Tag: debatable

Will Trump and His Republican Allies Ever Face Consequences?

Deplatforming: After the mayhem on Wednesday, the president was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours and from Facebook for at least the next two weeks, but Greg Bensinger argues in The Times that the bans should be permanent. “Jan. 6, 2021, ought to be social media’s day of reckoning,” he writes. “There is a greater […]

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Congress May Finally Give Americans More Money

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eight months after Congress cut the first stimulus checks to help Americans absorb the shock of a pandemic-induced recession, it’s finally making plans for a second round. “We are going to stay right here, right […]

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The Battle Over Biden’s Defense Secretary Has Begun

“Healthy democracies need a division of labor between military leaders, who are trained to follow orders and win battles, and civilian ones, who are tasked with asking hard questions about why those battles are being fought in the first place,” The Times editorial board writes. “That’s why mature democracies around the world have civilians serving […]

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Thanksgiving During a Pandemic? We Have a Plan for That

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For weeks now, as coronavirus case and hospitalization counts surged to unprecedented levels across the country, public health experts have been pleading with Americans to change their holiday plans. “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving […]

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Closing Schools Alone Is Not Going to Stop the Coronavirus

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For months, New York City managed to keep the coronavirus under control — until it didn’t. As coronavirus cases surge to fearsome levels across the country, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the […]

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The Voting Suppression Tipping Point

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesday, my colleague David Leonhardt wrote about the battle Democrats and Republicans are waging over voting rights. “In almost every instance,” he noted, “Democrats are trying to make it easier for Americans to cast […]

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Trump Says He Wants Another ‘Big’ Relief Deal

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Thursday, Columbia University published a study with a grim finding: Since May, as most of the aid from the $2 trillion CARES Act that Congress passed in the spring has dried up, eight million […]

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What We Learned From the Vice-Presidential Debate

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday night’s debate between Senator Kamala Harris of California and Vice President Mike Pence may have been more conventional than last week’s presidential debate — not a high bar to clear — but there were […]

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The Wildfires Show That Stopping Climate Change Is No Longer Enough

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Gov. Gavin Newsom, standing in an ash-coated clearing scorched by the largest wildfires in California’s recorded history, last week vowed to fast-track his state’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy, a target previously set for […]

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What if We Have to Wait Years for a Coronavirus Vaccine?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesday, the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca halted clinical trials of its promising coronavirus vaccine candidate, one of three in late-stage testing in the United States, after a patient developed an inflammation in her spinal cord. […]

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What’s the Point of All These Polls?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For weeks now, gleeful Republicans and anxious liberals alike have been warning that Joe Biden’s edge over President Trump is on the verge of collapsing. But eight weeks away from the election, it hasn’t: Mr. […]

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We Are Not Going to Fact-Check Our Way Out of QAnon

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In October 2017, a user of the notoriously foul online message board 4chan, known as “Q,” posted a conspiracy theory that would change the future of American politics. Among the theory’s ever-metastasizing catalog of claims: […]

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Where Is the Republican Party Heading?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For its quadrennial convention this week, the Republican Party broke with precedent by declining to articulate a new vision for governing. Instead, the party opted to recycle its 2016 platform and declared that it “enthusiastically […]

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What Does the Democratic Party Stand for?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is perhaps for the best that the Democratic Party has long prided itself on being a “big tent,” since it is quickly reaching circus-size proportions. On Monday night, John Kasich, a Republican who enacted […]

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Debt, Debt, Goose

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Deficit hawks are circling Capitol Hill again, after a period of relative dormancy during rounds of tax cuts and increased military spending. The already enormous increases in the federal budget deficit caused by the coronavirus […]

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Could Biden Be the Climate-Change President?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mere months ago, back before the campaign trail had closed down on account of plague, Joe Biden told fellow Democrats who questioned his commitment to stopping climate change to “vote for someone else.” Now, he’s […]

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Should We Even Care About Trump’s Taxes?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In two landmark cases last week, the Supreme Court delivered President Trump a stinging legal defeat by ruling against his claim to “absolute immunity” from subpoenas, paving the way for prosecutors in New York to […]

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