The Rundown-Thurs 1/25/18: Segregation history worse than u thought

President Trump made a couple of very interesting appearances yesterday. One to a conference of mayors, and the second in an impromptu meeting with a few reporters in the White House. We'll have plenty of sound for you as we talk about both of them.

If President Trump would talk this way all day every day, he'd have a much better chance of getting more legislation through Congress and protecting Republicans in the 2018 elections. This was great stuff:

The first time I heard Richard Rothstein speak about his book, "The Color of Law," I was shocked and dismayed and even disgusted at the history of government-created segregation in the United States, particularly in housing, into the 1960s. A lot of people think that racial segregation in terms of blacks and whites not living near each other was just the result of individual choices. It wasn't. According to Rothstein, it was a product of intentional and explicit racism by our government and also some of the most important players in real estate throughout the mid-20th century.

http://www.epi.org/publication/the-color-of-law-a-forgotten-history-of-how-our-government-segregated-america/

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I typically support privatization of most things government does other than the military and intelligence-gathering. But I can't support private prisons because it gives their owners incentive to lobby Congress and state legislators and even Border Patrol to use the power of government to create more "customers".

We'll talk about it at 9:06 AM with Lauren-Brooke Eisen, author of "Inside Private Prisons"
https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Private-Prisons-American-Incarceration/dp/0231179707

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