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This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see. Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain.

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more. Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. The evangelical campaign against birth control is really about Obama. On July 19, 2011, a report released by the U.S.

The evangelical campaign against birth control is really about Obama

Department of Health and Human Services recommended that all American women be provided with free contraception. Red States, Green Power - Todd Woody. Wind energy is supplying up to 60 percent of electricity demand on record-setting days in some states.

Red States, Green Power - Todd Woody

The rap against renewable energy is that it doesn’t provide what energy wonks call “baseload” power around the clock. While a fossil fuel power plant will keep cranking out kilowatts 24/7 as long as you keep shoveling in coal or piping natural gas, solar and wind farms are at the mercy of the vagaries of the weather to generate electricity.

No wind, no sun, no power. (The exception is carbon-free geothermal power plants, which operate continuously.) Then there’s the fact that despite the explosive growth in wind and solar projects over the past five years and the billions of dollars poured into subsidies, green energy still only supplies a fraction of the United States’ electricity demand. Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy. Image copyright Thinkstock A review of the best commentary on and around the world...

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Today's must-read The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite. So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page. This is not news, you say. Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power. The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, U.S. Senator for Vermont. Thank you for giving GovTrack a try.

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, U.S. Senator for Vermont

Like OpenCongress, GovTrack is for researching and tracking legislation before the U.S. Congress. Hillary Clinton's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. The Fringe Left is Exposing Itself by Calling for Elizabeth Warren's Head, and I Couldn't be Happier. Bernie Gets It Done: Sanders' Record of Pushing Through Major Reforms Will Surprise You. “I'm a progressive, but I'm a progressive who likes to get things done,” Hillary Clinton said at the first Democratic debate, in response to a question from moderator Anderson Cooper about whether she defines herself as a moderate or a progressive.

Bernie Gets It Done: Sanders' Record of Pushing Through Major Reforms Will Surprise You

The implication was that progressive Bernie Sanders is too far to the left to accomplish anything—all of his ideas are pie-in-the-sky. You have to be able to find the bipartisan, “warm, purple space” as Clinton said earlier this year, to get anything done. Bernie Sanders' record in Congress shows little socialist progress. Sen.

Bernie Sanders' record in Congress shows little socialist progress

Bernard Sanders‘ promises of a democratic socialist revolution have enthralled liberal voters this campaign season, but the Vermont independent’s legislative record shows he has had a tough time turning his progressive vision into reality. Germany increasingly appears to be the strongest remaining bastion of liberal democracy. Bernie Sanders' Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Trump Won Because Voters Are Ignorant, Literally. OK, so that just happened.

Trump Won Because Voters Are Ignorant, Literally

Donald Trump always enjoyed massive support from uneducated, low-information white people. As Bloomberg Politics reported back in August, Hillary Clinton was enjoying a giant 25 percentage-point lead among college-educated voters going into the election. (Whether that trend held up remains to be seen.) In contrast, in the 2012 election, college-educated voters just barely favored Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming. Shortly after the Presidential election, a small piece of good news came over the wire: the Thomas Mann villa in Los Angeles has been saved.

The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming

The house, which was built to Mann’s specifications, in the nineteen-forties, went on the market earlier this year, and it seemed likely to be demolished, because the structure was deemed less valuable than the land beneath it. After prolonged negotiations, the German government bought the property, with the idea of establishing it as a cultural center. The house deserves to stand not only because a great writer lived there but because it brings to mind a tragic moment in American cultural history. The author of “Death in Venice” and “The Magic Mountain” settled in this country in 1938, a grateful refugee from Nazism.