To curb illegal border crossings, Trump administration weighs new measures targeting families

The Trump administration is considering measures to halt a surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border, including a proposal to separate parents from their children, according to officials with knowledge of the plans. To curb illegal border crossings, Trump administration weighs new measures targeting families DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen…

7 “Naughty” Words Echo George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth

Washington Post reports that the Trump administration told multiple agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) not to use certain phrases in official documents. Officials who asked that their names and agencies remain anonymous, told The Washington Post that they had been given a list of “forbidden” words similar to the one given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Who Will Bear the Brunt of Automation?

During the last big wave of automation in the 1980s and 1990s, technology produced new jobs and made others obsolete. The demand for rote-labor workers had diminished, while that for workers with computer-based skills had gone up. Laborers who didn’t have much experience beyond their rote jobs were, in turn, hit the hardest, and those…

This Is How Gerrymandering Works

I first got interested in gerrymandering on that long-ago night in 2012 when President Obama was re-elected. By 10 PM, it was clear that Obama had won. The next morning, I took a closer look at the returns. I grew up, and currently live, in Harris County, Texas, which includes much of the Houston metropolitan…