Politics

BAKED ALASKA
In the hottest Alaskan summer on record, amid countless signs of a climate in crisis, a camera phone captured a Republican fundraiser on Kenai Peninsula. Judging from the laughs and smiles, you'd never know that they are a few dozen miles from the Swan Lake Fire, now burning for over three months. But the mood is giddy because a surprise caller is on speaker -- President Trump.
UNITED WE STAN
Political battles are waged through pop songs and novelty prayer candles and evocative emoji. Elizabeth Warren is cast as a “Harry Potter” character and Kamala Harris is sliced into a reaction GIF. This is democracy reimagined as celebrity fandom, and it is now a dominant mode of experiencing politics.
RADICALIZATION AND REDEMPTION
The officials explained to us that the trial was going to be five to six months long, and the selection process would be rigorous, so they had called in a lot of people.Five to six months? An explanation made its way around: “Terrorism.”
FOCUSING ON THE IMPORTANT THINGS
He falsely claimed that Hurricane Dorian was likely to hit Alabama. Then he repeated the claim after the National Weather Service debunked it. Then he insisted that the media, not him, was in the wrong. Then, to try to prove his point, he showed the media an outdated map that had clearly been altered.
THE TICKING TIME BOMB SCENARIO
Conservative governments and leaders across the world like Trump and Jair Bolosano have expressed their controversial support for the return of torture tactics. Implicit support for this position is found constantly in the TV, films, and books we consume on a daily basis.
'THE WAR WAS ALREADY THERE'
I had covered political murders during years spent reporting from many venal and autocratic states. But I hadn’t expected that my first big assignment on returning to the EU in late 2017 after a long absence would be to write about the killing of a columnist and blogger whose family was convinced she had been targeted because of her work.
WE'RE REALLY TOAST NOW
The world's five most powerful millennials now, and maybe for the rest of our lives, are Jared Kushner (b. 1981), Kim Jong-un (b. 1984), Mark Zuckerberg (b. 1984), Stephen Miller (b. 1985) and Mohammed bin Salman (b. 1985).
GOOD AS HELL
Lizzo is one of few artists whose songs appear across multiple 2020 candidate playlists, including those of Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand (who dropped out last week), Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg.
A CHANGE OF SCENE
The Georgia Film Tax Credit brings hundreds of productions — and billions of dollars — to the state each year. But this past spring, a new anti-abortion law inspired a number of protests, and major Hollywood studios threatened to move their filming elsewhere. Will a boycott happen? Would it have any political effect? And what would it mean for the people who live and work in Georgia?
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