As leaders decline to act, the numbers grow. In the past 20 years, about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspapers found. They were pastors. Deacons. Ministers. Youth pastors....
Michael Luo“In all, since 1998, roughly 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, the newspapers found.”
Playing not only for the title but the top ranking in the world, Osaka became the first woman since 2001 to back up her first Grand Slam victory by winning the very next major.
Michael Luo.@louisahthomas on Naomi Osaka’s win today: “One senses that she will make her presence felt beyond the world of sports. But, for one day, at least, the drama that had everyone’s attention was a tennis story—and it was riveting.”
Populists often deploy the passive voice, speaking of inequality or a rigged game. Warren’s talk about corruption is bracing and direct. Someone is to blame.
Michael LuoSmart column by @benwallacewells: Part of what has distinguished Warren’s story is that it has a different frame of reference, in which politics is not an argument over the cultural aftermath of the sixties but over the influence won by wealth in the 80s.
Michael Luo.@sbg1 in her latest Letter from Trump's Washington, on Pelosi: "They cheered when she promised transparency and “facts.” Only in the Trump era could an endorsement of the truth be seen as a partisan applause line, but we are where we are."
The Standard’s sources, friends, and sensibility were on one side of the Republican divide over the President. Many of its subscribers, fatally, were on the other.
Michael LuoReally useful @benwallacewells reported dissection of what really happened at the Weekly Standard. "In the Trump years, the Standard’s reputation in Washington held. The broader brand did not."
The investigative reporter and Trump biographer Michael Kranish discusses whether the President has changed since taking office and what the next two years of his term might bring.
Michael LuoFirst day for @IChotiner@newyorker, first byline. He talks to @PostKranish abt whether Trump is actually any different than he was when he began his Presidency and how might his behavior in the next two years differ from what we have seen from him so far?
With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Michael Luo“Most of us knew he was a fake,” Braun told me. “He had just gone through I don’t know how many bankruptcies. But we made him out to be the most important person in the world. It was like making the court jester the king.”
Dr. Larry Braunstein rented his office from the Trumps. Relatives say he was central to a diagnosis that got the 22-year-old Mr. Trump a medical exemption.
Michael Luo“The Times began looking into Mr. Trump’s draft record anew when an anonymous tipster suggested that a podiatrist who was a commercial tenant of Fred Trump’s had provided the medical documentation.”
Sunrise, founded a year and a half ago by a dozen or so twentysomethings, has established itself as the dominant influence on the environmental policy of the Democratic Party’s young, progressive wing.
Michael Luo.@embot takes us inside the environmental movement, Sunrise: "The young people of Sunrise are telling lawmakers that the future is here: they are the children in question, and the consequences of climate change are affecting them now."
The Camp fire lay waste to the city of Paradise and other mountain towns where many residents received no warnings and gridlocked evacuation routes became fire traps. Residents watched as neighbors and loved ones died. Others tried to outrun flames,...
Michael LuoRequired reading on the Camp Fire. Fantastic reporting and writing by @latimes team.
With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are becoming uninhabitable, but the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts.
Michael LuoGrim, important essay by Bill McKibben: “The planet’s diameter will remain eight thousand miles, and its surface will still cover two hundred million square miles. But the earth, for humans, has begun to shrink, under our feet and in our minds.”
Michael LuoUrgent @billmckibben essay: “The planet’s diameter will remain eight thousand miles, and its surface will still cover two hundred million square miles. But the earth, for humans, has begun to shrink, under our feet and in our minds.”
As technology advances, we’ll have good reason to grow more skeptical about the videos we see. At the same time, we will struggle to make use of that skepticism.
Michael Luo.@joshuarothman: "To be destructive, videos don’t have to be perfectly or ingeniously manipulated; they need only present what Kellyanne Conway...once called “alternative facts,” serving as evidence for one group and evidence of mendacity for another."
It is hard to imagine that a serious investigation into Trump’s businesses, campaign, and Administration won’t uncover a lot of damaging information. There is, however, something of a split among Democratic Party operatives.
Michael LuoUseful @adamdavidson guide for what comes next with Democrats heading oversight committees and wielding subpoena power.
Problems at polling places have raised yet more questions about the conflicts of interest surrounding Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor who, as secretary of state, is also overseeing Tuesday’s election.
Michael Luo.@charlesbethea has a dispatch from Atlanta about shortage of voting machines in a predominantly black neighborhood.
The architects of these atrocities were both white men whose fury was amplified in the echo chamber of the Internet and conceived of their actions as a form of self-defense.
Michael LuoMoving @jelani9 essay from Pittsburgh, revisiting Charleston. "what ppl feel in the immediate aftermath & what they fear 3 yrs on—is not only a commentary on how humans metabolize trauma but also a measure of how much hurt has transpired in the interim.