America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing

America is plagued by experts without expertise | Michael Massing

On-air ‘experts’ are more disconnected from their demographics than ever – and their lack of expertise has become glaring in the age of Trump

The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a columnist for the New York Post, called the show’s success a “wakeup call for Hollywood.” Given how well it had done in Middle America, he said, the lesson was clear: for those who serve underserved Donald Trump voters, there are “riches to be reaped.”

Anand Giridharadas, a Brooklyn-based writer and MSNBC analyst, saw a broader truth: “Working-class white people may claim to be against identity politics, but they actually crave identity politics.” They want to be “seen and witnessed” in the same way that women and people of color do. With its glimpses of Maxwell House coffee and kitchen towels stitched with football logos, the show made an effort to pay respect to the details “of a certain demographic’s life.”

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Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon

Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon

A previously anonymous 26-year-old nurse is an overnight sensation (and Olympic hopeful) after a fairytale runner-up finish in Boston wrought by talent, perseverance and grit

The story was so good it seemed impossible to imagine. A 26-year-old woman with no sponsors or agents, who had run only one marathon in her life, finished second in Monday’s Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious road races. And no sooner had she crossed the finish line did the question beging to buzz down Boylston Street.

Who is Sarah Sellers?

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Elena Ferrante: ‘God didn’t make a good impression on my teenage self’

Elena Ferrante: ‘God didn’t make a good impression on my teenage self’

I have no liking for the throne we have assigned ourselves by declaring that we are beloved children of God and lords of the universe

When it comes to religion, I recognise myself in the three Marys, who, when they go to the grave and learn from an angel that Jesus has come back to life from the dead, begin trembling, beside themselves with fear. My religious experience stopped there.

It happened when I was around 16. I read the gospels one after another, and the entire life of Jesus seemed terrible to me. The resurrection itself I found terrifying: not a comforting conclusion. I hope I’ll have an opportunity to recount that adolescent experience of reading in detail. Here I will say only that the story of the gospels seemed to demonstrate at every step that human nature, beyond some arrogant declarations of its centrality, was depraved, devoted to either crucifying its own kind and all other living beings, or getting crucified.

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LeBron and Cavaliers feeling heat after Game 3 collapse against Indiana Pacers

LeBron and Cavaliers feeling heat after Game 3 collapse against Indiana Pacers

  • Indiana rally from 17-point halftime deficit to win 92-90 in Game 3
  • Top-seeded Raptors lose in Washington but still hold 2-1 series lead
  • Milwaukee back in business after lopsided Game 3 win over Celtics

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points, leading the Indiana Pacers back from a 17-point halftime deficit for a 92-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

Cleveland were 39-0 during the regular season when leading after three quarters and kept that perfect mark intact with a Game 2 win.

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‘We did it to ourselves’: Cory Booker blames low African American turnout for Trump’s win

‘We did it to ourselves’: Cory Booker blames low African American turnout for Trump’s win

A gathering of Democratic senators, organized by the Rev Al Sharpton, reviewed the first year of Trump’s presidency in New York

Cory Booker, one of only two black Democrats in the US Senate, on Friday cited the low voting rate of African Americans as a factor in Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 presidential election.

“We did it to ourselves,” the New Jersey senator told African American political and community leaders in New York, a gathering organized by civil rights leader the Rev Al Sharpton.

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Europa League trophy is recovered after briefly going missing in Mexico

Europa League trophy is recovered after briefly going missing in Mexico

• Silverware reportedly stolen from vehicle in León
• State prosecutor’s office tweets to confirm recovery

Arsène Wenger’s hopes of ending his Arsenal career with his hands on the Europa League trophy in Lyon, France almost suffered a setback when it reportedly went missing in León, Mexico.

Authorities in the central state of Guanajuato state claimed on Twitter that the trophy had been stolen in the city of León, but was recovered soon afterwards. The silverware was taken from a vehicle after an event in the city.

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