Wrap Weekly Wrap 12.8.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

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By the Web Editors 12-08-2017

1. The Problem With “Silence Breakers” as TIME’s Person of the Year

I decided to search for two words on the article’s web page: “patriarchy” or “misogyny.” Zero results.

2. WATCH: Tracee Ellis Ross’ Children’s Book for Handsy Men

“It’s kinda like a children’s book … for men ... that is going to make this really simple.” Actress Tracee Ellis Ross reads her funny-but-oh-so-direct new book, The Handsy Man, on Jimmy Kimmel.

3. Jared Kushner By Day: Mideast Peace. Kushner Companies By Night: Donating to a West Bank Settlement.

While Jared Kushner is working on a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Kushner Companies Charitable Foundation is funding a controversial West Bank settlement.

4. Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

“Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care.” A sobering report from ProPublica and NPR.

5. How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter

Your weekly answer to “Where are we in the Russia story?” Twitter has suspended dozens of accounts masquerading as U.S. news sources that had more than 500,000 followers.

6. Heart-Wrenching Video Shows Starving Polar Bear on Iceless Land

Trust the header — this NatGeo video is deeply sad, but an important watch. "When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death," said photographer Paul Nicklen. "This is what a starving bear looks like."

7. We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence whose pain has been taken seriously,” says the actress, of the #MeToo movement. “Whose pain we have showed historically and continued to show. Whose pain is tolerable and whose pain is intolerable. And whose pain needs to be addressed now.”

8. Throwing Our Despair and Hope into Advent

“[Advent] faces the long night of oppressive Empire with a call to ‘watch and wait’ for the One who will restore and make all things new, a call that is starkly different from much of the church’s ‘wait and see’ [when it comes to politics].”

9. The 19 Women Who Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct

The "Weinstein effect" continues to roil the nation’s power centers. But the allegations against the president have largely stayed in the background. A new angle on a year-old story, from The Atlantic.

10. ‘Lady Bird’ and the Call to Like One Another

We all know that we are called to love one another. What Lady Bird suggests is that we’re called to do more than just love one another — we’re called to like one another.

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