In June, 2015, Trump rode down to the lobby of Trump Tower and accused Mexico of sending rapists over the border. His incendiary comments helped draw attention to a longshot campaign. Last week, he tweeted about four Democratic women in Congress, three of whom were born in the US: “why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” He followed up at his North Carolina rally Wednesday night with criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who came to the US as a teenager, and then paused as the crowd chanted, “Send her back,” in an echo of the “Lock her up” chants from his 2016 rallies. (He disavowed the chant Thursday.)
A political trap?
A star tree
Maltby added though that Johansson has a point. Acting is about imagination and pretending to be another. “To insist that we only represent our own stories is to deny the fundamental importance of empathy,” she wrote. “Johansson’s real mistake was to use the word ‘allowed.’ The problem in Hollywood isn’t who’s allowed to play each role, but who gets the opportunity.”
A Jedi Master
Appointed by a Republican president, John Paul Stevens stood out as a leading liberal voice on a US Supreme Court that moved to the right over his 35 years as a justice. The bow-tied Chicago Cubs fan squeezed a lot of life out of his 99 years, as Richard Lazarus recalled after his death this week. Stevens threw a strike when he threw out the first ball at a Cubs game in his late 80s and swam in open water every day into his 90s.
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A giant leap
Commentators then, as many do today, said America was hopelessly divided, and yet it was a society capable of the epochal achievement of going to the moon.