from MacroScope:

Warren blasts Yellen for endorsing very white, very male regional Fed presidents

June 21, 2016

  Around this time last year, as another white male took the reins at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Fed's archaic and opaque system of choosing its regional presidents started to come under fire. At first the criticism was over the way the system appeared to favor insiders. Patrick Harker, at the time the new Philadelphia Fed President, had sat on the regional Fed board that was tasked with filling that position. Later that summer the Dallas Fed would name Robert Kaplan, who is also white, as its president despite the fact that he was a director at the executive search firm that that regional Fed board hired to find candidates. When the Minneapolis Fed named Neel Kashkari its president later in 2015, groups like the Fed Up Coalition pointed out that while he was the only non-white regional president, he, like Harker and Kaplan, had former ties to Goldman Sachs.

from Tales from the Trail:

Donald Trump finds Justice Scalia’s race comments beyond the pale

December 13, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) - RTR4A1EE

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society at the New York Athletic Club in New York, October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

from The Great Debate:

Another reason to question whether black lives matter in Mississippi

July 28, 2015


Almost a thousand people attended the open-casket funeral of Jonathan Sanders at the Family Life Center Church. ALAN CHIN

from The Great Debate:

Scenes from Baltimore, the day – and night – after (Photos)

April 29, 2015


Volunteer medics bandage protester hit by police rubber bullet. ALAN CHIN

The fires, vandalism and hundreds of arrests in Baltimore on Monday night played dramatically on television screens across the nation as a major American city seemed out of control. But the day after, as thousands of people returned to protest at the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore, peace and calm had returned -- and not only because thousands of National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets.

from The Great Debate:

Never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects, former police chief says

August 19, 2014

A police officer points a spotlight at a more vocal and confrontational group of demonstrators during further protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown, near FergusonI was the police chief in Kansas City, Missouri, when an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by a cop for a non-violent issue. The result was a peaceful and constructive public dialogue -- the opposite of what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

from Photographers' Blog:

Tour de France Fever

June 30, 2014

Yorkshire, United Kingdom

By Phil Noble

This is a World Cup year, so fans across the globe are getting tossed around on the roller coaster of emotions that goes along with supporting your national soccer team.

from Photographers' Blog:

Where the wild things race

March 20, 2014

Nome, Alaska

By Nathaniel Wilder

The Iditarod is a nearly 1,000-mile-long sled-dog race that pits mushers against each other and the elements as they cross much of Alaska to become the first team to Nome, on the shores of the Bering Sea.

from Photographers' Blog:

Slip slidin’ away

February 3, 2014

New York, New York

By Andrew Kelly

When an editor reaches out to you with: “Want an assignment that involves biking, drinking, Vikings and shopping carts?” there’s only one answer. And with that, I was Reuters’ assigned photographer for Idiotarod 2014.

from The Great Debate:

New York’s election suggests the waning of identity politics

September 11, 2013

To most Americans, the results of New York City’s local elections don’t matter much and often shouldn’t. Yes, there are City Hall occupants who manage to command a national stage, notably incumbent Mike Bloomberg, but in the 2013 race there have been no candidates even approaching his stature (or his wealth). The candidate who received the most votes in Tuesday’s primary, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, is unknown outside New York City and until recently not well known inside it.

from The Great Debate:

Can federal charges be brought against Zimmerman?

July 23, 2013

Now that a Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter, people across the nation are demanding federal prosecution. But this public debate has been clouded by misinformation about the possibility and scope of federal charges.