Cory Booker eats a tamale while visiting a home in Las Vegas in April of 2019. (John Locher / AP)
The Beef Over Meat
“You are a vegan, and that’s obviously a personal choice …. So should more Americans, including those here in Texas, and in Iowa … follow your diet?”
At the latest Democratic debate, moderator Jorge Ramos asked Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey a sprawling question—vegetarianism and the environment, Brazil, the Amazon, Trump and Bolsonaro, regulation—that stood out from the expected policy back-and-forths.
Booker quickly said no, but that Ramos brought up the issue at all goes to show how eating meat may be following plastic straws onto the front lines of the country’s various culture wars.
Where was the college talk?: K–12 education is largely the domain of local governments, Adam Harris notes. Considering all the attention that candidates from Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders to Amy Klobuchar have given this cycle to making college more affordable, why weren’t more of them talking last night about education issues that the executive branch can actually affect?
Guns N’ Poses: The waning candidate Beto O’Rourke leaned into the El Paso–focused reinvention of his campaign: “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he declared. But a moment like that has the potential to permanently change the primary debate on regulating guns, Emma Green writes.
What Else We’re Following
Howard University graduates await the commencement speaker Chadwick Boseman in May 2018. (Eric Thayer / Reuters)
The case for black athletes to attend black colleges: It’s not racist to suggest that black athletes attending historically black colleges and universities might both benefit from the institutions and help them to grow, Jemele Hill argues: “You might think this message would resonate with conservatives. Self-reliance rather than increased government dependency? Using capitalism and market forces to improve your community’s lot in life?”
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