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1The Cambria County Republican Headquarters in Johnstown. | Scott Goldsmith for Politico MagazinePam Schilling, above, voted for Trump shortly after her 32-year-old son died from a heroin overdose earlier in the year. | Scott Goldsmith/POLITICOTop left: John George's family record store has been in business for 86 years. George is a Democrat, but he voted for Trump. Top right: The Johnstown Planned Parenthood. Bottom right: Maggie Frear, a retired nurse who voted for Trump. | Scott Goldsmith for Politico MagazineA Johnstown neighborhood. | Scott Goldsmith for Politico Magazine

 

ENEMIES, A GOV STORY

As we cross the one year mark of the Trump presidency, many people on both sides of the aisle still can’t believe the other side votes they way they do. In particular, the anti-Trump crowd still can’t wrap its head around the idea that millions of people voted for Trump — and continue to support him even though many of his policies seem to work against their self interest. (Full disclosure: I’ve got one of those heads.) Politico Magazine’s Michael Kruse went to Johnstown, PA — and what he found there is worth understanding. Yes, people there voted for Trump. No, things are not much better. But their support for Trump hasn’t wavered. “His supporters here, it turns out, are energized by his bombast and his animus more than any actual accomplishments. For them, it’s evidently not what he’s doing so much as it is the people he’s fighting. Trump is simply and unceasingly angry on their behalf, battling the people who vex them the worst—’obstructionist’ Democrats, uncooperative establishment Republicans, the media, Black Lives Matter protesters and NFL players (boy oh boy do they hate kneeling NFL players) whom they see as ungrateful, disrespectful millionaires. And they love him for this.” Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.


+ “If party identification is stronger than ideological identification, then as parties change their ideological identities, their loyalists will change with them, rather than abandoning them.” It’s not about what you believe, it’s about what team you’re on. From Vox: For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it’s not.


+ This NPR article is from last year, but it fits the broader picture. “In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that ‘an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.’ Now, 72 percent say so.” Even religious views are taking a backseat to the sport of politics.


+ And a related book I’ve recommended before, and will keep recommending until you do your homework and read it: The Politics of Resentment.

   

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BRAIN TEASER

“It went to the lab outside the city, instead of the one in Boston, where most of the examinations are performed these days, because it was less likely to attract attention that way. Instead of being carried in through the service entrance, it was ushered in secretly through the underground tunnel system. The brain was given a pseudonym, and only three people knew how to identify it. Other than that, the brain came alone and disconnected from its past, unattached to its celebrity. The sordid details of the man’s rise and fall, the speculation over what went wrong, the debate over justice — all that was left behind for others to assess.” NYT’s John Branch writes about Aaron Hernandez and the NFL, without naming either: On the Table, the Brain Appeared Normal.

WaPo: Aaron Hernandez suffered from most severe CTE ever found in a person his age.Doctors found that former football player Aaron Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE, which researchers had never seen in a brain younger than 46 years old.

   

3President Donald Trump speaks in China.

IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S US

During the campaign, candidate Trump constantly accused China of ‘ripping us like you’ve never seen’ and warned ‘we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.'” In Beijing this week, President Trump used a decidedly different tone: “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for taking advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens?”

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping attend a state dinner in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.
The Atlantic sees a pattern (and thinks foreign leaders see it too): Trump Insults People From Afar, Then Praises Them in Person. The Chinese and South Koreans have figured out how to leverage the psychology behind the U.S. president’s extreme shifts in tone.
NYT: Why Xi Jinping’s (Airbrushed) Face Is Plastered All Over China. President Xi Jinping is China’s most powerful leader in decades. Not since the days of Mao Zedong has one figure so dominated Chinese life. Mr. Xi, who welcomed President Trump to China on Wednesday, cannot yet match Mao’s grandeur. But he has inspired a devout following that some critics describe as the early stages of a personality cult.

   

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BATTERY OF ASSAULTS

The NY premiere of Louis C.K.’s movie, I Love You, Daddy was canceled hours before it was set to start because of news of a breaking NYT story. Shortly thereafter, the story broke: Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say.

+ Kevin Spacey is being erased and replaced in a Ridley Scott movie premiering in December.

 

Panic Hits Hollywood and Media Elite: Which Harasser Will Be Outed Next? Near-daily disclosures of misconduct from N.Y. and L.A. men — as outlined in a since-deleted spreadsheet of “Shitty Media Men” — have blanketed the landscape with a palpable unease: “We all wake up thinking, ‘Who’s next?'”(The Hollywood ).

Republican candidate Roy Moore arrives at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. September 26, 2017a woman posing for a photo: Leigh Corfman, left, in a photo from 1979, when she was about 14. At right, from top, Wendy Miller at around age 16, Debbie Wesson Gibson at around age 17 and Gloria Thacker Deason at around age 18. (Family photos)

 

+ A woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14. Alabama’s state auditor came to Moore’s defense: “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” (I think I’ll just stay here in my political bubble…)

NY Mag: The Powerful Predators on Capitol Hill: “There’s an anti-snitch thing — you don’t air your dirty laundry. It gives the other side power.” The sexual-harassment revolution is coming more slowly to Washington.

Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House (AP):

CONGRESS WOMENMary BonoBarbara BoxerJackie Speier, Jim LangevinNone

Even the four female lawmakers who recently told the Associated Press of sexual harassment they faced from their male co-workers didn’t feel comfortable sharing the names of their harassers. “I’m not sure women in D.C. would be rewarded for their bravery [if they came forward], it’s just a different business,” Ellen says. “The thing about this town is that everyone is connected. The people who get ahead keep the peace and angle everything to their advantage.”

The Daily Beast: Women in Texas’ statehouse created their own secret spreadsheet to chronicle abuses in the capitol, which allegedly range from violent groping to sexual assault.

More than a year before the now-infamous “shitty media men” list, women in Texas’s statehouse secretly created their own online whisper network to document sexual harassment and assault in their industry.This spreadsheet, called the “Burn Book of Bad Men,” lists 38 men, named by an unknown number of women who contributed anonymously to the document. Its accusations run the gamut from pay discrimination to creepy comments and sexual assault.The men in the document include campaign workers, legislative staffers, and lawmakers. Some of the allegations are recent; others stretch back 20 years. Most of the women who contributed to the list and circulated it early on worked for Democrats, so most of the accused men are also Democratic officials or staffers.More than one sexual-assault allegation on the list involves a man on a Democratic political campaign, according to women who contributed to the spreadsheet.Excerpts of the document, but not the full list, were reviewed by The Daily Beast this week.

+ “Here I was, a strong-willed young athlete. There he was, a charismatic pillar of the community. But I’m the one who, all these many years later, at the age of 68, no matter how happy and together I may be, continues to deal with the rage and the shame that comes with being silenced.” Diana Nyad in the NYT: My Life After Sexual Assault.

   

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SEAN SONG

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and … it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other … It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Facebook’s founding president Sean Parker explains how the company was designed (from the start) to exploit human psychology.

 

+ The Pope: Lift Up Your Hearts, Put Down Your Phones. “It pains me greatly, when I celebrate Mass here in the square or in the basilica to see so many cellphones raised.” (You can receive absolution if your phone is out because you’re using the NextDraft app…)

   

6Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing For Rep. Mike Pompeo To Become Director Of C.I.A.

 

THE RUINS OF POMPEO’S SCHEDULE

“This is crazy. You’ve got all these intelligence agencies saying the Russians did the hack. To deny that is like coming out with the theory that the Japanese didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor.” The CIA director met advocate of disputed DNC hack theory — at Trump’s request. (Even in these unusual times, this is highly unusual.)

 

+ Is Mike Pompeo distorting intelligence to help his boss?On October 19, CIA Director Mike Pompeo took the stage at a prominent Washington think tank — and promptly told a lie.NBC News’s Vivian Salama asked him: “Can you say, with absolute certainty, that the election results were not skewed as a result of Russian interference?”“Yes,” Pompeo responded. “The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election.”

+ “What would it look like if the President of the United States punished American businesses he didn’t like, or news organizations that reported things he didn’t like?” It might look a little something like this.

   

7Slide 3 of 26: Dense fog/smog can be seen at Karol Bagh on Nov. 9, 2017 in New Delhi, India. Air pollution levels in the national capital continued to be severe as dense smog engulfed the city, leading to delays in flight and train services.Slide 8 of 26: Pakistani motorcyclists ride along a street amid heavy smog in Lahore on Nov. 9, 2017. Flights were cancelled, school times pushed back and hospitals flooded as air pollution inundated Pakistan's second largest city Lahore. The fast-developing country suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the world, thanks to its giant population navigating poorly maintained vehicles on its roads and unchecked industrial emissions along with seasonal crop burning.

 

HUE DELHI

“Illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhaust emissions in a city with limited public transport and swirling construction dust have caused the crisis.” Reuters: New Delhi declares emergency as toxic smog thickens by the hour.

NatGeo: What It’s Like to Live in the World’s Most Polluted City.Sunita Narain is the director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE),In 2010 she wrote, “The river, by all pollution parameters, is dead. It has just not been officially cremated.”The Yamuna is spiritually and practically central to the lives of people who live near it. Children play in the water, men wash and bleach shirts, people of all ages bathe in and drink from the river in the belief it will absolve them of sin.Even the sacred Yamuna River isn’t exempt from severe pollution. The river is second only to the Ganges in religious significance to practicing Hindus, and for 855 miles (1,376 kilometers) it flows through India, providing water to 57 million people. Eighty percent of the pollution in the river enters along the 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) stretch that goes through Delhi. Soil erosion, waste disposal, and chemical runoff leave the waters black in some places and covered with a white film in others.

   

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THIS IS YOUR SONG

“The music was immense, an entire world immeasurably different from the sad one you were born into. If you could figure out how to get in, the music would suffuse you. You wouldn’t even need an instrument: You would become one with the music, and it would pour from you like light through gauze.” Luc Sante on the 70s music scene in NYC: Maybe the People Would Be the Times.

   

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NU COKE

“That set off both panic and anger on social media in a symphony of languages — English, German and Italian chief among them.” WaPo: Nutella changes recipe, sending its fans to the edge.

   

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BOTTOM OF THE NEWS

NY Mag: Why Canceling Plans Is So Satisfying. (Some people have FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. I have FOBIA: Fear of Being Invited Again.)

A color photo of a family in which the father is blurred and black-and-white

+ “With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.” The Atlantic: How to Hire Fake Friends and Family in Japan.

An illustration of an airplane and a hand offering a cocktail napkin

+ James Hamblin: Have You Ever Tried to Decline an Airplane Napkin? It’s difficult.

   

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