The political news cycle is fast and furious — which is why we shifted through the recent noise and found a few articles we believe matter. These thoughts and ideas made us pause, think and, most importantly, consider what is happening in the world. We hope they do the same for you.
Motherhood is deadly in America: “An American woman is about five times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as a British woman — partly because Britain makes a determined effort to save mothers’ lives, and we don’t.” (The New York Times)
A week of whiplash in Washington: “A major news development came tumbling one after another, more than one a day. The biggest story for history was the Republican effort to repeal (and possibly replace) the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.” (NPR)
Let black kids just be kids: “People of all races see black children as less innocent, more adultlike and more responsible for their actions than their white peers. In turn, normal childhood behavior, like disobedience, tantrums and back talk, is seen as a criminal threat when black kids do it.” (The New York Times)
Is the American republic built to withstand a malevolent president: “The most dangerous thing that can happen in a society is for a group and its political representatives to act as if their view alone represents the nation. This leads them to think that they alone are the nation and the views of those who disagree with them not worthy of consideration.” (The Guardian)
Al Gore on his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power: "There is a law of physics that becomes a cliché in politics, and it is this: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And the reactions to Trump's moves on climate are even more passionate than his statements that are antienvironment and anticlimate.” (Elle)