After the 2010 wave, Republicans suffered an ominous defeat in a special election to replace Rep. Chris Lee (R) in Upstate New York. Another special election loomed in Nevada, to fill a seat left vacant when Republican Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerLobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play This week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report MORE was appointed to an open Senate seat, and Democrats were preparing the same playbook. A poll conducted in early August showed the Republican candidate, Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBillboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Trump's defenders are running out of options Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE, clinging to a one-point lead over his Democratic rival, Kate Marshall. … [Read more...] about On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare
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In the span of writing this article, I found myself haunted by the hierarchy of needs; it was referenced on my Instagram feed and in a blog post about writing. Writing about the work ethic while embroiled in academic work culture makes it similarly difficult to escape the ghost of the hierarchy of needs. Academic work, like work in creative industries and the nonprofit sector, is particularly susceptible to the celebratory rhetoric that one’s work should be motivated by passion, not a paycheck. Why else pursue a PhD, or a career in the creative industry, if you don’t love it? … [Read more...] about Is the search for meaningful work a trap?
Extraordinary Stress In the past four years, I saw people in my clinical practice experiencing a level of anxiety specific to the political climate that we really hadn’t seen before. It’s why I started writing about “Trump anxiety disorder.” The American Psychological Association does a “Stress in America” survey, and the 2019 one had 62 percent of American adults citing the current political climate as a source of stress, which has gone up since Trump took office. It’s not unlike a child living in a home that’s chaotic; we don’t have faith in the leaders we have historically put trust in, and that’s creating a lot of trauma. If Trump does get reelected, we’ll see a spike in this feeling of fear like we haven’t seen before. People will have to come to terms with the prospect of another four years of trying to keep up the fight. We can feel anxious for only so long, because anxiety is exhausting, and eventually … [Read more...] about 11 Months From Today
Linked to this is the creation of an 'carbon army' of workers. The plan envisions hundreds of thousands of high- and lower-skilled jobs created in the UK. This will be part of a wider shift from an economy narrowly focused on financial services and shopping to one that is an engine of environmental transformation. Germany is already employing 250,000 in renewable energy alone. … [Read more...] about A Green New Deal for our times
Middle-skill workers who lose their jobs face some equally problematic options: competing for the fewer remaining middle-skill jobs, raising their skill level appreciably or moving down the skill ladder. Prime-age workers who lose their job really have no choice but to try to find work at any skill level, whereas some older workers can opt to retire if they don't find new work. … [Read more...] about A warning for retired baby boomers looking for work