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DNC Chairman: The Democratic Plan to Combat Trumps Voter Suppression Commission

by Tom Perez, Karen Carter Peterson
10:30 AM ET

In 2016, 39 Americans were struck and killed by lightning. In the same year, there were four documented cases of voter fraud. That’s right. You’re more likely to see someone fatally struck by lightning than witness a case of in-person voter fraud.

Study after study after study has debunked the myth of “voter fraud.”

So why is President Donald Trump spending taxpayer dollars on a voter fraud commission? The answer is simple: This is a propaganda factory for justifying the Republican Party’s broader voter suppression efforts.

As the commission meets in Washington, D.C. today, there seems to be no limit to how far Republicans will go to disenfranchise certain voters. Instead of working to convince voters to support their policies, they’re working systematically to suppress the fundamental democratic rights of the American people.



Carrier laying off hundreds despite Trump deal

Carrier announced it is planning to lay off 300 workers at its Indianapolis furnace factory on Thursday despite a deal it had reached late last year with President Trump.

“This week, approximately 300 employees will leave Carrier as part of the previously announced plan to relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines,” Carrier said in a statement.

The company said the affected workers would be able to pursue employment in Carrier’s parent company United Technologies Corporation’s (UTC) manufacturing operations.



Trumpers are sooooo stupid

Poll: Third of Trump voters don’t think Trump Jr. met with Russian, even though he admitted it

Nearly a third of Americans who voted for President Trump said they don't believe that Trump's eldest son met with a Russian lawyer last year, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

That's despite the fact that Donald Trump Jr. has admitted that the meeting took place.

The poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling poll found that only 45 percent of Trump voters said they believe that Trump Jr. went to the meeting, even after he released an email chain proving that he was eager to receive potential dirt from the Russian government on campaign rival Hillary Clinton at the meeting.

Thirty-two percent of the Trump supporters said they don’t believe the meeting took place, while 24 percent said they aren’t sure, according to the poll results.


Australia is sharing an amazing trove of underwater data gathered in the long search for MH370

The long search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 failed to solve one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time. But it did reveal the wonders of the deep.

Australia released today a vast trove of underwater data gathered during the search for the missing Boeing 777 airliner, which disappeared in March 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. To find the plane, search teams armed with high-tech equipment and relatively large budgets painstakingly surveyed about 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) of seafloor, turning an otherwise remote part of the Indian Ocean into one of the world’s most thoroughly mapped regions of deep ocean.

The data was freely shared by Geoscience Australia, a government agency Down Under that conducts scientific research. The head of its environmental geoscience division, Stuart Minchin, said that only 10% to 15% of the world’s oceans have been mapped in such fine detail.

Among the features revealed are mountains larger than Mount Everest and a volcano-dotted valley running for hundreds of kilometers, far below the water’s surface. The data will prove valuable not only to oceanographers and geologists, but also to commercial fishermen, who will have a better idea of where to find highly prized fish like tuna, which tend to gather at seamounts.


French moms arent superior parents, they just have it easier


Jenny Anderson

The world has long been plagued by the myth of French women. We can’t seem to get enough of what makes them so effortlessly beautiful, impossibly fashionable, and perfect in every way.

Reverence for la femme française is on high, now that France has elected a pro-female president who wants to engage the world, not insult it, to tackle climate change, not question its existence, and who sees women for who they are, not what they look like.

Add best baby makers to the list of France’s accolades: French women are the most prolific baby producers in Western Europe, recent data show. While Danes have to try and lure couples to hotels with special deals to spark procreation, French women are producing nearly two kids—1.96 to be exact—per mother, which is just shy of the magical number needed (2.1) to keep its population steady. That compares to 1.35 in Italy and 1.7 in Denmark.

The more children French women have, the better they seem to do. They are sanguine, slim, and well-rested mothers. Their kids eat haute cuisine iPad-free in restaurants, they don’t snack, and they don’t throw tempter tantrums.



Nearly half of all US high schoolers graduate with an "A" average

To graduate from high school with a grade-point average (GPA) of A, the top range of academic marks, used to be a crowning achievement and every parent’s dream come true (literally, every parent’s). Now, it’s basically the norm.

Nearly half of American high school students—47%, to be exact—are graduating with grades ranging from A+ to A-, according to a study released this week. The report, coauthored by a member of the SAT-administering College Board and a doctoral student of higher education, found that while high-school students’ average GPAs have soared, SAT scores have slipped noticeably over the past decade.

Taken together, those trends suggest that American teenagers are not necessarily getting smarter; high-school teachers are just being more lenient with grading, and perhaps rewarding students more for the same amount of effort.

That’s not a problem in and of itself—but it is troublesome when it comes to college and, later down the line, employment. Grade inflation makes it difficult for students to honestly self-assess their accomplishments, and it often discourages them from working harder and striving for more. When half of every school is getting the “top” grade, students have few ways of knowing where they really stand, in comparison to their peers.


Explains why the incoming GPA of admitted College students is so crazy high. University of Georgia, for example, has an average incoming GPA of over 4. It's a different world than the one I grew up in.

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NY/Sheldon Silver


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I'll bet this is pretty darn close to the truth right now in Congress

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