The Most Powerful Activist in America Is Dying

Trump Wants to Cut Maria Aid ; New Doubts About 'Havana Syndrome' ; and More Picks

Ady Barkan, activism
The author writes, “Over the past 15 months [Ady] Barkan has emerged as one of the most compelling figures of the new activist left. At age 35, with a 2-year-old son, he is dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease with no cure. As the disease rapidly progresses, he has managed to turn his body into a kind of campaign tool, laying it in front of members of Congress, news cameras and activists to inspire action for health care, immigrants and the election of progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” Photo credit: Nancy Pelosi / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Trump Wants Advisers to Find a Way to Cut Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “President Trump asked advisers in February to find a way to limit hurricane relief funds for Puerto Rico because too much money has gone to the territory already, senior administration officials told the Washington Post. ‘He doesn’t want another single dollar going to the island,’ one official said.”

Hurricane Maria Caused Unprecedented Damage to Puerto Rican Forests (Chris)

From Courthouse News: “Hurricane Maria not only destroyed far more trees than any previously studied storm, it took down big, old trees thought to be more resistant to storms. Greater tree damage impacts biodiversity and adds more carbon to the atmosphere.”

Doubts Rise About Evidence That US Diplomats in Cuba Were Attacked (Chris)

The author writes, “[Some] scientists say the case for what they now often call ‘Havana syndrome’ involves a troubling mix of secrecy, conjecture and shoddy science. Many now doubt it ever happened.”

Voter Turnout Is Surging And Mitch McConnell Is Terrified (Reader Steve)

From the American Prospect: “The Senate majority leader recoils at provisions that would facilitate voting — a position that puts him increasingly out of step with voters and with many state-level Republicans.”

Why You Procrastinate (Russ)

The author writes, “Procrastination isn’t a unique character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods induced by certain tasks — boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt and beyond.”

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