The Angle: Gaping Chasm Edition


Behind the hard hat: Is "Iron Stache" candidate Randy Bryce a rising politician of substance? Or have the Democrats hitched their hopes to an extremely compelling working-class image? David Freedlander looks into it (and several commenters wonder why, in the age of Trump, this question even matters).

Italian Election Lays Bare Gaping North-South Divide

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"People used to vote for established parties expecting to get something back, but instead we have witnessed the sack of the south," said author Pino Aprile, who has written extensively about Italy's southern woes and believes the north has received a disproportionately high amount of state funding for decades.

Race review reveals gaping inequality in the UK

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Black and ethnic minority (BME) Britons are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as white adults, a government-backed review of racial issues in the UK has revealed. The audit, published Tuesday via the government's new "Ethnicity Facts and Figures" website, also shows that police are three times more likely to stop and search non-white Britons. Black and Arab Britons are more than 40 percent less likely to own their own home, compared with white Britons, the report said. British Prime Minister Theresa May had ordered the review. "If these disparities cannot be explained then they must be changed," May said following the report, calling on government and the UK's institutions.

Gaping hole in spillway for tallest US dam keeps growing

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Water rushes down the Oroville Dam spillway, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Oroville, Calif. State engineers on Thursday discovered new damage to the Oroville Dam spillway in Northern California, the tallest in the United States, though they said there is no harm to the nearby dam and no danger to the public. Earlier this week, chunks of concrete went flying off the spillway, creating a 200-foot-long, 30-foot deep hole.

Killing of 2 nuns leaves gaping hole in poor community

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"Sister Paula was an angel," says Joe Morgan Jr., of Lexington, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, standing at a businesses adjacent to the Lexington Medical Clinic where he was a patient of Sister Paula Merrill, one of two nurse practitioners who were found slain Thursday in their Durant, Miss., home, a few miles away. Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, were known for their kindness and community involvement in the mostly rural Mississippi Delta towns.