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Josh Marshall

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TPM Reader MA has another thread of the criminalization of high school story. I would say that I still think the mid-late 20th century crime boom is a big, big part of this story, one which is obviously heavily bound up with race but is an independent statistical and societal fact. With that, TPM Reader MA ...

Josh, interesting post on the criminalization of innocuous behavior in schools, but I think you missed an important thread. Like the drug war and the militarization of policing, I think this phenomena is largely an expression of our nation's white supremacist origins and continuing mass anxieties and hysterias about race. One of the things that's come out of the recent discussion of the killings of Micheal Brown and Eric Gardner, etc., is how police forces are encouraged, through a plethora of mostly unspoken or indirect policies and cues and the prejudices police officers learn like the rest of us growing up in America, to see black and brown-skinned people and particularly young black males as a dangerous, violence-prone, always up-to-no-good criminal class.

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In the constant stream of articles that wash over us from an ever-expanding number of publications, a few stand out. One of them is an article published this morning by The Wall Street Journal. The subject was the increasing tendency for schools to bring in the police for incidents that most of us over 30 or certainly 40 would think of as things schools handle with detention or suspension or one of the other tools we associate with school discipline.

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South Carolina Republican doubles down on his attack on "Gremlins" - his word for gay men. "What we have is, I made a comment that same-sex couples that want to destroy traditional marriage and our way of life, they're gremlins. They're these creatures that are so destructive."

At the state level, Republicans increasingly see the handwriting on the wall on the dread Obamacare: it's not going anywhere.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on repeal. "That's not gonna happen. The opposition to it was really either political or ideological. I don't think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives."

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