The RNC—like Trump himself—is too scattershot (and delusional) to hit its target

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As we head into day two of the Republican National Convention, expect more of a smooth production, yet steeped in conflicting messages and its own reality. Like Mickey Mantle calling his shot, the GOP announced last week that it had no platform to present at 2020’s Republican National Convention beyond flogging whatever President Trump’s second-term agenda would be. Read Full Story

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J. Crew files for bankruptcy. What does this mean for Madewell?

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J. Crew is the first major retailer to fold under the economic duress of the coronavirus pandemic. Others will surely follow. J. Crew Group, which includes J. Crew, the long-standing national clothing retailer synonymous with American prep, and its cooler sister brand Madewell, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the first national retailer to do so in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Read Full Story

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This Pacific island nation plans to raise itself above the ocean to survive sea level rise

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Kiribati is sinking beneath the waves. Instead of abandoning its land, it’s trying to save it. The previous president of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, predicted that the country’s citizens would eventually become climate refugees, forced to relocate as sea level rise puts the islands underwater. But a new president elected in June now plans to elevate key areas of land above the rising seas instead. Read Full Story

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Watch the full DNC roll call to realize why it was the best part of the virtual convention so far

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At the virtual Democratic National Convention, the roll call felt like a unifying moment because of the COVID-era restrictions, not in spite of them. To say that the Democratic National Convention has been hobbled by the absence of a live audience would be an understatement. While it’s had its share of standout moments—Michelle Obama’s call-to-action necklace , Jimmy Carter’s impassioned plea to restore integrity to the White House—the virtual convention has so far felt like an extended infomercial. It’s no wonder why ratings are off by as much as 25% from 2016. Read Full Story

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