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Michael Avenatti assigned El Chapo’s old cell for his ‘notoriety,’ warden says
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Listen to Episode 14 of ‘Big Apple Buckets’: STAT and Melo Days feat. Amar’e Stoudemire
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German court may reject bid to remove anti-Semitic ‘Jew pig’ relic
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QB Justin Herbert wants to show teams he's 'not too quiet' to lead as top NFL draft pick
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Jalen Hill makes energetic return to UCLA's starting lineup
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Ex-Real Madrid defender Raul Bravo accused of hiring hitman to kill former Olympiacos teammate
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Chris Wallace: Mitch McConnell 'backed down' at the last minute in dispute over trial rules
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Huawei CFO's lawyers argue U.S. extradition case does not pass Canadian law
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Power publicist Peggy Siegal compares coverage of her Epstein ties to the Holocaust
Prominent publicist Peggy Siegal — who got some bad press of her own over her dealings with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — compared the negative coverage about the pair’s relationship to the Holocaust in an interview this week. Over the summer, The New York Times published a piece calling Siegal a “social guarantor” for the...
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Australian Open 2020 Draw: How to Watch Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Second-Round Matches, Start Times, Live Stream
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'The Expanse' Confirms the Return of Clarissa Mao in Season 5
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Boeing makes it official: 737 Max plane won't be back until summer. Could it be later?
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Apple planning to make original podcasts promoting its TV shows
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US National Weather Service warns of falling iguanas
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National Weather Service warns of falling iguanas
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Column: Trump's legacy will be brutal but simple: He made it OK to be racist again
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The most amazing Super Bowl TV deals at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more
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El costoso camino de los fabricantes hacia los vehículos eléctricos, llevará a muchas decepciones
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Wyatt Russell spotted filming ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ series
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Help! I Watch Horror Movies With My 7-Month-Old. Is That Bad?
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CDC expanding coronavirus screening to two more airports: Atlanta and Chicago O'Hare
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Tom Ayres: Here's why Space Force is key to maintaining America's edge in the 21st Century
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Virginia Senate votes to eliminate Lee-Jackson Day, create new Election Day holiday
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Derek Jeter’s 10 best plays of Hall of Fame Yankees career
Derek Jeter will certainly be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020, with the official announcement coming Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The only question being whether he’ll become the second unanimous inductee in history, possibly joining former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera. Here’s a look back at the 10 best plays of...
Letters to the Editor: 15 federal judges have been impeached. Trump is much worse than any of them
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Mexico is cracking down on another US-bound migrant caravan
Salvadoran migrant Carlos Gutierrez, part of a caravan of mostly Hondurans heading to the US, puts his shoes on at the international border bridge which links Tecun Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on January 21, 2020. | JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images National Guard troops threw rocks and tear gas at Hondurans trying to cross the Guatemalan border on Monday. Violence broke out on Mexico’s border with Guatemala on Monday after Mexican immigration authorities denied entry to a caravan of thousands of migrants, mostly from Honduras. About 4,000 migrants had requested passage by presenting a petition addressed to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on the bridge across the Suchiate River, which connects the port of entry at Ciudad Hidalgo to Guatemala. But after authorities refused to open the gates to the port, about 500 migrants attempted to cross the border by wading through the river. In an unusual show of force, Mexican National Guard troops carrying riot shields fired tear gas and threw rocks at the migrants on the riverbank to stop them from crossing. The migrants threw rocks of their own at the guardsmen, according to NPR’s James Fredrick. Amid the chaos, Reuters reported that some families were separated. It was yet another instance in which Mexico has sought to clamp down on Central American migrant caravans arriving at its border with Guatemala. The government wants to avoid antagonizing US President Donald Trump, who in 2019 threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods if the country did not step up its immigration enforcement efforts. Mexico also simply lacks the capacity to manage such large numbers of migrants. Just witnessed a full on military operation by Mexico’s National Guard against caravan migrants who walked across the river into Mexico. Families running and screaming. Rocks flying. Babies crying. Total chaos. No word of injuries yet— James Fredrick (@jameslfredrick) January 20, 2020 In a statement Monday, the Mexican government accused the caravan’s leaders of directing migrants to cross the river without considering how it would endanger children and other vulnerable members of the group. Five National Guard members sustained injuries as a result of Monday’s scuffle, the government said. It’s not clear how many migrants were injured, but reports have indicated that at least some were. The Mexican government said it has provided medical care, including hospitalization, to migrants who have requested it, including some who appeared dehydrated. Although some Hondurans intend to remain in Mexico and find jobs, most of those in the caravan are seeking transit through Mexico in the hopes of reaching the US border. It’s a signal that as long as violence and economic instability continues to drive Central American migrants out of their home countries, they will continue to seek refuge in the US — no matter how much the Trump administration pressures other nations to stop them. What will happen to Hondurans in the caravan As reports surfaced that a caravan was en route to the Mexican border last week, López Obrador had vowed that migrants could either request a work permit to remain in southern Mexico legally or claim asylum, but would not be permitted to travel to the US. Now, however, it appears that at least some of the migrants will be deported. With the aid of the National Guard, Mexican immigration authorities sent over 400 of the migrants who attempted to cross the border to immigration detention facilities, where they will be screened to determine whether they have the right to remain in Mexico or will be sent back to Honduras. Women and children will be deported via plane, whereas others will travel via bus, according to the Mexican government. As is standard practice in Mexico, those who claim asylum will be released from detention and processed by the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR). The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), which has recently expanded its presence in Mexico to eight offices, has agreed to help COMAR identify migrants with asylum claims, a spokesperson for the agency said. Honduras produces high numbers of people seeking asylum: In 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, the US granted asylum to 2,048 migrants from Honduras, compared with 1,048 from Mexico, 3,471 from El Salvador, and 2,954 from Guatemala. Honduras remains a hotbed of gang violence, largely perpetrated by the international criminal gang MS-13, which formed in Los Angeles and was transplanted to Central America following mass deportations of unauthorized immigrants with criminal histories in the 1990s. The gangs facilitate drug trafficking, extort local residents, and force teenage boys to join. The country also has the fifth-highest homicide rate worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as rampant government corruption and high rates of violence against women and LGBTQ individuals. Hondurans likely won’t be able to seek asylum in the US Migrants’ chances of evading Mexican authorities and being granted asylum in the US remain slim. They may be returned to Mexicounder the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). More than 56,000 migrants have been sent back to await decisions on their US asylum applications. The Trump administration has also brokered a series of agreements with Central America’s “Northern Triangle” countries — Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — that allow the US to send migrants back to those countries, though the agreement with Guatemala is the only one that has gone into effect so far. The agreements resemble “safe third-country agreements,” a rarely used diplomatic tool that requires migrants to seek asylum in the countries they pass through by deeming those countries capable of offering them protection (though the Trump administration has been reluctant to use that term). Until recently, the US had this kind of agreement with just one country: Canada. The administration has sought such agreements in Central America as a means of achieving Trump’s goal of driving down the number of migrants seeking refuge at the US-Mexico border by sending them back to the countries from which they came and passed through. Immigrant advocates argue that doing so could have deadly consequences.
Virginia Senate advances bill to scrap Lee-Jackson holiday
The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals
Factbox: 'They're here to steal two elections:' Trump's attorneys push back on impeachment
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Boeing 737 Max grounded until summer at the earliest
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American journalist Glenn Greenwald charged with cybercrimes in Brazil
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Taylor Swift reveals mother's brain tumor diagnosis
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Mitt Romney Reiterates That He's 'Interested' In John Bolton, Others Testifying As Trump Impeachment Trial Gets Underway
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Where should you go in New Orleans? Let this city native from band Tank and the Bangas guide you
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It is absolutely fine to rip your books in half
Copies of The New English Dictionary on Historical Principles edited by Sir James Murray line shelves in the Lee Library of the British Academy, September 2017 in London, England. | Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images Images We treat books like sacred objects. They’re not. They’re value-neutral delivery systems. On Monday morning, an apparently innocuous tweet summoned a storm of controversy on Twitter. “Yesterday my colleague called me a ‘book murderer’ because I cut long books in half to make them more portable,” said the novelist and editor Alex Christofi. “Does anyone else do this? Is it just me?” Yesterday my colleague called me a 'book murderer' because I cut long books in half to make them more portable. Does anyone else do this? Is it just me?— Alex Christofi (@alex_christofi) January 21, 2020 Responses were mixed. As Natalie Morris reported on Metro, some respondents were decidedly outraged, calling Christofi’s actions “demonic” and Christofi himself a “book psychopath.” But others were torn. Logically, they said, they could understand that it was absolutely fine for Christofi to do whatever he wanted to do with his own books. But emotionally, it was hard to look at books that had been cut in half. My head says you can do what you like with your stuff. My emotional response to this:— DVdR (@DVDReeck) January 21, 2020 This outsized reaction and emotional conflict isn’t new to the internet. It tends to rear its head whenever we start talking about books as physical objects and how best to treat them. When Marie Kondo suggested getting rid of books that didn’t spark joy, book lovers were outraged: Didn’t Kondo know that the best books would spur emotions that were much richer and more unsettling than joy? And when it became trendy to shelve one’s books by color, some readers sneered that such a practice was only for literary poseurs, that true readers who cared about their books as more than just decorative objects would never organize them so counterintuitively. That reaction only intensified during the more short-lived trend of shelving one’s books spine-in, and after Town and Country reported that some celebrities hire book curators to give their libraries exactly the right look: This curator “will make not only your bookshelf pop, but also the veins in the eyes of every librarian in a five-mile radius,” said Cracked, adding that the curator’s “rich and dubiously literate clients” would never “run the risk of cracking those very fetch spines.” On an anecdotal level, it became personally clear to me that many people feel strongly about the moral value of books as physical objects after I, a book critic and reporter who covers the publishing industry, aggregated an essay by professor Hannah McGregor arguing that it’s a little weird how we all fetishize books, and some readers kindly advised me to “please fucking die” because “this is anti-intellectualism, you stupid fucking bitch.” We seem to project enormously intense feelings onto books, feelings that make us protective of them and furious toward those we perceive as threatening them. We think of our books as symbols of our taste, our intellect, our moral vigor. And when we hold books in such high esteem, those who treat them as objects rather than as symbols become infidels. We started getting precious about books in the 18th century because marketers wanted us to There is something deeply romantic about the idea of holding a physical book in your hands: feeling the weight of it, the smoothness of the pages, and above all else the smell. The smell of books is a particular obsession in popular culture; you can buy candles or perfumes that try to approximate it, and on TV, characters who love books are always demonstrating their bookishness by waxing poetic about the smell. “Books smell musty and rich,” says Giles, the librarian on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “If it’s to last, then the getting of knowledge should be tangible. It should be, um … smelly.” “Nothing, nothing smells like that,” sighs Rory on Gilmore Girls, cradling an enormous leather-bound book in her arms and huffing the pages. The smell of a book doesn’t have anything to do with its contents. It has no moral function, it’s just the smell of paper. But if we’re reading physical books, then the scent of the book is intrinsic to the embodied experience of reading. And if we’re treating reading — any kind of reading at all, of any kind of book at all — as an inherent and objective good, then the book as object becomes its own kind of goodness by association. So the smell of the book, the aspect that is most insistently tactile, becomes good too. In the essay that inspired people to send me death threats after I recommended it, McGregor argues that this fetish around the book as physical object can be traced back to the industrialization of paper production in the late 18th century, and the corresponding rise of an accessible book market for the home. That market, McGregor writes, “was actively invested in anthropomorphizing books, making them part of ‘the living world’ so that people could love them (by buying them).” Gradually, over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, middle-class Americans were taught to aspire to bookishness, with the general understanding that bookishness would always be a moral good: “To be a reader is better than to not be a reader,” McGregor summarizes, “but one kind of reading or book is not better than another.” And because reading is good, all of the paraphernalia associated with reading — the pens, the bookmarks, the tea, the candles, the tote bags with kitschy quotes on them — all of that becomes good as well. And so, especially and of course, does the book itself: the book as object, worthy of special consideration and respect purely for existing as a book. But the idea that reading is a purely moral good does not withstand close examination. President Donald Trump is an author, and his books are available for purchase and reading and smelling just as much as the works of Toni Morrison are. But it is not equally good for us, either morally or intellectually, to devote our attention to the books of both of those people. Trump’s ideas do not magically become more coherent or more valuable when they are encased within the slipcover of a book than they are when they are poured directly into his Twitter feed. Books are neutral vehicles for content, and that content can be either good or bad. I want to be clear: I am saying all of this as someone who has devoted my professional life to books, who enjoys a kitschy book tote, and has huffed many a page in my time. I understand the romance of the book. But I also recognize that liking books does not make me a good or smart or special person. My preference for them is not a unique quality that proves my moral superiority, or in fact anything that it’s worth constructing my personal identity around. Neither is my preference for shelving my books spine-out, organized by genre and publication date. All of those preferences are value-neutral statements. Books are an incredibly flexible technology. That means you can do whatever you want with them. Here’s where I’ll stand up for the book as a physical object. The codex — the printed paper book that we hold in our hands, which took over for the scroll as our dominant reading format in the West in the 4th century AD — is an old, old technology. We’re still working out the kinks with ebooks, but at this point, the codex is out of beta testing. Most of its bugs have been fixed over the past 17 centuries. It’s been streamlined and optimized into an incredibly simple, intuitive system. And part of what makes the codex so valuable is that it is a malleabletechnology. It is easy for individual users to reshape it in whatever way best suits their own individual needs. With a codex, you can get interactive with the text. You can dog-ear the pages if you choose. You can scribble in the margins and underline and highlight. You can rip a codex in half so it’s easier to carry around and dip into during your commute. Or you can treat your books as decorative objects. You can organize them by color. You can build collages with their spines. You can rip out the pages and use them to paper your walls. If you want to make people really mad, you can rip a book into pieces and then organize the shreds by color. None of these choices are moral failings — and all of them mean that you’re taking full advantage of the enormous flexibility and power of the printed book. And maybe that’s a power worth romanticizing.
Harvey Weinstein defense to cite 'loving emails' accusers sent after alleged attacks
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Schumer unveils amendment listing documents he wants for Senate impeachment trial
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