Senate Death Match
World Wrestling Entertainment boss Linda McMahon took a ten-point lead in the Republican race for the Senate after a notorious YouTube campaign where she takes to the boxing ring.
"It is a YouTube clip that has been seen by millions of people: Linda McMahon, dressed in a business suit, is slapped hard on the cheek by her daughter and falls to the ground with the audience baying for more. She then kicks an opponent in the testicles. Finally, as if by way of retribution, she is slammed head-first on to the canvas in a move known in professional wrestling circles as the piledriver. ‘That hurt, by the way,’ she said later. Mrs McMahon is a former wrestler and an entrepreneur worth an estimated $500 million. The woman who made Hulk Hogan a household name is now a candidate for one of the most contested seats in the US Senate. Yesterday she became the Republican front-runner in a race in which she has said she is ready to spend as much as $50 million of her own money. Even in a political culture that welcomes big money and brazen outsiders, Mrs McMahon’s run for the Senate stands out as ambitious and — so far, at least — successful. In six months she has fended off accusations of promoting smut and violence through professional wrestling, made a virtue of her ties to the sport by calling it ‘one of America’s greatest exports’ and overturned a 37-point deficit in opinion polls to claim a ten-point lead over her closest Republican rival."
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Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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