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From the New York Times news section:

Ezra Klein Leaves Vox for The New York Times

Lauren Williams, the website’s editor in chief, is also leaving. The departures come against a backdrop of change in the digital media business.

By Edmund Lee
Nov. 20, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ET

Ezra Klein, a founder of the popular website Vox.com, is leaving the publication to become a columnist and podcast host at The New York Times, the latest high-profile departure from Vox Media during a wave of change in the digital media business.

Lauren Williams, Vox.com’s editor in chief, will also be leaving the publication to start a nonprofit to create a “new and different kind of Black news outlet,” the company announced in a note to the staff on Friday. Vox Media plans to hire a new editor for its flagship site and has open positions for other senior roles.

Mr. Klein will join The Times in January to write columns focused on policy and to host an interview podcast.

As I quoted Ezra in my February review of his book Why We’re Polarized:

“My father is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about immigration….”

Here’s a picture of Ezra’s Latinx immigrant dad, UC Irvine math professor Abel Klein.

 
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  1. Anonymous[281] • Disclaimer says:

    Strange him leaving at the same time as Matt Y, the subject of a recent DSL thread:

    https://www.datasecretslox.com/index.php/topic,1524.0.html

  2. Abel Klein is a Brazilian immigrant. But more importantly a Holocaust survivor, or the child of Holocaust survivors.

    How do you enjoy living in a giant pysop, every minute of every day. You got to admire their, what is it called, chutzpah?

  3. Wilkey says:

    The New York Times is diverse: they hire so many different kinds of Jews, and so many different types of Letfists.

  4. Are those professor gigs hard to get?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  5. Lot says:

    Nice try, but you can’t whitewash young Ezra “Samba King” Klein by just posting his father’s pic, and leaving out Mama Klein.

  6. Rob McX says:

    “My father is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about immigration….”

    He cares deeply about turning America into Brazil.

    • Agree: Bubba, J.Ross, Pop Warner
    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
  7. Ezra Klein and Matty Yglesias have both left Vox in the course of a week. End of an era. Who will tell me what to think now? In the post Trump world, no real need for explanatory journalism as we now all know what is right. As recently as 2015, the Vox parent company, the sports centric Vox Media, was valued at over One Billion Dollars!

    Vox Media rolled up several eccentric blog titles, scored a massive evaluation and is possibly now on the downward slide. Who needs clickbait liberal journalistic hot takes when there is Twitter?

    Regardless, I am sure Klein did well for himself. My guess is that the tea leaves read that “wonky” semi-contrarian takes that ever so gently push back against the Biden Administration are the wave of the future. The Golden Era of Pansexual Anarcho Libertarian Sex Worker Journalists fighting fascism while addicted to heroin may sadly be behind us. The Center has held. No longer a need for a United Front Against Fascism.

    We now return to boring elite consensus journalism.

    • Replies: @anon
  8. Trelane says:

    Toxic culture at Vox much?

  9. “My father is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about immigration.”

    “My [mother] is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about…”

    • Agree: Trelane
    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    , @AndrewR
  10. @Reg Cæsar

    “My father is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about immigration.”

    • Thanks: Trelane
    • Replies: @Thomas
  11. anon[111] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Ezra Klein and Matty Yglesias have both left Vox in the course of a week. End of an era. Who will tell me what to think now?

    No worries! Buzzfeed is buying the Huffington Post! One stop shopping for all goodthinking!

  12. Looks like Jewish people own white people in terms of intellect and achievement

    That tells you something right there

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  13. “My [mother] is a Brazilian immigrant, so I care deeply about…”

    Gisele is a, “Boys from Brazil, ” sort of Brazilian…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisele_B%C3%BCndchen

    Bündchen is a sixth-generation German Brazilian.

  14. Thoughts says:

    I had several friends who did this schtick. “I’m Puerto Rican because my Irish Parents lived in Puerto Rico for 2 years before coming to America in the 80s”

    The best thing to do is spend 1 year living in Latin America and then come back and Bam! Latino!

  15. Trelane says:

    GIRL from Ipanema

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
  16. @Wilkey

    Sailer himself has noted that some hail from Minsk and some from all the way over in Pinsk. If that’s not diverse, I don’t know what is.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
    , @ThreeCranes
    , @pyrrhus
  17. Ezra went to University High School in Irvine, lots of chinese and persians. Alumni include Will Ferrell and Zack De La Rocha.

    I only did two weeks at UC Irvine living in “Middle Earth” dorms (like San Quentin but named after Tolkien). A very Islamic and Chinese segregated campus. Plenty of hijabs and freaky Foucault freaks.

    Thereafter, Ezra went to UC Santa Cruz (banana slug mascot and stomping ground of Angela Davis) before transferring to UCLA. At least he graduated.

    Ezra is not an intellectual, and the reason why I don’t read Vox or the NY Times. Our gracious host does it for me; and for that, I’m very grateful.

    • Replies: @Alden
  18. Anonymous[286] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @Not Raul
  19. @Rob McX

    Brazil? We should be so lucky.

    In a related story, according to the Daily Mail Donald Trump is using his last days in office trying to punish immigrant baby bodies:

    Trump ‘wants to END birthright citizenship before he leaves office’: President could strip immigration rights from babies born in the US as his administration pushes through bold policies in his final weeks

    https://mol.im/a/8972055

    • Replies: @Not Raul
    , @Anonymous
  20. AndrewR says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Gisele has a rather mannish face. I wonder who wears the pants in that family.

  21. Interesting how Buzzfeed and Vox leading luminaries all flood to NYT. Ben Smith was EIC of Buzzfeed but has settled as a media columnist at the NYT. Klein created Vox but is settling as a podcaster and occassional columnist.

    Tells you that for all the talk about ‘new media’ it was always ever an angle to get into Old Media.

    • Agree: Not Raul
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Alden says:
    @petit bourgeois

    Here’s the reason why UC Santa Cruz selected the banana slug mascot decades ago. Because banana slugs don’t need partners to reproduce. Every banana slug has male and female parts.
    So it’s like transsexual or something.

    I always the slug was selected because it’s such a NCal critter. But no, because it’s transsexual. Everybody was surprised the mascot wasn’t Trotsky or Lenin. Founded by communists to give and I do mean give Black Panthers PHDs.

    Banana slugs are really really cool. They really look like bananas but not a pastel more a darker yellow. In summer they’re kind of small. But in the rainy wet N Cal winters they expand to the size of a banana. Much fun to capture torture and kill. Probably has no brain with nerves so doesn’t feel pain.

    Entire town is insane liberals. And highway 1 runs right through it. So it can’t be avoided.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  23. Steve Sailer
    @Steve_Sailer
    ·
    4h
    As we saw in Zimbabwe, nothing boosts agricultural productivity more than taking farmland away from white families who have worked it for generations, studying its capabilities and needs, and giving it to Blacks.

    A Zimbabwe-type farmland confiscation program would work especially well in the US because African-Americans in 2020 are so interested in the nuts and bolts of improving agricultural productivity.

    • Thanks: Just another serf
    • Replies: @El Dato
  24. Anon[239] • Disclaimer says:

    If Klein, Williams, and Matt Y left Vox, Y?

    Either Vox is losing money and the salaries are under threat, or a few people at the NYT got quietly fired and the NYT is forced to go headhunting to replace them. If the latter, I wonder who at the Times got the axe. Do we know of any old Boomer moderates who were forced out? The fact that this happened right after the election is interesting.

    • Replies: @Thomas
  25. MattW says:

    How much do NYT opinion columnists get paid?

  26. J.Ross says:

    I liked Death and the Maiden. It was also written by a, y’know, South American, and I guess (if this is the thing we’re going with) directed by one. The ending is uniquely satisfying and real. I can see how a SXSWer could bleat, “but nothing happens!”
    —–
    Been watching Father Brown. TV shows aren’t so bad as long as they’re old. Just took in the one where M is a crotchety village cranker-out of cranky letters-to-the-editor complaining about the country losing its character, which is hilarious because that’s exactly what M would be doing in retirement. Oh, and protecting his daughter from strange men.

  27. Wilkey says:
    @silviosilver

    Well changing the subject slightly, four of the last five Supreme Court nominees by Democrats have been Jewish. If Breyer (86 y.o. at the end of Biden’s term) manages to die or retire on Biden’s watch, what are the odds Biden will go five for six? If he does, what are the odds anyone in the “mainstream media” will even bother to mention it?

    Part of me thinks that Biden will double down on race, either by nominating a black (another gift from St. George Floyd (PBUH)) or by nominating the Court’s first Asian. Or he could nominate Kamala, and get one of each, but she’s just waiting for Crazy Old Joe to die.

    Asians and Jews care more about real power, like a Supreme Court seat (or four), while blacks care more about handouts and pizzazz. And that’s why four of the last five Dem Supreme Court nominees have been Jewish and none have been black.

    • Replies: @ManhattanBorn
    , @MEH 0910
  28. @Wilkey

    But most of the SCOTUS justices now are Catholic.

    • Replies: @Tono Bungay
    , @Wilkey
  29. Whiskey says: • Website

    Vox is likely to go bust without Trump. Much like CNN. Of course, so is the NYT.

    Worse, the fight will be the Shining Path Maoists vs. the Corporate Socialists. Some will want to go full Abimael Guzman, others Bill Gates. The fight should be interesting, to say the least.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  30. Nothing shows how inauthentic and inorganic these Current Year beliefs are more than the term Latinx.

    This is such a Jewish and White liberal project. They are talking to themselves.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  31. Good to see this.

    Diversity of perspectives is important and being such a tiny share of our population, we just don’t get to hear the Jewish perspective much here in America.

    • LOL: Rob McX
  32. Not Raul says:
    @Anonymous

    Ezra the cryptocatholic Brazilian

  33. Not Raul says:
    @Hangnail Hans

    Isn’t it peculiar that Donald Trump finally remembers the promises he made in his 2016 campaign when he has only a few months left in office?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  34. MEH 0910 says:
    @Wilkey


    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Herp McDerp
  35. @Lot

    Hans and I told y’all we’d be lucky to end up like Brazil.

    It’s South Africa that’s our future, not Brazil.

    • Replies: @Flip
  36. @J.Ross

    Been watching Father Brown. TV shows aren’t so bad as long as they’re old.

    “2013 to present” isn’t exactly old, but I see it does take place in the (fictionalized) 1950s and better still it does derive from Chesterton. So it definitely sounds like it could be worse.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  37. @ManhattanBorn

    There used to be a psychologist in DC who wrote a book called Radical Honesty. The intro to that book is interesting. He writes that the majority of his clients were lawyers and Catholics and that each had trouble in real life because they were so trained to think that life must be lived by certain definite rules that they couldn’t see what’s real and what’s not. His politics were touchy-feely leftist, but I think there is some truth in the point he made. Is it possible that originalism is a quasi-religious piety toward the Constitution analogous to the piety of a good Catholic toward the catechism? On the Supreme Court, the Catholics tend to be the conservatives and the Jews the progressives. And why are there so few Protestants on the Court?

  38. @MEH 0910

    I will name the first black woman ever to the Supreme Court.

    Anita Hill.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  39. MEH 0910 says:

  40. Anonymous[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Interesting how Buzzfeed and Vox leading luminaries all flood to NYT. Ben Smith was EIC of Buzzfeed but has settled as a media columnist at the NYT.

    Does Ben Smith also describe himself as jewish?

  41. El Dato says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    You have to admire the can-do attitude though.

    It reminds me of the times before someone told me that it’s meaningless to think about the color scheme before you even get to basic physics and a shitload of books arrived in my inbox.

  42. El Dato says:

    Lauren Williams, Vox.com’s editor in chief, will also be leaving the publication to start a nonprofit to create a “new and different kind of Black news outlet,”

    Indeed. There is still some room in the market for “BLACK OUTLET: Hardcore Sewage Engineering Monthly Magazine”. Infrastructure is being sadly neglected as everybody is just doing shading effects on websites or possibly fintech constructions while complaining about politics.

  43. MEH 0910 says:

    Capital B as in Black.


    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Muggles
  44. My [BLANK] was [BLANK], so I care deeply, deeply about [BLANK].

    Even Mormons, or rather, descendants of Mormons, pull this crap.

  45. Gamecock says:

    ‘will also be leaving the publication to start a nonprofit to create a “new and different kind of Black news outlet’

    “If it bleeds, it leads.”

    Wait . . . will there be room for anything else?

    ‘Nonprofit.’ She recognizes up front that it will be a losing proposition.

    Why not capitalize ‘news?’ Or ‘publication?’

    • Replies: @Muggles
  46. J.Ross says:
    @Whiskey

    They have no audience and run into the red and were caught lying about their numbers, I don’t think they can “go bust” any more than could the All Soviet Writers’ Union. Bezos isn’t trying to make a profit with the Post. These are not businesses any more than they are news organizations.

  47. @silviosilver

    “I have a friend in Minsk, who has a friend in Pinsk….”

  48. pyrrhus says:
    @silviosilver

    Tom Lehrer’s song on plagiarism “I had a friend in Minsk, who had a friend in Pinsk, who had a friend in Omsk…..”

  49. @AndrewR

    Oh, Giselle runs the enterprise, no question.

    The story is going around that Robert Kraft got Bellichick and Brady in a meeting, which Giselle attended, and Giselle basically ripped the Patriot brain trust a new one.

    When they lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles and Tom was getting some pushback, Giselle famously said, “My husband can’t throw AND catch the ball.” Apparently that comment did not go over well in the locker room.

    There’s no doubt she adores Tom, some of the photos of the two of them show she is completely into him.

    You wonder if Tom wants to keep playing so he can spend more time with the guys, but on the other hand, his wife is super hot, even if she’s the major breadwinner. So there’s that.

  50. Wilkey says:
    @ManhattanBorn

    True. But relative to their shares of the population there are more Jews than Catholics. Jews are only 2% or so of the population, but 22% of the Court. If Garland had been confirmed they would have been 44% of the Court while Ginsburg was still alive – or about 20 times their share of the population.

    In the United States there are at least 10 times as many Catholics as there are Jews. With Barrett confirmed Catholics are 66% of the Court vs. 23% of the population – or about three times their share.

    But there is another term for Catholic you could use, and that term is “Christian.” Catholicism is just one form of Christianity, and people flow between various denominations of Christianity (especially nowadays) more easily than they move between Christianity and Judaism, etc. And Christians who are more inclined to legal careers may be more likely to choose Catholicism than, say, become Baptists or Assemblies of God, etc. I mean, we could also break out the Jewish members by Orthodox, Conervative, Reform, whatever, but no one is doing that.

    Moreover, what really matters here when people say “Jewish” is ethnicity/race, not religion. I don’t believe Ginsburg was an observant Jew. Nor is Breyer, iirc. And I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if Kagan isn’t observant, either. So yes, there are six Catholics on the Court. There is a black Catholic (Thomas), a “wise Latina” Catholic (Sotomayor), and four white Catholics of pretty diverse ethnic backgrounds, plus Gorsuch, the lone Protestant, who was actually raised Catholic, as well.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    , @Art Deco
    , @Anonymous
  51. AndrewR says:
    @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Thanks for that. I don’t pay attention to football. I definitely appreciate juicy gossip like this.

    I find it impossible to believe she makes more than him, especially given that, by supermodel standards, she might as well be 100 years old.

    Also, not to be too pedantic, but as this site’s resident expert on Brasil, I am contractually obligated to inform you that in Portuguese you never put two “l”s together. She spells her name Gisele, pronounced zhee-ZELL-ee.

  52. Flip says:
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    Nah, if you travel outside of American cities, the population is white while in South Africa it’s black.

  53. MEH 0910 says:
    @Wilkey

  54. Wouldn’t it really be cool to see Ol’ Man Klein and John Derbyshire co-star in some sort of “What Do You Know?” TV game show?

  55. J.Ross says:
    @Mike Pierson, Davenport Rector, Midfielder

    The one I’m watching looks like mid-seventies and set in late twenties. I don’t think Bernard Lee lived to 2013.

  56. J.Ross says:
    @Not Raul

    That’s a bit harsh, but it would be perfectly accurate to say that without Trump’s lack of seriousness in cleaning up the swamp and defending himself, the present calamity would not be possible.

  57. Do Brasilians consider themselves to be Latino Latinx? A lot of Latinx in the US beg to differ.

  58. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Tom is bothered by people saying his success is mostly due to Bill, that’s why he decamped to Tampa, and the thing is, Bill is probably mostly responsible for Tom’s success at least from the standpoint of championships. Not to say Tom isn’t a great QB, but how would Manning or Rodgers or even to a lesser extent Brees have done with Bill has their head coach? Certainly better than they have.

    Manning was burdened with three head coaches in Indy that were always out-coached in the playoffs, even before they coached him. Mike McCarthy for Rodgers was better but still threw away a win against Seattle in the NFC Championship one season and another against Atlanta by not having his team prepared defensively, something Belicheck has never done.

  59. Muggles says:
    @MEH 0910

    Whoever Ms. Williams is, she is starting a “nonprofit” black news outlet aimed at blacks.

    Nice to see racism has raised its ugly head in the nonprofit world. Or woolly head, though that is a slander against black hair, another recently discovered hate crime.

    So she will be grifting off other big nonprofits started by white millionaires (past) or billionaires. No need to raise money herself from the well known black athlete philanthropic community. Or maybe black entertainers like Oprah.

    Since nearly all black for-profit publications, newspapers and magazines, have been defunct for a long time, time to start the NPR grift gambit. Tote bags with George Floyd’s remarkably ugly mug will be a surefire donor fave. Blacks love reading. Just ask any librarian.

    Blackety-black all the time, every issue. I’m sure her African political coverage will be top notch. She may even be forced to visit here.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  60. Muggles says:
    @Gamecock

    If it bleeds, it leads.”

    Wait . . . will there be room for anything else?

    Well there will be plenty of complaints about white people (White!) or systemic racism. Micro aggressions committed against against POC.

    There will probably be very little crime news, other than the Jussie Smollett imaginary hate crime stuff. Blacks don’t care much about crime news. They get plenty of that when visiting relatives at their monthly lockup visits.

  61. Thomas says:
    @Alden

    At least the campus is nice and the girls who go there tend to be easy and kinky (or they were a decade or more ago), so it does have that going for it.

  62. Thomas says:
    @Anon

    Do you think Vox ever actually made any money?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  63. Art Deco says:
    @Wilkey

    Sotomayor is a ‘cultural Catholic’ if that. Thomas is a complicated man and has had an ambivalent relationship with the Church. The biographies of Roberts, Alito, and Kavanaugh are about what you’d expect of ambitious professionals. I wouldn’t doubt they have far more intellectual engagement with Catholic literature than any common-and-garden parishioner and for all I know the surface phenomena just may be the luck of the draw. However…

    Alito married a half-dozen years after most of his contemporaries and Roberts and Kavanaugh had reached middle age before they married. (Mrs. Roberts is a cradle Catholic. From their family background, it’s a reasonable wager both Mrs. Kavanaugh and Mrs. Alito grew up in protestant households). None of them have more than two children. If I’m not mistaken Alito’s children were sent to private research universities (the children of the other two are much younger).

  64. @Unladen Swallow

    Right.

    Tom deserves a lot of credit for the Patriots success, but Bill and his assistants are the reason they have done so well.

    Success in the NFL doesn’t turn on whether you have more great players than another team — in that sense, it’s different than, say, soccer, where a team of better players will almost always beat teams with weaker players, however the manager decides to deploy his players, or deal with match ups.

    Aaron Rogers is the greatest individual quarterback in the NFL now, and maybe in the history of the NFL. He’s better than Tom Brady. Drew Brees is better than Tom Brady.

    No, it’s whether your lesser players will fill specific roles better than the OTHER team’s lesser players and you get your best players to play counter intuitive roles. That is the Bellichick gift.

    When Darelle Revis played corner back for the Patriots, arguably the greatest 1 on 1 cover guy in the game at the time, you would think, “well, put this guy on the opponent’s best receiver.”

    Nope, that’s not what Bellichick would do.

    You put Revis on the second best receiver, and have him totally shut down THAT guy, and have your less talented cover guys double team the other side’s top receiver, who is going to have a hard time shaking two guys. Because two “pretty good but not great” guys are better than one Hall of Famer.

    Out of the box thinking.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  65. Perhaps the NYT should hire fewer columnists and more reporters

  66. Stopped buying Latinx years ago. I purchase only store brand, and save a few hundred bucks per year.

  67. George says:

    Mother Jones is shocked to discover immigrant child labor in the US.

    Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories

    During the day, they attend high school. At night, they work to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family.

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/11/immigrant-child-labor-factories-bensenville-illinois/

  68. Anon[158] • Disclaimer says:

    Yglesias explains his departure here: https://www.slowboring.com/p/whats-wrong-with-the-media

    TL;DR – Leftie journos like me are actually the tolerant ones. It’s the IT geeks who work for NYT and Vox who really get mad if anyone isn’t far-left woke. They treat any engagement with ideas not their own as an HR issue of severe incompetence. I couldn’t work in that environment.

  69. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack Armstrong

    Its extremely competitive for a full Professorship. Increasingly the older faculty dont retire honorably at 67 or so allowing junior scholars to rise and gain resources and grants to further their work. So even a tenure track appointment appointment at the 50 or so research Universities is intensely sought after by multiple candidates.

    These modern parasites simply milk the endowment and do little substantive work after 60.

    Physicists for example peak in their early 20s often.

    Everything they touch becomes just another racket.

  70. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    For the modern right only catholics are seen as sufficiently reactionary.

    Lots of scares and disappointments in the Warren, Brennan era. Even Souter was all over the place.

    Anglos cant interpret Anglo Saxon law without waxing sentimental.

  71. @Thomas

    A possibly true story has it that Klein asked Bezos for $10 million to start Vox after Bezos bought the Post. Bezos told EK no. JB didn’t get to be the world’s richest man by not being able to recognize midwit mediocrities like Klein.

  72. @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Because two “pretty good but not great” guys are better than one Hall of Famer.

    And the two “pretty good but not great” guys are smart guys who can understand a complicated playbook and adjust to a new game plan each week. They are also disciplined players who do what they are told and don’t make stupid mistakes. Tom does not have that in TB. And Bruce Arians ain’t Bill Bellichek.

    Malcolm Butler was the hero of the Seattle Patriots Super Bowl but did not play in the Super Bowl against Philadelphia for reasons never explained.

  73. Anonymous[155] • Disclaimer says:

    Is Ezra Klein descended from enslavers?

  74. Anonymous[155] • Disclaimer says:
    @RichardTaylor

    This is such a Jewish and White liberal project. They are talking to themselves.

    White liberals follow the Jewish lead. It is therefore more accurate to call it a Jewish project.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  75. clyde says:
    @kpkinsunnyphiladelphia

    Do you know the deal on Giselle and Tom Brady being able to peel 2-3 acres off of Pine Manor Manor women’s collage in Brookline? Super prime real estate that was available to no one except if Robert Kraft was able to finagle it. Where they built a 30 mil house that they abandoned within 2 years. All this why? Because Giselle is a super real estate operator.

    Same as this duo spent 30 million building a solar powered house in SoCal that they pretty much sold before ever moving into. Why? Because Tom Brady’s name on that spec house added 5 million to the eventual price. Did that mumbling retard Dr Dre buy it? I think so.. ….

  76. Anonymous[835] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hangnail Hans

    Trump promised both during the 2015-16 campaign and in that (in)famous Axios interview right before the 2018 midterms that he was going to end the anchor baby loophole.
    Maybe if he had followed through in say in October/early November of 2018 he would have energized his base enough that the Repubs would have either retained the House or made the Dems’ margin of victory smaller, thus making his 2019 Impeachment in that chamber much harder or impossible.
    Talk about snatching potential victory (both for him politically and for the nation) from the jaws of defeat.
    His abject failure to follow through on ending this nation-wrecking practice in FOUR years of power either shows he’s a conman, lazy and/or totally unfocused. After all it would taken no more than ten seconds to scribble his John Hancock in an EO ending “anchor babies,” but he couldn’t be bothered to do something that simple.

  77. @Muggles

    Since nearly all black for-profit publications, newspapers and magazines, have been defunct for a long time

    I’m not sure about that.

    There is an old-fashioned newsstand at the main Metrorail station in downtown Miami. Up until a few months ago, it sold a decent selection of local and national dead-tree newspapers, including the three New York dailies and the Financial Times.

    Recently I happened to be in the area and discovered, to my dismay, that the newsstand had only one paper for sale – the black weekly, the Miami Times. Not even the local “paper of record,” the Miami Herald, was available.

    A couple of months ago, I was trying to track down the latest dead-tree issue of Barron’s. I went to the one place where I knew it was still sold – the Hudson News before security at the Miami airport.

    Alas, all of the airport concessions were closed.

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How America was neoconned into World War IV
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.