05.01.2016

05.01.2016

Today’s Buzz features the best jokes from Nerd Prom, aka the White House Correspondence Dinner, the liberalization of the highly educated, and Evansville, Indiana’s Land Bank. Enjoy!

 

 

Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Watching: The Magicians

What I’m Reading: HRC by Jonathan Allen

What I want to know from you: Which joke from last night’s White House Correspondence Dinner is your favorite?

We’re Buzzin’

Obama didn’t hold back at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Here were some of his best jokes. President Barack Obama appeared at his final White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, riffing on Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Republican leadership, the media, and, of course, Donald

State of emergency in Baghdad after protesters storm parliament: Some lawmakers were berated and beaten with flags as they fled from anti-government demonstrators who penetrated the fortified Green Zone. The surge of protesters into the secure area, which is off limits to most Iraqis, was the culmination of months of demonstrations.

Paris Introduces Car-Free Sundays: Banning vehicles from parts of the city—including the Champs Elysées—is part of an ongoing effort to curb pollution.

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Why Are Highly Educated Americans Getting More Liberal? Today, more than half of Americans who went to graduate school are liberal. Less than one in three were in 1994.

Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies at 94 Father Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet, defiantly protested the Vietnam War and served time for his acts of civil disobedience.

Righting Old Wrongs: U.S. DOT Goes from Urban Renewal to Freeway Removal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sees rebuilding America’s ailing infrastructure as an opportunity to “right past wrongs,” particularly with 1950s and 1960s-era freeways that bisected communities. NPR and Streetsblog describe the new initiative.

Local Gov Confidential

Portland gas tax for road fixes draws broad support, determined opposition (project map): That would give Portland the highest city gas tax in the state. The highest for now is Eugene, at 5 cents a gallon.

These States Don’t Want You to Get Solar Power: High legal barriers in 10 states make it especially difficult to put solar panels on rooftops.

Evansville, Indiana Looking to Land Bank to Solve Blight Problem: The city of Evansville will consider in the coming weeks a proposal to empower its land bank to take title and demolish roughly 200 properties. A recent report paid for by the city only bolsters the argument in favor of the action.

Seattle’s Inclusionary Zoning Proposal Falling Short of Expectations: A critical component of the landmark and controversial Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) platform, announced first in July 2015.

After the Scourge: Regions Struggle to Sustain Plantlife: The Chicago Region Trees Initiative provides a regional model for planting and protecting a sustainable natural environment in and around cities and communities.

Environmentalist Alarmed Over California-Focused Federal Water Legislation: An op-ed argues that instead of building a more resilient and sustainable water supply infrastructure, two water bills before congress would rollback exiting environmental protections.