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Newsweek 10/04/2019

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1 min.
the archives

2001 “We will not waver. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail,” President George W. Bush promised a nation on the precipice of war. America was reeling from 9/11 and preparing to strike back. With “American warplanes and ships speeding bin Laden’s way,” Newsweek detailed Bush’s transition to being “a war president,” and dove into Osama bin Laden’s network, piecing together the “decade long trail of terror, death and missed clues” that culminated in thousands of fatalities on September 11th, 2001. 1977 Jane Fonda’s Oscar-winning drama Julia signaled a shift in the depiction of women, declared Newsweek. Going from men’s “satellites” to “suns and stars in their own right,” no longer were women simply sensual sidekicks in film, but high-caliber heroines with…

13 min.
“the wild, wild west for these social media platforms is coming to an end”

SINCE THE 2016 ELECTION, SENATOR MARK Warner has been Silicon Valley’s most active and vocal watchdog on Capitol Hill. Warner, a Virginia Democrat, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Intelligence and a former tele-communications venture capitalist, published a white paper last year proposing a variety of legislative curbs on the tech industry. Those suggestions included putting the onus on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to identify bots and foreign election interference. Warner also has bipartisan co-sponsors for a variety of legislation aimed at curbing tech, including the so-called Honest Ads Act, which would require Facebook, Google and other platforms to be transparent about who is paying for political ads. He is clearly onto something. The end of 2019 is shaping up to be a watershed period for the…

14 min.
when lexisnexis makes a mistake, you pay for it

THOMAS TOLBERT DOESN’T own a motorcycle. But when he switched insurance companies earlier this year, his premium almost doubled based on an incident he supposedly had on one, he says. Tolbert says he traced the bad information to his Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (C.L.U.E.) auto report, a collection of data that auto insurers use to approve clients and set premiums. C.L.U.E. reports are generated and sold by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Consumers are often urged to regularly check for errors in credit reports from the big three bureaus—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. But you may want to add LexisNexis to the list. The company aggregates and sells consumer data—about 150 different reports on people like you. While many data companies have a niche, such as credit or insurance, LexisNexis reports cover numerous aspects of consumers’…

1 min.
talking points

“The mother of parliaments [is] being shut down by the father of lies.”—QC AIDAN O’NEILL CRITICIZES BORIS JOHNSON“THE ONLY THING STOPPING US FROM ENDING THIS EPIDEMIC IS YOU & YOUR COWARDICE. DO THE RIGHT THING.”—2020 CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE ON GUN VIOLENCE TO DONALD TRUMP“I think it’s really key in this day and age that we remember that it’s not just about the people that you know that you’re supporting. It’s about the people that you don’t know, that you may never know, you may never meet.”—DUCHESS OF SUSSEX MEGHAN MARKLE“I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take real action.”—TEEN CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG“I DID NOT GET…

16 min.
what would scalia do?

THREE EXPLOSIVE CASES ARE ABOUT TO TEST whether conservative Supreme Court justices are seen to rule according to their professed legal principles—or their politics. On October 8, just day two of the new term, the Court will hear arguments questioning if the federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination “because of…sex”—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—applies to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Millions of Americans’ rights are at stake. About 4.5 percent of the adult U.S. population identify as gay or lesbian—about 11.3 million people—according to a recent Gallup poll. Another 1.6 million are transgender, estimates a friend-of-the-court brief submitted by 82 scholars who study that population. Though 22 states have enacted their own laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender…

3 min.
the path to the supreme court’s lgbtq title vii trilogy

1964 The Civil Rights Act was passed. Title VII of the law makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee “because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” 1967 Loving v. Virginia. The Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding interracial marriage for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. LGBTQ advocates argue that the case established the illegality of “associational discrimination”—discrimination based not necessarily on one’s own race, but on the race of the person one associates with. Discrimination against gays and lesbians is analogous, it is argued, in that it is based on the sex of the person one is attracted to. 1971 Phillips v. Martin Marietta Corp. The Supreme Court held that the company’s policy against hiring women with preschool-age children, when it had no…