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Trump wins CPAC Straw poll, but only 68% want him to run again

ORLANDO, Florida – Almost four months after losing the 2020 election, Donald J. Trump was able to celebrate being a winner again on Sunday, after winning the 2024 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential ballot , while Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida finished first in a second 2024 poll covering a field of potential candidates that did not include Mr. Trump.

But in a new surprise for Mr Trump, only 68% of conference attendees said they wanted the former president to run again in 2024. Many more attendees, 95%, said they wanted for the Republican Party to move Mr. Trump’s policies and agenda encouraged him to run again, even as the mere mention of Mr. Trump’s name drew loud applause throughout the gathering of three days of activists.

The secret ballot polls, conducted by secret ballot, reflected the views of Current and former elected officials, activists, writers and others who attended the three-day conference – a group that generally represents the far-right wing of the Republican Party and now includes a disproportionate number of Mr. Trump’s most passionate supporters.

The former president had largely dominated the weekend rally in Orlando – a giant gold replica of him was a major draw for activists – and the organizers of the event, better known as CPAC, held two straw polls to assess the next presidential field whether Mr. Trump is running or not.

Mr. Trump won 55% of the vote in the straw poll in which he was included. Mr DeSantis was the only Republican to reach double-digit numbers, with 21% support, in the straw poll that included Mr Trump. The results were presented by Jim McLaughlin, a pollster for Mr. Trump who conducted the survey for CPAC.

Throughout the weekend, many speakers at CPAC, especially other potential Republican 2024 candidates, had greeted Mr. Trump and showcased his accomplishments with loud standing ovations on Friday and Saturday.

“Donald J. Trump is going nowhere,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Friday to thunderous applause.

The results were released Sunday afternoon just before Mr. Trump’s appearance at CPAC to make his post-presidency’s first speech.

Mr. DeSantis’ first place in the straw poll without Mr. Trump is a boost to his emergence as the leading Republican for the post-Trump era. As governor of the crucial swing state of Florida (which is also home to Mr. Trump), Mr. DeSantis has become a popular figure among scientifically skeptical Republicans for his resistance to Covid-related lockdowns.

His speech on Friday captured the current post-political phase of republicanism. “We can sit down and have academic debates on conservative politics, we can do it,” he said. “But the question is, when the Klieg lights get hot, when the left comes after you: will you stay strong, or will you go to bed?”

Mr. DeSantis also pledged never to return to “the bankrupt Republican establishment of yesteryear.” Mr DeSantis, like other potential presidential candidates, has not indicated whether he actually plans to run for the Republican nomination for the White House in 2024.

He won 43% in the straw poll without Mr. Trump, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem finishing second, with 11%.

CPAC polls have not proven to be particularly predictive of future presidential candidates. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky had three straight wins heading into the 2016 primary, which he left after performing poorly in one contest – the Iowa caucuses. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has won four CPAC polls (in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012) but is now a figure whose name has drawn boos and derision as one of the fiercest Republican critics of M Trump.

However, the success of Mr. DeSantis in early 2021 gives him a broader platform and the bragging rights of a party that remains very much in search of an identity beyond loyalty to Mr. Trump.

The straw poll result was likely disheartening for former Vice President Mike Pence, who did not attend the conference. He had been Mr. Trump’s staunch No.2 for four years, but his refusal to try to challenge or overturn the 2020 election results earned him Mr. Trump’s ire and, in turn, , that of many members of the Republican base. Mr. Pence got one percent of the votes from CPAC.

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Tae Keller wins Newbery Medal for ‘When You Trap a Tiger’

The American Library Association on Monday announced two of the country’s most prestigious awards for children’s books: the Newbery Medal, which was awarded to Tae Keller for “When You Trap a Tiger,” and the Caldecott Medal, an award for picture books, for “We Are Water Protectors”, illustrated by Michaela Goade.

“When You Trap a Tiger,” published by Random House Children’s Books, follows a biracial girl named Lily whose family moves in with her ailing grandmother. A magical tiger appears, a figure from her grandmother’s Korean folk tales, and offers Lily a deal in exchange for restoring her healthy grandmother.

Keller, who grew up in Hawaii and, like Lily, is biracial, previously wrote the 2018 children’s book “The Science of Breakable Things.” The Newbery recognizes the “most outstanding contribution of the year to children’s literature”.

“We Are Water Protectors” was written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing. Goade, the illustrator, uses puffy watercolors and floral designs in the book, whose main character, an Ojibwe girl, joins with other Indigenous people to fight the Dakota access pipeline.

Goade, who won the Native American Children’s Literature Award for Best Picture Book for “Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy” in 2018, is a registered member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian tribes of Alaska.

The John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals were announced at the American Library Association’s winter meeting, which took place virtually this year.

The organization announced other major awards on Monday, including nominated awards for Coretta Scott King recognizing an African-American author and illustrator for his outstanding work.

The Illustrator Award went to Frank Morrison for “RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul”. It was written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, a publishing company of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

The author award went to Jacqueline Woodson for “Before the Ever After,” published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Woodson has won several major awards in recent years, including a 2020 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the National Book Award for Children’s Literature for “Brown Girl Dreaming” and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is an award for excellence in children’s literature. . .

In 2020, with many children stranded at home and not attending school in person, sales of youth books have exploded. Sales of juvenile fiction print increased 11% from 2019, according to NPD BookScan, and juvenile non-fiction increased 23%. Sales of printed books have grown by more than eight percent overall.

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With Georgia Senate wins, Democrats solidify power in Washington

“I guess in the next few weeks, Schumer and Mitch are going to sit down and figure out how this is going to work,” said South Dakota Senator John Thune, No. 2 Republican. “We had a little model in 2000, but times have changed. It’s different now.

Perhaps the biggest difference will be that of the committee chairs, which represents a significant ideological shift. Besides Mr. Sanders, for example, Senator Sherrod Brown, the progressive Ohio Democrat and a strong union ally, is expected to head the banking committee and will have a distinctly different agenda than the incumbent Republican president, the Senator Michael D. Crapo. of Idaho.

Mr Brown said his first legislative task would focus on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the contingency provisions that would expire, including a moratorium on evictions.

“We have to repair a lot of the damage that Trump has done, and then there is pent-up demand for a lot of things,” Brown said. “What do we do with the climate and racial inequalities, wealth inequalities, structural racism?”

Other notable committee changes would include Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon as the head of the tax drafting finance committee and Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois as chairman of the judicial committee rather than Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, who was a leader. engine of the Republican push to install more than 200 conservative judges in federal courts nationwide over the past four years. Senator Patty Murray of Washington, an aggressive supporter of health law changes, is lining up for the health committee.

With the even partisan split, Democrats started talking about employing a special legislative process called reconciliation that enforces fiscal rules to remove the threat of filibustering, but what can be accomplished with this approach is limited. Activists are urging Democrats to try to eliminate the filibuster of 60 votes to take advantage of their power while they have it.

“A window of opportunity like this may not present itself for a long time,” said Brian Fallon, former Schumer aide and leader of progressive group Demand Justice. “It is almost overwhelming to think of all the legislative possibilities that exist now, but the priority must be democratic reforms that make institutions like the Senate and our courts more aligned with the will of the people.

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‘I’ll be for you’: Ossoff wins Georgia

Jon Ossoff defeated David Perdue, assuring Democrats will control the Senate.

It is with humility that I thank the Georgian people for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the trust and confidence you place in me. This campaign has been about health, jobs and justice for the people of this state, for all the people of this state. And these will be my guiding principles as I serve this state in the US Senate, ensuring that every Georgian enjoys good health care. No matter how rich we are, make sure we invest in an economic recovery that includes all communities, that rebuilds our state’s infrastructure, that lays the foundation for prosperity in rural Georgia, suburban communities and communities. urban communities, and to ensure equal justice for all. Follow in the footsteps of leaders who have passed away this year, like Congressman John Lewis and CT Vivian. I would like to thank the Georgian people for participating in this election. Everyone who voted, everyone who puts their faith and confidence in the ability of our democracy to provide the representation we deserve. Whether you are for me or against me, I will be for you in the US Senate. I will serve all the people of this state. I will do my best to ensure that Georgia’s interests are represented in the US Senate.

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The virus always wins

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This simple graphic shows why the new variants of the coronavirus – first detected in Britain and South Africa – are so worrying:

The graph compares the spread of the virus in each of these two countries with the spread in a group of neighboring countries. As you can see, cases have increased in Britain and South Africa since the variants first appeared – while remaining fairly stable in the rest of Western Europe and Southern Africa.

The new variants may not be the only reason. Britain and South Africa also differ from their neighbors in other ways. But there is no obvious explanation for the contrast apart from mutations in the virus.

This suggests that the rest of the world may now be at risk for another outbreak of Covid-19.

The variants already seem to have spread across much of the world. More than 30 other countries, including the United States, have diagnosed cases with the variant first detected in Britain, known as B.1.1.7. Scientists say it may soon become the dominant form of the virus.

The B.1.1.7 variant appears to be between 10 and 60% more transmissible than the original version. One possible reason: it can increase the amount of virus that infected people carry in their nose and throat, which would increase the likelihood of them infecting others by breathing, talking, sneezing, coughing, etc.

As I explained before, the most important factor that will determine how many more people die from the virus is unlikely to be the precise effectiveness of the vaccines or even the speed of their deployment. Perhaps the most important factor is how much we reduce the spread of the virus over the next few months, through a combination of mask wearing, social distancing and expanded testing. These efforts can reduce the number of cases – and, by extension, deaths – faster than a mass vaccination campaign.

But the United States was struggling to contain the new infections even before the variants appeared, and it will likely make it more difficult. “I dismissed the news initially because viruses mutate all the time and there have been too many unsubstantiated ‘mutant-ninja virus’ headlines that deign this year,” Zeynep Tufekci wrote in The Atlantic. last week. “However, as the data on the new variant arrives, there is cause for concern.”

My colleague Apoorva Mandavilli, in an article explaining what scientists do and don’t know about variants, writes that they could end up “exacerbating a steady rise in deaths and overwhelming the already strained healthcare system.”

In recent days, the number of Americans hospitalized with symptoms of Covid-19 has risen to more than 123,000, from around 95,000 a month ago and 50,000 two months ago. The virus is still winning.

From the review: “I am a miracle. I’m going to get there. I have to get there. Toby Levy, a Holocaust survivor, reflects on how to experience the pandemic.

Lives lived: Brian Urquhart joined the United Nations when it was founded in 1945. He spent the next four decades leading peacekeeping operations, leading UN forces in war zones like Congo, Kashmir and Cyprus. Urquhart died at the age of 101.


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Several hundred thousand readers took our year-end quiz and we wanted to report back with some results. As we wrote at the end of the quiz, it wasn’t supposed to be easy. Anyone who finished it – regardless of the score – should feel good. (If you haven’t taken it yet, we encourage you to.)

The median score was 15, which is exactly half of the 30 quiz questions. So if you’re more than half right, you’ve done better than most Times readers. Only 0.4 percent – or about one in 250 people – answered all the questions.

The most difficult question turned out to be the one that asked you to name the countries bordering Armenia or Azerbaijan. Only 8.5% of respondents understood correctly.

The other toughest questions involved the author who had the highest number of Times bestsellers this year (9.4 percent correct); the death toll from Covid-19 in Sweden (10.8%); the pay gap between blacks and whites (11.2%); and the identity of a speaker in Trump’s impeachment trial (15.3%).

The simplest question was the one that asked you to identify a man whose 250th birthday was celebrated in 2020 (96% of people are correct). After that, questions about the identity of a woman in Louisville (89.1%); the opinions on coronaviruses that experts have since retracted (84.4%); the identity of a boy band (82.7 percent correct); and a demonstration in China (74.8%).

Thanks to everyone who took the time to play. We will be posting more quizzes in 2021.

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Cynthia Lummis, a Conservative who wins over the Bulls, heads to the Senate

And its campaign website boasted an A + rating from the National Rifle Association.

“She’s going to be a conservative voice and she’s tenacious, as you would expect from someone who is elected from Wyoming,” said Sen. John Barrasso, Republican and senior state senator, who is part of the leadership team of Senator Mitch McConnell.

Lummis, 66, is returning to Washington after serving four terms in the House. She decided not to look for a fifth after the death of her husband, Alvin Wiederspahn, in 2014. She said she needed to take care of the family ranch – a nearly 20,000 acre property where steers are marked with the phrase “4-Z”.

His family, of German immigrants, lived in Wyoming even before it was a state. In 1976, she was crowned Miss Frontier.

“I am a girl from Wyoming. My great-grandfather came to Wyoming in 1868, the year after the railroad, ”she says. “He opened a hardware store and eventually bought out his hardware partner who also had a ranch. That’s how we got into the ranching business, and we’ve been in the ranching business ever since.

Ms. Lummis has always been very interested in politics. As a senior at the University of Wyoming, she interned in the State Senate and “fell in love,” she says. At 24 in 1978, she became the youngest member of the state legislature in Wyoming history. From there, she earned a law degree, was hired as the governor’s general counsel, became director of the Wyoming land and investment office, and was ultimately elected state treasurer.

During that time, she worked on the family ranch, which buys and sells thousands of steers each year.

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Arizona, Wisconsin certify Biden wins: ‘system is strong’

Arizona and Wisconsin on Monday certified President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner of their presidential elections, formalizing his victory in two other battlefield states as President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the The election continued to fail.

Such certifications would be an afterthought in any other year. But in a political environment where Mr. Trump’s false claims about widespread electoral fraud have created an alternate reality among his staunch supporters in the West Wing and beyond, the results have opened a new path to victory for him.

While Mr. Trump has injected daily drama into the normal post-election bureaucratic process by urging his Republican allies to push to block the certification of results or overturn them entirely in the battlefield states that Mr. Biden won, Monday’s debates were lapsed business.

In Arizona, Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Secretary of State, formalized her state’s results as she sat at a long table with three Republicans who signed the election documents: Governor Doug Ducey; the State Attorney General, Mark Brnovich; and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel.

Ann Jacobs, the chairman of the Wisconsin Election Commission, signed a document during a three-minute videoconference in which she recounted certifying Mr Biden’s victory.

“I am signing it now as the official state determination of the November 3, 2020 election results and prospecting,” Ms. Jacobs said before presenting the document to the camera. Later Monday afternoon, Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin, a Democrat, announced that he had signed the state verification certificate naming Mr. Biden’s voters list to represent Wisconsin in the electoral college.

Mr Trump, backed by his legal team and supporters in the conservative news media, hoped he might somehow triumph in Wisconsin and Arizona, as well as Georgia, where Republican officials steadfastly refused on Monday to challenge Mr. Biden’s victory there. . In all three states, as well as Michigan and Pennsylvania, the other two states that switched from voting for Mr. Trump in 2016 to Mr. Biden this year, the Trump campaign has sought to undermine the results through legal efforts. and public relations to deliver the electoral college president vote.

But as has been the case elsewhere, election officials from both Arizona and Wisconsin parties refused to undermine their state laws to overturn the popular vote in their states.

“We are doing a good election in Arizona,” Ducey said Monday, signing documents certifying Mr. Biden’s victory in Arizona and awarding him the 11 votes in the state’s electoral college. “The system is solid.”

In Wisconsin, Ms Jacobs chose to certify Mr Biden’s victory there a day before the state’s Dec. 1 deadline to do so.

Ms Jacobs’ certification followed the conclusion of recounts, requested and subsidized with $ 3 million from Mr Trump’s campaign, in Dane and Milwaukee counties, which revealed Mr Biden had added 87 votes to his statewide margin.

Ms Jacobs, a Democrat from Milwaukee, said certification of the presidential election result was at her discretion and that she expected the move to trigger legal challenges from the Trump campaign.

“The power to do this rests solely with the president,” Ms. Jacobs said in an interview on Monday.

All states must certify the results of their presidential elections, exhaust legal challenges, and send the names of their Electoral College delegates to Congress by December 8. Voters’ lists will meet in their states on December 14, sending the results to Congress, which is slated to resolve any final disputes and certify the Electoral College’s vote on January 6.

Unlike other states where the Trump campaign has claimed, without producing any evidence, that widespread fraud led to Mr. Biden’s victories, Mr. Trump’s legal strategy in Wisconsin hinges on an effort to reject hundreds of thousands of missing ballots on what amounts to a technicality.

The Trump campaign argued in its recount petition that all ballots cast on absentee voting sites in person before election day should be disqualified. The campaign falsely claimed that these mail ballots were issued without each voter submitting a written request requesting the ballot, but the first line of mail ballot requests that voters filled out on early voting sites read: “request / official certification of postal voting”.

This argument would reject hundreds of thousands of ballots across Wisconsin, including those cast by prominent Trump supporters, such as several state lawmakers and one of Wisconsin’s top attorneys, Jim Troupis, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

On Twitter Monday, Mr. Trump called on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia to “quash” Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The president also baselessly claimed that there had been “total electoral corruption” in Arizona. The Trump campaign has yet to identify systemic electoral fraud in its court challenges.

Ms. Jacobs’ certification of Wisconsin’s results represents opening a window for legal challenges from the Trump campaign, which argued the president should have won the state and its 10 Electoral College votes despite the fact that ‘he lost to Mr. Biden. by 20,682 votes.

Two weeks ago, the Trump campaign demanded recounts from Dane and Milwaukee, the two largest and most democratic counties in the state, in an effort to build a legal case against Mr. Biden’s victory in everything. the state. The Trump campaign is also likely to take legal action to challenge Ms Jacobs’ certification.

Republicans on Wisconsin’s six-member bipartisan Election Commission had said they hoped Ms Jacobs would wait to certify the presidential election results until the Trump campaign has exhausted its legal challenges. But the Trump campaign has filed no complaints in Wisconsin; he had nothing to dispute until Mrs. Jacobs certified the election results.

The Trump campaign and the Wisconsin Republicans are also expected to challenge Ms Jacobs’ power to certify election results on her own. State law gives her, as chairman of the electoral commission, clear authority and responsibility to certify the election, although other parts of the Wisconsin Election Code refer to the entire bipartisan commission of six members certifying the results of the presidential elections.

Glenn Thrush contributed reporting.

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Charles Yu wins National Book Award for ‘Interior Chinatown’

Charles Yu won the National Book Award for Fiction on Wednesday for his mind-blowing satire, “Interior Chinatown,” a show of Hollywood and Asian-American stereotypes.

The novel, written in screenplay form, features an aspiring actor named Willis Wu who confronts the occasional racism and cruel hierarchies of the entertainment world in his quest to graduate from small roles like the “Delivery Guy.” Or “Silent Henchman”. The judges hailed the novel as “wonderfully inventive” and “alternately hilarious and heartbreaking.”

Mr. Yu, who was one of the National Book Foundation’s most promising US Under-35 authors in 2007, worked as a lawyer before leaving to write. “Interior Chinatown” is his fourth book.

“I don’t feel anything in my body right now,” Mr. Yu said visibly stunned during his acceptance speech, adding that he was so sure he wouldn’t win that he didn’t prepare any remarks and wondered aloud if he was. in a simulation. “I’m going to melt into a puddle now,” he said.

It was a perfectly surreal speech for an unconventional awards ceremony, at a tumultuous time when reality often seemed stranger than fiction.

Normally, the National Book Awards are a lavish black-tie affair held at Cipriani Wall Street, with a ceremony that attracts the most powerful people in publishing and a constellation of literary stars. This year, as with many cultural events that have been scrambled in the wake of the pandemic, the ceremony took place online, broadcast on YouTube and on the foundation’s website.

This year, the mood was still upbeat, even virtually, as a much larger digital audience joined in the celebration, which typically draws around 700 people in person.

“It’s tough in a pandemic,” Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, said in a video speech. “We were afraid we wouldn’t be able to do this show, and here we are.”

The Non-Fiction Prize went to “The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X,” a biography deeply sought after by Les Payne and his daughter Tamara Payne. In a touching acceptance speech, Ms Payne, who researched the book alongside her father and completed it after his death in 2018, thanked him “for engaging in this tremendous work” and “For bringing me as a co-pilot”.

“It’s such a bittersweet moment,” she said. “I really wish my dad was there for that.”

The awards, now in their 71st year, were presented by Jason Reynolds, bestselling children’s book author and two-time National Book Award finalist.

The National Book Award, which dates back to 1950, is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world and has been awarded to literary icons such as WH Auden, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.

This year’s awards ceremony, which took place as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate across the world, provided more than a moment of levity for the literary world. For struggling authors and booksellers, who have seen their sales plummet this year, literary prizes like the National Book Awards and Booker Prize can bring needed attention to titles that have been overlooked.

While branded authors and big publishers have had healthy sales this year – print sales are up 7% this year compared to 2019 – many small independent publishers and writers less well-known people have struggled, as universities and bookstores across the United States have closed, cutting off vital pathways to reach readers.

More than half of the finalists this year were published by independent publishers and university presses. Eight of the 25 finalists were debuts.

Some of the speakers alluded to the tense political climate following the elections, the ongoing struggle for racial equality and the devastation of the pandemic. Writer Roxane Gay, who presented this year’s Fiction Award, spoke about the responsibility of fiction writers to face the difficult times we live in.

“It’s hard to write when the world feels like it’s falling apart,” she said. “We have a responsibility as writers to respond to this political moment. We have a responsibility to testify. “

Fictional finalists included Rumaan Alam’s calm and eerie apocalyptic national drama, “Leave the World Behind”; Deesha Philyaw’s short story collection, “The Secret Lives of the Ladies of the Church”; “A Children’s Bible” by Lydia Millet, a novel that explores the chaos of climate change; and Douglas Stuart’s autobiographical novel ‘Shuggie Bain’, set in the 1980s in Glasgow, which was also a finalist for Booker.

Among the finalists for the non-fiction award were “The Undocumented Americans” by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a deeply narrated story about the lives of immigrants; Claudio Saunt’s “Unworthy Republic”, which explores the consequences of the Indian Removal Act of 1830; Jerald Walker, “How to Make a Slave and Other Essays,” in which he reflects on his experiences with racism; and Jenn Shapland’s unconventional biography “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers,” which examines the Southern writer’s hidden love life.

The Children’s Literature Prize went to Kacen Callender for “King and the Dragonflies”, which features a black boy who struggles after the death of his brother.

The Prize for Translated Literature went to Yu Miri’s novel “Tokyo Ueno Station,” which was translated from Japanese by Morgan Giles, and is told by a ghost who visits a park where he lived when he was homeless.

The translated literature award – a category that was added in 2018 – this year included works written in Arabic, Spanish, German and Swedish. They were “The Bitch” by Pilar Quintana, about a Colombian girl’s relationship with an orphaned puppy; “High as the Waters Rise”, a first novel about an oil rig worker by German poet Anja Kampmann; “Minor Detail” by Adania Shibli, which centers on a woman from Ramallah who decides to investigate the decades-old murder of a Palestinian teenager; and Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s novel “The Family Clause” about a painful family reunion in Stockholm.

The poetry prize went to poet and translator Don Mee Choi’s collection “DMZ Colony,” a collage of survivors’ stories, prose and quotes with photographs and drawings named after the Demilitarized Zone of Korea.

The Literarian Award, which recognizes the recipient’s contributions to the American literary community, was presented posthumously to Carolyn Reidy, the Managing Director of Simon & Schuster who died in May. The award, which was accepted by Ms Reidy’s husband Stephen Reidy, was presented by people who worked closely with Ms Reidy – including author Bob Woodward, who said of Ms Reidy: “Carolyn was an author of books. “

Novelist Walter Mosley, who is perhaps best known for his mystery series starring Detective Easy Rawlins, received the foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a lifetime achievement award that has already awarded to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo and Ursula K. Guin. Mr Mosley, who is the first black man to receive the award in its 32-year history, remarked on how late this milestone was: “One might be intimidated by the monumental negative space surrounding the sting. of light that this award represents, “he said.” Is it a dying gasp or a first breath? “

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Van Duyne wins Texas seat in another lost chance for Democrats

Former Republican mayor and housing manager for the Trump administration Beth Van Duyne defeated Democrat Candace Valenzuela on Tuesday in a House race in suburban Dallas, taking a crucial Republican seat as the Ms. Van Duyne was fighting to increase her staff. in Congress.

Ms Van Duyne’s victory, as The Associated Press called it, was a key victory for Republicans, appearing to shut down Democrats’ last hope of taking a seat in the state despite what was predicted to be a year grim for Republicans due to changing demographics. increasingly made Texas competitive. It also mirrored the results of some other conservative-leaning suburban districts across the country, where, despite reports that many voters had been alienated by President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans appeared to be holding the line. suddenly and even on the way to winning. seats.

Ms Van Duyne, who worked in the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, was previously mayor of Irving, Texas, the first woman to hold the post. She came to the country’s attention as she was among those responsible for the family of a Muslim teenager who was arrested after her homemade digital clock was mistaken for a bomb. (The lawsuit was then dismissed.)

She later emerged as part of a self-proclaimed “Conservative Team” of four women, who presented themselves as the right-wing’s response to four liberal women who became political celebrities in the Democratic freshman class of 2018. , including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota. She is now expected to be part of the largest group of House Republican women ever elected to Congress that same year, erasing the previous record of 25 women.

Ms Van Duyne has aligned herself closely with Mr Trump and defended her handling of the pandemic, and her former HUD boss Ben Carson helped lobby for her in the final days of the campaign.

“People are fed up with Congress playing political games and just focusing on mutual attack,” Van Duyne said in response to questions from the Dallas Morning News that she posted on her website. “I promise to be a voice in Congress that always focuses on getting things done to help us grow and create more opportunity.”

Ms Valenzuela, a former school board administrator, had sought to overthrow the Democrats’ seat and become the first Afro-Latina to be elected to Congress. The seat was left open after Representative Kenny Marchant, a reliable Republican vote who won his 2018 re-election by just three points, said in the summer of 2019 he would retire rather than face Ms Valenzuela.

Ms Valenzuela had galvanized supporters with her powerful tale of surviving homelessness and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, and relied heavily on the strategy Democrats employed in 2018 and this year, centering his campaign to defend the affordable care law and criticize the administration’s response to the pandemic.

She sought to link Ms Van Duyne, who was often pictured without a mask during her campaign, to Mr Trump and his mismanagement of the coronavirus. Ms Van Duyne, for her part, criticized Ms Valenzuela for not hosting in-person events during the pandemic, even as coronavirus cases continued to climb in the state.

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Kansas Democrat who admitted revenge on porn wins State House seat

Aaron Coleman’s election to the Kansas House of Representatives would have been remarkable for a young candidate trying to overthrow an incumbent. But instead he let the state’s Democratic leaders say they will take “whatever steps are necessary” to ensure Mr. Coleman does not sit in the state legislature.

Mr. Coleman’s campaign over the summer was overshadowed by his confession that he sent revenge porn and bullied girls online in college.

In August, Mr Coleman, 20, won a Democratic primary over seven-term holder Stan Frownfelter by 14 votes. Mr. Coleman originally planned to step down as his party’s candidate, but then ran in the general election. Mr. Frownfelter ran as a written general election candidate and lost, the Kansas City Star reported.

“I want to let my political views be what people know me for,” Coleman said in an email Saturday.

Since Mr. Coleman’s election, Democratic leaders have distanced themselves from him and are seeking to make sure he is not seated, said Tom Sawyer, the Kansas House minority leader.

The Associated Press reported that party leaders took the stance after Mr Coleman made comments on Twitter that they saw as a threat to state Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat.

A political agent provided the AP with a screenshot of one of Mr Coleman’s tweets, which has since been deleted, in which he said Ms Kelly would face an ‘extremely bloody’ Democratic primary race in two years.

“I’m not playing,” wrote Coleman, the AP reported. “People will realize that someday, when I tell you a hard blow, it’s real.”

Mr Coleman said he could have chosen his words better but his tweet had not been a call for physical violence.

“My tweets were a political call to action for progressives to come forward against establishment candidates,” said Coleman. “Many constituents in my riding have endorsed this statement and have read my tweets in context.”

Democratic heads of state, including Ms. Kelly and Vicki Hiatt, president of the Kansas Democratic Party, called Mr. Coleman “unfit to sit in the Kansas legislature.”

“Kansas House Democrats will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure Coleman does not sit in the Legislature,” said Minority Leader Sawyer. “With Republican cooperation, I believe we can resolve this issue and find a competent, stable, principled replacement to serve the 37th District.”

But Kansas House speaker Ron Ryckman told the Kansas City Star editorial board he “would be wary of any attempt to override the people’s vote.”

Mr Coleman admitted that at college he harassed girls online, calling a sixth grade girl fat and suggesting she should kill herself. Seven years ago, he told another girl, who was 13 at the time, that he would circulate a photo of her naked if she didn’t send him more nude pictures. He ended up doing it.

The Kansas House of Representatives maintains accountability for its own members, said Richard E. Levy, professor of constitutional law at the University of Kansas. Mr. Coleman’s removal process would begin with a complaint and a committee investigation. The committee would write a report and a two-thirds vote in the House would then be required to remove a member from office.

Professor Levy said the rules and standards were quite vague as to when an MP could be expelled and for what offenses.

“It is possible that he could argue in the House of Representatives that he should not be removed or expelled because of behavior that has occurred some time in the past,” he told About Mr. Coleman. “And in the end, it would just depend on the vote.”

As for efforts to block or topple him, Mr Coleman told the AP: “As long as I don’t break the public’s trust and break my oath of office, you can’t overrule the results. of democracy. ”

Mr Coleman said that from now on he would like to be known for his political ideas and policies, including introducing a bill to legalize cannabis.

“I realize that not all representatives will have the same ideas as mine,” he said. “But I’m ready to work with anyone who wants to make positive change in Kansas,” he said.