The Internet is Exploding: 10 Must-Read Articles This Week

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The internet was weird this week. Highlights: Republicans finally passed a dumpster fire of a tax bill, the Baltimore police continue to be super shady, we learned about millennials, Jay-Z talked about 4:44 and cheating on Beyonce, Libya is selling immigrants into slavery, Le Mondo fired and cut all ties with its former executive director, Brock Turner is appealing his sexual assault conviction, and Donald Trump continues to be an asshole.

1. The Washington Post: Winners and losers in the Senate GOP tax bill: A running list

At 2am on Saturday, December 2nd, Republicans passed a tax bill that is horrible for anyone but the uber wealthy. The bill is said to be particularly detrimental to colleges, universities, and graduates students, but Republicans think it will be AWESOME  even though they haven’t even read the bill!

2. Raw Story: Baltimore Police refusing to let FBI join investigation of murdered detective scheduled to testify against officers

The Baltimore Police Department is refusing to relinquish the investigation of the murder of detective Sean Suiter to the FBI. For a comprehensive set of articles and materials on the investigation check out Baltimore Bloc’s Facebook page, which is not necessarily an article but a great source for them, and information about what’s really happening in Baltimore City. They have been posting a comprehensive set of materials on the investigation into the death of Sean Suiter.

3. The New York Times Style Magazine: Jay-Z and Dean Baquet

Jay-Z sat down with The New York Times Style Magazine Editor Dean Baquet to talk about 4:44, and contextualize it in today’s political climate.

4. The Cut: Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance.

A meditation on what it is like to raise a child with a terminal illness, especially one that could have been diagnosed during pregnancy. This article sheds light on often overlooked aspects of abortion and the US healthcare system.

5. The New Yorker: Where Millennials Come From

Millennials are constantly accused of being addicted to technology and killing industry, but why is that? Personally, as a Millennial, I blame the Baby Boomers.

6. CNN: UN urges Libya to take ‘urgent action’ over human slavery

Immigrants in Libya are being auctioned as slaves, a shocking revelation. Who is responsible for this inhumane system and what can be done?

7. Baltimore Beat: Downtown arts development Le Mondo fires former executive director amid allegations of abusive behavior

After months of speculation, rumors, and accusations, the artist run art space Le Mondo has fired executive director Ric Royer.

8. The New York Post: Good riddance to Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is problematic as shit. I am glad people are realizing it, and that her amoral use of all of her privileges is coming to light.

9. The New York Times: Brock Turner Is Appealing His Sexual Assault Conviction

Yes, that title is correct. In 2016 former Stanford student Brock Turner was accused and convicted of raping a passed out woman behind a dumpster on his school’s campus. Turner was sentenced to a sentence of 6 months, only serving 3, and is now appealing his conviction. Ugh.

10. CNN: At a Navajo veterans’ event, Trump makes ‘Pocahontas’ crack

Trump, again, proves himself to be completely oblivious to everything but himself and referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Navajo veterans.

Honorable Mentions:

Op-Ed: I am a Cherokee woman. Elizabeth Warren is not. by Rebecca Nagle.

200 universities just launched 560 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

Is Michael Flynn more than a strategically placed banana? Flynn to testify Trump as president-elect ‘directed him to make contact with the Russians’: report.

Very Smart Brothas shed light on Meghan Markle’s ‘Level of Blackness.’

*All images taken from reference articles*

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