Origins Of Carson’s Wacky Pyramid Theory, US Hiring Roars Back, and TPM’s New #MarchToInequality Series

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November 6, 2015

Top Stories


Oath Keepers Founder In Danger Of Being Disbarred

The Gist: The Montana Supreme Court has accused Stewart Rhodes of violating his attorney oath as he’s helped the Oath Keepers raise their national profile.

US Hiring Roars Back As Unemployment Rate Falls To 7-Year Low

The Gist: 271,000 jobs were created in October and the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low of 5 percent. 

Meet The Pyramid Truthers: Where Ben Carson’s Wacky Theory Came From

The Gist: In the fringier corners of the Internet, variations on Carson’s pyramids-as-grain-storage argument proliferate.

From The Reporter’s Notebook


Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has subpoenaed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s June study on climate change, suggesting that scientists altered data to prove that global warming has not slowed down. TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal says that Smith, the chair of the House Science Committee, was able to issue the subpoena without discussing it with its colleagues due to new powers given to the committee chairs early this year. The committee’s ranking member, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), railed against Smith for misusing “the power of the Science Committee to attack our nation’s premier research scientists.”

Agree or Disagree?


Josh Marshall: “Teasing apart the often chicken and egg interplay between economic forces and political change is critical to understanding the unfolding story” of inequality in America.

Say What?!


“I’m really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think?”

– Rand Paul was quick to mock Ben Carson’s comments on the origins of the pyramids.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive


From a TPM Prime member: “…the FDA has been working for years to stop compounding pharmacies from mass-producing medications, as they are only supposed to create pharmaceuticals on a per-patient, personalized basis. In reality this is hard to enforce for practical and legal reasons, and the compounding pharmacies have played tag with FDA authority, claiming that they don’t need to follow the same guidelines (such as those concerning manufacturing and product sterility) as pharmaceutical manufacturers. So there’s value to a compounding pharmacy making a play for public sympathy: “See, we’re the only thing standing between you and rapacious pharmacapitalist raiders!””

Related: The Sanders campaign rejected donations from the Pharma CEO who hiked drug prices.

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What We’re Reading


Angela Merkel, the indispensable European. (The Economist)

How black colleges are taking tech’s diversity issue into their own hands. (Buzzfeed)

School reform is failing America’s children. (Boston Review)


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