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Let's celebrate Tallahassee's past to change the future
Johnita Due reflects on her parents' history as civil rights activists in Tallahassee, Florida, which was not the idyllic paradise it portrayed itself to be.
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How to keep tax benefits when renting out your primary residence
But there could be other tax implications you haven't considered. Also, a reader's complicated Social Security claiming plan could spell trouble.
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Column: A female mayor denounced the harassment she receives. Hours later, a man was arrested at her office
Female mayors are not only much more likely to face some form of violence or abuse, but they are also more likely to experience abuse of a sexualized nature.
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Dear Care and Feeding: I’m Against Catholic Teachings. Should I Send my Kids to Catholic Schools Anyway?
Parenting advice on religion, school values, and moving.
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Los equipos de hockey están haciendo un esfuerzo para aumentar su base de fanáticos latinos
Los Kings y los Ducks están entre los equipos de la NHL que trabajan para llegar a una nueva audiencia. "A medida que la demografía de América del Norte está cambiando, sabemos que debemos ser relevantes", dice un funcionario de la liga.
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Los haitianos obtuvieron protección para permanecer en EE.UU después de un terremoto devastador. Una década después, Trump quiere que eso termine
Los haitianos obtuvieron protección para permanecer en EE.UU después de un terremoto devastador. Una década después, Trump quiere que eso termine
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10 places to visit that shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s march in history
From his homeland in the South to unexpected places far beyond America's shores, here are some of the best places to go for a Martin Luther King Jr.-themed trip.
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10 places to visit that shaped Martin Luther King Jr.'s march in history
Martin Luther King Jr. was born and raised in the American South, but his dream of racial equality and social justice reverberated out of his region, into the whole country and then around the world.
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A pivotal moment for civil rights history in Tallahassee
CNN's Johnita Due shows us around Tallahassee, Florida, where you can see how the actions of civil rights activists, including Due's parents, contributed to the national movement.
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Richard Sherman's hate for Jim Harbaugh lives on: 'Nothing to mend'
As Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers get set for the NFC championship game, his feud with Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is back in the spotlight.        
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British PM Johnson says the whole country wishes Harry and Meghan the very best
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday said he believed that the whole of Britain would want to wish the very best to Prince Harry and Meghan after they decided to step back from being working members of the monarchy.
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Transcript: Gary Cohn on "Face the Nation"
The following is a transcript of an interview with Former Director of National Economic Council that aired Sunday, January 19, 2020, on "Face the Nation.
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Iran aims to examine downed plane's black boxes, no plan yet to send them abroad
Iran is trying to analyze the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that its military shot down this month, the state IRNA news agency reported on Sunday, denying a report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine.
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UFC 246 rookie report: Grading the newcomers in Las Vegas
Fighters from around the globe dream of the day they'll step into the octagon the first time – so how did the newcomers perform on Saturday?        Related StoriesFight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 246 with Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks, Conor McGregor's returnFloyd Mayweather-Dana White business talk continues during and after UFC 246Conor McGregor can call his shots again after redemptive UFC 246 fight week | Opinion 
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Paul Batura: What is heroism and who is a hero?
Take a big, deep breath and look for the heroes, many of whom won’t be in the headlines but instead in your own homes and neighborhoods.
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Trump administration rolls back on Obama lunch program
The US Department of Agriculture announced proposals that would reduce the amount of fruit and vegetables required in school meals, according to the Washington Post.
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Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients
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Day tripping: 10 suggestions for game-planning and packing for a day of sightseeing
No matter where you are traveling, packing for your day's needs and having a plan in place will ensure you make the most of your tour. here's how.      
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The 10 commandments of planning day trips
When planning for a day of touring being prepared is one of the best ways to make the most of your sightseeing time.      
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$11 Billion And Counting: Trump's Border Wall Would Be The World's Most Costly
The costs keep piling up for Trump's border wall which has a current pricetag of $11 billion — nearly $20 million per mile. It's more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.
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Queen Says She Is 'Particularly Proud' Of Meghan Markle After Her and Prince Harry's Royal Exit
Buckingham Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will stop carrying out royal duties from the spring and will no longer use their HRH titles.
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China's national health commission says viral outbreak is 'controllable'
China's National Health Commission on Sunday said the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is controllable, in the first statement from the body since the outbreak was reported in late December.
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‘Pretty nervy of you!’: Trump’s Palm Beach billionaire spat
Whether in the privacy of his clubs or out on the campaign trail, the president can’t help but hold onto a grudge.
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California woman found dead from ‘significant trauma’ 4 days after boyfriend found hanging in tree: authorities
The body of a Northern California woman who had been dead “for some time” was discovered inside her home Wednesday, after authorities were asked to conduct a welfare check, according to a report.
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How a stronger anti-war movement rallied to stop a march to war with Iran
Why isn't 2020 more like 2002? Because there's a new infrastructure built to fight American interventions abroad.
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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 246 with Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks, Conor McGregor's return
Check out the complete list of fighter walkout songs from Saturday's UFC 246 event.        Related StoriesUFC 246 bonuses: Conor McGregor leads pack of five $50,000 winnersUFC 246's 13-bout lineup finalized with Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone headlinerStephen A. Smith rips 'atrocious' Donald Cerrone performance at UFC 246: He was 'in over his head' 
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Biden’s the Safe Choice. Does That Make Him Dangerous for Democrats?
The lesson of 2016—and 2012 and 2004 and 2000 and 1996 and beyond—is that candidates like him don’t win the White House. Except sometimes they do.
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Doug Collins: House Democratic leader's remark about letting Trump 'prove innocence' should alarm Americans
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats are exposing their true contempt for the Constitution and the individual rights therein with how they are conducting the impeachment of President Trump.
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'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World
"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.
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Dolly Parton turns 74: The country music icon through the years
Country icon Dolly Parton turns 74 on Jan. 19, 2020. To celebrate, we're looking back on the Tennessee native's illustrious music career.        
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Jonathan Safran Foer: ‘Why don’t Extinction Rebellion issue specific ideas? They are awfully vague’
The bestselling author explains why simple changes to our diet are a good way to address the climate crisisThere have been many proposed solutions to the climate crisis – from outright bans on fossil fuels to planting 2 billion trees – but Jonathan Safran Foer’s antidote to global devastation strikes me as the neatest and most achievable. It could sound like something written by a prophet in stone: Eat No Meat Before Sundown. But Safran Foer, in his brilliant book, We Are the Weather, insists on couching it in far more conversational terms: we need to make a “collective act to eat differently”, he says, and one straightforward way is to aim to eat no animal products before dinner.This idea for a roughly two-third shift in animal consumption comes armed with unarguable statistics about its positive effect in reversing climate trends, including the killer pay-off: “If cows were a country they would rank third in greenhouse gas emissions, after China and the United States.” Continue reading...
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Senators Know They Don’t Know the Whole Story
This week’s allegations by Lev Parnas—a federally indicted associate of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani—render downright quaint the debate over whether the Senate should call live witnesses in the president’s impending impeachment trial. Of course the American public deserves to hear from witnesses at the trial, and not just the four whose testimony Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is requesting (thus far, to no avail).Parnas maintains that the scheme to force Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden’s family was widely known in Trump’s circle and that, as The New York Times put it, “the president was fully aware of the efforts to dig up damaging information on his behalf.” In an ideal world, the entire impeachment trial would be put on hold pending a thorough investigation of the new claims. Americans need to know the full story before their representatives in the Senate decide what—if anything—to do about it.Instead, something disturbing is about to happen: The Senate is poised to make a monumental decision about the office of the presidency while knowing full well that much of the sordid tale has not even been told.Trump’s trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, will have some trappings of a normal trial. The president will, for example, have an expansive defense team that includes former independent counsel Kenneth Starr. (I worked for Starr during his investigation of Bill Clinton.) What the trial won’t have—because Trump, his lawyers, and his allies in Congress have been so successful in blocking live testimony and the release of information—is all the facts.And yet troubling leads keep turning up anyway. Parnas’s recent media interviews did two critical things that deserve urgent attention. First, he directly linked President Trump to the delivery of an ultimatum to Sergey Shaffer, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he was instructed to deliver what he described as “a very harsh message” and to do so “a very harsh way, not in a pleasant way.” Parnas explained, “Mayor Giuliani, Rudy, told me after, you know, meeting the president at the White House. He called me. The message was, it wasn’t just military aid, it was all aid. Basically their relationships would be sour, that he would—that he would stop giving them any kind of aid . . . unless there was an announcement made.”The key words here? That Giuliani spoke to Parnas “after meeting with the president at the White House.”David A. Graham: [We Can’t Afford to Ignore Lev Parnas’s Explosive Claims]All along, Republicans have struggled to come up with a sound explanation that would justify Trump’s withholding of $391 million in Senate-approved aid to Ukraine until Zelensky did him the “favor” of investigating the Bidens. They’ve also emphasized a perceived lack of evidence directly linking Trump to the quid pro quo. But the notion that Trump was genuinely interested in fighting corruption in Ukraine looks more and more preposterous, as does Republicans’ winking suggestion that he had no idea what was happening. On Thursday, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report stating that Trump’s halting of aid to Ukraine broke federal law for no good reason. “Faithful execution of the law,” the report said, “does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.”The other major thing Parnas has done is to implicate figures beyond Trump and Giuliani in the Ukraine scandal—specifically, in efforts to destroy the career of Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador who Trump infamously said would “go through some things” in his July 25 call with Zelensky, and to trash the reputations of a primary rival for the presidency, Joe Biden, along with his only remaining son, Hunter. Parnas has been emphatic that Vice President Mike Pence was “in the loop” on all of it, that Attorney General William Barr “had to have known everything,” and that Representative Devin Nunes “knew very well” what was going on. And like Ambassador Gordon Sondland in his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, Parnas corroborated that the president’s goal was to strong-arm Zelensky into announcing an investigation into Biden—not to root out Ukrainian corruption, as the president and his defenders weakly claim.Parnas, who started a company called Fraud Guarantee, is not the most reputable of potential witnesses. Predictably, Trump’s allies have responded by calling Parnas a liar and highlighting the criminal charges against him, which include conspiracy to violate laws banning foreign donations to federal and state elections on behalf of Republicans. The wrinkle for Trumpians is that documents don’t lie, and they don’t misremember. Parnas gave Congress a trove of notes and communications that could corroborate some of his testimony. Moreover, the existing House impeachment record includes phone logs of Parnas’s communications with Nunes as well as the July 25 call summary memorializing Trump’s suggestion that Zelensky call Barr.The scheme to force the Ukrainian government to sully Biden, a political rival of Trump’s, was, at root, an effort to deny American voters an honest choice in the 2020 election. What the rule of law would require now is a sharp investigative team to follow the evidence wherever it leads and develop a thorough and cohesive picture of what Trump and his allies did. To be sure, House Democrats gambled in pushing through articles impeachment quickly—without first suing Team Trump to force compliance with Congress’s constitutionally legitimate requests for information bearing on impeachment. Every scrap of relevant data in government hands should have been turned over to Congress and the American public, subject only to discrete and legitimate claims of executive privilege. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and top officials within the Office of Management and Budget should have been called testify, too—not to mention Pence, Giuliani, Barr, and Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo. All of these people have been identified one way or another as having first-hand knowledge of the events giving rise to the articles of impeachment.As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted Thursday, impeachment is probably the most serious of tasks, short of declaring war, that the Constitution assigns to Congress. The decision to convict or acquit the president should not be made with incomplete information and serious lingering questions—and yet that is precisely what the Senate is about to do.There is no process in place that could produce the needed investigation, because political forces preclude it. To Trump’s chagrin, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions properly recused himself from the Russia probe due to his role in the Trump campaign, leaving then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge. Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller who—unlike Congress but like Starr during his investigation of Clinton—had the power of a grand jury and a cadre of prosecutors and FBI agents to help him gather relevant facts.Under Barr’s leadership, in contrast, the whistleblower complaint flagging the Ukraine scandal itself was initially withheld from Congress, in violation of a federal statute requiring its disclosure to congressional intelligence committees. Barr is certainly not going to recuse himself (as he should) or appoint a special counsel to investigate his boss—even if upholding the rule of law cries out for it.Kim Wehle: [Trump’s Government Lawyers Don’t Know Who Their Real Client Is]That leaves Congress as the sole would-be investigator. But Pelosi already spent her political capital on the truncated House investigation. Although she could reopen it for consideration of additional articles of impeachment, or just call for oversight hearings of the Cabinet-level officials implicated in the potential conspiracy, her caucus is now deeply invested in the impeachment trial, which has implications for numerous House and Senate races.Alternatively, Senate impeachment rules would allow a majority to agree to empanel a committee of senators to do a mini-investigation of the Parnas information in advance of trial. The Senate resolution that governed Clinton’s impeachment trial required that any new witnesses be deposed in advance of testifying before the full Senate. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret of his slavish dedication to protecting his party and Trump—never mind McConnell’s oath to uphold the Constitution and act impartially in the Senate trial. No Senate investigation is going to happen, either.Absent a full investigation of the president and his underlings, though, the Senate’s seemingly preordained decision not to remove Trump is a risky decision that degrades our system of government.
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The Talented Victim Is Not the Point
Pity the fiction writers trying to make art in the era of social-media mobs. Start with one in particular, “a nonbinary human … who loves to dream and create.” Last week, this young writer asked on Twitter, “You know how there are sensitivity readers, courses, and guidelines for writing outside your own experience? Can there be courses and advice for writing one’s own experience?” This young writer used to believe that “writing about my marginalizations and my own personal experience will be okay”—no more. “I have learned that is not the case!” this young person observed, fretting that, without meaning to do harm, “I might be writing my gender wrong.”What made this young person fear that honest writing about their own gender identity could be “wrong” and hurtful, rendering it not “okay”? Watching a trans author get dragged for unorthodox art.Let me back up. Recently, Clarkesworld, a monthly science-fiction and fantasy magazine, published a short story by Isabel Fall titled “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter,” an allusion to a viral meme from 2014 that sought to mock and parody claims about transgender identities. The story attempts to subvert that critique, reclaim the phrase, and explore trans identities.After experiencing vicious and personal attacks online, Isabel Fall asked that “Attack Helicopter” be taken down. Call it a self-cancellation. “The recent barrage of attacks on Isabel have taken a toll and I ask that even if you disagree with the decision, that you respect it,” Neil Clarke, the magazine’s editor, later explained in a statement. “This is not censorship. She needed this to be done for her own personal safety and health.”Clarke revealed that “Isabel was not out as trans when this story was published,” but outed herself under pressure to mount a defense against the false claims of detractors, an outcome he called “very disturbing.” As for the work of fiction itself, “The story had been through multiple revisions over many months and it had been seen by sensitivity readers, including trans people,” he noted.The story remains available via the Wayback Machine and other sites where people opposed to the removal reproduced it. Like all worthwhile fiction, no summary fully captures what it achieves, but a sense of its sci-fi premise and explorations of gender identities can be gleaned from this short excerpt: Generations of queer activists fought to make gender a self-determined choice, and to undo the creeping determinism that said the way it is now is the way it always was and always must be. Generations of scientists mapped the neural wiring that motivated and encoded the gender choice. And the moment their work reached a usable stage—the moment society was ready to accept plastic gender, and scientists were ready to manipulate it—the military found a new resource. Armed with functional connectome mapping and neural plastics, the military can make gender tactical. If gender has always been a construct, then why not construct new ones? My gender networks have been reassigned to make me a better AH-70 Apache Mystic pilot. This is better than conventional skill learning. I can show you why. Look at a diagram of an attack helicopter’s airframe and components. Tell me how much of it you grasp at once. Now look at a person near you, their clothes, their hair, their makeup and expression, the way they meet or avoid your eyes. Tell me which was richer with information about danger and capability. Tell me which was easier to access and interpret. The gender networks are old and well-connected. They work. Various other passages offer highly particular characterizations of gender as the author understands it. The story struck many readers as original, unexpected, and human. The writer Phoebe North declared “Attack Helicopter” to be “a story in which I found myself reflected,” and told its self-cancelling author, “Whatever you decide to do with your story, Isabel, thank you for writing your story. Thank you for making me feel seen and heard. We don’t get a lot of ourselves in fiction. We often only get scraps. This was more than that. A mirror.”But for other readers, the narrator’s descriptions of gender did not resonate. And a subset of those readers took that lack of resonance as a justification for denigrating the author of the story, casting doubt on her good faith, or positing that her voice was either inauthentic or invalid. Some went so far as to seize on the birth year noted in the author bio, 1988, to speculate that the author was a neo-Nazi troll using the 88 to signify “Heil Hitler.”The writer and game designer Arinn Dembo, the acting president of Canada’s National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals, published her critique in a series of tweets, where she asserted that the story “did not feel like it was written by a queer trans author” and even if it was it “just sucks” because “no amount of beautiful writing can dispel the toxicity, the oily taste of garbage” of its title and premise. In her estimation: The writing about gender transition, about life and sex as a woman, and about PTSD-like reactions in women, feels flat and fake … Like the take on gender theory that you would achieve by spending a half hour on Wikipedia … Not the take you might achieve by reading actual novels and memoirs by real transfolk. Or even by cis women, for that matter. Dembo continued: I’m going to come right out and say that this story does not feel like it was written by a cis or trans woman. It feels like ‘Isabel Fall’ is a straight cis person … Probably a white dude. Because honestly, this story is just dripping with all the lies that straight men tell themselves about both cis and trans women. They always want to see the female gender role as powerful and fascinating. They never internalize the physical or emotional pain of Femme life. Later Dembo added a qualification: This could have been written by anyone: it’s pure sentimentality to assume a cis woman, a trans person or a queer person couldn’t write a story about gender transformation that handled its themes badly. When I say, “This reads like it was written by a straight white dude who doesn’t really get gender theory or transition & has no right to invoke transphobic dog whistles for profit”, I’ll stand by my critique. Even if “Attack Helicopter” turns out to be an #ownvoices story. Even if the author did successfully communicate their actual personal experience of gender identity, the subject was still handled badly, in Dembo’s telling, because the story diverges from a general orthodoxy of what “gender theory” purportedly dictates. No wonder a young nonbinary writer watching such critiques unfold on Twitter reacted with, “the whole Isabel Fall thing is getting me worried that I might be writing my gender wrong.”Now that we know Isabel Fell is trans, I reached out to Dembo to ask if her initial critique stands. “Yes,” she replied, “It was my take when I first read the story. No information on the author or her intentions was provided, and I gave my first impressions and opinion.” Having since read commentary “from the half of Trans Twitter that liked the story and identified with it,” and the editor’s statement, “which establishes the author’s intent and identity,” Dembo doesn’t like the story any better, as is her perrogative, but is “happy to know that the story was written in good faith and with positive intent, not as a hateful prank.” She noted with sorrow “that the author had chosen to pull the story,” explaining, “even at the peak of my negative reaction, I would never have wanted the story to be removed. If I had a magic wand to delete transphobic content from the Internet, I wouldn't even consider waving it in that direction.”Still, she found fault with Clarkesworld because it failed to preempt the upset of readers who made erroneous assumptions about the identity and intentions of the story's author: All I can say at this point is that a lot of people might have been spared a lot of mental anguish if that story had simply been accompanied by a sentence or two of context—an artist’s statement of the author’s identity and her intention for the work. There's a reason that the Artist Statement is so common in art galleries that showcase transgressive or challenging work. I don’t think every story needs a content warning or a statement of author’s intent before you read it, but this one clearly did. It takes enormous trust for readers from a marginalized community to let a writer play literary games with their oppression, and most of us can’t give that trust to someone whose intentions are too opaque. There is a difference between letting a doctor or a sympathetic friend probe your wounds, and getting randomly jabbed by a faceless stranger. I’m skeptical that content warnings or statements of authorial intent solve any problems. (Would critics ready to believe an author’s stated birth year was in fact a form of Nazi trolling trust a statement of authorial intent?) And many readers, trans and cis alike, were able to enjoy Fall’s story and discern the earnestness of its author without any extratextual statement.The National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado declared herself “crushed” and “angry” at “a trans sf/f writer being excoriated for writing a messy, gorgeous, interesting story,” and defended “stories that are dangerous, weird, jagged, ambitious,” because “art that bites off more than it can chew” can variously “change your temperature, provoke your heart, crack open your brain.” Sometimes, “what seems, to you, to be a failed experiment is actually not a failed experiment at all, and has provided someone else with brain-cracking or heart-provoking or temperature-changing,” she continued, and sometimes that value “only becomes clear in retrospect.”Needless to say—or maybe not—short stories that are ahead of their time will be lost if their early critics succeed in creating an artistic landscape where ostensibly flawed work is quickly disappeared.The science-fiction writer M. L. Clark urged better modes of engagement. “When a work *unsettles* you, & you have misgivings about whether the message is clear or ‘correct,’ absolutely, you should talk about it! Name how it falls short for you!” he wrote. “But also: allow it to be broken for you w/o asserting that its jagged edges can *only* be used as a blade, NOT because we shouldn't resist poor messaging, but because *effective* resistance doesn't just take the form of vehement public outcry & denunciation.”The Vox critic Emily VanDerWerff opined, “This is a story with a lot––maybe too much––on its mind, and to see it written off as agitprop is sad. Art that only celebrates the bravery of trans people, or our fortitude in the face of all we must endure to be ourselves, is fine. But art should embrace our weakness, our shame, and our doubt, too. To insist otherwise is its own kind of prejudice.”Writing at Medium, an apparently left-leaning observer with the handle The Anarcho Accelerationist lamented that “the reaction to this story—unbridled outrage at the most trivial and good-faith disagreement—has become emblematic of the left,” arguing that “we were right to expel the TERFs and the Red-Brownists, and we were incredibly right to bash those fash,” but adding: The left has become a movement where people are scared to disagree. Scared to be too far to the left or the right or the bottom or the top of where their friends are. People will often say that they are scared of being canceled—of people turning on them en masse, and exercising the basic right to walk away. I’m not actually against “cancel culture”—how could I be against people deciding that someone was an asshole, and going elsewhere? But I am against the specific implementation, mostly because it does not work—I now have nearly three times as many followers as I did when I was canceled. The effect of actually-existing cancel culture on the social ecosystem is to select against anyone with a sense of shame. The left, as distinct from the right, has long dominated high and low art. To its credit, it has used that position in part to tell humanizing stories about historically marginalized people that increase understanding and empathy. America is a more inclusive place as a result. But I don’t know that a salutary tradition running from the films of Sydney Pottier to Will and Grace to Transparent and beyond can endure if Millennial creators and succeeding generations allow their art to be policed by the most essentialist, intolerant voices; or if they are persuaded that deleting a piece of fiction is more ethical than discussing it in the open if anyone at all feels harmed by it; or that it is wrong to truthfully relate one’s own experiences if they are in tension with political orthodoxies.As Wesley Morris observed in an October 2018 essay: Art might not have the privilege of being art for art’s sake anymore … It has to be art for justice’s sake … So we wind up with safer art and discourse that provokes and disturbs and shocks less. It gives us culture whose artistic value has been replaced by moral judgment and leaves us with monocriticism. This might indeed be a kind of social justice. But it also robs us of what is messy and tense and chaotic and extrajudicial about art. The controversy over “Attack Helicopter” is another case study suggesting that rejecting “art’s for art’s sake” in favor of “art for justice’s sake” doesn’t necessarily yield more justice. It may help no one, harm many, and impede the ability of artists to circulate work that makes us think, feel, grapple, empathize, and learn. Americans will always seek out, discuss, and be moved by art that is messy, tense, and chaotic, whether the censors of any moment like it or not. If liberals stop producing art like that, illiberals of all sorts will fill the breach.
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Column: The world according to Bernie
With Bernie Sanders rising in the polls, it's time to look at his foreign policy. Some of it aligns with Trump's more than you might expect.
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20 of the UK's best restaurants – as chosen by Britain’s top chefs
Secret gems and neighbourhood hideaways where chefs love to eat: from a cafe lunch in Cornwall to a tasting menu on the Scottish coast Silk Road, London SE5Chosen by James Cochran, chef-owner, Restaurant 1251I’ve lived in south London for 15 years and the neighbourhood restaurant that stands out is Silk Road in Camberwell. I’m a massive fan of their Xinjiang style of Chinese cooking and they do many unusual things that you don’t normally see in Chinese restaurants in this country. I associate kebabs with Turkish or Greek food, but here they do lamb skewers which they cover in delicious Asian spices and chargrill really quickly. Their dumplings are on point as well. In fact, everything is packed full of flavour, but nicely balanced. The restaurant is very minimalistic, drinks are BYO and the food is very affordable – spend £20 and you’re full. Continue reading...
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After ending her losing streak in finals, is Serena Williams on course to win the Australian Open?
After spending part of the off-season training with Mike Tyson, Serena Williams is hoping to deliver a knockout punch at the Australian Open.
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Mayor Pete: Portrait of the B.S. Artist as a Young Man
Young voters look at the youngest candidate and see a desperately box-checking striver. Is that such a bad thing?
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When Alan Dershowitz Called Ken Starr ‘Dangerous’
Alan Dershowitz once called Ken Starr a risk to American liberty. Starr believed in leaving no stone unturned. Now they're teaming up to quash the case against Trump. What happened?
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6 reporters explain the latest in impeachment
Democrats delivered the articles. Trump named his lawyers. Next up is the Senate trial. We break it down.
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Bennet die-hards drawn to awkward, unusual New Hampshire campaign
The Colorado senator's supporters hope he can emulate Gary Hart's rise from back of the pack to New Hampshire winner.
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Netflix Chief Interested in Working With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle After Couple Drop Royal Duties
Speaking at an event in Los Angeles, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said he was interested in working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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newsweek.com
Labour antisemitism row: Corbyn under fire over Karie Murphy peerage nomination
Party leader criticised over nomination amid investigation by Equality and Human Rights Commission Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for nominating his former chief of staff Karie Murphy for a peerage while the party is still being investigated over its handling of antisemitism.Murphy’s name emerged in the Sunday Times as one of several put forward by Corbyn – together with those of his former deputy, Tom Watson, and the outgoing Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Continue reading...
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Why the census is starting months early in this remote Alaskan fishing village
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Libya summit to call for sanctions if ceasefire violated, draft agreement says
A conference in Berlin that has gathered several world leaders to discuss the Libya conflict will call for sanctions against parties found in violation of a ceasefire, a draft communique obtained by CNN shows.
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Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally
The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace.
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reuters.com
A Baltimore police sergeant was spat on and kicked during a check, authorities say
A group of people kicked a Baltimore police sergeant as he tried to arrest a man who'd spat in his face, authorities say.
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Jesse Waters: Democrats' 'awful' debate shows Trump may win in 'bloodbath' in 2020
Democrats in the media are starting to see that the 2020 presidential election is going to be a “bloodbath” in favor of President Trump, Jesse Watters said Saturday.
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foxnews.com
Opinion: Lesson from Tunisia: Curb coastal erosion — stop building along Southern California beaches
Research on the coast of Tunisia shows relatively rapid erosion caused by development, a dramatic finding that can be applied to Southern California.
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latimes.com