Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Marchers brave Chicago cold to highlight life issues by Michael O’Loughlin: “Cupich was one of several speakers who, along with thousands of attendees, braved bitter cold temperatures at a March for Life rally in downtown Chicago, five days before the 43rd anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.”

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering by Christopher Ingraham: “But a fundamental problem with district-drawing still remains: as long as humans are drawing the lines, there’s a danger of bias and self-interest to creep into the process. There is another way, however: we could simply let computers do the drawing for us.”

Still seeking the ‘beloved community’ by Archbishop José Gomez: “Sadly, too many injustices and problems in our society remain defined along racial lines. Too many hearts and minds are still clouded by racial attitudes and presumptions of privilege based on one’s ethnicity or the color of one’s skin. We have come a long way in this country — but we have not come nearly far enough.”

Saudi Arabia Arrests Samar Badawi, Human Rights Advocate by NY Times: “Saudi Arabia arrested a prominent human rights activist on Tuesday in what advocacy groups called the kingdom’s latest effort to clamp down on dissent. The activist, Samar Badawi, until recently had led the campaign to free her former husband, Waleed Abu al-Khair, a Saudi lawyer currently serving a 15-year sentence in connection with his own activism.”

Republican Candidates on Poverty: More Talk Than Walk by Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg: “Finally, a huge problem got nary a mention at the forum: the budgets proposed by most of these politicians, including Ryan, will decimate low-income programs in the name of enriching the wealthy. They will also preclude Ryan’s stated desire to use evidence-based methods to learn about what works.”

The War Zone in White America by David Lapp: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with the following characteristics are most likely to use heroin: white race, male sex, young age (18 to 25 years), urban residence, income below $20,000, and relying on Medicaid or lacking health insurance. Among people making less than $20,000, 5.5. per 1,000 Americans use heroin. Among people making $50,000 or more, the rate is 1.6 per 1,000 people. (Both figures have risen about 60 percent over roughly the last ten years.) For people making between $20,000 and $49,999, the rate is 2.3 per 1,000 people, a 77 percent increase in roughly the last decade.”

Time for a Republican Conspiracy! by David Brooks: “Given the current strains on middle- and working-class families, many Republican voters want a government that will help the little guy; they just don’t want one that is incompetent, corrupt or infused with liberal social values.”