Here's one senator's brilliant plan to force McConnell to hold a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks

Mitch McConnell // Credit: Gage Skidmore

On Monday, the House passed a bipartisan bill to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 per person to $2,000 per person, sending it to the Senate. Its fate there is uncertain, however, because while outgoing President Donald Trump demanded this increase, there is no indication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is on board with it, nor a critical mass of the GOP Senate caucus.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), however, has a plan to try to force a vote on the issue, outlined by both himself and longtime adviser Ari Rabin-Havt: Until McConnell allows a vote on the measure, he will move to block a veto override to pass the annual defense budget.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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