The Culture War Only Seems the Republican Free Lunch for 01/27/2022

Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, raced into office bearing two culture war baubles. One was a ban on teaching critical race theory. The other was a prohibition on mask mandates in public schools.
Each came in the form of an executive order. Neither costs anything. And both are of little consequence.
In terms of politics, however, they serve the function of provoking liberals, to the delight of the right wing. Youngkin’s first week in office, The Washington Post headline read, “leaves Republicans jubilant, Democrats fuming.

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The Culture War Only Seems the Republican Free Lunch for 01/27/2022

Virginia’s new Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, raced into office bearing two culture war baubles. One was a ban on teaching critical race theory. The other was a prohibition on mask mandates in public schools.
Each came in the form of an executive order. Neither costs anything. And both are of little consequence.
In terms of politics, however, they serve the function of provoking liberals, to the delight of the right wing. Youngkin’s first week in office, The Washington Post headline read, “leaves Republicans jubilant, Democrats fuming.

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Is the Zoom Glass Ceiling Really About Gender? for 01/25/2022

Remote work “will hold women back,” says CNBC. Home-based employees may be deprived career advancement available to colleagues in the company office. And women, usually tasked with child care, are more likely to choose — or feel forced — to work from home. That’s why some are calling remote work “the Zoom glass ceiling.”
But is this a feminist issue? The dilemma seems more tied to the drawbacks of remote work than to gender.

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Our Bigfoot-Prints on Social Media for 01/20/2022

From the moment many of us leave the womb, images of our infant selves get posted on Facebook and other social media. Once out and about, they become part of our permanent digital footprint, often soon to be joined by photos at every stage of life — crawling, first steps, puppy hugging, first day of kindergarten and so on.
This accumulated visual record can be embarrassing or damaging in later life. It’s long past time to reconsider all this public sharing.
You don’t even have to be out of the womb to have your picture making the internet rounds.

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Bringing Star Athletes Back to Earth for 01/18/2022

It was with dry eyes that Australians waved goodbye to Novak Djokovic, the tennis superstar their country sent packing because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Their laws require that foreigners entering the country be vaccinated. The Serbian, there to defend his Australian Open title, apparently assumed he’d fly past the rules governing mere mortals.
Djokovic has endorsement deals worth an estimated $30 million a year. His arrogant refusal to follow the public health mandates imposed on ordinary Australians may cut into his commercial worth, as it should.

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In These #MeToo Accusations, the Details Matter for 12/14/2021

Four long years ago, America went into convulsions over revelations that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually preyed on women pursuing careers in show business. Thus was launched the #MeToo era in which women openly spoke of sexual violence at the hands of rich, powerful men.
Numerous cases have since come to the fore, many seemingly of merit but some colored by spite, mental disturbance or money. Not all accusations, even ones with substance, are equal.

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Who Can Blame Charlie Baker for Not Running Again? for 12/09/2021

There’s a lot not to like about running as a Republican in New England. Where do we start?
Let’s start with Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts. Though Massachusetts is one of the most Democratic states in the country, Baker remains very popular among the voters. His approval ratings rarely strayed below 60%, even in the depths of the COVID-19 crisis. If Baker ran for another term in the 2022 general election, he’d probably win handily, but he has decided not to run.

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Socially Deviant Parents of School Shooters for 12/07/2021

After the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, then-Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, evaded calls for banning weapons of war. But he had other ideas. The “more realistic discussion,” Rogers said, is “how do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?”
Tightening the gun laws would seem a lot easier and less intrusive than psychoanalyzing everyone with access to a weapon.

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Forcing Teens to Have Babies Would Not Be Good for Republicans for 12/02/2021

For nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling has protected a woman’s right to an abortion. It also protected many politicians’ careers. Lawmakers who opposed abortion knew that as long as abortion remained available, pro-choice voters wouldn’t care much about their positions on the matter.
That would be especially true of suburban mothers. Once reliable Republican voters, they have moved toward Democrats in recent elections. If the GOP wants them back, forcing their impregnated high schoolers to bear children will not help.

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Forcing Teens to Have Babies Would Not Be Good for Republicans for 12/02/2021

For nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling has protected a woman’s right to an abortion. It also protected many politicians’ careers. Lawmakers who opposed abortion knew that as long as abortion remained available, pro-choice voters wouldn’t care much about their positions on the matter.
That would be especially true of suburban mothers. Once reliable Republican voters, they have moved toward Democrats in recent elections. If the GOP wants them back, forcing their impregnated high schoolers to bear children will not help.

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