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Monday
Nov122018

POLITICS/BUSINESS: Electric scooters, litigation? mechanical/ structual problems?: "Injured scooter riders line up to sue Bird and Lime, but 'user agreements' could shield companies"; also, "Lime issues global recall of one of its electric scooter models amid fears that it can break apart in use"  

Monday
Nov122018

POLITICS (National): American politics/political system, federal power -- rural vs urban, economic and demographic trends: Commentary (Paul Krugman), "Real America versus Senate America" ....

***American politics/political system, federal power --  rural vs. urban, economic and demographic trends....

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Paul Krugman):  "Real America versus Senate America" - "Some of us are more equal than others, and they like Trump." - From the NYT:

Everyone is delivering post-mortems on Tuesday’s elections, so for what it’s worth, here’s mine: Despite some bitter disappointments and lost ground in the Senate, Democrats won a huge victory. They broke the Republican monopoly on federal power, and that’s a very big deal for an administration that has engaged in blatant corruption and abuse of power, in the belief that an impenetrable red wall would always protect it from accountability. They also made major gains at the state level, which will have a big impact on future elections.

But given this overall success, how do we explain those Senate losses? Many people have pointed out that this year’s Senate map was unusually bad for Democrats, consisting disproportionately of states Donald Trump won in 2016. But there was actually a deeper problem, one that will pose long-term problems, not just for Democrats, but for the legitimacy of our whole political system. For economic and demographic trends have interacted with political change to make the Senate deeply unrepresentative of American reality.

How is America changing? Immigration and our growing racial and cultural diversity are only part of the story. We’re also witnessing a transformation in the geography of our economy . . . . . . . .

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But here’s the thing: The Senate, which gives each state the same number of seats regardless of population — which gives fewer than 600,000 people in Wyoming the same representation as almost 40 million in California — drastically overweights those rural areas and underweights the places where most Americans live ......................

Monday
Nov122018

POLITICS/MEDIA (National): President Donald Trump: "Trump draws rebukes for scolding female reporters of color"; "Trump's insults toward black reporters, candidates echo 'historic playbooks' used against African Americans, critics say"; "Trump lashes out at three black female journalists in two days for asking questions"; "Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't Show 'Respect'" 

***Preisdent Donald Trump, White House media, female black journalists....

* POLITICO:  "Trump draws rebukes for scolding female reporters of color" - "'I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions,' Trump told CNN reporter Abby Phillip, who is black."

* Washington Post:  "Trump's insults toward black reporters, candidates echo 'historic playbooks' used against African Americans, critics say"

* The Independent:  "Trump lashes out at three black female journalists in two days for asking questions" - "Reporters accuse president of showing contempt for African-American journalists and politicians"

***ALSO:

* New York Times:  "Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't Show 'Respect'"

Monday
Nov122018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): "Oakland City Hall to welcome new leaders, sources of new revenue"; "S.F. Board of Supervisors' new mash-up of members could mean more swing votes"; "Mass transit a good thing -- especially for riders whose fares are subsidized" (Matier & Ross) .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and/or around the Bay Area....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Oakland City Hall to welcome new leaders, sources of new revenue"

* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross):  "Mass transit a good thing -- especially for riders whose fares are subsidized"

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "S.F. Board of Supervisors' new mash-up of members could mean more swing votes"

Monday
Nov122018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT: So. Calif.: "11 Los Angeles County cities passed sales tax hikes -- in many cases by large margins"; "To comply with state law, Newport Beach will allow street vending -- with restrictions"; No. Calif.: "Big drop in tent camps in S.F., but now RV dwellers are a problem"; "Amid a Bay Area exodus, Sacramento struggles to stay affordable" .... 

***Various items relating to local issues/local government -- Northern California, Southern California....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Big drop in tent camps in S.F., but now RV dwellers are a problem"

* East Bay Times:  "Amid a Bay Area exodus, Sacramento struggles to stay affordable"

* Daily News:  "11 Los Angeles County cities passed sales tax hikes -- in many cases by large margins"

* Los Angeles Times:  "To comply with state law, Newport Beach will allow street vending -- with restrictions"