As Missouri Senate contenders peddle conspiracies, what’s the damage to democracy?
WASHINGTON — One Republican candidate in Missouri’s Senate race skipped the state party’s annual convention last week and traveled instead to Arizona, where he toured the site of a discredited 2020 election audit and falsely claimed it could lead to decertification of the results. Another contender recently announced a campaign event in the St. Louis suburbs with a former Trump administration official beloved by supporters of QAnon. Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and St. Louis lawyer Mark McCloskey are making once fringe positions key pieces of their message to voters as they vie for the G...
The Kansas City Star
Georgia absentee ID law has outsize impact on Black and metro voters, records show
ATLANTA — More than 272,000 registered voters don't have a driver's license or state ID on file with election officials, meaning they'd have to submit additional documents to vote by mail under Georgia's new voting law, state election records show. The ID requirements disproportionately affect Black voters, who are much less likely than white voters to have ID numbers matched to their voter registrations, according to election data. Voters who lack a driver's license or state ID number linked to their registrations will have to verify their identities to vote absentee. Georgia's voting law req...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In latest Epstein deal, officers who slept while financier died plead guilty, avert trial
MIAMI — Two federal prison officers facing felony charges of falsifying reports and sleeping on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York cell have agreed to cooperate with federal investigators in exchange for leniency. The officers, Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, appeared via video conference in federal court in New York Tuesday to enter their pleas, sparing them a high-profile trial — one that could have revealed more to the public about what happened to Epstein. Both officers pleaded guilty to falsifying records and conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of a de...
Cynthia M. Allen: In Texas, voters unite to reject school ‘cultural sensitivity’ plan designed to divide
FORT WORTH, Texas – Southlake is not the most unlikely place for a showdown over critical race theory. The Dallas-Fort Worth suburb is a red city, but its surrounding county went blue in the last presidential election (for the first time in more than 50 years) and its the demographics are dramatically shifting as coastal Democrats flock to Texas. Progressive ideologies about race and culture are starting to close in. Southlake’s demographics, wealthy, well-educated and white, also are typical of enclaves where things like critical race theory and its more innocuous aliases are ascendant. But s...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Northwestern President Morton Schapiro defends hiring Mike Polisky as athletic director, saying he met the ‘highest standard of conduct and character’
Following days of criticism surrounding Mike Polisky’s hiring as Northwestern’s athletic director, university President Morton Schapiro released a letter Thursday explaining his decision and stating confidence that Polisky met the “highest standard of conduct and character.” Polisky, a Northwestern deputy athletic director for more than a decade, is one of four defendants along with the university in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a cheerleader, who in her complaint accused Polisky of dismissing her allegations. Schapiro said an initial inquiry portion of an independent investigation is ...
Northwestern faculty say they’re ‘alarmed’ and ‘embarrassed’ by athletic director Mike Polisky’s hiring and plan to protest at President Morton Schapiro’s house
Northwestern’s announcement of Mike Polisky as its new athletic director has been met coolly by some alumni and campus leaders who have expressed confusion and resistance to the selection, according to sources and faculty members. Six female faculty members sent an open letter Wednesday to Provost Kathleen Hagerty demanding greater transparency, and they’re planning a picket Friday afternoon that will march from campus to President Morton Schapiro’s home to express opposition to the decision to hire Polisky. Polisky, who had been Northwestern’s deputy athletic director for external affairs sin...
Analysis: Biden's first 100 days: Speak softly and deliver a big pitch
WASHINGTON — To many, President Joe Biden signaled a return to normalcy. But he's pushing for transformation. Having campaigned as the candidate of stability for a country battered by a pandemic and toxic politics, Biden has used his first 100 days in office to wrap a sweeping agenda inside a workmanlike and familiar persona. That combination has, at least so far, enabled him to press dramatic policy ambitions without the backlash that confronted his two predecessors. "He's taking very big swings but he's doing all of this very quietly," said Alison Dagnes, a political science professor at Shi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
From Seattle to New York and back, this Vietnamese American pastry chef is a rising star to watch
SEATTLE — Even after losing her job at the famed Gramercy Tavern in New York when the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry last spring, pastry cook Lauren Tran was getting buzz for her work. Her Vietnamese-French desserts had been written about by New York media. Formidable restaurants including Madame Vo in the East Village wanted to host her pop-ups. Life was looking up, until she got word from back home in Federal Way, Washington, that her father had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering chest pains. Tran canceled all her cake orders, grabbed some clothes and shoved a bag of p...
The Seattle Times