We have a short newsletter for you this week in light of the Super Bowl yesterday in which the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in a close contest.
OptOut was not founded with sports coverage in mind. To be honest, we're not sports people. Well, most of us, anyway. Although OptOut did not have a dog in the fight/big game, we figured that many of our readers certainly would, which is why this post went out today instead of yesterday. It's also shorter than usual.
With that, please enjoy our selection and get ready for tomorrow’s climate newsletter!
MONEY IN POLITICS
CMD and GRIST reported that pipeline company Enbridge funneled millions to police amid protests. The police were supposed to be protecting protesters and the company.
Speaking of Enbridge, PRISM reported that the company’s Line 5 pipeline poses a threat to indigenous lands.
THE MARKUP published an important piece about the country’s first “right to repair” law, which was passed in New York. The new legislation gives New Yorkers a right to repair their electronic devices with caveats. The report explains how big tech companies influenced the language of the law.
ON THE LEFT
OptOut co-founder Walker Bragman’s IMPORTANT CONTEXT reported that YouTuber and prominent post-left comedian Jimmy Dore used a work-for-hire contract with anti-worker provisions in the Summer of 2020.
FAIR's Counterspin interviewed journalist Evan Greer about the latest fight for control over the Federal Communications Commission and the battle for net neutrality.
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This week, COUNTERPUNCH put out an important piece breaking down fascist Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' racist assault on higher education.
Republican lawmakers in Montana are the latest to attempt to enshrine anti-trans bigotry into the law. DAILY MONTANAN reported this week on a new House bill that would prevent teachers from disciplining students who refuse to call their trans classmates by their chosen names.
Meanwhile, STATES NEWSROOM reports that Congressional Republicans are planning legislation to give tax incentives to private alternatives to public education, give parents more control over public school curricula, and ban the participation in schools of many trans athletes.
State-level Republican abortion bans have dire implications for incarcerated pregnant people. Inmates are being forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term and give birth in facilities with substandard medical conditions. THE APPEAL published a story this week about conditions at Harris County Jail in Texas that is essential reading.
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