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  • With whistleblower ‘protection’ fake news, media does Trump another favor

    09/30/2019 11:28:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 30 2019 | Sohrab Ahmari
    Even on its own terms, the media’s Get Trump project has proved a monumental failure. If the blob of blue-checkmark Twitterati wanted to help President Trump portray the latest impeachment push as a partisan witch hunt, they couldn’t have done a better job than they are now. Consider the latest example: On Sunday, CBS’ venerable “60 Minutes” program reported on Twitter that “the government whistleblower who set off the impeachment inquiry of President Trump is under federal protection because they fear for their safety.” The explosive news seemed to vindicate his opponents’ darkest fantasies about the president: Of course Trump...
  • Greta Thunberg’s Rebuke of World Leaders ‘Will Echo Through the Years,’ NPR Analyst Says

    09/28/2019 5:45:02 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 71 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
    'This brave young woman essentially sent a message to the future' Senior editor of the Atlantic and NPR news analyst Jack Beatty commended Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg for sending a powerful "message to the future" on climate change. "I think her j’accuse will echo through the years," Beatty told host David Folkenflik. Folkenflik said the young activist "drove conservatives, Republicans nuts" and that she's making a valid point because she and others her age stand to inherit a world affected by climate change. Beatty agreed and went further in praising her vision. "This brave young woman essentially sent a message...
  • Trump Is Panicking

    09/27/2019 3:25:34 PM PDT · by upchuck · 96 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Sept 26, 2019 | David A. Graham
    When Donald Trump stepped to the dais at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, he had a speech full of sharp lines: swipes at socialism, assertions of nationalism versus globalism, harsh words for Iran. Though Trump doesn’t enjoy delivering scripted remarks, he sounded listless, tired, and bored even by his own standards, struggling through the speech. The president had a good reason to be distracted. The same morning, he had spoken on the phone with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to stem a growing tide of Democratic demands for his impeachment. According to NBC’s Heidi Przybyla, Trump asked Pelosi whether there...
  • Jemele Hill: Black Athletes Need to Leave White Colleges

    09/05/2019 8:15:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/05/19 | WARNER TODD HUSTON5
    In a piece for the magazine’s October issue, Hill insists that black athletes are doing blacks no good by allowing “white” colleges to use the student’s athletic prowess to raise funds to benefit the college. After noting that 2018’s top college prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux brought a lot of notoriety to a historically black college when he was looking colleges over, Hill pointed out that the NCAA and the “white” colleges that participate in the conference make billions a year off the sweat of black athletes. “Almost all of these schools are majority white,” Hill disparagingly wrote, “in fact, black men...
  • ‘The Supreme Court Is Not Well. And the People Know It.’ [Mega Barf Alert]

    09/02/2019 6:44:11 PM PDT · by fwdude · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2, 2019 | Garrett Epps
    The Supreme Court as we once knew it—as a national institution that could at least sometimes stand apart from partisanship—died last year. The ongoing fight over its corpse spilled into public view last week. On Thursday, 53 United States senators—every member of the Republican caucus—wrote a “letter” to the clerk of the Supreme Court assuring the justices that the Republican Party has their back. The Democrats, the senators told the Court, pose “a direct, immediate threat to the independence of the judiciary.” The spat is about guns. The Court has granted review in a Second Amendment case entitled New York...
  • Trump’s Phone Calls With Wayne LaPierre Reveal NRA’s Influence

    08/21/2019 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 54 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 20, 2019 | ELAINA PLOTT
    Days after considering the implementation of universal background checks, President Donald Trump has sidelined the issue. Three days after a pair of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left 31 people dead, President Donald Trump was preoccupied with visions of a Rose Garden ceremony. His daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, had proposed the idea of a televised Rose Garden appearance as a way to nudge her father toward supporting universal background checks. The president had recently suggested he was open to the gun-control measure, tweeting, “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying...
  • Why I Disrupted Trump’s Speech at Jamestown

    08/03/2019 6:11:22 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 2, 2019 | Ibraheem S. Samirah
    On Tuesday, Virginia’s general assembly celebrated 400 years since a legislative body was formed by the colonists of old Jamestown. As a member of the House of Delegates, I was given a front-row seat at the festivities. Unfortunately, the celebration, which was intended to be a nonpartisan reflection on our commonwealth’s complicated history, was tarnished by the presence of President Donald Trump, a man whose views are antithetical to the values that the event sought to celebrate: democracy, representation, and the ability of immigrants to seek refuge and self-governance in a new land.
  • Why Bill Barr Is So Dangerous

    07/01/2019 9:03:23 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 81 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 30, 2019 | Donald Belton Ayer, former US Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush
    He is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president. Buried behind our president’s endless stream of lies and malicious self-serving remarks are actions that far transcend any reasonable understanding of his legal authority. Donald Trump disdains, more than anything else, the limitations of checks and balances on his power. Witness his assertion of a right to flout all congressional subpoenas; his continuing refusal to disclose his tax returns, notwithstanding Congress’s statutory right to secure them; his specific actions to bar congressional testimony by government officials; and his personal attacks...
  • Republicans Don’t Understand Democrats—And Democrats Don’t Understand Republicans

    06/24/2019 11:27:19 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 48 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | JUN 23, 2019 | Yascha Mounk
    A new study shows Americans have little understanding of their political adversaries—and education doesn’t help.Americans often lament the rise of “extreme partisanship,” but this is a poor description of political reality: Far from increasing, Americans’ attachment to their political parties has considerably weakened over the past years. Liberals no longer strongly identify with the Democratic Party and conservatives no longer strongly identify with the Republican Party.What is corroding American politics is, specifically, negative partisanship: Although most liberals feel conflicted about the Democratic Party, they really hate the Republican Party. And even though most conservatives feel conflicted about the Republican Party, they really...
  • Dan Gainor: Media decide Trump is wrong on Iran — whether he strikes back or not. Plus, more...

    06/23/2019 12:15:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 June 2019 | Dan Gainor
    FULL TITLE: Dan Gainor: Media decide Trump is wrong on Iran — whether he strikes back or not. Plus, more press missteps Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. Welcome to the media’s Iran coverage where President Donald Trump is never really right — whether he responds militarily to Iran or opts not to do so. Iran, a theocratic loony bin that is the world’s No. 1 terror state, shot down a military drone this week that was worth at least $130 million. While it was flying over international waters. What followed was a high-speed, condensed version of media...
  • No Media Respect! The Atlantic Laments the 'Mess' of Gillibrand's Pandering Campaign

    06/18/2019 10:14:54 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 18, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    The pandering depths to which presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand will sink are so hilariously low that even a left-leaning publication such as The Atlantic magazine finds it impossible to avoid her desperation. We can see that Gillibrand stands out even in a large field of Democrat candidates noted for going into extreme pander mode. Staff writer Edward-Isaac Dovere (formerly of Politico) can only observe in amazement as Gillibrand gives new meaning to the word "vapid" in his June 16 article, "This Isn’t Going According to Plan for Kirsten Gillibrand." However, before we get to Dovere's article, you need to experience a...
  • Trump Has Killed Democrats’ Sense of the Possible

    06/10/2019 5:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 10, 2019 | Jemele Hill
    Biden’s elevation to front-runner is a testament to how much the president has shaken Democrats’ faith. To former Vice President Joe Biden’s benefit, electability has become the unofficial buzzword of the 2020 presidential campaign. Although it’s still early, most polls show Biden as the clear front-runner among Democrats. A CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was just the latest to give him a solid lead. Among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucus-goers, 24 percent named Biden their first choice for president—a significant lead in a fractured field that has more than 20 candidates. Biden’s early strength isn’t particularly surprising. He’s an experienced politician. And...
  • Why the AJC is reporting the MLK sex allegations

    05/30/2019 10:08:54 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 94 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | May 30, 2019 | Ty Tagami
    Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David J. Garrow, an authority on Martin Luther King Jr., offered his explosive story on King to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and reportedly to other U.S. publications before it was published in Great Britain. The AJC turned down Garrow’s offer. The piece, which reveals new sexual allegations against the civil rights icon, was published in Standpoint, a United Kingdom-based cultural and political magazine.It was also offered to The Atlantic and The Washington Post, according to Standpoint.The AJC declined to run the piece because it was based on information that would in some cases be impossible to independently verify,...
  • Who was Shakespeare? Could The Author Have Been A Woman?

    05/10/2019 10:07:23 PM PDT · by OddLane · 72 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 2019 | Elizabeth
    On a spring night in 2018, I stood on a Manhattan sidewalk with friends, reading Shakespeare aloud. We were in line to see an adaptation of Macbeth and had decided to pass the time refreshing our memories of the play’s best lines. I pulled up Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy on my iPhone. “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” I read, thrilled once again by the incantatory power of the verse. I remembered where I was when I first heard those lines: in my 10th-grade English class, startled out of my adolescent stupor by this woman...
  • Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science

    05/28/2019 1:32:30 PM PDT · by Borges · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/28/2019 | Luana Maroja
    I have taught evolution and genetics at Williams College for about a decade. For most of that time, the only complaints I got from students were about grades. But that all changed after Donald Trump’s election as president. At that moment, political tensions were running high on our campus. And well-established scientific ideas that I’d been teaching for years suddenly met with stiff ideological resistance. ... In class, though, some students argued instead that it is impossible to measure IQ in the first place, that IQ tests were invented to ostracize minority groups, or that IQ is not heritable at...
  • ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’

    05/21/2019 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    0,2019Natiuonal Review ^ | Ma 2 | Jim Geraghty
    Does it seem you hear a little bit less about political controversies in the sports world than you did a year or two ago? Do you find yourself grumbling at your television, “I just want to enjoy watching the game” less frequently? Today’s Los Angeles Times profiles ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, who took over running the network in March 2018. Deep in the article: Pitaro has also satisfied ESPN’s more traditional fans by steering commentators away from political discussions on-air and on social media, which heightened during President Trump’s criticism of NFL player protests against social injustice during the playing...
  • The Atlantic: China Isn’t Cheating on Trade

    05/15/2019 8:41:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/15/2019 | Peter Beinart
    News reports suggest that in the coming weeks, the United States and China might sign an agreement that repeals the tariffs the two nations have been levying on each other’s goods for the past nine months. If past behavior is any guide, Donald Trump will call it the greatest deal ever, and global markets will breathe a sigh of relief. But the deal will likely constitute only a modest pause in Washington’s growing hostility toward Beijing. That’s partly because, for Trump, no agreement is truly final. The president, The New York Times recently observed, “has repeatedly agreed to new trade...
  • Joe Biden’s surprisingly controversial claim that Trump is an aberration, explained

    05/13/2019 5:55:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Vox ^ | May 13, 2019 | Matthew Yglesias
    Joe Biden launched his campaign with a claim that is, on some level, almost strikingly banal. “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time,” the former vice president said in his announcement video. “But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.” This core sentiment that Trump is an unusual, and unusually bad, president has fueled everything from...
  • Kamala Harris Sticks the Landing

    05/01/2019 11:12:28 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    ATLANTIC ^ | May 1, 2019 | Russell Berman
    Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Cory Booker haven’t exactly caught fire. All lagging, struggling to break through visa v, Biden, Bernie, and Pbuttig… Kamala really took advantage. Grandstanding was sorta brief, then squirted off, “has… anyone at the White House ever asked or suggested that you open an investigation of anyone? Yes or no?"? Senate / House “hearings” are 歌舞伎 (Kaboki)
  • Greenland Is Falling Apart

    04/23/2019 9:16:02 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 59 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 23, 2019 | Robinson Meyer
    The Greenland Ice Sheet is the world’s second-largest reservoir of fresh water sitting on the world’s largest island. It is almost mind-bogglingly huge. If Greenland were suddenly transported to the central United States, it would be a very bad day for about 65 million people, who would be crushed instantly. But for the sake of science journalism, imagine that Greenland’s southernmost tip displaced Brownsville, Texas—the state’s southernmost city—so that its icy glaciers kissed mainland Mexico and the Gulf thereof. Even then, Greenland would stretch all the way north, clear across the United States, its northern tenth crossing the Canadian border...