Watched Supreme Revenge from FRONTLINE | PBS
Inside the no-holds-barred war for control of the Supreme Court. From Brett Kavanaugh to Robert Bork, an investigation of how a 30-year-old grievance transformed the court and turned confirmations into bitter, partisan conflicts.

Oh, if only politicians played with the perspective of a veil of ignorance just a bit more…

🎧 The World’s Biggest Problem | On the Media | WNYC Studios

Listened to The World's Biggest Problem from On the Media | WNYC Studios

The messaging behind the Green New Deal; a former insider's look at Facebook's problems; a potential solution; and the godfathers of the modern newspaper column.

At Tuesday's State of the Union, President Trump continued to call for a wall at the southern border. Meanwhile, some Democrats point to the real crisis: climate change. A look at the messaging of urgency and hope around the Green New Deal. And, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg lays out his deep criticisms of Facebook. Then, a Facebook employee makes the case for one potential solution. Plus, a new documentary about Pete Hamill and Jimmy Breslin, two New York City reporters, who helped turn column writing into an art form.

1. Kate Aronoff [@KateAronoff], contributing writer with The Intercept, on how Democrats are selling the urgent need to address climate change. Listen.

2. Roger McNamee [@Moonalice], author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, on the damage that Facebook has done. Listen.

3. Andy O'Connell [@facebook], manager of content distribution and algorithm policy at Facebook, on the network's new "Supreme Court" for content moderation.  Listen.

4. Jonathan Alter [@jonathanalter], filmmaker and journalist, on the legacy of two masterful newspaper columnists. Listen.

🎧 The Daily: The Democrats and Israel | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: The Democrats and Israel from New York Times

The Democratic Party has a long history of staunchly supporting Israel, but some new lawmakers are raising questions about the future of this stance.

👓 Governor Admits He Was in Racist Yearbook Photo | New York Times

Read Governor Admits He Was in Racist Yearbook Photo (New York Times)
Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, said he was “deeply sorry” for the decision to appear in the photo but resisted calls for his resignation.

I’ll bet that the Republicans who have let Trump’s racism slide will crow the loudest for his ouster.

🎧 The Daily: The Freshman, Part 1: Rashida Tlaib | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: The Freshman, Part 1: Rashida Tlaib from New York Times

Now that the Democrats have taken back the House, their plan is to govern on a message of unity heading into 2020. A small group of new, progressive lawmakers threatens to upend that plan. Meet one of them.

🎧 The Daily: Day 1 of a Democratic Majority | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Day 1 of a Democratic Majority from New York Times

As the 116th Congress was gaveled in, Nancy Pelosi took her place at the helm of the most diverse House in history.

🎧 “The Daily”: Nancy Pelosi’s Last Fight | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Nancy Pelosi’s Last Fight by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The leader of the House Democrats faces challenges from multiple factions in her quest to regain the speakership.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: A Conversation With a Freshman Democrat | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: A Conversation With a Freshman Democrat from New York Times

We spoke with Abigail Spanberger, a recently elected congresswoman from Virginia, about her first days in the Capitol and what it means to be a Democrat today.

Last week on “The Daily,” we looked at the campaign of a candidate who embodied the Democratic strategy for winning the House. This week, she arrived in Washington.

Abigail Spanberger a former C.I.A. officer, was elected as a Democrat in Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District. Listen to last week’s episode of “The Daily” about how the Democrats flipped the House, with a spotlight on Ms. Spanberger’s victory in a reliably conservative district.

The incoming group of House Democrats is the most diverse, most female freshman class in history. Members of the group also have major differences in ideology, which may present a challenge for Democratic leaders trying to unify their new House majority.

👓 How the media should respond to Trump’s lies | Vox

Read How the media should respond to Trump’s lies by Sean Illing (Vox)
A linguist explains how Trump uses lies to divert attention from the "big truths."

I like that he delves into the idea of enlightment reasoning here and why it doesn’t work. This section of this article is what makes it a bit different from some of the interviews and articles that Lakoff has been appearing in lately.

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I take your point, but I wonder if Trump is just kryptonite for a liberal democratic system built on a free press.  

The key words being “free press” with free meaning that we’re free to exert intelligent editorial control.

Editors in the early 1900’s used this sort of editorial control not to give fuel to racists and Nazis and reduce their influence.Cross reference: Face the Racist Nation from On the Media.

Apparently we need to exert the same editorial control with respect to Trump, who not incidentally is giving significant fuel to the racist fire as well.
November 20, 2018 at 10:11AM

A lot of Democrats believe in what is called Enlightenment reasoning, and that if you just tell people the facts, they’ll reach the right conclusion. That just isn’t true.  

November 20, 2018 at 10:12AM

👓 Trump is in big trouble now that Democrats control the House — and he knows it | CNBC

Read Trump is in big trouble now that Democrats control the House — and he knows it by John Harwood (CNBC)
After American voters hit the brakes on his administration by flipping the House to Democratic control, Trump called a White House news conference to insist he had won "almost a complete victory." And then he made plain he understands viscerally what he has lost.

🎧 The Daily: Nancy Pelosi’s Dilemma | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Nancy Pelosi’s Dilemma by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Under fire from both parties, the longtime House Democratic leader faces an uncertain political future.

🎧 The Daily: A Scorched-Earth Strategy in Ohio | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: A Scorched-Earth Strategy in Ohio by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

Republicans have deployed a polarizing message and millions of advertising dollars in an attempt to rescue what used to be a reliably conservative congressional seat.