Today’s 5TtRT offers stuff to read about Joe Arpaio’s pardon, Trump’s transgender military ban, universal basic income, the “Nashville Statement” and ICE.
We’ve got an opinion bit about Joe Arpaio’s pardon that includes some information about a few organizations who might fight or challenge the pardon.
The “Nashville Statement,” a parade of hate in print form, was released yesterday by the “Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood,” which seems to be exactly as awesome a group of people as you’d expect from the name.
There’s a possibly overly optimistic new study on universal basic income out.
ICE is trying to delete their records of abuse of detained immigrants, and Mattis is putting a hold on the transgender military ban, which is good news, but not as good of news as some outlets were presenting it.
Plus, there’s a (huge) bonus read!
5 Things to Read Today (8/30/17)
USA Today: More than 150 evangelical religious leaders sign ‘Christian manifesto’ on human sexuality
“A nationwide coalition of more than 150 conservative Christian leaders signed a statement, released Tuesday, affirming their beliefs on human sexuality, including that marriage is between one man and one woman and approval of ‘homosexual immorality’ is sinful.”
Vox: Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy
“The Roosevelt study, written by Roosevelt research director Marshall Steinbaum, Michalis Nikiforos at Bard College’s Levy Institute, and Gennaro Zezza at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio in Italy, comes to a dramatically different conclusion. And it does so using some notably rosy assumptions about the effects of large-scale increases to government spending, taxes, and deficits, assumptions that other analysts would dispute vociferously.”
Washington Post: Legal challenge to Arpaio pardon begins (Opinion)
“Meanwhile, Protect Democracy, an activist group seeking to thwart Trump’s violations of legal norms, and a group of lawyers have sent a letter to Raymond N. Hulser and John Dixon Keller of the Public Integrity Section, Criminal Division of the Justice Department, arguing that the pardon goes beyond constitutional limits.”
ACLU: ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently asked the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), which instructs federal agencies on how to maintain records, to approve its timetable for retaining or destroying records related to its detention operations. This may seem like a run-of-the-mill government request for record-keeping efficiency. It isn’t. An entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and constitutional abuses is at stake.”
NPR: Mattis Puts Hold On Transgender Ban For Current Military Service Members
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving an Obama-era policy on transgender military service members largely intact, saying he needs input from an expert panel to determine the best way to implement President Trump’s ban that would keep transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.”
With Hurricane Harvey and the misery in Houston in the news, now’s a good time to make sure you’re ready to handle a disaster in your area. The article below is long and packed full of recommendations and information.
TheSweetHome.com: The Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies
“Though the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all provide emergency-supply checklists, those lists can be intimidating in their breadth and their specificity. In reality, for the most part you can assemble an emergency kit out of stuff you’d use anyway and may already own.”