Category: News

Baltimore Responds to President Trump

Not long after President Trump issued his first tweets about Representative Elijah Cummings, on Saturday—Cummings’s Baltimore-area district, Trump wrote, is a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”—the staff at Chase Street Accessories & Engraving, in the downtown Baltimore neighborhood of Mount Vernon, fired up a laser engraver for a one-off piece of merchandise: a mug…

By JohnValbyNation August 4, 2019 0

How Bernie Sanders Changed the Health-Care Debate

This week’s second round of Presidential-primary debates were yet another marker of just how thoroughly Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All advocacy has transformed the Democratic Party. Perhaps even more notable than the stridency of Sanders’s and Warren’s defenses of the plan were the barbs from moderates who have been forced by widespread enthusiasm for Medicare…

By JohnValbyNation August 4, 2019 0

Business Travellers Know

Boarding at 5:35 a.m., the business traveller knows she is among her peers. She joins the calm procession of solo professionals filing onto the plane, a “shuttle.” Dressed to take meetings two hours post-landing, in a sharp collar and shiny heels, she, like her fellow-passengers, is a portrait of an earlier, more glamorous era of…

By JohnValbyNation August 3, 2019 0

Frequently Asked Questions: My Engagement

How’d he pop the question? First of all, your assumption that Peter is the one who proposed is both appreciated and correct! As for the proposal: it was the most intimate moment of my life, which I’d be thrilled to tell you all about in detail. If you’re on Instagram, you can also watch the…

By JohnValbyNation August 3, 2019 0

The Reverend Bill Owens Stands Behind Trump

During the past several weeks, President Trump has been ramping up his racist and inflammatory attacks on nonwhite lawmakers and activists. After telling four lawmakers of color to “go back” to where they came from, he targeted Representative Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, saying that “no human being would want to live” in Cummings’s Baltimore-area district.…

By JohnValbyNation August 3, 2019 0

Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn When Mohamedou Salahi arrived at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, in August of 2002, he was hopeful. He knew why he had been detained: he had crossed paths with Al Qaeda operatives, and his cousin had once called him from Osama bin Laden’s phone. But Salahi was no terrorist—he…

By JohnValbyNation August 3, 2019 0