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miami dolphins says it will suspend players up to four games for kneeling during anthem next season
the nfl has gone to great lengths to try to put a stop to player protests during the national anthem and, in may, league owners unanimously approved a new policy that explicitly makes kneeling or sitting during the anthem against league rules. the teams themselves are considered to be the responsible party under the new rule and an individual franchises will be fined “if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” league owners’ responses to player protests have varied; the new york jets chairman christopher johnson, for example, said while he prefers the team’s players stand, if someone chooses to protest, the club will cover the fine. “if somebody [on the jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players,” johnson said in may. “i never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players.” the miami dolphins have taken a different approach and, according to its new player conduct guidelines reported by the associated press, the franchise will impose a punishment of up to four games for players who refuse to stand for the anthem. the measure comes via the franchise’s new player discipline manual, which includes a single line addressing “proper anthem conduct.” protesting the anthem is classified as “conduct detrimental to the club,” which could result in a fine and/or a suspension for a player. the dolphins are owned by real estate magnate stephen ross, who ...
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trump invited putin to visit the white house this fall so we can do this whole dumb week all over again
nooooooooooo: there is, however, some “good” or at least non-bad news on the trump/putin front, which is that trump has decided to decline putin’s request to let russian prosecutors question a number of former american officials who have been connections to a high-profile advocate of economic sanctions against russia named bill browder. of course, putin will likely talk trump into an idea even worse than that one if he does in fact come to the white house, and then we can do this whole week over again, only in a more autumnal setting, and perhaps with football season to distract us. (just kidding, football will be ruined too.) here is director of national intelligence dan coats, who on monday had to release a statement reaffirming that russia hacked the democratic party in 2016 after trump called putin’s denial of responsibility “extremely strong and powerful,” reacting in real time to news of the potential summit: as one of my colleagues put it after watching this, “dan coats wants to put his head through a wall.”
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house progressives launch the medicare for all caucus
on thursday, progressive house democrats announced the formation of a medicare for all caucus of members who support moving to a single-payer health care system. “we are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” rep. pramila jayapal said during the caucus’s launch event. “that health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the united states, and that one of the best ways to ensure healthcare for all is to use the system that already exists for millions of seniors […] and that is medicare.” so far, the caucus—which jayapal co-chairs alongside reps. debbie dingell and keith ellison, the democratic national committee’s deputy chair—has at least 70 members, including democrats thought to be in the running for leadership positions in the fall such as progressive reps. barbara lee and tim ryan, who mounted a quixotic challenge to house minority leader nancy pelosi in 2016. the caucus may well grow larger. there are 122 house members—nearly two-thirds of the house’s democrats—co-sponsoring medicare for all bill hr 676, which ellison currently helms. support for single-payer has grown substantially since trump’s election, both in the house and among expected 2020 candidates like sens. cory booker, kirsten gillibrand, kamala harris, and elizabeth warren, who have all backed sen. bernie sanders’ medicare for all bill in the senate. a number of other health care proposals that would significantly expand go...
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the angle: want to believe edition
whatever he wants: donald trump has recently shown that he will not believe anything that contradicts his own impressions of the world, no matter how airtight the sourcing, dahlia lithwick writes. in that, he and his supporters truly are peas in a pod. “mewing”?!: when you look at the weird internet debris that is incel memes, and you’re a non-incel, you might feel sorry for them at first. christina cauterucci explains why that’s a mistake. could be so much more: curb space in cities is at a premium, but we should think differently about its possibilities, henry grabar writes. we shouldn’t assume it must always be used for parking. for fun: the many odd dictionaries one writer’s produced. now that’s productination, rebecca
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more evidence emerges that trump intended for family separation to be permanent
last month, dahlia lithwick argued in slate that the government seemed to have intended its unlawful family separation policy to be permanent. on wednesday, we got further evidence of that. in the case of ms. l v. ice, judge dana sabraw ruled that child separation was a violation of the due process clause of the constitution, ordered it be brought to an end, and that the already separated families be reunified. the government has yet to challenge this ruling and those reunifications are currently underway. the ad hoc procedures the government has created to respond to this judicial decree has offered proof that it never intended for families to be brought back together. on wednesday, democratic members of the house judiciary presented further such evidence. ranking member jerrold nadler—along with reps. elijah cummings and bennie thompson—released a joint statement saying that the trump administration told them there had been no plan to reunite the children prior to the judicial order by judge sabraw last month. “[during a wednesday meeting], trump administration officials made a startling confession—they had no interagency plan in place to reunite children with their parents when attorney general jeff sessions announced president trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy in april,” the trio of congressman announced on thursday. “even if they believed their new policy was the right one, how could they have been so heartless not to have planned to reunite thes...
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repeat after me: facebook is an ad business
facebook made nearly twice as much from the trump campaign as it did from the clinton campaign—$44 million compared to $28 million between june and november 2016, according to an internal facebook document circulated after the election and obtained by bloomberg. trump’s campaign in total spent around $85 million on facebook ads and promotion, according to theresa hong, one of the main brains behind the digital arm of his presidential bid who also helped manage trump’s facebook page. and there’s no telling how much money facebook made from the many political groups and pages—shady and otherwise—buying ads in support of trump. so it makes sense that upon winning the election, president-elect trump got a phone call from facebook ceo mark zuckerberg congratulating him on his successful campaign, as buzzfeed reports thursday. no one should read zuckerberg’s call as a sign of political preference, or even political indifference, however. rather, it was a cordial business conversation between two executives who had recently exchanged tens of millions of dollars. facebook was an extremely effective advertising tool for trump’s campaign, and after an advertiser spends that kind of money, it’s not shocking that the head of an advertising company would put in a call to the client. as mundane as the congratulatory call might seem, this should not allay any discomfort. trump’s campaign team was so good at using facebook to target voters that the company even reli...
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the trump administration is neutering the endangered species act
the trump administration proposed changes to the endangered species act on thursday, an unsurprising move given that it asked the public for comments on the 45-year-old rule in 2017. the proposal features recommendations from u.s. fish and wildlife service and the national oceanic and atmospheric administration’s national marine fisheries service, and boils down to two main changes: first, the administration wants to end the policy of applying the same level of protection to threatened species as it does to endangered species. this would only apply to species that are listed as threatened going forward, not retroactively. the text of the proposal emphasized that this change would bring usfws into line with the current strategy practiced by noaa, and noted that if implemented, the change would mean that individual species ought to be considered on a case-by-case basis. the second major change involves the fact that the current version of the esa dictates that listed species must be protected without regard to the economic cost of doing so. the proposal seeks to end this: “we propose to remove the phrase, “without reference to possible economic or other impacts of such determination,” the proposal states. in other words: we’ll now only protect endangered wildlife if we decide we can afford it. you can almost hear the defensiveness in usfws’s announcement, understandable given the enormous popularity of the endangered species act (polls suggest 90 percent of am...
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miami dolphins says it will suspend players up to four games for kneeling during anthem next season
the nfl has gone to great lengths to try to put a stop to player protests during the national anthem and, in may, league owners unanimously approved a new policy that explicitly makes kneeling or sitting during the anthem against league rules. the teams themselves are considered to be the responsible party under the new rule and an individual franchises will be fined “if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” league owners’ responses to player protests have varied; the new york jets chairman christopher johnson, for example, said while he prefers the team’s players stand, if someone chooses to protest, the club will cover the fine. “if somebody [on the jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players,” johnson said in may. “i never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players.” the miami dolphins have taken a different approach and, according to its new player conduct guidelines reported by the associated press, the franchise will impose a punishment of up to four games for players who refuse to stand for the anthem. the measure comes via the franchise’s new player discipline manual, which includes a single line addressing “proper anthem conduct.” protesting the anthem is classified as “conduct detrimental to the club,” which could result in a fine and/or a suspension for a player. the dolphins are owned by real estate magnate stephen ross, who ...
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michael anton’s op-ed on ending birthright citizenship is racist, ahistorical gobbledygook
should donald trump issue an executive order purporting to strip millions of children of immigrants of their american citizenship? the obvious answer might seem to be no, and that no serious person would entertain such a profoundly racist assault on the constitution. yet this exact proposal appeared on wednesday in the washington post, in the form of an op-ed by michael anton. the piece is both malicious and mendacious, a xenophobic cri de coeur that rests on lazy, easily refuted lies. it would barely meet breitbart’s editorial standards, and its publication in the post can only help to legitimize a constitutional conspiracy theory designed to denaturalize nonwhite american citizens. the first red flag in wednesday’s op-ed is its byline. anton, the author, briefly served on trump’s national security council, a position he obtained by peddling a pseudo-intellectual brand of nativism. he has opined that the “ceaseless importation of third world foreigners” (that is, nonwhites) has made the electorate “less republican, less republican, and less traditionally american with every cycle.” and, most notably, he has maligned the children of immigrants as “ringers to form a permanent electoral majority” that will eventually destroy the country. it is from this vantage point that anton declares his support for ending birthright citizenship—the extension of american citizenship to virtually every individual born on u.s. soil. anton describes this practice as ??...
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democracy dies in dark money
listen to episode 1,038 of slate’s the gist: slate plus members: get your ad-free podcast feed. listen to the gist via apple podcasts, overcast, spotify, stitcher, or google play. on the gist, about those outlandish celebrity baby names. when the supreme court’s citizens united decision made unlimited campaign contributions legal, one state put up a fight. in dark money, documentary filmmaker kim reed and journalist john adams exposed the influence of anonymous campaign contributions on montana’s state government even before the supreme court rubber-stamped the problem. in the spiel, would the high road be so easy to take if papa john’s pizza were delicious? join slate plus! members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. sign up for a free trial today at slate.com/gistplus. join the discussion of this episode on facebook. email: [email protected] twitter: @slategist podcast production by pierre bienaimé and daniel schroeder.
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samantha bee gets “hysterical” about the future of roe v. wade, and you should too
samantha bee got serious on wednesday night’s full frontal, devoting a segment to discuss the possible consequences of overturning the landmark roe v. wade case. with anthony kennedy’s retirement looming on july 31, women all over the country are worried for the safety of their reproductive rights. the loss of his key swing vote will almost certainly endanger roe v. wade, which he voted to uphold in 1992. its possible overturn only seems more likely because of the anti-abortion track record of donald trump’s pick for kennedy’s replacement, brett kavanaugh. bee began by addressing criticism that talk of overturning roe v. wade is hysterical speculation or a left-wing scare tactic, showing clips of anti-abortion politicians promising to overturn the case that historically secured women’s right to safe, legal abortions, including two clips from one of trump’s debates with hillary clinton. in response to a question about overturning roe v. wade, trump responded, “that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because i am putting pro-life justices on the court.” in the second half of the segment, bee showed a map of states that have found workarounds for roe v. wade already. “states have already been pushing the limits, finding ways to make abortion de facto illegal, or at least profoundly complicated and traumatic,” she said. in mississippi and louisiana, abortion is illegal after 15 weeks. iowa has enacted a six week abortion ban, which, bee points out...
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mamma mia! here we go again
there are movies you see once and are done with, others you return to out of love or curiosity or a desire to understand them better, and some that just stubbornly refuse to leave your life, accruing meaning and emotion the way grit in an oyster eventually forms a pearl. i don’t remember when i first showed my daughter mamma mia!, the 2008 adaptation of a long-running broadway jukebox musical that wove abba’s most familiar hits into a story one might generously describe as “ramshackle.” it must have been a few years after the film came out, when she was around 5—too young to understand the movie’s multiple romantic intrigues and mildly naughty jokes, but old enough to sing along with the infernally catchy songs and enjoy the sunny greek island setting. i figured she might enjoy the mother-daughter angle of the story as freewheeling innkeeper donna (meryl streep) helps daughter sophie (amanda seyfried) plan her wedding to sky (dominic cooper). and i knew she would respond to the movie’s life-affirming spirit, its infectiously goofy songs and playful choreography, and the “i’m game if you are” commitment of its a-list-on-vacation cast. mamma mia! is in essence celebrity karaoke night, or at its best, celebrity open-mic night: meryl streep sings and dances in overalls before falling through the roof of a barn! colin firth plays guitar on a boat! pierce brosnan … emits a lowing sound suggestive of cattle being branded, but he does it with such soulfulness yo...
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sacha baron cohen’s art-gallery dupe regrets nothing (except her dress)
in the outrageous first episode of who is america?, sacha baron cohen revealed that, with only a nudge, politicians like rep. joe wilson and former united states sen. trent lott will endorse arming toddlers. on the other end of the spectrum, however, is christy cones, the fine-art consultant at coast gallery in laguna beach, california, who is easily the premiere’s most sympathetic interview subject. cones believed she was meeting with a british ex-con trying to succeed as an artist, and she keeps her cool throughout the segment, even when she learns that the painting she’s holding is supposedly made of feces, or when baron cohen, as “ricky sherman,” requests some of her pubic hair for an art project. slate spoke to cones, who also runs the kalos kagathos foundation, about why she agreed to appear on the show in the first place, how she felt when she learned she had been duped, and whether or not who is america? should be considered art. you were originally approached to do this interview in may 2017. had you forgotten about it since then, or have you been waiting for it to come out? it was fermenting in the back of my mind, but for the most part, i assumed, as i was told, that it would appear on british public television. they sent me some emails early on—i haven’t released them yet, because i think people care more about the political figures’ reactions, and i’m the only person [in the first episode] who isn’t affiliated with politics. but they se...
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come to a free screening of network hosted by slate’s julia turner
join future tense and julia turner, editor-in-chief of slate magazine, for a screening of network. the classic “mad-as-hell” 1976 satire follows television execs ready to do anything to boost ratings—including sacrificing traditional journalistic values and cashing in on a long-time news anchor going off the rails. the movie, which boasts four academy awards and was inducted into the library of congress’s national film registry, remains a fixture of popular culture for what many call its prophetic depiction of where the news business was heading. come judge for yourself. the screening will be followed by a discussion with turner. this latest installment of future tense’s “my favorite movie” series will take place at 6:30 p.m. on wednesday, july 25, at washington, d.c.’s landmark theatres e street cinema at 555 11th street nw. the event is free and open to the public. for more information and to rsvp, visit the new america website. you may rsvp for yourself and up to one guest. seating is limited. future tense is a partnership of slate, new america, and arizona state university.
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donald trump is pissed off at the fed chair for basically coherent reasons
donald trump added to the list of rules he’s broken about how presidents are supposed to discuss the economy thursday, criticizing the federal reserve’s recent decisions to raise interest rates during an interview with cnbc. “i am not happy about it,” trump told anchor joe kernan. “i don’t like all this work we’re putting into the economy, and then i see rates going up.” presidents generally refrain from criticizing the fed, both out of deference to the central bank’s historical independence and to avoid messing with the financial markets. but of course, this is donald trump we’re talking about, he who opens his mouth about all sorts of topics that were previously seen as off limits. he’s complained about the value of the dollar, for instance, and tweeted about the jobs report before it was released, both of which were long considered no-nos because they could influence trading. trump, being trump, is unconcerned with such norms. “i’m just saying the same thing i would have said as a private citizen,” trump explained after carping yet again about the rising value of the dollar in today’s interview. “maybe someone would say you shouldn’t say that as a president. i couldn’t care less.” in other words, “i really don’t care, do u?” some experts, unsurprisingly, expressed alarm, suggesting that it might seem as if trump was trying to bully the fed into changing course on policy. “this is such a risky thing for the fed, and for...
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making it in cleveland
listen to this episode of studio 360 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: the coasts are not the only cultural centers in america. kurt andersen takes a trip to the front international cleveland triennial for contemporary art. a musician pays the bills as a mastering quality control technician for movies and tv shows. and what we can learn about the bible from beyoncé. studio 360 plugs: please remember to like us on our facebook page and twitter. send your emails to [email protected]
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donating paid leave time to pregnant co-workers isn’t a trend. it’s a travesty.
on wednesday, good morning america praised an emerging workplace “trend”: instead of co-workers collecting money to buy cakes and strollers for pregnant officemates, some are pooling their own vacation days to give new moms a chance at paid maternity leave. as we’ve noted again and again, the u.s. is the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid, job-protected leave for new mothers and fathers, so it’s commendable that employees are using their own benefits to scrape together paid time off for one another. but this is not a “feel-good story,” as good morning america portrayed it. it’s a sign of how unjust life is for new parents in the united states. about 60 percent of u.s. workers are eligible for unpaid leave under the federal family and medical leave act, but this is an unaffordable option for most families. according to the bureau of labor statistics, only about 15 percent of u.s. workers have access to paid parental leave either through their home states or employers. as a result, up to 1 out of 4 new mothers goes back to work within two weeks, which goes against nearly every recommendation from the medical community for both maternal and infant health outcomes. and the trend isn’t just that workers are banding together in the face of inaction by employers and the government. employers—including governments—are implementing the option to pool in place of real policies in which they’d be responsible for providing employees with p...
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why anti-abortion groups love arizona’s new frozen-embryo law
the modern pro-life movement isn’t quite sure what to think about frozen embryos. in vitro fertilization helps people get pregnant, and pro-lifers are unlikely to denounce a procedure that has helped create more than 1 million u.s. babies. but almost every person who has undergone ivf ends up with excess embryos that will never get implanted. for those who believe a clump of up to a few dozen cells that’s less than a week old should have the same rights as a living human being, there aren’t many opportunities to weigh in with a full-throated defense of these embryos without disparaging parents who’ve struggled with infertility. those rare cases usually concern embryos locked in “custody” disputes, wherein an estranged couple can’t agree on what to do with them. typically, one person wants to use the embryos to have children and the other wants them destroyed, donated, or frozen forever. the thomas more society, a firm that often files lawsuits relating to anti-abortion issues, has represented several people who belong to the former category of plaintiffs. the group argues that embryos should not be treated as pieces of jointly owned property because they have a right to life that supersedes an adult’s right not to reproduce. as of a few weeks ago, that viewpoint has been enshrined as state law in arizona. the legislation, the first of its kind in the nation, mandates that disputed embryos should go to the party most likely to make them “develop to birt...
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trump is inviting putin to visit the white house this fall, so we’ve got that to look forward to
nooooooooooo: there is, however, some “good” or at least non-bad news on the trump/putin front, which is that trump has decided to decline putin’s request to let russian prosecutors question a number of former american officials who have been connections to a high-profile advocate of economic sanctions against russia named bill browder. of course, putin will likely talk trump into an idea even worse than that one if he does in fact come to the white house, and then we can do this whole week over again, only in a more autumnal setting, and perhaps with football season to distract us. (just kidding, football will be ruined too.) here is director of national intelligence dan coats, who on monday had to release a statement reaffirming that russia hacked the democratic party in 2016 after trump called putin’s denial of responsibility “extremely strong and powerful,” reacting in real time to news of the potential summit: as one of my colleagues put it after watching this, “dan coats wants to put his head through a wall.”
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initiative to split california into three states blocked from november ballot
the california supreme court struck a major blow to one of this year’s boldest ballot initiatives, ruling unanimously wednesday to remove proposition 9—also known as “cal 3”—from the november ballot. the initiative, sponsored by silicon valley billionaire venture capitalist tim draper, sought to split california into three separate states. proposition 9 is the second unsuccessful attempt in the past several years to break up the nation’s most populous state and the world’s fifth-largest economy. in 2014, draper launched a campaign to split california into six states, but he failed to garner enough valid signatures to get his measure on the 2016 ballot as an initiative constitutional amendment. undeterred, draper persisted in his state-splitting quest, and this year’s initiative did receive enough signatures to qualify for a place on the ballot as an initiative statue, which requires fewer signatures to get onto the ballot than a constitutional amendment. in california, voters have significant latitude to propose and enact state laws through ballot initiatives if they collect enough signatures from registered voters. for a ballot initiative statute, the number of signatures must equal or exceed 5 percent of votes cast for governor in the state’s last gubernatorial election. in draper’s case, he needed 365,880 valid signatures—he gathered 402,468. the supreme court said it usually allows californians to vote on ballot measures before assessing any...
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the “double negative” edition
to listen to the discussion, use the player below: listen to slate’s political gabfest via apple podcasts, overcast, spotify, stitcher, or google play. on this week’s slate political gabfest, emily bazelon, john dickerson, and david plotz are live in glenside, pennsylvania, to discuss the fallout of the trump–putin summit in helsinki and the latest mueller-investigation indictments of mariia butina and 12 russian officers. plus, with midterms on the horizon, who in the democratic party is positioning themselves for a 2020 presidential nomination? here are some of the links and references from this week’s show: ben mathis-lilley for slate: “trump denounces u.s. conclusions about russian hacking, calls putin’s denial ‘extremely strong and powerful’ ” ross douthat for the new york times: “trump and russia: one mystery, three theories” cbs news: “trump defends putin from claims of election interference” mark mazzetti and katie benner for the new york times: “12 russian agents indicted in mueller investigation” andrew prokop for vox: “roger stone, explained: the longtime trump adviser and dirty trickster is in mueller’s sights” here are this week’s cocktail chatters: listener chatter from meg smith: “i’m running for senate as a republican. my democrat parents a re so furious they’re backing my opponent.” emily: the irs will no longer require the disclosure of major donors to ...
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house progressives announce the formation of a medicare for all caucus
on thursday, progressive house democrats announced the formation of a medicare for all caucus of members who support moving to a single-payer health care system. “we are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” rep. pramila jayapal said during the caucus’s launch event. “that health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the united states, and that one of the best ways to ensure healthcare for all is to use the system that already exists for millions of seniors […] and that is medicare.” so far, the caucus—which jayapal co-chairs alongside reps. debbie dingell and keith ellison, the democratic national committee’s deputy chair—has at least 70 members, including democrats thought to be in the running for leadership positions in the fall such as progressive reps. barbara lee and tim ryan, who mounted a quixotic challenge to house minority leader nancy pelosi in 2016. the caucus may well grow larger. there are 122 house members—nearly two-thirds of the house’s democrats—co-sponsoring medicare for all bill hr 676, which ellison currently helms. support for single-payer has grown substantially since trump’s election, both in the house and among expected 2020 candidates like sens. cory booker, kirsten gillibrand, kamala harris, and elizabeth warren, who have all backed sen. bernie sanders’ medicare for all bill in the senate. a number of other health care proposals that would significantly expand go...
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fema isn’t ready for hurricane season to start
this story is republished from the new republic via climate desk. the federal emergency management agency was already supporting 692 federally declared disasters when hurricane season started last year. then came the most destructive disaster season in u.s. history, causing $265 billion in damage and forcing more than 1 million americans from their homes. fema was overwhelmed. so the agency has a novel suggestion for americans as the 2018 disaster season heats up: don’t rely on us. in a report last week evaluating its response to last year’s disaster, fema details “how ill-prepared the agency was to manage a crisis outside the continental united states, like the one in puerto rico,” the new york times reported. “and it urges communities in harm’s way not to count so heavily on fema in a future crisis.” “the work of emergency management does not belong just to fema,” the agency stated near the end of the report. “it is the responsibility of the whole community, federal, [state, local, tribal, and territorial governments], private sector partners, and private citizens to build collective capacity and prepare for the disasters we will inevitably face.” the sentiment echoes president donald trump’s own comments about puerto rico last year, following the devastation wrought by hurricane maria. still, it’s probably good advice, because thousands of people who depended on fema for help last year are still struggling. they in...
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when twitter blows the whistle
in recent months twitter has been accelerating its long-running battle with fake and suspicious accounts in order to clean up the platform—a place that has been criticized as a hotbed of lies, hoaxes, and abuse for nearly as long as it’s been praised as a place where almost anything goes. the twitter executive leading these moderation efforts is vijaya gadde, the company’s legal, public policy, and trust and safety lead. i recently interviewed gadde on slate’s technology podcast, if then, where we discussed twitter’s current approach to harassment, hate speech, and misinformation; whether the social network’s very structure encourages these problems; and why conspiracy theorists like alex jones are still allowed to have twitter accounts. our interview has been edited for concision and clarity. listen to if then by clicking the arrow on the audio player below, or get the show via apple podcasts, overcast, spotify, stitcher, or google play. will oremus: is it fair to say that a big part of your job is to keep twitter clean and safe, and free of trolls and bots and harassment and abuse? vijaya gadde: i think that’s certainly a big part of my job, but i would be remiss if i didn’t tell you how many people at twitter’s job that is. there is an entire network of people cross-functionally across the entire organization who work on this and who focus on this day and night, to make sure that twitter is a platform that promotes healthy conversation. s...
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despite public fallout, papa john may still end up running papa john’s
on july 11, noah kirsch of forbes wrote in an explosive post that john “papa john” schnatter had used the word n—-r on a professional conference call—a scoop that was confirmed by schnatter, who soon resigned his position as papa john’s chairman while the company removed him from its marketing materials. as it turns out, kirsch learned about the conference call fiasco while reporting a longer article about the problematic culture at schnatter’s epnonymous company—an article that you can now read in full at forbes’ site. the piece is laden with laden with anecdotes about extremely inappropriate behavior by company executives—at one point, for example, schnatter confirms on the record that a friend of his who was once co-ceo brought his mistress instead of his wife on a trip to represent the company at the super bowl. for news purposes, though, the most interesting takeaway from kirsch’s reporting might be that schnatter, despite recent pr-oriented announcements, may well end up still in charge of papa john’s because of his stock holdings and what sounds like essentially a patronage relationship with its remaining executives. the company’s international president, tim o’hern, went to high school with schnatter, and its ceo steve ritchie is a close schnatter ally who “six former executives” described as having been underqualified for his job when schnatter installed him in it. writes kirsch: nearly everyone expects papa john’s to move o...
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michelle obama launches splashy new midterm effort, but not the one democrats wanted
michelle obama is wading into the midterms—but not necessarily in the way democrats had hoped. the former first lady launched a voter registration initiative thursday, called when we all vote. the midterm-themed effort kicked off with a public service announcement featuring her and a slew of celebrity co-chairs, including lin-manuel miranda, tom hanks, and janelle monáe. according to politico, additional psas featuring other big names are expected to follow, as are a series of voter-registration and get-out-the-vote events leading up to a “late-september crescendo of rallies and trainings.” the group is a strictly nonpartisan affair, much to democrats’ chagrin. michelle obama reportedly hasn’t ruled out making separate campaign stops for a democratic candidate or two before election day. but such appearances would seem doubtful at a time when her group is trying to stay above the partisan fray, and given her and her husband’s general reluctance to take center stage in the age of trump. more likely, her gotv efforts mean she’ll remain mia on the midterm campaign trail. on one hand, that’s a big loss for democrats. michelle obama remains deeply popular on the left, and more popular than barack obama among the general population. she’s capable of uncorking a stemwinder when the situation calls for it, as she demonstrated multiple times during the 2016 campaign. she’d be natural on the stump next to a wide range of democratic candidates, particularly...
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the dubious research on abortion-pill “reversal”
the most prominent study supporting the idea that the abortion pill can be “reversed” has been temporarily withdrawn by the pro-life journal that published it. the case series was originally published in april, and it documented the results for 547 women who underwent a controversial hormone therapy after taking the first of two drugs that make up the abortion “pill.” the paper concluded that reversal is “safe and effective.” two of the study’s authors are affiliated with the university of san diego, a catholic university that began investigating the study shortly after it was published, according to pamela payton, a spokeswoman for usd. the journal, issues in law & medicine, has now temporarily withdrawn the study “pending technical corrections.” issues in law & medicine has connections to anti-abortion organizations including the american association of pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists. this means that both a catholic university and a pro-life journal have serious, if technical, concerns about the paper. abortion-pill “reversal” was the brainchild of george delgado, a san diego ob-gyn who heads a family-medicine clinic with a separate “crisis pregnancy center.” the “abortion-pill reversal” he promotes is an intervention after a woman has taken the first of two medications that constitute a medication abortion: mifepristone and misoprostol. those medications are usually taken a day or two apart, and a small number of women experien...
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republicans just refused to spend more to secure states’ vulnerable election systems
house republicans sparred with democrats on wednesday over whether a new spending bill would include additional funds to help states secure their polling systems in advance of midterm voting in november. they rebuffed the push, and the house is expected to vote thursday on a version of the bill that excludes more grants for election security, according to the washington post. democrats asked for the funds in light of the latest developments of special counsel robert mueller’s investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election. last friday, the department of justice indicted 12 russian nationals accused of participating in the hacking of the democratic national committee and then-candidate hillary clinton’s campaign in order to sway the election for donald trump. the debate on wednesday in the house followed comments from president trump this monday in which he denied that russia had sought to undermine the u.s. elections. following backlash from both parties, trump lightly walked back those comments on tuesday, saying that he does accept the u.s. intelligence community’s charges of russian efforts to sabotage american elections. on wednesday he said “no” when asked if the kremlin is still “targeting” the united states, even though his administration’s own intelligence officials disagree. none of this was enough for house republicans to seize an opportunity to help states update and lock down their election systems. this november, most states wi...
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israel declares itself a principally jewish state with passage of controversial law
after hours of heated debate, israel’s legislature passed a controversial law thursday that declares the country a principally jewish state, further inflaming tensions between israelis and palestinians. the legislation, commonly known as the nation-state law, has been hailed by its supporters as the fulfillment of zionism’s fundamental goals. opponents criticize the law as racist and anti-democratic. the law is a largely symbolic measure, but it is bound to further fracture the relationship between israel’s jewish majority and its non-jewish arab minority, which constitutes 21 percent of the country’s population. israel’s 1948 declaration of independence explicitly enshrined equal social and political rights to all residents, but many non-jewish israeli citizens—especially arab people—insist that they are treated as second-class citizens. the nation-state law has been a cornerstone of the ruling far-right, religious coalition government helmed by prime minister benjamin netanyahu of the likud party. its proponents see the legislation as an affirmation of the foundational tenets of israel’s national identity. israel’s parliament, the knesset, passed the bill 62–55, with two members abstaining and one member absent. the nation-state law is now part of israel’s basic laws, which are a special set of constitutional laws that supersede the nation’s declaration of independence. a basic law has never been overturned by israel’s supreme court, and s...
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double-decker narcissism
the new york times’ wednesday story revealing donald trump was fully and meticulously briefed before his inauguration about direct russian interference in the 2016 election solves the mystery once and for all: trump simply cannot permit his own brain to accept any evidence that he didn’t win the presidency by millions of votes. that’s it. no matter how many russian emails and texts the nation’s intelligence apparatus show him, no matter how many times he is reminded of what is incontrovertibly true, trump’s mind cannot reconcile reality with his own truth: that he is the most beloved and cherished leader in american history. even when he was forced to walk back his helsinki comments about trusting russia more than his own intelligence agencies, in a performance arguably more horrifying than the original press conference with vladimir putin, trump couldn’t manage to stay on message. within hours of his clarification, he had reverted back to “no” when asked whether russia was still targeting the united states. this isn’t an intelligence problem or even a political problem. it’s an epistemological problem. this president is never going to allow himself to believe something that is abhorrent to him, and he will therefore dismiss, deflect, and contradict any information that doesn’t confirm his pre-existing beliefs. whether or not he’s ever directly conspired with russia, whether or not the russians have something on him, trump’s mental health requires...
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