Tag: Sold Short

Mike Bloomberg’s Identity Politics

Mike Bloomberg is a boss, and he’s got the hat to prove it. Ahead of the South Carolina primary, which he will not be on the ballot for, and the ensuing Super Tuesday elections, which he will, Bloomberg has made his brand clear for voters: a rich man who gets shit done. (He is also […]

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The Still Incomplete Case Against Harvey Weinstein

While more than 90 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, the Manhattan trial that concluded on Monday concerned his conduct with three women: Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, and Annabella Sciorra. Even as media narratives of the trial painted it as answering a simple, stark question about the producer’s guilt or innocence, the actual […]

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Trump’s Xenophobia Could Create a Public Health Crisis

On Monday, after years of speculation, court injunctions, and false starts, the Trump administration will finally put into effect its so-called public charge rule. The new program, which was greenlit by the Supreme Court last month even as it remains tied up in litigation, generally expands the criteria for rejecting visa and green card applicants […]

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The Police Knew Her. She Says They Still Didn’t Care She Was Raped.

Clarice Hardy couldn’t remember much about that night in March 2017, except that she felt “woozy” at the local bar where she had been hanging out. She didn’t know how she got home, just that she got there. She would only learn that she had been sexually assaulted the next day, when friends told her […]

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A Good Fight to Have About Medicare for All

Last week, the Las Vegas–based Culinary Union, Unite Here Local 226, found itself in the middle of a political fight after its leadership released a flyer singling out Bernie Sanders, saying that to elect him would “end Culinary Healthcare.” (“Culinary Healthcare” refers to the high-quality health insurance Nevada hospitality workers and their family members receive […]

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The False Prophets of the Childcare Revolution

Business groups and executive types love to talk about the importance of childcare. A 2019 report from the Council for a Strong America’s ReadyNation initiative, a bipartisan coalition of over 2,000 executives, was bluntly titled “Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.” Similarly, a 2018 Wall Street Journal article, “Why Businesses Are […]

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The Pipeline Crisis Was Centuries in the Making

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the anti-pipeline protests that have largely shut down rail travel across Canada. The blockades, which have also temporarily closed off certain United States border crossings, are part of a growing resistance movement against a natural gas pipeline that Coastal GasLink has planned for unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Speaking before the House of […]

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Bookerism and the Black Elite

On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington gave his famous address to the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition. Washington declared before this regional business gathering his acquiescence in the name of the black Southern population to the new regime of almost total black disfranchisement and the abrogation of civil rights within a social, political, […]

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The Trump Administration Finally Broke the Anti-Trafficking Movement

When Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 20 years ago, it was hailed as a shining example of bipartisan consensus. “You’ve got soccer moms and Southern Baptists, the National Organization for Women and the National Association of Evangelicals on the same side of the issue,” Michael Horowitz, senior fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute […]

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A Wildcat Strike Grows Out of a Housing Crisis

Lately, Brenda Arjona has been leaning hard on the campus food pantry. The 33-year-old single mother and third-year anthropology graduate student says she makes around $2,200 a month after taxes as a part-time teaching assistant at the University of California Santa Cruz. She also pays around $1,700 a month for the two-bedroom she shares with […]

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The Wet’suwet’en Take Another Anti-Pipeline Struggle Mainstream

Last week, Via Rail, one of Canada’s major train operators, canceled most rides across Canada after Canadian National Rail, the company that owns most of the tracks Via’s trains run on, shut down its eastern network. The rail lines had become a target of protests against the TC Energy-backed Coastal GasLink Pipeline, a 416-mile natural […]

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Can Corporate America Get Behind Medicare for All?

A few days before Christmas in 2007, Wendell Potter was in his office at the health insurer Cigna’s building in Philadelphia, watching CNN. A protest was being held outside Cigna’s Glendale, California, office—not, as one might expect, to demand health care reform, but to force the company to save the life of a young woman […]

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The New Anti-Trans Culture War Hiding in Plain Sight

In October of last year, a little known state lawmaker from South Dakota attended a one-day event, hosted by the Heritage Foundation, aimed at advancing “conservative solutions to protect children from sexualization in culture, education, and healthcare.” In a newsletter published the following month by South Dakota’s Legislative Research Council, that lawmaker, Republican state Representative […]

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The Dissonance of a Land Acknowledgment at the Oscars

There is something obviously insane about Parasite, a Korean film about the violence of wealth inequality, winning the top honor at an event that sends its honored guests home with $225,000 gift bags. (Highlights included $20,000 of “facial rejuvenation treatments” and a 24-carat-gold-plated vape.) But that level of dissonance is kind of Hollywood’s thing. You […]

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The Radical Possibilities of Not Paying Your Student Loans

I left college $25,000 in debt, a fact I’m reminded of every month when an email from Great Lakes Borrowers Services informs me that “Your Automatic Payment Will Be Made Soon.” But relative to most American graduates, I got off easy: The average amount borrowed by an undergraduate in the most recent school year was $29,000 and the national […]

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The Airport Workers Who Starved Themselves in the Super Bowl’s Shadow

This year’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida was, by all accounts, a successful event. One team’s fans were filled with victorious joy, the other’s with the agony of defeat; the bombastic halftime show with megastars J. Lo and Shakira got tongues wagging; and the NFL raked in the kind of eye-popping profits that are […]

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And Now Back to Ignoring Indian Country

In the run-up to Super Bowl LIV, the issue of the Kansas City Chiefs’ appropriative fans and the San Francisco 49ers’ genocide-referencing team name was hashed out at least a dozen times over in the mainstream media, including here, Vox, The New York Times, the Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and The Hill. For a […]

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The Hollow Promise of “Bipartisan” Criminal Justice Reform

Alice Marie Johnson is free and starring in her first Super Bowl ad. Already, the campaign for her release had made international headlines: a black woman in her sixties, a casualty of America’s drug war who was imprisoned in 1996 for participating in a cocaine distribution operation, a grandmother essentially sentenced to die in jail. […]

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The False Hope of “Bipartisan” Criminal Justice Reform

Alice Marie Johnson is free and starring in her first Super Bowl ad. Already, the campaign for her release had made international headlines: a black woman in her sixties, a casualty of America’s drug war who was imprisoned in 1996 for participating in a cocaine distribution operation, a grandmother essentially sentenced to die in jail. […]

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There’s Nothing More American Than Native Mascots

On Sunday, tens of millions of Americans will tune into Super Bowl LIV to watch Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs try to crack the nut that is the San Francisco 49ers defense. After the fourth quarter comes to a close and the clock reads triple zeroes, the fans, casual and devoted alike, will […]

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