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Defund Facial Recognition

Defund Facial RecognitionAhmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. George Floyd. Rayshard Brooks. Oluwatoyin Salau. Robert Forbes. As each story has emerged of a Black life violently ended by law enforcement, white nationalists or by other forms of interpersonal violence, a multiracial movement for Black lives, led by Black activists, has kept pace. What has also kept pace are the disturbing and highly advanced police technologies used to spy on these activists. My mother survived the surveillance of the FBI’s counterintelligence program as a civil rights activist in the 1960s. As a second-generation Black activist, I’m tired of being spied on by the police.In June, in the midst of a mushrooming protest movement against increasingly visible police killings of Black people and a simultaneously exploding COVID19 pandemic that is taking Black lives at a disproportionate rate, IBM made the surprising announcement that it would stop selling, researching or developing facial-recognition services….

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Revenge of the Suburbs

Revenge of the SuburbsEditor’s Note: This article is part of “Uncharted,” a series about the world we’re leaving behind, and the one being remade by the pandemic.Lucy Honeychurch grew up at Windy Corner, a comfortable estate in a polite enclave outside London. It was pleasant in the way suburbs always are: The neighbors were friendly, and the environment, free from the noise and grime of the city, was perfect for children. Her father, who had built the house, took pride in situating his family amid “the best society obtainable.”But Honeychurch found the people dull and their aspirations banal. The neighbors were pleasant, but their “identical interests and identical foes,” as she put it, became suffocating. Suburbia, she concluded, was actually a horror.Honeychurch might as well be a Millennial Brooklynite media professional prepping for the launch of negroni season at the local gastropub, or an activist shaking her fist at local…

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Twitter’s Least Bad Option for Dealing With Donald Trump

Twitter’s Least Bad Option for Dealing With Donald TrumpOn Tuesday, President Donald Trump began his day as he usually does—by tweeting.In this case, Trump fired off a threat of using “serious force” against hypothetical protesters setting up an “autonomous zone” in Washington, D.C. Twitter, in response, hid the tweet but did not delete it, requiring readers to click through a notice that says the tweet violated the platform’s policy “against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.”Twitter’s placement of such a “public interest notice” on a tweet from the president of the United States was just the latest salvo in the company’s struggle to contend with Trump’s gleefully out-of-bounds behavior. But any response from Twitter is going to be the least bad option rather than a genuinely good one. This is because Trump himself has demolished the norms that would make a genuinely…

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Sen. Harris: Defense Secretary’s answer on Russian bounties “deeply offensive&...

Sen. Harris: Defense Secretary’s answer on Russian bounties “deeply offensive&…Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Defense Secretary Mark Esper was “playing cutesy games” when he testified before Congress that he did not receive a briefing “that included the word bounty” but later testified he was briefedRead more ….. Read More.MSNBC – The Latest | U.S. and World NewsThu, July 9, 20202 hours ago

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Kamala Harris’s Shadow Campaign for Vice President

Kamala Harris’s Shadow Campaign for Vice PresidentA few weeks ago, an adviser to Kamala Harris called me to talk through some polling data. “We understand that Joe Biden’s the nominee, but the party is so much different than a septuagenarian white male,” the adviser said. “Kamala Harris is more symbolic of that changing America—America coming together—than some of the other potential candidates” for vice president.The adviser spoke on the condition of anonymity because, officially, Harris is pretending that she’s not campaigning to be Biden’s running mate.In public, Harris has repeatedly insisted that she’s not talking about or thinking about her prospects of being picked. But judging from my conversations with people around Harris, she and her team use her prospects to book events and television hits that aim to show she’s neither overeager nor overambitious. She and her team are avoiding situations that could create stumbles. They’re hoping that her…

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Joe Biden, Mystery Man

Joe Biden, Mystery ManHe’s old. He worked with Barack Obama. He’s generally seen as a decent guy.If you know more than that about Joe Biden, you know more than many voters.Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, or having to move because his father lost his job? Writing the Violence Against Women Act? The tragedies he’s lived through, his years as a single father, how he rode the train back to Delaware each night when he was a senator? Even his supposed vulnerabilities, like helping to write the 1994 crime bill, running the Anita Hill hearings, protecting Delaware’s financial industry, or blundering on foreign policy?Many Americans don’t know any of that, according to data from focus groups and polls conducted by Biden allies.For the past year, Biden’s been repeating that people know him. “The good news is the bad news. The good news is that people know me,” is his line. “And…

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