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Jan 24, 2017

NYT | Opinion - January 24, 2017: The Parent Problem | After The Women's March | The Banal Belligerance of Trump

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


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  David Leonhardt spent most of last year working on a New York Times team analyzing the future of our business and U.S. journalism. The team’s report was released last week, and we can read it here.

It deals mostly with questions about how to practice journalism in a digital age and how to produce journalism good enough that subscribers are willing to pay for it. But the report also contained this sentence, well past the halfway point, and it’s the sentence about which I've heard the most grateful feedback from colleagues: 
He Sentenced: We should also think beyond recruiting — to career development — to ensure that we create paths for people in a variety of personal situations, including parents. 
The feedback hasn’t even been about the entire sentence. It’s about only the last two words: including parents. 
He made clear that he finds The New York Times to have an excellent workplace culture. Yet even here, there’s clearly a large demand for a new approach to designing career paths that acknowledge the realities of parenthood.
His column today is about Brenda Barnes, the corporate executive who famously quit her job in the 1990s to stay home with her children. She died last week, and he thinks she left a legacy that’s worth some attention.
On the same subject, you may enjoy a college graduation speech that Al Franken gave in 2002, before he was a senator. It includes one of David's favorite lines about parenting: “Kids don’t want ‘quality time.’ They want quantity time, big, stinking, lazy, non-productive quantity time.”
The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Kyle Edwards, Wendy Parmet and Scott Burris on the C.D.C.’s new quarantine rules; Jared Bernstein on Donald Trump and trade, and an Op-Doc by Ramona S. Diaz focusing on one of the world’s busiest maternity wards.
Op-Ed Columnist
Demonstrators near the White House, at the end of the Women’s March on Washington.
After the Women’s March
By DAVID BROOKS
The protesters’ central issues were built on identity politics, and identity politics is too small to create a movement to counter Donald Trump.

 
The Conversation
President Trump on Monday in the Oval Office, where he signed a memorandum pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
President Trump Is in the Building
By ARTHUR C. BROOKS AND GAIL COLLINS
Arthur Brooks and Gail Collins ask how things are going, both inside and outside the White House.