The state of California agrees to move close to 2,000 inmates out of solitary confinement as part of a lawsuit settlement. California has long used solitary to control violent gangs, supposedly, but anyone who thinks about that for a moment knows that's not what solitary's for -- to the extent we use it at all, we should use it to punish stuff prisoners actually do in prison, not for having the wrong tattoo or based on another inmate's say-so.
FAIR finds the "liberal" media wondering whether a "Ferguson effect" is causing a "murder wave" in America. Funny that the "liberal" media would never think to attribute, say, a rise in harassment of black folks by police officers to a "Ferguson effect." Anyway, long story short: the "murder wave" may or may not exist and may or may not have begun before Ferguson, and the "liberal" media buttresses its case with incomplete data supplemented by scare numbers and bait-and-switch argument. They should be ashamed to call themselves "journalists."
Speaking of people who should be ashamed of themselves, dig the rhetorical contortions Texas history books now employ just to try to make out that slavery isn't so big a deal. Bad as this is, I'm old enough to remember that history textbooks used to be a lot worse, when they pretended the antebellum South was a Golden Age and its demise a crime against memory, and obliterated black history altogether. We should not excuse "history" like "some slaves reported that their masters treated them kindly" -- as if "some" equals "all," or as if such testimony could never be compelled from someone who literally has no rights! -- but we ought to note the progress we've made as well as the work we still have to do.
U.S. District Court judge places Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who still refuses to issue marriage licenses to gays, in federal custody. In case you were wondering (as I was!), no, the state can't just fire her for refusing to do her job -- the state legislature has to impeach, convict, and remove her, and none of that looks likely, not when the state Senate President attends rallies in your support. Unless good Kentuckians pressure their legislators, of course.
Finally, Bernie Sanders tells DNC politicos that he's a candidate "who can substantially increase voter turnout all across the country." I think he's right -- the things he's talking about, and the way he's talking about them, resonate with folks across the spectrum, regardless of what the "liberal" media thinks -- but a note of caution: turnout will continue to be an issue in states with Voter ID laws, or states using the "Interstate Crosscheck" database.