The Real Tragedy in the Shooting of Jordan Edwards
CNN – On Saturday night, Jordan Edwards, an unarmed 15-year-old African-American male, was shot and killed by a police officer while leaving a party in Balch Springs, Texas. The bullet struck Jordan in the head, and shortly thereafter the teenager was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Initially, the police claimed that the car that Jordan got into was reversing “aggressively,” and the officer shot back in response. But the police chief has since said that video evidence showed the exact opposite and that the officer’s actions “did not meet our core values.”
Across the nation, people expressed rage. Jordan wasn’t armed. He wasn’t a suspect. He didn’t resist arrest. How did he end up dead?
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Economic Plan for Democrats
VOX – Two weeks after the election, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer summed up why he thought Democrats got clobbered at the ballot box: “We did not have a strong, bold economic message.”
That problem appears to have been particularly acute in the Rust Belt, where unexpected Democratic losses in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio helped put Donald Trump into the White House.
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is offering one corrective vision for what Democrats hoping to retake the Midwest should do. Brown, 64, is already being written about as a 2020 presidential contender. He’s widely regarded as one of the caucus’s most left-wing members but also speaks with the credibility of having won multiple statewide elections in purple territory by big margins.
Attack on US Convoy in Afghanistan Kills 8 Civilians, Wounds 3 American Soldiers
TIME – A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three U.S. service members in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the toll and said another 25 Afghan civilians were wounded in the morning rush-hour attack near the U.S. Embassy, which destroyed several civilian vehicles.
U.S. Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a military spokesman, confirmed that three soldiers were wounded in the attack.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq media arm. An affiliate of the extremist group has gathered strength in recent years and is now at war with both the U.S.-backed government and the much larger Taliban insurgency.
White House to host Palestinian Leader Abbas to Weigh Peace Prospects
Bloomberg – Abbas, 82, will urge Trump to take a personal stake in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, according to his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh. He’ll be promoting longstanding positions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects, at a time when popular Palestinian support for negotiations with Israel has dwindled.
Success is possible only “if the American administration is ready and able to pressure the Israeli government” to end its occupation of Palestinian lands and halt construction of Jewish settlements, Abu Rudeineh said Tuesday in a statement to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Ben Carson Wants to Make Housing Available. Just Not Too Comfy
NYT – Ben Carson does not like the creature comforts, at least not for low-income Americans reliant on the government for a helping hand.
As he toured facilities for the poor in Ohio last week, Mr. Carson, the neurosurgeon-turned-housing secretary, joked that a relatively well-appointed apartment complex for veterans lacked “only pool tables.” He inquired at one stop whether animals were allowed. At yet another, he nodded, plainly happy, as officials explained how they had stacked dozens of bunk beds inside a homeless shelter and purposefully did not provide televisions.
Compassion, Mr. Carson explained in an interview, means not giving people “a comfortable setting that would make somebody want to say: ‘I’ll just stay here. They will take care of me.’”
How to Combat Toxic Masculinity: Don’t Be Afraid to Engage
Progressive Army – Toxic masculinity is something that is a curse to both men and women, however, for many young men, it’s difficult to know how to effectively combat this harmful expression of masculinity. There are several definitions of toxic masculinity, therefore it’s important to establish exactly the behavior I am referring to.
Defining Toxic Masculinity
While there are some issues with defining toxic masculinity as a whole in this article, this portion provides a clear definition:
To clarify, “masculinity” in this context refers not to men’s innate traits, but to the cultural construction of manhood. When we talk about the harmful effects of toxic masculinity, we are not criticizing men, but are calling out the unfair standards imposed upon them.