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Jack Jedwab on the loss of his aunts and the fading memory of Auschwitz

'Luba, Sara and Chaya were my aunts. I know very little about them because any such recollection was too painful for my late father'
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House to vote on legislation making lynching a federal crime
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are set to cast a historic vote this week to designate lynching as a federal crime.
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On the trail: Buttigieg heckled, Bloomberg and Sanders tussle on vandalism, guns
Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg on Monday clashed with front-runner Bernie Sanders over vandalism at Bloomberg's Chicago office and their gun control stances, while centrist rival Pete Buttigieg was heckled at a labor march.
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Italian national becomes third case of coronavirus in Spain
An Italian man has tested positive for coronavirus in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the region's health authorities said on Monday.
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9-year-old asks Pete Buttigieg about coming out
During a campaign rally in Colorado, a 9-year-old asked Pete Buttigieg for advice about coming out as gay. The Democratic presidential candidate invited the boy on stage, where he told him, "I don't think you need a lot of advice from me on bravery.”
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Google manager arrested in connection to wife's disappearance released pending an investigation
Hawaiian police have identified a body found near Anaehoomalu Bay as the missing Microsoft manager and mother of two, but said they have released her husband, a Google manager, who was arrested in connection to her disappearance.
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Jeff Bezos loses $4.8B as world’s richest see fortunes drop by $30B
It was a bad day to be a billionaire. As stocks plummeted worldwide Monday on coronavirus fears, the 10 richest people in the world lost a collective $30 billion, according to Forbes. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos — the world’s wealthiest person despite weathering the costliest divorce in history last year — saw his net worth...
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Assange fight draws in Trump's new intel chief
Lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder plan to use newly obtained recordings and screenshots to argue that Assange's prosecution is political in nature.
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NHL trade deadline provides whirlwind of action
The NHL trade market was booming ahead of Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline. Several Stanley Cup contenders made one last push to gear up before the playoff, while rebuilding teams stacked draft picks. At least one Cup-deprived veteran center on the Sharks landed with a postseason favorite and hey, Chris Kreider still is a Ranger. The...
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Harvey Weinstein convicted of criminal sex act and rape
Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another woman. CNN's Brynn Gingras reports.
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Guy Fieri hits the club scene during Miami food festival
The bleached-blond Food Network star was serving up some serious dance moves.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire 10 Tablet, and more up to 35% off during flash sale
Amazon is having another major sale on tech items, with the retailer’s latest discounts pricing down popular Amazon Fire devices. During the one-day event, you can take up to 35% off Fire products like the Fire 10 Tablet, the Fire TV Cube, and the Fire TV Stick.  Each device is Alexa-enabled, has WiFi compatibility, and...
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McDonald's worker punched by customer over free cup of water: report
A McDonald’s worker was reportedly assaulted during a bizarre interaction with a customer.
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The winners, losers of 2020 NHL trade deadline
The Hurricanes sent a message to NHL that they are ready to contend after their trio of moves Monday. Here's a look at the rest of winners, losers.       
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Feminism Claims to Represent All Women. So Why Does It Ignore So Many of Them?
My first marriage ended in divorce, and afterward, I was on food stamps, I had a state-funded medical card that gave me and my son access to medical care, and I was living in public housing. Today, I have an advanced education, a wonderful family and a career I enjoy. 
If this were the usual…
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National Register of Historic Places Often Ignores Slavery’s Significance on American South
The register’s written entries on the plantations tend to say almost nothing about the enslaved people
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From Louis Vuitton golf bags to bed covers, foreign dignitaries shower Trumps with expensive gifts
Foreign leaders shower President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with expensive gifts totaling more than $81,000.       
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Former University of Texas tennis coach sentenced in admissions scam
A former tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin who accepted $100,000 in bribes in the college admissions scam was sentenced to six months in prison Monday, prosecutors said.
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Michael Jordan remembers his 'little brother' Kobe Bryant. Read his entire speech.
Michael Jordan spoke at Kobe Bryant's memorial, sharing stories of how the two ribbed and drove each other during and after their NBA careers.      
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Michael Jordan jokes about ‘Crying Jordan’ meme during Kobe Bryant memorial
A tearful Michael Jordan brought a moment of levity to the somber memorial for Kobe Bryant on Monday when he joked about the “Crying Jordan” meme. Tears streamed down the NBA legend’s face as he paid tribute to Bryant, prompting him to tell the capacity crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center that he was ready...
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Your free TurboTax alternative now belongs to TurboTax
TurboTax is one of Intuit’s big product — and Credit Karma’s competitor. | Kimberly White/Getty Images for TurboTax Intuit just spent $7.1 billion to buy Credit Karma, the popular free credit monitoring and tax filing service Financial software giant Intuit just bought itself another online personal finance startup — and the data of that startup’s tens of millions of customers. On Monday afternoon, the company announced that it was purchasing Credit Karma for $7.1 billion in cash and stock. Credit Karma began as a free credit monitoring service in 2007, but it recently expanded to offer savings accounts as well as tax preparation and filing software, making Credit Karma an up-and-coming competitor to Intuit’s popular TurboTax software. The big selling point for Credit Karma is that — in stark contrast to TurboTax — its services are free. Instead of money, you give Credit Karma your financial data and endure targeted credit card and loan advertisements. For many, this has been a good deal. Credit Karma’s tax preparation software helped the company more than double its users from about 45 million at the end of 2015 to over 100 million worldwide in the beginning of 2020. Put differently, that amounts to many millions of people who are not paying for TurboTax. Another selling point for Credit Karma for many of its taxpayer users is (well, was) that it isn’t TurboTax, which has been dogged by allegations of ethical shadiness. Last year, a ProPublica investigation revealed TurboTax’s decades-long quest to stop the Internal Revenue Service from creating its own free tax software. TurboTax instead said it would offer free filing options for lower income taxpayers, but it also made those free options difficult to find and promoted its own “free” TurboTax services that ultimately forced many taxpayers to upgrade to its paid services. All that in mind, Credit Karma seemed like an appealing alternative to many taxpayers who didn’t like the idea of getting ripped off. Now, not only does the more appealing option for tax services belong to Intuit — now the parent company of both TurboTax and Credit Karma — but your data probably does, too. Credit Karma’s 90 million-plus user base in the United States includes almost half of all American millennials. (It seems the rumors that millennials are financial dunces who spend all of their money on avocado toast have been greatly exaggerated. It is also possible that they are using Credit Karma to save money so that they may buy even more avocado toast.) Credit Karma wouldn’t comment on what will happen to their data, so let’s take a look at its privacy policy: We may disclose and transfer information about you to a third party as part of, or in preparation for, a change of control, restructuring, corporate change, or sale or transfer of assets. If such a business transfer results in a material change in the treatment of your Personal Information, you will be notified by e-mail (using the primary email address on your account) or by a prominent notice on our site. So yes, it does indeed look like all that financial data will go to Intuit. But if Intuit decides to change up how it handles your personal information, at least the company says it will give you a heads up. This isn’t unusual. Most privacy policies include passages like this, because that user data is often part of (or even all of) what makes the company being acquired so valuable. Let’s face it: Intuit is not paying $7 billion for Credit Karma’s easily replicable software or business model. Just look at what it did to Mint, another online financial manager startup it acquired in 2009 for $170 million. Like Credit Karma, Mint makes money when its users purchase products from affiliates. Mint’s fate under Intuit might give us a sneak peek at what’s to come for Credit Karma. It ain’t great. As Fast Company wrote last month, the budget tracker has remained free but it’s been operating in what its founder Aaron Patzer described as “maintenance mode,” which means the platform is adequately performing its base functions but offering little by way of updates or innovation. The Credit Karma acquisition also a reminder that when you give sensitive information over to one company, you aren’t only trusting it to keep your data safe; you’re also trusting whatever company acquires it to do the same. This also could include whatever random company buys up its assets in the event of a bankruptcy. That dating site you’re on? That genealogy database you handed your DNA test results to? Your doorbell? All gobbled up by bigger companies along with your data. Unless its privacy policy explicitly states that user data will not be transferred even in the case of an acquisition, merge, or asset sale (and even the ones that do say this can always change them), you should never assume that the company you’re giving your personal information to today is the company that owns your personal information tomorrow. Then again, in an age where antitrust hawks are paying much closer attention to tech companies, there’s always a chance the acquisition won’t happen. Intuit and Credit Karma said they expect to close the deal until the second half of 2020, and they’ll need regulators to sign off on it before that happens. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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Weinstein verdict marks new era for sexual assault survivors, one I worried might not come
I'm sure I wasn't the only one concerned that Harvey Weinstein would skate. But his lawyer asked jurors to do what they knew was right — and they did.      
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Harvey Weinstein is convicted. Now what?
Harvey Weinstein's conviction is a landmark event, writes Kara Alaimo, but it's a beginning, not an ending. Alaimo says lawmakers need to do two things now to start to make real change: prioritize laws governing the use of non-disclosure agreements and work harder to help educate the most vulnerable about their rights to fight back against abuse and harassment.
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Stocks tumble, oil falls, gold spikes as virus fears grip markets
Stocks across the globe fell by the most since mid-2016 on Monday and oil prices tumbled as a jump in coronavirus cases outside of China drove investors to the perceived safety of gold and government bonds on fears of the impact on the global economy.
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Agent: Vontaze Burfict working to clean up game to conform to NFL rules
Oft-suspended linebacker Vontaze Burfict is working this offseason to adapt his play to fit modern NFL rules on player safety, his agent said.        
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At 25 Years, Understanding The Longevity Of Craigslist
While other sites keep updating, Craigslist just looks old. "It's like a shark that's never had to evolve," says Jessa Lingel, who's written about the history of Craigslist.
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Kobe and Gianna Bryant honored with memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Thousands of people packed the Los Angeles Staples Center -- known as "The House that Kobe Built" -- to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who died along with seven others in a helicopter crash last month. CBS News' Nichelle Medina and Mola Lenghi have more about the emotional celebration.
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President Trump makes first state visit to India
President Trump made his first state visit to India on Monday. The trip comes as Mr. Trump is looking to make a new trade deal with the country. Ravi Agrawal, the managing editor of Foreign Policy, joins CBSN's "Red and Blue" to provide a closer look at why he believes the trip is just about "optics."
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Flint mayor honors longtime businessman with Key to the City
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Cincinnati Children's Hospital receives $36 million
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Arlington cops get help from Forth Worth officers
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Truck catches fire while cleaning up after parade
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Dress drive keeps beautiful prom dreams alive
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Woman searching for lost dog after house fire
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Students says package went missing after shipping
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Dow Drops More Than 1,000 as COVID-19 Outbreak Threatens Economy
It was the worst day for the stock market in two years
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Under Trump, America is less prepared for an outbreak
The coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan, China, last year is causing alarm across the world, with fear that this could become the next pandemic. Late last month, the World Health Organization declared the virus, named COVID-19, a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" and urged an immediate international response.
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Under Trump, America is less prepared for a coronavirus outbreak
Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar write that the coronavirus threat could not come at a worse time for Americans, as President Trump has eliminated the position of Global Health Czar and repeatedly proposed cuts to important global health funding.
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Several Democratic Campaigns Face Cash Crisis Ahead of Super Tuesday
"You are on a wing and a prayer when you run out of money. Miracles can happen but it's rare," said Matt Bennett, co-founder of the centrist Third Way think tank.
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Dak Prescott gets vote of confidence from Cowboys: ‘He’s our quarterback’
The Cowboys fully intend on keeping Dak Prescott in Dallas. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News that despite the lack of negotiations thus far, there is “absolutely not” a chance the team moves on from its 26-year-old signal-caller. “Dak’s our quarterback,” Jones said. “He’s our quarterback for the future. We have...
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Shaq honors Kobe Bryant by recounting colorful 'motherf---er' episode
Shaquille O’Neal honored former teammate Kobe Bryant in front of a packed crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, calling the NBA legend "my little brother," "heaven's MVP" and dropped an F-bomb while recounting a story about the pair. 
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India PM Modi Praises Ivanka Trump's Husband Jared Kushner During President's Visit, Says Everything He Does Is 'Positive'
"Jared stays out of the limelight but whatever he does, the outcome is very positive," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
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Sanders’s Cuba comments are bad politics
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020, in Austin, Texas. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images Any mention of his past boosting of left-wing dictatorships won’t help in a general election. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a long history of showing support for left-wing dictatorships around the world, but some thought he would steer clear of offering even qualified statements toward those regimes now that he’s running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. On Sunday night, though, Sanders made it clear that belief was misplaced. Asked about his past backing of Fidel Castro’s communist government in Cuba during an interview with 60 Minutes, Sanders began by saying, “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba,” before adding, “but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.” “When Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program,” he told journalist Anderson Cooper during the interview. “Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?” Bernie Sanders defends his 1980s comments about Fidel Castro in an interview on 60 Minutes. https://t.co/ySqvQKoiBU pic.twitter.com/lTwuXWp9sA— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 24, 2020 It arguably was a bad thing. In a 2015 Atlantic article, two experts on Cuba — including the former British ambassador to the island — explained why. “Under Fidel Castro, education became universal — but he also stipulated that anyone who received this education would have to actively promote government policies both during and after their schooling,” the authors wrote. “They would also be required to take government-approved courses that didn’t tolerate any criticism of socialism as a way of life. In other words, education was seen as key to the revolution taking hold and creating a literate population loyal to the government.” And while Cuba does have a widely praised health care system, some say it works better for outsiders than for its citizens. “Cuba’s health service is divided in two: one for Cubans and the other for foreigners, who receive better quality care, while the national population has to be satisfied with dilapidated facilities and a lack of medicines and specialists, who are sent abroad to make money for Cuba,” Dr. Julio César Alfonso, director of the medical group Solidaridad Sin Fronteras and a Cuban exile, told El País in 2017. The positive read of Sanders’s comments is that he’s injecting nuance into an oversimplified issue. Members of his team have long told me the senator rejects the good-bad dichotomy that dominates Washington’s foreign policy discourse. One can reject a nation’s system of government and its leadership while recognizing some of the advances they might make, they argue. In fact, even President Barack Obama made similar comments to Sanders’s. “The United States recognizes progress that Cuba has made as a nation, its enormous achievements in education and in health care,” Obama said in 2016. In that sense, Sanders’s comments aren’t particularly controversial. “There are elements of the Castro regime that have produced things, in terms of health care and education, that were undeniable progress,” Michael Desch, a professor of US foreign policy at the University of Notre Dame, told me. “He’s not crazy to mention those them from the standpoint of history.” The other read, though, is more in line with Sanders’s past. Time after time, he has apologized for the actions of brutal left-wing dictatorships from Cuba to Nicaragua to the Soviet Union, partly out of a critique of America’s meddling in these countries but also — some argue — because of his ideological sympathies toward them. “Bernie has had his heart frozen in an earlier period of optimism for these regimes, and that optimism hasn’t borne out very well,” Desch said. He added that many of the political and social trends in these places were “frankly deplorable.” It’s worth noting that Sanders is clear today on his opposition to dictatorial and corrupt regimes, a point the senator’s campaign communications director Mike Casca made in a statement to me on the Cuba comments: “Sen. Sanders has clearly and consistently criticized Fidel Castro’s authoritarianism and condemned his human rights abuses, and he’s simply echoing President Obama’s acknowledgment that Cuba made progress, especially in education.” But it’s interesting that Sanders doesn’t grant the same nuance to other murderous, despotic governments. For example, he doesn’t note that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved economic conditions for loyalists in his nation’s capital, or that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently granted citizens, and especially women, more personal freedoms. Those kinds of qualified comments seemingly are reserved solely for leftist revolutionary leaders, and they’re potentially a problem for him in a general election. Sanders’s left-wing dictatorship sympathies, explained by his Nicaragua stances Sanders’s stance on Nicaragua provides a particularly instructive example of his leftist dictator problem. The Sandinistas were a Cuban- and Soviet-backed rebel group in Nicaragua that overthrew the country’s right-wing dictatorship in 1979. They proved adept at brutality: They shot unarmed civilians, relocated thousands, curtailed press freedoms, postponed elections to hold on to power, and mistreated indigenous populations. The United States under Ronald Reagan tried to force out the Sandinistas, as having a Moscow-friendly outfit in charge of a Central American nation was seen as troublesome in Washington during the Cold War era. The Reagan administration even funded an opposition insurgent group to root out the Sandinistas. That policy drew the ire of left-leaning leaders, Sanders among them. “The Reagan administration drove them crazy in the 1980s, particularly over the wars in Central America in El Salvador and Nicaragua,” Desch said. For Sanders, who was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, at the time, the Sandinista government wasn’t a bloody regime guilty of violating human rights — rather, it was a model for his state. “Vermont could set an example to the rest of the nation similar to the type of example Nicaragua is setting for the rest of Latin America,” he told a crowd in 1985 after touring the Central American nation for a revolutionary rally. Scott Wallace/Getty Images Cameraman Marlon Ortega (center) with soldiers of the Sandinista Popular Army (Ejercito Popular Sandinista, or EPS) in Nicaragua, 1987. Similar to his Sunday defense of Cuba, the then-mayor cited some of the programs the Sandinista government provided. “Is [their] crime that they have built new health clinics, schools, and distributed land to the peasants? Is their crime that they have given equal rights to women? Or that they are moving forward to wipe out illiteracy?” he asked the 1985 audience. “No, their crime in Mr. Reagan’s eyes and the eyes of the corporations and billionaires that determine American foreign policy is that they have refused to be a puppet and banana republic to American corporate interests,” Sanders said. Sanders even traveled to New York City that year to visit Daniel Ortega, then Nicaragua’s president and a top Sandinista. The visit was mere weeks after the Ortega regime announced a state of emergency that led to mass arrests and the forced closing of media organizations. Given a chance to denounce those actions during a press conference, Sanders punted: “Am I aware enough of all the details of what is going on in Nicaragua to say [to Ortega] ‘you have reacted too strongly?’ I don’t know.” His campaign noted in an email that Sanders, as mayor, had denounced the Sandinistas at certain points. However, even those denunciations were pretty weak. For instance, Sanders told the Burlington Free Press in 1985, “I have no reason to doubt that, like every other government in the world, the Sandinistas make their share of mistakes, and I don’t intend to ignore that.” When asked about the Sandinistas’ shuttering of newspapers a week later, Sanders also told the Burlington Free Press, “It is very distasteful to me to hear of censorship in any form. My hope is that in Nicaragua in the near future, there will be total freedom of expression for all individuals. That does not exist today.” However, he went on to say that “he had no reason to believe that any government on earth is perfect,” according to the Burlington Free Press. It seems that even when criticizing leftist regimes, Sanders just can’t help pointing out their positive qualities or excusing their abuses with a shrug and a “nobody’s perfect.” And that fact could hurt his chances of becoming president. “Leading with his chin” For Van Jackson, who is currently advising Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign and before counseled the campaigns of Julián Castro and Kamala Harris, the focus on Sanders’s 60 Minutes comments isn’t that important. “Everyone’s reaction seems exaggerated,” he told me. “All of it misses the point that Cuba’s just not important except maybe as an indicator of your foreign policy style. “He’s definitely going to establish rhetorical markers that are different from past presidents, but I don’t think you’re going to see big policy swings or deviations,” Jackson continued. That may be true, and Sanders’s answers on foreign policy during the campaign have been more mainstream than people realize. As the senator told the New York Times this month, he’d consider military force for a humanitarian intervention, or even to preempt a missile test by Iran or North Korea. He did, however, vow not to engage in any way in regime change efforts abroad. He’s also mainly framed his left-wing regime support, including at the time the Sandinista backing, as part of his stance against America’s military adventurism. He’s also consistently touted his antiwar record. I was right about Vietnam.I was right about Iraq.I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran.I apologize to no one. pic.twitter.com/Lna3oBZMKB— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 24, 2019 The real problem now with Sanders’s left-wing sympathetic past, and his occasional reminders of it, is that it’s horrible politics. President Donald Trump is already stoking fears that Sanders would usher in a socialist revolution that would doom America. Any nod to those previous stances will only make it harder for him to defeat Trump should Sanders be the nominee. After all, Democrats in Florida are already angry at Sanders’s Cuba comments. “From the standpoint of the Democratic frontrunner, he’s basically leading with his chin,” says Notre Dame’s Desch. “There’s a lot of you can say as the underdog” — which Sanders has been for much of his political career — “but you can’t say it as the top dog.”
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Kobe Bryant memorial: Read all the speeches
Vanessa Bryant, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal were among those who gave heartfelt tributes to Kobe and Gianna Bryant during their public memorial.
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Inmates at Parchman's Unit 29 describe life inside notorious cellblock
Four inmates at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman spoke to CBS News in recent days, expressing frustration as they wait to be relocated from the state's oldest prison.
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Europe thinks globally on coronavirus, but local fears mount
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New Donald Trump immigration policy could ban thousands of African immigrants from US
A Trump administration immigration policy has some African communities in the U.S. expressing fear about what happens next for their family members.       
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Harvey Weinstein is the first major figure taken down by #MeToo to be convicted
Harvey Weinstein entering a Manhattan court house as a jury deliberated in his trial on February 24, 2020, in New York City. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images Some say the Me Too movement has gone too far. The Weinstein verdict proves that’s false. Harvey Weinstein’s verdict is in, and the first high-profile Me Too trial is over. In October 2017, the New York Times and the New Yorker published their landmark articles accusing the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment, assault, and rape, launching the Me Too movement into overdrive. And on Monday, a jury found Weinstein guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree. He was found not guilty of first-degree rape and two charges of predatory sexual assault, the more serious of the five charges he faced. And with this verdict, Harvey Weinstein has become the first of the high-profile men accused of sexual misconduct since October 2017 to face genuine legal consequences for his actions. Other high-profile men have been convicted of sex crimes since 2017, like Bill Cosby and Larry Nassar. But both Cosby and Nassar were charged with their crimes well before the Me Too movement went viral. Weinstein is the first of the high-profile men who was accused, investigated, charged, and tried all within the world created by the Me Too movement — a movement that reached its most visible phase because of Weinstein’s case. This fact is worth remembering and repeating. Since the Me Too movement was galvanized in October 2017, and women began to work to overcome the enormous stigma of speaking up about sexual violence, the movement has faced a profound backlash. Critic after critic has declared Me Too dangerous and called for it to come to an end. Yet for all the hand-wringing about whether Me Too has gone too far, for all the discussion about how men are facing witch hunts and lynch mobs and innocent people’s lives are being ruined, for all that: 35 months after the Me Too movement went viral, Harvey Weinstein is still the first high-profile man to be legally punished for his actions as a result of that movement. And he wasn’t even found guilty on all charges. In the fall of 2017, more and more women across the country said, “Me too,” and it felt like the world was changing The first articles about Harvey Weinstein dropped in October 2017, and they were followed rapidly by more articles about more men. Suddenly, it became impossible for a single week, or even day, to go by without another story breaking in which another powerful man was accused of sexual misconduct. It was as though someone had jostled a line of dominoes, and now we were watching them all topple down in real time. The accusations against Weinstein broke on October 5. Accusations against a litany of other famous men followed: Nelly on October 7. Kevin Spacey on October 29. Ed Westwick on November 7, Louis C.K. on November 9, Charlie Rose on November 20, Mario Batali on December 11. By the end of 2018, there would be 262 in total. Woman after woman was saying, “Me too,” and it seemed as though the world was actually, for once, listening. It seemed as though these accusations might really matter, that they might matter in the way that accusations against powerful men who have hurt women often don’t. Historically, we as a culture don’t do much to the rich and famous and powerful men of the world when women say that those men have hurt them. We give them Oscars and a seat on the Supreme Court and in the White House, and we call the women who accused them liars or hysterical or unreliable. We treat the men and their power as sacrosanct and the women and their pain as disposable. But after the Weinstein accusations in October 2017, the world reacted with outraged, fascinated shock, and it began to feel as though something might finally be changing. The institutions that were the seat of these men’s power began to treat them as liabilities rather than assets. Weinstein lost his company. Kevin Spacey was kicked off House of Cards. The wide release of Louis C.K.’s movie was canceled, and he lost his TV show. None of it was the same as a punishment, per se — these men were all still rich and still had the freedom to enjoy their enormous wealth — but it felt as though people were at least beginning to take accusations of sexual misconduct seriously. It felt as though we were beginning to think about women’s pain as being as worthy of consideration as men’s power. Within three months of the Weinstein accusations, the Me Too backlash arrived But by the time 2018 rolled around, the backlash had already begun. Me Too, people began murmuring, had already gone too far. After all: Men were losing their jobs. “In our current climate, to be accused is to be convicted,” wrote Daphne Merkin darkly at the New York Times on January 5, citing the fact that Garrison Keillor, Jonathan Schwartz, Ryan Lizza, and Sen. Al Franken had all lost their jobs after being accused of harassment and investigated by their employers. (Franken was not investigated, but he voluntarily resigned after eight women accused him of harassment.) “Due process is nowhere to be found,” Merkin concluded. “People have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” tweeted Michael Che in August 2018, after Louis C.K. made a surprise performance at New York City’s Comedy Cellar less than a year after he admitted to sexually harassing women. “There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day,” Norm MacDonald said of Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr in September 2018. (Barr lost her job for a series of racist tweets.) “Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’” MacDonald continued. “But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.” Harvey Weinstein, the Me Too backlashers almost universally allowed, was surely a monster. He was the genuine article, the kind of target that it was legitimate for the Me Too movement to go after — one of “the truly heinous sorts,” as Merkin put it. But they suggested that the other men who had been targeted were being treated unfairly. Weinstein became a sacrificial lamb for the patriarchy, the man who everyone agreed had gone beyond the pale. But because Weinstein was unacceptable, some backlashers argued, surely anyone whose misconduct was not quite so bad as his should be forgiven. In October 2018, an NPR poll found that 40 percent of Americans believed that Me Too had gone too far. For a movement often described as having “gone too far,” Me Too has carried remarkably few legal consequences Here’s the thing: What happened because of Me Too was that a bunch of powerful men were accused of doing terrible things. Some of those men were investigated. Some of those men who were investigated lost their jobs. Many of the men who were accused became unpopular, although often legions of fans remained loyal. And some of the other accused men remained president or were installed onto the Supreme Court. Those were the consequences. That was a movement that had gone “too far.” And despite the repeated use of quasi-legal language from critics of Me Too — the fretting over “due process,” the argument that accused men had “served their time” by spending a few months not performing at famous comedy clubs — none of the high-profile men of the Me Too movement had faced actual legal consequences. Until now, when Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and a sexual criminal act. Harvey Weinstein is facing a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 25. He has also been charged with four counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles, where he will soon face trial. But he was acquitted of three of the charges he faced in New York State, and those acquittals matter. What made Harvey Weinstein’s case shocking to begin with was the overwhelming volume of accusers, the more than 100 women who came forward to say that Weinstein harassed or assaulted or raped them, the apparently undeniable pattern of vicious predatory violence that spanned decades. Legally, that sort of pattern is described as predatory sexual assault, and during Weinstein’s trial, prosecutors attempted to prove a pattern existed in part by calling in Annabella Sciorra to testify as a witness. Sciorra says that Weinstein raped her in the 1990s, so the statute of limitations has run out on her claim. But prosecutors hoped her testimony, along with that of five other women who testified regarding how Weinstein treated them, would prove to the jury that Weinstein made a pattern of assaulting and raping women. “He took my hands and put them over my head to hold them back,” Sciorra said on the stand, staring directly at the jury as she raised her hands over her head and locked her wrists. “Then he got on top of me and he raped me.” But the jury, which scrutinized Sciorra’s testimony closely over a weekend of deliberation, seemed unable to decide that her testimony was truthful beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead, the jury acquitted Weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault. Even Harvey Weinstein, the monster of the Me Too movement, the one man that nearly everyone agrees is truly a predator — even he will not face legal consequences for all the crimes of which he has been accused. In the face of his New York verdict, it’s unclear whether any of the hundreds of other men accused of hurting women in the wake of the Me Too movement will ever be punished at all, or whether the survivors of their actions will ever see justice. The enormous cultural shift that seemed to have finally come back in October 2017 now seems fuzzy, uncertain. It’s not clear whether anything has really changed in our corrupted and dangerous systems, or if there has been a change, whether it could ever make a meaningful difference. Because if we can’t even agree that Harvey Weinstein was guilty of everything he was accused of, then, my god, who will we ever be able to find guilty? The question is not whether Me Too has gone too far. The question is whether it will ever be able to go far enough.
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