Tag: Politics

The Court of Supremely Bad Faith

Once again, Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues are poised to hand the Trump administration a decisive legal victory on dubious factual grounds. During oral arguments on Tuesday, the justices appeared to favor the administration’s dishonest defense of its attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. A win for Trump could […]

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The Trigger Presidency

Last month, Media Matters surfaced a litany of racist, misogynist, and creepy comments that Tucker Carlson made from 2006 to 2011 on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. Carlson’s attempts at dropping his Brooks Brothers floor manager persona to sound like a regular joe are pure cringe comedy. He passes off his now […]

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The Foolhardy Quest to Define a “Trump Doctrine”

Michael Anton is nothing if not resolute. A former Bush speechwriter and private-equity executive, he has dedicated himself these past few years to a lonely and self-evidently futile goal: to convince America that President Donald Trump is a statesman with a coherent philosophy—or really anything other than an erratic, egomaniacal ethno-nationalist. Anton first rocketed into […]

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Warren’s Economic Evolution Gives Her Candidacy a Unique Edge

In an already enormous Democratic field that seems to grow more crowded every week, every candidate is looking for something that can separate him or her from the pack. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign has appeared to click into gear after months of post-DNA-test sputtering, has an odd edge: She, unlike any of the […]

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NYC vs Another Fracked Gas Pipeline: Notes From Activists On The Ground

Yves here. We are delighted to feature this article by activists who fighting against fracked gas. We tend to focus on big picture and national/international issues, but the hand-to-hand combat on these questions often takes place at the local level. By Kim Fraczek and Lee Ziesche of the Sane Energy Project, an NYC-based grassroots groups fighting […]

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Department of Justice Indicts Two Drug Company Executives Over Opioid Sales; More to Come?

On Tuesday, the Southern District of New York and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a series of indictments against one of the ten largest drug distributors in the US, Rochester Drug Co-Operative, and two former executives, the CEO and the chief compliance officer, and the latter has pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. […]

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The Antitrust Case Against Facebook You Need to Know About

Yves here. Don’t kid yourself that Facebook might be considering turning over a new leaf in light of all the bad press it’s been getting about fake news and its spying. As Lambert pointed out in Water Cooler yesterday: “Facebook’s new chief lawyer helped write the Patriot Act” [The Verge]. “But many are already troubled […]

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Trump Complained About Losing Followers To Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Because Of Course He Did

Getty Image Complaining about Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough in a weird Twitter rant wasn’t the only viral (or Twitter adjacent) thing that Donald Trump did today. The President of the United States and his staff also hosted none other than Twitter’s co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, whose comments (or lack thereof) regarding his platform’s […]

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Elizabeth Warren, the Long-Distance Runner of the 2020 Race

Amid all the chatter about whether the old white dudes of 2020—Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Wafflin’ Joe Biden—are too long in the tooth to be running for president, it’s been remarkable, and revealing, how rarely you hear that question asked about Elizabeth Warren. Age doesn’t really factor into assessments of the Massachusetts senator, who […]

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The Great Deformation: Why Income Inequality Has Become Intractable

We’ve embedded the slides from a presentation by economist Lance Taylor on the rise in inequality in the US and why it will be difficult to reverse. Taylor has done considerable work on the drivers of income inequality. He focuses, as some others have, on the way the implicit deal in the economy changed in […]

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What’s the Best Way to Keep Incendiary, Violent Content Offline?

In early April, in the anxious days of mourning after the massacres at two New Zealand mosques, the Australian government passed what it called the Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material bill. The hastily drafted law called for fines of up to 10 percent of annual revenue or three years of jail time for technology executives […]

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Should Democrats Impeach Trump? Wrong Question.

Hours after the Mueller report was released, Majority Whip Steny Hoyer—the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives—appeared to slam the door on impeachment. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told CNN’s Dana Bash, citing the just-released Mueller report. “Very frankly, there […]

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A Way-Too-Early Look at Bernie Sanders’ VP Choices

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTyranny! What is Bernie Sanders looking for in a potential vice-presidential pick? What should he be looking for? These two questions, while it may be too early to ask them, are nonetheless worth considering. For one thing, the issue of Sanders’ age, for those who are inspired by his […]

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What Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Cancel Student Debt Would Mean for You

Photo illustration from a photo by Scott Eisen/Getty. With the possible exception of the actual millennial in the race, Elizabeth Warren may be the Democratic presidential candidate most attuned to that generation’s pain. Long before she was blogging about Game of Thrones, and even before the 2008 financial crisis made her a national figure, she […]

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“Russia, If You’re Still Listening…”

Rudy Giuliani is known for making outlandish remarks. As the public face of President Donald Trump’s legal team, he spent the last year serving up a smorgasbord of madcap talking points about the Russia investigation and Trump’s other legal woes. But his comments on the Sunday morning shows might be his most troubling yet. “There’s […]

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Happy Earth Day 2019

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. I’m old enough to remember April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day. My memories of that day aren’t particularly strong – certainly not compared to other days that year: January 24, when my […]

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The People’s Emergency

In France, the neon-yellow vests known as gilets jaunes are like proverbial opinions: Everyone has one, or at least every motorist does. In case of a breakdown, drivers are supposed to don these reflective garments and lay a high-visibility “warning triangle” (also provided in one’s kit de sécurité) on the road in front of their vehicles. When men and […]

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In Praise of Bill Weld, a Decent Republican

Last week’s release of the redacted Mueller report, which has jump-started talk of impeachment among congressional Democrats, represents the greatest peril the Trump presidency has faced thus far. But its publication obscured a much subtler threat that also made its debut last week: the primary challenge of Bill Weld. The former Massachusetts governor declared his […]

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