Democrats’ Desire For Electable Candidates May Be Driven By Older Voters

Erin Doherty of FiveThirtyEight –

Many Democrats say the most important quality they look for in a 2020 candidate is that the person can beat President Trump. But this might not be true of younger Democrats, many of whom are saying that they care more about a presidential candidate’s policies — and less about their chances of beating Trump.

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Posted in 2020 election, Candidates, Democrats, Demographics, Donald Trump, FiveThirtyEight, Thought-Provoking Analysis

U.S. concern about climate change is rising, but mainly among Democrats

Brian Kennedy and Meg Hefferon of Pew Research –

The share of Americans calling global climate change a major threat to the well-being of the United States has grown from 40% in 2013 to 57% this year. But the rise in concern has largely come from Democrats. Opinions among Republicans on this issue remain largely unchanged.

Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents overall, 84% say climate change is a major threat to the country’s well-being as of July 2019, up from 58% in a March 2013 survey. Views among Republicans and Republican leaners have stayed about the same (27% in 2019 vs. 22% in 2013).

There has been no significant change among either moderate or conservative Republicans on this issue.

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Posted in Climate, Democrats, Pew Research, Republicans, United States

Some children of US troops born overseas will no longer get automatic American citizenship, Trump administration says

Haley Britzky of Task & Purpose –

Previously, all children born to U.S. citizen parents were considered to be “residing in the United States,” and therefore would be automatically granted citizenship under Immigration and Nationality Act 320.

Now, children born to U.S. service members and government employees who are not yet themselves U.S. citizens, while abroad, will not be considered as residing in the U.S., changing the way that they potentially receive citizenship. Children who are not U.S. citizens and are adopted by U.S. service members while living abroad will also no longer receive automatic citizenship by living with the U.S. citizen adopted parents.

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Posted in Children, United States

Trump is stripping immigrant children of protections, critics say. Supporters say he’s closing loopholes

Andrea Castillo of the Los Angeles Times

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Posted in Children, Families, Immigrants

Where Does Your Recycling Go? Why It Matters to You!

Sara Goddard of Green That Life –

So you’ve just diligently tossed your plastic soda bottle in the recycling bin. Do you know where it ends up? Where does your recycling go?

Our lack of understanding about the entire process significantly impedes proper and effective recycling.

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Posted in Environment, Recycling