The Guardian — Mon 21 Nov 2022
Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington
The US supreme court justice’s history with the People of Praise raises questions about her impartiality in upcoming case.
Former members of Amy Coney Barrett’s secretive faith group, the People of Praise, are calling on the US supreme court justice to recuse herself from an upcoming case involving gay rights, saying Barrett’s continued affiliation with the Christian group means she has participated in discriminatory policies against LGBTQ+ people. Continue reading Call for Justice Barrett to Recuse from LGBTQ Case
Durham NC–Yes: This never happens, except today it did:
The New York Times actually mentioned North Carolina politics in a major article. Actually TWO articles. And they did so not just once, not twice, but THREE times. (And without bringing up barbecue, basketball. Krispy Kreme or Cheerwine, not even a single time.)
Continue reading Exclusive – This NEVER Happens! The New York Times —
Quotes of the Day: The New York Times hosted a conversation among two pundits (Times columnist Frank Bruni; Jonathan V. Last, editor of the Bulwark; Mallory McMorrow, a Michigan state senator). Here are several excerpts:
A “red wave”?
Frank Bruni: There was more like an itty-bitty, pale red undulation.
McMorrow: It changed everything — and Democrats who leaned in fared well. Especially Democratic women.
Continue reading Quotes of The Day (Actually Yesterday, But Whatever)
Particularly when it comes to politics, I seem to be a perennial pessimist, even a catastrophist, expecting every election to yield defeat and disaster. The last time this blanket prediction went wrong was in 2012, a decade which feels like an eon ago. (The 2020 election initially seemed better; but that November was followed by the cavalcade of horrors which continues today.)
Peering into the Tuesday fog, I continue to urge all and sundry to do their civic duty to campaign and vote. But most of the Wise Persons tell us that many key races may not be decided for days, or weeks, or without civil unrest. So meantime I am definitely working to prepare myself for the worst.
Besides sliding my ballot into the slot on the first day of early voting, this outlook now has me reaching for a book I keep close at hand, Dark Night Journey, by the late Sandra Cronk. Continue reading Aftermath #3: Crumbling Pillars? The Dawning of a Long Dark Night?