Tag: Politics

Study: Trump’s bravado isn’t an anomaly, it’s the culmination of a century-long political trend

To outsiders, President Trump’s brazen speech and unconventional style may make him seem like an outlier, the sum of leftover parts assembled by a pissed-off populace. But for one group of researchers, Trump’s idiosyncrasies aren’t so much a departure from societal norms as they are a continuation of a trend dating back more than a […]

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The Republican Party Is the Real National Emergency

President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount—he had requested $5.7 billion from Congress—Trump said on Friday that he will sign a […]

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Trump Is the Real National Emergency

President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount—he had requested $5.7 billion from Congress—Trump said on Friday that he will sign a […]

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How Energy Efficiency Delivers Green Dividends in Red and Blue States

Yves here. Perhaps this sort of thing will come sooner rather than later, but I wish Green New Deal were putting more emphasis on measures that can be implemented quickly to cut energy use, like conservation and energy efficiency, over things that take more lead times and can get into NIMBY problems, like building more […]

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This Is What the Beginning of a Real Israel Debate Looks Like

With all the shouting it was easy to miss, but something new happened in Washington this week. If you can’t see it yet, put yourself back in 2006, when everything about a Somali-American, Muslim congresswoman tweeting a line from a Puff Daddy song—as Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar did Sunday evening—would have been unthinkable. In March […]

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Who Is Really A Socialist?

Yves here. Although this post does a very helpful job of parsing out the critical ideas that travelers under the “socialist” banner may hold, a shortcoming is how Rosser treats the idea of “ownership” of production. The original Marxist construct developed when businessmen owned mills and workshops directly, as in they owned productive assets. This […]

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Democrats Need a Candidate Who Will Talk Straight About the Planet’s Future

Protesters in New York in 2018 blocking the entrance to a Chase bank to call attention to banks’ role in climate change. Photo by Michael Nigro/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Ask Kathy Sullivan, a former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, what issues will be critical in the state’s presidential primary race, and the first thing […]

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A Look Back At The Aftermath And Victims Of The Parkland Shooting

UPROXX / Getty Images One year ago today, a former student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire. Seventeen people were injured; 17 were killed, 14 of whom were students. In the subsequent year, we’ve witnessed the creation of #MarchForOurLives, an anti-gun violence initiative started by survivors. This movement […]

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Amazon Shoots Its Hostages

Last Friday, less than 24 hours after detailing a bizarre plot by the National Enquirer to extort him with nude photos, Jeff Bezos took some hostages of its own. The newspaper he owns reported that Amazon, which had selected New York City as one of two “winners” of its HQ2 sweepstakes, was “reconsidering” its agreement […]

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Marco Rubio, Trump’s Shadow Secretary of State

It was not so long ago that Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were bitter enemies. During the 2016 primary, Rubio called Trump a “con man” and suggested that he had wet his pants during a debate. In return, Trump dubbed the Florida senator “Liddle Marco,” questioned the Cuban-American’s citizenship, and mocked his 2013 response to […]

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And Now This Message From Some Very Rich People: ‘Please Raise Our Taxes

Yves here. IMHO, the bigger deal in this tax proposal is closing the carried interest loophole, which would trim the sails of private equity and hedge fund barons. It’s also striking to see the factually-challenged, knee-jerk reaction from Cuomo on raising taxes on the rich. When I was a young thing in New York, the […]

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If Medicare for All Is Politically Impossible, “All Payer” Could Fix the System

Yves here. While I like the “all payer” idea a lot, one quibble I have regards price-setting on a regional basis. There’s a big difference in pricing between major cities and exurbs. In Manhattan, doctors in Queens and Staten Island charge lower fees due to lower rents. And it used to be not unheard of […]

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The Kamala Harris ‘Reefergate’ Scandal Is the Dumbest Story of the Year

The dumbest story yet of the 2020 presidential race began on Monday, when Kamala Harris went on the popular New York morning radio show The Breakfast Club for a wide-ranging discussion about her candidacy, policies, and race in America. The US Senator from California also discussed her positions on weed: She supports marijuana legalization, highlighting […]

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The Destructive Nihilism of Trump and the GOP

It’s long been clear that President Donald Trump won’t get anything resembling the border wall that he promised his supporters on the campaign trail. The government-funding deal struck between Democratic and Republican lawmakers earlier this week only confirms it. Congress will set aside less than $1.4 billion for bollard fencing—a type of physical barrier that’s […]

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This Is Not How You Stabilize the Middle East

This week, the United States and Poland will be co-hosting a summit in Warsaw to “Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.” More than 70 countries have been invited, a departure from the Trump administration’s usual unilateralism. Unfortunately, history suggests the conference won’t amount to much. Nearly 30 years ago, the […]

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If Not the Green New Deal, Then What?

As momentum for the Green New Deal grows, so do its detractors. The ambitious plan to fight climate change introduced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey last week has been called everything from “brainless” to “delusional” by conservatives. President Donald Trump said it sounded like “a high school term paper that got a […]

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How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice

The nightmare haunts Victor Dempsey even in his waking hours, tightening his chest and snatching his breath. It is as if it’s waiting for him, and when he sleeps there’s no escape. The dream first came to him when he was waiting for the verdict in the 2017 criminal trial of the police officer who […]

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