John Sexton

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Occupy Wall Street's Last Battle

On March 17, 2012, Occupy Wall Street activists celebrated the six month anniversary of their protest movement by attempting to re-occupy Zuccotti Park. A scuffle with police took place that night which eventually led to a trial about to take place in New York. It is, in a sense, the last battle of Occupy Wall Street, one that encapsulates the troubled movement's internal contradictions and inevitable downfall. Apr 11, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Kathleen Sebelius Has Resigned as Head of HHS

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Secretary of Health and Human Services, bringing to an end six contentious months during which the President's biggest policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act, became a political albatross for Democrats. Apr 10, 2014 4:28 PM PT

Fracking Moratorium Advances in California Senate

A bill designed to place a moratorium on all fracking activity in California was approved by a State Senate Committee Tuesday. Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, who introduced SB1132, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times: "Many believe it is polluting the air and water and endangering wildlife and public health." Several members of the the L.A. city council have also tried to link fracking to earthquakes. Apr 10, 2014 12:26 PM PT

Asian-American/Tea Party Coalition Could Change California Politics

Last month, a collection of Asian-Americans groups, which one University of California professor compares to the Tea Party, helped defeat a bill designed to revive affirmative action in California's college admissions. Now the Republican Party is hoping to capitalize on this unexpected break with Democrats. Apr 9, 2014 11:53 AM PT

Paul Krugman's Asymmetric Stupidity

Paul Krugman published a blog post yesterday titled "Asymmetric Stupidity" which argues that it's primarily conservatives who suffer from epistemic closure. Here's the core of Krugman's thin argument: Apr 8, 2014 4:49 PM PT

Central California is Sinking as Groundwater is Depleted

Parts of California's central valley are sinking, the Sacramento Bee reports, as farmers faced with drought and water sources cut off to protect the Delta smelt are pumping out deep groundwater to save their crops. The situation is serious enough that even some farmers are calling for new regulations on groundwater usage. Apr 8, 2014 5:43 AM PT

Globovision Anchor Quits on Air, Cites Censorship

News anchor Reimy Chavez quit his job at Venezuela's Globovision TV on air last week. In an interview published today, Chavez says he quit because he feared he was becoming an "accomplice to censorship." Apr 7, 2014 4:55 PM PT

The Danger of the Left's Collective View of Rights

Is the First Amendment a protection of the individual's right to free speech or merely a recognition of the social utility of free speech? That's the question which underlies the divide between the Supreme Courts conservative and liberal wings. Apr 4, 2014 3:54 PM PT

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