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Steve August 14, 2020

“The Iran-Contra Scandal Ends In a Whimper” February 1, 1994 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unlike Watergate, in which the resigna­tion of the president created an ending of sorts, there is no suc­cessful conclusion to the Iran-contra scandal that tore the government to pieces during the mid 1980s. The release last week of the report of the […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Showtime! The Theater of Politics July 24, 1984 SAN FRANCISCO — Thursday, July 12, 7 a.m. Arrived from Newark three hours ago. I should be thinking about politics as theater. Again? Is it three hours earlier or 15 years ago? Did I ever believe the medium was the message? Consider spectacle (authoritarian, hierar­chical, scripted) versus […]

Steve August 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate has won widespread praise from rank-and-file Democrats who have hailed her as a historic, trail-blazing choice. But Democratic candidates running in some crucial races see Biden’s choice of a Black and Indian woman as something more important: a new motivating factor in their […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Rent the Runway plan to shut all of its stores for good, the company announced on Friday. The clothing rental service told CNBC it is making the decision in order to focus its investments on digital and adding more drop boxes for customers. Its New York City flagship will be turned into a permanent drop-off […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Despite warnings about obesity and unhealthy diets, American kids and adolescents are eating even more fast food. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children and adolescents got 13.8 percent of their daily calories from fast food in 2015 to 2018, up from 12.4 percent in 2011 to 2012. […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Friday evening. We’ll have another update for you tomorrow morning. 1. Holidaymakers in race to return to UK Thousands of British tourists are scrambling to get back to the UK before a 14-day quarantine is enforced from countries including France and the […]

Steve August 14, 2020

The effect of Louise Day Hicks’s voice lay as much in its texture as her words. She was careful to keep her racism from spilling into the explicit, so when the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1965 that “delays in desegregating school systems are no longer tolerable,” she used soft, grandmotherly tones to make […]

Steve August 14, 2020

The stories from the front lines of this country’s abandonment of the poor in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic are not in short supply. The Washington Post reports on the devastating stories of workers waiting for benefits from the cold and broken bureaucracy of D.C.’s unemployment bureau; one ends the story with $1 left […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Ronald Reagan began laying the groundwork for his 1980 presidential run almost immediately after his defeat in his campaign for the 1976 Republican nomination. The work consisted primarily of hundreds of speeches in hotel ballrooms across the country. The most important addressed high-minded fora like the Foreign Policy Association in New York and the Public […]

Steve August 14, 2020

A woman was attacked by a bison as she was trying to take photos of a herd at Custer State Park in South Dakota. The encounter was captured on video and shows a group of motorcycle riders stopped in a road as a large herd passes. A woman walks over to the grass and sits […]

Steve August 14, 2020

U.S. government scientists have begun efforts to manufacture a strain of the novel coronavirus that could be used in human challenge trials of vaccines, a controversial type of study in which healthy volunteers would be vaccinated and then intentionally infected with the virus, Reuters has learned. The work is preliminary and such trials would not […]

Steve August 14, 2020

Best grilling tools and accessories The key to avoiding stress while you grill is preparing for it appropriately. “Do as much indoors as you can before you head outside,” advises Judith Fertig, who wrote “The Gardener and The Grill.” “Make sure your fire is hot enough and the food is ready to go on the […]