PHILADELPHIA — Following more than a year of growing controversy and a demonstration last week, the Penn Museum apologized Monday for the “unethical possession of human remains” in its Morton skull collection and vowed repatriation and reburial of the remains of more than a dozen anonymous Black Philadelphians. The remains will be returned to congregations or communities in Philadelphia for interment in a historically Black cemetery, as yet undetermined, according to Penn officials. In addition, the museum said it will seek agreements with communities abroad enabling the return of dozens of sk...
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is investing heavily in Facebook to cultivate a network of small-dollar donors as corporate America turns its back on the high-profile senator.
The Texas Republican known for social media stunts is relying heavily on Facebook ads to rebrand himself as an outsider and build the sort of digital network that could not only help raise campaign cash for his Senate re-election campaign, but also serve as a fundraising apparatus for a potential presidential race, reported Politico.
"I'm done with these woke corporations," says a Cruz ad posted on Facebook last week. "I'm never taking their money again. I won't owe them a single thing and I'm going to spend every day stopping their radical agenda. But if I'm going to win, if I'm going to beat them, then I need patriots like you to step up and make a donation today!"
Cruz has poured $240,000 into Facebook advertising since the platform started allowing political ads again following the 2020 election and Jan. 6 insurrection, and only Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who paid $335,000, has spent more with the social media giant.
"When tens of thousands of grassroots supporters are responding across the country to your message, you continue to increase spending to reach even more potential supporters," a Cruz adviser told Politico.
Corporate PACs have cooled their relationship with Cruz since he voted against certifying Joe Biden's win during the Jan. 6 insurrection, with just one donation from one of those groups in the first quarter of this year, but a spokesman for Lyondell Chemical Company PAC said that donation was actually made in September.
"In my nine years in the Senate, I've received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees," Cruz wrote last month in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same."
Conservative Matt Lewis thinks that the Republican Party could be making real political gains on President Joe Biden -- but the party is too obsessed with keeping former President Donald Trump happy to properly do its job.
Writing in the Daily Beast, Lewis describes House Republicans as a "suicide squad" hellbent on purging all Trump critics from its ranks.
"To pacify Trump, the GOP is on an almost suicidal quest to become a permanent minority party," Lewis writes. "This is insanity. Any rational political party concerned about winning elections would pause to ponder the consequences."
He then points to data from the 2020 election showing how college-educated women fled the GOP in the Trump era, while noting that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is soon to be purged from the party's leadership, is the exact type of Republican capable of winning those voters back.
This is an especially bad bet, writes Lewis, because the share of non-college whites is shrinking as a percentage of the entire electorate.
"Trading college-educated suburban Republicans for non-college educated whites seems to be, in the long run, a demographic debacle," he writes. "Simply put, I'm not sure why any rational party would choose to alienate so many voters who still share many of their same traditional values."
Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and chief of staff to Barack Obama, as US ambassador to Japan, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.
There had been speculation that Emanuel would become envoy to China, but that job is expected to go to former top US diplomat Nick Burns, the report said, citing multiple sources familiar with the Biden team's discussions
Ambassador to Japan is one of Washington's most important diplomatic postings, and Tokyo one of its most important allies, highlighted when prime minister Yoshihide Suga was the first foreign leader Biden received at the White House.
At that meeting, the United States and Japan vowed to stand together against an assertive China, with a joint statement calling for "candid conversations" and raising concerns over Beijing's growing maritime moves, its clampdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and growing tension over Taiwan.
Emanuel's appointment would continue a tradition of sending high-profile political operators to Tokyo.
The role was also held by Caroline Kennedy, John F Kennedy's daughter, who served during Obama's second term.
Emanuel, the son of an Israeli immigrant, is known as a high-energy, fierce Democratic partisan.
He came to national notice as an enforcer in the Clinton White House, where he held several roles, ramming home the administration's agenda.
He was credited with masterminding the 2006 Democratic election triumph, which saw the party grab control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans, and returned to the White House as chief of staff to President Obama.
He then served two terms as mayor of Chicago, before surprising the political establishment by declining to run for a third, just as an incendiary police shooting trial was about to begin.
He has a reputation for abrasiveness and the occasional piece of profanity-laced rhetoric, attributed to his training in the bearpit of Chicago politics.
Mireya Solis, a Japan expert at the Brookings Institution, told the Financial Times that while Tokyo would value his relationship with Biden, there was some "trepidation" over his reputation for bluntness.
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