Ambassador Richard Grenell, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Making the EU Great Again

The Challenge of Changing Local Politics (Reader Steve)

Social justice groups have sought to chip away at a perceived unfair criminal justice system, but their efforts fell short on Tuesday. Here are a few reasons why.


Macron’s 48-Hour Fake News Law (Dan)

French president Emmanuel Macron is supporting a new bill that would give judges 48 hours to determine if a news story was “fake news.” It’s worth noting this bill would only affect new stories three months prior to an election. Ironically, though, the bill comes a few days after one of Macron’s aides was accused of influence peddling and is now under investigation.


The Big Lie: How Apologists for Israel’s Occupation Justify Killing Unarmed Palestinian Protestors (Jimmy)

The author writes, “As long as we in Israel control Gazans’ water supply, electricity, land and sea crossings, and airspace — and also their future — we must accept their right to protest without ordering our snipers to open fire from behind a fence.”


Single-Payer Healthcare Coming to California? (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom urged state legislators to move forward with a single-payer health care bill in a speech to the California Nurses Association convention on Friday morning.”


Sen. Describes Immigrants Held in Cages ‘Like Dog Kennels’ (Jimmy)

From MSNBC: “Senator Jeff Merkley [D-OR] describes seeing recently arrived immigrants held in “cages that looked a lot like dog kennels” at a Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas, where children were also being separated from their parents.”


5 Years Ago, Edward Snowden Changed Journalism (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “The recent revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, or Facebook and device makers last week, show how far people are from knowing how their data is used — much less being in control of it. The recent flurry of emails about ‘updates to our privacy settings’ that you’ve seen in your inbox due to Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be directly traced to Snowden’s actions.”