Tag: Rise

Here’s How the US Became a Troll Nation: From Gamergate to the Rise of Trump

Before “MAGA,” Gamergaters claimed harassing women online was “about ethics in video game journalism” Troll To fish for by trolling a: to antagonize (others) online by deliverately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content b: to act as a troll — Merriam-Webster.com, 2017 The national tragedy that was the election of 2016, …

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Arizona’s Republican governor says he’s willing to fund 20% pay rise for teachers

In wake of strikes in other states, Doug Ducey says he can free up $ 274m to pay for salary increase – but teachers say details are lacking As recently as Tuesday, a defiant Arizona governor refused to meet teachers threatening to strike over low pay and said he was sticking with a 1% raise …

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Can it Happen Here? review: urgent studies in rise of authoritarian America

Cass Sunstein’s collection of essays shows Republican-led decay of US democracy predates Trump – and may be irreversible after him The 17 thinkers who have contributed to this new collection of essays come down firmly on all sides of its central question: is the United States destined to become an authoritarian state? Multiple points of …

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Big Soda Is Freaking Out at the Rise of Local Soda Taxes

The industry's tactic: change the topic. Watch out public health advocates – as soda tax campaigns are bubbling up in cities across the nation to combat obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions – the beverage industry is working to choke off this expression of local democracy. A state bill banning localities from taxing food and …

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Can Christian colleges survive the rise of LGBTQ rights?

Despite President Trump’s no doubt reassuringly anti-LGBTQ policies, Christian colleges and universities are getting more and more worried about judicially acknowledged LGBTQ rights and what they could mean for a school’s tax-exempt status, funding and liability. Students and faculty at many religious institutions are asked to accept a “faith statement” outlining the school’s views on such matters as evangelical doctrine, scriptural interpretation and …

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Thomas Piketty Sees Only One Way to Defeat the Rise of the Radical Right

The economist's latest paper contains an urgent warning for the Democratic Party. In a new paper, French political economist Thomas Piketty, author of the bestselling 2013 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues that Western political parties on the right and left have both become parties of the “elites.” Yet the 65-page paper from the notoriously punctilious economist — …

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The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them. Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next two years in a Michigan prison. In early February, a Wayne County jury found the six-months pregnant Black mother of a toddler guilty of felonious assault …

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The racist origin of the Second Amendment and the rise of black gun ownership

Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next two years in a Michigan prison. In early February, a Wayne County jury found the six-months pregnant Black mother of a toddler guilty of felonious assault and felony firearm possession. She was sentenced last week. Outside her mother’s Detroit home last summer, she pulled a gun on …

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This week in the war on workers: West Virginia teachers rise up—and win

If you’re talking about worker power this week, you’re talking about the West Virginia teachers strike. But you might not just be talking about West Virginia. Because Oklahoma teachers are talking seriously about a strike after their state legislature voted down a measure to raise their pay, which is currently ranked 49th in the country. And Arizona teachers wore …

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Ted Cruz Is Worried About the Rise of a Democratic Contender in Texas

A blue wave is rising in the historically deep red state. Thanks to an interview with CNN's Manu Raju, it’s clear that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is “absolutely” worried about Democrats taking over the southern state in the upcoming midterm elections. The race, which will take place in November of 2018, shows strong signs …

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