Headline of the Day: In the Land of Unrealized Awards

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This headline is from today’s Wonkette newsletter: Michael Cohen’s Tell-All Book Has Been Cancelled. Sorry, Pulitzer Committee! Wonkette is available at: It is in the sa…

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Alternative Facts Are Extremely Selective Facts

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Yesterday’s daily newsletter from TheTeaParty.org featured this headline: “We’re Not Joking: Kerry’s School Lacrosse Captain Was Robert Mueller.” The news item to …

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I Guess It Depends on What You Mean by Influence: Koch Appointments at George Mason

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH What follows are the opening paragraphs of a news report for the Associated Press written by Matthew Barakat: Virginia’s largest public university granted the conservati…

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Becoming More Political, in Very Focused Ways

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In Ohio, the AAUP was historically apolitical. Then, in 2011, Senate Bill 5 was passed, completely eliminating our collective-bargaining rights in the space of just a few week…

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Whimsical Speculation of the Day

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH I wonder if the $43,000 “secure” phone booth that Scott Pruitt had installed in his office looks anything like this: (If the image is more puzzling than amusing, do a Google s…

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The Stuff That Dreams Are Actually Made of

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH In a piece for the Undernews daily newsletter from the Progressive Review, Sam Smith recalls his activism in the 1960s and how the traumatic events of 1968 affected him and ma…

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March for Science, Redux

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This video is from Voice of America:   Here are photos from the first March for Science:

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New, Nationwide Course on the Erosion of Democracy

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Several days ago, Sasha Ingber contributed an article to the Washington Post on how “Trump’s Presidency Has Prompted a New, Nationwide College Course on Why Democracies Collap…

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An Even Better Table for Ben Carson’s Office

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH What follows is a brief descriptive item from the daily newsletter Curbed, taken largely from the announcement from Wright Auctions: A rare work by midcentury designer Isamu N…

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For Zuckerberg, Big Issues Looming through 2020

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH What follows is the lead item in last night’s Overnight Technology newsletter from The Hill: Highlights from Zuckerberg’s Interviews: CNN: Zuckerberg said the company wa…

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