Tag: Politics

Ex-President Trump on Trial

It’s March 2021, two months since President Kamala Harris was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. The Senate has just confirmed her nominee for attorney general in a mostly party-line vote, after two moderate Republican senators voted to end a filibuster. In a phone call to the country’s new top federal […]

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Who Is Actually Running the U.S. Military’s Iran Efforts?

The United States appears to be fast entering a war footing with Iran—blaming the country for an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, accusing it of testing the limits of their now-dead nuclear accord with the U.S., sending 1,000 extra troops to the Middle East, and reportedly considering “tactical” strikes. […]

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I Beg Your Pardon, Joe Biden Promised Us a Rose Garden

By most all accounts, Joe Biden is cruising. Ostensibly the Democratic favorite, he has led—usually by large numbers—in almost every poll since he entered the 2020 race in April. He has seemed to outlast concerns about his age, his long, sketchy political record, and his suitability to lead a changing Democratic Party. Hits from rival […]

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Joe Biden’s Wilted Rose Garden Strategy

By most all accounts, Joe Biden is cruising. Ostensibly the Democratic favorite, he has led—usually by large numbers—in almost every poll since he entered the 2020 race in April. He has seemed to outlast concerns about his age, his long, sketchy political record, and his suitability to lead a changing Democratic Party. Hits from rival […]

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The Question NBC’s Debate Moderators Should Ask Elizabeth Warren on #MedicareForAll

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Despite Warren’s protestations that she supports Medicare For All, she has been, to put matters as kindly as possible, “vague about how to achieve it.” That, plus her camaign staff’s virtual radio silence on the policy, has created confusion about whether she supports the policy at all, even in seasoned […]

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Still No Minimum Wage Bill – Not Because Of Trump Or McTurtle – Because Of Pelosi And Hoyer And Their Blue Dogs

By Howie Klein. Published at DownWithTryanny! [embedded content] The Deseret News in Utah is far more conservative than the Salt Lake Tribune. But last week, the paper’s ran an OpEd that one wouldn’t expect to see in a right-wing Republican newspaper, America Has Gone Too Long Without Raising The Minimum Wage. “June 16 marks the […]

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Why Is CalPERS Still So Afraid of Elisabeth Bourqui?

Those of you who follow the ever-lengthening chronicle of misconduct by CalPERS’ staff may recall l’affaire Bourqui. CalPERS is acting like it still has an awful lot to hide about her abrupt departure. In early January, Chief Investment Officer Ben Meng, who had joined mere days before, sent an e-mail which quickly got to the […]

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Adani is Cleared to Start Digging its Coal Mine – Six Key Questions Answered

Jerri-Lynn here. Last week Queensland gave approval to Indian mining company Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine – reminding us that it’s not just in the United States where fossil fuels interests hold sway. Make sure you click on the interactive graphic, which includes considerably more detail than the text of this short post. By Adrian […]

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The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict

On the night before Christmas, 1996, wearing a black felt cowboy hat and cowboy boots, Joseph Scott Wharton strode up to the cash register of a Walgreens in Kent, Washington, placed a Santa Claus hat and some rolls of film on the counter, and demanded all of the money. “Don’t be foolish,” he said. “Don’t […]

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“It’s High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”

Robert Mueller made a surprising assertion last month about the limits of his power last month. In his report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s potential obstruction of the investigation, the special counsel explained that Justice Department policy effectively prevented him from charging Trump with a crime while in office. But […]

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House Leadership Is Looking Flakey

House Democrats—and just about everyone else—were rightfully disturbed by President Donald Trump’s admission earlier this week that he would once again accept “foreign dirt” in the 2020 contest. Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that “Everybody in the country should be totally appalled by what the president said last night…. He has a habit of making […]

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US Poised to Approve Shipping LNG by Rail for Export With No New Safety Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog On June 6, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the company Energy Transport Solutions LLC had applied for a special permit to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit trains 100 cars long and […]

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Economic Growth: A Short History of a Controversial Idea

By Gareth Dale, who teaches at Brunel University. He publishes occasionally in The Ecologist. This article includes passages from previously published texts, including ‘The tide is rising, don’t rock the boat!’ Economic growth and the legitimation of inequality (2018), Seventeenth century origins of the growth paradigm (2017), and The growth paradigm: A critique (2012). Originally […]

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Elizabeth Warren Wants To Close The Racial Wealth Gap — Here’s How

UPROXX / Getty Images Despite a crowded primary field, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is steadily gaining ground in the polls, even surpassing progressive darling Senator Bernie Sanders in two recent measures of candidate popularity. She’s doing so not by relying on pithy soundbites or going tete-a-tete with President Donald Trump in a battle of insults. […]

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Grenfell Tower Fire: A (Non-)Progress Report

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Today, June 14, is the second anniversary of the GrenFell Tower fire in London, a public housing block where 72 people died in a conflagration where the proximate cause was inflammable cladding installed on the outside of the building during a remodelling, and the ultimate cause was Thatcherite deregulation and […]

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Michael Hudson: Trump’s Trade Threats are really Cold War 2.0

By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. His latest book is “and forgive them their debts”: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. President Trump has threatened China’s President Xi that […]

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Beto O’Rourke Released His LGBTQ Platform — Here’s What’s Inside

UPROXX / Getty Images Election season is nigh. The latest sign? Presidential hopefuls have descended upon Iowa, where the Iowa caucuses, the first major contest in a long election season, are slated to be held in only a few months. Convince Iowans, and you might just have a shot at convincing the rest of the […]

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