Sara Robinson has launched her new blog, Future Imperfect, with an insightful post on the Oregon militia standoff. You may recognize Sara from the comments section here, but she has a long history writing for the New Republic, New York Magazine and other outlets. I’m eager to follow her work partly because she seems to epitomize a force that deserves a lot more attention – the political orphans of Silicon Valley.
Though spread all over the country (Robinson is in Seattle), Silicon Valley is their de facto capital. They share a business orientation that would traditionally push them toward the GOP combined with a left-libertarian social orientation that pulls them toward Democrats. Most today are Democrats, but as our political polls continue to scramble they will increasingly be in play.
Elsewhere in the world:
From Quartz: With tensions growing between Iran and Saudi Arabia, here’s a primer on the Sunni/Shia divide
From The Week: A look at the failing campaign of Rand Paul and its implications for Libertarianism
From Texas Tribune: Four Texas Congressional campaigns with national implications
From Governing: How the growth of performance pay may change public service
From Wired: How US patent issues might affect the expansion of the gene editing technology, Crispr
From The Atlantic: As deep poverty becomes more and more a rural phenomenon, the impact to countryside schools is becoming severe
From Daily Dot: What the family of Tamir Rice plans to do next about his killing