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Newsweek 11/08/2019

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1 min.
the archives

1961 “The mayoralty of New York City has sometimes been described as the country’s toughest job, next to the Presidency,” Newsweek wrote before the election. “It’s a city of superlatives—the biggest buildings, the best in art, the richest in finance.” It also faces the biggest problems, from “monumental traffic jams to crime.” Robert F. Wagner Jr. won, but a question persisted: “Can any one man really run a seemingly ungovernable city?” In answer, crime rates continued to rise with a high of 360,925 reported burglaries in 1980, until they finally started to drop, down to 87,946 in 2000, and 31,137 in 2018. 1979 “Nearly 9 million Americans suffer from serious mental disorders,” but breakthroughs in mood-altering drugs have “offered unprecedented hope for many of them,” Newsweek reported on the new psychiatric paradigm. Today,…

3 min.
tug of war

MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE been killed. Millions more have lost their homes, seeking safe reguge elsewhere. This is the toll of Syria’s eight-year civil war. And when U.S. troops retreated from northeastern Syria in October, allowing for a new offensive by Turkey, a fresh wave of horrors was unleashed on local families and children as well as Kurdish soldiers who had been fighting ISIS alongside the U.S. military. Two weeks later, on October 23, the Trump administration celebrated a permanent ceasefire, an end to a disaster that was largely of its own making. The decision to withdraw was seen widely as a betrayal of U.S. allies and got almost no Republican support on Capitol Hill. After the Americans left, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,…

14 min.
secret donors & secret ballots

@rparloff SHORTLY BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT’S NEW term began this month—one that promises to be a blockbuster—Senator Sheldon Whitehouse thrust himself into the spotlight. A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he confronted the High Court with a shockingly blunt friend-of-the-Court brief. “The Supreme Court is not well,” he wrote. “And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’” A chorus of critics denounced his submission as a brazen threat to pack the Court, with the Wall Street Journal editorial board dubbing it “an enemy-of-the-Court” brief. In a candid interview with Newsweek on October 15, Whitehouse defended his filing, expounded further on Supreme Court partisanship, and warned of the “nightmare” influence that secret donors might be…

1 min.
talking points

“Historically I've had a very hard time expressing myself. I just come across as robotic.”—MARK ZUCKERBERG “CANADIANS REJECTED DIVISION AND NEGATIVITY, THEY REJECTED CUTS AND AUSTERITY.”—JUSTIN TRUDEAU “Standing up to corporate power, and established interests is no joke. It’s not just about standing up and saying these things, but behind closed doors, your arm is twisted.”—ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ “When you’re a grandmother, you have to be respectful of the role you play as opposed to trying to usurp the role of your child, who is the parent.”—HILLARY CLINTON “[MIKE POMPEO’S] WORDS ARE COMPROMISED BY THE…PRESIDENT.” — Former State Department official Michael Posner “This is a really significant first for aviation.”—QANTAS CEO ALAN JOYCE AFTER A NEW YORK TO SYDNEY FLIGHT “LYNCHING IS A REPREHENSIBLE STAIN ON THIS NATION’S HISTORY, AS IS THIS PRESIDENT. WE'LL NEVER ERASE THE…

7 min.
math or bust

It’s STANDARD BY NOW FOR ANY BIO OF ANDREW YANG, the 44-year-old New York businessman who is running a longshot campaign for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, to include a smirking reference to the “Robot Apocalypse.” Yang, however, is definitely not kidding. The central theme of his campaign is that technology is going to continue to put more and more Americans out of work—with devastating social consequences that we have not prepared for as a nation. His primary answer to that challenge is a guaranteed monthly payment of $1,000 a month, no strings attached, to every American over 18 years old, which he calls a “Freedom Dividend,” to be paid for by new taxes on the companies benefiting most from automation. Yang has steadily polled in single digits…

2 min.
the top stem high schools 2020

AMERICA IS A NATION OF ENTREPRENEURS AND INNOVATORS. OUR ECONOMIC vitality and national security depend on our sustaining that vibrant culture. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are the fields in which our children need to be fluent. The STEM skills that only specialists have today will be expected of virtually everyone in the American workforce tomorrow. Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students. They love to explore the properties of sand and water, to build towers (and knock them down), to count their Halloween candy or track sports statistics. We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity and creativity aren’t lost along the way. That’s why Newsweek, with its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best…