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Anna Wolf/Mississippi Today (March 2021):
‘Deep betrayal of trust’: Why Jackson’s water system is broken
How a shrinking city, aging infrastructure and racism left thousands of Jacksonians without water for weeks.
Many Jacksonians lacked access to clean drinking water long before the most recent storm. In fact, on a good day, authorities advise pregnant people and children under the age of five not to drink from the tap, a practice that has been going on for the past five years…
The city faces two conflicting but separate funding problems: One, the city’s infrastructure is only aging and previous administrations did not plan for inevitable future capital investments, as is true in many older cities. . Two, the loss of customer base and widespread billing problems have left the water department without a viable revenue model for regular operations and maintenance.
The next scary case for Trump’s lawyers: the crime-fraud exception
US District Judge David O. carter found In a case regarding the committee’s Jan. 6 subpoena of attorney John Eastman’s emails that while certain materials may be protected, “the tort-fraud exception applies when (1) a “client advises someone; Consults the lawyer who will serve. [them] in the commission of a fraud or crime, and (2) the communications are “substantially related” and were made “in furtherance of the crime.”
carter added: “It is irrelevant whether the attorney was aware of the illegal purpose or whether the scheme was ultimately successful. The exception abrogates both the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine.
Dan Rather and Elliott Kirschner/Substack:
You nurture the flames of democracy
One of the great sadnesses of our modern age is how politics has so polluted our public discourse and permeated areas that once seemed free of prejudice. That this happens at a time when much of the Republican Party has adopted a posture of bullying and is plagued by radical ideology and attacks on truth and justice makes it all the more dangerous and depressing.
Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in the battlefields that our schools have become. We live in an age when the number of book bans is increasing and the willingness to confront America’s complex history is decreasing. We see intolerance worn as a badge of toughness, while inclusion, the great promise of what public education can be, is treated as weakness. We see a concerted effort to take over school boards, especially in deeply conservative areas, with true believers in the culture wars to shape how young minds are taught with their own narrow-minded, biased views. , and are keen to influence moderate sentiment.
Teaching, already an underappreciated profession in this country, is becoming an even less attractive line of work. We have educators who have spent decades in the classroom now forced to look over their shoulders, wondering if the books on their shelves or their carefully crafted lesson plans will violate new rigid mandates. . And we have young idealists with fresh teaching certificates wondering if they can impart their enthusiasm and fresh ideas on the students in front of them.
From Republican ‘tsunami’ to ‘puddle’: Why the November forecast is changing
“It feels to me like a shallow red puddle that we’re going through, rather than some kind of tsunami,” says Republican strategist John Thomas.The key to a change in expectations is a change in the issues that motivate voters. Earlier this year, the debate between the parties focused on inflation, the economy, crime, immigration and President Joe Biden’s stalled legislative agenda in Congress — all issues that motivate the Republican base and alienate many swing voters from Democrats. But a series of dramatic events in the past few months has elevated an entirely different set of issues: gun violence, threats to democracy, climate change and, above all, Abortion rights.
Brian Klaas/The Atlantic:
The realist’s weapon in the fight for democracy
Relegating dictators to a happy exile is sometimes the best option.
For decades, hawks in Washington and London pushed for military solutions to democratize dictatorships. They got their way with the Iraq War. Now Afghanistan is back under Taliban control, Libya is a disaster, and there are few advocates of the concept of regime change by force. Economic sanctions, which often squeeze vulnerable citizens more than elites (who can kill), rarely live up to their lofty expectations.
Bangor Daily News:
Maine High Court says referendum to block CMP corridor was unconstitutional
Maine’s high court ruled Tuesday that a referendum by an affiliate of Central Maine Power Co. blocking a controversial $1 billion hydropower corridor running from the Canadian border through western Maine was unconstitutional.
In a 39-page decision, five members of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine said that The November 2021 referendum, which was applied retroactively to the corridor project, which had previously received many approvals, was unconstitutional.
The result was a messy split that still leaves the project unfinished. The court’s decision sends the project back to the commercial court for further proceedings. Massachusetts, which is paying for the corridor, has given CMP and its partners until the end of 2023 to complete the project, which will help that state meet its clean energy goals and supply power to the regional grid.