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Amid 'Tumultuous' 2 Days, 2 Views of Trump

One pundit thinks the US needs better protection against an 'authoritarian' like him

(Newser) - Tuesday's election in Georgia and Wednesday's certification of the presidential vote in DC have given pundits no shortage of things to write about. As Mike Allen puts it at Axios , the "next two days look to be the most tumultuous and telling of the wild, never-ending 2020...

From All 10 Ex-Defense Secretaries, an 'Exceptional' Op-Ed

They note Biden has won, warn the military has no place getting involved in any election disputes

(Newser) - "The time for questioning the results has passed; the time for the formal counting of the electoral college votes, as prescribed in the Constitution and statute, has arrived." So reads an unusual op-ed that appeared Sunday in the Washington Post , co-signed by all 10 living ex-defense secretaries. The...

Media Won't Call Nashville Bomber What He Is

He's a suicide bomber and a domestic terrorist, writes a Refinery29 columnist

(Newser) - The Nashville narrative is pretty clear: Authorities say Anthony Quinn Warner packed his RV with explosives and blew it and himself up on Christmas while parked downtown. He was, by the most basic definition of the term, a suicide bomber. And yet you'd be hard-pressed to find the phrase...

The 'Nice' Approach Isn't Working. Cruise Got It Right

2 columnists weigh in on the star's leaked COVID rant

(Newser) - Some social media users viewed Tom Cruise's leaked rant from the set of Mission: Impossible 7, in which he hurls profanities at masked crew members for violating COVID safety measures, as "abusive, yet another instance of an entitled man screaming at people not in a position to scream...

Buttigieg's New Job Makes 'Perfect Sense'

He'll have ample opportunity to shine as transportation secretary, writes Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - It's official: President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pete Buttigieg as his transportation secretary. "I trust Mayor Pete to lead this work with focus, decency, and a bold vision," Biden said Tuesday, per USA Today . But does Buttigieg really want to lead the Transportation Department? "Isn't...

It's Time to Fix the Way We Pick Ambassadors

The age-old practice of rewarding big donors with posts must end, argues essayist

(Newser) - America has an ambassador problem, complains Mattathias Schwartz in an op-ed at the New York Times . He's referring to the long-standing practice of presidents awarding plum posts to big campaign donors who are utterly unqualified to be diplomats. As an example, Schwartz calls attention to former EU ambassador Gordon...

One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die

'Understanding our own humanity is a lifelong project,' Jennifer Lackey writes

(Newser) - "The death penalty is purportedly reserved for the 'worst of the worst' or those with 'irretrievably depraved characters.' But this is based on a myth." That's according to Jennifer Lackey, founder and director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program. It was through the program...

Skeptic Lays Out 3 Reasons Why Trump 2024 Is Doomed

Personality-based politicians have always faded, writes John F. Harris at Politico

(Newser) - President Trump and his supporters are making noises about a run in 2024, but John F. Harris predicts in a column at Politico that it's not going to happen. In fact, he thinks Trump's influence will fade pretty quickly once he's out of office. "Outsized outsiders...

Could Trump Pardon Himself? It May Hinge on Single Word

That word is 'grant,' explains Eric L. Muller in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Could President Trump pardon himself before he leaves office? He faces possible liability on bank and tax issues, and a former prosecutor in the Robert Mueller investigation makes the case in a New York Times op-ed that he should get hit with obstruction charges, too. A president, of course, can...

Pope Speaks on COVID, and What 'Changed the Way I Saw Life'

In 'NYT' op-ed, pontiff writes that personal freedoms shouldn't displace the common good

(Newser) - When Pope Francis was 21, he became very sick with a flu that had him gasping for breath and totally dependent on his caretakers. He eventually recovered, but that illness "changed the way I saw life," and it now serves as an important reminder to him that only...

'One of the Year's Best TV Shows' Is a Surprise

'LAT' critic says 'Saved by the Bell' reboot 'starts out well and just gets better'

(Newser) - Tracey Wigfield loved Saved by the Bell growing up. The show "is my Star Wars," the 30 Rock and Mindy Project writer tells Vanity Fair . But given the opportunity to reboot the series that ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993 (followed by TV movies, sequels, and reunions),...

Markle Makes Devastating Reveal, Finds 'Path to Healing'

3 words she said to Harry after miscarriage in July are words we should all say now: 'Are you OK?'

(Newser) - Last year, when Meghan Markle was a new mom plagued by exhaustion, a journalist's simple question served as a surprise salve: "Are you OK?" In an opinion piece in the New York Times , the Duchess of Sussex says those three words are what she said to her own...

New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "...

If She Can Get COVID, Anyone Can

Kathryn Jones writes of contracting virus while living 'in the middle of nowhere' in rural Texas

(Newser) - Kathryn Jones lives out of sight from neighbors on a ridgetop at the end of a winding gravel road, eight miles from the nearest town of Glen Rose, Texas. She thought she'd be safe there. "Sheltering in place was easy" and "I always wore a mask when...

A Top GOP Voice Says Trump Has No Chance

Karl Rove says recounts, challenges cannot possibly change the outcome of election

(Newser) - President Trump's legal attempts to overturn Joe Biden's election victory are all for naught, according to the man who helped usher in the previous Republican president. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Karl Rove writes that the president's legal challenges in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada...

Op-Ed Suggests Fauci Understated the 'Hurt' That Looms

'WaPo' op-ed warns that, amid current surges, interventions can't wait until Inauguration Day

(Newser) - Last month, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that "we're in for a whole lot of hurt" this winter as coronavirus numbers spike. A new opinion piece in the Washington Post agrees—but also suggests that Fauci may have understated things. Penned by former Trump homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert,...

Chris Christie Speaks Out on His 'Serious Failure'

Former NJ governor regrets not wearing a mask at Rose Garden event, implores others to

(Newser) - Chris Christie is pushing for people to wear face masks, and he has good reason to push for them: He caught COVID-19 himself after attending the Rose Garden event last month for Amy Coney Barrett's nomination, and now he's regretting how lax he was about safety protocols. "...

Sports Writer's World Series Streak Ends at 252 Games

Thomas M. Boswell recounts the 'marvelous misery'

(Newser) - For the first time since 1975, Thomas M. Boswell will not be covering the World Series, ending a 252-game streak. "I don't think it's smart for a 72-year-old man in a pandemic," writes the Washington Post sports columnist. But the choice has left him pining for...

Daughter of Major Trump Ally: Please Vote for Biden

Caroline Giuliani, daughter of Rudy, wants to get rid of 'toxic' Trump administration

(Newser) - At least one Giuliani won't be voting for President Trump, and she's urging others to follow her lead. Caroline Rose Giuliani, the youngest child of former New York City Mayor and Trump ally Rudy Giuliani, writes in an opinion piece for Vanity Fair that she'll be casting...

Ronald Reagan Got It. Trump Still Doesn't

No. 40's daughter Patti Davis argues that Trump needs to tell the truth about his health

(Newser) - Ronald's Reagan's daughter is following the news from Walter Reed hospital, and she doesn't like what she sees. "When you're president, privacy is not an option—including, and maybe especially, privacy about your health," writes Patti Davis in the Washington Post . "Instead of...

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