Thursday marks the 54th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the violent clash between civil-rights demonstrators marching from Selma, Alabama and armed state police. The pivotal day eventually opened avenues for the passage of the Voting Rights Act—until the Supreme Court defanged that law in 2013. Senate Democrats are pushing back, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hoping to catapult voting rights into top tier of campaign issues heading into 2020. Schumer’s newly unveiled voting-rights plan is three-pronged: Bring back the VRA from the dead, establish automatic voter registration nationwide, and push for Washington, D.C. statehood. The goals are lofty, and politicized—unless Democrats capture the White House and both chambers of Congress, the chances of these proposals becoming law are virtually zilch.
Twenty-two days remain until Britain’s deadline to leave the European Union (barring total chaos, or potential postponement, or both). David Frum went to Ireland, where the potential reinstatement of a hard border—checkpoints, surveillance, and all—between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is at the heart of stalling Brexit negotiations. Here is his dispatch from Belfast on the hard-won, but still-fragile, stability on the island.
“‘Lunch variety doesn’t really matter to me,’ Chloe Cota, a computer engineer in New York City, says. “I would be perfectly happy to eat the same Caesar salad or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich every day.” Similarly, she has devised a standard ‘work uniform’ (one of her many pairs of black leggings, plus a T-shirt), which helps streamline her morning routine. She says she took inspiration from tech moguls such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, who essentially automated their owndaily attire decisions in the name of reducing cognitive overhead.”
But what does bringing the same foods each day for lunch each day say about your personality?
What’s lunch to you? Do you eat the same PB&J every day, or do you find joy in varying your midday meals?
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Over the past two weeks, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has attacked the basis of press freedom in the U.S. and suggested that James Madison, the father of the Constitution, was an “extremist.” Garrett Epps makes the case that Thomas’s I-know-best approach to jurisprudence is a bad attitude for a judge of his stature to have.
“Judges must have the self-discipline to respect the limits of their role. Deciding only the case before you—whether that changes the law or simply reaffirms it—is a key judicial virtue. ‘God has a terrible problem,’ runs the old joke. ‘He thinks he’s a federal judge.’ But a judge is not God, just a public employee elected by nobody. Judges who don’t limit their ambitions accordingly betray the oath.”
A new map visualizes micro-level segregation in Boston to show that, as the researchers write, “economic inequality isn't just limited to neighborhoods … It’s part of the places you visit every day.” Among the most equal places are museums and airports. Here’s what space they say is least equal.
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