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Weekend Reads 7/7/18

What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win mean? There’s a debate.

“I think it’s the future of the party in the Bronx, where she is,” Duckworth said on CNN’s State of the Union, over the weekend. “I think that you can’t win the White House without the Midwest, and I don’t think you can go too far to the left and still win the Midwest.”

What Is the Difference Between an Illegal Immigrant and a Refugee?

Texans who harshly criticize refugees seeking asylum here without prior permission should stop and at least consider our own history. According to the history books I have consulted, by 1834 more than 30,000 U.S. citizens—the vast majority–were living illegally in Texas—a Mexican province. The Mexican government had passed a law banning immigration to this part of Mexico by U.S. citizens. They came anyway and the rest is history.

It's a Beautiful Baby Exoplanet! Historic Photo Is 1st View of Alien World Being Born

The observations revealed the presence of a newborn gas giant in PDS 70's surrounding protoplanetary disk. And the team was able to photograph the alien world, known as PDS 70b, using one of the two VLT instruments, which is called SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research).

Republican or Conservative, You Have to Choose

In 2018, the primary threat to the sacred order is no longer the state. It is a radical individualism that leads to vicious tribalism. The threat comes from those two main currents of the national Republican Party. At his essence Trump is an assault on the sacred order that conservatives hold dear — the habits and institutions that cultivate sympathy, honesty, faithfulness and friendship.

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