Category: Politics

Why Are Democratic Governors Still Doing Favors for the Oil Industry?

As the world warms and weather grows more extreme, it’s hard to find anyone in American politics—Democrat or Republican—taking the crisis as seriously as scientists suggest they should. A report released this week by the United Nations Environment Programme found that by 2030, the world’s states will have produced twice the amount of fossil fuels […]

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The Media’s Irrational Obsession With Campaign War Chests

Political reporters will do almost anything to avoid making a judgment call. That’s why they revel in seemingly objective truths like poll numbers and fund-raising reports, often taking as gospel the boast of bygone Republican Phil Gramm: “I have the most reliable friend you can have in American politics, and that’s ready money.” In reality, […]

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Photographing the retail apocalypse

By Jesse Rieser and November 22 at 6:00 AM A cyclist pedals past a mall in Mesa, Ariz. (Jesse Rieser) A mall in Phoenix. (Jesse Rieser) Jesse Rieser believes he grew up in peak mall culture. As a child in Springfield, Mo., in the 1990s, he remembers back-to-school shopping with his mom at Macy’s, discovering […]

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Power Up: It’s been a big week for the impeachment inquiry. Here are six things you need to know.

HAPPY FRIDAY. Tips, comments, favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Reach out and sign up. See you on Monday. The House Intelligence Committee questions former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill. (Matt McClain/Pool via AP) The Investigations WHAT TO […]

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Why skeptics on the left should care about impeachment

ADVERTISEMENT Sign Up for Our free email newsletters Since the impeachment inquiry started, portions of the American left have been less than unenthusiastic about the process. It “isn’t the answer to America’s political crisis,” writes Samuel Moyn at The Guardian. “Is it politically wise? I frankly doubt it,” says Noam Chomsky in an interview with […]

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Why Fox News was created

AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler November 22, 2019 ADVERTISEMENT Sign Up for Our free email newsletters This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. If Fox News had a DNA test, it would trace its origins to the Nixon administration. In 1970, political consultant Roger Ailes and other Nixon aides came up […]

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Watch Kamala Harris learn from Stephen Colbert that Lindsey Graham is investigating Joe Biden and Ukraine

In five days of public impeachment hearings, “the witnesses have been compelling, they’ve corroborated what the whistleblower said,” and “despite what the old brain trust on cable news claims, this is a very simple story,” Stephen Colbert said on Thursday’s Late Show. He compared the hearings with other “sagas with a lot of characters,” specifically […]

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On TV, Political Ads Are Regulated – But Online, Anything Goes

Yves here. This is a useful primer on the restrictions on TV advertising in the US. Of course, Americans being Americans, there’s no mention of how other countries regulate political advertisements and in particular, what if anything they are doing about Internet ads. For instance, I recall in Australia that any politician (I believe if […]

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Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s first electric truck, and it’s both odd-looking and virtually bulletproof

In five days of public impeachment hearings, “the witnesses have been compelling, they’ve corroborated what the whistleblower said,” and “despite what the old brain trust on cable news claims, this is a very simple story,” Stephen Colbert said on Thursday’s Late Show. He compared the hearings with other “sagas with a lot of characters,” specifically […]

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Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s first electric truck. It’s ‘bulletproof,’ but its windows shattered, to Musk’s chagrin.

In five days of public impeachment hearings, “the witnesses have been compelling, they’ve corroborated what the whistleblower said,” and “despite what the old brain trust on cable news claims, this is a very simple story,” Stephen Colbert said on Thursday’s Late Show. He compared the hearings with other “sagas with a lot of characters,” specifically […]

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Ex-RNC Chair Shreds ‘Pathetic’ Republicans

Steele described the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee’s questioning of Fiona Hill, the former top National Security Council official for Europe and Russia, as “pathetic.” “We watched a pathetic performance,” Steele told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “So pathetic, that at the end they couldn’t even ask questions because they knew the moment they did […]

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Harvard Constitutional Law Professor: The Evidence Against Donald Trump Is All There

Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe on Thursday declared “the evidence is all there” for the House to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal. “There is nothing left to do but collate it, as the Judiciary Committee surely will, into Articles of Impeachment,” he told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Tribe — who described Trump’s presidency […]

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Anti-impeachment ad twists Ocasio-Cortez’s words

The evidence? A clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Nov. 13, after the first day of public impeachment hearings. The Facts Targeting more than 20 congressional districts, AAN released multiple versions of an anti-impeachment ad the day before this week’s public impeachment hearings were […]

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Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers recap 5 days of impeachment hearings, marvel at Fiona Hill

In five days of public impeachment hearings, “the witnesses have been compelling, they’ve corroborated what the whistleblower said,” and “despite what the old brain trust on cable news claims, this is a very simple story,” Stephen Colbert said on Thursday’s Late Show. He compared the hearings with other “sagas with a lot of characters,” specifically […]

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