Wiretap: Is Amazon evil?

Prime suspect

Is Amazon evil? It’s a question that gets asked more often than you’d guess. And The New York Times goes inside to find out it’s a lot more complicated than that. It’s a bruising workplace, The Times calls it, where big ideas come to bloom. One former Amazon human resources director calls it “purposeful Darwinism.”

Black death

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his quest to resolve the question of why so many black men are killed in America. Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed. Via The Atlantic.

Minding race

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson writes in The Hill on race relations: Exercise the mind’s power to choose.

Farewell, Bond

Julian Bond, who brought star power to the civil rights movement while still in his 20s, dies at 75. He was nominated for vice president from the floor of the 1968 convention when he was not yet old enough to run. Via The Washington Post.

Pork barrel

Colorado’s own Eli Stokols (now Politico’s Eli Stokols) goes to the Iowa State Fair for some pork chops on a stick and to see how Jeb Bush is trying to fight off his low poll numbers.

White paper

Donald Trump has released his policy paper on immigration. It’s all pretty easy, if you don’t read the fine print. Via Vox.

Democrats Democrat

Bernie Sanders has made an impressive push in his bid to defeat Hillary Clinton, but nearly all his support is from what Howard Dean called the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. How does Sanders grow his support enough to make it into a real race? Via The New Yorker.

Democratic votes

Douthat: Hillary’s got this. She only needs Democratic votes to win the nomination, and Democrats, in the main, like her. Via The New York Times.

Public housing

David Simon’s “Show Me a Hero” on HBO is a powerful six-hour miniseries about race and public housing and dirty politics in Yonkers, N.Y., writes Teo Bugbee in the Daily Beast. The show is set more than 20 years ago and shows, then and now, how black lives matter. Via The Daily Beast.


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