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Minding the Gap Exposes How Toxic Masculinity Is Crippling Americas Youth

At their best, documentaries were bonded by skating. Zooming around their Rust Belt environs provided a euphoric escape from domestic situations that were volatile, if not outright scarring. Piano-scored sequences in which Bings camera rides behind his friends down parking garage ramps, and through largely empty streetsall as the skaters leap over sidewalk curbs, grind on railings, and race in-between street polesimpart an intense impression of the freedom they derive from their pastime. Which, in truth, is more of a full-time vocation, as its clear that the teenagers are less…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week. While Ocasio-Cortezs candidacy might have been a fit for New Yorks 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the…

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Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat

Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for states third congressional district, according to Chicago Sun-Times Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for third congressional district Anti-Defamation League calls Jones a long-time neo-Nazi Lois Beckett @loisbeckett Last modified on Sun 4 Feb 2018 22.17EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp reported on Sunday. The prospective candidate, Art Jones, is not a steadfast supporter of the Republican president. Ten months ago, in remarks filmed at none of the voter…

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Senator Calls Trumps Denial of Shithole Comment Not True

A key Democratic senator who was at the Oval Office meeting on immigration said President Donald Trump’s denial that he called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” is “not true” and that Trump made the “vile and racist” comments. “He said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Senator Dick Durbin, of Illinois, who was at the meeting, told reporters Friday morning. “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that oval office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president…

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