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Sharice Davids's seat now in danger as Kansas SCOTUS upholds Rethug redistricting map

Dave Wasserman
In a big win for Republicans, KS Supreme Court upholds the GOP legislature’s congressional map. That endangers #KS03 Rep. Sharice Davids (D), whose race starts out in Toss Up at


Fearing 'Extinction-Level Event,' N.Y. Democrats Turn Against Each Other

Newly drawn congressional maps have led some House members to quickly lay claim to certain districts, even if it means challenging fellow incumbents.


Two weeks ago, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney warned fellow Democrats in a private meeting that a ruling by New York’s highest court to invalidate a Democratic-leaning congressional map could prompt “an extinction-level event” for the party, according to people familiar with the remarks. Democratic incumbents, he feared, could either be shoehorned into more difficult districts or forced into primaries against one another. So on Monday, when the courts finally unveiled a proposed new slate of districts unwinding Democrats’ gerrymander, Mr. Maloney, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, knew precisely what to do.

Just 25 minutes after the maps’ release, Mr. Maloney announced on Twitter that he would leave behind the bulk of his traditional Hudson Valley seat and run instead for a newly drawn 17th Congressional District rooted in Westchester County. Mr. Maloney lives within the new lines, which happen to offer a safer path for a Democrat than the district he currently represents. What might have seemed like an easy political decision for Mr. Maloney, however, has quickly turned into a political firestorm, replete with racial overtones, off-the-record recriminations and rare breaches of congressional decorum between staff of neighboring colleagues.

Some Democrats saw the maneuver as an attempt to box out Representative Mondaire Jones, a first-term congressman who represents the vast majority of the district’s population, and force him to enter a primary against Jamaal Bowman, a fellow Black progressive, in the neighboring 16th District.

Mr. Jones made no secret of his own feelings, though he has yet to say which Democrat he will challenge. “Sean Patrick Maloney did not even give me a heads-up before he went on Twitter to make that announcement,” Mr. Jones tersely told Politico on Monday. “And I think that tells you everything you need to know about Sean Patrick Maloney.” In a rare break from Congress’s genteel protocols, Mr. Jones’s chief of staff even shared a screenshot of an exchange with Mr. Maloney’s top aide, and accused the chairman of prioritizing his personal interests “rather than working to unravel this gerrymander” by the courts.


Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape and banned from Commons

MP arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct


Boris Johnson’s party has been engulfed in fresh scandal as it emerged a Conservative MP had been arrested on Monday on suspicion of serious sexual offences, including rape. The unnamed man’s arrest on Monday followed a two-year investigation, Metropolitan police said – and related to offences alleged to have been committed between 2002 and 2009.

In a statement, the Met said “a man, aged in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office. He remains in custody”.

“The offences are alleged to have occurred in London. An investigation is ongoing, led by officers from Central Specialist Crime.” Westminster sources suggested some of the offences are believed to have taken place in parliament.

The MP’s arrest came as a date was announced for two byelections triggered by the resignation of Conservative MPs. Imran Ahmad Khan, the former MP for Wakefield, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy; while former Tiverton MP Neil Parish admitted watching pornography in the House of Commons chamber.


Projection: Tina Kotek is the Projected Winner in the Oregon Governor Democratic Primary.


Summer Lee is the Projected Winner in the #PA12 Democratic Primary. She will defeat Steve Irwin.


Kurt Schrader, Problem Solver, Blue Dog, & Pelosi-basher, is defeated in OR-05


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Examples (these are in Geneva, Switzerland, but there are global openings)

Junior Professional Officer in Enterprise Formalization
Labour Law Officer
Senior specialist, Equality and economic inclusion
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Chief Economist (s)
Senior Economist
Superior Economist
Superior specialist in labour relations and collective bargaining
Head of the Unit for the Analysis of Employment and Economic Policies
Superior specialist in equalization and economic inclusion
IT Support Analyst (Microsoft 365)
Network Engineer
Head of the Security Unit
Human Resources Officer (Legal and Strategic Councils)
Human Resources Officer (Legal and Policy)
Senior Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining Specialist
Principal specialist (s) in professional relations and collective bargaining
Labour Market Modelling Officer
Employee of modelling the labour market
Coordinator / Principal (s) for Multilateral Affairs
Administrator (trice) in charge of modelling the labour market
Social Dialogue Officer
Assistant Technical Officer in charge of questions related to social dialogue
Senior Coordinator for Multilateral Affairs
Coordinator / Principal of Multilateral Assistants
Chief (s) of the Security Unit
Chief Technical Specialist (s) in matters of safety and health at work
Senior Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health
Technical Specialist / Superior in Safety and Health at Work
Human Resources Officer (Legal and Policy Assessment)
Analyse support, information technologies (Microsoft 365)
IT Support Analyst (Microsoft 365)
Senior Graphic Designer
Communications Officer - P3 (maternity leave replacement)
Technical Officer, Social protection financing P4 (DC)
Responsible for the management of files
Register Manager
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Specialist, Social Protection and Public Finance P4 (DC)
Junior Professional Officer, Decent work in global supply chains
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Why Nigerian Suya Is the Grandfather of American Barbecue

You’ll be making Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s spicy grilled dish all summer long.


Kwame Onwuachi remembers striding down the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, where the sharp scent of suya caught him by the nostrils. The New York-raised chef, who made a name for himself in the DC restaurant scene with Kith/Kin, thinks back to those modest food stands. Set up with little charcoal grills and manned by someone whose fluid motions imply how long they’ve been at this, suya vendors (mai suya) sell generously spiced street food—steak, chicken, goat.

“With a mountain of shaved meat behind them, seasoned beautifully, they’ll throw the meat on the grill,” Onwuachi explains. “You’ll see the fat start to render from the meat and it’ll start bubbling up and toasting those spices.” The charred meat is chopped, slid off skewers onto a sheet of newspaper, and showered, mightily again, with a heady spice blend known as yaji (cayenne, grains of paradise, sweet paprika, onion and garlic powders). For contrast, onions and tomatoes are served on the side.

“You just pick that up and you sit on the side of the street and you’re transported somewhere for a little bit,” says Onwuachi, who’ll debut his first cookbook My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef this month. In it you, too, can be transported by recipes like Nigerian suya, or braised Trinidadian greens, or Creole hashbrowns. Onwuachi’s sophomore follow-up to his award-winning memoir, Notes From a Young Black Chef, is his, as the title implies, America through his eyes and taste buds.

“The cookbook is really about the story of the people that made me who I am,” Onwuachi says. “I chose to call it My America because everyone has their different version of food they ate growing up and this is what America looks like to me—curry goat and oxtails and jerk chicken and egusi soup.” This may be Onwuachi’s first cookbook, but he doesn’t hold back on the storytelling. “It highlights all the different cultures and even the recipes have anecdotes before them that let you know why these dishes are important and why they stood the test of time,” he says.


recipes at the top link

Yellowjackets' Samantha Hanratty Is No Misty Quigley


When "Yellowjackets" star Samantha Hanratty walks into one of her favorite vegan restaurants to meet me for a late lunch, I'll admit that I don't immediately recognize her. Gone are the trademark glasses and mousy-brown curls of teen Misty Quiqley, the character she plays on the Showtime hit. Sammi, as her friends and family call her, is decidedly more glamorous and grown-up in blue-red lipstick and a matching sweater. After greeting each other with a big hug — she's a hugger — we sit down to talk about poison, mayhem, and kidnapping. In other words, just a typical day at work on her hit series.

The first season of "Yellowjackets," which features murder, betrayal, and cannibalism, is reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies" — but from the perspective of young women. Shifting between the past (1996) and present (2021), the show reveals a set of complex yet relatable principal characters. The series takes place in the fictional town of Wiskayok, NJ, and follows the Wiskayok High School girls' soccer team. In 1996, the soccer team travels to Seattle for a tournament, but while flying over Canada, the plane crashes deep in the wilderness, resulting in several deaths. The survivors are left to fend for themselves for 19 months while simultaneously navigating crushes, irreparable friendships, and social hierarchies. In their adult lives — in present-day 2021 — viewers witness unresolved trauma and even more drama as the survivors' pasts come back to haunt them.

The youngest of five daughters, Hanratty says she was always vying for attention as a child in Scottsdale, AZ, and had stars in her eyes from an early age; over a faux-tuna melt (Hanratty doesn't eat meat), she recalls being enamored with Shirley Temple as a kid. She landed her first acting role at the age of 11 and, now 26, still emits a grateful glow when she talks about her work. Her bright-blue eyes light up, and she seems genuinely fulfilled.

Hanratty's colleagues are quick to attest to her enthusiasm and refreshing lack of Hollywood facade. Christina Ricci, who plays the adult version of Misty, shares with me over the telephone, "She's so honest and sincere, and just a lovely human being. We just all went to the GLAAD Awards, and it was my first night out since having a baby. I just felt nervous, and she immediately just stuck by my side. And at one point, I couldn't get out of my dress to go to the bathroom, and she came to the bathroom to help me."


The 9 Best Night Markets Around the World

For the best noodles and spices, go to the source.


Asia’s night markets exemplify the true meaning of organized chaos. Just ask any traveler strolling down a packed street at primetime for the first time—all the crowds, humidity, and haggling can certainly make a new visitor feel like they’re in a scene from The Human Centipede. Yet, it’s an experience that’s magnetic again and again. Night markets are a powerhouse potpourri of delicious smells, bright colors, and buzzing sounds—and they’re a fascinating window into a destination’s particular culture and history. These hubbub attractions are renowned for street food, shopping, and live entertainment.

What started in China during medieval times spread to other countries like Thailand and Taiwan, and especially grew after World War II. In the ’80s and ’90s, the bazaars became less like traditional wet markets and more bent on commerce (think pirated movies and luxury knockoffs, plus the typical street food). Thus, younger and more international crowds started being lured in and there you have it: a nighttime hullabaloo. These days, night markets across Asia—and other places around the world—are diverse cultural melting pots blending old and new, foreign and local, into a truly global cultural phenomenon. Here are some of the world’s most captivating Asian night markets.


China, believed to be the ancestral home of the night market thanks to a sudden lift of rules on nighttime activity during the Tang dynasty, China is still where you’ll still find plenty of happening ones. The capital city of Beijing lays claim to busy, flashy night markets like Nanluoguxiang, a lane (known locally as a hutong) lined with teeny, old-world shops and restaurants. Or there’s Shuang’an, where vendors wheel and deal everything from fresh seafood on ice to tripe. A centerpiece of trade is xiaochi, or “small eats” in Mandarin. These light meals, like soups or dumplings and rice dishes, are derived from traditional banquet dishes and served for gobbling to-go or at folding tables.


Thailand is synonymous with some of the world’s loudest and showiest night bazaars. Bangkok’s Patpong, a notorious night-market-cum-red-light-district, gets its name from the Chinese family who first purchased the property. In the ’60s, it proliferated with bars and restaurants as a so-called “R&R stop” for U.S. military officers stationed during the Vietnam War. These days, it’s a pretty touristy market with counterfeits and souvenirs you can get for half the price in other places. Thailand’s nocturnal markets range from more traditional walking streets like those in places like Chiang Mai and Phuket to modern concepts like the Greenway Market in Hat Yai or Cicada in Hua Hin, where gourmet food and handmade pieces by young artists are respective focal points. Overall, you’ll get in-your-face grill smoke, loud twangy music, and shopping ranging from glittery Muay Thai shorts to handmade soaps and iPhone cases.


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