In Waukesha, Wisconsin today, a group of business leaders held a press conference to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The event was part of a so-called National Day of Action for Immigration Reform - coordinated by various groups including the US Chamber of Commerce and Mike Bloomberg's Partnership for a new economy. But things got kinda of weird when a local developer named Dagoberto Ibarra got up to make an impassioned speech which ended with him say ""I'm not seeing anybody doing anything. This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years, because a n----r is in charge."
I think we know our laws about sexting and purported sexual predation have gotten totally f'd up when, in order to prosecute a 17 year old for exchanging naked pictures with his 15 year old girlfriend, prosecutors get a warrant to compel the 17 year old boy to submit to what amounts to a mini-porn shoot with a police photographer.
I’ve been involved with Mars research on and off since 1973, when Carl Sagan published my first paper — on photostimulated oxidation in the Martian environment (essentially, how Mars got to be tawny or ochre-colored, to oversimplify a bit) -- in the journal Icarus, of which he was then both publisher and editor. I’m not involved currently in any NASA missions, or in academic research related to Mars, but I have a pretty good understanding of what we think Mars is like now, and of the various theories that have come, gone, and stuck around to explain how we think it got to be that way.
TPM is hiring a Features Editor who will work out of our New York City office. This is not just a new opening. It's an entirely new position, one of we've never had before. So we're very excited about the hire and very focused on finding just the right person.
Almost all of our news staff - editors and reporters - is focused on the kind of rapid-fire, iterative coverage of politics and news you know us for. We've created this new position to focus entirely on new areas we're expanding into - opinion, features, longform articles, most of which of which will come from outside contributors. That means the time pace and the range of topics the Features Editor will work on will be significantly different from the rest of our editorial staff. This is an exciting an opportunity to help us expand TPM in a challenging, fruitful new direction.
We're now just 120 sign ups shy of our goal of 2000 new subscribers to TPM Prime. Please take a moment to join us. We're almost there. Thank you to all 1880 of you who've signed up. If you're ready, click right here.