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California professor Christine Ford, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about sexual assault allegation - The Washington Post
Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since Wednesday, she has watched as that bare-bones version of her story became public without her name or her consent, drawing a blanket denial from Kavanaugh and roiling a nomination that just days ago seemed all but certain to succeed.

Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it.
4 days ago by runpunkrun
Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck
The grim economic realities in America. (I would like to see similar analysis for Europe.)
economics  uspolitics 
5 days ago by nwlinks
Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe
@AnneApplebaum in depth on Poland, Hungary (and Trump) and the parallels with the Dreyfus case.
politics  poland  hungary  uspolitics  democracy 
5 days ago by nwlinks
Cabrini Blues | by Reinier de Graaf | The New York Review of Books
Nine of the ten most racially segregated American cities are all located in the North, the “Land of Hope” during the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South between 1915 and 1970. In 2010, the list was topped by Chicago, where a history of racially restrictive covenants had pushed African-Americans almost entirely to what became known as the “Black Belt,” on the city’s South Side.
uspolitics  housingpolicy  racism  segregation  history  ushistory  race  racialjustice 
10 days ago by beep
“The mystery of Tucker Carlson“, by Lyz Lenz for Columbia Journalism Review
What happened to make a rich white man the vox populi? How did I, a mom in the Midwest who can’t afford health care, become the humorless, censoring, liberal elite? How are the winners still insisting they are losers? What happened to this whole mess of a world? So I listen and listen. But I get no answers. Most of the quotes I get don’t make any sense. And I’m no closer to an answer now than when I started.

All I know is, he was definitely shouting.
politics  uspolitics  media  racism  foxnews 
15 days ago by beep
“Labor’s day is coming” by Garret Keizer for
Not only organized labor but labor itself seems under threat. An Oxford University study predicts that nearly half of American jobs will be replaced by automation in the next two decades. The exploited worker has become the expendable worker.
labor  uspolitics  unions  scotus  automation  garretkeizer 
15 days ago by beep
“Labor’s Last Stand”, by Garret Keizer for Harper’s Magazine
In the months following the [2016 presidential election], I began noticing an interesting difference between progressives who belonged to unions and those who didn’t. The non-union progressive—and I’m talking about the decent, open-hearted sort who doesn’t think he walks on water because he owns an electric car—was inclined to say, “We need to get out there and talk to those people.” The union figures I spoke with were more likely to say, “We need to get out there and listen.”
essay  labor  unions  uspolitics  scotus  garretkeizer 
15 days ago by beep
RT : And the same in Australian politics, and American... Thread
USPolitics  auspol  Bannon  from twitter
16 days ago by kcarruthers
John McCain's Legacy Was Built on A Myth
John McCain is dead. How will he be remembered? How should he be remembered? These are two separate questions, which is fitting, because there were always two John McCains: the vision of a selfless, honorable statesman who wasn’t afraid to fight the establishment, and the one that the rest of us actually got, which was none of those things.
24 days ago by runpunkrun
John McCain’s health care legacy: Did he really save Obamacare?
If the eulogies piling up now are any hint, John McCain is going to be remembered, among many other things, as the unlikely savior of Obamacare. Whether the senator from Arizona entirely deserves that legacy, or would even want it, is a bit less obvious.
24 days ago by runpunkrun

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