Commentary: 'Latinos' and the election
Mainstream media outlets are struggling to explain “Latino” political behaviors and voting patterns in the wake of the 2020 election. They are just as shocked today by the results as they were in 2016, and as they have been every four years since at least 1980.Back then it was the “Hispanic” vote. Now it’s the “Latino” vote. Who knows? Maybe in 2024 it will be the “Latinx” vote that the media will be interested in ascertaining.The press may change its language, but it never seems to learn from its errors in writing about communities of Latin American descent. One recent report highlighted the ...
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Danny Westneat: 'You don't expect to be so vilified': The strange turn the pandemic took for public health workers
Remember in the spring, the pot-banging? People would come out on their porches in the evening to rally for the health workers — to say, collectively for just a minute or two, that we were thankful for the effort.That spirit seems years away to Anna Halloran.“There’s a large segment of the population that hates the health department right now, that thinks we’re lying,” says Halloran, a communicable disease epidemiologist in Spokane, Washington.Halloran works for the Spokane Regional Health District, which recently fired its top health officer, Dr. Bob Lutz. He was sort of the Dr. Anthony Fauci...
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Dahleen Glanton: Pandemic hoarding isn't the same as regular hoarding, is it?
I have learned a lot about myself during the coronavirus pandemic, as many of you probably have as well.While stuck at home for weeks, I played around in the kitchen and found that I could make a pretty decent chicken noodle soup using all fresh ingredients. It will be a staple in my home during this next phase of the pandemic.I also realized that I’m a hoarder.I don’t think I’m as bad as the people you see on TV clinging onto a coat hanger because they fear they might need it someday. I consider myself a situational hoarder. The pandemic made me do it.Like most people, I was unprepared when C...
Commentary: Fake jobs, fake news: Fake Foxconn comes further into focus
It’s long past time that Wisconsinites demand a recount … of the money their leaders wasted on the world’s most famous economic development boondoggle. Three years ago this month, with presidential politics at the forefront, the state entered into a contract with Hon Hai Precision Industry — better known as Foxconn. For up to $3.6 billion in state subsidies, the Taiwanese tech giant agreed to build a massive $10 billion factory among the farms of southeastern Wisconsin.Did Foxconn ever plan to profitably operate its Generation 10.5 LCD manufacturing facility there? Regardless of the answer, th...
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Martin Schram: Talking tough about truth
Those of us who are used to covering the high-flying first days of America’s most-promising presidents-elect reflexively shift into wait-and-see skeptic mode when they effusively introduce their new Cabinet advisers to the world.Every new team sounds super special, to hear their new boss tell it. Richard Nixon regaled us at length about his belief that each nominee had an “extra dimension.” (And we know how that turned out.) So of course it sounded reassuring and spot-on when President-elect Joe Biden introduced his team of very experienced national security careerists on Tuesday, in Wilmingto...
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Will Bunch: Biden's Cabinet is 'delightfully boring.' Can reality-TV-addled America deal with it?
It’s probably not surprising for a nation addicted to reality shows like “The Bachelorette” or “The Voice” (or season four of “House of Trump”), but a popular online sport — while Joe Biden built a lead in the 2020 White House polls — was speculating on which big-time Democratic political celebrities would take jobs in his Cabinet.Sen. Elizabeth Warren for Treasury! Sen. Bernie Sanders for Labor! Top Barack Obama aide Susan Rice for State! Oprah for Commerce! … OK, I made that last rumor up, but who wouldn’t want to wear the glitter of a new administration, undoing the stain of the Trump years...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: GM cozies up to Biden with opportunistic fuel-standard reversal
Some corporations demonstrate strong concerns for the environment. And some swing with the political winds. Put General Motors in the latter category.General Motors announced this week that it was dropping support of the Trump administration’s effort to strip California of its right to set vehicle fuel standards. And it said it would join President-elect Joe Biden’s push for auto electrification to reduce climate warming emissions.It was the right move. But pardon us if we’re not ready to trust the sincerity of GM CEO Mary Barra’s sudden, opportunistic reversal. It will take more than that to ...
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Editorial: Flynn's free pass: Trump's pardon of his formal national security adviser is dastardly
Of course Donald Trump, who has repeatedly abused his boundless clemency power to reward friends and political allies and protect himself, pardoned Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who pleaded guilty in two separate court admissions to making false statements to the FBI. Expect enough dirty dealings on Trump’s way out to make the Marc Rich affair look as clean as a newly disinfected city subway car.But remember what Flynn did: During the presidential transition period, he had conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, discussing the relaxation of U.S. sanctions th...
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Fabiola Santiago: There's poetic justice in Biden appointing a Cuban American to lead Homeland Security
The rise of Alejandro Mayorkas may be just the feel-good story Miami needs post-election.After his Jewish parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover of Cuba in 1960, Mayorkas lived in Miami as a child. They eventually left the capital of Cuban exiles for a life in Los Angeles, but the 61-year-old hasn’t forgotten his immigrant beginnings.It was the first thing on his mind after President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate the Cuban American to lead the Department of Homeland Security.“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas tw...
Ann McFeatters: Yes, there's hope in the air
Finally, there are glimmers of … hope.Yes, it has been a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad year. Many of us lost loved ones. Some of us lost good health. Some said goodbye to jobs and savings. Many lost their faith in democracy.But still so many of us think there is so much good in so many fellow Earth dwellers that we can still smile and laugh and plan and learn and look forward to finding a path out of a dark period of despair. The pendulum has swung. Not all the way back, but it’s moving.The system worked. The man with 6 million more votes won. The Supreme Court did not decide the victo...
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