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The Daily Primer: 6/14/17

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The Daily Primer: 6/14/17
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist
 
 
Remember how DJT was going to revitalize American infrastructure? We now know that he plans on privatizing the hell out of it. 
 
 
A story out of India about how everyone in the world seems to believe in the power of renewable energy, except the GOP and Donald Trump. 
 
 
In a case reminiscent of Alex Tizon’s My Family’s Slave, a prominent person of Asian descent is being accused of owning and mistreating a slave.
 
 
Longread from the NYT Magazine, about Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, and his personal mission to make it harder for minorities and poor people to vote. 
 
 
Advocates for prisoners are working hard for reforms to New York’s system of mass incarceration. They are looking to change the make-up of a very intransigent and conservative parole board, as well as change solitary confinement practices in NYS jails and prisons.
 

Katie Cusack @katiecusackk

America’s Health-Care Crisis Is a Gold Mine for Crowdfunding — Bloomberg

More people are turning to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to get help with medical expenses and debt.

In the depths of the oceans, human activities are beginning to take their toll— Ensia

Talk of deep sea mining for stores of copper, titanium, cobalt and manganese are taking place and scientists agree that it would be detrimental for ocean life. “‘They’re going into new environments with a lot of environmental impacts,’ says Lisa Levin, an expert in the deep sea at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. ‘We are going to lose stuff before we ever discover it.’”

Tillerson signals tough Trump administration stance on CubaReuters

The administration is looking to tighten regulation on U.S. travel to Cuba.

Farewell to the beautiful rock and roll muse.
 

Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan

Albany investment group raising more than $2.5 million to fund startupsAlbany Business Review

The Eastern New York Angels exists “to invest [in] and mentor early-stage tech companies within 75 miles of the Albany area.”

One Way to Fix Uber: Think Twice Before Using ItThe New York Times

Uber arrives upstate on June 29.

Michigan health chief charged in Flint water probeThe Washington Post

The head of the state’s health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Report: MTA Is Years Behind On Desperately Needed Signal RepairsGothamist

A new report from New York City’s Independent Budget Office confirms the worst about the subway’s Depression-era signal system.

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