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    Lavish travel by Cabinet members on the public’s dime shows the emptiness of Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp”

Lavish travel by Cabinet members on the public’s dime shows the emptiness of Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp”

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At the end of September, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, resigned following controversy over his use of private and government jets at taxpayer expense. Christa Slaton writes that Price and other Trump Cabinet officials’ use of private and government flights is a symptom of an administration – and a president – that is staffed by officials […]

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    Book Review: We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves by John Cheney-Lippold

Book Review: We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves by John Cheney-Lippold

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In We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves, John Cheney-Lippold examines how algorithms increasingly interpret and influence our behaviour. With the author concluding with some pragmatic suggestions for challenging the digital status quo, Daniel Zwi welcomes the book for both capably elucidating the problem of algorithimic regulation and forearming us to tackle this issue.

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    Book Review: The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online by Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner

Book Review: The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online by Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner

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In The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity and Antagonism Online, Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner explore the contradictions and paradoxes of the internet as a realm of ‘vernacular creativity’ . This is a thought-provoking and original study that diverges from a ‘good or bad’ binary to instead demonstrate the messy ambivalence of internet culture today, writes Dr Zoetanya Sujon. 

The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, […]

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    News of defence spending changes the economic behaviour of people and firms

News of defence spending changes the economic behaviour of people and firms

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The expectation of changes in defence spending accounts for a non-negligible share of US output fluctuations, write Nadav Ben Zeev and Evi Pappa.

Announced changes in US public spending on defence have a significant impact on the economic behaviour of firms and households. In particular, anticipated increases in defence spending induce a significant and persistent increase in output, hours worked, […]

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    State of the States for 6 October: Virginia Governor’s race gets dirty, Idaho Freedom Caucus plans fall flat, and California’s Sanctuary State symbolism

State of the States for 6 October: Virginia Governor’s race gets dirty, Idaho Freedom Caucus plans fall flat, and California’s Sanctuary State symbolism

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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On Tuesday this week, Granite Grok takes the New Hampshire Republican Party to task, berating state lawmakers who green-lit through a subcommittee a bill introducing up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for workers.

RIPR writes that Rhode Island’s Governor, Gina Raimondo, has apologized after making remarks that […]

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    Like most Americans, Trump is ignorant of the truth about Puerto Rico

Like most Americans, Trump is ignorant of the truth about Puerto Rico

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In the past week, President Trump has been criticized for what has been seen by many as his slow response to the disaster in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and for his comments about the costs of that disaster relief. Lorrin Thomas writes that Trump’s clueless response should be seen in light of the US’s historic relationship with Puerto […]

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    Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

Manufactured homeowners live at risk of eviction – state policies can improve housing insecurity or make it worse.

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High rents and house prices across America means that mobile homes are playing an increasing role in providing housing in the US. Mobile homes placed in mobile home parks can be precarious, with the potential for closure at any time, displacing hundreds of residents. Esther Sullivan spent two years conducting ethnographic analyses of mobile home parks in Florida and […]

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    Adam Posen: ‘There are many echoes between Brexiteers and the Trump way of thinking’

Adam Posen: ‘There are many echoes between Brexiteers and the Trump way of thinking’

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Adam S. Posen has worked for central banks on both sides of the Atlantic – the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England – and has written extensively about fiscal and monetary policies, Japan, the Eurozone and the US. Since 2013 Mr Posen has been the president of the think-tank Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE.) He is currently concerned […]

October 5th, 2017|Economy|0 Comments|
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    From the Slave Codes to Mike Brown: the brutal history of African Americans and law enforcement

From the Slave Codes to Mike Brown: the brutal history of African Americans and law enforcement

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Police killings of unarmed African American men have been highly publicized and heavily debated as a horrific social problem in recent years. Michael A. Robinson writes that this social ill can be traced back to the start of the slave trade.  The relationship between police and Black men reflects how the white majority has perceived Black men throughout the […]

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    Perceptions of voter fraud are boosted by many Americans’ hostility towards immigrants.

Perceptions of voter fraud are boosted by many Americans’ hostility towards immigrants.

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One of Donald Trump’s earliest claims as President was that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election. Given that research has found that voter fraud in the US is exceptionally rare, how can many Americans’ concerns about illegal voting be explained? In new research, Adriano Udani and David Kimball find that anti-immigrant attitudes – especially towards Mexicans – strongly […]

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