The United States of Work
The contrast is striking.
And Mrs. Trump is pushing back more forcefully on the traditional confines of her position than did Mrs. Obama, who after her husband’s election in 2008 had badly wanted to remain in Chicago with her young daughters while they finished their school year. She was instructed by his political aides that the public would never accept such a move.
I'm so here for Elle and Vanity Fair and Teen Vogue leading the fight against injustice. 💅🏾💅🏼💅🏽💅🏻💅🏿
Really fascinating analysis of Conway.
That did not take long.
Obama said he’d only do so when he felt “our core values may be at stake.” Ten days into Trump’s presidency, that moment has come.
Asked whether federal workers are dissenting in ways that go beyond previous party changes in the White House, Tom Malinowski, who was President Barack Obama’s assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, said, sarcastically: “Is it unusual? . . . There’s nothing unusual about the entire national security bureaucracy of the United States feeling like their commander in chief is a threat to U.S. national security. That happens all the time. It’s totally usual. Nothing to worry about.”
Power to the people. ✊🏼
The President’s isolation runs deeper than that. As the confusion around the immigration ban made clear, the vast government he oversees has little input on his actions.
Why DeVos is a terrible nomination (not that any of them are much good).
Betsy DeVos replied, "There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…[versus] what is currently being spent every year on education in this country…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God's kingdom."
Bald racism. Wow.
Ahead of and behind Mr. Langer were voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote, Mr. Trump said, according to the staff members — but they were nonetheless permitted to cast provisional ballots. The president threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.
Everything I read about Trump's actions and the devastating impact they would have on people makes me want to cry helplessly. Great way to start the day!!!
Me: Remember Cuba?
Me: <3 <3 <3
Barack: Will never forget Cuba. <3
This is an incredible read. The humility, compassion, and care that Obama brought to the White House is amazing, and all the more so for Trump's own callousness and apathy.
But, while we go on waiting for such miracles of personal and intellectual evolution, there is every reason to be on guard against a President whose attachment to constitutional norms seems episodic at best.
When we attended Obama’s Inauguration, we were high on the hope that there might be an end to all of this. We had always more or less trusted our government to protect us from foreign threats. Now it seemed that we might trust it to protect us from domestic ones, too.
I DEVOURED THESE AS A KID so blessed the author is woke 👏👏👏
For many of us, the Baby-Sitters Club offered an early glimpse into the world of ambitious working women. Granted, they were middle-schoolers, but they were girl bosses, role models long before pop culture gave us Olivia Pope, Liz Lemon, or Leslie Knope.
I cannot believe this is a thing that needs to be said??? Pls do not spy on your kids. Pls do not spy on anyone!!! Privacy is a human right!!!!!
More on AI & machine learning, this time on the way we tend to gender technology. "A bot is a bot is a bot." 🤖💅
“You’re dumb,” I said, experimentally. “Alexa, you’re dumb.”
“Sorry. Thanks for telling me.”
Aghast, I said, “Alexa, you’re smart.”
“You really think so? Thank you.”
Deeply technical, and deeply human.
Good things happened too. 🙌
Domesticity takes work, and we should recognize it, but we should also recognize that women are disproportionately primed to take on that work (I'm not free from the impulse or obsession either) and we should recognize that.
I don't know what my point here is, just that this story resonated pretty deeply and that that scares me.
Women said they yearned for more free time and that they hated doing most housework. But when they got free time, they used it to do housework—convinced that no one else could do it as well.
READ IF YOU FEEL LIKE CRYING!!!
For years, Knapke says, she and her siblings watched their father’s health crumble. He suffered from longstanding heart problems and had begun showing signs of dementia. He lost interest in things he once enjoyed, and dozed nearly all the time. “We asked each other, why do you suppose he’s still here? The only thing we could come up with was that he was here for Mom,” she says. “He’d wake up from a long snooze and ask, ‘How’s your mother?’ ”
bless the bumblebee 🌺🐝🙏
In the 1970s, burglars broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex. President Richard Nixon, a Republican, was forced out of office for the White House cover up of its involvement in the DNC break in.
Now, a generation later, a digital break in to the national headquarters of one of our two major parties by a foreign adversary in order to leak information that benefits the other national party’s presidential candidate seems to be just the normal course of doing business. The Trump era, it is safe to assume, is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
So what if Mr. Trump is known to have crassly assessed women based solely on whether he, Mr. Trump, found them attractive, or that he has shamed women for breast-feeding or gaining weight? That’s men. That’s your husband, your father, your brother, your son.
Though men have an equal responsibility to prevent unwanted pregnancies, they don’t share equally in the consequences, and never have.
when I die I want this projected on my tombstone
"The question I couldn’t stop asking myself was: Do we love our children best by protecting them at all costs or by supporting them unconditionally? Does love mean saying, “Nothing, not even your happiness, is as important as your safety”? Or does love mean saying, “Be who you are, and I will love that person no matter what”?"
Headlines published under Bannon’s purview include, “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” “Young Muslims In the West Are a Ticking Time Bomb,” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?” And entire category of stories on Breitbart is categorized simple “Black Crime.”
“If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
“If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately.”
An inflammatory headline but interesting argument on the lack of incentive to be politically informed.
“What did we build?” a former Twitter engineer asked. “A machine that turns polarization into $,” another former Twitter engineer replied. A third Twitter alum tweeted, “At bare minimum, I regret not knowing about the extent of harassment problem during my time + not doing enough to stop it.”
"“I was surprised at how good it felt to be voting for a woman,” said Ms. Zeno, 70.
But on Thursday, as Ms. Zeno examined the shallots in a farm store and cafe, her eyes welled with tears at the very mention of Mrs. Clinton’s defeat. She was worried about the country, the fate of the Affordable Care Act and climate change.
And one more thing.
“At my age, it’s now likely I’ll never see a woman elected president,” Ms. Zeno said. “And that really mattered to me.”"
Interesting argument that although not much by way of policy was discussed, this election focused on truly critical issues that have long been ignored:
"This campaign has not been an abstraction unfolding on some theoretical level. It’s a political fight being waged along intimate psychic terrain, every outrage circling the same theme: power. Not just the power of the presidency, but the distributions and arrangements and perquisites of power in everyday American life, about who has the stuff and who doesn’t, and about how the people who have it are permitted to treat the people who don’t."
How do I explain Trump’s victory? Way too soon to say for sure, but my gut tells me that it has much less to do with trade or income gaps and much more to do with culture and many Americans’ feeling of “homelessness.”
In this case, attempting neutrality legitimized the illegitimate.
But as the results rolled in on Tuesday night, I was struck by a smaller and surprising sorrow: I mourned for Hillary Clinton herself, the woman who dreamed so big and worked so hard and fell so short.
But more importantly, the convention seemed to miss one key constituency: White voters, especially in rural areas, who felt left behind those same elites and convinced that those minority groups were getting ahead of them in line for the American dream. Clinton’s convention appeared to have something for everyone, but very little left for working-class white voters.
"If Americans thought the presidential campaign was ugly, they’re likely in for more of the same."