Why the polar vortex is really a symptom of global warming – Washington Post

Why record-breaking low temperatures aren’t evidence against global warming. Plus: Ian Shapira on former U.S. spies now in Congress and Nia Decaille on a rapper redefining black motherhood.

The polar vortex isn’t an argument against global warming. It’s evidence of climate change.

Frigid air is sweeping from the Arctic into the northern United States, ushering in temperatures so low they could break records from the Midwest through New England. But The Post’s Brady Dennis says the polar vortex shouldn’t be used to dismiss global warming but should instead be interpreted as yet another sign that the planet’s climate is dramatically changing.

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From Langley to Capitol Hill

Abigail Spanberger used to handle and recruit spies across Europe and dreamed of becoming a station chief, the CIA equivalent of ambassador. But in 2014 she left the agency, opting instead for a quieter, less nomadic life with her children. That was the plan, at least, until Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Today, Spanberger is a first-term Democrat representing Virginia in the U.S. House, one of three former CIA officers serving in Congress. The Post’s Ian Shapira says that’s a big change in how former spies think about life after Langley.

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The rapper rewriting the rules of black motherhood

Brittnee Moore is a 28-year-old artist and mother in Chattanooga, Tenn. Rapping under the name BbyMutha, Moore is part of a select group of musicians charting a new career path for moms in hip-hop.

“So often when we talk about women in the workplace we refer to middle-class white women, and what BbyMutha represents is another kind of woman,” says The Post’s Nia Decaille. “A single mom, a woman who is black, a woman who is brown, a woman who has an upbringing that isn’t middle class. She is showing us that those women deserve to be part of the conversation about working mothers.”

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