Kirsten Gillibrand Takes Aim at ICE After an Arrest at a New York Dairy Farm

Kirsten Gillibrand Takes Aim at ICE After an Arrest at a New York Dairy Farm

Things have gone sour for New York’s dairy industry, the third-largest of any US state. Years of low milk prices have led to steady stream of farm closings and farmer suicides. The industry’s workforce, which includes large numbers of immigrants, faces low wages, long hours, and high injury rates.  And now, the area’s farms apparently have another […]

Artist Kumi Yamashita Creates an Amazing Human Figure Out of Shadow

Artist Kumi Yamashita Creates an Amazing Human Figure Out of Shadow

In the early 19th century, artisans created silhouettes of Americans of every social stratum, from enslaved people to presidents. These profiles, often cut from black cardstock and pasted against a contrasting background, could be made in minutes and duplicated easily for sharing. They represented “the democratization of portraiture” before photography took hold, says Asma Naeem, […]

What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely American

What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely American

When she was six years old, Jessica Weisberg went on a family trip to Washington, D.C. Somewhere between the tour of the Arlington Cemetery and a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, she had a dizzying revelation: all the sites they were walking through had been erected for people who had died. Then she realized […]

Starbucks Will Close 8,000 Stores on May 29 for Racial-Bias Training

Wow. Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. The announcement follows an uproar over the arrest of two black men who were waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks last week. The store manager called the police. The racial bias training […]

Trump’s War on Data Could Quietly Erase LGBT Crime Victims

The Department of Justice is looking to stop asking 16- and 17-year-olds about their sexual orientation and gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Critics say the move is a way for legislators to leave LGBT teens out of policy decisions. The twice-a-year national survey asks about 135,000 households questions about the frequency and nature […]

The Trump Administration Backs Down From Battle Over Legal Pot

In a surprising turn of events, the Trump administration will ditch intentions to crack down on the dozens of states that have legalized the production, distribution, and possession of pot for medical or recreational use. The policy flip came straight from the mouth of President Donald Trump, who promised Republican Cory Gardner (R-Co.) that the administration […]

When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability

When Being “Tough on Crime” Is a Political Liability

District attorney races are rarely competitive. Roughly 85 percent of incumbents run unopposed in campaigns that draw little fanfare. The result, some criminal justice experts say, is that tough-on-crime DAs have reigned for decades, driving a nearly 30-year surge in jail and prison populations with their aggressive charging and sentencing policies. And while this inertia persists, a […]

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