Retroactive: ICYMI From Ordinary Times This Week

Retroactive: ICYMI From Ordinary Times This Week

Retroactive is the ICYMI listing of all the great reading from the week that was.
This Week:

The Republican Party Was Not Always This WayNYT (1995): “Clinton Embraces a Proposal To Cut Immigration by a Third”
By Vikram Bath

What About The Boys?
With all of the attention that we devote to girls and STEM, what about boys and reading?
By Scott J Davies

Time for a RAISE?A naturalized citizen takes a skeptical look at H1-B visas.
By Sanjay Kumar

Parenting Lessons in Parenting, Baseball, and OptometryI felt so disappointed for my son in his inability to excel at baseball. I had simply concluded that he lacked talent, and that was that. Of course, I would cheer him on and encourage him as long as he was interested, but, I assumed, the writing was on the wall. I pigeonholed him as “not an athlete”, just like me. Knowing now that it is quite likely that his vision was at least partially to blame for his trouble is a humbling reminder: our kids are not just small versions of ourselves.

The Politics Of Eighty SixingWhere will the Era of Bad Feelings ultimately take us?
By Burt Likko

5-4 SCOTUS Strikes Down Mandatory Union Dues for Public EmployeesA state may not require public employees to pay dues to a union if he or she does not wish to be a member, ruled a 5-4 SCOTUS today in Janus v. AFSCME, reversing a Seventh Circuit decision.
By Em Carpenter

“Travel Ban” Well-Within Trump’s Authority, Says Divided SCOTUSThe predictable split of the Court on this matter portends the inevitable split between the left and right leaning citizenry, as many decisions this term have done. With the strong, provocative rhetoric from our President which underlies the whole thing, it is hard to reconcile the two sides.
By Em Carpenter

Linky Friday: Daily Routine
“I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.” – Roald Dahl

Weekend!
The Introvert Thing
By Jaybird

Saturday!Finally jumping into The Witcher 3.
By Jaybird

All the TSN headlines:

Progress!
Mayors In The Crosshairs
The Capitol Gazette, In Their Own Words
The Short List? Deciding the SCOTUS Nominee
Anthony Kennedy to Retire From SCOTUS
About Last Night: Ocasio-Cortez Unseats Crowley in NY-14
Rise of the (Debating) Machines
Burgers For The Buns In The Oven

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Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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