The GOP’s older voter problem

By James A. Barnes of CNN Politics

Is the GOP having a senior moment?

Surveys by CNN and other organizations show senior voters tilting decisively towards Democratic congressional candidates. That would dramatically reverse the recent pattern in midterm elections when the elderly provided a major boost to GOP candidates.

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Posted in Congress, Political parties, polls, Senior citizens

Once women overcome early career challenges, they may reap more rewards than male peers, new research shows

By Katherine L. Milkman, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

There’s still a long way to go and for working women, the news is often demoralizing.

We learn of case after case of gross workplace abuses brought to light by the “Me Too” movement. Among Fortune 500 CEOs, there are about as many women as there are men named John. Women still regularly face discrimination when applying for jobs and at work, continue to earn less than men and are even penalized romantically for career success.

Some new research, however, offers a much-needed dose of encouraging news: If women can overcome early career challenges and establish themselves as high performers, it seems they may actually reap more career rewards than their male peers, according to two recent research papers.

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Posted in Business, civilization, Compensation, Discrimination, Fairness, Gender Gap, income, leadership, Money, Politics, Power, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States, Women

Are These The USA’s First Climate Change Casualties?

By Elaina Plott, staff writer for The Atlantic, in Pacific Standard Magazine

Scientists predict Tangier Island could be uninhabitable within 25 years. This is the story of the people willing to go down with it—and why they’ve risked it all on Donald Trump to keep them afloat.

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Posted in Climate, Controversial, Global warming, Politics

Does The GOP Belong To Trump?

FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat.

Today, we’re partnering with The Weekly Standard to explore a question that everyone seems to have an opinion on: To what extent does the Republican Party now belong to President Trump?

“Trump actually doesn’t have particularly high “strong” approval numbers. There are a lot of voters with lukewarm feelings toward him. And some sort of loyalty to the Republican Party was important in getting them to get out to vote in 2016.”

“Organized animosity toward Hillary Clinton, more than love of Trump. At least in November 2016.”

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Posted in Donald Trump, FiveThirtyEight, Hillary Clinton, Republicans

Is Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination in Big Trouble?

By John Cassidy in the New Yorker

So much for all the talk. The real question is: Will the White House and Republican leaders actually allow a potentially sensational set of hearings, with all the political risks that would entail, just weeks before the midterm elections in which they are already struggling mightily to attract women’s votes in key suburban districts?

Or will they decide to cut their losses and withdraw the Kavanaugh nomination? We’ll find out soon.

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Posted in Congress, Controversial, House of Representatives, Supreme Court