Daily Clips: September 15th, 2016

5 ways the census income report misleads us about the real state of the economy: Random thought, I just realized that Vox is like the BuzzFeed for politically-minded individuals.

Weak US retail sales dampen interest rate hike prospects: I wonder if this is because Americans are taking their increased wages and saving (what little they can).

America’s cultural civil war:

That gap between the largest places and everywhere else was nearly 50 percent bigger than it was as recently as the 2000 election. Few observers would be surprised if Trump suffers even greater repudiation in the largest metros and outpaces Romney beyond them—thus widening the electoral distance between town and country.

Study says Americans blame Washington gridlock for slow economic growth:

‘Only a minority of members of either party felt that their own party was acting in a way that supported economic growth,’ said Jan Rivkin, a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the report.

 The normalization of evil in American politics:

[The] mainstream media are also complicit in this normalization of hatred, allowing it to masquerade in the guise of political positions. For decades, when reporting on the Christian right, for example, media have treated it as a religious movement, barely mentioning—if at all—the roots of movement positions in the segregationist backlash of the South. Instead, media executives allowed themselves to be cowed by the right wing’s outrage machine, every time it cranked up its conveyor belt of allegations of the anti-religion bent of reporters.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.