Nicholas GrossmanBiden is more the candidate of progressives than of Never Trumpers. Acting like his constituency is moderate conservatives rather than the diverse coalition of Democrats who nominated him is not only false, argues @nberlat, for the left it's self-defeating
U.S. police officials said Sunday that they are examining both local and out-of-state actors focused on creating damage and inciting violent confrontations.
Nicholas GrossmanEvidence of "outside agitators" and organized extremists of various stripes (Antifa, Boogaloo, anarchists, white supremacists, etc) relatively scant, reports @BrandyZadrozny & @oneunderscore__
Given political incentives to blame them, skepticism warranted.
As cities burn, can Trump loot America for one final term?
Nicholas GrossmanTrump is going to run against urban rioters. They're his new Mexicans or Muslims--the dangerous "other" from which only he can protect Red America.
I don't know if it'll work. But it's safe to say he's trying it.
The campaign just changed.
In an unequal country, universal empathy isn’t really universal
Nicholas Grossman"In practice, empathy is generally not a move outside of partisanship or race, but the medium through which partisanship and racism work. Who is given the benefit of empathy strongly shapes how justice functions or, more often, doesn’t function."
I’m a pediatrician who administers vaccines. So which am I, conspiracy theorists: a fool or a monster?
Nicholas GrossmanCOVID conspiracy theories--whether blurred with anti-vax, filtered through Trump, or something else--might fall apart under common sense examination, but they're not harmless.
Here's @WFKARS with a doctor's perspective on the conspiracy theories' effects.
Nicholas Grossman"Maybe this officious policing is only bad when other people do it. Maybe the only way to conquer a Karen is to call the manager before she calls one on you."
Or maybe "it’s not our place to make that call, literally or figuratively."
50 things we know now that we’re over two months in
Nicholas GrossmanThe world changed in the last 3 months. There's a lot we don't know about living with COVID, but the initial period of overwhelming uncertainty is over.
I take a big picture look at where things are and where they're going.
50 things we know now
Nicholas GrossmanAfter two+ months of quarantine, we've adjusted to coronavirus. Here are 50 things we as a society know now that we didn't know in March.
Nicholas GrossmanCOVID hurt Trump's reelection chances, weakening the economy and disrupting his efforts to distract with Obama conspiracy theories and Hunter Biden.
But it didn't have to. Governors' approval is up. If Trump were competent, he'd be in great shape
Nicholas GrossmanThat's all Trump had to do: take the challenge seriously, tout the American spirit.
Be a president.
If he did that, instead of ranting on Twitter and musing about injecting disinfectant, he’d be in great shape for reelection.
But he couldn't pull it off.
Nicholas Grossman@NumbersMuncher Crazy when you realize it didn't have to be this way. A competent response, a display of leadership, and Trump would be in good shape for reelection, with critics lamenting that he got to play hero just by doing what any POTUS would do.
But that's not him.
Two very unscientific takedowns of Imperial College coronavirus modeler Neil Ferguson
Nicholas GrossmanThe influential Imperial College COVID-19 model by Neil Ferguson has come under criticism. But its predictions are in line with more recent models and with what actually happened.
As @Gurdur shows, much of the criticism is politicized and unscientific.
As Tara Reade’s story falls apart under media scrutiny, conservatives see a double standard
Nicholas GrossmanClosing the book on Tara Reade and a fair look at the media by @CathyYoung63:
"I don’t recall any real outrage at the takedown of Julie Swetnick... Yes, her story was received with excessive credulity before it collapsed. But in a way, so was Reade’s."
It took Congress 21 years to pass a Holocaust education bill. That may have been the easy part.
Nicholas GrossmanAs we lose the last Holocaust survivors, and amidst rising incidences of antisemitism--such as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting--teaching about the Holocaust is important to ensure that "never again" is more than just a slogan.
Trade your pandemic doldrums for a state of rabid frothing indignation, in seven easy steps!
Nicholas GrossmanOnline controversies unravel fast, but if you are truly savvy and committed to the art of being Mad Online, you may be able to spot a beef a-brewin’ in its zygotic stage — and even nurture it towards its destiny as a full-blown dumpster fire
Polls show him losing decisively to his Democratic opponent. Just as they did at this point in 2016.
Nicholas GrossmanBiden's leading Trump by about 6 points. So he's got this, right?
No. Hillary was up by about 6 at this point.
So does that mean Trump's headed for another Electoral College victory? Also no.
@varadmehta with a close look at polls and electoral uncertainty
And against the independent voter (at least in 2020)
Nicholas Grossman"Both parties have harmful similarities, from foreign policy adventurism to endless partisan bickering to irresponsible spending. Drawing an equivalence between the parties and their leaders might be valid in some elections, but not in 2020."
Nicholas GrossmanTrump's new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, promised never to lie (which was obviously a lie).
No PressSecs are fully honest. As @SouthernKeeks writes, their job is PR for their boss.
But, then again, not all PressSecs work for such serial liars.
David Rubin’s treatise-cum-memoir is proof he has stared a bit too long into the abyss
Nicholas GrossmanHenry George reads Dave Rubin's book so you don't have to--and finds that you really, really don't have to.
"Despite the book promising to 'give you the tools you need to think for yourself,' the field of ideas is barren and the arguments sparse."
Nicholas GrossmanI got CNN to issue a correction!
About 5 hours after I published this piece (which spread a lot), CNN corrected its article and deleted the tweet with the inaccurate headline.
As I note in a new update here, it's not perfect, but a significant improvement.
Explaining the legal issues surrounding the incident of two white men shooting a black jogger they suspected of a crime
Nicholas GrossmanA lot of legal confusion about the Ahmaud Arbery killing.
No, entering a construction site is not a crime.
Yes, the police had probable cause to arrest the men who chased him down.
No, it can't be manslaughter.
Georgia attorney @ASFleischman clears it up.
The layered haircuts and meanings of the villain of the moment
Nicholas GrossmanWho is "Karen"? A middle-aged white woman with a certain haircut who wants to speak to the manager? Is Anne Frank a Karen? Can it somehow be both?
And where is Karen in the privilege hierarchy? Is it punching up or punching down?