Happy Tuesday! It was great to see everyone at Capital Pride on Sunday. We hope you’ll join us for Illuminate Albany at The Fuze Box on Thursday for an interview with Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO, of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and a performance by avant-garde jazz group KBT3.
Here are the stories we’re paying attention to today:
Jaya Sundaresh, @jayaist
Legislators are trying to ensure that no one can play politics with prisoners’ visitation rights ever again, the way Cuomo tried to do earlier in the year, when he tried to reduce visitation from 7 days a week down to 3, at the states’ maximum-security prisons.
A damning story from the Times Union and the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE). Alleges that the IDC took money from charter school lobbyists in order to betray public schools.
An intensely personal story from Moni Basu that is both well-researched and highly nuanced. About the pitfalls of the H1B visa program that has changed the face of Indian-America, that has displaced millions of American workers, and that has created incredibly exploitative working conditions for millions of Indian workers.
Naomi Klein bringing the heat.
Under Pressure: Liberal Societies, Immigration, and Integration — Raddington Report
Shadi Hamid with an important, nuanced argument: we should insist on American-style integration for the rapidly expanding Muslim minority of the Western world, rather than French-style assimilation, which doesn’t quite work.
Katie Cusack, @katiecusackk
Winning climate strategy demands details — ScienceDaily
Examining everything from sunshine to soil moisture will give a more in-depth perspective on how our climate is changing. “That information is crucial when countries are setting policies aimed at growing food, protecting water supplies and the environment and stemming disease outbreaks,” the article states.
The ongoing push and pull of purchasing digital streaming and physical copies of music.
Norway Plans to Ban Face Veils in Schools and Universities — New York Times
Norway follows suit with France, Bavaria, Belgium and the Netherlands to ban the burqa and niqab in kindergartens, schools and universities. Employees of the institutions who continue to wear the face veil could lose their jobs, students would face expulsion.
Officials believe rolling back charges for offenses such as public drinking may sway immigrant deportation–whose information upon arrest is distributed to federal law enforcement.
Stanford researchers come to the groundbreaking conclusion that if you call vegetables “dynamite” “tangy” or “glazed”, they will be more appealing than boring, old “carrots.”
Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan
An ominous sign from Washington for New York’s nascent industry.
Think FOIA is a Paper Tiger? The New York Times Gives it Some Bite—The New York Times
The paper’s longtime FOIA attorney reflects on the longstanding transparency law.
A detailed overview of the Buffalo Billion deal.