“Divisive” in the news

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The New York Times
· Kris Kobach Is Back, and a Kansas Senate Seat May Be Up for Grabs  
On Thursday, State Senate President Susan Wagle said she would not file for the race, citing conversations with national party leaders and a belief that “a divisive primary will only benefit the campaign of Barbara Bollier.”
The Guardian
· Streaming: the best home invasion films  
And who can even say what or who the invaders are in Darren Aronofsky’s divisive but enthralling Mother!
The New York Times
· Hong Kong's Protest Movement, Faced with Beijing's Security Push, is In Crisis  
Historically, most democracy supporters had dismissed the idea of independence as impractical and needlessly divisive, pointing to Hong Kong’s cultural and economic ties with China.
The Guardian
· Facebook declines to take action against Trump statements  
Zuckerberg also criticized Trump, saying: “Personally, I have a visceral negative reaction to this kind of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric … I disagree strongly with how the president spoke about this, but I believe people should be able to see this for themselves, because ultimately accountability for those in positions of power can only happen when their speech is scrutinized out in the open.”
The China Post
· Twitter and Trump: a feud years in the making finally erupts  
On the other: Twitter, the social media giant, which has grappled for years with how to handle its most prominent — and divisive — user.
· National protests over George Floyd's death was 'conflagration waiting to happen'  
Alvin B. Tillery Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy at Northwestern University in Illinois, said the current protests are a sign of the times, compounded by the politically divisive rhetoric from Washington, a white nationalist movement that gave way to the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, and now a pandemic where millions of Americans are out of jobs and lacking financial means.
The China Post
· US and China clash over Hong Kong laws at closed UN meeting  
Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky tweeted that Washington and London’s “awkward move was not supported by clear majority of council members,” adding that “divisive, biased issues which have nothing to do with intl peace & security shouldn’t be brought up” in the council.
The Atlantic
· Trump’s Audience of One  
In 2016, Facebook’s own internal research team found that “64% of all extremist group joins are due to our recommendation tools” and, if left unchecked, Facebook would feed users “more and more divisive content in an effort to gain user attention and increase time on the platform.” The same research team also found that fake news, spam, clickbait, and inauthentic users inevitably included “a larger infrastructure of accounts and publishers on the far right than on the far left.” This conclusion echoed academic findings that political polarization in the United States is not symmetric, and that the right-wing ecology is more prone to misinformation of various kinds.
· Trump's family tries to clean up his mess by tweeting wildly inconsistent calls for peace  
But as Trump's unpresidential, divisive messages came under fire, his family members logged on and tried to do their best to clean up his mess.
The China Post
· Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary  
In that role, she had some success in reducing crime as she moved the police department away from a divisive policy of frequent arrests for nuisance crimes.