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Everyone Wants to Talk About Reparations. But for How Long?

Everyone Wants to Talk About Reparations. But for How Long?Callie House was born into slavery in Tennessee in 1861, the year Confederate soldiers attacked Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and launched a war that vibrates through American history. Her exact birthdate—as was the case with many people who were enslaved—was not officially recorded. As the Union Army blazed through Tennessee in 1862 and 1863, her family was among those who fled slavery along with the Union’s wave. She would have been around four years old when General William T. Sherman, the famed Union general, issued Special Field Order #15, which redistributed around 400,000 acres of land to recently freed black families in 40-acre blocks. It was the origin of 40 acres and a mule, and an early example of what reparations for slavery could look like.Sherman’s order was quickly overturned. After President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, his successor…

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How the Democrats Got Radicalized on Student Debt

How the Democrats Got Radicalized on Student DebtThe presidential-election cycle has barely begun but one thing is already clear: The Democratic candidates want to talk about student debt. No surprise there; the trillion-dollar student-loan bubble has captured the national imagination in ways few higher-education issues have, and candidates are essentially obligated to have a plan to address it.But what is surprising—how quickly we forget—is just how recent a development this is. When Barack Obama was simply a senator running for the Democratic nod in 2008, the conversation around student debt and college affordability looked different—very different.Just a dozen years ago, Democratic hopefuls such as Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Obama kept their proposals limited. Biden wanted to increase the Pell grant, a federal grant for low-income students, by $300 a year; Clinton similarly pushed to increase the maximum. “The first bill Barack Obama introduced in the U.S. Senate would have…

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Bryan Stevenson on mass incarceration: “We are all complicit”

Bryan Stevenson on mass incarceration: “We are all complicit”Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his career to fighting racial injustice. He and his team at the Equal Justice Initiative won reversals, relief, or release for more than 135 wrongly condemned death row prisoners. He’s also successfully argued five Supreme Court cases. The new HBO documentary, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality,” shows his life story, including his fight to create the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country’s only memorial dedicated to lynching victims. Stevenson joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his decades-long fight for equality. ….. Read – Top Stories | U.S. National NewsMon, June 24, 20195 hours ago

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Clarence Thomas Benchslaps the Federal Government in a Property Rights Case

Clarence Thomas Benchslaps the Federal Government in a Property Rights CaseProperty rights advocates scored a significant victory today when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1985 precedent which had forced property owners whose land is taken by the government to seek just compensation in state court before they are permitted to file a constitutional case in federal court. According to the 5–4 majority opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts in Knick v. Township of Scott, “the state-litigation requirement imposes an unjustifiable burden on takings plaintiffs, conflicts with the rest of our takings jurisprudence, and must be overruled. A property owner has an actionable Fifth Amendment takings claim when the government takes his property without paying for it.” The case centered on a local Pennsylvania ordinance requiring that all cemeteries “be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours.” In 2013, Scott Township sought to enforce this…

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: More Roy

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: More RoyWere you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list.What We’re Following Today It’s Thursday, June 20.‣ The Republican Roy Moore, who lost the race for an Alabama Senate seat in 2017 to Doug Jones after allegations of sexual misconduct, announced he would run again.‣ The Supreme Court ruled that a government-maintained cross serving as a war memorial in Maryland does not violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. (The arguments are complicated.)‣ The Senate passed 22 resolutions aimed at blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, a rebuke of the White House’s relationship with Saudi Arabia following the journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Donald Trump is expected to veto them.Here’s what else we’re watching:Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Iran Had Every Right to Shoot Down That Drone

Iran Had Every Right to Shoot Down That DroneThis piece first appeared on Truthout. The New York Times is reporting that on June 20, President Trump ordered military strikes against Iran to retaliate for its shootdown of a U.S. drone, but then pulled back and didn’t launch them. Officials told the Times that Trump had approved attacks on Iranian radar and missile batteries. Trump tweeted, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” Nevertheless, shortly after midnight on June 21, Newsweek reported that regional U.S. military assets have been put on 72-hour standby. On June 19, an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone. The White House claimed that its drone was at least 20 miles from Iran, in international airspace, while…

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