For people in their mid-70s such as myself, the 2020 presidential campaign is an oddly personal experience. Among the front-runners for the Democratic and Republican nominations are two men our age (Joe Biden, 76, and Bernie Sanders, 77) and another just a few years behind us: Donald Trump, 72, the oldest man ever elected president. If Trump had lost in 2016, Hillary Clinton, at 69, would have been the second-oldest person ever elected. Is this OK? Can politicians our age be effective presidents? It’s a question that can provoke strong, often pained reactions from my contemporaries. Any one person’s answer reflects their sense of what it takes to be president and what it means to be in your 70s. In my own case — healthy, active, marbles still present but unmistakably 76 — this does not seem like a good stage of life to take on such a huge challenge. I have less energy and less stamina than I did 25 years ago. I find concentration more difficult and naps more … [Read more...] about How old is too old to take on the presidency?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | ‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border Supported by ByManny Fernandez March 3, 2019 MCALLEN, Tex. — It was dark in the stash house where they kept her, the windows covered so no one could see inside. At first, the smugglers had her cook for the other migrants who had recently crossed illegally into the United States. Then they took her to a room upstairs, locked the door and began taking turns with her. It was the summer of 2014, and Melvin, a 36-year-old mother of three, had just completed the journey from her native Guatemala, crossing the Rio Grande on a raft before being led to the house in the Texas border city of McAllen. For weeks in that locked room, the men she had paid to get her safely to the United States drugged her with pills and … [Read more...] about ‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border
I REALIZED Seattle traffic was making my head explode when I found myself spitting mad and screaming at the woman in the car next to me. In my defense: It was the tail end of a frustrating commute home. We were in a slow-rolling zipper merge, and she refused to let me in. I laid on the horn and glared at her. “You *#$!% moron!” I shouted. “It’s like grade school. You. Take. Turns.” I was right — but it didn’t do me any good. By the time I got home, I felt like an idiot. My heart was racing, and my knees wobbled at how close I came to causing an accident. My outburst might have been more extreme than some, but I don’t think I’m the only one losing my cool these days. With traffic congestion in the Puget Sound area among the country’s worst and getting more dreadful by the day, every car trip can feel like picking your way through a minefield of near-misses, reckless fools and roadblocks. You spend 40 minutes inching along … [Read more...] about How to keep your head from exploding in Seattle traffic
Keith Matheny Detroit Free Press Published 11:40 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 Hundreds of municipal water supplies throughout Michigan may have unsafe levels of an emerging, persistent chemical compound once used in nonstick surfaces. But the State of Michigan, critics contend, is using outdated measuring criteria — meaning hundreds of communities have levels of the chemical that Michigan says are safe, but other studies show may be harmful. At issue are polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. The family of compounds was used for decades in products such as firefighting foam, carpet stain guards, nonstick pans and other surfaces, and waterproofing. They tend to not break down in nature, so they can be found in soil and groundwater many years after their usage. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday announced that, midway through a check of municipal water suppliers across the state for PFAS, only one — the community of Parchment in … [Read more...] about Is your water safe? Harmful chemical found in many Michigan systems
Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post Published 4:18 am CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 "Passengers proceeding past this point are subject to Metro security screening and inspection." Those were the words on a sign posted next to a new portable body scanning machine being used on passengers entering the Los Angeles Metro at Union Station Tuesday. It is one of several body scanners purchased by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA,) priming the city to be the first in the United States to install the technology, according to a Metro news release. Created by Thruvision, a U.K.-based company, the machines will scan people for weapons and improvised explosive devices "intended to cause mass casualties," the release said. They are capable of detecting metallic and nonmetallic objects, according to transit officials. "This new technology will augment our aggressive safety and security … [Read more...] about Los Angeles begins body-scanning metro riders: Your body will look like a green blob