Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer is a coup for hip-hop as a whole

Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 album DAMN., the organization announced Monday. It is the first time in the roughly 40-year history of hip-hop that the Pulitzer committee has recognized anyone from that essentially African-American cultural contribution, which…

House Republican Farm Bill Proposal Launches a Dangerous Attack on Nutrition Assistance

Yesterday, House Republicans released a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, opening up another front on their ongoing attack on struggling Americans’ access to food assistance. The Farm Bill, which Congress must reauthorize by the fall, funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helped…

State Election Security Spending Guidance for 2018 Omnibus

On March 23, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed a comprehensive spending bill that includes $380 million dollars in much-needed funding for improving election security in the states. Each state is guaranteed at least $3 million in grant funding to improve election security, with additional funding…

9 campaigns and 1 major political firm have unionized ahead of the 2018 midterm elections

Nine political campaigns have unionized ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and one major political firm, Revolution Messaging, joined them this week, according to a BuzzFeed report Tuesday. Revolution Messaging workers join a number of unionized campaign staffs, all of whom work for progressive Democratic…

Scientists say the fallout from soaring Arctic temperatures will be ‘nasty’

It was the warmest December on record in the Arctic, and 2018 has already set a string of records for lowest Arctic sea ice. Unfortunately for America and the rest of the planet, the best science makes clear that what happens in the Arctic doesn’t…

Before Adam Rippon, there was Rudy Galindo

As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games progress, one face is arguably stealing more attention than many others: 28-year-old Adam Rippon, one of the first openly gay athletes to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon’s star has received a significant amount of…

Tillerson Warns: US Not “Better Prepared” for 2018 Russian Election Meddling

LEARN SOMETHING NEW → https://brilliant.org/DavidPakman/ –Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, explaining that the US is not prepared to prevent them https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tillerson-warns-u-s-not-better-prepared-new-russian-election-n845396 https://www.thenation.com/article/house-republicans-just-voted-to-eliminate-the-only-federal-agency-that-makes-sure-voting-machines-cant-be-hacked/ -Become a Member: https://www.davidpakman.com/membership -Support Our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/davidpakmanshow -Donate via Bitcoin: 15evMNUN1g4qdRxywbHFCKNfdCTjxtztfj…

Trump says he wants to lower drug prices. He’s appointing people to do the opposite.

“One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs,” President Trump said at his 2018 State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. In reality, this does not seem to be one of his biggest policy priorities — especially considering that just last…

NAFTA talks could run into next year over demands from White House

North American trade talks set to end in March 2018 could continue on into 2019 amid sweeping demands from the United States and resistance from both Canada and Mexico. Officials initially thought renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would only take until March…

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