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Opinion: Pyschologists — and Gillette — are right about ‘traditional masculinity’

Feminists have long argued that traditional gender roles harm women. In part because of longstanding societal assumptions that men are breadwinners, women are paid less than men. When it comes to leadership, women who try to advance are often perceived as pushy or unpleasant. Our society largely views men as more important than women, and so the default is too often to sympathize with the perpetrators of sexual assault rather than with the victims. Received expectations of women hurt women.

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Selfie-snapping Satan sculpture sparks outrage in Spanish city because he is too happy

A city in central Spain is embroiled in controversy over the proposed installation of a sculpture of Satan that critics have said is just too joyful.

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Moderate House Dems refuse to meet with Trump on shutdown

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The White House started whispering to reporters over the weekend that the next phase in this fiasco would be to to bypass Pelosi and Schumer and take their case directly to moderate Dems. Various Democrats have told the media recently that they’d be open to some sort of fencing or “barrier” or what have you at the border in the name of forging a compromise. Team Trump wanted to test them on that. Let’s talk to some of those people, said Kellyanne Conway yesterday on Fox News, knowing that freshmen Democrats particularly are worried about starting their careers with a long disruptive stalemate that angers their purplish bases back home.

But asking them to meet separately is tantamount to asking them to take sides with Trump against the new House majority in a standoff which the whole country is watching. Republican voters in their home districts would be briefly grateful if they did that. Democratic voters in their home districts would never forgive them, remembering how they helped send the party down to humiliating defeat in its first real test of wills with POTUS. On his signature issue, no less.

So, no, there’ll be no meetings.

White House officials scrambled to find moderate House Democrats willing to meet with Trump Tuesday morning after the President demanded the meeting from aides.

But Democrat after Democrat turned them down, uninterested in giving Trump a chance to berate them, try to embarrass them or try to get them to split with House Democratic leadership and entertain offers to reopen the government while funding a border wall that are anathema to most of the party.

“Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement late Tuesday morning.

Stephanie Murphy and Lou Correa, the co-chairs of the centrist Blue Dog caucus, were Trump’s top targets but neither one will show. I hope and assume that POTUS was prepared for that, that he saw this outreach to moderate Dems as futile but useful PR in showing voters that even so-called “centrists” on the left are too radical to negotiate. If the White House thought Pelosi’s caucus really might side with them and knife her in the back two weeks after they took over the House, then hoo boy. This shutdown will last forever.

Say, how about that new “gang” that was huddling in the Senate last night to try to end the shutdown? Any luck there? Not yet, says Politico: “According to sources familiar with the meeting, Democrats said they could potentially compromise on border security but not until the government is reopened. Republicans agreed, according to two sources in the room — though Trump has rejected such an idea entirely.” Correa also said he’d be willing to talk border security with Trump — but only after the government is reopened. And it was a key to Lindsey Graham’s now-aborted compromise plan as well, re-opening the government so that talks could proceed under less pressure and then using an emergency declaration to fund the wall after a few weeks if no deal was reached.

There seems to be some bipartisan support, in other words, for the idea that the necessary first step here in bargaining on immigration is ending the shutdown by getting the government funded. Question, though: What if Trump agrees to that and then talks go nowhere, as immigration talks always, always do? What options does he have apart from a dubious and risky emergency decree? He has more leverage right now than he’s likely to have again for years. And it ain’t much.

One other major, major problem for Democrats, and not just Democrats, is that making a deal with Trump is a two-step, not a one-step, process. The first step is getting him to agree to a deal. The second step is getting him to stick to a deal after the criticism inevitably begins. Imagine being a moderate Democrat, taking the great chance of pissing off your base by meeting with POTUS on the wall, hammering out some sort of tentative bargain with him, announcing the deal … and then having him declare that he never agreed to any such thing, or that he did agree to it but has since been persuaded by Stephen Miller that only an open-borders cuck would have signed such a sham compromise. Not only would you have enraged the left by bargaining with Trump, you’d have gotten nothing to show for it. Trump changes his mind all the time, never more so than on immigration (his demand for a shutdown seems to have caught McConnell by surprise last month); Senate Republicans are keenly aware of it too, which helps explain why they’ve held back throughout this standoff. They don’t want to risk pissing off the right by embracing a dicey compromise that Trump allegedly supports, only to watch him walk away and leave them holding the bag when the yelling from the base gets too loud.

Anyone inclined to help him find a way out of this, in other words, is forced to keep their distance because they can’t trust him to stick to a deal. He’s on his own, seemingly with no plan for a way out. At least one prominent MAGA fan is getting anxious about it too. F.H. Buckley is not only a pro-Trump regular on the op-ed pages, he helped write some of POTUS’s speeches during the 2016 campaign. It’s time to pack it in on the wall and organize a strategic retreat, says Buckley today in the New York Post. Exit quotation: “It is time for him to stop paying ­attention to people who tell him not to give in. And if they are in the White House, to fire them. They are like British military advisers who didn’t want to bring the troops home from Dunkirk.”

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Opinion: How to keep AI from turning into the Terminator

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long occupied an outsized role in our collective imagination, in everything from pulp science fiction novels to James Cameron blockbusters. When AI is the antagonist, it is corporeal and impossible to overlook, like the Terminator. Even in the real world, discussions about rogue technology tend to focus on the overt and dramatic, such as Elon Musk’s exhortations on Twitter that the dangers of AI rival the dangers of nuclear weapons.

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How a Holocaust survivor narrowly escaped the Nazis — twice

At 5-foot-11, Dave Hersch weighed just 77 pounds. The 19-year-old from Dej, Hungary, had been whipped, starved and forced to move 50-pound rocks for a dozen hours per day, all at the hands of the Nazis.

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Report: DNC drops partnership with Women’s March as co-chair Carmen Perez admits fault (Update)

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The Jewish News Syndicate is reporting this morning that the Democratic National Committee has dropped its partnership with Women’s March. The DNC itself hasn’t confirmed this report yet so take it with a grain of salt for now:

The Democratic National Committee has dropped its partnership in the Women’s March over anti-Semitism concerns, according to a Democratic source.

This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the movement’s leadership, causing many organizations to drop their support of the this year’s march, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19. There have been calls for firms to back out.

If confirmed, the DNC would be following in the footsteps of a number of other groups who have distanced themselves from Women’s March. Last week the Southern Poverty Law Center quietly dropped its support, though it refused to issue a statement condemning the anti-Semitism of the Women’s March. Other groups that have stopped associating with Women’s March include Emily’s List, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Greenpeace.

Today, Carmen Perez has a piece in the Forward which takes a much more conciliatory tone in an apparent attempt to limit the damage. Perez admits the leaders have “failed” in the past but claims things have changed over the past several months:

As many readers of The Forward will know, the leadership of the Women’s March has come under fire in the past several months over accusations of anti-Semitism. I want to be unequivocal in affirming that the organization failed to act rapid enough to condemn the egregious and hateful statements made by a figure who is not associated with the Women’s March in any way. This failure caused deep hurt and pain, especially because our movement is dedicated to centering inclusiveness.

The March has evolved over the past few months as we humbly acknowledged our failings. I want to be clear: our movement is a safe place for Jewish women, our leadership abhors anti-Semitism and homophobia, and these kinds of comments are and will always be unacceptable. Going forward, we are committed to engaging in courageous conversations that break down the barriers to understanding and building deep relationships that lead us towards the “beloved community” of which Dr. King dreamed for all people. We seek to better our movement each and every day to remain deserving of the support of progressives of all backgrounds.

They can’t even say his name? In any case, all of this is a lie. Farrakhan is associated with the Women’s March in a very specific way: He has been praised by several of the co-chairs, most especially Tamika Mallory.

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Also, it’s not that they didn’t act rapidly enough to denounce him, it’s that they still won’t denounce him even as the momentum has been building against them. If the group has evolved over the past few months, why was Tamika Mallory still unable to denounce Farrakhan yesterday on the View? When asked pointedly if she would condemn his bigotry by co-host Meghan McCain, Mallory refused to do so. That’s not a change. That’s exactly what she has done for the past year.

I get the impression that Carmen Perez’ piece in The Forward was supposed to coincide with Mallory’s appearance on the view in a way that the messages would reinforce one another. But that’s not what happened. Instead, Perez sounds chastened and Mallory remains unwilling to condemn her favorite anti-Semite. The DNC is smart to back away from this trainwreck.

Update: It’s looking like this has been confirmed but, as with the SPLC, the DNC is dropping out without saying anything about why or criticizing the Women’s March at all. From the Daily Beast:

As recently as the morning of January 13, 2019, the committee was listed among the “2019 Women’s March Sponsors,” according to an Internet archive search, and it is not longer on the website as of Tuesday. A DNC official declined to comment on the timing of the removal of their name from the list but the committee offered the following about its decision for dropping out of the march.

“The DNC stands in solidarity with all those fighting for women’s rights and holding the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers across the country accountable,” said Sabrina Singh, DNC Deputy Communications Director. “Women are on the front lines of fighting back against this administration and are the core of our Democratic Party.”

Another profile in courage.

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Convicted Colorado killer Chris Watts’ home to be auctioned

The Colorado home of Chris Watts, who was sentenced in November for killing his pregnant wife and two children, will be put up for auction later this year.

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