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The summer recess is over. Congress returns tomorrow — and it has until the end of this month to complete a new spending plan. How likely is that with this year's election just a month later? Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill, looks at what to expect.
So-called "zero tolerance" policing has been embraced as a way of reducing major crimes by focusing on minor ones. But there's another reason: fines and fees for low-level violations are now major sources of revenue for cities that have reduced taxation. When poor people can't pay, they're assessed with penalties — often increased until jails become debtors' prisons, especially for blacks and other minorities. That's led to anger, resentment and sometimes to violent confrontations with the police. We hear how back-door municipal finance causes social chaos.
Stephen Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association
Myron Orfield, University of Minnesota Law School (@MyronOrfield)
Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University (@LesterSpence)
Alexes Harris, University of Washington (@AlexesHarris)
DOJ report on Baltimore Police Department
Orfield on opportunity, challenges in America's racially diverse suburbs
Priceonomics on the fining of Black America
Spence on repressive policing not being just about racism, but also about class
Hustling Hitler is subtitled "The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer." That’s accurate as far as it goes. But when he died, the obituary in Variety described Freeman Bernstein as a con man -- with a heart of gold. He was much more than a vaudevillian. That’s according to Walter Shapiro, Bernstein’s nephew, who’s writing about his ninth presidential campaign for Roll Call. He’s also the author of this intriguing story about his family.
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Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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