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India Is Changing Some Cities' Names, And Muslims Fear Their Heritage Is Being Erased

Officials have been altering names to become more Hinducentric. "It is very dangerous for national integrity and unity," says a historian. The changes accelerated ahead of this year's elections.
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These Are the 4 Things You Must Stream on Amazon Prime in March
We're picking out the best stuff that's coming to Amazon Prime, including corpse-gobbling pigs, Rufus Sewell brooding, and Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum's next chapter in the world of reality fashion.
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Column: Did Astros win by cheating? The numbers say no
New analyses show that cheating didn't help the Astros, and may have hurt their record
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'The Proud Family' revived by Disney+
"The Proud Family" and the Disney company are reuniting.
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4 people with alleged ties to neo-Nazi group charged with planning to harass journalists and activists
Four people with alleged ties to a neo-Nazi group known as "Atomwaffen Division" have been arrested after authorities said they conspired to harass journalists and people affiliated with the Anti-Defamation League.
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Isaiah Simmons' versatility is huge asset in NFL draft, but Clemson star's fit leaves questions
Isaiah Simmons has drawn rave reviews for his ability to handle a number of different defensive tasks. But where will he settle in at the NFL level?      
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Republican clean energy group hires new top lobbyist
Cystic Fibrosis advocates fly in — Spotted at Georgetown last night
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A Short History of Earth’s New Moon
This is going to sound preposterous, but I promise it’s true: Earth has another moon.It is not the kind that will illuminate the night sky. It’s invisible to the naked eye and too tiny to do any classic moon moves, like tugging on the planet’s oceans. But it’s there, orbiting the Earth, accompanying us on our journey around the sun.A pair of astronomers discovered the miniature moon on the night of February 15, and by chance. It showed up in the nightly observations of the Catalina Sky Survey, a NASA-funded project in Arizona. The survey is designed to study asteroids and comets near Earth, the kind that could potentially menace the planet if they got too close. To Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyne, the mystery object appeared as a few pixels of light moving quickly across a dusky, fixed background.Researchers at other observatories and amateur astronomers around the world raced to monitor the newcomer in the sky, collecting as much data as they could. When they calculated its orbit, they were baffled. The object wasn’t a newcomer at all. So far, their work suggests that the object has been moving around us, gravitationally bound to the Earth, since 2018, perhaps longer. We’ve had a tiny new moon all this time, and we didn’t know about it.So, what exactly is this thing?Astronomers don’t know everything yet—it’s been less than two weeks!—but they’ve identified some traits. The object is about the size of a compact car and traces a rambling loop around Earth about every four months or so. As the object passed by Earth on its path through space, the planet’s gravity pulled it close. And in that moment, it became a moon.[Read: They went to the moon]At first, astronomers thought the new moon could be a piece of space junk, a rocket part discarded after a successful launch. To say conclusively, astronomers would need to use powerful telescopes to study the sunlight reflected off the object, which can reveal its composition from afar. There's at least a small chance that it could be a chunk of our moon that broke off after an impact, one astronomer told me. But the latest observations suggest that the object is probably an asteroid, one of the many floating around near Earth.“It’s just a chance occurrence,” says Kat Volk, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. “They just have to come in at the right speed and the right angle. The vast majority of things that are whizzing by the Earth do not get even temporarily captured into orbit, they just keep whizzing by, with their trajectory just a little bit tweaked by the Earth’s gravity.”Astronomers have named the mini-moon, for now, 2020 CD3. As excited as they were to find it, they weren’t completely shocked. The Catalina Sky Survey has found one before in 2006. Although they’ve now seen only two of them, astronomers suspect more are out there. Some estimate that, considering how many bits of asteroids reside near Earth, there’s at least one tiny moon lassoed around the planet at any given time. Gravity, after all, has shown itself to be a skilled thief; for example, some of the outermost stars in our Milky Way were torn from another galaxy as it passed by. A rock the size of a car is an easy steal for Earth’s gravitational forces.These forces, along with the moon’s own gravity, have put 2020 CD3 on a pretty quirky orbit, unlike the other neat loops of the solar system. Below, the white band represents the orbit of the moon, with the Earth inside. The tiny moon’s orbit is in red, looping around like yarn: (2/3) The object has just been announced by the MPC and its orbit shows that it entered Earth's orbit some three years ago. Here is a diagram of the orbit created with the orbit simulator written by Tony Dunn: pic.twitter.com/2wsJGtexiO — Kacper Wierzchos (@WierzchosKacper) February 26, 2020Like other near-Earth objects, 2020 CD3 probably originated in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. With the help of computer simulations, astronomers can try to trace its path back in time. “If you get enough data, you can conclusively trace these looping spaghetti paths through the Earth-moon system and find out where it entered the system,” says Eric Christensen, a University of Arizona astronomers who works on the Catalina Sky Survey, and who discovered the mini-moon in 2006.[Read: The pros and cons of a lunar pit stop]Mini-moons like 2020 CD3 are, unfortunately, “temporarily captured objects.” The object discovered in 2006 escaped Earth’s orbit and went on its merry way, less than a year after it was found. 2020 CD3 will eventually leave us, too. “This isn’t an object that is stably orbiting the Earth like the moon is,” Christensen says. “This is a fairly tenuous connection to the Earth. It’s getting tugged on by the moon and tugged on by the Earth.”The latest observations suggest that 2020 CD3 is already moving away from Earth for good. “Unfortunately, we are catching this one on its way back out,” says Bill Gray, who provided astronomical software that helped pinpoint the object. “It’s getting fainter. Already, it’s faint enough that if the Catalina Sky Survey looked at it now, it wouldn’t see it.” Gray predicts the mini-moon will escape Earth’s orbit in a matter of weeks. It will most likely return to orbiting the sun, although there’s a chance it could someday head straight to Earth, where it would burn up in the atmosphere in a glittering meteor display.The thought of losing a new moon so soon after uncovering its existence is a little depressing, so I asked Volk whether, someday, Earth’s gravity could ensnare an object to stay, perhaps even one that we could see in the night sky, shining alongside the original moon. “It would be possible, but it would be extremely unlikely,” Volk said. “You would need the [object] to come in and have a gravitational interaction with our existing moon in just the perfect configuration that would tweak its orbit and put it onto a stable orbit around the Earth. You can’t really come in from a heliocentric orbit and get captured into a stable orbit.”Sigh. Back to marveling at our usual moon, then, that reliable glow in the night sky, as enduring as the stars around it. From our vantage point, the skies can seem predictable and immutable. The fleeting miniature moon provides a lovely reminder that our corner of the universe is, in fact, rather lively, sometimes more than we can know.
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U.S. and international stock markets are tumbling over coronavirus fears
U.S. and international stock markets take a hit over coronavirus fears. Investment pros are advising not to panic, staying the course on retirement.       
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Angels send pitcher Griffin Canning for MRI on elbow
The Angels shut down Griffin Canning last summer because of elbow soreness. After his first appearance this spring, the elbow soreness has returned.
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Prince Harry ‘doesn’t need a title to be a big deal,’ is ‘defiant’ over Megxit
"He didn't look like a man wracked with anxiety," Ayesha Hazarika, who made headlines Wednesday with her prince-less "Harry" introduction, told "Good Morning Britain" on Thursday morning.
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Bizarre-looking fish could help solve world hunger
A bizarre-looking fish could be the key to helping solve the world’s hunger issue, according to a new study. Known as the Monkeyface Prickleback (scientific name: Cebidichthys violaceus), the fish has a digestive tract similar to humans, with both small and large intestines and an acidic stomach. It’s also among the small number of fish...
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The night I beat Anderson Silva
He would go on to become UFC champion, but Michael Bisping will never forget the night English fans fueled his win over Anderson Silva.        Related StoriesUFC Norfolk main event breakdown: Benavidez, Figueiredo chase gold in battle of power punchersPhoto: Nasty road rash forces Movsar Evloev out of UFC 248Kazakhstan's Mariya Agapova signs with UFC 
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America’s crisis of trust and the one candidate who gets it
A reformist, overshadowed by a revolutionary. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Rebuilding social and political trust requires procedural reforms that don’t excite voters. The biggest problem facing US democracy did not come up at the Democratic debate in Charleston this week. It hasn’t really been discussed in the election at all. But it lurks behind all the more specific issues, an unwelcome presence no one quite wants to acknowledge. It is simply this: The US is in a period of declining social and political trust. Americans increasingly think the system is rigged and that their fellow citizens don’t necessarily share their basic values and presumptions. This makes them strongly disinclined to invest their hopes in political promises of common good. Everything progressives want — from getting humane policies passed to executing on them effectively — requires a foundation of social and political trust. The erosion of that foundation must be reversed if the left ever hopes to lead the country through big, transformative changes. All the candidates sense the distrust and disengagement on some level. But the candidate most preoccupied with it, with the most developed plans to address it, is Elizabeth Warren. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Warren hugs a supporter in South Carolina. It doesn’t seem to be helping her much, politically speaking. She’s has fallen back in the polls and faces rough sledding on Super Tuesday. But whatever the fate of her candidacy, her focus on rebuilding trust is something that the eventual winner should adopt as their own. Without trust, nothing else is possible. The social trust doom loop Scholar Kevin Vallier has done a helpful roundup of the political science literature on social and political trust. He notes that they are distinct phenomena. Political trust is just what it sounds like: trust in the basic institutions of public life; in democracies like the US, that means in democracy itself. The causes of political trust are fairly well understood. They include things like economic growth, income equality, rule of law, and citizen participation. But what causes the things that yield political trust? For that, a society needs something deeper; it needs social trust. Vallier defines it this way: Social trust, often referred to as “generalized” trust, is trust in strangers, persons within one’s society with whom one has little personal familiarity. Social trust can thus be understood broadly as trust in society. But trust to do what? Social trust is trust that persons will abide by social norms, publicly recognized, shared social rules that people both in fact expect one another to follow and think that everyone morally ought to follow. Put colloquially, social trust is the feeling that we’re all in this together (where “we” is a polity, like the citizens of a nation). We’re part of a meaningful common identity; we share basic values and expectations; we are, in some important way, knowable and predictable to one another. Social trust creates a stable climate in which people feel secure in their plans and expectations. Without it, nothing — not even the most clever policies — can work. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Not exactly a trust-building exercise. But there’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem with social and political trust. To create an environment in which they thrive, you need rule of law and effectively executed government policies that redound to broad public benefit. But to build an effective government and implement those policies in the first place, you need social trust. Just as you need money to make money, you need social trust to make social trust. When things are going well, a self-reinforcing cycle emerges: better governance and policy lead to more trust, which leads to better governance and policy. But when things are going poorly, the opposite dynamic takes hold: Without trust, good governance and policy become difficult, and without good governance and policy, it’s difficult to create social trust. That is how societies come apart. And that is the doom loop the US now finds itself in. As I have recounted at great length in other posts, over the last several decades, conservatives have waged war on social and political trust, calling into question the fairness and independence of almost every major US institution from journalism to academia to science. They have created parallel institutions of their own, meant to support their factional interests. And they have relentlessly cast “libs” as an enemy within — an alien, hostile, and ultimately illegitimate force. As a result, a large faction of the country has descended into paranoia and conspiracy theories, fighting intensely against the basic rules, norms, and post-war assumptions of American life. And because that faction has successfully rendered all political fights — even fights over basic facts — as vicious, zero-sum partisan struggles, another large faction of the country has simply tuned out, coming to regard politics and public life generally as corrupt and fruitless. Americans’ trust in their institutions and in one another is at record lows. This serves the right’s purposes. If all common identity is dissolved, all transpartisan facts and norms, then there is no longer any ability to communicate across factional lines. What remains is raw power struggle. That is the milieu in which an identitarian like Donald Trump feels at home; witness his purging of public servants he deems insufficiently loyal. But it works against the left’s purposes. The left needs for voters to believe that effective, responsive governance is possible — that we can, in fact, have nice things. The left needs social and political trust. Without them, collective action for collective benefit, the left’s stock in trade, becomes impossible. This is the left’s challenge in the US: how to break out of the doom loop and get on a trajectory of better governance and rising trust. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Who to trust? Different theories of how to generate social trust Every Democratic candidate senses on some level that trust is low and is addressing the problem with some chicken and some egg — some building of the social trust necessary to pass good policy, some passing of policies necessary to build social trust. In the “moderate” lane — where Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Bloomberg are battling it out — the effort to address trust is largely affective. The moderate promises a return to normalcy, when everything didn’t feel so tense and volatile. The moderate promises not to be rigid or ideological, to compromise and be constructive, but above all to provide a steady, familiar, predictable hand on the tiller. There might not be any big revolution, but there will be slow, steady progress, not this vertiginous lurching about. The problem with the moderate approach is that the system really is rigged. It is rigged against Democratic reformers through the electoral college, the overrepresentation of rural areas in the Senate, gerrymandering from 2010, unlimited money in politics, and the filibuster, among other things. And it is rigged in favor of the wealthy and powerful, with white-collar criminal enforcement declining, agencies like the IRS being defunded and defanged, and now Trump pardoning random criminals who get to him through Fox. None of that will change with “bipartisan outreach” or a sensible Midwestern temperament. Republicans have become steadily more intractable and unhinged since 2010 and there’s no reason to think that will change any time soon. Just as Obama was confined to executive action for the last six years of his presidency, so too will any new Democratic president be barred from legislation if Republicans hold either house of Congress in 2020. There is no normalcy to return to. Four more years of fruitless partisan squabbling will do nothing to restore trust. The other, “left” lane is occupied by Warren and Sanders, who both promise, in Warren’s familiar phrase, “big structural change.” They are the only two candidates proposing changes equal to the moment. There is not a huge tangible difference to be found in their legislative goals, certainly relative to what either is likely to be able to accomplish. Warren’s regulated capitalism and Sanders’s democratic socialism often blur together in policy terms: They both seek universal health care, higher wages, stronger unions, canceled student debt plus free college, and higher taxes on the wealthy. They both want something more like Denmark’s system, whatever label is put on it. But there are interesting differences in their rhetoric, focus, and theories of change. It’s a different understanding of power. One believe instituions must be changed from the top, from the inside. The other believes institutions are often impediments and must be remade, dismantled and resembled in order to do the will of the people. Each had its strengths.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) February 25, 2020 The best explanation I’ve seen of those differences is an essay by Will Wilkinson, who notes that Sanders typically avoids or waves aside questions about procedure or structural impediments. Sanders is focused — has been for decades — on outcomes. Health care. Decent jobs and housing. Cleaner air and water. Sanders’s theory of change is not centered on any set of procedural arguments. (To the extent he makes any, they are dubious, like his ludicrous promise to pass both Medicare-for-all and the Green New Deal through budget reconciliation, which is absolutely not going to happen.) It is instead a story of revolution, a movement of people in the streets, sweeping aside institutional impediments and rebuilding systems from the bottom up. As Wilkinson says, in this one way, Sanders’s appeal is similar to Trump’s. Trump didn’t make any complicated procedural arguments either. He just said that the system is corrupt and he would blow the whole thing up. “Donald Trump never sounds like he might be a guy from HR about to lead you through a folder of ‘onboarding’ paperwork. And neither does Bernie Sanders,” Wilkinson writes. “Bernie’s simply on your side against the entitled rich pricks who make your life a pain, and he’s going to make it easier.” It is precisely this populist appeal that leads many Sanders fans to believe that he will be able to peel off some of the working-class voters who drifted to Trump. I have little confidence in this theory of change. Sanders is winning, but there is no sign yet of a massive, institution-crushing working-class movement. And if it doesn’t show up — if, instead, recent trends hold and the nation remains narrowly divided along partisan lines — a Sanders presidency would face the same thicket of structural hurdles that any Democratic presidency would. It may be that he has a plan to navigate those impediments from the inside, that he has some vision of the personnel he would put in place, the rules he would change, and the levers available to him to maneuver within a tight space. But that kind of bureaucratic savvy hasn’t been his reputation or his role in his long career, it hasn’t played much of a part in his campaign, and the personnel and policy choices he has made so far speak more to ideological fealty than a pragmatic dedication to reform. (See Matt Yglesias for the contrary case that Sanders would in fact be a pragmatic and flexible leader.) JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Not him, them. Warren’s plans differ from Sanders’s revolution Warren shares many elements of Sanders’s populist rhetoric. She, too, is focused on how the rich and powerful have rigged the system against ordinary people. But she does not propose to blow the system up or sweep it aside. She proposes to fix it. She (legendarily) has a plan for that, a clear sense of which institutions are broken, what new institutions need to be created, and what kind of people she wants running them. As Ezra Klein documents, her entire career in politics has been focused on battling for better institutions and better personnel. Warren’s history, experience, and ideology give her progressive populism an importantly different character from Sanders’s. Wilkinson captures it well: Because the American republic is, in fact, in the midst of a spiraling crisis of corruption, there is more than a whiff of radicalism in a reform agenda focused on rooting out graft and restoring popular sovereignty. But Warren’s program is animated by earnest devotion to sturdy procedural ideals — fair elections, the rule of law, equitable and responsive political representation, and clean public administration — not left-wing ideology. It aims to realize a homely republican vision of America in which equal democratic citizens of every gender, color, and creed can vote their way to a system that gives everybody a fair shot at a sound education and a decent wage sufficient to raise a family in a comfortable home without becoming indentured to creditors or wrecked by the vicissitudes of capitalist dislocation. As Warren used to say frequently, she is a “capitalist to her bones.” She believes in the generative power of markets; she just believes they need to be operated transparently and fairly, with everyone protected from immiseration and offered opportunities for full participation. She wants well-regulated capitalism with a healthy welfare state — which is how the Danes themselves think of their system. This is why, unlike Sanders, she explicitly cites her anti-corruption reform agenda as her first and top priority if she becomes president. It’s why she, unlike Sanders, supports getting rid of the filibuster. For her, procedural reforms are not an afterthought, but a vital part of the agenda in and of themselves, because they are the only reliable way to generate the trust needed to support the rest of the agenda and progress beyond it. Alex Wong/Getty Images Just thinking about bipartisan outreach makes him giggle. Warren is on the right track, substantively In Vallier’s literature review, he notes that many of the features of a society that might be thought to generate social trust — economic growth, low income inequality — are in fact just as plausibly seen as its effects, features of society that require trust to develop at all. At the very least, the lines of causation are unclear. He cites only one exception: There is one sustaining institutional cause of social trust about which we can be relatively confident. The evidence clearly shows a close connection between higher levels of social trust, lower levels of corruption in the legal system, and other indicators of reliable adherence to the rule of law. I cannot think of a time in my life when this was more true than it is today. We live in an age of rampant elite lawlessness. Young voters came up witnessing the theft of the 2000 presidential election, the Iraq War, the 2008 recession, nationwide Republican efforts at voter suppression, and, well, Trump. And in all that time, none of the powerful people (mostly wealthy white men) who have dragged the US into one crisis after another have paid the slightest price. Voters have noticed. They take the promises of politicians less and less seriously. Warren has correctly intuited that the only way to begin rebuilding trust is to impose some accountability, to make legal, financial, and political systems work the way they are supposed to, fairly and for everyone’s benefit. These are the things that would, in practice, begin shaping a citizenry more open to bold progressive policy. For evidence, witness the Scandinavian countries that Sanders, Warren, and other leftists (hi there) are so fond of citing. What sets them apart from Cuba, Venezuela, and the other negative examples of socialist governments gone awry? It is not their grand goals or their grand promises. All leftist governments tell citizens that they will get health care and homes and better wages. They all tell the story of the working-class against elites. They all use the same populist rhetoric. What sets Denmark, for example, apart is that its government works. Its administration is effective. It builds infrastructure at a reasonable cost. Citizens play a meaningful role in government and corporate decisions. The public’s preferences are reflected in policy. This gives Danes a base level of trust that they are part of a meaningful collective identity, a collective project, and that the government is working for all of them. They pay high levels of taxes happily because they see and experience the results of those taxes in responsive government and good health care, good schools, good working conditions, and good public transportation. (Though it’s worth noting that Denmark, like other countries run by humans, has not solved the most difficult problems.) NIELS CHRISTIAN VILMANN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. If the US really wants to move toward high-functioning Danish-style social democracy (whatever candidates call it), it can’t simply emulate Denmark’s policy outcomes. As things stand, Americans do not trust the federal government enough to happily hand it more control and higher taxes. On the contrary, they tend to get angry about such things. Danish-style outcomes require Danish-style trust, and that requires rule of law, elite accountability, and competent administration. Warren is the candidate most fixated on the kinds of reforms that could help generate that trust. (Side note: It has been interesting to watch Pete Buttigieg’s evolution on this. When he entered the race in the liberal lane, he was vocal about putting procedural reforms first, correctly noting that bold policy is impossible without them. But since he moved into the moderate lane, he has favored more affective “not too hot, not too cold” aphorisms, which is apparently what older Democrats want.) We are building a movement based on a new kind of politics—one defined not by who we reject but who we bring along, and one shaped not by looking to yesterday but to our common future. This is our story, our shared vision for the country we love. pic.twitter.com/oNG4LcL6qJ— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 27, 2020 Warren is on the wrong track, politically Warren’s basic problem is that the kind of procedural and bureaucratic reforms that would have the best results in building trust over the long term are not particularly ... sexy. “Reforming the filibuster” is never going to catch on like “free college.” This is a perpetual problem in US politics. Just ask the lonely, stalwart champions of campaign finance reform, who have labored in vain for decades to push their issue to the front of the priority stack. Almost every progressive politician agrees on campaign finance reform, at least when asked. Of course there’s too much money in politics, etc. But no politician wins by making it their headline issue. No politician benefits from putting it in front of health care, or small business tax credits, or any of the many policies that more visibly and directly benefit constituents. It is notoriously difficult to make procedural issues catch fire, to get votes with them. And now, with populist sentiment so prevalent, it is more difficult than ever. As Wilkinson notes, the language of rules and procedures is the language of the managerial class — and it is the managerial class, more than the distant wealthy ownership class, that makes workers’ lives miserable on a day-to-day basis. Workers already find their lives strangled by the byzantine complexity of health care insurance and 401(k)s. It is easy for Warren’s bullet-pointed agenda to sound like another visiting technocratic consultant arrived with more plans and paperwork. The populist impulse is to burn all that down, to sweep it away. That is what Sanders and Trump both promise, albeit with diametrically opposed intentions. Warren has tried to please both progressives and pragmatists, but the overlap may not be as large as she hoped. 538 538’s Democratic primary tracker. Two great tastes that may not taste great together Warren’s appeal to a certain sort of politically engaged Democrat is that she combines bold progressive goals with extensive experience navigating US institutions and detailed plans for bureaucratic reform. It’s the best of both worlds, ambitious and pragmatic. But there may not be all that many Democratic primary voters who want those two things together. It may be that the Democrats who want ambition don’t want pragmatism and the ones who claim to want pragmatism don’t want ambition. That dilemma was illustrated perfectly by the episode that is said to have knocked Warren out of her early frontrunner status. Pressured to explain how she would pass Medicare-for-all, her campaign developed a phased plan that would create a public option through budget reconciliation, reform the filibuster, and bring a more comprehensive, fully paid-for bill to Congress later in her first term. For her efforts, she took fire from both sides. It turns out most of the primary voters who want Medicare-for-all want it immediately and view any concessions to political reality as ideological betrayal. And it turns out most of the Very Serious People in DC who claim to want pragmatism (for Warren to “show her work”) really just want austerity, to be told that we can’t have nice things, a message that US elites have come to see as synonymous with realism. It’s difficult to see the path forward for Warren. She will never out-ambition Sanders. Wilkinson thinks that she ought to marry her procedural reformism to a more putatively moderate substantive agenda to try to capture the role as the safe alternative to Sanders. But one class of voters that does see the potential of Warren’s agenda is the financial and tech elite who are its target. In many ways, they see Warren as a greater threat than Sanders, as she is laser-focused on the systems that undergird their privilege. It is doubtful that the money brokers of the party would embrace her even if she crafted a more moderate message. And let’s not forget, unlike bright young white men like Pete, women don’t get second chances. They are not forgiven if they change their minds or adjust their messages. They are cast as “inauthentic,” deceitful schemers. It remains an easy stereotype to attach to women, as the ludicrous “Pocahontas” episode illustrated. (There is, unsurprisingly, misogyny infused throughout the media’s treatment of Warren.) Are female candidates "authentic"? The sexist trope that's attacking the 2020 field https://t.co/tYPSKA1mhP— Salon (@Salon) February 14, 2019 It is probably too late for Warren to substantially change a message that she has been consistently delivering for well over a decade now. She is a reformer, a fighter, someone who wants to make the systems of US finance, politics, and commerce work for ordinary people. She’s been grappling with those systems her whole adult life and knows how and where to apply pressure to get results. She wants to create systems in which voters can trust and reward their trust with better health care, better wages, and better lives. All she can do now is make her case, organize, and hope for the best. If Sanders does win the primary, as looks increasingly likely, Democrats will work to get him elected. To do otherwise would be demented. But over my life following politics, I have seen wave after wave of revolutionary zeal crash on the shores of DC and recede defeated. If Sanders is elected and runs into the same insurmountable wall of institutional resistance that choked Obama’s presidency, if his promises of revolution come to nothing and his term is consumed by fruitless partisan warfare, I fear the effect on the impassioned young people at the core of his coalition. It will be one more thread cut, and I’m not sure how many more cuts America’s frayed social fabric can take before it begins unraveling entirely.
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Mystery smell overwhelms Pennsylvania county again
A mysterious stench once again struck parts of Delaware County, Penn., this week, overwhelming residents with its pungent odor and baffling investigators. The smell has recently been reported in towns across the county, including in Glenolden, Tinicum and Upper Darby, just outside of Philadelphia. While no one knows what the elusive smell is or where...
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‘The Wanderers’ roams with a hungry heart
Theater J takes on Anna Ziegler’s funny and compassionate play about chronic dissatisfaction.
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Meghan McCain scolds audience members after apparent applause for Pence failing on coronavirus
​"The View" co-host Meghan McCain seemed upset after hearing applause in response to the idea that President Trump set up Vice President Mike Pence to be the "fall guy" by putting him in charge of the coronavirus response.
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The coolest new toys coming in 2020
The best new innovations from Toy Fair 2020       
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The Yeti Rambler is down to its lowest price ever on Amazon
Right now, the Yeti Rambler, one of the best, most popular vacuum-insulated water bottles on the market, is on sale for the lowest price we've ever seen on Amazon.
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How deadly is coronavirus and what are the symptoms?
The CDC says COVID-19 symptoms can appear in as little as two days or as long as two weeks after initial exposure.
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Man shocks girlfriend with underwater proposal in Caribbean Sea
It was an out-of-this-world proposal, 30-feet below the sea.
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'Apex Legends' System Override Event Revealed With Deja Loot Mode
"Apex Legends" has a new event on the way called System Override. Learn all there is to know about it right here.
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Schools shut, travel curbed as world scrambles to fight coronavirus
Governments battling coronavirus epidemics from Iran to Australia shut schools, canceled big events and stocked up on medical supplies on Thursday in a race to contain the outbreak’s rapid global spread. Francesca Lynagh reports.
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This week on "Sunday Morning" (March 1)
A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the #1 Sunday morning news program
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Ex-wrestler urges more victims to 'speak up'
A University of Michigan wrestler from the 1970s says he was kicked off the team and lost his financial aid after complaining he had been physically abused by a sports doctor (Feb. 27)       
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Top 10 Christian songs over the last year dominated by Lauren Daigle, Hillsong
Every week, millions of Christians sing praise and worship songs together, but what songs do individuals listen to the most?
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Scotland Poised To Become 1st Country To Make Period Products Free
In a few short years, Scotland has turned periods from a stigmatized subject to a selling point. The bill takes aim at "period poverty": when girls and women struggle to access menstrual products.
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Indonesian teens expelled for forcing students to eat feces
Two high school seniors in Indonesia have been expelled for forcing 77 seventh-graders to eat human feces with a spoon, according to reports. The two sickos, who were in charge of hygiene at the Mother of All Nations Catholic seminary school in East Nusa Tenggara Province, discovered a plastic bag filled with the feces in...
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Pavel Buchnevich not ready for Rangers return after car accident
MONTREAL — It was such a dramatic event that Pavel Buchnevich was still emotionally recovering four days later. The Rangers winger was set to miss his second straight game, Thursday night here against the Canadiens, after he was in a car accident in Brooklyn on Sunday. Around 8:30 p.m., Buchnevich was a passenger in his...
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Bob Iger was more than Steve Jobs' friend: He was legacy media's most tech-savvy CEO
Weeks after becoming chief executive of Walt Disney Co. in 2005, Bob Iger sat down with Steve Jobs to tell him about an idea he'd been mulling: The "iTV."
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Dina Lohan will likely go to rehab instead of jail for felony DWI
She will likely get off with probation if she checks into the inpatient rehab program, sources said.
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5 ways to stop annoying robocalls
Here are five strategies to minimize robocalls.
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Watch the 'Candyman' trailer: You called, and ghost killer with a hook is back
"Candyman" is back, with producer Jordan Peele's spiritual sequel dropping its first trailer.        
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You may have to wait for your next gadget: Electronics makers can't get parts quickly enough
Electronics manufacturers face weeks of delays in parts shipments because of coronavirus. That could affect the availability of a number of tech products down the road.
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‘Happy Birthday Doug’ makes gay parties look like ‘The Real Housewives’
Want drama, gossip and theatrics? Then head to a gay birthday party! That’s where writer-performer Drew Droege set his latest off-Broadway solo show, “Happy Birthday Doug,” a comedy about a 41-year-old’s eclectic bash. “I used to invite everybody I ever met to my birthday party,” Droege tells The Post about the origins of his play,...
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Arizona county becomes 'Second Amendment Preservation County' in support of gun rights
Arizona's most populous county on Wednesday joined a growing national movement in the support of gun ownership rights, declaring itself a “Second Amendment Preservation County.”
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Army of 100,000 ducks recruited to fight locust plague
Send in the ducks!
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Crash ends car chase of stolen hearse with body inside
Authorities have recovered a stolen hearse with a casket and body inside after a police chase Thursday morning on a Los Angeles freeway. (Feb. 27)        
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Who are the members of President Trump’s Cabinet?
This is the current makeup of President Trump's Cabinet.
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Coronavirus: News and updates on new cases and its spread
Passengers from Wuhan arrive at Sydney International Airport in Australia on January 23. Officials later temporarily closed down transport from the city to help stop the outbreak of coronavirus that has killed at least 18 people and infected more than 650. | Don Arnold/Getty Images Covid-19 could become a pandemic as it spreads around the globe from South Korea to Iran and the US. Here’s the latest. The new coronavirus, called Covid-19, has spiraled into a global threat, as countries around the world have scrambled to impose travel bans, quarantine millions, and isolate sick people in an attempt to stop the spread of the new virus. The coronavirus outbreak is looking more like a pandemic, and health experts say it’s time to prepare for worldwide spread on all continents. Coronaviruses attack the respiratory system, sometimes targeting the cells deep within the lungs. Only seven, including 2019-nCoV, SARS, and MERS, have evolved to infect humans. The outbreak was first reported to the World Health Organization by Chinese officials on December 31 in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in Hubei province. By mid-January — despite a quarantine in Wuhan, imposed by the Chinese government — it had begun spreading rapidly. The World Health Organization has ruled that the outbreak is a global health emergency, a rare designation the agency gives outbreaks that pose an international risk. There are many questions about coronavirus at this stage of the outbreak: Is it safe to travel? What should I do to protect myself? How will the outbreak end? We’ll continue to update this stream as the story unfolds.
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Gloria Steinem says Jane Fonda nixed Harvey meeting
"She never said why, but I understood why it was not a good idea.”
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Chicago Cubs' David Bote helps couple with major news
Chicago Cubs' infielder David Bote helped an Indiana couple with their gender reveal at spring training game.        
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Earth caught itself a new ‘mini moon’
Many of the planets in our solar system have multiple moons and some even have dozens of large objects cruising around in orbit around them. Earth, by contrast, has just one large moon. Thanks to its solo nature, we even just call it “The Moon,” which is convenient, but that doesn’t mean that other natural...
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Quaden Bayles’ family will donate $474K raised for Disney trip to charity
Quaden Bayles sees your hate, and he’ll instead raise some cash for other kids struggling with his condition. The 9-year-old Australian who was born with achondroplasia, a genetic order that results in dwarfism, went viral after his mom shared a heartbreaking video of him reacting to being bullied. While the video initially resulted in an...
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It’s Definitely Worth Following Gary the Cat for Travel Inspiration
The traveling cat’s Instagram feed is inspiring
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'View' co-hosts on Pence tackling coronavirus: Trump is 'setting him up'
"The View" co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Whoopi Goldberg suggested on Thursday that President Trump tasked Vice President Mike Pence with tackling the coronavirus so that he could avoid taking the fall for a botched government response.
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Count Binface to run for mayor of London
Count Binface, a self-proclaimed "fearless space warrior", who ran against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in last year's general election, has announced his plans to run for mayor of London.
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Heat wave could rewrite record books in Southern California, forecasters say
Record high temperatures are possible in Southern California as a high-pressure ridge is rerouting winter storms that typically soak the region.
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