How one Chicago Democrat’s shutdown fight reveals the Democratic Party’s coming struggle

In this Dec. 6, 2017 photo, Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill., third from left, joins demonstrators in a protest outside the U.S. Capitol in support of the 700,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. (Jose Luis Magana/AP) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) found himself in a familiar place on Monday, furious his fellow Democrats were voting to fund the government without guaranteeing protections for young immigrants. “They caved. They blinked,” Gutierrez said. “Democrats are still not willing to…

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The surprising argument for extending food stamps to pets

(iStockphoto) Edward B. Johnston Jr. would rather give his dinner to his dog than watch the dog go hungry. That is why the 59-year-old Mississippi man is petitioning the Department of Agriculture to let him use food stamps on kibble and pet treats. Pets are part of the family, Johnston argued, and families should not have to break up when they hit what he calls a “financial rough patch.” He is asking that the federal government modify…

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The Injustice of Algorithms

The difficulty with talking about the technology industry is that it’s increasingly hard to define. A tech company can be a giant data-mining operation, turned advertising platform, like Facebook or Google. But it can also be a design-heavy producer of phones, computers and software. Or perhaps it’s a transportation company pretending it’s just a marketplace, nothing to see here. Maybe it’s Amazon? What binds all these companies, plenty of other large companies, and host of…

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