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Ivanka Trump used Toni Morrison quote to compare herself to a slave in new book

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In her new book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, President Donald Trump’s elder daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump used a quote from Toni Morrison’s searing novel about slavery Beloved to ask women, “Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?”

According to NPR’s Annalisa Quinn, Trump’s book is “a long simper of a book, full of advice so anodyne (‘I believe that we each get one life and it’s up to us to live it to the fullest’), you could almost scramble the sentences and come out with something just as coherent.”

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But it’s in the book’s tone-deaf use of source material that it truly runs aground.

“Trump’s lack of awareness, plus a habit of skimming from her sources, often results in spectacularly misapplied quotations — like one from Toni Morrison’s Beloved about the brutal psychological scars of slavery,” wrote Quinn.

The quote Trump chose was, “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

It appears, Quinn said, “in cute faux-handwritten capitals” to introduce a chapter on “working smarter.”

“Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?” Trump breezily asked. “Despite your best intentions, it’s easy to be reactive and get caught up in returning calls, attending meetings, answering e-mails …”

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Beloved, released in 1987, tells the story of Sethe — a freed slave haunted by the infant daughter whose throat she slashed rather than allow the girl to be raised as human chattel on a plantation. The book takes place more than a dozen years after the murder when a mute teenaged girl arrives in Sethe’s life and drives her insane.

Morrison — who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 — dedicated Beloved to “Sixty Million and more,” a reference to the Africans and their descendants who died on slave ships or were killed as a result of the slave trade.

Trump was at the receiving end of a warning from primatologist, author and anthropologist Jane Goodall this week when Goodall learned that Trump had quoted her in Women Who Work.

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“I sincerely hope she will take the full import of my words to heart. She is in a position to do much good or terrible harm,” Goodall said.


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Japan’s prime minister calls for nationwide closure of schools for a month over coronavirus

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country's fourth death linked to the outbreak.

The move comes as crew members from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan, began leaving the vessel where more than 700 people have tested positive for the disease.

"The government considers the health and safety of children above anything else," Abe said.

"We request all primary, junior high and high schools... across the nation to close temporarily from March 2 next week until their spring break."

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The Constitution prohibits Trump from pardoning Roger Stone: law professor

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President Donald Trump has been dropping hints for a long time that he will pardon ally Roger Stone, the man who lied to Congress and obstructed justice to conceal the truth about his efforts to acquire emails that Russian hackers stole from Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University and visiting professor of law at Fordham Law School, argues in an editorial for Politico that the Constitution might prohibit Trump from issuing this particular pardon, despite the fact that the president's clemency powers are generally seen as very broad.

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A historian points out a startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era

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America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.”

This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed 298 bills in 2019, yet the Republican-led Senate refused to consider hardly any of that legislation.

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