Morning Reads for Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

June 24, 2014 6:10 am

by Stefan · 20 comments

Above, party control by Congressional district over time, below, your morning reads…


  • 19 Supermarket Mind Games That Get You to Buy More Junk Food (Buzzfeed)
  • Time is running out to solve our transportation funding crisis (WonkBlog)
  • Five ways the American health care system is literally the worst (Vox)
  • Incoming House majority leader won’t support re-authorizing Export-Import Bank (WSJ)
  • Reasons Why Washington, DC, Is the Worst Place Ever (Vice)
  •  Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City (Daily Beast)
  • Every Russian Novel Ever (The Toast)
  • A Rare Peek Inside Amazon’s Massive Wish-Fulfilling Machine (Wired)
  • How a Lawsuit Over Hot Coffee Helped Erode the 7th Amendment (Priceonomics)
  • Artificial Intelligence Raises New Hope for Cancer Patients (Re/Code)
  • Killing a Patient to Save His Life (CNN)
  • Life Without Sleep (Aeon)
  • World Cup’s World’s Ball (NY Times)


  • Google and At&T picking winners and losers, annoying Chamblee residents (ajc)
  • We are leading the nation in rabies cases! Apparently, raccoons also subscribe to Site Selection magazine. (ajc)
  • The other corrupt shoe may drop in South Carolina this week, revealing DeKalb graft (ajc)
  • Fulton sexual harassment case reveals many levels of bad judgment (ajc)
  • Confusion abounds over Georgia’s gun law (npr)
  • Get your ATL street art on (curbed)
  • Georgia makes top 12 Senate Seats likely to flip, sadly, my old boss Mary Landrieu also finds herself on the list (WaPo)




pucillo.oscar June 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

It is funny. The GOP suburbanites in these metro enclave cities that are more than happy to leave everyone else behind are freaking out over being left behind themselves by AT&T and Google. So now they are considering abandoning their small government libertarianism and “let the private sector handle it … if it is worthwhile a company will come along and do it for profit” ideology and instead setting up municipal broadband Internet, something that they could have done years ago but now that the “disproportionately minority/lower income” areas are getting the leg up that they aren’t, they are rushing to compete.

So hilarious and so typical.

Mike Hassinger June 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

Chamblee ain’t really a “GOP enclave city.”

Charlie June 24, 2014 at 8:24 am

Cool map dude.

Mike Hassinger June 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

That map is hypnotic.

John Vestal June 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

SCOTUSblog’s appeal for credentialing denied…..which sucks!

griftdrift June 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

Anyone remember the last time national media maps used Red for Democrats and Blue for Republican in a Presidential race? ( yes this did actually occur and there was a graphics change at a certain point but every time I talk to old political geezers they remember this but no one has any idea why it happened )

Ed June 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

2000 potus iirc

griftdrift June 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

Too recent young un

griftdrift June 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

I’ll go ahead and give it up

The next election the colors were reversed. And honestly no one I’ve ever talked to knows why

Lea Thrace June 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

Its a plot to weaken the fabric of society and bring down the United States. Im sure someone can find a way to tie this back to Agenda 21, the Illuminati, and Barack Obama.

Ed June 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

Where do vaccines play into this? Because I know they do.

saltycracker June 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Color psychology is interesting and controversial- identify media zero in the change and you’ll have a clue….

Jon Lester June 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

If you’ve never heard Ken Nordine’s “Colors” album, you should pull it up on Spotify or whatever, when you have the time. While it’s “word-jazz,” the lyrics take on a harder edge as the songs progress, and it soon becomes apparent that he’s really writing about particular people.

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

Thanks for the news, Stefan.

Jon Lester June 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

A reasonably disciplined person can resist supermarket suggestions to buy junk food, but as I recently experienced on an otherwise economical 3-day bus trip, some circumstances will leave you with the choice of eating junk food or going hungry. Some stations will have only vending machines, what prepared food you do find in other stations is overpriced and usually bad, and your food and rest stops will be at convenience stores and McDonald’s.

saltycracker June 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Market studies will show fruit and veggie stands and olive gardens don’t do so good on bus routes but junk foods in red packages are in high demand.

Ed June 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

“That’s why it’s always cheaper to buy bigger packages of food.”

This is actually not true.

There are several examples in any given store where corporate pricing structures make it more expensive to buy a larger package. For example: at my local Publix, I get my protein bars for 99 cents each. However, the six-pack box of the same brand costs $7. Many cereals are also priced more per ounce. I could list other examples, too.

MattMD June 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Well, you shop at Publix, you bourgeois.

I keep it real at Kroger.

Ed June 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

“you bourgeois”

I also like Buckhead. (Well parts of it.)

Please don’t let those get out.

MattMD June 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Anybody following that Cobb Co. toddler case? It is getting strange by the day.

The DA’s office is not backing off those murder charges.

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