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November 26, 2018

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over heard '[Mira Ricardel] no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.' – First lady Melania Trump's office in a Nov. 13 statement directed at the deputy national security adviser. Ms. Ricardel is said to have feuded with Ms. Trump and other White House figures. Trump's statement reportedly blindsided White House staff members, and Ricardel's departure is the latest in a series of staff shake-ups in the Trump administration following the US midterms. 'This is about uplifting the voice and the message of the fact we need a green new deal.' – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) of New York on why she joined a crowd of youth protesters calling for action on climate change outside House minority leader Nancy Pelosi's office on Nov. 13. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is part of the most diverse incom- ing class of congressional representatives in US history; it has a record number of women and the first Native American representatives. Her actions at Ms. Pelosi's office signal the progressive bent of the newcomers, some of whom may not toe the Democratic Party line. Pelosi has remained ad- amant that she will become speaker of the House in January, but she faces challenges from Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and Filemon Vela of Texas, among others. 'We were not elected to serve as Amazon drones.' – New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and New York state Sen. Mike Gianaris in a joint statement con- demning the city's deal with Amazon that will give the company around $1.5 billion in incentives. Local politicians have been outspoken in their disdain for the deal, which many say will gentrify neighborhoods and leave working-class people at a disadvantage. Supporters of the deal, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, highlight the economic growth the company is projected to bring. Read more here: CSMonitor.com/AmazonHQ2. 'The White House action is unprecedented.' – CNN official Jeff Zucker in a memo to staff on why the network is suing the White House following the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's press pass. In a Nov. 7 press conference, Mr. Acosta and President Trump engaged in a heated exchange, during which a White House intern attempted to take Acosta's microphone. Later that day, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a video – originally posted by Paul Joseph Watson, an InfoWars contributor and con- spiracy theorist – that had been altered to make it seem as though Acosta hit the intern. In its original statement, the White House said that Acosta 'placing his hands on a young woman' was one justification for revoking his press pass, though they did not include that complaint in their court filings. In the past, journalists have won similar cases against White House administrations that have barred access, though the court process can take years. 'I wanted them to be diverse.' – Comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee, who died Nov. 12, on the back- grounds of his popular X-Men characters at a fan event in Kentucky in 2013. 'The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try to be an anti-bigotry story,' said Mr. Lee. While race issues in Marvel comics have not always been well executed, say critics, Lee was widely seen as an advocate of tolerance – much needed in the white- and male-dominated early comics industry. Through his leadership, Marvel characters like Black Panther, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Avengers grew to dominate the silver screen, leaving an indelible impression in American pop culture. AP REUTERS AP/FILE REUTERS THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | NOVEMBER 26, 2018 5

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