Trump Warns That Dumping Roy Moore Could Start Dangerous Trend of Believing Women | The New Yorker


“I think we need to be very, very careful here,” Trump told reporters. “This is not just about Roy Moore. This is about our country deciding that we are going to start believing women, something that we have never done before.

Trump cautioned that, if instituted, a new practice of believing women would “totally destroy” the system that the country already has in place. “For years we’ve had a system of believing men,” he said. “It’s worked very well. It’s done a great job.”

Source: Trump Warns That Dumping Roy Moore Could Start Dangerous Trend of Believing Women | The New Yorker

November 12, 2017 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

November 12, 2017

1. H.R.1 [115th] Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
2. H.R.2810 [115th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
3. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017
4. H.J.Res.40 [115th] Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
5. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
6. H.R.367 [115th] Hearing Protection Act of 2017
7. S.1615 [115th] Dream Act of 2017
8. H.R.3999 [115th] To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.
9. S.2095 [115th] A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
10. H.R.3441 [115th] Save Local Business Act

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Five takeaways from Trump’s trip to Asia | TheHill


Trump told an audience of Asian leaders in Vietnam that he is “not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore,” indicating a pivot away from the multinational trade deals of the past.

The president appeared to score a quick win when he announced more than $250 billion in business deals with China. But many of the agreements were nonbinding and short on specifics.

Meanwhile, Trump was one-upped when the 11 other TPP nations announced they had reached an agreement on the core elements of a pact without the U.S.

Source: Five takeaways from Trump’s trip to Asia | TheHill

GOP targets health mandate in tax reform | TheHill


Repealing the mandate gives Republicans more money to offset the cost of tax cuts, and would fulfill a long-standing GOP promise to eliminate a core part of former President Obama’s health-care law.

Republicans can afford only two defections in the Senate and pass the tax bill if all Democrats oppose it, but Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) expressed confidence that Republicans have the votes after a count.

Source: GOP targets health mandate in tax reform | TheHill

Technology invading nearly all U.S. jobs, even lower skilled: study


The study found the digital score for roofers jumped from zero to 22, while for parking lot attendants it rose from 3 to 26.

“What we found is that the more digital a job is, on balance the better the pay—and also the less chance there is for total displacement of your job,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings and coauthor of the report.

Software developers, the top-ranked occupation for digital skills in both 2002 and 2016, saw their rating slip to 94 from 97. Muro speculates that as that field has matured, there are more rolls for software developers to work as managers of other software developers, which mean doing less direct programming work.

Source: Technology invading nearly all U.S. jobs, even lower skilled: study

Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, targets ‘criminals’ around Mugabe


It was not clear whether the apparent military coup would bring a formal end to the 93-year-old Mugabe’s rule; the main goal of the generals appeared to be preventing Mugabe’s wife Grace, 41 years his junior, from succeeding him.

But whether or not he remains in office, it is likely to mark the end of the total dominance of the country by Mugabe, the last of Africa’s generation of anti-colonial state founders still in power and one of the continent’s most polarizing figures.

Source: Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, targets ‘criminals’ around Mugabe

Conservatives, Highly Religious More Likely to Endorse Rape Myths | Pacific Standard


It confirms the long-established principle that, compared to liberals, conservatives are more accepting of “rape myths”—excuses along the lines of “She asked for it,” “It wasn’t really rape,” or “She lied.”

Moreover, it ties this to the fact that those on the left place a greater emphasis on such moral foundations as fairness and preventing harm, while those on the right are more driven by respect for authority and in-group loyalty.

Those “binding” foundations “emphasize the importance of social hierarchy and structure,” write psychologists Michael Barnett of the University of North Texas and Emily Hilz of the University of Texas at Austin. That mindset has been linked to the acceptance of rape myths.

Source: Conservatives, Highly Religious More Likely to Endorse Rape Myths – Pacific Standard

Can the Honest Ads Act Fix Facebook? | Pacific Standard


.. So far, this mild awakening to the potential consequences of our Internet architecture has yielded plenty of anti-Facebook rhetoric and partisan-minded red-baiting, but little in the way of substantive changes to the way these platforms operate or—crucially—how they are regulated.

However, some changes could be on the way with a new bill working its way through Congress, the Honest Ads Act.

Source: Can the Honest Ads Act Fix Facebook? – Pacific Standard

GOP Tax Plan Would Cut Precious Resources for College Students | Pacific Standard


The American Dream of bootstrapping oneself into the middle class looks increasingly more like a pipe dream.

And the most recent assault is in the Republican Party’s proposed tax plan, released last week. If passed, the plan would raise taxes on our nation’s graduate students, making it even harder for education to act as a great equalizer in terms of access to opportunity.

Source: GOP Tax Plan Would Cut Precious Resources for College Students – Pacific Standard

How the Poland march shows the normalization of the country’s far right | The Washington Post


Few countries suffered as much under the Nazis as Poland did during World War II.

And yet, more than 70 years later, it has become a center on the continent for the far right — and liberal critics say the government isn’t doing anything about it. In fact, they say, the Polish far right feels increasingly emboldened by what it perceives as governmental recognition.

Source: How the Poland march shows the normalization of the country’s far right – The Washington Post