Tag: Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria

A Green New Deal is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.

WASHINGTON — President Trump derided the Green New Deal as a “high school term paper that got a low mark.” Congressional Republicans mocked it as “zany.” Even Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, called the proposal a “green dream,” and some of the party’s 2020 candidates are starting to describe it as merely aspirational. Yet, […]

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Nine Key Questions About the Green New Deal

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. If you’ve heard a lot recently about the Green New Deal but still aren’t quite sure what it is, you are not alone. After all, it has been trumpeted by its supporters as the way to avoid planetary destruction, and […]

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Don’t Abolish Billionaires

Billionaires are in notably bad odor with many people on the left. Socialists have long held that large stores of private wealth are tantamount to violence against those in need. But regular nonradical folks not on the left are fed up, too. Howard Schultz’s potential independent White House bid is simply infuriating, and it’s maddening […]

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Democrats Want to Tax the Wealthy. Many Voters Agree.

As leading Democrats roll out proposals to increase taxes on the rich, the American people are largely behind them. A majority of people support Democratic proposals to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, according to a poll conducted this month for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey, though their opinions vary […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect

Weather: Bright, chilly and dry today. Tomorrow, we could see afternoon snow turn to rain by night. Alternate-side parking: In effect until March 6 (Ash Wednesday). ImageFrom left, Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Eliot Engel.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times; Pete Marovich for The New York Times; Susan Walsh/Associated Press Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated […]

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In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda

The political opposition that prompted Amazon to walk away from building a corporate headquarters in New York City featured a touchstone of the progressives’ economic agenda: ending tax policies that unfairly reward and pamper the wealthy. But it also exposed a political vulnerability, leaving unclear what alternative strategy they are offering to encourage growth and […]

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Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in N.Y.’s Raucous Political Arena

A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, led by the world’s richest person, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator. The executive, Brian Huseman, who is based in Washington D.C., was trying to find out whether the New York state senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would exert more […]

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The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

Amid the unceasing awfulness of the Trump administration, I’ve lately found comfort in the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek’s concept of “political time,” which has in turn informed my thinking about the almost utopian ambitions of the Green New Deal. Surveying the American presidency, Skowronek sees politics unfolding in cycles. Every so often, insurgent coalitions […]

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‘Wrong Side of History’: In Queens, Amazon Deal’s Demise Reveals Deep Divisions

Shortly after news broke on Thursday that Amazon was abandoning its plans for a campus in Long Island City, Queens, local elected officials and activist groups who had opposed the deal held a celebratory rally near the site where the company had planned to build its new offices. But along with those cheering the deal’s […]

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Trump Is Making ‘Socialism’ Sound Pretty Good

Only a handful of Democrats in Congress (and just one Democrat-adjacent presidential contender) identify as “socialist,” but they appear to be the chief targets of President Trump as he faces a confident Democratic opposition in the House of Representatives. “We are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said in his […]

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The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

Everyone is lining up to endorse the Green New Deal — or to mock it. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have all endorsed the resolution sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Conservative critics predictably call it “a shocking document” and “a […]

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The Argument: Is the Green New Deal a Leftist Fantasy?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” is the Green New Deal a symbol of the future of the Democratic Party? Or is it just socialism disguised as climate reform? Michelle Cottle of the Times editorial […]

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The Answer Is Blowin’ in the Wind

Your challenge for today is to build your own Green New Deal. You may have heard of the first one, which we’ll call Green for short. It’s a 15-point proposed House resolution with no force of law, but the Republicans have been sniping at it as if it’s a blueprint for the elimination of everything […]

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Why Amazon Is Caught in an Unexpected Brawl in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A state senator joined anti-Amazon activists on the streets of Queens. A city councilman railed against the company as a union-busting corporate behemoth. Even the governor, a supporter of Amazon’s move into New York, faulted the company for not […]

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The Conversation: The Bezos Story Is Big

Gail Collins: Bret, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to give you the gift of deciding what current event we should start off with. Virginia? Jeff Bezos? Trump investigations? Supreme Court? Rapidly exploding population of Democratic presidential candidates? Bret Stephens: Oh, Gail — that’s the most wonkishly romantic gesture I’ve ever heard. Maybe we […]

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How the Left Embraced Elitism

Over the past generation, global capitalism has produced the greatest reduction in human poverty in history. Over the past 10 years, American capitalism has produced 20 million new jobs. The productive dynamism of capitalism is truly a wonder to behold. But economic growth alone is not enough. Growth alone does not translate into economic security […]

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Ocasio-Cortez Team Flubs a Green New Deal Summary, and Republicans Pounce

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Days after introducing her Green New Deal — a plan to combat climate change that has won the endorsement of several Democratic presidential candidates — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found the proposal enmeshed in confusion when her staff published […]

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One Cheer for the Green New Deal

The first major policy intervention from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the noted social-media personality and future dictator-for-life of the Americas (I believe she’s also a congresswoman of some sort), is a quite-extraordinary document: a blueprint for fighting climate change that manages to confirm every conservative critique of liberal environmental activism, every Republican suspicion of what global-warming alarm […]

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For Democrats Aiming Taxes at the Superrich, ‘the Moment Belongs to the Bold’

The only thing more startling than the flurry of tax proposals Democrats have unveiled in recent weeks is the full-throttle response they’ve gotten from the public. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested a near doubling of the top income tax rate. Senator Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the party, introduced a bill to raise taxes on dynastic […]

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Yes, Tax the Rich. But Do It Right.

ImageCreditXavier Bonghi/The Image Bank, via Getty Images Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a steep increase in the tax rate of America’s top earners to help level income inequality and raise revenue for the deficit. But in his Op-Ed “A Better Way to Tax the Rich,” Steven Rattner, a contributing opinion writer and Wall Street […]

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