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We the People” is a podcast which attempts to continue the conversation about what the Constitution means. It is a product of the National Constitution Center, an institution established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

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It has a sister podcast called “Live at America’s Town Hall.”  Both of these podcasts strive for clarity using people steeped in these areas. They seem to be a rare arena of bipartisan civil discussion judging from what I have heard so far. “We the People” adroitly avoids policy discussions and focuses on structural and legal discussion of the constitution, especially it seems in terms of current events.

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There is also an app sponsored by these people called The Interactive Constitution. I have installed it on my tablet and it looks excellent.

As the Trump Administration goes about disassembling our functioning government in favor of weird understandings of our country and our world, it’s good to remember that there are little corners of sanity and civic exchange still functioning. Here’s a link to a list of related organizations.

Why 20 Million People Are on Brink of Famine in a ‘World of Plenty’ – The New York Times

This is happening.

Donald Trump’s Media Attacks Should Be Viewed as Brilliant | Time.com

“Brilliant” as in insidiously brilliant. This writer says that Trump got his slogan this way:

“A year ago, when he was trying to explain his idea of a foreign policy to the New York Times’s David Sanger, the reporter asked him whether it didn’t amount to a kind of “America First policy”—a reference to the isolationist and anti-Semitic America First Committee that tried to prevent U.S. entry into World War II. Trump clearly had never heard of the group, but he liked the phrase and made it his own. And that’s how we got the return of America First.”

Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist

To use the word, “ableist,” as in preferring able bodied people’s rights over disabled ones is a bit jargony for me. But I did not know about how fonts and paper color affect some dyslexic people.




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