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How Twitter Pornified Politics - New York Times

Steve Jobs expressed a similar thought in 1998: “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Technology doesn’t merely service needs. It also teaches wants. You never thought you’d need an iPhone, but you do. You didn’t know you were into kinky massage videos, but you are. We discover our innermost — and bottom-most — selves only when someone else opens the basement door.

Continue reading the main story

That is what Twitter has been for our politics. Short-form writing can be informative, aphoristic and funny. Twitter is terrific when tailored as a personalized wire service and can be a useful way to communicate with readers. And where would our literary culture be without @WtfRenaissance or @LosFelizDaycare?

But Twitter’s degrading uses tend to overwhelm its elevating one. If pornography is about the naked, grunting body, Twitter is about the naked, grunting...


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How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics - New Republic

Earlier this month, the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group’s Lee Drutman released a fascinating study that challenged many of the dominant assumptions about the 2016 election. Drutman’s data suggested that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders voters were largely aligned on economic issues, and that the 2016 election was decided by issues of culture and identity, rather than economics. Drutman concluded that Donald Trump’s victory largely stemmed from his ability to drive populists to the polls by hammering home the importance of protecting America’s cultural identity and keeping immigrants out of the country.

The VSG study also explains the mystery behind the Obama-Trump voter—that odd figure who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016. According to Drutman’s studies, these were voters who simultaneously held prejudicial votes and relatively liberal economic...


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How the Fight Over Confederate Monuments Is Influencing Southern Politics - Newsweek

The Virginia city of Charlottesville was divided this spring over a decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. A string of protests followed, including one led by white nationalist Richard Spencer that featured torches.

The controversy coincided with the primary campaign for Virginia governor. Most of the candidates took moderate stances; the two who were leading at the time, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, called it a local issue. Meanwhile, another candidate stood out by taking a much stronger position.

“Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter,” Republican Corey Stewart tweeted, sparking an online firestorm. Stewart, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in Virginia, modeled his campaign after the president’s. Like Trump’s,...


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To Make Sense of American Politics, Immigrants Find Clues From Lands They Left - New York Times

“In how many other countries can you call the top elected official in the country a liar and get away with it?” said Mr. Le, 50. “Although our democratic process looks dirty to some people, in the end it all comes out clean. We continue to be the longest-standing constitutional nation in the entire history of Earth, and it is because our forefathers designed that constitution so uniquely in balancing out the powers.”

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The president’s cabinet meeting bothered Yohannes Tesfagibir, too.

Mr. Tesfagibir, 36, came to the United States eight years ago from his native country of Eritrea, an East African nation. Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s only president since it won independence in the 1990s, rules a country known as the North Korea of Africa, where national elections have never been held and young people are forced to work for extended periods in a national...


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Virginians believe caustic political speech is provoking violence, poll finds - Virginian-Pilot

Does the angry, often bitter tone of today’s politics lead to violence like the June 14 shooting of a congressman and others in Alexandria?

The vast majority of Virginia voters think it does, according to a new survey.

A Quinnipiac University Poll conducted in the days immediately after the shooting found 3 of every 4 Virginia voters, regardless of their political party, agree that caustic political rhetoric contributes to violent events, like the attack on Republican legislators and staff during a baseball practice.

“To reverse the childhood adage, Virginia voters think that not just sticks and stones but words themselves can hurt you,” said Peter Brown, the poll’s assistant director.

James Hodgkinson opened fire with a rifle and handgun on an early-morning baseball practice involving about two dozen GOP legislators and staff members, severely wounding Rep. Steve Scalise of...


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Labour's Corbyn puts politics center stage at Glastonbury Festival - Reuters

By Paul Sandle | GLASTONBURY, England

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rock star reception at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, telling a headliner-sized crowd that millions of young people who voted for him would not be silenced or sidelined.

Dismissed as a left-wing no-hoper before elections on June 8, Corbyn attracted a surge of support from 18-24 year-olds that helped his Labour Party deny Prime Minister Theresa May a parliamentary majority.

The 68-year old's popularity at Worthy Farm in south-west England could be measured by the number of pro-Corbyn banners on display and Corbyn T-shirts.

They easily outnumbered those for the biggest names on the musical bill - Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran - and the chant "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" rang round the world's biggest greenfield festival.

Appearing between British singer-songwriter Craig David...


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Bill Clinton takes a jab at partisan politics in Miami Beach speech - Bradenton Herald

In a roughly hourlong speech given to dozens of mayors gathered in Miami Beach, former President Bill Clinton lauded the city leaders’ commitment to the Paris climate accord in the face of federal dismissal, while also calling for an end to “tribal” politics.

Clinton, addressing a crowd inside the Fontainebleau on Saturday afternoon, didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name. But he criticized Trump’s decision to pull out of the climate-change deal, in which nearly 200 other countries agreed to reduce their emissions and prod other countries to do the same.

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Fernandez Back in Argentine Politics as She Runs for Senate - Bloomberg

Former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she will run for the Argentine senate, TN reported, reviving her political career and setting the stage for a messier dispute for control of the congress in South America’s second largest economy.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

The former president, who ruled the the country between 2007 and 2015, will pit herself against former allies Florencio Randazzo and Sergio Massa who lead separate factions within the Peronist movement. Congressional elections will take place on Oct. 22.

A win by Fernandez de Kirchner has the potential to scare away investors who are already wary of how the reforms implemented by President Mauricio Macri could be reversed if he loses support in congress.

Macri has succeeded...


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How Twitter Pornified Politics - New York Times

Steve Jobs expressed a similar thought in 1998: “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Technology doesn’t merely service needs. It also teaches wants. You never thought you’d need an iPhone, but you do. You didn’t know you were into kinky massage videos, but you are. We discover our innermost — and bottom-most — selves only when someone else opens the basement door.

Continue reading the main story

That is what Twitter has been for our politics. Short-form writing can be informative, aphoristic and funny. Twitter is terrific when tailored as a personalized wire service and can be a useful way to communicate with readers. And where would our literary culture be without @WtfRenaissance or @LosFelizDaycare?

But Twitter’s degrading uses tend to overwhelm its elevating one. If pornography is about the naked, grunting body, Twitter is about the naked, grunting...


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Hank Williams Jr. and Charlie Daniels: Inside Their Defiant Politics - RollingStone.com

In 1979, having recovered from a near-fatal mountain climbing accident in Montana, Hank Williams Jr. made a return to the spotlight with his whiskey-bent outlaw persona fully formed on the album Family Tradition. The title track – a defiant, sneering statement of rebellion – has since become one of Williams' signature numbers and the kind of song that somehow isn't diminished when it's being howled loudly after several long-necks.

"Family Tradition" features some tidy, melodic fiddle work from Charlie Daniels, who released the fiery "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" at almost exactly the same time. That one would eventually become Daniels' first country Number One and his signature tune after helping to aid the rise of Southern rock.

The two entertainers have had considerable success on their separate paths in the years that followed: Williams, the country singer embracing...


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Legislative, court actions have made politics harsh – Orange County ... - OCRegister

The shooting of Steve Scalise, the Republican House whip and second baseman, has inspired a new round of soul-searching about why politics is so mean these days.

The answer is not in our souls. It’s in our laws.

The June 14 shooting of Scalise and three other people by a left-wing nut at a Republican team baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., might in fact not be a symptom of the vitriol everybody accuses everybody else of these days. Violence has been a feature of American political culture from Hamilton to “Hamilton.” If we’re going to blame political violence on anything, blame it not on our divisive decade but on our divisive 250 years.

Still, it might be true that politics is meaner now in some new way, and that fixing the problem is vital to the health of our democracy. In which case we should look for the real roots of the trouble and not put it all down, as many commentators...


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How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics - New Republic

Earlier this month, the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group’s Lee Drutman released a fascinating study that challenged many of the dominant assumptions about the 2016 election. Drutman’s data suggested that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders voters were largely aligned on economic issues, and that the 2016 election was decided by issues of culture and identity, rather than economics. Drutman concluded that Donald Trump’s victory largely stemmed from his ability to drive populists to the polls by hammering home the importance of protecting America’s cultural identity and keeping immigrants out of the country.

The VSG study also explains the mystery behind the Obama-Trump voter—that odd figure who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016. According to Drutman’s studies, these were voters who simultaneously held prejudicial votes and relatively liberal economic...


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How the Fight Over Confederate Monuments Is Influencing Southern Politics - Newsweek

The Virginia city of Charlottesville was divided this spring over a decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. A string of protests followed, including one led by white nationalist Richard Spencer that featured torches.

The controversy coincided with the primary campaign for Virginia governor. Most of the candidates took moderate stances; the two who were leading at the time, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, called it a local issue. Meanwhile, another candidate stood out by taking a much stronger position.

“Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter,” Republican Corey Stewart tweeted, sparking an online firestorm. Stewart, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in Virginia, modeled his campaign after the president’s. Like Trump’s,...


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Trump: Obama 'did nothing' about Russia election meddling - CNN International

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it," Trump said in an excerpt of his interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" released Friday. "But nobody wants to talk about that."

"The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even -- before the election," Trump said. "And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me, in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad."

The President also tweeted his concerns Friday night.

The Washington Post reported earlier Friday on the Obama administration's efforts to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for trying to sway the presidential election in Trump's favor, quoting a former Obama official saying the...


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Virginians believe caustic political speech is provoking violence, poll finds - Virginian-Pilot

Does the angry, often bitter tone of today’s politics lead to violence like the June 14 shooting of a congressman and others in Alexandria?

The vast majority of Virginia voters think it does, according to a new survey.

A Quinnipiac University Poll conducted in the days immediately after the shooting found 3 of every 4 Virginia voters, regardless of their political party, agree that caustic political rhetoric contributes to violent events, like the attack on Republican legislators and staff during a baseball practice.

“To reverse the childhood adage, Virginia voters think that not just sticks and stones but words themselves can hurt you,” said Peter Brown, the poll’s assistant director.

James Hodgkinson opened fire with a rifle and handgun on an early-morning baseball practice involving about two dozen GOP legislators and staff members, severely wounding Rep. Steve Scalise of...


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Labour's Corbyn puts politics center stage at Glastonbury Festival - Reuters

By Paul Sandle | GLASTONBURY, England

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn got a rock star reception at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, telling a headliner-sized crowd that millions of young people who voted for him would not be silenced or sidelined.

Dismissed as a left-wing no-hoper before elections on June 8, Corbyn attracted a surge of support from 18-24 year-olds that helped his Labour Party deny Prime Minister Theresa May a parliamentary majority.

The 68-year old's popularity at Worthy Farm in south-west England could be measured by the number of pro-Corbyn banners on display and Corbyn T-shirts.

They easily outnumbered those for the biggest names on the musical bill - Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran - and the chant "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" rang round the world's biggest greenfield festival.

Appearing between British singer-songwriter Craig David...


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The GCC crisis: Draconian demands and juvenile politics - Aljazeera.com

The list of demands that Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries say Qatar must comply with in order to end the diplomatic and trade siege they imposed on the country two weeks ago is so draconian and broad that it mainly raises new questions about the efficacy, motivation, and desired outcome of the Saudi-Emirati-led isolation of Qatar.

The demands leaked on Friday are so extreme and unrealistic in their scope, severity, and credibility that, if they are indeed accurate, they may backfire and hurt the Saudi and Emirati governments that are at odds with political realities in the Middle East instead of Qatar.

In the 13-point list, the countries demand Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera network and other media it sponsors, scale down ties with Iran, sever all alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups like Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and...


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This one insane day changed the course of US politics forever - VICE News

While journalists around the country were reacting to what appeared to be the story of the campaign — an “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump bragging he could grab women “by the pussy” — U.S. intelligence agencies were sounding an alarm over Russian interference in the American electoral system.

The alarm, to put it mildly, went unheeded.

Indeed, the early-October revelation that the Russian government was interfering in the presidential election was completely drowned out by two juicier stories: the leaked decade-old “Access Hollywood” tape and a trove of Democratic National Committee emails dumped online by WikiLeaks.

The confluence of those stories, laid bare in a new Washington Post investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, shows how manufactured events and a vapid media cycle buried the biggest story of all, possibly altering the course of American...


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Hank Williams Jr. and Charlie Daniels: Inside Their Defiant Politics - RollingStone.com

In 1979, having recovered from a near-fatal mountain climbing accident in Montana, Hank Williams Jr. made a return to the spotlight with his whiskey-bent outlaw persona fully formed on the album Family Tradition. The title track – a defiant, sneering statement of rebellion – has since become one of Williams' signature numbers and the kind of song that somehow isn't diminished when it's being howled loudly after several long-necks.

"Family Tradition" features some tidy, melodic fiddle work from Charlie Daniels, who released the fiery "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" at almost exactly the same time. That one would eventually become Daniels' first country Number One and his signature tune after helping to aid the rise of Southern rock.

The two entertainers have had considerable success on their separate paths in the years that followed: Williams, the country singer embracing...


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Politics Enters the Fast Lane - National Review

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.

Dear Reader (especially those of you feeling unsatisfied by the lack of a Dear Reader gag),

As the Dingo let loose in the petting zoo said, “Where to begin?”

I’ve had a very rough week. Rough like sharkskin. Rough like the stubble on Michael Moore’s once dasypygal buttocks after the Brazilian wax wears off.

(I wonder how many readers I lost with that image alone?)

Where was I? Oh right, rough like the morning after the Georgia special election at the DNC. How would you like to be the guy or gal or non-gender-conforming person who talked all that money out of George Clooney or Barbra Streisand who now has to field phone calls from people peppering their diatribes with “But I read in Salon!” and ” . . . but Rachel Maddow said . . ....


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