Imagine this: a Republican governor in a crucial battleground state instructs his secretary of state to purge the voting rolls of hundreds of thousands of allegedly ineligible voters. The move disenfranchises thousands of legally registered voters, who happen to be overwhelmingly black and Hispanic Democrats. The number of voters prevented from casting a ballot exceeds the margin of victory in the razor-thin election, which ends up determining the next President of the United States. If this scenario sounds familiar, that’s because it happened in Florida in 2000. And twelve years later, just months before another presidential election, history is repeating itself. Back in 2000, 12,000 eligible voters – a number twenty-two times larger than George W. Bush’s 537 vote triumph over Al Gore – were wrongly identified as convicted felons and purged from the voting rolls in Florida, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. African Americans, who favored Gore over … [Read more...] about Florida GOP Takes Voter Suppression to a Brazen New Extreme
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Novelist Don Winslow has spent the last 20 years of his life absorbing more news about Mexico’s narco wars than most of us could stomach. This month he delivers the Border, the fiery conclusion of his sweeping drug-war trilogy. Clocking in at over 700 pages, it is his most overtly political installment yet. He takes on the Trump administration directly, creating a fictional candidate, then president, who stokes racist fears of Mexicans, campaigns on “building the wall” and, along with his venal son-in-law, gets caught up in a shady real estate deal involving Cartel money. Like its predecessors, 2004’s Power of the Dog (covering 1975-2004) and 2015’s The Cartel (2004-2014), The Border is a sprawling, blood-soaked saga and cements Winslow, in the words of one his heroes, the writer James Ellroy, as “the master of the dope war novel. He’s the dope war king.” Winslow, 65, picks up where he left off with The Cartel. His El Chapo character, … [Read more...] about Don Winslow Digs Into Modern Drug War With New Novel ‘The Border’
Speaking from his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kris Kristofferson, 76, looks back on a life rich with Hall of Fame-worthy country-music writing and recording credits, acclaimed acting roles, a Rhodes scholarship and collegiate athletic prowess with nothing short of fondness. “It’s a pretty neat life when you think about it,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I just feel so grateful.” But rather than spend his time driving a tractor around his expansive property, mowing the lawn or occasionally taking the two-hour trek across the island to spend time with his “best friend” Willie Nelson (“He’s the same kid sitting at his table playing chess and smoking whatever”), Kristofferson continues to churn out new songs. From the Archives: Dylan Meets the Durango Kid: Kristofferson and Dylan in Mexico His latest album, Feeling Mortal, due on January 29th, contains some of the singer-songwriter’s most raw and poignant material yet. … [Read more...] about Kris Kristofferson Explores Mortality on New Album
A former official for the Mexican government, Genaro Garcia Luna, was arrested and charged in the United States on Monday. He is accused of accepting millions in bribes to allow Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel to operate freely in Mexico and distribute drugs in the United States. Richard P. Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the charges against Luna, which include three counts of cocaine trafficking and conspiracy, and one count of making false statements. Luna was arrested in Dallas and authorities will seek to bring him to New York to face the charges. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes,” Donoghue said in a statement. Luna held several high-profile positions in the Mexican government between 2001 and 2012, which is the … [Read more...] about Former Mexican Security Official Arrested for Aiding El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel
We shouldn’t be asking Facebook to fix the problem. We should be fixing Facebook. It’s our collective misfortune that this perhaps silliest-in-history supercorporation – a tossed-off hookup site turned international cat-video vault turned Orwellian surveillance megavillain – has dragged us all to the very cliff edge of modern technological capitalism. We’ve reached a moment in history where many companies are more powerful than even major industrialized nations, and in some cases have essentially replaced governments as de facto regulators and overseers. But some of those companies suck just a little too badly at the governing part, leaving us staring into a paradox. The Russians call this situation a sobaka na sene, a dog on the hay. Asleep in the manger, the dog itself won’t eat the hay. But it won’t let you eat it either. We’ve got to get the dog off the hay. For much of the past year and a half, the Social Network has been everywhere … [Read more...] about Can We Be Saved From Facebook?