Daily Primer 6/8/17

Daily Primer 6/8/17

You guys watching the Comey hearing? Yeah us too. Here’s some other stuff to think about today.


Luke Stoddard Nathan @lukestdnathan

Churchill: Killing affordable housing at Leonard Hospital no victory for TroyTimes Union

Chris Churchill’s post-mortem on the thwarted sale of an eyesore in Lansingburgh to an affordable housing developer.

Capital City ShuttleAll Over Albany

All Over Albany takes a look at a new, free shuttle service that will run every twenty minutes between somewhat disconnected parts of downtown Albany.

Under NY law, private schools don’t have to report sex abuse — that may changeTimes Union

“Private schools are under no such obligation to report abuse allegations to authorities — and as numerous investigations have recently revealed, many of them didn’t for decades, choosing instead to keep things quiet in hopes of protecting the school’s reputation.”

De Blasio Declines To Fund Half-Price MetroCards For New Yorkers Living In PovertyGothamist

Transit advocates say the move would have curbed turnstile jumping, which is predominantly a “crime of poverty.”

Katie Cusack @katiecusackk

State report: No higher incidence of cancer in Hoosick Falls — Times Union

A cancer study released by the state Department of Health receives backlash for shoddy data collection.

This ‘tree’ has the environmental benefits of a forestCNN

20 CityTree mobile install actions that collect air quality data have been installed in cities like Bruseless, Hong Kong, Oslo and Paris at $25,000 a pop.

Under NY law, private schools don’t have to report sex abuse — that may changeTimes Union

A 2000 law discluded private institutions from reporting a sex abuse case if the suspect was legally responsible for the child. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Dave Mcdonough in Long Island will require the schools to report all suspected cases.

A brief guide to the extraordinary events leading to the Comey hearingVox

Refresh for “Washington’s Super Bowl” today.

Statement for the record: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — U.S. Senate

“I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December…The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide,” James Comey

Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist

“Pink slime” lawsuit worth $5.8 billion could change journalismVice

Scary story out of North Dakota. Details how in this age of Trumpian fears of “fake news”, what was once seen as a no-brainer win for journalists could be less than safe for backers of the First Amendment. Consequences could be dire for our profession.

Experts, residents: State’s Hoosick Falls report flawedTimes Union

Concerns out of Hoosick Falls that residents’ PFOA levels are not being properly tracked.

Private toll operators salivate over Donald Trump’s infrastructure planThe Intercept

More slash n’ burn privatization from this administration.

Trump Wants To Privatize Air Traffic Control. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?In These Times

Trump is fixing to make major changes to the nation’s air traffic control system — this piece makes an explicit link to a previous Republican president’s attempt to do that in his first term, and what it meant for the labor movement in this country.

The New ParanoiaThe New Republic

Essay from Colin Dickey about left-wing conspiracy theories, Louise Mensch, and incomprehensible Twitter threads about game theory.



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