Taking A Step Back

September 27, 2019 11:45 a.m.

Especially in these times, it’s easy to get lost in the daily flood of news. I know as an editor here, it’s hard to think bigger when I’m sifting through presidential tweets and whistleblower complaints.

But a few months ago, we relaunched our Cafe section, and I now find myself thinking harder about the news and learning more. As the special projects editor, I’ve been helping solicit these contributions, so I now spend a lot of my time digging around for experts on topics like the history of busing and natural disasters. It’s been really refreshing, and I’ve enjoyed the smart analysis we’ve published.

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It’s nice to take a step back to read about the irony of the Christian right’s opposition to immigration and fascinating to read about research that may help us understand Obama-Trump voters. We made a special effort to publish Cafe pieces for our recent week focused on climate, and I was particularly intrigued by one expert’s research suggesting opposition to climate action in deep red states may thaw sooner than we think.

We’ve also published some unique view points, like retrospectives from two former clerks to the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and a call for better natural disaster preparedness from a local voting rights and environmental activist.

If you haven’t paid much attention to the revived Cafe section, I really recommend you check out some of the latest pieces we’ve published there. The support of TPM members makes this work possible, and with more contributing members, we’ll be able to publish even more unique, in-depth analysis of the news.

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