Hill Staffers Are Wearing Sneakers Now

Congress has never been a place known for cutting-edge fashion. Instead, a stuffy formality has long been its trademark. As Allbirds and preppy quarter-zips swept into boardrooms and C-suites across the rest of the country, Capitol Hill remained one of the last bastions of traditional American business attire—the global headquarters of wing tips and ill-fitting suits, Tory Burch flats and bland Banana Republic pencil skirts. During sweltering D.C.

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The trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery’s killers embody a big problem with the justice system

We can start with the fact that there were even trials at all. Only a very small percentage of criminal cases are ever presented to a jury. Most defendants, including the innocent, are pressured to accept a plea bargain. As University of North Carolina law professor Carissa Byrne Hessick documents in her book “Punishment Without Trial,” the pressure comes from all sides. Prosecutors pile on charges to get defendants to plead guilty to at least a few of them. Overworked public defenders don’t have the time to take cases to a jury and can feel pressure to persuade clients to plead.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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‘If everybody’s white, there can’t be any racial bias’: The disappearance of Hispanic drivers from traffic records

by Richard A. Webster
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A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself

When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife.

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How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America

Florida shares deep connections with Puerto Rico as home to the territory’s largest diaspora community on the US mainland. But when it comes to Covid-19, the two places have little in common.
While Florida, like many states in the South, has seen high infection rates and troubling death counts, Puerto Rico has been something of a coronavirus success story.

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Editorial: California got rid of gerrymandering — don’t cave now

California’s independent commission tasked with drawing political boundaries is in the homestretch of crafting maps that will determine legislative and congressional districts for the next decade. And not everyone is happy about what the commission has proposed so far.
Both Democratic and Republican operatives are grumbling about the current drafts. They create more competitive districts than California has now and put dozens of state lawmakers and members of Congress in the same district as other incumbents.

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Project Censored, Part 2: The New Normal Is More Normalized Censorship

Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022, edited by Andy Lee Roth and Mickey Huff, is available for preorder now. Published in collaboration with Random Lengths News, this is the second of two parts. Read the first five stories on the list here. 
6. Canary Mission Blacklists Pro-Palestinian Activists, Chilling Free-Speech Rights
Before the “critical race theory” moral panic fueled a nationwide uprising to censor discussions of race in education, there was an opposite moral panic decrying “cancel culture” stifling certain people—especially in education.

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This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away | Akin Olla

This is justice of a kind. But don’t forget Ahmaud Arbery’s killers almost got away

Akin Olla

The verdict is welcome, but it rings hollow given the underlying systems of white supremacy that have long justified the vigilante actions of Arbery’s attackers

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reacts after the jury verdict was announced. Photograph: Getty Images

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reacts after the jury verdict was announced.

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This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for democracy and the commonsense of ordinary Americans

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Our annual Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal at our house. This year, there are three generations of McFarlands at the table, ranging in age from 80 years to 80 days.
After the feast and before the pies, we always go around the table asking everyone what they’re most thankful for this year.

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