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2 Mar
What I still can’t get over is that none of you cancel culture warriors came to the defense of @kathygriffin or @rezaaslan or me when we were canceled by the right. It’s almost like you’re okay with the cancelation when it offends *you,* like if you’re pro-Trump or pro-Bibi.
It’s almost like you think one *should* get canceled for being a professor who criticizes the Israeli government on campus or makes a lewd joke about Trump. But that no one should get canceled for being racist or sexist bc what’s the big deal it’s just a joke.
(Setting aside the term “cancellation,” which is deeply problematic.) One the biggest warriors against cancel culture told me I had ended my career with a tweet about Trump—and that this was a fitting punishment. So, you know, what, exactly, are you fighting for—or against?
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27 Feb
Third day in a row trying to sign up for a #COVID19 #vaccine in DC. System isn't working, third day in a row. @MayorBowser @_DCHealth
The phone lines are either past capacity or down entirely, depending on when I call.
DC had a budget surplus this year. Seems like they could've used some of it to, I don't know, hire competent software developers and/or server capacity.
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26 Feb
DC’s vaccination registration site crashed less than 10 minutes into the release of a new batch of appointments. #COVID19 #vaccine
I don’t know, maybe if one of DC’s local customer service billionaires *cough cough* Jeff Bezos *cough cough* stepped up the logistics of this so that the District’s residents aren’t waging what is effectively a DDoS attack on their government’s servers to get life saving vaccine
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12 Jan
When this is over, don't forget that neither Jared nor Ivanka stopped Trump.

Amazing, chilling reporting from @AshleyRParker @PhilipRucker @jdawsey1

“He was hard to reach, and you know why? Because it was live TV,” said one close Trump adviser. “If it’s TiVo, he just hits pause and takes the calls. If it’s live TV, he watches it, and he was just watching it all unfold.”
"The man who vowed to be a president of law and order failed to enforce the law or restore order. The man who has always seen himself as the protector of uniformed police sat idly by as Capitol Police officers were outnumbered, outmaneuvered, trampled on—and in one case, killed."
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11 Jan
Look, I'm from the former Soviet Union. One of the reasons Putin, an alumnus of the KGB, the agency that committed some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, came to power in 2000 and stayed is that people wanted unity rather than accountability. Chew on that.
NB: There were discussions after the fall of the Soviet Union to hold a tribunal, similar to the Nuremberg Trials, to hold members of the NKVD (as the KGB was previously known) to account for their crimes. There were also talk of lustration.
In the end, it was decided that, in the face of a massive economic crisis and a country that seemed to be splitting apart, it was better to turn the page and not pick the scabs of the country's historical trauma, not to dwell on the things that pitted Russian against Russian.
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8 Jan
There’s a reason this resonates for us former foreign correspondents. When I was reporting out of Moscow, we wrestled with the question of objectivity. In the end, we knew: Putin is objectively corrupt, Putin is objectively an authoritarian, Putin objectively was not good. 1/
Our editors back home in Washington and NYC agreed—and they ate it up. We wrote stories about “the man to take on Putin,” not the man in the version of the Russian diner who supported Putin. We agreed: the opposition was the good guys, the Kremlin was the bad guys. 2/
Then came Trump and it turned out that the standards we applied to writing about foreign countries had to be toned down to “racially charged” and “not supported by the facts” and both sides. 3/
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6 Jan
This is why the "calm down and let the process play out," "this is not who we are," "the institutions will save us," is so dangerous, arrogant, and stupid. It is a position born of ignorance and privilege.
It is a willful blindness to human history and human nature, a condescending belief that Americans are somehow constitutionally different—and superior to—the other 7 bln people on this planet, that our nature is one of calm deliberation, not violence—like *those* people.
It is a willful disregard for evidence screaming you in the face and therefore an inability to understand why things play out the way they do, leading to surprised and naive declarations of "this is not who we are."
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30 Dec 20
I love seeing the same people who were like “omg why do these hicks insist on going to church in the middle of a pandemic?!” now posting pictures from their tropical vacations to poor countries that don’t have the health infrastructure to take care of the resort staff they infect
It’s “I’m one of the good guys” syndrome on steroids. Loudly proclaiming your liberal values on social media or lawn signs doesn’t magically exempt you from the rules—or following public health guidelines that overwhelmed healthcare staff are begging you to follow.
It’s a simple question but it bears repeating: just who do you think you are?
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20 Dec 20
Yesterday, my beloved grandmother Emma Bruk died of #COVID19. Born in 1934, she did what most people of her generation couldn't do: she lived life on her own terms, without compromising her ideals or hopes, with an inner freedom that seems impossible for her era.
She was a cardiologist and many of her patients became her lifelong friends. Even after she retired at 77, she kept treating anyone who needed her help. She saw every concert, every exhibit, every play, followed the news, went to protests. (In 1991, she manned the barricades.)
"Moscow won't be the same without her," a friend said. And it's true. I can't imagine a city or a world without her endless energy, irrepressible optimism, her curiosity, and her lectures on Russian history, which, in her opinion, I did not understand. I can't believe she's gone.
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10 Nov 20
This is the clearest argument I’ve heard from the right: you undermined Trump’s legitimacy for 4 years, therefore we do not have to grant your guy legitimacy. 1/
But there is a big difference between the rhetoric of a party out out power, and the actions of the party in power, refusing to relinquish the power it lost in a free and fair election. 2/
The problem of Trump’s lack of legitimacy did not stem from an a priori decision of all Dems not to see him as legitimate, though such a contingent did exist. It came from winning in the EC but losing by 3m votes, and US intel community concluding Russia had tried to help him. 3/
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20 Sep 20
Today marks 6 weeks since I came down with #COVID19, so here's an update (thread).

The good news is that I'm no longer actively sick or contagious (according to the pulmonologist I saw a couple days ago).

The bad news is that I have post-viral damage: partially collapsed lungs (bibasilar atelectasis) and reactive airway disease.

The good news is that both sound scarier than they are and are both reversible, hopefully without too much scarring.

The bad news is that it'll take weeks or even months to get back to normal. Normal for me, a healthy 37-yo, was breezing through a 2-hour spin class. Now, I get winded going up the stairs in my house.

The good news is that every day feels better than the last.

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20 Aug 20
🚨🚨🚨Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is in a hospital and unconscious, his team says he was poisoned.🚨🚨🚨
There's still a lot we don't know. But: last year, Navalny was poisoned in jail. Three years ago, government-backed thugs sprayed him with "brilliant green," which resulted in a chemical burn to one of his eyes. bbc.com/news/world-eur…
For years, Navalny has been exposing the corruption of Vladimir Putin and everyone around him. For doing this work, Navalny has always had a target on his back. Yet he persisted. In 2018, ran for president of Russia, mounting a sophisticated, grass roots, American-style campaign.
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4 Jul 20
On this July Fourth, I am thinking about immigrants, people like my parents who came to the United States seeking freedom from persecution and a better life for their children. 1/
I would argue that no one buys into the myth of America like immigrants, who often know little of the reality and the history they’re also buying into—especially if, like my parents, they’re coming from a closed, totalitarian country cut off from the world. 2/
They really believe in the ideals of America as set out on paper—and in America’s advertisements of itself abroad. Immigrants react differently when confronted with the reality, with the dark and not always heroic history of the place. 3/
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23 Jun 20
Protestors in Washington, D.C. tearing down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the president responsible for the Trail of Tears and a hero to President Trump. Video courtesy of ⁦⁦@jonathanchase_
More video
Protestors have been tear gassed. More video from @jonathanchase_ who is on the ground
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31 May 20
Fellow white people, just because you don’t understand or haven’t seen it or experienced it personally, doesn’t mean it isn’t real. After 2016, everyone raced to read “Hillbilly Elegy” to understand disgruntled white people who voted for Trump. Are you doing the same now?
Are you reading Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Zoe’s Neale Hurston? Are you reading the autobiographies or Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X and working your way through this list? chipublib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/204…
Are you going to seek out black history museums when the lockdown is lifted? Are you following @MsPackyetti @jbouie @AdamSerwer @JamilSmith @nhannahjones @JoyAnnReid @Travon and many other amazing black voices on this platform?
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12 Feb 20
Marie Yovanovich gets a looooong standing ovation at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service
Yovanovich, addressing the students at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service: “To those of you who haven’t *yet* decided to go to work for the American people, I hope tonight I can convince you.”

Even after all of that, she’s encouraging young people to become diplomats.
Yovanovich: “That creaking sound we can all hear? That’s the sound of the institutions of the international order straining under the tremendous pressure they’ve been put under. They need a reboot, not THE boot.”
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12 Feb 20
At the award ceremony for Marie Yovanovich, the dean of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service says, “We are the original globalists. We embrace the term proudly.”
Of Yovanovich he says, “This is what intellectual courage looks like. This is what a moral compass looks like.”
He and another speaker refer to “refugees from the foreign service.” Constant bird-flipping to the White House at this event—in the most diplomatic language possible, naturally.
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3 Jan 20
Hello from the DC DMV, where, after presenting my documents—passport, birth certificate, Social Security card, copy of my parents’ naturalization certificate—officials have refused to issue me an ID under the new regulations of the Real ID act. 1/
I’m an educated person who has the privilege of being able to take time off work to spend hours dealing with this and who has all my documents. If I’m having this much trouble, then happens to people who can’t take off work, don’t have the originals of all their documents? 2/
But then again, that’s obviously the point. /end
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3 Jan 20
For once, Trump did something Putin won’t like.
I see some of you arguing with this premise based on some really pat and inaccurate assumptions about Russia and Putin. Putin doesn't like American intervention/regime change jingoism and he has repeatedly made clear that he will not tolerate American meddling in other countries.
Yes, that might strike you as ironic, given Russian meddling in the U.S. elections, but that was seen as Moscow's response to American meddling in Russia and the rest of the world. Putin hates this kind of stuff, especially when it's America doing it to one of his allies.
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29 Dec 19
I’ve been thinking about the Bret Stephens column for a few days and here’s the reason it bothers me most. In my experience, being part of a community targeted by bigots of any kind usually leads to two kinds of views on the world:
One in which you want to banish all kinds of bigotry in the world, even the kind that doesn’t affect your community directly; or one in which you want to use the rhetoric and methodology of the bigots to show that actually you not them are at the top of the hierarchy.
Having seen grown up with people like my parents, who experienced more hardship and anti-Semitism than Bret Stephens could ever dream of, I know the power of chosing the first path.
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20 Dec 19
Congressman Will Hurd and the myth of the reasonable Republican. My latest: gq.com/story/will-hur…
Hurd has been critical of the president, especially on national security, is retiring, and still voted "no" on impeachment. But is he really retiring? “I’m 42 years old," he told me. "Everyone says I’m retiring; I’m just getting started.”
Why do liberals, in the face of all contrary evidence, keep hoping Republicans will vote like Democrats? "I have no idea where this hope comes from, but probably from ‘West Wing,’” says @KevinMKruse.
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