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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Don’t Buy Serena’s Self-Pitying Melodrama

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Unless you’re a serious tennis fan, you probably don’t know that exactly one player was expelled from the 2017 U.S. Open: Fabio Fognini, for calling a chair umpire a “whore” and worse in Italian during a losing match. He was also fined $96,000 and threatened with banishment from Grand Slam events if he didn’t quit acting like a punk on the court.

Chastened and apologetic, Fognini returned to Flushing Meadows in 2018 as a No. 14 seed, where he was upset in the third round with no histrionics. Evidently, he’s learned to accept defeat.

So it’s simply not true, as Serena Williams asserted through tears after losing to brilliant, 20-year-old Naomi Osaka — also a “woman of color,” for those of you keeping score at home — that men are never punished for bad behavior in professional tennis.…

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Identity Politics Are A Double-Edged Sword

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

The recent primaries, particularly on the Democratic side, have unleashed a pack of first-ism cliches. If elected in November, Andrew Gillum would become “Florida’s first black governor” (CNN). Stacey Abrams in Georgia could be “America’s first black female governor” (Time).

Jared Polis, the Democratic nominee in Colorado, could become “America’s first openly gay elected governor” (Vox). In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib could be “the first Muslim woman elected to Congress” (Fox News). And Jahana Hayes would be Connecticut’s “first black Democrat to serve in Congress” (The New York Times).

We cannot deny that voters bearing similar racial, gender or sexual attributes can help put certain candidates over the top.…

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Second GOP Nominee Stands Accused Of Sex Abuse — In Same District

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

In April, Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Meehan resigned amid reports he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment from a former aide. Now, it turns out that Marty Nothstein, the Republican nominee to replace Meehan in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, is currently facing administrative action at his current job for a misconduct complaint of his own.

According to the Allentown Morning Call, Nothstein — a former Olympic athlete who serves as executive director of the Lehigh Valley Velodrome, a professional cycling stadium in Trexlertown owned by Lehigh County — has been on unpaid leave since February after the board became aware he faced a sexual misconduct complaint related to an unspecified incident in 2000, lodged with a U.S.…

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