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Don’t Call It Rioting

Don’t Call It Rioting

In 1979, Maxine Waters was serving her first term as a California state assemblywoman from Los Angeles when one of her constituents, a 39-year-old widow named, was shot eight times and killed in her own front yard after a dispute with police over a $22 gas bill. Love’s case was Waters’s public entrance into the fight against racist policing; she took up Love’s case and publicly lambasted Daryl Gates, Los Angeles’s police chief at the time, in a series of newspaper editorials highlighting the racial disparities of his police department’s record. According to Jamilah King, who wrote about...

June 3, 2020
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The Cruelty and the Casualties

The Cruelty and the Casualties

This article was featured in , New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. to get it nightly.Joel Wertheimer took a job in Andrew Cuomo’s administration in February 2017, straight from his position in Barack Obama’s White House. He came on alongside almost 30 other new hires, many of whom had also worked for the outgoing president or on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and were seeking a progressive professional path through the Trump years. Some saw New York State government as a bulwark against what they feared Trumpism would bring. Others hoped it could be a laboratory for ideas that might...

Mar 12
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The Cruelty and the Casualties

The Cruelty and the Casualties

This article was featured in , New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. to get it nightly.Joel Wertheimer took a job in Andrew Cuomo’s administration in February 2017, straight from his position in Barack Obama’s White House. He came on alongside almost 30 other new hires, many of whom had also worked for the outgoing president or on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and were seeking a progressive professional path through the Trump years. Some saw New York State government as a bulwark against what they feared Trumpism would bring. Others hoped it could be a laboratory for ideas that might...

Mar 12
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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Has Tested Positive for Covid

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Has Tested Positive for Covid

Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after being sequestered for several hours during last week’s siege on the Capitol building in a room with mask-less Republican colleagues.After armed, pro-Trump insurgents on Wednesday, January 6, many congressmembers and their staffs — including Jayapal, who had initially been stranded in the gallery of the House chamber — were evacuated to a secure location; though over 100 people were crowded into a poorly ventilated room for hours, several of them refused to wear masks.In a statement noting...

January 12, 2021
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Stacey Abrams On Finishing the Job In Georgia

Stacey Abrams On Finishing the Job In Georgia

In the math-addled hours after polls closed on Election Day, as the New York Times needle tipped delicately toward blue in Georgia, the nation’s attention followed, homing in on one of its most transformative political figures: Stacey Abrams.She is extraordinary, partly because she has one of the most detailed-oriented, forward-looking, compulsively organized brains in politics. Abrams — who served as minority leader in Georgia’s state legislature for seven years before running for governor in 2018, losing narrowly to Georgia’s then–Secretary of State Brian Kemp, in one of the most...

November 19, 2020
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The Birth of an Extraordinary Modern Progressive Movement

The Birth of an Extraordinary Modern Progressive Movement

This article was featured in , New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. to get it nightly.The story of an awakening must begin with how many had been permitted to sleep in the first place.I often think back to a , which aired after the release of the Access Hollywood tape. Lin-Manuel Miranda was the guest host, and in the cold open, he directed a line from his fanatically beloved musical Hamilton at a photo of Donald Trump, declaring with ferocity, “You’re never gonna be president now.”You could feel viewers, Hamilton fans, Democrats, those who for whatever reasons could still afford...

October 26, 2020
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Trump Is Dying to Run Against a ‘Nasty Woman’ Again

Trump Is Dying to Run Against a ‘Nasty Woman’ Again

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.If you’ve been paying careful attention, you’ll know that this year’s presidential election is — factually speaking — between two septuagenarian straight white men, Joe Biden and Donald Trump. But one of those guys is working diligently to figure out how he can instead run against a Black woman.On Monday, Trump sent a claiming that Biden’s “handlers” and the “Fake News Media” were doing “everything possible” to get Biden, whom Trump has long tried to portray as physically and mentally infirm, “through the election. Then he will...

September 16, 2020
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Sixty Seconds to Self-Sabotage

Sixty Seconds to Self-Sabotage

When the Democratic National Committee released its schedule for its big socially distanced convention this week, we learned that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, inarguably among the party’s most dynamic figures, would have just sixty seconds to address the nation. Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting out a poem by Benjamin E. Mays, the same that late Rep. Elijah Cummings had read in his to the House of Representatives in 1996:I only have a minute. Sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, I did not choose it, But I know that I must use it. Give account if I abuse it. Suffer, if I lose...

August 17, 2020
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Biden’s Fantasy of Female Submission

Biden’s Fantasy of Female Submission

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.You may have noticed a weird tic in some of the reporting about Representative Karen Bass of California, rumored to be on Joe Biden’s shortlist for vice-president. Several stories include mention of her aversion to having her photo taken.“She was a worker bee. She didn’t need to be in front of a camera all the time,” former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told of the time they spent together in the 1970s organizing around police abuse (her) and immigrants’ rights (him), while the New York Times presented Bass’s habit of...

August 6, 2020
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The Poison of Male Incivility

The Poison of Male Incivility

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.Yesterday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood up and gave recently heard on the House floor, calling out not just Florida representative Ted Yoho for having called her “disgusting,” “out of your freaking mind,” and a “fucking bitch” on the steps of the Capitol in front of reporters on Tuesday, but also elucidating how that kind of language is normalized and deployed against all kinds of women, on all kinds of days.It was a remarkable piece of oratory, clear and thoughtful about some of the knottiest dynamics of gendered power...

July 24, 2020
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