Tag: Politics

While Establishment Erupts Over Anti-Corruption Expert Pointing Out Biden’s Troubling Record, Progressives Say: Look at the Troubling Record

Jerri-Lynn here. I’m posting this to remind readers that while Trump may have, shall we say, pushed the envelope on corruption, Biden has long had his own special problems. Now, some of this behavior is not necessarily illegal – just standard operating procedure in Washington. I’m reminded of  Michael Kinsley’s quip:  “I have a saying: […]

Read More

Precarity: A Political Problem

Yves here. The basic premises of this post are sound: that precarity is the result of the shift in the last couple of generations of business revenues away from workers and towards profits, or capital, if you prefer. And that most people are far too complacent about that because they have deeply internalized prevailing market/neoliberal […]

Read More

In reversal, Clinton says she’d back Sanders if he’s nominee

In an abrupt about-face, Hillary Clinton says she will endorse her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination to face President Donald Trump in November. The former secretary of state had earlier refused to say whether she would endorse Sanders in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, instead telling the […]

Read More

‘It’s great for business, but it’s bad why it’s good for business’ Suffolk gun shop owner on record sales

Please enable Javascript to watch this video SUFFOLK, Va. – Things are busy at CE Tactical – background check after background check. “We are pushing probably 3 to 4 times as many guns then what we normally do,” said Andrew Crossfield. Business is booming, but sales manager Crossfield had to take some time off to […]

Read More

Following Second Amendment rally, Democrats vote against Republican-backed gun bills

Please enable Javascript to watch this video NORFOLK,  Va. – A day after a huge pro-gun rally at the State Capitol, Democrats voted Tuesday against a series of Republican-backed gun bills. The bills would’ve expanded gun rights in some cases, but they failed in the firearms subcommittee of the House of Delegates Public Safety Committee. […]

Read More

Republicans’ Climate Change Plan Is Big Oil’s Climate Change Plan

On Monday, a pack of Republican Congressmen went public with a new suite of measures to fight global warming. Previewed by Axios, the plan is being heralded as a “sea change” in how the party thinks about the potential end of the world. On closer look, while the announcement shows how far climate activists have […]

Read More

Hillary Clinton: ‘Nobody wants to work with’ Bernie Sanders, says campaign is ‘all baloney’

In an upcoming docuseries, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls Sen. Bernie Sanders a “career politician,” adding that “nobody wants to work with him.” “It’s all baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it,” Clinton reportedly says in the four-part docuseries Hillary that will debut at Sundance and premiere on Hulu in […]

Read More

Virginia Senate passes bill eliminating Lee-Jackson Day, making Election Day a state holiday

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a statewide holiday, instead giving that designation to Election Day. FILE – This June 27, 2017, file photo shows the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue […]

Read More

How Impeachment Could Reshape the Presidential Race

Impeachment has yanked the three senators seriously competing in the Iowa caucuses back to Washington for a trial that could last weeks, with only Sundays off for good behavior. This past weekend, during what was probably their last unencumbered stretch of campaigning before the February 3 caucuses, all three reacted in characteristic fashion. Elizabeth Warren […]

Read More

Democrats Should Embrace a Few Purity Tests

Depending on the year of your birth and your streaming media habits, you may have a different point of reference—Bill Murray or Natasha Lyonne—for the phenomenon of living the same day of your life, over and over again. Either way, it is becoming harder to avoid the feeling, as the Democratic nomination process drags on, […]

Read More

Jeff Bezos’ Not So Excellent Indian Adventure: Modi Government Disses Inept Amazon

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Jeff Bezos visited India last week, bearing the gift of of an Amazon offer to invest one billion dollars and create jobs to an India that faces its worst economic prospects  — […]

Read More

The Lords and Ladies of Discipline: An Interview with Matt Stoller

Yves here. Implicitly, in this interview, Matt Stoller is referring to the contemporary incarnation of mainstream economics, which is neoclassical economics. It is worth remembering that neoclassical economics started being formalized in the late 19th century by thinkers like Leon Walras, Carl Menger, and William Jevons. One of the reasons their ideas took hold was […]

Read More

The Senate Itself Is on Trial

Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts appeared before the Senate and took a solemn oath. Then he requested that the assembled senators do the same. “Do you solemnly swear,” he asked, drawing upon the chamber’s rules, “that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United […]

Read More

In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All

By Jon Queally, manaaing editor and staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of Physicians—in a move described as a “seachange for the medical professions”—officially endorsed a single-payer system as […]

Read More

Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial Begins, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Technically, the Senate trial for the impeachment of President Donald Trump began last week with a number of procedural steps being taken by House Democrats and Senate Republicans. But Tuesday officially marked the start of the actual trial part, during which witnesses are typically called further evidence is presented to bolster each side’s case. MORE: […]

Read More

Thoughts on Warren, Sanders and the Convention: Warren’s Choice?

Yves here. An initial look at the longer-game implications of the Warren-Sanders dustup. By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! [embedded content]Elizabeth Warren talking at SXSW about the now-famous private conversation with Bernie Sanders Much has been written about the Warren-Sanders-CNN confrontation at the most recent debate, both the conflict at the debate itself and […]

Read More

Lobby Day attendee recalls the “peacefulness” experienced among those rallying

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia State Police estimated roughly 22,000 people were in Richmond for “Lobby Day” on Monday. Amid the fears of alleged threats of violence, one attendee from Hampton Roads, Brendan Mooney, said there was no violence. “The peacefulness,” Mooney, an executive member with the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, explained, “the peacefulness was one […]

Read More

President Trump impeachment trial: Timeline, what’s happened and what’s next

President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment trial in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate this week after House Democrats say the president abused his power and obstructed Congress. This will be the third impeachment trial in American history. House leaders carried the articles of impeachment over to the Senate last week. The articles allege Trump abused […]

Read More

What’s next for Virginia gun advocates after massive rally?

RICHMOND, Va. – Thousands of people rallied for gun rights Monday in Richmond as part of Lobby Day, an annual event where citizens lobby legislators. It’s a day that typically brings numerous organizations to the State Capitol, though many canceled their scheduled events and left the lobbying to gun rights advocates. Second Amendment supporters made […]

Read More

‘When people disagree, they can do so peacefully’: Gov. Northam issues Lobby Day statement

RICHMOND, Va. – After a peaceful Lobby Day Governor Ralph Northam issued a statement thanking law enforcement. He started by saying we are all thankful that the day passed without incident, adding weeks of planning and cooperation from state, local and federal partners successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. Gov. Northam went […]

Read More

Woman arrested in Richmond for wearing a mask in public during Lobby Day

Mikaela E. Beschler RICHMOND, Va. – A woman was arrested during Lobby Day on Monday, according to the Virginia Capitol Facebook page. Around 1:30 p.m., 21-year-old Mikaela Beschler was arrested by a Richmond Police officer. Beschler was charged with one felony count of wearing a mask in public in the 800 block of East Broad […]

Read More