Progressive Weekly Readings: April 2nd

In Weekly Readings, the Progressive staff shares a list of interesting and unique pieces that we’ve read in the last week. This inaugural Weekly Readings features articles delving into a wide range of topics and perspectives, from American school bus drivers discussing deportation to a U.S. senator rallying the flag around the green energy revolution.

“Fear, Hope and Deportations” by Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan in The Washington Post. “It’s not their country,” says Tamara Estes, a school bus driver and U.S citizen. “The future is here. There is life here,” says Nicholas Nevarez, an undocumented father who also happens to be Estes’ next-door neighbor. This article and short film from The Washington Post traces the daily life of the pair of neighbors, offering a diptych-like portrait of the current debate on immigration as it plays out in physical space. The piece is gripping and provocative, fraught with an inescapable sense of claustrophobia in spite of the wide-open Texas landscape in which it is set. It leaves us with far more questions than answers, and that’s a good thing. Selected by Ali Kurland.

“Why Won’t The Census Ask About Sexual Orientation” by Ben Casselman in FiveThirtyEight. An interesting analysis on why the US Census still doesn’t ask about sexual orientation, particularly in the light of a section on sexual orientation and gender identity being “mistakenly” left in the appendix of a report put out by the census about future censuses. Selected by Jack Ryan.

“The Republican Identity Crisis” by McKay Coppins in The Atlantic. This short yet thorough piece takes a comprehensive dive into ongoing divides in the Republican party. Amidst the controversy of the Trump administration’s policies, many Republicans feel unsure about where they now stand; Coppins compiles the thoughts of conflicted Republicans into an organized, fascinating read. Especially for liberals, Coppins gives fantastic insight into what Republicans are grappling with, and how they reconcile beliefs that contradict with Trump’s policy choices. Selected by Harrison Hurt.

“Reforming Taxes Will Not Be Easier Than Abolishing Obamacare” in The Economist. This article explains why Republican tax cuts are more talking point than thought-out policy proposal. It notes that Republicans base their belief that taxes are too high on “headline tax rates,” not taking into account the maze of deductions that allow two-thirds of American companies to avoid paying any federal tax. Selected by Christopher Stein.

“Trump can’t stop our clean energy future” by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) in USA Today. This short opinion piece by Senator Bennet explains what many of us already know: that clean energy is the fuel of the future. He also details how Trump’s attempts to bring back coal will hinder our ability to create sustainable jobs, and specifically talks about how Colorado has benefited from the clean energy revolution and how America can benefit too if it seizes the opportunity to support renewable energy, not move away from it. Selected by David Seo.

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