TouchStone Reads - October 13th, 2023


We often set aside articles that are longer, deserve a re-read, are broader in scope…or just for fun — for weekend reading. Below are some from this week — pour yourself a hot cup of coffee & enjoy...

  • In some states, more than half of the local election officials have left since 2020: In some battleground states, more than half of the local election administrators will be new since the last presidential race, according to a new report from the democracy-focused advocacy group Issue One shared exclusively with NPR before its release (NPR)
  • Two right-wing judges seem to be trying to rig a US House race: Once again, the Supreme Court must deal with judicial arsonists on the Fifth Circuit (Vox)
  • Why Silicon Valley Falls for Frauds: FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried will stand trial on charges of overseeing fraud that sucked in high-profile investors and hundreds of thousands of clients (Wired)
  • Inside the Taliban’s luxury hotel: The Intercontinental in Kabul was Afghanistan’s first luxury hotel (NZZ)
  • ‘Gobsmackingly bananas’: scientists stunned by planet’s record September heat: The carbon emissions driving the climate crisis and rapid arrival of an El Niño event are to blame, researchers say (The Guardian)
  • After 50 Years, This Right-Wing Law Factory Is Crazier Than Ever: The American Legislative Exchange Council is where corporations and far-right groups go to buy government policy (American Prospect)
  • Vaccine Scientist Warns Antiscience Conspiracies Have Become a Deadly, Organized Movement: Vaccinologist Peter Hotez explains how the movement to oppose science and scientists has gained power (Scientific American)
  • After decades of legal battles, John Fogerty is finally free. Is it too late to find happiness?  (Los Angeles Times)

What are you reading or listening to?