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Political projects with universalising ambitions implicitly or explicitly seek to create certain kinds of person. They recognise particular qualities of mind, particular forms of flourishing, particular personalities, and they seek to make from these the ideal types of their society. Politics is ethics at scale. In postwar social democracy the Fordist consumer-producer enjoyed rising material […]

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When Stephen Noble Smith’s campaign sought to present its 62-page finance filings to the West Virginia secretary of state, something went wrong. During the online submission process, the software broke down. “They had to call in the people who actually created the software because the file was too big to load,” said Smith. The breakdown is emblematic […]

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One million take to the streets against education cuts, austerity in Brazil By Miguel Andrade 18 May 2019 On Wednesday, mounting social anger over the austerity measures of the fascistic government of President Jair Bolsonaro exploded in Brazil’s streets with more than one million students and teachers walking out of classes and attending demonstrations initially […]

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Saudi Warplanes Pound Yemeni Capital, Heavy Casualties Reported

May 16, 2019           |                                       

In moves which Saudi Defense Ministry officials clearly tied to the Houthi drone strikes on a Saudi oil pumping station, Saudi warplanes pounded the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa on Thursday, hitting a number of military sites, and also surrounding populated areas. Local officials reported heavy casualties, with six civilians confirmed killed and 60 wounded […]

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Policies change people’s lives, but they also change people. The last half century of Conservative party strategy has been shaped by this insight. In this they are no different to neoliberal thinkers and parties across the world. Despite their rhetoric of ‘choice’, individual freedom and limited state intervention, it is the right who have worked […]

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KentuckyWired: Our Rural Broadband Investigation, Explained

May 14, 2019           |                                       

This story is part of an ongoing investigation into what went wrong with KentuckyWired. Sign up for the Miswired newsletter to receive updates in this series as soon as they publish. Kentucky’s ambitious plan to improve high-speed internet access across the state is years behind schedule and more than $100 million over budget. Naturally, taxpayers […]

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<!– –> Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. (William Campbell-Corbis/Getty Images) Campaign finance reform advocate and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced on Tuesday he will pursue the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. In an announcement video, Bullock touted his background in fighting “dark money” and decried the influence of money in politics — “a government that […]

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Texas House Unanimously Votes to Create Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Assault

May 7, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. The Texas House of Representatives voted 146-0 Tuesday to create the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force inside the governor’s office, bringing money and support […]

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IPOs Bring Tax Jackpot for California; Can Lawmakers Resist Spending It?

May 5, 2019           |                                       

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Uber and Airbnb are among at least six California-based companies valued at more than $1 billion expected to go public this year, creating a new class of millionaires and billionaires and a welcome quandary for the state’s budget writers. Though it’s tough to gauge the total tax revenue all those profits will produce, it’s […]

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The murder of journalist Lyra McKee by the New IRA in the Derry on April 18 was a tragic reminder that Northern Ireland’s fragile peace has delivered neither reconciliation nor prosperity to segregated and marginalised communities. The journalist’s murder has sent shock waves through the island of Ireland and beyond. It did not however occur […]

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New Jersey Task Force Examines Tax Breaks for George Norcross Projects

May 3, 2019           |                                       

This article was produced in partnership with WNYC, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey […]

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A few weeks ago Philadelphia District Attorney agreed to drop his challenge for Mumia to be able to appeal his case. Dr. Michael Schiffmann says this is the most significant ruling since a federal judge ordered the state to give Mumia hepatitis C treatment.  Mumia is now open to argue his appeal case before the […]

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*** Can employers be moved to take action on these issues, even if the state will not? International institutions, including the United Nations, explicitly state the need for businesses to “promote a culture of respect and equality in the workplace”. In Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, Alessandrabree Chacha, a 27 year-old trans woman suggested that some employers […]

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Last Rights: Making Sense of the Supreme Court’s Series of Death Penalty Rulings

April 30, 2019           |                                       

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom based in New York. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Domineque Ray, set to be executed by the state of Alabama in February, made an appeal to have his imam by his side at […]

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In Virginia, where a daily average of about 200 children are locked up in state-run juvenile correction centers, a remote, rural community voted in mid-April to reject a plan to allot twenty acres for a new sixty-bed such facility. The 3-2 decision, by the Board of Supervisors on the Isle of Wight, was hailed by […]

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