"Woke" and the Debate About Race
Ibram X. Kendi rose to fame when his books became a source for Americans trying to make sense of the murder of George Floyd. Then came a backlash: His books were banned by school libraries and he was accused of corrupting children and casting everyone as a racist. “The momentum was just crushed by a pretty well-organized force and movement of people who are seeking to conserve racism,” he says.
Trump, the Truth and Consequences
Michael Cohen, former President Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, served three years in prison for payments he made on Trump's behalf to silence two women about their alleged affairs with Trump to influence the election. Now Trump is the first president to be indicted on charges of campaign finance fraud related to the payments. Cohen sits squarely in the middle of today's biggest news story.
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