Republicans are close to killing overtime rules, allowing “employers to cheat workers” of pay

More evidence that America is headed backwards in how the 99 percent are treated:

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that allows employers to give their employees paid time off when they put in extra hours, rather than overtime pay. Overtime wages are typically time-and-a-half. The bill was passed along party lines for the most part. Not a single Democratic representative voted in favor of the bill, and only six Republicans voted against it.

Study Finds Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

That would explain a lot:

Scientists found that damage in a certain part of the brain is linked to an increase in religious fundamentalism. In particular, lesions in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex reduced cognitive flexibility – the ability to challenge our beliefs based on new evidence.

The researchers, led by Jordan Grafman of Northwestern University, utilized data gathered from Vietnam War veterans as part of the Vietnam Head Injury Study. They compared levels of religious fundamentalism between 119 vets who had lesions and 30 veterans who didn’t.

Alabama Judge Says Segregation Good for Black Kids

We are going backwards as a nation:

School re-segregation is shaping up to be one of the new battles for equality in Trump’s America. Earlier this year, opponents of the desegregation policies in Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky proposed a bill in the state legislature that would destroy the county’s busing program that ensures diversity of race and income in the classroom. And now get this, from Alabama: There is, also in a county called Jefferson, a predominantly white community that may be allowed to form its own school system for the explicit purpose of separating students by race.

The Media Bubble Is Real — And Worse Than You Think

They, along with the Democrats, are responsible for Trump’s ascension to the presidency:

How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell? News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most sophisticated polling data and analysis to cover the presidential campaign. The overwhelming assumption was that the race was Hillary Clinton’s for the taking, and the real question wasn’t how sweeping her November victory would be, but how far out to sea her wave would send political parvenu Trump. Today, it’s Trump who occupies the White House and Clinton who’s drifting out to sea—an outcome that arrived not just as an embarrassment for the press but as an indictment. In some profound way, the election made clear, the national media just doesn’t get the nation it purportedly covers.