The former Vice-President has long valorized comity and respect in the political arena, but the country’s deepest cleavages are now imprinted on Americans’ party affiliations.
Michael Luo.@RobertDPutnam @shaylynromney make fascinating case on the “I-We-I curve” of our history. “@joebiden might find a road map for national restoration, one that involves collective effort and a fostering of a collective American identity.”
Michael Luo"I don't see red states and blue states. What I see is America, the United States." [email protected] My piece on whether the former Vice President can actually bring America back together.
“There’s nothing she can do to lose my vote, unless she murdered a baby or something,” a local Republican official said. “Nothing.”
Michael Luo“She’s bat-shit crazy,” @EWErickson said, referring to Greene. “But she’s going to Congress.” @charlesbethea tells the wild story of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s political ascent and offers us a case study of what has gone wrong w/ our politics today.
The Trump Administration is poised to make a settlement with Purdue Pharma that it can claim as a victory for opioid victims. But the proposed outcome would leave the company’s owners enormously wealthy—and off the hook for good.
Michael LuoNEW from @praddenkeefe: While opioid deaths have surged during the pandemic, the Sackler family has been quietly staging an end game in which it will keep most of its fortune—and be released from all future liability.
A former assistant at the network accused Guilfoyle, who is now one of the Trump campaign’s top fund-raising officials, of sexual harassment—and of attempting to buy her silence.
Michael LuoNEW from @JaneMayerNYer: Kimberly Guilfoyl's assistant said that she was frequently required to work at her apartment while the Fox News host displayed herself naked, and showed her photographs of the genitalia of men with whom she’d had sexual relations.
It would be a relief simply to have a President who doesn’t abuse the office as a colossal grift. But a new President must also address the failures that have been festering in American life for decades.
What have we learned during the coronavirus pandemic—and what have we refused to learn?
Michael Luo.@DhruvKhullar on 200k dead: “I think of the couples transferred hand in hand to the hospice unit; of a parent comforting young children through FaceTime; of an elderly man worrying about using a ventilator that might be needed by someone younger.”
Faced with choosing between another right-wing Justice and losing his control of the Senate, no one who knows the Majority Leader well thinks he’d hesitate to do whatever is necessary to stay in power.
Michael LuoNew from @JaneMayerNYer: “The problem for McConnell now is that it may be impossible for him to both confirm a new Justice and hold onto his personal power as Majority Leader.”
How a scholar, advocate, and judge upended the entirety of American political thought.
Michael Luo“Born the year Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard-fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women.”
As we celebrate our friend this week, we, his readers, get the best gifts.
Michael LuoZoom birthday toast for Roger Angell's 100th is maybe the most moving thing I've experienced in my time @newyorker. Legends in little squares: McPhee, Trillin, Angell. So much history. Read every one of these pieces.
The first staffer on the coronavirus task force to go public tells The New Yorker that America’s pandemic response was “derailed by the person at the very top.”
Michael Luo“What I’m really concerned about is if they rush this vaccine and pressure people and get something out because they want to save the election,” @OliviaTroye, formerly Mike Pence's top aide on the coronavirus task force, tells @sbg1.
The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.
Michael LuoAn outrage-inducing piece of accountability journalism and a remarkable tale of human resilience. In 2017, an Iranian professor came to the U.S. on a visa to visit his children. By 2020, he was fighting for survival in squalid ICE detention center.
The U.S. President and the bureaucracy reacted slowly to the arrest of Paul Whelan, who was declared a spy and sentenced to sixteen years in a Russian prison colony.
Michael LuoCompelling piece by @yaffaesque@adamentous on the plight of Paul Whelan, who was declared a spy by Russia and sentenced to 16 years in a prison colony. He's been caught in a geopolitical struggle with no easy or obvious solution.
History, theology, and culture all contribute to the racist attitudes embedded in the white church.
Michael LuoI wrote about the racist attitudes embedded in American Christianity, a problem that has long festered in the church, and the difficulty of dislodging them. I end with some thoughts on what Jesus's call for his people to be peacemakers might demand today.
Brenda Salter McNeil used to think that it was not the place of a pastor to talk about systemic racism. Ferguson changed her mind.
Michael Luo.@RevDocBrenda to @elizagriswold: “People are sick of the kumbaya party,” she told me. “The idea is that if we can sing in Spanish and eat with chopsticks, we are somehow reconciled. But young people know that’s hollow.”