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Nicki Minaj and the limits of celebrity influence over Covid-19 messaging

Minaj is hardly the only celebrity whose sway has come under scrutiny -- and she certainly won't be the last.
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Matt Gaetz Tweets Nicki Minaj Should Run on Donald Trump's Ticket in 2024
Minaj has been at the center of controversy and criticism over a claim she made about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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High temperatures, wildfire smoke and drought: The politics of climate change in one California congressional district
The changing climate is everywhere Gustavo Carranza looks when he walks through his undulating citrus farm here in this tiny town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
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8 head-turning celebrity outfits
Doja Cat wore a few conversation-sparking outfits to the 2021 MTV VMAs, but she isn't the only celebrity to don a head-turning outfit to a red carpet event.
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Public employees, including teachers, in 26 states will face federal vaccination requirement
Twenty-six states must include public employees in new federal vaccination rules for workplaces. Some previously blocked vaccination requirements.       
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College football games to watch in Week 3: Alabama-Florida SEC showdown tops seven must-see matchups
Some independents hope to protect their home turf, plus the renewal of a long-standing regional rivalry that once had conference title implications.       
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Opinion: Anti-California insults are still a thing, but is Newsom's recall victory changing things?
Right-wing letter writers still taunt California over its liberal politics, but after the recall, we're hearing more from admiring out-of-state readers.
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My parents have 11 children. Here's why I'm grateful to be part of a big family.
We should appreciate the beauty that big families offer, and their role in forming model citizens who will positively contribute to society.       
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Alex Murdaugh visual timeline: What happened? When? Where? Who's involved?
Alex Murdaugh, a member of a well-known legal family, is the subject of multiple investigations and civil lawsuits after a cascading series of events.       
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The new Texas abortion law could be a civil suit model for other states
Texas, other states, and laws that may encourage civil lawsuits
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From Belize to Brazil: Here are the travel restrictions across Central and South America due to COVID-19
Thinking about making a trip to Central or South America soon? You may want to get familiar with the countries' COVID-19 travel restrictions.     
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Justice for J6: What to know about Saturday’s rally for those arrested in the Capitol riots
The “Justice for J6” rally begins at noon at Union Square, a public park near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Organizers are expecting around 700 attendees.
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For one Capitol reporter, Jan. 6 was the final straw — but he had watched a crisis brew for years
Andrew Taylor of the Associated Press left his beat of 30 years, both traumatized and frustrated by journalism’s failure to cope with today’s dire politics.
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Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow a debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling for plan to avert economic crisis
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declared that Senate Republicans will not vote to increase the Treasury’s authority to continue borrowing. As he has done before, McConnell has essentially created a new rule out of whole cloth to defend his position amid charges of cynical hypocrisy.
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Texas Democrats Have an Opportunity
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has leaned into the culture war, signing laws effectively banning abortion and critical race theory, loosening gun restrictions, and approving an almost certainly unconstitutional law barring social-media companies from moderating content. He has thwarted coronavirus restrictions in a state that has seen hospitals become overwhelmed with patients and more than 6,000 deaths from the pandemic in the past month, sought to fund more border barriers, and approved new voting restrictions targeted at Democratic constituencies following the 2020 election.Actual governing has taken a back seat to the culture war. The state has done little to force energy companies to prepare for another winter storm like the one that killed hundreds of Texans in February. The governor’s efforts to curry favor with obsessive Fox News watchers by micromanaging how cities and schools try to contain the coronavirus are unpopular, especially with so many Texans getting sick and dying, and hospitals having to delay nonemergency care.[Adam Serwer: Greg Abbott surrenders to the coronavirus ]Republican politicians in Texas revel in their status as frontline culture warriors, for the positive attention it draws from conservative media and for the negative attention it draws from the national media, both of which increase their popularity within the GOP-primary electorate. What’s unusual today is the number of Texans getting tired of the bit. For the first time since Abbott became governor, a majority of Texans disapprove of the job he’s doing.Texas Democrats have put up a fight—their flight to D.C. in an effort to stop the new voting restrictions drew national attention—but they’re simply outnumbered, and there are no Democrats holding statewide office who can challenge Abbott. Despite whispers that Beto O’Rourke, who has spent the past couple of years trying to build up Democratic strength in Texas, will challenge Abbott, there are as yet no candidates at the top of the ticket who could provide a contrast or an alternative vision.Facing little pressure from his left in a state that ended up redder than the polls predicted in 2020, Abbott has focused on ensuring that he can’t be outflanked on his right by primary challengers, who currently include Don Huffines and Allen West. He assumes that when the general election comes, he’ll be able to crush whomever the Democrats put up. Because Democrats haven’t won statewide office in Texas since Kurt Cobain was alive, it’s a good bet—but it’s not a sure one.One theory of Democratic resurgence in Texas goes something like this: At some point, the penchant of Texas Republicans to govern so as to please their own primary electorate, rather than the state as a whole, will induce a backlash that results in Texas voters giving the Democrats a chance. The Texas abortion law, which bars the procedure before most women know they are pregnant and deputizes private citizens to seek $10,000 bounties on their fellow Texans, may be too much even for many voters who otherwise consider themselves anti-abortion. The law also contains no exceptions for rape or incest—only 13 percent of Texans favor a ban that strict. In response to a question about the lack of an exception, Abbott recently vowed to “eliminate all rapists,” which is something he probably should have done already if he had the power to do it. The state legislature’s agenda, coming in the aftermath of the February power outage and amid the coronavirus crisis, offers a particularly glaring example of the Texas GOP prioritizing culture-war matters over basic governance.All of which will offer an opportunity to test this theory in real time. Mike Collier, who is running against Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick in 2022 after losing to him by five points in 2018, literally wrote a book on the subject.“I believe that when a Democrat wins, for the first time in however many years, the story will be that Republicans pandered so hard to the right, they could not come back, because Texans would say no,” Collier told me. “And I think that’s exactly what’s happening.” Patrick is seen as more extreme than Abbott—he made national news early in the pandemic when he suggested that senior citizens should be willing to sacrifice themselves to save the economy, and again in August when he blamed Black Texans for the state’s recent surge in coronavirus cases.There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of Democrats’ chances, though. Texas has certainly trended bluer over the years—in 2012, Barack Obama lost Texas by 16 points; in 2020, Joe Biden lost it by a little less than six. O’Rourke’s strong showing against the Republican senator and social-media troll Ted Cruz was in a midterm year with a Republican in the White House. Public opinion tends to turn against the president’s party in a midterm election. Texas’s population growth has mostly been in cities, which means Republicans will probably find it a simple matter to further gerrymander legislative maps to take advantage of their dominance in rural areas, if they are allowed to do so.[Adam Serwer: How Texas turned purple]Democrats have pointed to demographic changes—Texas’s growing diversity and an influx of white-collar workers—as lifting their political hopes. But I wouldn’t bank on that either. Republicans often raise the specter of outsiders threatening to turn Texas into California; Patrick likes to say, “We need to keep Texas, Texas.” But Patrick is actually from deep-blue Maryland. Lots of people move to Texas to play cowboy. U.S. Representative Chip Roy made a joke about hanging during a congressional hearing; Roy represents an affluent district, so presumably the proposed lynching would take place in the parking lot of an organic grocery store. In 2018, O’Rourke actually beat Cruz among native-born Texans.Privately, Texas Democrats will also acknowledge concerns about the organizational state of the party. Their resistance to the new voting restrictions was resourceful and creative, but it also collapsed when several members of the caucus came back to the legislature. Many of them feel as though the national party has written off the state as red forever and is unwilling to invest the resources that local Democrats would need to win it. But they also admit they were out-organized in 2020, when they had high hopes of taking the statehouse, and instead, Donald Trump showed surprising strength in the predominantly Hispanic Rio Grande Valley, an outcome they would prefer to characterize as unique to Trump, but one that may be evidence of a broader shift among Hispanic voters across the country.“The Democratic Party has taken those voters for granted. And the Republicans want them. And so the Republicans are working way harder to win them over than we are to keep them,” Colin Strother, a Democratic strategist who works with clients in South Texas, told me. “If [Democrats] lose south of I-10, we will never be blue.”Those dramatic political maps of 2020 can be misleading—some of Trump’s success amounts to attracting small numbers of votes in sparsely populated areas, and some Trump voters also voted for down-ticket Democrats. But the Republican agenda might not be as unpopular in South Texas as people outside the state assume.“The last thing Biden said in the last presidential debate was ‘We’re gonna transition away from oil and gas,’ which is what provides all of our jobs,” Strother said. “‘Abolish ICE’? Those are good jobs on the border. You can make 70 grand a year with a high-school diploma working for ICE.”Texas Democrats told me that Biden’s remarks about phasing out oil in his final debate with Trump seem to have done him real damage in the Rio Grande Valley, where many people rely on energy jobs. The culture of multiracial coalitions—the foundations of Democratic urban politics across the United States, in which Black and Latino voters converge on the basis of shared political and economic interests—is less present in Texas border counties, where nine out of 10 residents are Hispanic and authority figures like sheriffs, police, and judges reflect those demographics. Republicans’ tough border talk finds a sympathetic audience in the valley, because many of the residents work for the federal border agencies.Texas Democrats have tried to strike a balance between acknowledging concerns about genuine problems at the border and criticizing Republican hyperbole. “The unfortunate part is that for us on the southern border, and for us that represent the southern border and know those border towns and communities quite well, we know the reality. It is never the horror story and the horror movie that Republicans paint for the counties north of I-10,” state Senator Roland Gutierrez, who represents San Antonio and several border counties, told me, pointing out that most asylum seekers are rejected, and most border crossers end up being expelled under a Trump-era coronavirus declaration that Biden has kept in place. “It’s not like it’s some, you know, mass of people that are coming across, like in that Cheech and Chong movie.”Nevertheless, he acknowledged that the rise in migration has led to a backlash. “My constituents deserve to be secure in their homes … it’s unfortunate we can’t accept everyone, but that’s the way countries work,” Gutierrez said. He told me that because immigration is a federal issue, what the state needs is more immigration judges and prosecutors to process claims and deport migrants if necessary, and high-tech means of surveillance along the border—rather than spending state money on a border wall, which he described as useless symbolism. “What we see on the ground just does not have a simple answer, and Greg Abbott’s 13th-century solutions like an $800 million fence are not the answer we need … Don’t let Texas taxpayers pay for your political advertising.”Many of these communities are also very religious. Democrats I spoke with shared anecdotes about religious leaders urging congregants to vote Trump at the top of the ticket; Webb County Democratic Chair Sylvia Bruni told the reporter Jack Herrera that she left her church after her former priest “called Democrats ‘baby killers’ from the pulpit and encouraged the congregation to vote for Trump.” One Texas Democrat, who asked not to be named so as to speak candidly, told me that they had made an error in thinking of parts of South Texas as “Latino Texas instead of as rural Texas.” That’s probably too pat—for example, the Rio Grande Valley boasts an extremely high vaccination rate compared with white, conservative rural areas—but in some ways, it’s a useful frame.[Read: The new swing voters]All of which is to say that while Abbott may be alienating many Texas voters, 2022 is still a ways off, and it’s not clear whether the GOP is winning over more Texans than it’s losing. A strong candidate at the top of the ticket may help Democrats streamline their message and raise money, but there are also questions about whether the most likely contender, O’Rourke, wounded himself with statements about guns and race during his primary campaign for president. O’Rourke has generated more enthusiasm than any Texas Democrat in a statewide race in recent memory, but he is also not the model of the centrist, even conservative Democrat who prevails in gubernatorial races in states like Louisiana and Kentucky.Colin Strother, though, still described O’Rourke as a unifying figure, a kind of “campfire” that Democrats in the state could “gather around.” O’Rourke has proved that he can raise money, he represented a district along the border (and made border crossings one of the few issues where he remained to the right of many of his primary opponents), and he’s spent the past couple of years doing more of what many Texas Democrats identify as their biggest weakness—organizing and registering voters. But he may also be an ideal target for the kind of culture-war campaign that Texas Republicans are very good at waging. “He’s gonna have to go do the requisite squirrel-hunting trip with him in hunter’s orange with a double barrel over his shoulder,” Strother said. “He’s gonna have to go to South Texas and shoot some hogs, you know what I mean?”
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'Jersey Shore' alums Vinny Guadagnino and DJ Pauly D on why social media is a 'gift and a curse'
When the MTV show debuted twelve years, social media apps like Twitter and Instagram were on the precipice of becoming the cultural phenomenons they are today.
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Internet Raises $50K for Veteran, 79, to Replace Mobility Scooter in Heartwarming Videos
After Kenny's friend shared a video about his 18-year-old mobility scooter breaking down, TikTok came to the rescue and flooded the U.S. Navy veteran with donations.
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College football Week 3 picks: Why Alabama, Penn State will cover
While there aren't any great Top 25 matchups this week - apologies, Florida fans - there are three ascending favorites that offer some value and a Big Ten team with an opportunity to not only cover the spread but pull an outright upset.
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San Francisco mayor defiant after caught maskless in nightclub despite mandate: Don’t need 'fun police’
San Francisco Mayor London Breed remained steadfastly defiant about her behavior after she was photographed at a city jazz club dancing and singing without a mask on earlier this week despite a city mandate.
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'We Turn Vans into Tiny Homes'
Our basic tiny home van layout includes a bathroom, a fully functional kitchen, bedroom and living space. But some people like to add roof racks or hammocks, or they want mood lighting.
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Nebraska vs. Oklahoma: Win $10,000 free with FOX Super 6
Nebraska-Oklahoma wasn’t a rivalry as much as it was a rite of passage along with a test of wills. Osborne vs. Switzer. Johnny Rodgers vs. Greg Pruitt. The "Game of the Century" in 1971. All of them blend into a passion play that decided the Big 8 for years.
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Separated at the border, reunited three years later: Dad and daughter come together at airport
Many of the parents separated from their children were deported to their home countries, leaving behind hundreds of parentless migrant children.      
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'Hotlanta' is even more sweltering in these neighborhoods due to a racist 20th century policy
During extreme heat events, a few city blocks can mean the difference between a manageable 80-degree afternoon or a sweltering, 100-degree sweat fest.
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COVID and erectile dysfunction: Here's another good reason for men to get vaccinated
As soon as doctors realized that the virus threatened the endovascular system, we wondered if COVID-19 infection could cause erectile dysfunction.     
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Chile, Fiji and South Africa are ready for travelers to come back
Check out CNN's latest weekly news update on pandemic travel.
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Chile, Fiji and South Africa are ready for travelers to come back
There have been mixed fortunes for the world's island communities this week, as some have restricted entry due to Covid surges while others are making plans for reopening.
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Rising seas, sinking land: Life on this Hurricane Ida-battered Louisiana barrier island may never be the same
Experts say the choices faced by residents and leaders of Grand Isle after Hurricane Ida mirror what other communities will deal with as oceans rise.       
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Preventing war: Why Gen. Mark Milley's secret calls to China deserves a medal
The Joint Chiefs chairman may well have saved American lives by thwarting a Chinese miscalculation in the closing weeks of the Trump administration.      
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D.C.-area forecast: Warm today before temperatures slide closer to normal into early week
Once we get today's cold front through it'll feel more like September.
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The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killer Robot
Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.
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They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment
Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don’t want a vaccine.
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As Climate Change Fears Grow, a Real Fight Over Fake Turf
A city’s decision to replace actual grass with a synthetic version sets off a conflict over the possible environmental and health risks of the move.
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Some Rich People Are Counting Their Antibodies ‘Like Calories’
Medical concierge services are offering coronavirus antibody tests as a perk, despite caveats about their usefulness.
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Vanicream Face Cleanser Is My Gentle Skincare Dream
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonScouting Report: Even with my sensitive skin, the Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser gets all the gunk off my face without irritating it. I have somewhat fancy-pants taste when it comes to skincare but I don’t necessarily have a fancy-pants budget. I also have super-duper sensitive skin, allergies, and have gotten rashes from certain lotions and beauty products. When my go-to facial cleanser stopped being produced, I did research on drug-store-priced facial cleansers that wouldn’t irritate my skin.Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser came up in my searches and a friend of mine with eczema uses it, so I gave it a try. True to its description, it does in fact clean my face gently. My main problem with other cleansers is that they either don’t leave my face feeling clean or they leave my face feeling like a layer has been removed. That tight, too dry feeling is really bothersome to me and leads me to get irritation and rashes. Vanicream walks this line very successfully. I leave my shower with a clean face, free of makeup, and don’t feel like all the moisture has been sucked out of my pores.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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In Japan's anime universe, ‘Belle’ seeks to rewrite script on female power
“Belle,” which will be part of the New York Film Festival, has become a hit for challenging stereotypes.
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'Justice for J6' rally, migrant expulsion plan, Emmy Awards: 5 things to know this weekend
Police in Washington are bracing for a right-wing rally, the US will begin expelling migrants now in Texas and more news to start your weekend.     
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Rand Paul: Coronavirus antibody distribution may be stalled by socialism, other ‘political reasons’
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spoke with Sean Hannity on Friday night about what Hannity claimed was the problematic U.S. distribution of monoclonal antibodies that could help protect Americans against the virus.
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4.3 Magnitude California Earthquake Strikes Days After Two Magnitude 3 Quakes
The earthquake on Friday evening was centered on Carson and caused shaking across Southern California.
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Gabby Petito's family attorney says fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding'
Along with the search for missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, local and federal authorities in Florida are looking for Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie after his family told police they haven't seen him since Tuesday.
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A Skirmish in the War of France’s Billionaires
Two of the country’s richest men intervened in a management deadlock in a storied media empire. Why did the bigger plutocrat not prevail?
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Gabby Petito's family attorney says fiancé Brian Laundrie 'is not missing, he is hiding'
Along with the search for missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, local and federal authorities in Florida are looking for Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie after his family told police they haven't seen him since Tuesday.
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Gabby Petito's Family Insist Brian Laundrie is Not Missing: 'He is Hiding'
Police in Fort Port, Florida, say that Laundrie is a "person of interest" in the case but is not wanted for a crime.
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What Germans Think They Know About Inflation Is Wrong
Yes, inflation is dangerous, but deflation may be even more so, as the rise of Hitler showed.
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The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder
A deadly boating accident. Two unsolved murders. A botched hit job. The twists and turns keep coming in the saga of the Murdaughs, a powerful South Carolina family linked to a string of mysterious deaths.
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The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder
A powerful family. A deadly boating accident. Two mysterious slayings. Drug addiction, stolen money and a botched shooting in an alleged insurance fraud scheme.
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Justin Trudeau Disappointed Me. I’m Still Voting for Him.
Let’s start with what’s undeniable: Justin Trudeau has achieved a progressive’s wish list of policy accomplishments. Since becoming Canada’s prime minister in 2015, he has raised taxes on the rich, legalized marijuana, put a rising price on carbon, renegotiated NAFTA, centered women’s rights in the country’s foreign policy, reduced child poverty to its lowest level in decades, and resettled tens of thousands of refugees. By any measure, Trudeau is the most progressive leader of my lifetime. So why don’t progressives—even ones, like me, who have worked for him—love him?The answer is complicated. Canadians go to the polls on Monday in an election that Trudeau called from a position of strength. He was hoping to ride his array of policy achievements to turn his minority government into a majority one, but a new wave of the pandemic—Canada’s fourth—has changed his prospects.The public has not been enthusiastic for an election; my progressive friends, close observers of Canadian politics, have mostly tuned out. In fact, the only people energized by this campaign are the angry mobs trailing Trudeau at his rallies, shouting obscenities at him, even throwing stones at the prime minister. They hate Trudeau as much for his support of vaccine passports as for the multicultural project he champions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Trudeau has been struggling. His poll numbers have dipped. His main opponent on the left is viewed as more trustworthy. The primary national rival to his Liberals, the Conservative Party, has seen a surge of support. Trudeau looks frazzled and defensive trying to explain why he called an election at all. The air of inevitability that characterized his previous victories, in 2015 and 2019, has dissipated.I am in a unique position: I was a foreign-policy adviser in Trudeau’s first administration and supported him without reservation. Trudeau had swept to power with an ambitious progressive platform. He took his beleaguered Liberal Party, which had been reduced to the third-biggest party in Parliament, to an overall majority, a remarkable and, in Canada, unprecedented rise. I felt inspired and hopeful after that election, as did many young people. A new generation of progressive leaders was coming to power in Canada. Trudeau was admired around the world not simply for saying all the right things from a progressive point of view, but for his platform and the diversity of his cabinet. And I saw that, even in private, Trudeau was hardworking and well informed; he asked the right questions and was sincerely committed to the progressive agenda.[Read: Justin Trudeau’s feminist brand is imploding]Over the past six years, he has compiled an admirable policy record, but this has been overshadowed by a number of political and ethical scandals. Trudeau got into an entirely unnecessary turf battle with his own attorney general over a criminal prosecution involving corruption at a major Canadian company. (The prime minister was found to have broken conflict-of-interest rules, his second violation of ethics laws.) During the 2019 election, photos of Trudeau in blackface surfaced. His Liberal Party lost seats in Parliament and the popular vote. It still managed to hold on to power, but not by much. The outcome this time around could be worse. Whether the Liberal Party hangs on to government comes down to whether progressives rally around Trudeau, abandon him for less flashy alternatives on the left, or, disenchanted, stay home entirely.This election poses a dilemma for Canadian progressives—one which center-left voters face in the United States and, indeed, much of the West: When do you support someone whose policies you overwhelmingly agree with, but whose personal choices are not to your liking? When do you keep the personal and the political separate, and vote solely for platform?These questions are not abstract; they carry serious consequences. If the other side wins, then all our cherished progressive policies go out the window. At the same time, we cannot be completely amoral, the way, for example, many supporters of Donald Trump are—evangelical voters and country-club Republicans alike who looked past Trump’s financial and moral shortcomings because he promised to appoint conservative Supreme Court justices or cut taxes for the wealthy. A line has to be drawn somewhere. Progressives must demand integrity from our leaders—especially on issues such as diversity, respect for women, and corruption.When I worked in government, I would often ask young people what they really thought of the prime minister. After all, Millennials and progressives were the reason Trudeau had won in 2015. Every person I spoke with, even those who disagreed with Trudeau, wanted to like him. They wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. But many were skeptical. Something about Trudeau rang false to them, or seemed too scripted, which became an issue when Trudeau’s personality faults came to light.[Read: Justin Trudeau falls from grace]One common occurrence on the left is the search for infallibility in our politicians. We want ideological purity and an unimpeachable record clear of misdeeds. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama warned progressives about “circular firing squads,” in which people who agreed on most issues took morbid pleasure in pummeling one another. This is perhaps the greatest failing of the modern left: We seek moral perfection in a world of politics where compromise is the cost of doing business. Run afoul of progressive dogma or say the wrong thing, and one is liable to get canceled.Purity tests exist on the right as well, but they are not about character. Instead, the right moralizes internally over who is tougher on crime, on immigrants, on China, on owning the libs. Trump likely cannot recite a single Bible verse and has a perverse history with women but still won 81 percent of the white evangelical vote last year. His handlers seemed to understand that Trump was but a mascot for a right-wing agenda. As Trump’s then–chief adviser, Steve Bannon, told Vanity Fair the year Trump was elected: He is “a blunt instrument for us. I don’t know whether he really gets it or not.” The question of character doesn’t even come up. Trump’s base is unfailingly loyal, willing to overlook even grotesque personality defects in service of its policy wishes.Perhaps a better comparison for Trudeau is another Republican president. When I think of the prime minister now, I see him not as a dashing JFK figure but as a Ronald Reagan of the left—a former actor and drama teacher who compellingly serves as chief spokesperson for the progressive agenda. Trudeau might fumble his words at times, and stumble into controversies, but he plays the part well—and gets the job done. That ought to be part of the moral calculus in supporting him: Trudeau is an effective leader whose policy accomplishments are worth his personal failings.[Read: The woke will always break your heart]Progressives like to say we are different. We hold our leaders accountable, even at the risk of losing. We take pride in living out our politics in deeply personal ways, defending our beliefs when they are tested. Trudeau knows the power of such idealism. He ran for election describing himself as a feminist, took a knee at a Black Lives Matter rally, and openly condemns systemic racism.But progressives also want bold action. On this, Trudeau’s record is strong. The answer to his lagging numbers could be to discard the moral posturing entirely, double down on what he has already delivered, and push for even more ambitious policies, especially for working-class voters. It won’t refurbish his brand, but it would remind people why they supported him the first time.Justin Trudeau has disappointed me in numerous ways—the ethics scandals, the dress-up photos, the glacial progress on climate change, and the delayed reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. But on election day, I will still cast my ballot for him, not out of religious devotion to the left or because I view Trudeau as infallible, but because politics requires compromise to deliver change. The future is on the ballot, as are policies that will affect generations to come. Moral perfection can wait. A country still needs to be governed.
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College football Week 3 TV schedule and preview: Penn State plans a whiteout
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Mega Millions Numbers for 09/17/21: Did Anyone Win the $405 Million?
The top prize has gone over $400 million, but did anyone get the winning numbers?
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What Is the NSFW Song That the 'Sex Education' School Band Sing in Season 3?
"Sex Education" is back and it's bolder than ever, with a new Moordale school anthem that is most definitely NSFW. Music supervisor Matt Biffa spoke to Newsweek about the song choice.
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