Morning Reads

Good morning — and a happy Kamehameha Day to our friends in Hawaii!

Shocker –> Everybody’s spinning their version this morning of how House Majority Leader Eric Cantor got whipped by an underfunded, no-name tea partier in Virginia’s GOP primary. WaPo’s Robert Costa, Laura Vozzella and David Fahrenthold have a straight report.

Disastrous ruling” –> That’s what public education advocates are calling a judge’s decision in Vergara vs. California, which gutted protections for public school teachers and likely opened the door for a wave of similar suits across the country. Sandi Behrns has the details at Liberaland. 

Progressive cities –> The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel, Salon’s Joan Walsh and MSNBC commentator Zerlina Maxwell sat down with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to discuss how progressive mayors are becoming a major force for reform.

Just the latest in a long line of recent far-right, anti-government acts of violence” –> Eric Boehlert on the Las Vegas killings and how Fox News covers right-wing domestic terrorism.

Dispatches from an alternate universe –> Robert Murray, the owner of the country’s largest independent coal producer, is threatening to sue the EPA for “lying” about global warming. Murray’s gotten hold of one of the silliest claims made by climate change deniers: that the Earth is actually cooling. Emily Atkin reports for ThinkProgress. 

Related –> At Ecowatch, climatologist Michael Mann agrees with Paul Krugman’s analysis of how ideology drives people to reject the scientific evidence of global warming. But Mann thinks the economist gives short shrift to the impact of industry’s well-funded campaign to sow doubt.

Slavery –> Yes, it’s 2014, but according to The Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence, slave labor is being used in the Thai fishing industry and the product is being shipped to some of our biggest retailers — including Costo and Wal-Mart.

A history that includes sexual abuse and poor medical care” –> Truthout’s Victoria Law on the for-profit prison company GEO Group. The state of California is turning to the company for a new women’s prison, seeking relief for its overcrowded system.

Bad policing is costly –> Jennifer Peltz reports for the AP that New York City settled a false arrest claim with 14 Occupy Wall Street protesters by paying out $583,000, “the largest settlement to date in a single Occupy-related civil rights case.”

Austerity is a trainwreck –> At Slate, using a devastating graphic showing the negative impact of belt tightening on employment, Jordan Weissmann proves that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Sketchy guy gets lawsuit –> We told you about the white Arizona Republican who changed his name to Cesar Chavez, intending to run for Congress as a Democrat in a heavily Latino district. Ben Giles reports for the Arizona Capital Times that the grandson of legendary labor activist Cesar Chavez is suing to have him kicked off the ballot.

He’s all-American now! –> The Dallas Morning News: “No, Canada: Sen. Ted Cruz has formally shed his dual citizenship.”

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  • Joan Harris

    Regarding Eric Boehlert’s blog…it is unfortunate that freedom of speech applies to Fox News as they continue to abuse it, reinforcing the evil minded to go on a slaughtering spree.

  • Anonymous

    Waltons waging wars against teachers for incompetence? The 6 Walton heirs have holdings of $146 billion. They pay Walmart employees so little and keep most of their workers in part time positions to avoid paying benefits. The taxpayers subsidizes they payroll with food stamps and welfare! They come into an area and drive out local businesses, increase foreclosures, bring down the median wage, and put US industry out of business by buying cheap import goods.
    Alice Walton is a drunk driver, I don’t know about the other heirs, but she must be the all time biggest Welfare Queen this country has ever had along with the other heirs.
    Teachers should accountable. All students should be tested on standardized tests every year so we know which schools and programs work and which do not, where students are succeeding and where they need more work, and it will tell us where each teacher is effective and where she is not. I would rather be evaluated by an objective tests that my students take than by the subjective evaluation of a principal.
    Teaching is the only position where competence is not relevant to keeping a job. It is the only position where after three years someone can not be fired. Somehow that is suppose to make sense.
    Then again, teaching is the only job where one is expected to do hours of homework correcting papers and making preps for the next day, where one is suppose to use part of their pay to buy materials for the classroom. Where a college degree is required and further college classes are required on a constant basis, all for a sucky pay. Where instead of being paid for competence, you are paid on the senility scale.