11/20/2018

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11.20.2018 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “‘NOTHING ON THIS PAGE IS REAL': HOW LIES BECOME TRUTH IN ONLINE AMERICA” ELI SASLOW, THE WASHINGTON POST

From the article: “‘Nothing on this page is real,’ read one of the 14 disclaimers on Blair’s site, and yet in the America of 2018 his stories had become real, reinforcing people’s biases, spreading onto Macedonian and Russian fake news sites, amassing an audience of as many 6 million visitors each month who thought his posts were factual. What Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker. ‘No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,’ Blair once wrote, on his own personal Facebook page. ‘Where is the edge? Is there ever a point where people realize they’re being fed garbage and decide to return to reality?’”

ESSENTIAL #2: “CRITICS OF A STUDENT DEBT JUBILEE ARE RIGHT (AND WRONG)” ERIC LEVITZ, NYMAG

From the article: “This is, ostensibly, what the debate over a student debt jubilee has felt like to David Leonhardt. In a piece titled, “Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive,” the New York Times columnist chides left-wing politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and left-wing writers like myself— for championing universal student-loan forgiveness, despite the fact that such a policy would deliver the lion’s share of its benefits to the millennial bourgeoisie…

…I still think that “cancel all student debt” is a worthwhile rallying cry for progressive Democrats (and I’ll lay out my case for thinking so in a moment). But I also think that there’s more truth to Leonhardt’s argument than many on the left care to admit.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “SO MUCH FOR BIPARTISANSHIP, EH MITCH?” EDITORIAL BOARD, THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the article: “But after two years of pushing for extreme legislation and appointments that succeeded or failed on party-line votes, Mr. McConnell is now putting the brakes on what is likely one of the only true examples of bipartisanship of the Trump era so far: a criminal justice reform bill that has brought together the American Civil Liberties Union and the Fraternal Order of Police, Republican conservatives like Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic liberals like Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “ANTI-PELOSI DEMOCRATS PUBLICLY VOW OPPOSITION IN HOUSE SPEAKER RACE: ‘THE TIME HAS COME FOR NEW LEADERSHIP’” CLARE FORAN AND MANU RAJU, CNN

From the article: “A rebellious faction of House Democrats released a letter Monday vowing to mount a coup and derail Nancy Pelosi's bid to become House speaker, the first major warning shot from the group of detractors who are trying to stop the powerful leader's bid in the new Democratic majority.

Sixteen Democrats have signed the letter, a number that complicates the math for Pelosi to reclaim the title of speaker, a position she previously held from 2007 to 2011. Pelosi, who was making calls to members from San Francisco on Monday, continues to project confidence that she has the votes to be elected speaker and she is still running unchallenged, though Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio has said she is considering entering the race.”

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