October 17, 2018

United States

“Congress and the president have historically reined in the justices when they’ve gone against public opinion.”

“Donald Trump has this one right. Democrats have become a party of political radicals.”

“The ever-present president reflects a new media strategy, driven by the president’s natural impulses.”

Hillary Clinton thinks Americans should “go low,” but are we ready to give up on civility?

“With a lawsuit against Harvard, Asian-American activists have formed an alliance with a white conservative to change higher education.”

“A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers.”

"This process has not merely affected Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford. It affects all of us."

The Democratic Party needs a leader in 2020. Elizabeth Warren is the one for the job.

“The suggestion that we don’t need any border enforcement is as unrealistic as that rhetoric is politically self-defeating.”

“The only way to compel someone to speak as part of this inquiry would be for the Senate to subpoena witnesses. The Republican majority appears unwilling to exercise that power.”

“In the toxically polarized world in which we're all unhappy prisoners, all that counts is victory….”

“President Trump's United Nations address criticizing international institutions is based on a complete ignorance of the U.N.'s history.”

“Like many pairs of enemies, Trump and Avenatti have a great deal in common. Both are brash, over-the-top, publicity-mad, media-savvy, ostentatiously rich.”

Despite how it may seem when you read the news, political centrists still exist. And in our highly partisan country, centrism is a more radical stance than ever before.

“At a time when we are at each other’s throats, who can provide the perspective to help us regain our senses? We need brave journalists more than ever today.”

"For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means."

“The Electoral College was a dumb idea when it was first proposed. Today, it's the Constitution's most egregious affront to elementary fairness… It's long past time we abolished it.”

Finally, the Left has a post-Truth politician of its own. Julia Salazar’s campaign was marked by frequent and sometimes outrageous untruths. That didn’t stop her from winning her NY State Senate bid.

Cynthia Nixon wanted to be the next victory in a series of progressive upsets overtaking the establishment. But Cuomo won by a landslide. Looks like the establishment is striking back.

"Despite President Trump’s belief that trade deficits go hand-in-hand with a weak economy, just the opposite is occurring. The U.S. is experiencing increases in manufacturing, overall GDP growth, and, at last, wage growth."

“The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence – with winds of up to 140 mph – is expected to be “extremely dangerous” when it hits the East Coast... But, it’s the water, not the wind, that has the potential to make the storm so deadly..."

Tensions are running high at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Are the theatrics lowering the bar for decorum in American political life?

An NYT Op-Ed reveals a number of White House insiders working from the inside to thwart Trump. Does this Op-Ed serve the public good - or will it just encourage more fear and paranoia in the Trump administration?

Ayanna Pressley beat Rep. Mike Capuano in Tuesday’s Primary in MA. Drawing comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the victory highlights the role women will play in November’s midterms.

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“The great sticking point—around the Irish border—has always been there.”

“Congress and the president have historically reined in the justices when they’ve gone against public opinion.”

Great schools, low prices, less partying, less anti-Zionism. Why not send your kid to school in Israel?

“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”

Sears was Amazon in a time before Amazon. Now they’ve declared bankruptcy.

“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”

On sensitive issues, most Americans are censoring themselves.

“Bookish, which sounds a bit like Jewish, is the word I use to describe lives that are dominated by books.”

Personality development might be more influenced by siblings than it is by parents.

Are avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash suitable for vegans? Nope!

“Scientists bred healthy baby mice from same-sex parents for the first time.”

“Perhaps there was something too primal about it, the associations with blood and the female body and sexuality, the act of immersing naked in rainwater.”