11/12/2018

11.12.2018 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “DAN CRENSHAW, NAVY SEAL AND CONGRESSMAN-ELECT, TAKES TO SNL FOR A TEACHABLE MOMENT” QUIL LAWRENCE, NPR

From the article: “[Pete] Davidson made a joke on Saturday Night Live the weekend before Election Day, making fun of Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw for wearing a black eye patch. Crenshaw lost his eye to a bomb blast during his third combat deployment. He recovered, remained in active duty, and deployed twice more before a medical retirement in 2016. A year later, he returned to Texas and launched a bid for Congress. 

Social media took umbrage on his behalf, but Crenshaw got the last laugh — as well as a chance to push a message he held throughout his run for Congress. 

On Saturday, four days after he won his race, Crenshaw appeared next to Davidson on SNL, and after roasting the comedian with a bunch of prepared jokes, he accepted his apology. Crenshaw then offered up a lesson about civility in politics.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND ARIZONA ELECTION RECOUNTS EXPLAINED” KAY STEIGER, LI ZHOU, TARA GOLSHAN AND P.R. LOCKHART, VOX

From the article: “As vote counting continues from Tuesday’s midterm elections and three states have a handful of elections with razor-thin margins, the fight has become about whether all the votes should be counted in the first place. 

The races for Arizona’s US Senate seat, Florida’s US Senate seat and governor, and Georgia’s governor are all extremely close — close enough that under some state laws, a recount is warranted. 

As of this writing, Arizona’s Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) is ahead of Rep. Martha McSally (R) by about 21,000 votes (and they’re still counting); Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) leads incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) by about 13,000 votes for the Senate seat; Rep. Ron DeSantis (R), whom the Associated Press declared the winner, is ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) by about 34,000 votes in the Florida governor’s race; and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) is ahead of former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) by 63,000 votes in the governor’s race there.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “FAITH LEADERS DESCRIBE THE ‘INNER CONFLICT AND TURMOIL’ THEY’VE EXPERIENCED SINCE TRUMP TOOK OFFICE” KELSEY DALLAS, DESERET NEWS

From the article: “…However, as partisan tensions rise between liberals and conservatives here and around the country, just mentioning values like welcoming the stranger can lead to frustration or hurt feelings, according to faith leaders. Since the election of President Donald Trump, it's become harder to unite politically diverse congregations.

‘I'm pushing 40 years in ministry and I've never experienced such inner conflict and turmoil," the Rev. Klemz said.’”

ESSENTIAL #4: “AMAZON’S H2Q SPECTACLE ISN’T JUST SHAMEFUL—IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL” DEREK THOMPSON, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “The Amazon HQ2 saga had all the hallmarks of the gaudiest reality TV. It was an absurd spectacle, concluding with a plot twist, which revealed a deep and dark truth about the modern world.

Fourteen months ago, Amazon announced a national beauty contest, in which North American cities could apply to win the honor of landing the retailer’s second headquarters. The prize: 50,000 employees and the glory of housing an international tech giant. The cost? Just several billion dollars in tax incentives and a potential face-lift to the host city. Then last week, in a classic late-episode shock, several news outlets reported that Amazon would split its second headquarters between Crystal City, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., and Long Island City, in Queens, New York.

The rumored announcement has emboldened Amazon’s army of critics. Did the world’s smartest company really need 13 months, and applications from 238 cities, to reach the striking conclusion that it should invest in New York and D.C.?  The former is America’s heart of capital, and the latter is America’s literal capital, where Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, already owns a house and a newspaper.”

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