Headlines on 2019-08-20

  • News Brief: NYPD Firing, China Social Media Accounts, Red Flag Laws

    NYPD fires officer who used banned choke hold in Garner case. China is accused of using fake social media accounts to try to disrupt Hong Kong protests. And, poll results on red flag gun laws.

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  • Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?

    Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider that a loophole that hurts kids.

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  • The Case For Summer Vacation

    Economists have long criticized summer vacation as economically inefficient. But one has come to its defense.

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  • Unanswered Questions Leave Californians Worried About Fire Season

    Warm temperatures have Californians again bracing for wildfires. But to better prepare, the residents of Ventura say they need a clearer picture of what went wrong in the destructive 2017 Thomas Fire.

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  • The Future For Labor

    In high school, in the late 90s, my friends and I played hooky and drove to Flint, Michigan, where we heard there was going to be a strike at the Delphi plant, an auto parts supplier to General Motors. We got there just in time to see the men walking out, marching slowly in horizontal lines, joined at the arms. Some of them were singing. An audience stood outside the plant gates, watching silently, and for a moment, everything held still. Later, I learned that 5,800 men and women had struck the...

    The New Republic
  • The Subtle Politics of Graphic Design

    In 2008, Barack Obama’s Chicago headquarters housed engineers from Facebook and coders from Google. Everything was optimized for the web, from the talking points to the logo—the simple, minimal, now iconic Obama “O.” The candidate’s graphic designers even made use of a new typeface, Gotham, which was so well suited to social media that the Discovery Networks and SNL later folded it into their own branding. A decade later, the minimalist, startup-y aesthetic Obama pioneered during his first...

    The New Republic