FROM Gil Troy
The Age of Clinton The DNC will make history tonight by nominating for the first time as a major party a woman for the White House. History will also be made by Bill Clinton, who will be the first former president to speak on behalf of his wife, Hillary. Gil Troy, author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990’s , has more on the opportunities and possible pitfalls of the evening.
A Contradiction in Feminism? A Look Back at Nancy Reagan's Life Nancy Reagan — the First Lady at the height of the feminist movement -- died yesterday at the age of 94. She was famous for her adoring stare at the Hollywood actor who became Governor of California and then President of the United States. Writing for Newsweek, Eleanor Clift thought she was out of step with the women’s movement, but she had to change her assessment. Clift now covers politics for the Daily Beast . President Reagan being sworn in for second term during the private ceremony held at the White House 1985 Today’s Time magazine contains an article titled, “ Nancy Reagan’s Surprising Feminist Gift to Hillary Clinton .” The author is Gil Troy, professor of History at McGill University…
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Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.