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Rod Spared

Sep 25, 2018

It was the scoop heard round the Twitter-sphere. Axios reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned, but then we learned that Rosenstein would meet with Trump on Thursday to discuss his future.

From The New York Times:

On Sunday, The Des Moines Register ran a four-page advertising supplement “paid for and prepared solely by China Daily, an official publication of the People’s Republic of China.”

Its message? That the trade war’s impact on soybean farmers in Iowa is “the fruit of a president’s folly.”

The great American road trips are the stuff of legend. But what really makes them stand out are…roadside attractions.

You know the ones. The world’s largest rocking chair. The world’s largest ball of yarn. And what one listener described as “a huge peanut in Alabama.”

This country is full of culture and kitsch.

And really, aren’t they kind of the same thing? We’re exploring what makes these weird, wacky destinations great.

On April 12, a story emerged in The Hollywood Reporter about journalist Charlie Rose. Over 27 women told The Washington Post that Rose sexually harassed them by exposing himself and groping them. One woman wrote that he made her unclog a brimming toilet filled with feces.

By now, you’ve heard about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She’ll testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Identity Politics Unmasked

Sep 18, 2018

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama thinks identity politics is a disease. The cure? It can come from the country.

Left-wingers may deride national identities and far right-wingers twist them to racist ends, but he argues there is hope for unifying people and giving them a broad sense of purpose. Francis Fukuyama is in favor of national identities based on creed, like the American one, rather than identities based on race or heritage. He is keen on national service and suspicious of dual citizenship.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will testify again on Monday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee after a California professor claimed he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. The professor, Christine Blasey Ford, will also testify.

From The New York Times:

Bob Woodward. His Words, Your Questions.

Sep 17, 2018

Journalist Bob Woodward has a book out. It’s called “Fear.” You likely know this, because of the barrage of headlines it has caused.

The Washington Post, where Woodward is also an editor, obtained a copy of the book early. Here’s one of the topsheet anecdotes.

The governor of North Carolina said on Sunday that Hurricane Florence “has never been more dangerous than it is right now.” At least 17 deaths have been attributed to the storm.

Tech In Times Of Trouble

Sep 17, 2018

Technology is a vital tool to help us track the intensity of major weather events like Hurricane Florence.

From Wired:

Catherine Edwards, an assistant professor of marine sciences at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, is one of dozens of marine scientists who are gathering data about hurricanes with a new tool: a six-foot long underwater drone, known as a Slocum glider, which carries sensors to measure ocean heat, salinity, and density.

Brett Kavanaugh Accused Of Sexual Assault

Sep 17, 2018

Over the weekend, a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault went on the record with The Washington Post.. Her name is Christine Blasey Ford.

The romance novel industry is worth over a billion dollars.

Surprised? You really shouldn’t be.

In 2015, 75 million Americans said they had read a romance novel in the past year. The books fly off the shelves, and readers are constantly asking writers for more stories, even as many authors turn out novels at a rate of two per year.

The industry centers around women — in readership and in authorship — and stigma and shaming of romance fans persists.

Almost 20 years ago, a mentally ill man named Andrew Goldstein pushed Kendra Webdale into an oncoming train in New York City. She was killed instantly and Goldstein, who’d suffered from schizophrenia since childhood, was sent to prison.

The crime caught national attention, reinvigorating a debate about the care of people with severe mental illnesses.

In 1964, country musician Roger Miller had a big hit on his hands with “King of the Road.”

But there’s more to him than that.

Chances are, you’ve seen a Ford truck lately. Probably several today.

The Great Recession, Ten Years Later

Sep 12, 2018

Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers financial services filed for bankruptcy, fueling a crisis that shook confidence in Wall Street and causing the housing market to explode.

There’s evidence to suggest we’re in the midst of a steady recovery, but many Americans are still dealing with the fallout.

California has taken on the Trump administration on big issues from fuel emissions standards to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down the initial iteration of the travel ban.

Senator Ted Cruz is trying to win a tight race in Texas by suggesting that his opponent, Beto O’Rourke, wants to turn that state into California.

And former President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in California last week, stumping for House candidates.

From The New York Times:

The public furor over family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border seems to have died down. But we’re just beginning to understand the long-term implications for children and parents who were separated from each other.

From The Washington Post:

The Sackler family has made billions of dollars off of a drug called OxyContin.

OxyContin is a prescription pain management drug.

From The New Yorker

Science Fiction's New Reality

Sep 10, 2018

The Hugo Awards have been science fiction’s equivalent of the Oscars for more than sixty years. Past winners of the Best Novel category include Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Michael Chabon, Isaac Asimov, Orson Scott Card, J.K. Rowling, and Neil Gaiman.

But this year’s ceremony was a little different than usual.

For the first time in its history, women swept all of the Hugo’s major awards.