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Golf and Television Won't Make America Great Again

The week that began on August 8, 2011, found President Barack Obama in the midst of what The New York Times would call “the most dismal stretch of his presidency.” Days before, Congress had finally managed to strike a deal on raising the debt ceiling, thus averting a disastrous default on the national debt. But the process had been long and hideous, like an ugly domestic argument waged in front of the neighbors. On the 5th, a Friday, Standard & Poor’s had handed the United States its first ever credit-rating downgrade, citing a lack of “predictability of American policymaking and political i
New York Magazine
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Donald Trump Is Not Invited to the Wedding

IT WAS JOE SCARBOROUGH’s 53rd birthday, April 9, 2016, and his youngest child, an 8-year-old boy named Jack, was trying to tell him something. “Dad, look at the birthday cake,” he said. The cake was in the shape of a small mammal, resting on a bed of artificially green coconut shavings, its body frosted vanilla white and its floppy ears studded with Smarties. Fourteen candles stuck out of its back, with another stabbed into the center of its head like some kind of sugary acupuncture experiment. Scarborough’s girlfriend, Mika Brzezinski, had baked it from a boxed Duncan Hines mix and then, bein
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Behind the Facade

Just months after Donald Trump proposed to Melania with a $1.5 million Graff diamond that he got half-price in exchange for publicity, Don Jr. stole his dad’s idea—and took it a step further. On Nov. 11, 2004, Trump’s oldest child, then 26, proposed on bended knee to Vanessa Haydon, a model he’d met through his father. He did it in front of cameras at a jewelry store in the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. Don Jr. got his $100,000 ring free, but he paid a steep price. “Trump Jr. is the cheapest gazillionaire heirhead,” mocked the New York Post, and Don’s role model publicly expressed his dis
Strangers in Their Own Land
Ashley M., Scribd Editor
From the Editors

Scale the empathy wall…

Is America really more divided than ever? To try to figure out what was going on with the far right in the years leading up to Donald Trump’s election, Hochschild spent five years with Tea Party supporters in Louisiana, and her reporting makes it easy to sympathize with those you may not agree with. This book topped many best-of lists and was a finalist for the National Book Award with good reason.