ESSENTIAL #1: “THE RACIAL RECKONING COMES” DAVID BROOKS, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “Eric is not alone in his shift in emphasis. As Zach Goldberg points out in Tablet, over the past several years there has been a sharp shift in opinion, especially among white progressives, on all subjects racial. For most of the latter half of the 20th century, for example, about 10 percent of white liberals supported increased immigration; now it’s 50 percent. As Goldberg writes, African-Americans are actually less progressive on these issues than white liberals.
Both Trumpists and their opponents have also de-emphasized the Ben Franklin narrative and embraced narratives that put race at the center. Trump’s narrative is: We real Americans (white) have to protect our culture from the alien (brown) who would weaken it.
The opposing narrative is something like this: America began with a crime — stealing the land from Native Americans. It continued with an atrocity, slavery. The American story is the conflict between oppressors who seek to preserve white supremacy and people who seek to move beyond it. The essential American struggle is to confront the national sin, have a racial reckoning and then seek reconciliation.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “WHAT IS THE HYDE AMENDMENT? A LOOK AT ITS IMPACT AS BIDEN REVERSES HIS STANCE” MAGGIE ASTOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “The broad answer is that it’s a measure banning federal funding for abortion. More precisely, it states that Medicaid will not pay for an abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
The amendment — named for former Representative Henry Hyde, Republican of Illinois — was first passed in 1976 as part of the appropriations bill for what is now the Department of Health and Human Services, and it is renewed every year, with occasional changes to the list of exceptions.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program, and states can cover abortions with their share of the funds. But most don’t.”
See also: “Joe Biden Embraces Taxpayer Funded Abortions,” The National Review Editorial Board.
ESSENTIAL #3: “HIRING SLOWED IN MAY ACROSS THE ECONOMY” SARAH CHANEY AND ERIC MORATH, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
From the article: “Employers tapped the brakes on hiring in May, signaling companies are taking a more cautious approach at a time of cooling global growth and trade tensions and underscoring a spring slowdown in the decadelong U.S. economic expansion.
The economy added 75,000 jobs in May, marking the 104th straight month of gains, but also one of the weakest monthly increases since the recession ended in mid-2009, the Labor Department reported Friday. The hiring slowdown was broad-based across industries, and the March and April payroll gains were reduced from previous estimates.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “WHITE HOUSE HOPEFULS SWING THROUGH ATLANTA” ROBERT JIMISON, GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING
From the article: “Four presidential candidates traveled to Atlanta Thursday seeking endorsements, raising campaign cash and hoping to reach voters.
Cory Booker says Georgia is a blue state. Pete Buttigieg claims that Stacey Abrams was robbed of an election. Joe Biden changes his stance on federal abortion funding. Beto O'Rourke proposes a plan to automatically register more voters.
Booker and Buttigieg both delivered prepared remarks at the African American Leadership Summit hosted by the Democrtic National Committee. The event provides a prime opportunity for candidates to court an important demographic of the electorate — the Southern black vote.”