Wiretap: Police reform and the glory of force

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Wiretap: Police reform and the glory of force

Forceful argument

The real problem with police reform, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, is not with police reform. The problem, he says, is with our belief that so many of our nation’s problems are best resolved using force. Mental illness, drug use, broken taillights … there should be a better way.

Moving train

Big Cable is fighting back on Net Neutrality, with the big legal guns ready to go. Which way are you going to root? Via Vox.

Tipping point

Also fighting back are pro-vaxxers in California, where the Senate is debating a bill to eliminate the “personal belief” exemption for public school students. Anti-vaxxers are threatening to withdraw their kids from school if the bill were to become law. Russell Saunders writes in The Daily Beast that that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

Hard work

John Dickerson writes in Slate that what Hillary has going for her is a lifetime of working on the issues that will matter in 2016. Megan McArdle makes the case in Bloomberg View that that won’t be enough.

Primary colors

Is this how primaries really work? According to The National Journal, conservatives leaders have planned two secret meetings in order to audition candidates and try to pick one they can all back in 2016.

Cut short

What do conservative have against Marco Rubio’s tax plan? It cuts taxes for the rich, but apparently not enough to suit, say, the Wall Street Journal. Who are the leaders of yesterday? Via The Week.

Hard hit

The arrogance of Aaron Hernandez, and how a professional football star came to be convicted of murder. The big question is why he thought he could get away with it. Via The New Yorker.

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