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Monday, February 05, 2018

Stockton, California made national news last October when it announced it would host the first US experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in which people receive a standard salary just for being alive. The plan, spearheaded by Stockton's 27-year-old mayor, Michael Tubbs, will likely begin sometime in August 2018 and involve at least 100 people of varying income levels getting $500 a month for three years. Ever since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, Stockton has been in recovery-mode, and Tubbs sees basic income -- a growing topic of discussion around the world over the past couple years -- as one way to rehabilitate the city.


Sunday, February 04, 2018

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows voters think Republicans have a better plan for jobs and employment than Democrats, by a margin of 37.6 percent to 27.8 percent. The swing in the polling numbers has been matched by a swing in sentiment. A Democratic wave looked all but inevitable two months ago. Some in the party were talking in mid-December about a 40-seat pickup, but a tsunami of that magnitude now looks much less likely. Pollsters now say the environment is looking "much better" for the GOP compared to two months ago. Polling data suggests that Democrats made a tactical mistake by taking a hard stance against the tax bill. It passed the Senate and House without a single Democratic vote in either chamber. "I appears that the Democrats have completely overplayed their hand. When [House Democratic Leader] Nancy Pelosi [Calif.] says $1,000 or $2,000 is ‘crumbs,' people in West Virginia, rural Oregon go, ‘$1000 is a lot of money to me,' " Pollster Greg Walden said.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Washington Post's first edition headline covering President Donald Trump's State of the Union address didn't go over well on social media. The paper tweeted roughly one hour before Trump's speech a picture of the Wednesday edition, featuring a frontpage headline on its First Edition that read, "A call for bipartisanship."

Readers responded with vitriol, calling out the newspaper for printing a headline it "will regret tomorrow," along with a host of other negative comments on Twitter.

After the Liberal melt down on Twitter late Tuesday night, a little over an hour later, the Post changed the front page of the next morning's edition of the newspaper -- without the headline that triggered so many. The new headline reads: "A ‘new American movement.'" read more


Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump's State of the Union address tonight approved of the speech he gave. Just a quarter disapproved.

Eight in 10 Americans who watched tonight felt that the president was trying to unite the country, rather than divide it. Two-thirds said the speech made them feel proud, though just a third said it made them feel safer. read more


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hot people are more likely to support right-wing parties because they are stronger and more successful than their more liberal peers, apparently.

That's according to a study carried out by Rolfe Daus Peterson, a political scholar from Susquehanna University and Carl Palmar, assistant professor in politics at Illinois State University. The researchers claim that never before has the effects of physical attractiveness on politics been examined on this level and that there is "good reason to believe that individuals' physical attractiveness may alter their political values and worldviews".

They said that their findings prove attractive people tend to lean towards the right because they have better social skills and are more popular, competent and intelligent due to the "halo effect" - an idea that bias and stereotypes influence the way people judge others. read more


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