Perhaps the largest structural economic crisis this country faces -- one that encompasses everything else from outsourcing to stagnant wages to the environment -- is the decades-long epidemic of cheap crap. "This is why we can't have nice things" is a clich that has lost its meaning. The reason we can't have nice things in America in 2018 is that we don't want them. read more
New York Magazine writes about the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., a media organization that is operated by conservative multimillionaires who are poised to own local television news stations that reach 70 percent of American households. CNN reported that those local stations are being told to shame national media for reporting fake news. "I felt like a POW recording a message," one of the anchors told CNN. ... "At my station, everyone was uncomfortable doing it," a local anchor said. The person insisted on anonymity because they believed they would be fired for speaking out. read more
A group of teenagers who survived last month's deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school are joining forces with students in Chicago to combat gun violence nationwide. More than a dozen student activists snacked on pizza Saturday while discussing how gun violence has impacted their communities, according to a tweet Sunday from Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Trump Organization ordered tee markers emblazoned with the presidential seal to decorate their golf courses a possible federal crime, according to a report on Monday.
Faculty members at Lehigh University have voted overwhelmingly in favor of rescinding President Donald Trump's honorary degree. Trump was presented with the honorary degree in 1988, when he was chosen by the graduating class as commencement speaker. It was standard for all commencement speakers to be given honorary diplomas at that time, Lehigh spokesperson Lori Friedman told CNN. read more