US-Iran Strike Nuclear Deal, How the Deep South Fell Behind, and the Gig Economy

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July 14, 2015

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US-Iran Strike Historic Nuclear Deal

The Gist: World powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.

How The Confederate Flag Could Cripple The GOP’s Plan To Win The Budget Battle

The Gist: Congressional Republicans planned to strengthen their position in budget talks by passing a rash of conservative spending bills, but last week’s debate over the flag radically undermined their position.

‘Everybody Has a Killer in Their Family’: Growing Up Black in West St. Louis

The Gist: As in many communities marked by segregation, poverty, failing schools, and menial service jobs, this writer’s family life was defined by violence.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Scott Walker on Monday became the last Republican presidential candidate to weigh in on Donald Trump’s Mexico-bashing, saying he “respectfully disagreed.” TPM’s Catherine Thompson points out that Trump has previously donated to Walker, as he has to several others in the 2016 GOP field, but the two also huddled back in February at Walker’s request to talk about “where the country is going.”

Agree or Disagree?

Amanda Marcotte thinks that by calling out the “gig economy” for spreading job insecurity, Hillary Clinton will appeal to young voters.

Say What?!

“I prefer an armed society to an unarmed one.”

– Charlie Hair, as he exited Whataburger with his 8-year old son, said he disapproved of the chain’s new policy banning open carry of firearms.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member on the Eric Garner settlement: “My prior reading (no link, sorry) tells me the awards almost never come from the police department budget so no feedback loop for them. Whether the settlement impacts NYC’s mayor (and city council?) in a way that gets action would then be the real question. Followed closely by the question of how independent is the NYPD.”

Related: Garner’s family reached a settlement with the NYPD for $5.9 million.

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What We’re Reading

How the Deep South fell so far behind the rest of America. (The Washington Post)

A brief history of people getting fired for social media stupidity. (Rolling Stone)

Greece’s agreed-upon plan looks a whole lot like the one it just rejected. (The Atlantic)

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