“I am a numbers guy. And I am not going to be the next mayor of New York City based upon the numbers that have come in tonight. I am conceding this race.” With those words, Andrew Yang ended his bid to become the leader of America’s largest city on Wednesday night, after taking a disappointing fourth with the vast majority of first-round ballots in the Democratic primary reported.
A number of colleges around the country are temporarily loosening their standardized testing requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic. All eight Ivy League schools will be test-optional for the coming admissions cycle. Initially, this applied only to SAT and ACT exams. But more and more graduate schools have started accepting students without GMAT and GRE scores, as well.
Coverage of the Joe Biden sexual assault allegation definitively shows that the media protect political allies who are accused of sexual assault and attempt to destroy those they perceive as political opponents. It’s nowhere near sufficient to simply note that fact. They must be forced to change their behavior and amends must begin to be made. They can start by apologizing to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and removing the “sexual assault” asterisk they constantly put next to his name.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to media before participating in a Census Town Hall at the Louis Armstrong Middle School in Queens, New York City, February 22, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) criticized the lack of mainstream discussion surrounding the recent sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, calling the situation a “silencing of all dissent” that amounted to “a form of gaslighting.”
“I think it’s legitimate to talk about these things.
In another journalistic life, I worked at an estimable Beltway publication covering the daily business of Congress. One of the early directives I encountered there concerned the use of the word “reform” in connection with any pending legislation. The notion of reform, I was soberly informed, was simply too charged and incendiary to pass as a description of any agenda item seeking approval from the people’s representatives; the less loaded term “overhaul” was always and everywhere to be preferred.
Since the shutdown began, Pennsylvanians have filed nearly 1.1 million claims for unemployment benefits. That’s an astounding 18 percent of the 6.1 million state residents working in February — a Depression-evoking figure. The Keystone State is a harbinger, of the job losses in other states and potentially of President Trump’s reelection hopes.
The state’s system for processing jobless claims hasn’t frozen up under record inquiries.
In a tense moment near the climax of the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival, Louise Banks (Amy Adams) tries to explain to a military commander why it’s not just the words they teach to their alien visitors that matter, but also the framing and grammar they use to teach those words.
“Let’s say that I taught them chess instead of English,” she says. “Every conversation would be a game. Every idea expressed through opposition, victory, defeat. You see the problem? If all I ever gave you was a hammer …”
“Everything’s a nail,” the commander says, suddenly catching on to her meaning.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has met the COVID-19 moment with her primary skill set: talking through it. In her Oprah Talks series addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, The Deadly Impact on Black America, released for free today on Apple TV+ (and airing on OWN this evening), she speaks to two black families who recently have lost loved ones in Chicago and Milwaukee, where black deaths from the novel coronavirus are disproportionately high.
Scientist Linqi Zhang performs research in his laboratory for coronavirus antibodies in Beijing, China, March 30, 2020. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
China has imposed new restrictions on academic research into the origins of COVID-19, CNN reported on Monday.
The new set of guidelines directs that “academic papers about tracing the origin of the virus must be strictly and tightly managed.” Papers must be submitted to a task force appointed by the State Council, the country’s administrative authority, in order to obtain approval for publication in academic journals.
‘We’re doomed’: a common refrain in casual conversation about climate change. It signals an awareness that we cannot, strictly speaking, avert climate change. It is already here. All we can hope for is to minimise climate change by keeping global average temperature changes to less than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in order to avoid rending consequences to global civilisation. It is still physically possible, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a 2018 special report – but ‘realising 1.