Sunday basket of croissants.


That was fun. Back in Chicago.


Of course. Of course! Of course.

This is how this despicable, exhausting, apocalyptic horror show of an election is flaming out: with Anthony Weiner roaring back into the main frame.

But could it really have gone down any other way? Only an election whose default emotion has been “scum-induced trauma” could yank a scuzzy supporting player like Weiner out from the depths to which he’d been consigned and return him to center stage. 2016, everyone! It’ll kill us all!

Oh, if you’re just catching up: you know that whole Hillary Clinton email thing everyone thought was over? Well, now it’s back—because Anthony Weiner is under investigation for sexting with a minor, and the investigators apparently found some emails between Hillary and Weiner’s wife, Hillary consigliere Human Abedin, on his laptop, mixed in there with all the dick pics or whatever. Jack Mirkinson



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Standing Rock.


What made the Port Huron Statement impressive was not its specific demands but its broadbrush evocation of idealism, especially in its opening section on “Values.” It called for replacing “power rooted in possession, privilege, or circumstance” by “power and uniqueness rooted in love, reflectiveness, reason, and creativity.”

The answer was participatory democracy: the principle that individuals should share in decision-making affecting their lives and that society should be structured accordingly, that politics should bring people out of isolation to shape a “common participation,” and that work life should be imbued with meaning and dignity. All of this was in answer to the cynicism and apathy the early SDSers saw as afflicting so much of American life, including student life.

The phrase “participatory democracy” was not coined by Hayden; Arnold Kaufman, a philosopher, expressed it first. But Hayden gave it a new poetry, one inspired partly by books — by Albert Camus, C. Wright Mills, and John Dewey, among others — but especially by the black freedom movement he had witnessed in action. Hayden had collaborated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) up close. It breathed participatory democracy. Christopher Phelps, Jacobin



Illinois’ fiscal year (FY) 2016 ended without a comprehensive, annual, General Fund budget being passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. Instead, crucial services were funded—or not—through a hodgepodge of court authorizations and a series of partial appropriations. The normal budgeting process, in which legislators and the Governor publicly weigh priorities and make decisions to which they can be held accountable, for the most part did not occur. As a result, many significant cuts were made to core services like Health Care, Public Safety, and Human Services, without either a vote by the General Assembly, or a gubernatorial proposal or veto to do so. The public, as a result, was denied the type of transparency and accountability that should form an integral part of the budgeting process. Center for Budget and Tax Accountability.



Thousands of refugees are sleeping in makeshift camps in central Paris as they were violently evicted earlier this week from the refugee camp, pejoratively referred to in France as “the jungle,” in the port city of Calais.

Local authorities calculate that about 3,000 people have arrived seeking shelter on the streets of two districts in the north of Paris near the Stalingrad metro station, which is very close from the high-speed railway Eurostar hub at Gare du Nord.

French President Francois Hollande wants them cleared.

“We cannot tolerate camps,” Hollande said, calling them “not worthy” of France. Telesur

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