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My fellow journalists, are we really going to do this again?


https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1096540088102641664

Media promised better coverage of the 2020 race, and all I got was Kirsten Gillibrand’s fried chicken
By “this” I mean the shallow political journalism that equated what should have been a minor one-week mini-scandal over an email server with what should have been the story of the millennium, the American Experiment giving way to neo-fascism.

The publisher of the New York Times, which sits atop the American news pyramid, issued a much-discussed quasi-apology that seemed largely a mea culpa for ignoring Trump voters; remarkably the Paper of Record has never apologized for a) the day shortly before the election when it treated an ultimately inconsequential thing about those damned emails like the Second Coming of Watergate or b) the story also right before the election that falsely claimed the FBI had uncovered no Trump-Russia ties (when it actually had).

There were vague promises that campaign coverage would be more serious and less hijack-able by trivia once the 2020 race got underway. But that moment has now arrived, and it looks like the same people are covering this presidential election — with the same tired bag of tricks.
https://www.philly.com/opinion/commentary/presidential-campaign-media-coverage-warren-klobuchar-gillibrand-fried-chicken-20190212.html
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"Discuss the TIMING and PROMOTION of their release" 🤨


https://twitter.com/AngrierWHStaff/status/1096550561187577856?s=19

Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/15/politics/roger-stone-wikileaks/index.html

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A Defining Moment for the GOP

The upcoming vote on the emergency order will test the GOP’s commitment both to constitutional norms and to limited government. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abdication of his institutional and constitutional responsibility, who will step forward to make the case and organize other Republican senators to uphold the rule of law? Who will speak for the non-autocratic wing of the Republican party?
https://thebulwark.com/a-defining-moment-for-the-gop/

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One morning Gregor McConnell woke up to discover he had stooped so low so many times that he woke up a cockroach.


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A Fence, Steel Slats or ‘Whatever You Want to Call It’: A Detailed Timeline of Trump’s Words About the Wall

As a candidate, Donald J. Trump’s language about the southern border was remarkably simple: He would build a great wall, and Mexico would pay for it. He repeated this promise hundreds of times. But his language has shifted since his election as president, particularly since the government shutdown last month.

He later said he brought up the wall so frequently because it was what kept his supporters most engaged. “You know, if it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/13/upshot/detailed-timeline-trumps-words-border-wall.html
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It's almost as if election security is not a priority for this administration. 🤔

Trump’s DHS Guts Task Forces Protecting Elections From Foreign Meddling

One of the task forces is now half the size it was a few months ago, according to two DHS officials familiar with the task forces, and there’s no indication that DHS senior political leadership will staff it up or sustain it. Instead, there are concerns it will completely wither away. The other task force also shrunk significantly shortly after the midterms, according to that official, and before its members produced a thorough assessment of what happened during the 2018 elections.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-dhs-guts-task-forces-protecting-elections-from-foreign-meddling

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Historic Black Church Donates $100,000 To Pay Off Debts Of Howard U. Students

The grant was just part of a $100,000 gift that Alfred Street Baptist Church made to Howard University that day, paying the debts of 34 students like Thompson, who owed sums ranging from $100 to more than $3,000.

Alfred Street had raised the money via a church-wide fast during the month of January, during which parishioners committed to doing without certain things, from not consuming sweets or alcohol to abstaining from social media. They were also asked to undertake a "financial fast," and eliminate spending on non-essential items.
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/12/693953771/historic-black-church-donates-100-000-to-pay-off-debts-of-howard-u-students

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How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation


Public contradictions, walkbacks and flip-flops have become a hallmark of how Trump’s team has responded to the Russia probe, which was launched in 2016 and is now in its third year. Here are the most consequential examples of Team Trump changing its story.
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/politics/trump-team-russia-then-now/index.html
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Go, Amy. Take down the turtle.


Wife, mother, retired Marine, F/A-18 pilot, Amy has what Mitch lacks, the will to put #CountryOverParty.
https://twitter.com/ShelbyKStewart/status/1095715238014406656

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National Strike Grips Belgium, Canceling Flights and Shutting Breweries
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/13/world/europe/strike-in-belgium.html

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Executive time


https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1095723252629098496?s=19

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Twitter: Kyle Griffin on Twitter (Kyle Griffin)

 
McTurtle needs to go.
https://twitter.com/ChrisLutolf/status/1095558359615528960?s=19

Schumer recruits famed fighter pilot to challenge McConnell in 2020
The GOP leader is deep into preparations to take on Democrat Amy McGrath.
https://www.politico.com/amp/story/2019/02/12/schumer-amy-mcgrath-1167184

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Why is Qatar suddenly acknowledging its role in the Kushner bailout, but spinning it as unintentional to Reuters?


https://twitter.com/jedshug/status/1095192240576696321
Unroll: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1095192240576696321.html
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WHCA statement: The President of the United States should make it absolutely clear that violence against reporters in unacceptable.
https://twitter.com/whca/status/1095400559450968065

BBC cameraman violently attacked at rally where Trump stoked anger toward news media
BBC producer Eleanor Montague said the man attacked other news crews as well, but Skeans “got the brunt of it.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/02/12/trump-supporter-shoves-cameraman-bbc/2845181002/
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Several journalists say US border agents questioned them about migrant coverage

CPJ has spoken with at least eight journalists who said that U.S. border agents questioned them during secondary screenings about their reporting on a migrant caravan in Mexico. In at least six cases, the journalists said that agents asked to review photos or provide information about the migrant caravan. Separately, two journalists told CPJ they were contacted by CBP and asked to hand over video footage and submit to an interview as part of an internal investigation into potentially illegal conduct from border agents. CPJ is also aware of at least two cases where Mexican border agents denied entry to journalists who were previously questioned or photographed by CBP.

The cases took place amid increased press coverage of migrant issues on the Mexico-U.S. border. Several journalists with whom CPJ spoke said that border agents harassed them or took photographs of them. A video published in the Intercept shows a border agent telling journalists they can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony for "aiding and abetting" individuals to enter the U.S. The video was published as part of an Intercept investigation into harassment of journalists, lawyers, and activists at the border.

"Custom and Border Protection's apparent use of secondary screening as a pretext for questioning journalists about their reporting is akin to treating the media as informants and is a worrying sign for press freedom," said CPJ North America Program Coordinator Alexandra Ellerbeck. "Journalists have a duty to protect their independence and the confidentiality of their sources. They should not be subject to questioning that goes beyond the purpose of facilitating lawful travel entry for an individual."
https://cpj.org/amp/030311.html
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Dear Students

"It all started with this little boy in my class. We were talking and he said, ‘Slaves didn’t do much because they couldn’t read or write.’ He kinda caught me off guard,' Bradshaw said. “I said, ‘Baby, if I snatched you up and dropped you off in China or Germany or Africa even, you wouldn’t be able to read and write their language either. Does that make you useless or any less educated?’”

“So many of our African-American students don’t know where they come from. All they are taught is slavery, the servitude side only,” Bradshaw said. “They need to know that we were great long before slavery. We built a country with our blood, sweat and tears, and the strength of our ancestors is why they can be great today. You have to see people who look like you contributing to society, and the African contribution is left out at school. I teach math, but I’m woke and I plan on waking up every student that comes through the halls of MMS.”
https://www.fox19.com/2019/02/11/stay-dropping-knowledge-moss-point-teacher-goes-viral-with-lesson-black-history/
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Dear Students

"It all started with this little boy in my class. We were talking and he said, ‘Slaves didn’t do much because they couldn’t read or write.’ He kinda caught me off guard,' Bradshaw said. “I said, ‘Baby, if I snatched you up and dropped you off in China or Germany or Africa even, you wouldn’t be able to read and write their language either. Does that make you useless or any less educated?’”

“So many of our African-American students don’t know where they come from. All they are taught is slavery, the servitude side only,” Bradshaw said. “They need to know that we were great long before slavery. We built a country with our blood, sweat and tears, and the strength of our ancestors is why they can be great today. You have to see people who look like you contributing to society, and the African contribution is left out at school. I teach math, but I’m woke and I plan on waking up every student that comes through the halls of MMS.”
https://www.fox19.com/2019/02/11/stay-dropping-knowledge-moss-point-teacher-goes-viral-with-lesson-black-history/
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Filing under "sparks joy"


https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/1094963756575141888?s=19
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Twitter: andrew kaczynski on Twitter (andrew kaczynski)

 

D.C. restaurant feeds the poor and homeless every single day

Mannan is an immigrant from a small village in Pakistan. When he arrived to the United States in 1996, he had less than $5 in his pocket. "Once upon a time, I was in a similar situation where I didn't have enough money to eat. You pass by a restaurant but never able to go in. When you don't have money, nobody is going to let you in," he said.

After he opened his restaurant in 2013, he decided homeless people eat for free.

During the interview, several homeless people walked including one who Mannan says has been coming twice a day for the last four years.

"People have fear that a lot of homeless people have mental issues, health issues, they are dirty, not clean and if you let them come in they will ruin your business," Mannan said. "I tell them look at my life and look at my restaurant - does this look dirty to you?"
https://wjla.com/news/local/dc-restaurant-feeds-the-poor-and-homeless-every-single-day

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20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms


Since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct. That includes those who were convicted, credibly accused and successfully sued, and those who confessed or resigned. They left behind more than 700 victims, many of them shunned by their churches, left to themselves to rebuild their lives. Some were urged to forgive their abusers or to get abortions. About 220 offenders have been convicted or took plea deals, and dozens of cases are pending.
SBC churches and organizations share resources and materials, and together they fund missionary trips and seminaries. Most pastors are ordained locally after they've convinced a small group of church elders that they've been called to service by God. There is no central database that tracks ordinations, or sexual abuse convictions or allegations.

All of that makes Southern Baptist churches highly susceptible to predators, says Christa Brown, an activist who wrote a book about being molested as a child by a pastor at her SBC church in Farmer's Branch, a Dallas suburb.

"It's a perfect profession for a con artist, because all he has to do is talk a good talk and convince people that he's been called by God, and bingo, he gets to be a Southern Baptist minister," said Brown, who lives in Colorado. "Then he can infiltrate the entirety of the SBC, move from church to church, from state to state, go to bigger churches and more prominent churches where he has more influence and power, and it all starts in some small church. "It's a porous sieve of a denomination."
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/investigations/article/Southern-Baptist-sexual-abuse-spreads-as-leaders-13588038.php
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Trump has named more members of his private clubs to top posts in his administration. Presidents traditionally hired friends and allies; Trump is the first modern president to award government jobs to his customers.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/02/08/donald-trump-picks-ambassadors-golf-club-mar-lago-members/2748260002/
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Trump has named more members of his private clubs to top posts in his administration. Presidents traditionally hired friends and allies; Trump is the first modern president to award government jobs to his customers.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2019/02/08/donald-trump-picks-ambassadors-golf-club-mar-lago-members/2748260002/
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The small city of Sandusky, Ohio, has declared Election Day a paid holiday — by swapping it out with Columbus Day

"Participation in the government at all levels is essential for everyone," says Ed Dayringer, president of Local 1519 of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 97 of the city's employees. He's also an engineering technician with the city. "As a city, we want to ensure to give our people the opportunity to get out and vote."

The biggest sticking point in the negotiations was that most people would rather have a three-day weekend than a Tuesday off. But after talking through the larger civic purpose behind the change, all parties agreed to it.
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/08/692771542/sandusky-ohio-makes-election-day-a-paid-holiday-by-swapping-out-columbus-day
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Today’s Very Important Poll: Northam’s crisis management approach - bold or bogus? 🤔

The governor is reading “Roots” and “The Case for Reparations” — has hired a new team to help

Northam’s policy team is looking at crafting a set of proposals based on the premise that the governor’s mistakes have rendered him keenly aware of inequity and the lack of justice faced by black Virginians 400 years after the first African people arrived in the Commonwealth, at Point Comfort, in 1619.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/darrensands/virginia-gov-ralph-northam-survival-plan

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“One year ago today, on my mother’s dying bed at 92 years old — a former sharecropper — her last words were: Do. Not. Let. Them. Take. Our. Votes. Away. From. Us.”
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1093192539937693697
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They are literally going to have to make the groundskeeper governor of Virginia aren’t they. 😱

Virginia Sen. Tommy Norment was an editor for VMI yearbook filled with racist photos and slurs
A Virginia Military Institute yearbook overseen by future state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment in 1968 features a host of racist photos and slurs, including blackface.

The revelation about one of Virginia's most powerful Republicans comes as the state’s Democratic governor and attorney general are facing calls to resign over their own admissions they wore blackface as young men.
https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/article_d4ce7700-2ae3-11e9-ace9-ff7814740140.html
https://twitter.com/virginianpilot/status/1093565167550500866

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Twitter: Carole Cadwalladr on Twitter (Carole Cadwalladr)

 

But there was more at work than just the visuals. Abrams’s rebuttal invoked her particular vision of an expansive “identity politics” that attempts to link the distinct concerns of various groups into a common struggle against broad disadvantage.

As Abrams put it, "The specific methods by which the United States has excluded women, Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community from property ownership, educational achievement, and political enfranchisement have differed; so, too, have the most successful methods of fighting for inclusion — hence the need for a politics that respects and reflects the complicated nature of these identities and the ways in which they intersect.

And so, for example, she doesn’t just call on political leaders to expand health care; she does so in reference to maternal mortality rates for black women and the threat posed to rural communities by hospital closings.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/opinion/stacey-abrams-state-of-the-union.html

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via @Janet Logan

The New York Times: Opinion | The Stacey Abrams Revolution (By JAMELLE BOUIE)

 
This Is Just To Say
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Twitter: Leah McElrath on Twitter (Leah McElrath)

 
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There's no shame in having a little too much fun with a State of the Union drinking game. Sean Spicer's mistake was that he went on live TV afterward.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/822261/sean-spicer-seemingly-sloshed-state-union-interview-from-trump-hotel-bar
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“It was never about espionage. It was about money. Trump had one job: to lift sanctions when he became POTUS. Once the sanctions were lifted, every corrupt bastard in his orbit was going to make a lot of money.”
Thread:
https://twitter.com/larisa_a/status/1093183567302197249
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Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee, source says

It discloses that prosecutors are investigating a litany of potential crimes: conspiracy against the US, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, inaugural committee disclosure violations, and violations of laws prohibiting contributions by foreign nations and contributions in the name of another person, also known as straw donors.
http://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/politics/sdny-subpoena-trump-inauguration-committee/index.html
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Quite a day in Virginia.

@emzanotti: Wait, so now Fairfax and Northam are at each other's throats?
@RobGeorge: It's like a civil war is breaking out in Richmond.
@MiekeEoyang: There are days when I think I should move back to VA to run for something...I mean, how hard could it be?

Recap thread: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1092456761846566912.html

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US wants to avoid pulling what may be thousands of migrant children from 'sponsor' homes to rejoin parents, saying it "could be traumatic to the children"

The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.

Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department’s efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from “sponsor” homes to rejoin their parents “would present grave child welfare concerns.” He said the government should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, not those who have already been released to sponsors.
https://apnews.com/48210bbf243e423ea151ff04e4878ce6

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A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis

The liberal rhetoric of inclusion and common humanity is insufficient: we must also acknowledge the role that a century of U.S.-backed military coups, corporate plundering, and neoliberal sapping of resources has played in the poverty, instability, and violence that now drives people from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras toward Mexico and the United States.
https://medium.com/s/story/timeline-us-intervention-central-america-a9bea9ebc148

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Willful ignorance

What is most troubling, say these officials and others in government and on Capitol Hill who have been briefed on the episodes, are Trump’s angry reactions when he is given information that contradicts positions he has taken or beliefs he holds. Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public.

For now, the briefers are heartened by the intelligence community leaders who risked Trump’s ire by contradicting him in public testimony this week. The danger, one former intelligence official said, is that those leaders and other intelligence briefers may eventually stop taking such risks in laying out the facts for the President.
http://time.com/5518947/donald-trump-intelligence-briefings-national-security/

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@RVAwonk: So this raises a potentially explosive question: When Deutsche Bank turned him down, did Trump go elsewhere for the loan he wanted? And if so, who did he turn to and did they loan him the money?

Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No.

Donald J. Trump was burning through cash.

It was early 2016, and he was lending tens of millions of dollars to his presidential campaign and had been spending large sums to expand the Trump Organization’s roster of high-end properties.

To finance his business’s growth, Mr. Trump turned to a longtime ally, Deutsche Bank, one of the few banks still willing to lend money to the man who has called himself “The King of Debt.”

Mr. Trump’s loan request, which has not been previously reported, set off a fight that reached the top of the German bank, according to three people familiar with the request. In the end, Deutsche Bank did something unexpected. It said no.

Senior officials at the bank, including its future chief executive, believed that Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy made such a loan too risky, the people said. Among their concerns was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/business/trump-deutsche-bank.html
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The New York Times: Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No. (By DAVID ENRICH, JESSE DRUCKER and BEN PROTESS)

 
@RVAwonk: So this raises a potentially explosive question: When Deutsche Bank turned him down, did Trump go elsewhere for the loan he wanted? And if so, who did he turn to and did they loan him the money?

Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No.

Donald J. Trump was burning through cash.

It was early 2016, and he was lending tens of millions of dollars to his presidential campaign and had been spending large sums to expand the Trump Organization’s roster of high-end properties.

To finance his business’s growth, Mr. Trump turned to a longtime ally, Deutsche Bank, one of the few banks still willing to lend money to the man who has called himself “The King of Debt.”

Mr. Trump’s loan request, which has not been previously reported, set off a fight that reached the top of the German bank, according to three people familiar with the request. In the end, Deutsche Bank did something unexpected. It said no.

Senior officials at the bank, including its future chief executive, believed that Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy made such a loan too risky, the people said. Among their concerns was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/business/trump-deutsche-bank.html
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The New York Times: Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No. (By DAVID ENRICH, JESSE DRUCKER and BEN PROTESS)

 

Stacey Abrams: "Identity politics" vs "focusing on economic issues"

Fukuyama and other critics of identity politics contend that broad categories such as economic class contain multitudes and that all attention should focus on wide constructs rather than the substrates of inequality. But such arguments fail to acknowledge that some members of any particular economic class have advantages not enjoyed by others in their cohort. U.S. history abounds with examples of members of dominant groups abandoning class solidarity after concluding that opportunity is a zero-sum game. The oppressed have often aimed their impotent rage at those too low on the social scale to even attempt rebellion. This is particularly true in the catchall category known as “the working class.” Conflict between black and white laborers stretches back to the earliest eras in U.S. history, which witnessed tensions between African slaves and European indentured servants. Racism and sexism have long tarnished the heroic story of the U.S. labor movement—defects that contributed to the rise of a segregated middle class and to persistent pay disparities between men and women, disparities exacerbated by racial differences. Indeed, the American working class has consistently relied on people of color and women to push for improved status for workers but has been slow to include them in the movement’s victories.

The facile advice to focus solely on class ignores these complex links among American notions of race, gender, and economics. As Fukuyama himself notes, it has been difficult “to create broad coalitions to fight for redistribution,” since “members of the working class who also belong to higher-status identity groups (such as whites in the United States) tend to resist making common cause with those below them, and vice versa.” Fukuyama’s preferred strategy is also called into question by the success that the Democratic Party enjoyed in 2018 by engaging in what he derides as identity politics. Last year, I was the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nominee in Georgia and became the first African American woman in U.S. history to be nominated for governor by a major political party. In my bid for office, I intentionally and vigorously highlighted communities of color and other marginalized groups, not to the exclusion of others but as a recognition of their specific policy needs. My campaign championed reforms to eliminate police shootings of African Americans, protect the LGBTQ community against ersatz religious freedom legislation, expand Medicaid to save rural hospitals, and reaffirm that undocumented immigrants deserve legal protections. I refused to accept the notion that the voters most affected by these policies would invariably support me simply because I was a member of a minority group. (The truth is that when people do not hear their causes authentically addressed by campaigns, they generally just don’t vote at all.) My campaign built an unprecedented coalition of people of color, rural whites, suburban dwellers, and young people in the Deep South by articulating an understanding of each group’s unique concerns instead of trying to create a false image of universality. As a result, in a midterm contest with a record-high turnout of nearly four million voters, I received more votes than any Democrat in Georgia’s history, falling a scant 54,000 votes shy of victory in a contest riddled with voting irregularities that benefited my opponent.
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2019-02-01/stacey-abrams-response-to-francis-fukuyama-identity-politics-article

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Ralph Northam Resists Calls to Resign as Virginia Governor Over Racist Yearbook Photo

With the governor and his top advisers gathered in the executive residence next to the State Capitol in Richmond, the Democrat familiar with Mr. Northam’s calls said the governor was determined to prove it was not him in the photograph and was even considering using facial recognition software. The governor, this Democrat said, wanted to take responsibility on Friday night, which was why he apologized for appearing in the picture without acknowledging which person he was in the image.

But most Virginia Democratic leaders said privately that he would still have little choice but to quit because he had lost support from nearly all his allies in the State Capitol.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/us/politics/ralph-northam-virginia-governor.html
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The New York Times: Ralph Northam Resists Calls to Resign as Virginia Governor Over Racist Yearbook Photo (By JONATHAN MARTIN, TRIP GABRIEL and ALAN BLINDER)

 

When firms disclose wages the pay gap narrows—but not because women get paid more

"The closing of the wage gap was not because female wages went up, but because male wage growth slowed down," Daniel Wolfenzon, chairman of the Finance Division at Columbia Business School and an author of the study, told CNBC Make It. "It's possible that the least expensive way for firms to close the wage gap is that instead of raising wages for women, they just don't increase wages for men. Even though the wage gap is closing, it's closing at the expense of pay for employees overall."
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/01/31/the-gender-wage-gap-narrows-when-firms-are-forced-to-disclose-pay-inequities-research-shows--.html

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70 homeless people didn't have to freeze outside on the second coldest day in Chicago's history. 💗

‘A true hero’: Good Samaritan puts up dozens of Chicago’s homeless in hotel amid record-low temperatures


https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/31/true-hero-good-samaritan-puts-up-dozens-chicagos-homeless-hotel-amid-record-low-temperatures/
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70 homeless people in Chicago didn't have to freeze outside on the second coldest day in Chicago's history. 💗

‘A true hero’: Good Samaritan puts up dozens of Chicago’s homeless in hotel amid record-low temperatures


https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/31/true-hero-good-samaritan-puts-up-dozens-chicagos-homeless-hotel-amid-record-low-temperatures/
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https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1090793111435931648
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