Nick Walker provides a six-paragraph primer called "What is Autism?" Warning: if you're looking to understand autism solely in the context of how difficult autism is for non-autistic folks to deal with, you're not going to find what you're looking for there. But if you'd like to understand autism as autistic folks understand and experience it, then you should do fine. Paragraph five explains the perceived social "deficits" of autistic folks about as succinctly as can be done. (Try also, if you're left wanting more, Mr. Walker's longer and more personal piece "This is Autism.")
University of Maryland-affiliated study suggests that the American people, left to their own devices, could fix Social Security much better than our politicians could. The solution they come up with (tax income up to $200,000, raise payroll tax slightly, raise retirement age to 68) is noticeably to the right of what I'd push, but it's still a lot better than "cut benefits," which is the only answer the "liberal" media seems to regard as a serious one.
ProPublica provides a helpful map showing which states have the most restrictive voting laws, before and after Shelby v. Holder. Get your surprised face ready: the states that have moved most quickly to restrict voting rights are Southern states, which makes the Supreme Court's finely-wrought concern over the burdens faced by Southern states seem all the more perverse. But then I've found that right-wingers seem to feel sorry for the wrong people most of the time.
Ho hum, a corporation founded by a major Koch brothers donor has procured over $100 million in big gummint contracts over the last few years. In the context of federal budget deficits, $100 million ain't much, but in the context of your household budget and my household budget, it is -- not to mention that we could have spent that $100 million on things that actually got local economies moving. File this one under "folks who complain about government being too big really just want more taxpayer money for themselves."
Finally, a Republican lobbyist is really, really serious about getting a bill passed that keeps openly gay players out of the NFL -- unless a football team provides "entirely separate and distinct" facilities (that's right, they have to be both separate and distinct!), just like the South used to provide during the Jim Crow years. Presumably Mr. Burkman believes it'll keep the straight players from getting gay cooties -- and I guess he's afraid Michael Sam might really make the transition from pass-rushing defensive end to edge-rushing linebacker, which more objective observers are not sure will happen. Seriously, anyone heard of Jack Burkman before? Me neither. Now let's never speak of him again.