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Russian Navy servicemen console each other ahead of a funeral service for 14 sailors who died in a submarine fire in the Barents Sea.

Russian Navy servicemen console each other ahead of a funeral service for 14 sailors who died in a submarine fire in the Barents Sea. 

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Newsmakers 7/5/2019: Political roundtables on RI, Mass. | WPRI.com

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — This week on Newsmakers: political roundtables look back at the first half of 2019 and preview the rest of the year in Rhode Island and Massachusetts politics. With Ian Donnis of The Public’s Radio, Dan McGowan of The Boston Globe, Stephanie Murray of Politico Massachusetts, and Peter Ubertaccio of Stonehill College.

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4:00 PM 7/12/2019 | Trump and Trumpism – Review Of News And Opinions

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller offered to delay his congressional testimony, scheduled for July 17, by one week as part of negotiations with lawmakers, the Washington Post reports.

On Friday, Turkey accepted delivery of Russian missile defense systems, a purchase which has caused tensions with the U.S. and other NATO member-states, according to NPR. The U.S. is likely to respond by refusing to sell Turkey the F-35 fighter jet.

The Chinese government announced it would impos


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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller offered to delay his congressional testimony, scheduled for July 17, by one week as part of negotiations with lawmakers, the Washington Post reports.

On Friday, Turkey accepted delivery of Russian missile defense systems, a purchase which has caused tensions with the U.S. and other NATO member-states, according to NPR. The U.S. is likely to respond by refusing to sell Turkey the F-35 fighter jet.

The Chinese government announced it would impose sanctions on U.S. companies participating in a $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which was recently approved by the U.S. State Department,  Reuters writes.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the Department of Defense in Oracle America Inc. v. U.S., allowing the Pentagon to award a much-anticipated contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) later this summer, Nextgov reports.

An advisory opinion by the Federal Election Commission allows cybersecurity company, Area 1 Security, to provide its discounted services to 2020 presidential candidates campaigns, the Times says. Without the decision, the discounts offered by Area 1 could have constituted illegal campaign contributions.

President Trump criticized Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project on Thursday, saying that there is only “one real currency” in the U.S. and that the company might need to submit itself to heightened banking regulation, the Post reports.

Thirty-two million dollars disappeared from a cryptocurrency exchange in Tokyo after what is believed to be a malicious hack, the exchange has since suspended its operations, the Guardian writes.

 

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Dems lose patience with ‘complete fraud’ AOC, rally to Pelosi’s side

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House Democrats and their aides are quickly losing patience with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her office’s nonstop sparring with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other long-serving members, suggesting the speaker’s dismissive comments toward her may represent the view of a growing section of the caucus.


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No, Mr. Putin, liberalism is not dead – Big Think

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No, Mr. Putin, liberalism is not dead

The Russian President claims the “so-called liberal idea” is dead; the data disagree.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated that liberalism has “outlived its purpose.”
  • Data show that liberal ideals such as democracy, individual agency, and economic freedom are not only on the rise but improve the well-being of people living in countries that support them.
  • Recent challenges to liberalism are serious but have not overpowered the liberal tradition.

During an interview with the Financial Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed liberalism dead.

What is the reason for the Trump phenomenon, as you said in the United States? What is happening in Europe as well? The ruling elites have broken away from the people. There is also the so-called liberal idea, which has outlived its purpose. Our Western partners have admitted that some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable.

He later doubled-down, saying that liberals “cannot simply dictate anything to anyone” and liberalism “presupposes that nothing needs to be done.”

A gander at recent headlines may suggest Putin has read liberalism’s fate correctly: white supremacists and nationalists marching in the streets; Europe’s upsurge of support for populists parties; and President Donald Trump touting military might at a Fourth of July parade that reeked of rinky-dink Soviet propaganda. It can seem like we live on the wrong side of a historical tipping point.

While these recent trends are disturbing and certainly offer a challenge to liberal ideals, the data show that the liberalism remains alive and well in the world today.

Not your American-style liberalism

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump shake hands at the 2017 G-20 Summit, Hamburg. (Photo: The Kremlin/Wikimedia Commons)

First, let’s clarify what we mean by “liberalism.” For Americans, the term has drifted to become a catchall for political ideologies that lean left (and an epithet for those who lean right).

This is how President Trump understood it when asked about Putin’s comments: “I guess you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look, and what’s happening in San Francisco, and a couple other cities which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people, I don’t know what they’re thinking but [Putin] does see things that are happening in the United States that would probably preclude him from saying how wonderful it is.”

To be fair to Trump, “liberalism” is a slippery term spread out across an expansive historical lineage — and that’s before we start qualifying it with prefixes (neoliberalism) and adjectives (cultural, social, classical, and muscular liberalism). But Putin meant “liberalism” in its more traditional and European sense.

For our purposes, we can hew the term to mean an ideology that puts primacy on individual rights and human agency. Under liberalism, all people should be free to pursue their dreams, be able to compete in an open market, and be allowed to decide for themselves — all offered with equal opportunity under the law and free of government coercion.

In other words, liberalism provides the foundation of modern liberal democracies that stand in opposition to Putin’s own ideology, an old Soviet-era belief in the primacy of the state and the nobility found in sacrificing individuality for its glory. (Dulce et decorum est pro Putin mori, as it were.)

As Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist, whose book The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia won the 2017 National Book Award, reminds us: “Putin is a bloody dictator who jails and kills his opponents and has waged several illegal wars to the tune of hundreds of thousands of lives [and] has presided over the near complete destruction of [the Russian] public sphere.”

Liberalism rising

A graph showing the number of democracies and autocracies in the world over time. (Photo: Our World in Data)

Putin may ardently wish for liberalism’s death, but the facts of history aren’t on his side.

In an article disputing Putin, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator for the Financial Times, combined the World Bank’s measure of “voice and accountability” in governance and the Heritage Foundation’s “index of economic freedom.” He found that liberal societies perform better economically than repressive ones. Furthermore, post-communist states that have transitioned into liberal democracy – such as Poland, Romania, and Lithuania – have all economically outpaced Putin’s Russia.

“Mr. Putin’s posturing on the world stage is a way of turning the attention of the Russian people away from his regime’s corruption and its failure to give them a better life,” Wolf writes.

It isn’t just by economical success by which we can measure liberalism’s success. We can measure the number of countries that have made the transition into liberal democracies.

Starting in the 20th century, worldwide autocracies began to dwindle in tandem with democratic growth. According to the Varieties of Democracy Project, by 2001, the world held a roughly even number of both. Ever since, democracies have outnumbered autocracies, while the latter continue to lose ground.

Of course, political anocracies don’t fall neatly in the democratic vs. autocratic binary, leading to some differentiation in absolute numbers. But the trend lines remain consistent: countries are becoming more democratic than autocratic.

Why? Because by almost any measure of human happiness, liberal democracies provide better for their citizens. They are less corrupt than other forms of governance. They score significantly higher on metrics looking at happiness, life satisfaction, human development, and protecting human rights. And though public perception in the U.S. is that violence is at an all-time high, the opposite is true. Rates of homicide in Europe are at historic lows, and the United States has seen its homicide rate fall sharply in the last quarter century.

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Putin’s claim of liberalism’s death isn’t an analysis off the world stage based on data and well-reasoned argument. It’s old-school agitprop courtesy an international troll. Liberalism is not only alive but making the lives for billions of people better the world over.

Of course, to say liberalism is alive and well is not to say that it does not face challenges. It does, and it always has.

Some originate from Putin himself. The Muller Report found the Kremlin exploited security gaps in the United States’ election security to mount an online campaign in support of populist Donald Trump. Russian agencies have used similar tactics in European campaigns, in addition to providing European populists with loans.

“The goal here is bigger than any one election,” Daniel Jones, a former FBI analyst, told the New York Times. “It is to constantly divide, increase distrust and undermine our faith in institutions and democracy itself. They’re working to destroy everything that was built post-World War II.”

But as Masha Gessen reminds us, Putin isn’t some Bond villain (though he styles himself as one). Any influence he achieved over American and European elections originated with discontent and disinformation already metastasizing within liberal countries.

“Russian attempts to sow discord—first of all, they’re predictable. Second of all, they’re ridiculous,” Gessen told the Atlantic. “They’ve been doing pretty much the same thing for at least 50 years. American political reality has moved a lot closer to the Russian perception — what used to be a really distorted perception, it used to be a total caricature — which I think is a little disturbing.”

This discontent centers on issues as complex as immigration, economic equity, social mobility, and political polarization. In response, conservatives have sacrificed their liberal heritage in favor of strongman populists and promises of returning to a halcyon, if ill-defined, past. On the left, progressives have grown to mistrust the liberal experiment, having seen its boons disseminated unevenly or, in some cases, entirely pass over those who have been historically disenfranchised.

But as Martin Wolf reminds us, liberalism is not a “Utopian project.” It is a “work in perpetual progress” that “requires constant adaption and adjustment.” Such progress requires good data, an honest assessment of the problem, a willingness for political compromise, and an understanding that a perfect solution is the enemy of a good one.

In other words, the opinion of a wannabe-SPECTRE autocrat may not be the one we should listen to.


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The youngest to 1,000: How LeBron and Kobe reached a scoring milestone in their teens

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How do you score 1,000 NBA points before your 20th birthday? Well, it helps to come into the league really young, which hasn’t been possible since 2006. And it also helps to be on a very bad team that *needs* you to score tons of points. These are the stories of the players who checked one of those two boxes, and of course the story of the one player who most emphatically checked both: LeBron James.

LeBron’s got basically every record for youngest player to score X number of points, but the exact circumstances of his 1,000-point achievement are worth a deeper dive. That story involves Ricky Davis, or specifically the absence of Ricky Davis.

Someday soon, the NBA may relax its age limit, but until that day comes, LeBron will hold on to his incredible scoring marks.

Watch the full episode above and check out more episodes of HIGH SCORE in our playlist.


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Angelica Ross makes history with new ‘American Horror Story’ role

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Angelica Ross

Acclaimed actress Angelica Ross, fresh from a powerful departure from Pose, will join the cast of Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed horror series American Horror Story: 1984. 

“Though she will always be our Candy, and our show suffers this incredible loss, I am elated that the world will get much more Angelica,” said Pose and AHS creator Murphy via Twitter. “She is joining the American Horror Story family in another unforgettable role. Congrats Angelica for making history, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984. Welcome to the #AHS family!”

The actress is the first trans performer to land two series regular roles.

Related: Unsung Heroes: Angelica Ross Is Blazing A Path For Transgender Women In Tech

Ross will join Olympian Gus Kenworthy and AHS regular Emma Roberts for the series–the only other two actors who’ve been announced for the project. The new season will debut in September.

Ross rose to fame as the founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a non-profit organization aimed at training transgender people for remote technology jobs. The training program allows transgender individuals to maintain a job and income during transition without threats to their safety. Her work earned her wide recognition, even from the Obama White House.

Following her work in technology, Ross decided to pursue her dream of acting, appearing in the web series Her Story, for which she earned an Emmy Nomination. She also appeared on the popular series Transparent before landing her role on Pose. Earlier this year, she also landed a spot as one of Queerty’s Pride50.


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Grayson Allen never learns his lesson

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Grayson Allen’s history of being a dirty player, explained.

Grayson Allen’s violent, emotional outbursts overshadowed a long and productive college career at Duke. As Allen tries to carve out a new role and new reputation in the NBA, he’s already falling victim to his own worse tendencies.

It turns out that Allen never learns his lesson.

The guard began his second NBA season with the Memphis Grizzlies by getting ejected from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas after consecutive flagrant fouls were called on him for striking Celtics rookie Grant Williams. Allen was tossed from the game after hitting Williams in the head on the second incident.

Allen is either brave or stupid, because Williams is the last player he should trying to mess with. Williams did more bench press reps than any player at the combine this year. Allen is lucky that Williams decided to laugh it off otherwise his reputation wouldn’t be the only thing hurting in the morning.

This pattern of behavior has followed Allen throughout his career. He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. He has proven to be impulsive and petulant and unable to keep his emotions in check on the court. At a certain point, he’s a safety threat to the players around him.

This isn’t an aberration or an isolated incident anymore. This is who Grayson Allen is.


Grayson Allen’s dirty plays at Duke

Allen was having a breakout sophomore season at Duke in 2016 when he was involved in his first tripping incident. During a February game against Louisville, Allen was caught tripping a Louisville player as he fell to the floor after a missed basket.

Allen would get busted again two weeks later, this time against Florida State. With Duke’s win clearly in hand in the final seconds of the game, Allen blatantly tripped a Seminoles player during an inbounds pass.

Allen’s dirty play had officially become a national talking point. He spent the offseason making television appearances and claiming he was a changed man. That made his next trip an even bigger story.

Duke was playing lowly Elon in the middle of Allen’s junior year when he was again caught tripping an opponent. Allen had an emotional outburst on the bench and was subsequently given an “indefinite” suspension by Duke that would last only one game.


Allen hasn’t had a clean slate in the NBA, either

Allen was taken No. 21 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Almost immediately, he was involved in a scuffle with Trae Young during NBA Summer League. Allen would go on to appear in only 38 games as a rookie as he battled an ankle injury, averaging 5.8 points per game highlighted by a 40-point performance against the Clippers at the end of the season.

Allen is now on his second team in as many years after the trade to the Grizzlies. He couldn’t even get out of summer league without having another incident.

Allen’s dirty play was enabled by the lack of discipline at Duke. The NBA won’t be so patient. To this point in his career, Allen has proven to be little more than a goon. He’s running out of chances.


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How a Tour de France team saved itself from a Yellow Helmet Emergency

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Trek-Segafredo’s Giulio Ciccone before his first stage in the yellow jersey.

Everything at the Tour de France is a logistical nightmare, even winning the yellow jersey.

The Tour de France is both tradition-oriented and a little bit janky. It takes honor and pomp and prizes seriously, but also has too many moving parts to be conducted sanely. As soon as one stage ends, organizers, teams, and technical crew unpack makeshift villages, zoom to the next town, and rebuild those villages, hopefully in time for the next stage to start.

Everyone involved has prepared as well as they can, but there are always contingencies. For Trek-Segafredo, Giulio Ciccone’s second-place finish to take over the yellow jersey on Thursday was an incredible achievement. They also took over the top of the team standings in the process, which created a problem: The team had the chance to wear yellow helmets on Friday, but they had none on hand.


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Treg-Segafredo technical director Matt Shriver shows off the team’s yellow helmets before Stage 7.

Trek-Segafredo technical director Matt Shriver and executive administrative assistant Elli Hildebrand sprung into action.

“We were watching the end of the stage and started thinking, ‘Oh, this is going to happen, isn’t it,’” Hildebrand says.

The two work at Trek Factory Racing in Belgium, where they live. Stage 6 ended at nearly 6 p.m. local time, and by 11 p.m. the two were in a car together for a six-hour drive down to Belfort, France, for the start of Stage 7. The riders got their helmets with plenty of time because Shriver and Hildebrand bravely sacrificed their sleep.

At first blush, the fact that Trek-Segafredo didn’t already have the helmets on hand seems odd. Like every Tour team, they packed loads of spare gear to service an eight-rider team and small army of mechanics, soigneurs, and support staff. You’d think there was room to spare somewhere.

Shriver explains that the decision to not have the helmets pre-packed was a bit due to space concerns, and a bit due to superstition.

“The riders don’t like to see them,” he says. “It might seem presumptuous.”


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Giulio Ciccone heading to the start line of Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour de France.

To deliver the yellow helmets, first they had scrounge some up. They didn’t have any at their facility, so they called a dealer who had ordered some and bought them back. Shriver says that he and Hildebrand would have driven to the Pyrenees if they had to — a half a day’s drive.

And somehow, that might not have been the most extreme equipment delivery Shriver has ever done. When Ciccone took over the climber’s jersey at the Giro d’Italia earlier this year — the maglia azzurra — he needed a blue bike as soon as possible.

The bike was painted at Trek headquarters is in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Shriver happened to be traveling back to Belgium from an altitude camp in Utah at the same time. He rerouted his flight to go through Chicago, where he picked up the bike and flew with it to Italy. In less than 24 hours, the bike went from the midwest to Italy, where one of cycling’s best young riders raced it in one of the sport’s premier events.

Efforts like Shriver’s and Hildebrand’s show what a stunning endeavor it is to put on a Grand Tour. The arena moves every day, and with it come a new batch of logistical nightmares. Yet time and again, proceedings go off without a hitch, and everybody watching has no idea.


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