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"As we have seen time and time again, obituaries of famous women are a problem. No matter what her actual accomplishments, a woman’s obituary often highlights the story of her personal life while downplaying her work."

But that's nothing compared to the specific and deliberate attempts to devalue their work.

Elizabeth Warren is uniquely qualified to take down shitty billionaires.

Another harsh criticism of everything Pete Buttigieg has (or doesn't have) to offer.

"Consider how pathetic Pete’s class carpetbagging act looks next to the smooth, class chameleon act of his fellow Rhodes Scholar, Bill Clinton. The arch-neoliberal former president is, of course, my political enemy. Yet I still find stories about his brutal childhood incredibly affecting, powerful, and, as the spin consultants say, “relatable.” Clinton’s ability to speak authentically about his underclass upbringing is part of why his charisma clicked with so many Americans. And yet “the boy from Hope” was, in the end, a class traitor. I’d like to think Bill might have turned out better without the Rhodes.

Pete is no Bill. He has no story to tell; he has studiously collected anecdotes. He is an unapologetic conservative in that he doesn’t think class matters at all, except to the extent that he can exploit it. His pitch is based on a phony heartland appeal. Nobody’s falling for it, except people who are even more out of touch than he is with working-class struggle."

Where are you willing to compromise? Where are you willing to meet someone halfway, despite profoundly disagreeing with them on most things?
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JEB!

They made up their minds a long time ago.

Lev Parnas has shown up unexpectedly on Capitol Hill, where he is demanding to meet with senators to tell his side of the impeachment scandal story.

"This effort to persuade Winfrey to close ranks on behalf of a powerful male artist resembles the thinking that allows for sexual predators, both inside and outside the black community, to roam free."

The effort paid off.

Very much worth watching.

Trump, who opposes witnesses, has both carrots and sticks to offer wavering Republicans. One Trump confidante told CBS News that GOP senators have been warned: 'Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.'

Trump has also been 'rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment' by helping them raise campaign cash, 'and sending a message to those who don't to get on board,' Politico reported in October. And Trump, U.S. Chamber of Commerce strategist Scott Reed noted, 'has the ability to turn on the money spigot like no one else.'

President Donald Trump was apparently heard discussing firing Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during a 2018 dinner,.

Who Was Uncle Sam?

Uncle Sam Wants You

"Perhaps Americans found that their Uncle Sam, like all good uncles, helped them out: by turning the vast machinery of war mobilization into a family relation, he gave political power a personal face and made sense of the government’s presence in everyday life. On closer inspection, though, Flagg’s Uncle Sam is a puzzling figure. He is at once watchful and protective, personable and authoritative, individual and institutional. And, like many uncles, he is very badly dressed. His formal attire conveys the solemnity of war’s occasion, and his furrowed brow and piercing stare show his seriousness, but his silly hat and ill-fitting suit suggest that Uncle Sam doesn’t usually do this. He reassures viewers that war is not in America’s lifeblood; the nation, like its uncle, would rather be doing something else." [+]

"Clinton wants people to believe that Sanders draws sexists to him, that they find something about him appealing, that prejudice is part of a divisive culture he helps stoke. It’s an inflammatory suggestion, as Clinton, an intelligent person, likely understands. Her remarks are proof that she still doesn’t know why she will never enter Zion, but they’re also an abuse of her platform. The Democratic Party’s first female nominee for president could amplify the needs and work of women far less powerful than she. Instead, she’d rather talk about herself."

Do what NY Times couldn't. Pick one.
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More than 40% believe the U.S. is not very prepared to keep this year's election safe. The results paint a picture of a polarized electorate wary about what it reads and the fairness of elections.