SOTU –> Obama will deliver his final State of the Union tonight at 9 p.m., ET. The New York Times takes a look at the president’s past addresses and whether he was able to follow through on the promises made.
What the next generation is thinking about –> Here’s what a USA Today/Rock the Vote poll found millennials want the candidates to do: “Get serious about converting to renewable energy, the under-35 generation says by an overwhelming margin, and require every gun buyer to undergo a background check. They endorse putting body cameras on police officers and accepting refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria.”
Not looking good for labor –> Brian Mahoney and Josh Gerstein write at Politico that, based on their questions and comments during oral arguments, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court seems likely to rule against unions in a case that could undermine collective bargaining: “The Supreme Court appeared ready Monday to bar public-sector unions from collecting ‘fair share’ fees from non-members, a move that could deal a political blow to Democrats by reducing union membership drastically and draining union coffers.”
No surprise –> The well pipe that ruptured in California back in October — still spewing huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere and prompting a state of emergency — has a long history of leaks, writes Melissa Cronin at Vice.
Not pandering –> From Joel Stein’s new Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on Bernie Sanders: “When asked before a speech in Keene, NH, what he would say to reassure the Bloomberg Businessweek readers who work on Wall Street, or have millions of dollars, or run a hedge fund, and might be afraid he wants to tax them back to the Carter Age, Sanders puts down the manila folder containing his talk, which he delivers without a TelePrompTer. ‘I’m not going to reassure them,’ he says. ‘Their greed, their recklessness, their illegal behavior has destroyed the lives of millions of Americans. Frankly, if I were a hedge fund manager, I would not vote for Bernie Sanders. And I would contribute money to my opponents to try to defeat him.’ Then the only socialist ever elected to the US Senate goes back to working on his prepared remarks.”
Implosion 2.0 –> Only four years after buying The New Republic and ousting its editor Franklin Foer — a decision that led to much of the magazine’s staff resigning in protest — Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has put the publication back up for sale. In a memo to employees, Hughes wrote that he had “underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate.”
Unique viewpoint –> Allegra Kirkland at TPM: “William Daniel Johnson has a vision for America. The Los Angeles-based lawyer thinks that the United States will see the creation of a white ethno-state within his lifetime. ‘I think Trump’s candidacy is helping move us in that direction,’ Johnson said in a Monday phone interview with TPM. ‘Whether he is elected or not, his candidacy is a big factor in helping destroy this middle-of-the-road Republican mindset.'”
“The longest depression” –> That’s what future economists will likely call this decade, writes economist Brad DeLong at at The Huffington Post. DeLong says his own past beliefs have been proven wrong and cites Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stieglitz: “He says the only cure is an increase in aggregate demand, far-reaching redistribution of income and deep reform of our financial system. The obstacles to this cure, he writes, ‘are not rooted in economics, but in politics and ideology.’ Indeed. Joe Stiglitz is right.”
The right to die –> Longtime Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum has a moving longread about California’s new law allowing assisted suicide — and what it could mean to his own battle with cancer.
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