The Nation asks "What a Band of 20th Century Alabama Communists Can Teach Black Lives Matter and the Offspring of Occupy." Long story short: for the Depression-era Communists Robin D.G. Kelley wrote about in Hammer and Hoe, the struggle against out-of-control capitalism and the struggle against racial oppression were "inseparable." "State violence" does come down on both social and economic justice movements, after all -- and usually uses the former as misdirection against the latter.
West Point law professor (for about a month!) declares that legal scholars who oppose the "war on terror" constitute a sort of "fifth column" and can be legally attacked by our government -- "so long as attacks are proportional," he declares, which I'm sure he regards as an elephantine act of generosity. Hate to resort to ad hominem attacks, but Mr. Bradford has misrepresented his credentials to get a job more than once.
Whoa: the Moody's Analytics election model now predicts a decisive Democratic Presidential victory in 2016, with Ohio, Florida, and Colorado now leaning Democrat. Why the change? Apparently, Moody's (which bases its model strictly on economic factors) expects considerably lower gas prices, thanks to "(p)lummeting prices and changing dynamics in global energy markets from Chinese weakness and the Iranian nuclear deal." Expect further swings as we move on through the election season.
Apparently bowing to the pressure to keep stock prices as high as possible, WalMart has begun to cut staff after moving to raise its minimum wage. Because, you know, stock buybacks are more important than customer service, or making sure your employees can afford groceries. Seriously, this is the road to ruin: corporations think the only way to make money is to "cut costs," which usually means killing jobs. The way to make money is to spend money. And they call our entrepreneurial class "bold"!
Finally, Markos Moulitsas, the "Kos" in Daily Kos, thoroughly demolishes a Wall Street Journal hack job that criticized Consumer Reports for grading a new Tesla car so highly. Read the whole thing, since it will (among other things!) remind you that "even if you are using fossil fuels to power your Tesla, you're getting the equivalent of 87 MPG," and that writers shouldn't bemoan "taxpayer subsidies" for electric cars while being silent about all those other corporate welfare handouts, let alone oil subsidies.