|More Than 6,500 Teachers Have Had Unfair Student Debts Erased|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
After an NPR investigation led to an overhaul of the troubled TEACH Grant program, the U.S. Department of Education says teachers have had nearly $44 million in loans turned back into grants.
(Image credit: Stacy Kranitz for NPR)
|As Pandemic Persists, Health Care Heroes Beginning To Crack Under The Strain|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Many doctors are suffering burnout five months into the pandemic. But the toll is compounded for Latino doctors serving heavily affected Latino communities. Some are now beginning to seek help.
(Image credit: Courtesy of Nicole Cataldi)
|How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels|
Publisher: The Next Web
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Creative destruction â€œis the essential fact about capitalism,â€� wrote the great Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942. New technologies and processes continuously revolutionize the economic structure from within, â€œincessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.â€� Change happens more quickly and creatively during times of economic disruption. Innovations meeting material and cultural needs accelerate. Structures preventing new, more efficient technologies weaken. As the old economy collapses, innovations â€œclusterâ€� to become the core of the new economy. Over the past three centuries, there have been five great â€œwavesâ€� of economic disruption and clustering. The first was driven by harnessing…
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|Biden's convention embraced racial justice. BLM leaders saw it as mostly lip service.|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Joe Biden gave the floor to George Floyd's brothers and Eric Garnerâ€™s mother on the first night of his convention. On the third night, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spoke the words â€œBlack lives matter,â€� and Kamala Harris bemoaned the damage done by â€œstructural racism.â€�
The embrace of the movement against racial injustice was a dramatic shift from the party's last convention four years ago and did not go unnoticed by Black Lives Matter activists. But its leaders viewed the gestures as mostly lip service, without a real commitment to policy change: They want Biden to commit to defund the police and to crack down on misconduct by law enforcement.
â€œItâ€™s been unfortunate to not see the Democratic Party fully align themselves with the powerful work this movement has been doing," said Patrisse Cullors, who helped found the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 after the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The disappointment underscores the persistent divide between Biden's campaign and many Black Lives Matter activists, even as they present a united front to oust President Donald Trump. It also showcases the careful line that Democrats are attempting to walk: While the Black Lives Matter movement has gone mainstream, most Americans tell pollsters they donâ€™t support withholding money for police.
Biden is trying to straddle the demands of the movement without alienating swing voters. He spoke about the â€œstain of racismâ€� in his nomination address without offering policy prescriptions. Though Biden likely stands to benefit politically from the seismic shift in support for Black Lives Matter, he kept the most activist element of the movement at bay during the four-day convention â€” even as he highlighted Republican politicians supporting him for president.
Bidenâ€™s campaign worked with progressives on police reform in the weeks leading up to the convention. On the first night, the virtual gathering focused on racial injustice, featuring a roundtable with the nominee on police violence and speeches on racism and inequality from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
But many of the figures chosen to address systemic racism are the same politicians being targeted by the movement with pressure campaigns.
â€œIt took seven years for Democrats to articulate that Black lives matter. Now, the country is watching to see if and how they will close the gap between symbolism and substance," said Alicia Garza, another co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and head of the voter engagement group Black Futures Lab.
Garza and other movement leaders pointed to Democratsâ€™ rejection of language aimed at limiting police abuses that activists pitched for the partyâ€™s platform. And the Biden campaignâ€™s calls to â€œrein inâ€� qualified immunity â€” which gives cops legal protections against civil suits brought by victimsâ€™ families for misconduct â€” have left many activists wondering what exactly he's proposing.
Monifa Bandele, a leader in the Movement for Black Lives coalition, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations, said she was heartened by the inclusion of Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, in Mondayâ€™s lineup. Garner was killed by police in 2014. But Bandele said the party should listen closely to Carrâ€™s pleas for national legislation on police brutality.
â€œDon't just give [Carr] the microphone, make sure that what she says on the microphone translates to a written commitment by the party,â€� Bandele said. â€œYou can have a lot of talking heads at a convention saying a lot of great things, but unless you put it down on paper that these are the issues that we commit to addressing, moving forward with the new administration, then it's performative.â€�
Activists are reacting to what they see as Bidenâ€™s election strategy: embracing the larger goal of the Black Lives Matter movement while courting swing white voters who want to address racial injustice but donâ€™t think defunding the police is the answer.
â€œI may be kidding myself but I think the people are readyâ€� for change, Biden said during the racial justice roundtable. Though Bidenâ€™s approach irks progressives â€” many bristled when he said â€œmost cops are goodâ€� â€” it also frustrates the right. Trumpâ€™s campaign has simultaneously tried to cast Biden as a tool of the left whose administration would defund police, and a tough-on-crime politician who hasnâ€™t changed his ways.
â€œI don't expect him to suddenly sound like a member of â€˜The Squad,â€™â€� said progressive Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), referring to the group of firebrand House liberals that includes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. â€œI expect him to build coalitions, listen, and get progressive change done. But if someone's expecting him to turn into Bernie Sanders, that's not going to happen.â€�
Schatz said Bidenâ€™s creation of â€œunityâ€� task forces with Bernie Sanders as a way of bridging policy differences with progressives was â€œvery senatorialâ€� â€” using bipartisan techniques to collaborate with opposing forces in the party.
â€œJoe Biden is very effective at advancing the ball, but not feeling the need to fall into or even jump over every trap," Schatz added.
In one critical battleground state, Pennsylvania, Democratic operatives said Bidenâ€™s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and statement at the convention that â€œmost cops are goodâ€� made sense politically. Internal polling shows Black Lives Matter and the Fraternal Order of Police are both popular in the swing state, but defunding the police is not, said a Democratic strategist based there.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden, said the campaign is listening to activists but pushed back on the criticism that the party was insincere in its approach.
â€œI don't think George Floyd's brother, Philonise, thought that it was performative that he was participating in the Democratic National Convention, not a couple months after the horrific killing of his brother,â€� Sanders said in an interview.
Still, Cullors, a longtime leader in the movement, clashed with Bidenâ€™s campaign while Democrats were drafting the party's platform.
Biden's team told Bernie Sandersâ€™ aides they wanted Cullors to withdraw amendments to the platform that she introduced supporting the BREATHE Act, according to Cullors and other people familiar with the deliberations. The proposal would eliminate federal programs that are "used to finance and expand" law enforcement. As a compromise, she was offered the opportunity to give a speech instead, which she did.
"I don't think any of it was acceptable," Cullors said of the tradeoff. "Every single amendment was turned down."
In the speech at a meeting of the conventionâ€™s platform committee, she laced into the Democratic establishment, asking, â€œCan any of you here truly stand up and say, 'My party is the party of principles'?"
During the convention, the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project released an open letter to the Democratic National Committee, which it said was signed by 10,000 people, calling on it to support the BREATHE Act and defunding police.
At the same time, Cullors and other Black Lives Matter leaders praised the Democratic convention for showcasing diverse speakers and highlighting racial justice, and said they will work to elect Biden.
Progressives and Black Lives Matter organizers have also questioned Bidenâ€™s position on qualified immunity, a rule supported by police unions that shields cops from misconduct lawsuits. The Biden campaign has said repeatedly he supports â€œreining inâ€� qualified immunity, but provided few specifics on what that would look like.
By contrast, the Justice in Policing Act passed by the House and co-led by Bidenâ€™s vice presidential nominee Harris, would end qualified immunity. A recent Pew poll found two-thirds of Americans effectively want to do away with the doctrine.
Sandersâ€™ appointees sought to abolish the rule when negotiating criminal justice reforms with Bidenâ€™s camp on the unity task forces. Biden, who backs decriminalization of marijuana, has also resisted calls from progressives and moderates to legalize it.
â€œThose are the reforms we were demanding a decade ago,â€� said Bandele, senior vice president of mothersâ€™ advocacy organization MomsRising. â€œ2020 demands more. Reining it in, I donâ€™t even know what that means.â€�
Symone Sanders defended Bidenâ€™s position on qualified immunity as an â€œintentional and thoughtful one.â€� She said Bidenâ€™s views on the topic differ from the provisions in the Justice in Policing Act, which the campaign considers â€œjust a start.â€� Biden has applauded some aspects of the legislation.
â€œThere are a number of things in that bill that he absolutely supports wholesale, like a ban on chokeholds for example,â€� she said. â€œBut it's true that the House bill does not exactly mirror our policy and the vice president's perspective. But what is also true is this â€” that we think criminal justice reform and police reform should be a bipartisan issue.â€�
She added that Biden believes â€œqualified immunity as it stands today for police officers is too expansive,â€� and that â€œthere are a range of activities that should not be covered,â€� such as chokeholds. The campaign said â€œabuses of powerâ€� should not be protected either, but declined to elaborate.
Carr, Garner's mother, said in an interview that she participated in the roundtable at the invitation of Biden's team. She acknowledged that racism received more attention than at previous conventions, but wants more specifics.
â€œThere's a lot of things that I would like to sit down and talk to Biden and his team about,â€� she said. â€œA lot of times things are addressed, but then that's where it's left.â€�
|How Virgo Season 2020 Will Affect You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
We've been glamming it up and having sparkly fun in the sun through Leo season 2020, which was a lovely reprieve from the nonstop intensity that the astrology of this year has brought so far. But Virgo season 2020 officially begins on Saturday, August 22 and it's here to help us clean up our acts as we round out the final month of summer. As the Sun travels through Virgo, we'll all feel inspired to get organized and take better care of ourselves â€” it's a great time to clean up our lifestyle, our living space, and our calendars alike. Of course, this energy will hit everyone a little differently, so you'll want to know how Virgo season 2020 will affect each zodiac sign.
"When the Sun is in Virgo, our thoughts tend to be more about work, our health, and being productive," astrologer Leslie Hale of Keen.com tells Bustle. "Virgo season is time to wind down from the summer-fun-filled days of Leo, take charge of your life, and get your house in order for the coming change of season." As the zodiac's mutable earth sign, Virgo vibes are meticulous, organized, and focused on improvement â€”especially when it comes to practical matters. This sign seeks perfection in all forms, so while it's great for motivating us to purge our junk drawers or commit to a new exercise routine, don't let Virgo's critical eye get you overly focused on your flaws.
So the mess you made of your closet while trying on every outfit you own during Leo season? Time to clean it up. The creative projects you poured your heart into over the past month? Time to start refining them and focusing on the details that'll make them shine. With Virgo season, we're putting in the work and attention our lives and projects need in order to thrive. Here's the scoop on how Virgo season 2020 will affect you, based on your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
If life has gotten a little messy since the summer started, that's OK, because you've got a super-energized cosmic opportunity to clean things up. Focus your influx of energy on getting your routine refined and your calendar more organized. If you've been striving to make your lifestyle more functional, capitalize on this moment â€” join an exercise class, do a super-healthy grocery haul, and focus on maintaining a better work-life balance.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Virgo season offers you the chance to refine your plans when it comes to getting your passion projects off the ground and morphing them into something that can be exciting long-term. Find ways to incorporate the things that bring you pleasure into your routine this month. By focusing more energy on what brings you passion, you'll be more creatively inspired to get things done at work, too.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Give your living space a much-deserved deep clean this season. Tackle a couple small cleaning and organization projects a week and purge anything you don't need to make your home into your sanctuary. Because if you feel organized and comfortable in your own space, you'll be more productive in general.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You're feeling social, energized, and ready to jam-pack your schedule this month, Cancer! Just make sure you use the energy wisely. Try to chip away at the less exciting tasks on your to-do list at work and take advantage of your burst of extrovertedness by catching up on texts and phone calls with friends. You're known to retreat into your shell, but you'll be focused on communicating and sharing information all month long.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
If you had some big birthday splurging going on over the past month, Virgo season gives you the opportunity to pull the reigns on excess spending and get your finances in tip-top shape. Make a savings plan, lay out a budget for yourself, and stick to it. Spend your time this month cleaning up the proverbial confetti and beer cans and you'll feel more confident as you wrap up the summer season.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Happy birthday, Virgo babies! Your sign's energy is naturally inclined to self-sacrificing and putting all its energy toward helping others, but this month is a fabulous time to focus on you. By refocusing your lens to focus on yourself, you'll be able to see your strengths in a whole new way. Step into your confidence and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. The cosmos are in your favor.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Leo season was highly social for you, Libra, and you'll notice your energy slowing down this month. Lean into it and don't try to override your exhaustion with caffeine. It's OK to clear your social calendar to make more time to rest and explore your spiritual side. When you're so busy being social and focusing all your energy on interpersonal relationships, it can be hard to develop that strong spiritual relationship with yourself. Prioritize this solo time to grow.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Over the past months, we've been inundated with information about all kinds of racial and social inequities, and as a deeply-feeling Scorpio, it's made a big impact on you. This month is a great time to buckle down and get organized by sorting out tangible steps you can work into your routine to really make a difference on the issues that matter to you. Don't sleep on the power of collaboration either â€” one of your strengths is in being a leader, so work with friends and your community to bring these issues to the forefront.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
This month is a beautiful time for you to make sure you're shining in your career, Sag. Your'e on top of your game in the workplace as you have a clear vision of how you want to proceed professionally, and it's giving you the direction you've been waiting for. Spruce up your LinkedIn, re-do your resume, or add some sparkly final details to work projects that will impress your boss and colleagues. Anything you can do to show off your skill set and show what you have to offer right now is good.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Your mind is a sponge this month, Capricorn, so take it upon yourself to learn something new â€” but don't do it simply because you have to or because it'll get you ahead in your career. Do it because it stimulates your mind and excites your passions. You're never too old to walk a new path or take up a new topic of study, so embrace the endless possibilities that the universe has to offer and say yes to something unexpected. A breath of fresh energy may be the missing link you've been looking for.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Setting or maintaining personal boundaries is necessary when it comes to our well-being. If someone owes you money, has been crossing your boundaries, or hasn't been honest with you, muster up the courage to get real about it. Being vulnerable is hard, especially for an air sign like you, but honesty is the best policy. If you don't act on it now, it'll keep looming over you â€” so free yourself of the burden now.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
This month is all about improving relationships for you, Pisces, so take a long hard look at what's working and what's not within your closest bonds. If there's been something weighing on you in your romantic relationships or a long-overdue conversation looming with your boss, take care of business. Conversely, don't shy away from expressing the things you love about your relationships, too â€” positive reinforcement can help ensure you get more of the same.
|Aldi Selling Giant Ferrero Rocher For Christmas 2020|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Christmas is all about the scrum-diddly-umptious food and, judging by Aldi's giant Ferrero Rocher-style dessert, this year is going to be a cracker.
Named Specially Selected Chocolate & Praline Dome, the dessert is a delicious sphere of chocolatey goodness with multiple layers. Marie Claire reports that it's, "filled with a milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse, milk chocolate feuilletine, and a cocoa sponge cake, then encased in a hard chocolate and hazelnut shell." As it's from the freezer, you'll have to take it out for an hour before eating, but no judgement if you accidentally start eating it before it's at optimum temperature.
The limited edition pudding will be landing in the frozen aisle of your nearest Aldi from Oct 26 and will be yours to devour throughout the festive season. Unlike your traditional Ferrero Rocher, sadly, it's not wrapped in golden foil nor does it come in a multipack. It is however, flipping massive and sure to be something worth stocking up on while you can.
Aldi loves to provide delicious special edition items and although this might be the buzz item of 2020, in 2019 it was all about one outrageously huge item â€” their two metre long pigs in blankets.
Speaking about this year's Christmas range, an Aldi spokesperson told Delish, "No one knows exactly how the situation will have changed by December but one thing we're sure of is that Christmas won't be cancelled."
|Itâ€™s Official: Conventions Are History. So What Replaces Them?|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Thursday night concluded Part 1 of the new reality TV series â€œPolitical Conventions,â€� as the Democrats wrapped up their show with the noncliffhanger appearance of candidate Joe Biden. Next up, starting Monday, will be Part 2, when the Republicans offer their counterprogrammingâ€”likely to be slightly more of a cliffhanger, since the party didnâ€™t fully scrap its plans for a real-life convention until just a few weeks ago.
Viewership across broadcast and cable is less than 20 million, down 27 percent from 2016. Yes, online streaming was up considerably, with some estimates suggesting that more than compensated. But itâ€™s still true that the warhorse series Big Brother got more viewers on ABC than the convention did on its big final night. Ratings in 2016 were in turn down from 2012, which in turn were down from the years beforeâ€”which was in turn a fraction of the more than 50 percent of American households that watched the conventions for upwards of 10 hours in the 1950s and into the 1960s. Judging from the ratings, the show is a flop.
If this seems a tad unfair, even flippant, as a way of describing the quadrennial ritual of choosing the party nominee for president of the Unites Statesâ€”well, the parties have largely brought it on themselves. The conventions had come a long way over the past 200 years or so, from intense, contested deliberative conclaves more akin the epic gatherings of Early Church grandees to define the nature of God, to a cross between an infomercial and a telethon.
Political conventions have a winding history, going from exclusive and closed to televised and open. They went through a big transformation starting in 1948, the first year they were televised, though only a few hundred thousand households had TVs. By 1952, conventions were becoming truly national, shared, visual experiences. For the next decades, tens of millions watched dozens of hours of coverage of both parties over the course of nearly two weeks. That brought the political process into peopleâ€™s homes and lent an immediacy and intimacy and openness to national politics and the nominating of the president.
Televised conventions, however, also sowed the seeds of the unwinding of the whole institution. The more open the process became, the less satisfied people were with the idea that party leaders, often behind closed doors and away from the cameras, might still hold the power to dictate who would run and what platforms they would run on. Power shifted decisively toward the primaries as the way to select the candidates, and the conventions lost their chief function, which had to been to choose and not just crown the nominee. And after the scenes of protest and chaos at the 1968 Democratic Convention proved a liability for the general election, the parties began to control and stage-manage their conventions to the point where rough edges were hidden, conflict was minimized and the conventions morphed into a fully packaged product.
That transformation was finally completed in this summerâ€™s pandemic-triggered virtualizationâ€”a â€œconventionâ€� with no crowd, no space and no deviation from the script even possible.
If 1948 began the television era, with its initial pros and then increasing cons, 2020 marks the start of the virtual era. Even as 2024 will likely return as a physical conclave, itâ€™s hard to imagine the parties will turn back from a format that puts them so totally in control of the message. The question now is what form the conventions take from here, and whether we are at a terminal end or the start of something revitalizedâ€”and something that will change politics as much as televised conventions did in the second half of the 20th century.
Make no mistake: The present program offers no evidence that conventions are about to change for the better. In a way, this is the last gasp of the old regimeâ€”an effort to go through the motions completely outside the context of a real, physical party gathering. No one other than a party booster can claim that these nights have mattered much to either the parties or the election, or offered much of real substance. A few good speeches are certainly better than no good speeches, but the point of the conventions past was only partly speechifying. After all, you can now give a speech anytime, anywhere that can be seen or streamed anytime, anywhere.
Itâ€™s unlikely that the conventions are playing their traditional role of galvanizing and energizing the party faithful, because the virtualization of the content and the absence of any audience or interactivity renders those speeches and videos completely passive. If the televised political convention had already become four days of free advertising for the parties before now, transforming the convention into four prime-time shows with set presentations is the apotheosis of that trend.
That doesnâ€™t mean, as some have persuasively argued, that conventions should end. But the party conventions in their current form have clearly reached an end. The virtualization is simply the obit. By 2016, the conventions had long since become more important as media events than as political ones: There were 5,000 delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, and there were 20,000 accredited members of the media. The convention was essentially a staged news conference.
It was the parties themselves that first gutted the conventions as political events. In an example of the law of unintended consequences, the decline of the modern convention is directly related to the reforms after 1972 to make the selection process more democratic and the convention more a celebration of the primary season victor and less influenced by party insiders. As a result of the intense animosity of Bernie Sandersâ€™ supporters to the persistent role of â€œsuperdelegatesâ€� in helping elevate Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party made those party insiders even more toothless this year, which would have rendered even an in-person convention less relevant as a political fulcrum than ever before. The Republican Party has gone down much the same path, changing rules to make it all but impossible to create any drama or opposition to the candidate already chosen by the primaries. As a result, even if a faction of the party wanted to make a fight of it, they couldnâ€™t.
None of this is meant to deny that what the candidates are saying matters, or that the speeches themselves can be moving, substantive and meaningful. But few people, relatively, are interested in watching a string of programmed speeches and videos for eight hours spread over four nights. The people who sit through it are undoubtedly the kind of political junkies whoâ€™ve long since made up their minds. And if there is no deliberation, no contestation of various views, what really is the point? The 1972 Democratic Convention saw heated, behind-the-scenes battles over the roles of the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion in the party platform. Conventions in the years before were not just the locus of differences: They were actual nominating conventions, where leadership in primaries was one factor in who became the candidate, but not the only one. Candidates such as Hubert Humphrey and Woodrow Wilson emerged from the convention playing the politics of the party, winners of those â€œsmoke-filled roomsâ€� and not of state-level primary voters.
Conventions were also once upon a time the scene of meaningful shifts in American politics. When William Jennings Bryan, the young fiery populist nominee of the Democratic Party in 1896, thunderously announced that he would not let the common man be â€œcrucified upon a cross of gold,â€� he set a new course of reform that gave us direct election of senators, more robust enforcement of antitrust laws, and worker protections.
As conventions have progressively been stripped of their original purposes, the needs they were designed to meet remain. There will still be a need to have a focused time when local and national party leaders come together (Zoom is great, but humans still need physical interaction to cement bonds), and the convenience factor for the media of having so many in one place at one time will remain even in a digital age. There still will be intraparty debatesâ€”perhaps even more so, now that the different factions of Republicans and Democrats have their own fundraising networks, their own social-media channels, and their own torchbearers. Once Trump himself is no longer the organizing principle of both campaigns, these are likely to blow back out into the open. And it is also clear that some negotiations must be private, away from the cameras and the stages. Even unhappily married couples are (usually) loath to fight at a dinner party. Closed doors can be antidemocratic, but not all closed doors are.
All of that means we need to imagine some hybrid of highlighting the candidate and the issuesâ€”and a return to the â€œsmoke-filled room.â€� The latter has a bad name because it meant that party bosses exerted more influence than the people, but one aspect was vital: a sphere where different wings could reconcile and come together. A robust democracy demands both heated debate and passionate compromise, and that is where convening becomes vital. The more stage-managed and infomercialed the conventions have become, the less they became a locus of policy. The more it becomes clear that informercials are not a great use of time and money, the more space there will be for substance.
If that seems wishful thinking, itâ€™s only because of the dark pessimism and cynicism of the moment, one that is enhanced by what these â€œconventionsâ€� have become in pandemic age married to Zoom. Parties have been tweaking the formula of nominating forever. They did in 1972, and they did again after 2016. The continued ratings bleh combined with the new virtualization demonstrates that some of what the convention has become doesnâ€™t actually need a hall full of people. That willâ€”or at very least shouldâ€”lead to a reconsideration. What draws audiences to live television is drama, not set pieces, and if the parties want the conventions to engage voters and even sway the undecided, they should consider televising their platform debates as part of the televised conventionsâ€”debates not about who will represent the party, which will have been decided by the primaries, but about what the partyâ€™s real goals are going to be, and how they will be couched. Imagine a convention in which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez debated Andrew Cuomo about the future of urban policy. That would get some attention, and deservedly so.
The parties killed the convention before the pandemic. Now they have a chance to reinvent it. If you watched this week, you may have watched the last gasp of an antiquated form. (And if you didnâ€™t, donâ€™t worryâ€”you can skim the clips on YouTube.) The conventions were once a pulsating forum for democracy in action. They havenâ€™t been that for many years, but for the first time in decades, having reached a nadir, they might be again.
|Douglas MacKinnon: Black lives matter, especially the lives of children like Anisa Scott who are senselessly murdered|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
A girl who but four years before she was taken from this earth, prayed for nothing more than a normal childhood and life.Â
|What It Looks Like When School, And Everything Else, Happens At Home|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
Photographer Elizabeth Dalziel has been in charge of her sons' learning during lockdown. The time together has wrapped them in a tight hug that at times "feels like a boa constrictor's slow squeeze."
(Image credit: Elizabeth Dalziel)
|Rural Hospitals Are Sinking Under COVID-19 Financial Pressures|
Saturday, 22 August 2020 07:00
America's rural hospitals were struggling even before the pandemic. Now, the loss of revenue from months of deferred treatments and surgeries have pulled more to the brink, as federal relief fades.
(Image credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)