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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sep 28, 2018

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

When asked how certain she is that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Blasey Ford told the committee: “100 percent.”

From her opening statement:

When you’re thinking about money in politics, you’re probably thinking the Koch Brothers and Citizens United.

But the single biggest donor in American politics is a Democrat: Tom Steyer. He put in around 90 million dollars during that campaign and is now funding a $20 million dollar advertising push that advocates for the impeachment of President Trump. That’s probably where you’ve seen him lately.

In the 19th century, milk containing substantial quantities of formaldehyde (yes, the stuff that preserves dead bodies) killed thousands of children every year. The rise of industrial chemistry meant the decline of food safety in the United States.

This wasn’t an oversight. Food manufacturers had quickly learned they could profit by selling harmful products with long shelf lives. Even modest regulations of the industry couldn’t get traction.

Changing Rules On Refugees

Sep 26, 2018

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration would limit refugee resettlement admissions to 30,000 people in the coming year. This represents the lowest refugee ceiling since the 1980s and about a third less than the 45,000 admitted last year.

The Boy On The Beach

Sep 26, 2018

“[P]hotographs furnish evidence,” critic Susan Sontag wrote.

From the essay On Photography: