All posts tagged: growing recognition

Wisconsin and North Carolina Republicans Are Playing a Dangerous New Game

Wisconsin and North Carolina Republicans Are Playing a Dangerous New Game

[ad_1] Even as U.S. politics became more contentious and polarized over the past quarter century, a few pockets of the government remained comparatively above the fray, including the courts, which sought to position themselves apart from politics, and state capitols, where pragmatism trumped partisanship. But those redoubts have fallen in recent years. The Supreme Court has become more ideologically aligned with the Republican Party, and state legislatures host pitched ideological battles. Now institutions that sit at their intersection—state courts, especially state supreme courts—have emerged as a site of bitter fights. This fall, Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature are mulling plans to impeach Janet Protasiewicz, a recently elected liberal justice on the state supreme court, before she has even heard a case—by all appearances for the crime of having been elected as an outspoken liberal. In North Carolina, Anita Earls, a liberal justice on the state supreme court, has sued the state’s Judicial Standards Commission over an investigation it began into fairly anodyne comments she made about implicit racial bias in a press interview. These two …

The Diamond Industry Goes Platonic

The Diamond Industry Goes Platonic

[ad_1] “It is one of my love languages to gift,” she says, looking lovingly at the woman to her right, after wiping a tear from her eye. The two are filmed in black and white, and one is wearing a diamond-pendant necklace that shines particularly brightly in the muted setting. Usually the giving of diamonds is associated with lovers making the leap into marriage. But here, in an ad for Jared jewelers, two long-lost sisters describe how, after meeting for the first time, they chose to honor the occasion with diamonds. Jared and other diamond merchants have similar ads. In another from Jared, a different pair of sisters speak of how they share an inherited ring, before a voice-over asks you, the viewer, to “express your extraordinary love” with diamond jewelry. A recent Brilliant Earth ad features a mother and a daughter showing off their jewelry, with one saying, “You are never too old to play dress-up.” Hallmark has a landing page that suggests that you buy diamond jewelry for your friends, to “show appreciation …