Category: Alternative

The Organizers Pushing for a Latino Surge in Texas

DALLAS—In the Los Altos neighborhood in the western part of this city, people recognize the name “Beto O’Rourke.” They just don’t know exactly who he is.“I’ve heard good things ...” said 30-year-old Joaquin Ramirez, his voice trailing off, as he...

/ October 23, 2018

Unequal Justice: Why Trump Picked Kavanaugh

When President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at a televised ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 9, both he and the nominee uttered a...

/ October 23, 2018

Trump Ties Won’t Help Sheldon Adelson Win A Casino License In Japan

Donations by Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Dr Miriam Adelson, have given the casino mogul "unprecedented" access and influence in the Trump White House, according to a report by investigative journalism group ProPublica. The article says...

/ October 22, 2018

‘I Don’t Know What Else to Do’: Homeowners Turn to Crowdfunding to Avoid Foreclosures

William Harding worked at an electronic manufacturer in Lexington, Kentucky for more than fifteen years before the company downsized in late 2014, after a merger. He was able to find another job a few months later as a systems analyst...

/ October 22, 2018

Fight Night With LeBron

T he Lakers have played home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles for nearly two decades and in that time, bronze statues have popped up, like mushrooms, on the pavement surrounding the arena. The first and best depicts...

/ October 21, 2018

How Kelly Rowland Fell in Love With Color

Kelly Rowland makes jewel tones shine. In reds, oranges, and emeralds, she is resplendent. The singer, who has been a dynamic entertainment mainstay for more than two decades, has of late carved out a bold space for herself as a...

/ October 20, 2018

These Two Could Soon Be the First Muslim Women to Serve in Congress

Rashida Tlaib will become the first Muslim American and Palestinian woman elected to the House of Representatives in November--but she’d rather talk about the heavy-duty trucks that roll through her neighborhood in Detroit. Industrial pollution permeates the air and poses...

/ October 20, 2018

Don’t Be Conned by Foxconn

This piece will appear in a 2018 anthology, from AK Press, NOW is the time of MONSTERS: A graphic discourse on predatory capitalism. Read More

/ October 20, 2018

Macau Is Marrying George Clooney, Investors Want It To Keep Dating Donald Trump

Investors see dark times ahead for Macau as the global casino capital migrates toward the most attractive market segment. (Photo credit: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg) So much for Macau casinos quieting investor worries. September gross gaming revenue showed the smallest improvement in...

/ October 20, 2018

Profit Now, Die Later

You probably already know about the United Nations report on climate change put out by the IPCC. Things don’t look good. In short, everyone in the world has to dramatically change our energy sources and our global economy, like, now. (Okay, we’ve...

/ October 19, 2018

Images of the Season: Fall Is in the Air, Part II

One last look at my favorite season of the year, with more autumnal images from across the Northern Hemisphere. Harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and, of course, the colorful leaves. Today’s collection features photographs from Scotland, Switzerland, France, Russia, Canada,...

/ October 18, 2018

The Republicans’ Long, Negative Campaign

It has long been established that negative campaigns discourage voter turnout. Political mudslinging doesn’t just hurt the targets of the attacks. It turns people off, which results in less voting, especially by those who are least inclined to vote—“shrinking and...

/ October 17, 2018

The Atlantic Daily: Is It Still Worth It?

What We’re Following To the Border: A group of around 2,000 migrants are heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border from Honduras, fleeing gangs, death threats, rape, and domestic violence. The U.S. government has tried deterrence policies—from family detention under President Barack...

/ October 16, 2018

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Stormy Chaser

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines In a pair of tweets, President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman “totally denied any knowledge” of what happened to...

/ October 16, 2018

The Other Americans: Father Oscar Romero’s Official Sainthood Was a Long Time Coming

It has been a long road to the canonization of Father Oscar Romero. The former archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, was already a saint to the poor of that country when he was assassinated by death squads as he...

/ October 16, 2018

Seth Meyers Revives Saturday Night Live (For a Week)

The return of a beloved alumnus to Saturday Night Live can sometimes make for a nostalgia-filled episode, stuffed with cameos by former castmates and revived sketches. So when Seth Meyers came back to host the show for the first time...

/ October 14, 2018

Five Questions For: Author Suzanne Gordon on the VA as a ‘Model for American Health Care’

Journalist and author Suzanne Gordon has covered health care in America for more than three decades, including five years closely scrutinizing the Veterans Health Administration. Despite the constant criticism of the VA in the press, Gordon was impressed by its holistic...

/ October 14, 2018

Failure In Paradise: Saipan Casino Gets Another Extension, Possible Reprieve

Saipan is a gorgeous island where an ugly casino tale is unfolding.Imperial Pacific Internatioal Holdings Saipan’s casino story, already depressing, has gotten worse. Licensee Imperial Pacific International has a new, distant deadline for completion of its casino hotel and maybe...

/ October 14, 2018

The Supreme Court Justice Who Forever Changed Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell was on the fence in 1978. The court had before it the case of a 35-year-old white man, Allan Bakke, who had twice been denied admission to the medical school at the University of California,...

/ October 13, 2018

Signs of the Illuminati

President Trump never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like or wouldn’t repeat. It is abundantly clear now that all of the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh was orchestrated by the Democrats and George Soros, right? Those sharp looking professional signs?...

/ October 12, 2018