Tag: Politics

April Fool? Candace Owens Threatens To Run For Office As 2020 Spirals Out Of Control

Source: Zach Gibson / Getty As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, a Black conservative who has openly sympathized with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, cozied up to Donald Trump and downplayed the coronavirus pandemic as overblown “mass hysteria” has threatened to run for public office. Candace Owens tweeted the announcement Thursday morning in what may […]

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As Deaths Rise, Trump Downplays Hospitals’ Coronavirus Needs As ‘Insatiable Appetites’

Source: SAUL LOEB / Getty Donald Trump continued to be on-brand this Thursday with insensitive tweets in the midst of a crisis. Last week, a stimulus package passed as the latest phase in treating the coronavirus pandemic and the economic turmoil it’s causing. As part of the package, more hospitals and medical professionals are to […]

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Joe Biden Is Wasting a Crisis

A genuine national emergency has broken out in a presidential election year. The Trump Administration’s handling of that emergency has been disastrous, beginning with its glaring failure to track and contain the virus before it spread across the entire nation, and continuing to the present, with the president routinely making wildly inaccurate and irresponsible claims […]

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Death Industry Predators Eye the Spoils of a Pandemic

It’s hard to look at Robert Waltrip, the 89-year-old founder and chairman emeritus of death-care giant Service Corp International (SCI) and not see a striking resemblance to Henry Waternoose, the CEO of the fictional “Monsters, Inc.” from the Pixar movie of the same name—both in terms of looks, and the fact that both men’s businesses […]

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Disinvestment Made Our Cities a Powder Keg in a Pandemic

On a sunny Saturday in March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was horrified to find people were still gathering in city parks. “It’s insensitive, it’s arrogant, it’s self-destructive, it’s disrespectful, and it has to stop now,” he said. He was right that the packed parks defied social distancing guidelines intended to slow the […]

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Stacey Abrams, Come Get This Man: Georgia Governor ‘Didn’t Know’ Crucial Details About COVID-19

Source: Pool / Getty People are completely fed up with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp after witnessing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Georgia. Stacey Abrams naturally came up in the conversation, considering she was extremely close to beating Kemp in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. However, dirty politics and voter suppression prevented her from […]

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‘Why Are You Still In The Race?’ Bernie Sanders Is Adamant About His ‘Narrow Path’ Forward

Whoopi Goldberg‘s interrogation of Bernie Sanders on “The View” this week was probably frustrating for everybody involved: the interviewer, the interviewee and people watching the popular daytime talk show on Wednesday. The problem(s) was/were, according to reactions posted across social media, twofold. 1) Sanders seemed to struggle to provide a clear reason why he thought […]

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Washington state passes Microsoft-approved facial recognition laws

Washington state has adopted sweeping facial recognition laws seen as a national model, much to the pleasure of Microsoft president Bill Smith. “This legislation represents a significant breakthrough — the first time a state or nation has passed a new law devoted exclusively to putting guardrails in place for the use of facial recognition technology,” […]

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Why Can’t Everyone in This Country Get Free COVID-19 Treatment?

Yves here.  Americans find it very hard abandon hustling, as our multi-faceted Covid-19 fiasco illustrates. And the Trump Administration is predictably missing in action in terms of even trying to jawbone health care providers and insurers to foot Covid-19 costs. By Diane Archer, a senior adviser to Social Security Works and founder and president of Just […]

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The EU’s Green Deal: Bismarck’s ‘What Is Possible’ versus Thunberg’s ‘What Is Imperative’ in the Age of Covid-19

Yves here. While you were busy with impeachment and then coronavirus, the EU has been moving forward with a “Green Deal”. But what to make of it? By Servaas Storm, Senior Lecturer of Economics, Delft University of Technology. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website The unstoppable global health emergency has ripped […]

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The Coronavirus Depression Requires A New Approach to Budgeting

Yves here. Nathan Tankus wrote for NC upon occasion before getting a following on Twitter and now on his site, Notes on a Crisis, where one of his ongoing projects is keeping up with the onslaught of Fed interventions. We are grateful for being able to feature his latest work, on how coronavirus is (or […]

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Grim Reapers

After two months of refusing to face the true proportions of the coronavirus pandemic head-on, President Donald Trump sought to reassure panicked citizens—and financial markets—in an address to the nation in early March. The president stressed, without any solid evidence, that America had been remarkably successful in containing the spread of the virus, and was […]

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The Emerging Right-Wing Vision of Constitutional Authoritarianism

The Atlantic, a magazine for which I once worked, recently teamed up with the National Constitution Center for a series entitled “The Battle for the Constitution.” The project draws upon a wide range of American legal scholars to discuss the Constitution’s fate in the Trump era. Past contributors range from Michael Gerhardt, Sanford Levinson, and […]

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The U.S. Military Can Barely Protect Itself From the Coronavirus

At the Naval Academy, officers-in-training memorize “The Laws of the Navy,” a many-lined poem by a Victorian English admiral that prescribes teamwork, obedience, and prudence at all times. “Dost think, in a moment of anger,/’Tis well with thy seniors to fight?” it scolds. “They prosper who burn in the morning/The letters they wrote overnight.” From […]

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Obama Pleads For People To Vote After Trump Continues To Be In ‘Denial’ Of Global Crises

Source: Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty Every now and then, former president Barack Obama has to hop on Twitter and call out Donald J. Trump’s administration for their grave shenanigans. But of course, he does it in the most civil, presidential way possible. This week, Trump rolled back one of the strongest attempts by Obama’s administration […]

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Germany Gets It

Emergencies clarify. At an interpersonal level, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed our values and assumptions, the state of relationships, our judgments of responsibility and risk. Politically, it has thrown our social and economic priorities into painfully sharp relief. The language we use to make sense of this public health emergency is revealing, too. Pandemic rhetoric […]

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Go for the Jugular, Joe Biden

It can no longer be said that Joe Biden is missing in action. Over the course of the last week, the Biden campaign, sensitive to criticism from progressives and bafflement from political reporters, has stepped up the candidate’s media appearances in order to counter President Donald Trump’s elevated visibility amidst the coronavirus crisis. On Sunday, […]

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With 2020 race all but halted over coronavirus, Biden quietly widens lead over Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has quietly expanded his lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters, even as the rapidly spreading coronavirus has all but sidelined the former vice president’s campaign, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. The poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday […]

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Bernie Sanders’ Press Secretary Under Fire For Tweet Responding To Kamala Harris

Whether true or not, Bernie Sanders‘ supporters have been repeatedly accused of cyberbullying, an alleged offense that has been condemned by everyone from fellow senators to the candidate himself. But in a twist of fate, a loyal member of Sanders’ campaign on Tuesday became the subject of the same kind of social media venom that has […]

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The Health Insurance Crisis at Our Doorstep

The coronavirus pandemic has placed America squarely in the middle of two major crises: A public health crisis, with millions poised to become severely sickened; and an economic crisis, as necessary measures to contain the virus’ spread have put a hard stop on all manner of economic activity. In short order, we will also face […]

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