health and Stamina for the Modern Feminist – Sarah Hays Coomer

Even as a wave of renewed feminism swells, too many women continue to starve, stuff, overwork, or neglect our bodies in pursuit of paper-thin ideals. “Fitness” has been co-opted by the beauty industry. We associate it with appearance when we should associate it with power.

Grounded in advocacy with a rowdy, accessible spirit, Physical Disobedience asserts that denigrating our bodies is, in practice, an act of submission to inequality.

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy – Carol Anderson

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Via: Goodreads

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Boy Erased

December 3, 2018

Jared (Lucas Hedges) belongs to a loving middle-class Arkansas family, with his mother, Nancy (Nicole Kidman) and Baptist minister father, Marshall (Russell Crowe). Jared gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in a steady—but chaste—relationship with a girl from school. Everything in his life is going according to plan, until a college friend outs Jared as gay.

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The Pains of Growing – Alessia Cara

December 5, 2018

“Every day I get messages. It’s such a beautifully jarring thing to just make a song because you feel something, and then have real-life people, one on one, tell you that it’s changed their life to the point that they love themselves in a new way, or to the point that they were able to come out to their family.