Red team-blue team? Debating climate science should not be a cage match

Scott Pruitt (Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has called for a “red team-blue team” review to challenge the science behind climate change. “The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a radio show, adding he hoped to hold the exercise in the fall. Most commonly, red team-blue team reviews are used as a mechanism to improve security of information systems or military defenses. The blue team is associated with an institution, the owner of an asset or a plan. The red team is charged with attacking the blue team, with the… Read More

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San Jose: Unity rally brings faiths together against hate

SAN JOSE — In a display of unity against bigotry, church leaders of numerous faiths and members of their congregations joined public officials to express solidarity in the wake of the bloody rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally at Emmanuel Baptist Church on N. White Road in north San Jose drew about 300 residents, who expressed shock and dismay with the violence that was seen in Charlottesville, where a 32-year-old woman was killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of people there to protest a right-wing gathering. Related Articles White nationalism on the rise in California as Bay Area prepares for rallies White supremacist tweet reopens… Read More

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San Jose: Unity rally brings faiths together against hate

SAN JOSE — In a display of unity against bigotry, church leaders of numerous faiths and members of their congregations joined public officials to express solidarity in the wake of the bloody rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally at Emmanuel Baptist Church on N. White Road in north San Jose drew about 300 residents, who expressed shock and dismay with the violence that was seen in Charlottesville, where a 32-year-old woman was killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of people there to protest a right-wing gathering. Many talked about being horrified at the sight of tiki-torch carrying right-wingers and being chilled by their chants. “What… Read More

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Gerrymandering is ruining our democracy. Will television news ever care?

(Credit: Shutterstock/Getty/Salon) Broadcast and cable news’ reluctance to talk about gerrymandering, let alone address the outsized impact it has in state and federal elections, has allowed American democracy to quietly become less representative. As movements build behind redistricting reform, the question remains: Will TV news ever care about gerrymandering? A yearlong Media Matters study found that cable news shows brought up gerrymandering in only five segments between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. During that same time period, broadcast morning news programs and nightly newscasts didn’t discuss gerrymandering at all. And this isn’t a new trend; for years, media have shown a reluctance to discuss gerrymandering and redistricting. Given… Read More

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The world according to bikers: A Sturgis Motorcycle Rally report on the state of the union

A biker rides during the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This year marks the 77th anniversary of the rally. (Credit: Getty/Andrew Cullen) Every August, in the city of Sturgis, South Dakota (pop. 7,000) — 30 miles east of the Wyoming border and just north of Black Hills National Forest — half a million motorcyclists descend upon the quiet hillside town for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bedecked in leather and astride boisterous Harley Davidsons, riders swarm the city streets for 10 days of booze-filled revelry, flat track races, twisting rides through the Black Hills and sales of every imaginable motorcycle accessory along Main Street. T-shirts hanging from shop doors feature Trump,… Read More

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