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The View erupts in chaos as table-pounding Meghan McCain rages about Trump supporters being called racist

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The View spiraled into chaos on Tuesday as an angry Meghan McCain called up her father’s memory as she insisted that it was unfair to paint Republicans as racist despite the fact that the party has tolerated Iowa Congressman Steve King’s frequent racist statements. King, who was re-elected by Republicans in 2018, has become a sacrificial lamb as the party tries to change its public perception.

McCain began getting angry after Sunny Hostin admitted she wasn’t sure whether the 42% of Americans that support Trump’s proposed wall were racist

“A lot of people support the wall. I think this is the problem with identity politics in the country,” McCain said. “When you broad-stroke everyone, all black people think one thing, all Republicans think one thing. That’s how we got ourselves into this mess. I’m one of the people that would like to help pull ourselves out of it.” She added that it was unfair to paint her as a racist simply because she supports strong border security. Then she turned to Hostin and pointedly asked “do you think 42% of Americans are racist?”

“I just said I don’t know,” replied Hostin. “That’s why I am asking the question.” The table immediately descended into a verbal brawl, with everyone shouting over each other. Joy Behar tried to bring the topic back to Steve King, and Whoopi Goldberg pleaded for calm.

“Can I make one small, tiny point?” asked Behar. “I don’t think we concentrate on Steve King, there’s always ‘racist people’.”

“You did just call 42% of the country, there was an implication that they could be racist,” shot back McCain. “That is something that when you’re talking about Republicans in general, is obviously going to make Abby and I uncomfortable.

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“All I’m saying is check the platform, not the person,” retorted Behar

“I am John McCain’s daughter,” McCain yelled, bristling with rage. “I am not someone who sits here and is okay with racism.”

McCain’s father voted against establishing Martin Luther King Day as a federal holiday and also voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1990.

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How Teach for America evolved into an arm of the charter school movement

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When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.

Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.

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Why do conservatives hate Oberlin College so much?

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When I was an undergraduate at Oberlin in the mid-Aughts, there was a student in my class year who was obsessed with 19th-century British Royal Naval culture. Every Friday evening, he would host a sing-along in a dorm lounge, for which he would bring xeroxes of historical sea shanty lyrics and pass them around so that we could sing along, waving our glasses of “grog.” This was a semi-established event — he had distributed flyers around campus advertising the weekly British Royal Naval sea-shanty singalong and grog-drinking event, which would extend late into the night. Though he was not a resident of the dorm where it took place, he was welcomed into the lounge by its members, and became a fixture of sorts.Like many well-endowed liberal arts schools in rural areas, Oberlin College functions as a sort of de facto social welfare state, and is designed to encourage and cultivate one’s passions, even if they are not strictly academic. Thus, after writing up a proposal for the student-run activities board, the same student, the British Royal Navy culture guy, was able to plan, organize and execute a ticketed Royal Naval Ball, held in the atrium of the science center. The event featured 20 dishes of authentic British era-appropriate cuisine, cooked by student chefs, several courses of wine and port, and a violinist present to play period-specific music. The whole affair culminated with a traditional, British partner line dance — its sole inauthenticity the fact that we didn’t pay attention to our dance partners’ genders the way the Brits would have.
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Here are 5 reasons why 2020’s down-ballot races could reshape America’s future

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The political press always tends to focus mostly on the marquee race for the White House but that's especially true this cycle, as Donald Trump runs for a second term. He demands attention and his antics enrage his opponents and delight his supporters in equal measure.

But national reporters risk missing the big picture by centering so much of their reporting at the top when many of the most important political battles in 2020 will take place further down the ballot.

Trump is catnip for reporters and their editors, but the dearth of coverage of downballot races didn't begin with his election. As the news media in general faces structural changes—with print circulation declining and much of their work moving into digital spaces that are more difficult to monetize--publishers have cut back on reporters assigned to the state and local government beat. Nevertheless, Trump has arguably worsened the trend by getting so much airtime— one estimate suggested that over the past four years, Trump has taken up, on average, 15 percent of the entire daily news cycle on the three leading cable networks, nearly three times what Obama did.

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