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Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Nikole Hannah-Jones' story arc continues to resonate

ICYMI, this is Joe Killian from the editorial team:

The reporter who broke the news about Nikole Hannah-Jones tells the rest of the story

Joe Killian says NHJ is ready for what's to come.

Reporters – including yours – use this all the time in our work. When I find out someone is from the part of North Carolina I was born in, if they have a military connection or went to my college, I know we have a common reference.

Reporters notice when it's done to us – especially by politicians and PR staff. Many people spent a year or two in a newsroom before they found out that money can buy things. So there's a lot of "you know I was a reporter."

Walter Hussman can rightly say that – with a few important asterisks. After finishing journalism and business school, he worked briefly as a reporter before becoming the editor of a newspaper in the family media dynasty at the age of 27, which he would later inherit.

When I was 27, I was a beat reporter going to fires, murder scenes, protests, and government meetings. I practically slept in the newsroom, which was much nicer than my apartment, and took part-time jobs so that I could afford to sleep inside and eat while reporting.

This kind of experience – slowly fighting your way up from smaller to larger editorial offices, being looked after by experienced reporters, slowly earning bigger beats and more responsibility over many years – is what I should assume when I share with someone who says: "I was" a reporter. "These are the experiences I share with NHJ.

As a black woman, she had to work longer and harder than me to get ahead in the newsroom. With more courage and talent, she will be much more successful. But we both worked our way up from the roots of the working class. None of us received news from our families in our mid-twenties. None of us was allowed to lose enormous sums of money in years of strongly political newspaper wars until we had crushed our rivals. Neither of us assumed dominance and expanded our intergenerational empires.

In addition to its own story, the NHJ arc revolves around the kinds of things conservatives are desperate to keep from being taught and discussed. There is white supremacy thinking everywhere.

Just don't blame the UNC faculty and J school for wanting to. It was the trustees who screwed it up.

Paul Butler / WaPo:

Nikole Hannah-Jones has just proven the correctness of Critical Race Theory

Nikole Hannah-Jones and the epic failure The University of North Carolina to enlist the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for their faculty is just the right thing to do Critical Race Theory. The controversial legal doctrine was denigrated by conservatives, but, as this episode shows, it also challenges the liberals, who worship “diversity” at the altar.

The doctrine was first formulated in the 1980s to understand why, decades after the civil rights movement, African Americans experience discrimination in virtually every aspect of their lives. Kimberlé Crenshaw, law professor at Columbia University, coined the term "Critical Racial Theory" has argued that the law can often be construed to benefit the ruling class, regardless of what the law actually says.

Or, as Hannah-Jones wrote this week: "We have all seen that you can do anything you can to make yourself indisputable, and those in power can change the rules and try to deny you anyway."


As a reminder, a federal risk communications specialist was posted to Missouri at the request of Parson's administration, particularly due to the state's low vaccination rate.

– Bryan Lowry (@ BryanLowry3) July 8, 2021

Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:

Republican dysfunction will be on the 2022 ballot

Parties usually lose their losers before the mid-term elections. Trump makes this politically unique.

Republicans could have moved on during a period where the risk was as small as possible, and they decided against it.

One reason was that Trump wasn't acting like Bush, Carter, or any other past president. Not only does he continuously moan about his usual complaints and add false claims on fraud in the 2020 election, but he is pushing the Republican Party candidates to join his increasingly anti-democratic skirmishes.

Among other things, this has resulted in Republicans losing a bespoke opportunity presented by the January 6 attack. Mainstream Republicans could have looked good if they consistently condemn the attack, thereby distancing themselves from organized hate groups involved in the event. Instead, they are stuck defend the untenable and make it one Bulk the republican Messaging while their leading voices … well, let's call them the high profile republican least likely to complaint Voters swing.

This is most important in preparing the party when it gets the next chance at the national level, and to some extent makes governing at the country level increasingly difficult. The Republican agenda right now is a combination of three things: opposition to anything President Joe Biden and the Democrats propose; Support for Fox News Channel's Product of the Month; Support for any incoherent and selfish whims that come out of Trump's mouth.

This is hardly a formula to make the strongest of supporters happy. It is certainly not a way of setting a political agenda. What was a Problem for the party for several years, especially at the national level, is only getting worse.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO endorsed an eight-year bipartisan infrastructure framework worth $ 1.2 trillion, approved by President Biden and a group of moderate Senate members

– AlexGangitano (@AlexGangitano) July 8, 2021


Voters in all parties support the Infrastructure Act

After weeks of negotiations, Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure law. If passed, the proposed law would make long overdue investments in rebuilding our infrastructure, creating jobs and bridging the country's digital divide.

In a new poll of 1,137 likely voters from June 30 to July 1, Data for Progress examined likely voter support for the components of the Infrastructure Bill. Voters support every single component of the proposed bill with remarkable support from all parties.


One great realization floating around today is that the White Mainline Protestants (WMP) are rising. I am a little skeptical.

– It is unlikely that these changes will be caused by a generation change. The other option is conversion.
– These types of conversions are not shown in the panel data.


– Robert Griffin (@rp_griffin) July 8, 2021


The 2020 Census of American Religion

Over the past few decades, the proportion of white Christians in the US population has declined by nearly a third. In 1996, almost two-thirds of Americans (65%) identified themselves as white and Christian. By 2006 this proportion had fallen to 54% and by 2017 it had fallen to 43% (4). The proportion of white Christians reached a low of 42% in 2018 and recovered slightly to 44% in 2019 and 2020. That tick up indicates that the decline is slowing after losing about 11% per decade.


Large PRRI Report ( showing the decline of evangelicalism and the resurgence of the "main line". But many misunderstand what this is likely to mean because they need to know how this was measured. 1 / n

– Paul Djupe (@PaulDjupe) July 8, 2021

Zoe Tillman / Buzzfeed:

Trump's social media lawsuits contain a mix of arguments that courts have already denied

Former President Donald Trump's most recent attempt to get back on mainstream social media platforms came Wednesday in the form of lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – each with a series of lawsuits that hit multiple courts, including the Supreme Court of the USA.

Trump has been suspended from Facebook and Twitter Immediately after the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol and blocked by Youtube a few days later; all three companies cited posts that promoted or supported the violence. He had previously received messages promoting unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud that were flagged as misleading or in violation of platform rules. He remains forbidden from posting on all three websites for now.


I'm not sure if people in DC are still appreciating Trump's making January 6th the centerpiece of his 2022 campaign. Revenge on the policeman; Freedom for the insurgents. It's the "Lock & # 39; er Up" equivalent of 2022. I've covered some of it here.

– Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 7, 2021

New York Times:

Republicans in Texas expose bills with sweeping electoral restrictions

In their second attempt to pass a major election overhaul, Republican lawmakers followed the outline of the first, including a wide range of measures to restrict electoral access.

Along with many new changes and restrictions to the state's electoral process, both bills would ban 24-hour voting and drive-through voting; Prohibit election officials from proactively sending postal ballot papers to voters who have not requested them; add new requirements to identify voters for postal voting; Limitation of voting slip collection by third parties; Increase in criminal penalties for election workers who violate the rules; Limit the support that can be given to voters; and greatly expand the authority and autonomy of party election observers.

However, the new bills don't include two of the most controversial provisions from the previous iteration. There are no longer any restrictions on the Sunday election (it can now start at 9 a.m.) and there is no rule that makes it easier to cancel an election.

Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:

What New York City taught us about the ranked election and the Democratic Party

Eric Adams' victory has lessons in how candidates can win under the system. Note: Running in tandem with others is overrated.

As always, media attention on New York City is often annoyingly disproportionate. But this finding is relevant to those of us who don't live there. As America's most populous city with an economy of national and global scope, we all have an interest in its governance and its prosperity. The city's democratic electorate is economically and racially diverse, so its primaries give an insight into how the party base thinks and feels. And like me wrote here before, This year's primary was the biggest test of ranked voting yet – the voting method that allows voters to rate multiple candidates and counts secondary elections if the main elections are canceled.

For now, we can only hope that Adams can steer the New York ship skillfully. But we can more easily gauge what his success says about the Democrats and RCV.


Not a good feeling seeing these 2 big red circles over East Texas and the Panhandle / West Texas. Rise of Covid in E TX already underway

– Prof. Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) July 8, 2021


"I understand it's not easy, but I also don't know that staying there forever and for a day is the right thing to do."

Marissa Readinger joined the army at the age of 18 and didn't know what to do next. She explains that while it was a fulfilling experience, it felt like a patch effect.

– Reuters (@Reuters) July 8, 2021

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