Paula Deen’s cook tells of slights, steeped in history: In an interview with some of Paula Deen’s former staff, the quotes Kim Severson includes in her New York Times article both validate and strike down the racially charged lawsuit brought upon the famous southern cook. Deen’s so-called soul-sister talks of racial slights from the chef, but also a close friendship and good times. Over all, Severson’s article is well reported and includes an important thread about the undeniable racial implications of southern food, while telling a very complicated story behind the lawsuit. It doesn’t make either side a clear winner, but it certainly exposes the underlying factor: food.
The moment Weiner was waiting for: Garance Franke-Ruta not only summarizes Weiner-gate part 2 in her succinct Atlantic piece, but also points out that he was probably hoping for this post-scandal scandal to come out. If he has hope, Franke-Ruta points out that “after today Anthony Weiner, strange as it may be to say, is one difficult step closer to his eventual comeback.”
How midwives have become critical in war zones: After reports of the exorbitant cost of birth in the U.S. comes Dana Farrington’s NPR piece on the unsafe and unstable birthing conditions in war-torn countries (or post-battle areas). Farrington writes of the scarcity of water and food in areas like the Congo and Syria, never mind the availability of qualified doctors available to pregnant women. In places like these, midwives are a lifeline.
Many New York women are baffled at loyalty shown by Weiner’s wife: Why? This New York Times article surveys a bunch of ladies-who-lunch, looking for opinion on why Huma Abedin is standing by Anthony Weiner through myriad sexting scandals. Really though, who knows and why are we speculating? There are so many reasons ranging from love to ambition that might keep Abedin tied to Weiner, or maybe there is no reason at all. In other words, let’s focus on whether or not Weiner is fit to be mayor, not why his wife still wears her ring.
Shameless Plug: My good bro and smartest friend Rick Berger wrote a great piece on Edward Snowden over at Medium.com. Check it out: Silver Linings Snowden