Tag: Politics

Police Officers Give Congress a Front-Row Seat to the Trauma of Our Politics

Cheney and Kinzinger are now the only Republicans on the committee, named by Pelosi. McCarthy pulled all of his five appointments after Pelosi rejected two of them, Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, on the grounds that the pair had voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. The specter of a lengthy select committee […]

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Big tech tries to derail EU AI policy with ‘warnings’ from US think tank

EU policymakers recently proposed a sweeping set of regulations called the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). If made law, the AIA would offer European citizens the strictest, most comprehensive protections against predatory AI systems on the planet. And big tech is terrified. Up front: The Center for Data Innovation published a report on Sunday titled “How […]

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Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn Testifies He’d Never Been Called N-Word In Uniform Until Jan. 6: ‘Is This America?’

NewsOne Featured Video U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn becomes emotional as he testifies on on July 27 before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. | Source: Pool / Getty Anybody doubting the racist motivations behind the Jan. 6 insurrection hasn’t heard from U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry […]

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Carlos Melconian: la “moneda del menudeo”, la “desconfianza” en el Gobierno y cuánto cree que valdrá el dólar

Captura de video Con las elecciones a la vuelta de la esquina, el dólar blue transita días de volatilidad ante una mayor demanda por cobertura. Para el expresidente del Banco Nación, Carlos Melconian , un tipo de cambio con presión al alza “muestra los desequilibrios de la economía”, la falta de horizonte, el desajuste fiscal […]

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I Said What I Said: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Decision to Grant Exclusive Interviews to Journalists of Color

Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Listen, Lori Lightfoot is a lot of things. She is the first openly gay, African-American woman to serve as Chicago’s 56th mayor. She is the first mayor to show up to a press conference dressed as “Rona Destroyer.” And she was the first political official to tell kids to stay […]

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U.S. Vaccine Diplomat Cajoles Producers to Support Low-Cost Off-Shore Vaccine Hubs

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The worldwide pandemic has made for some depressing times. Especially for those of us who believe governments must play a key role in safeguarding public health. First up – a point I’ll […]

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The Debt Ceiling Debate Is Congress at Its Dumbest

Increasing the debt limit is necessary to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States of America. Without an increase in this limit, our Government will face a choice between breaking the law by exceeding the legal limit or breaking faith with the investors by defaulting on the debt. Neither of those choices […]

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We’ll Never Fix Hospitals’ Price-Gouging If We Don’t Break Their Stranglehold on Congress

But what if the problem is the existence of “prices” at all? Why do we talk about the “price” of an appendectomy and a blood transfusion, but not about the “price” of one 40-minute math lesson for a fifth grader and a half-hour of detention after school? In the U.S. healthcare system, the “price” of […]

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Biden’s voting rights betrayal

In a July 13 speech delivered in Philadelphia, President Biden suggested that he finally grasped the severity of the GOP attempts to fundamentally alter the way elections are done in this county. The 30 new election laws passed by Republicans in states across the country that will make it more difficult for Black and Latino […]

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Andreas Malm Versus Property: ‘Because Nothing Else Has Worked’

Yves here. As much as Tom Neuberger is careful to make the point that he isn’t advocating Andreas Malm’s enthusiasm for destruction of property, in my view the fact that Malm is get attention supports the notion that the urgency of climate change and ideas like radical conservation aren’t getting the hearing they remotely deserve. […]

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Michigan Republicans Used COVID Relief Money to Give Themselves Bonuses; Now They’re Giving it Back After Backlash

Photo: Viacheslav Lopatin (Shutterstock) COVID-19 relief money was meant to aid workers, small business owners and people who had lost their jobs or lost wages during the pandemic. It was meant for people who are financially struggling due to something they had no control over. Of course, if you happen to be a Republican government […]

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Lying, corrupt, anti-American cops are running amok with AI

Hundreds of thousands of law enforcement agents in the US have the authority to use blackbox AI to conduct unethical surveillance, generate evidence, and circumvent our Fourth Amendment protections. And there’s little reason to believe anyone’s going to do anything about it. The problem is that blackbox AI systems are a goldmine for startups, big tech, […]

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Hoyer: A Jan. 6 investigation that doesn’t call on ‘key’ Trump officials is ‘incomprehensible’

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is not mincing words. On Monday, the House majority leader said it would be “incomprehensible” and “irresponsible” if “key” Trump officials were not asked to testify before the Jan. 6 select committee, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell reports. Hoyer neglected to name specific people, but qualified that “anybody and everybody who has […]

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Gotta Have That Funk: At 80 Years Old, George Clinton Says He’s Coming Out of Retirement

George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic performs at the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: Ethan Miller for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (Getty Images) Anything you can do, George Clinton can do funkier. Even if that means he has to come out of retirement to do so. Advertisement […]

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Civil Rights Icon and Educator Bob Moses Dies at 86

In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Robert “Bob” Moses, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) project director in 1964, discusses the importance of Freedom Summer 1964 during the 50th Anniversary conference at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss.Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (AP) “[In] Mississippi, Bob Moses was the equivalent of Martin Luther King,” Taylor Branch, author […]

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Biden ends another war — sort of

After 18 years, the U.S. combat mission in Iraq will come to an end, President Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will announce Monday, pursuant to an agreement that includes a specific timeline. This is excellent news, long overdue. The war in Iraq began under false pretenses and was never necessary for U.S. security. […]

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Gurbir Grewal Takes Helm as SEC Director of Enforcement, Breaking BigLaw Stranglehold

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Gurbir Grewal, the new director of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), takes up his post today. Let’s hope his tenure is longer than that of his predecessor, Alex Oh, […]

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The 5 factions vying for the Republican Party’s future

Where is the Republican Party headed? That’s one of the most interesting and portentous questions looming over American politics in 2021. Where many Democrats see the GOP flirting with outright authoritarianism, The Washington Post‘s Henry Olsen sees a less ominous contest over policy priorities. In a recent column, he lays out the five factions jostling for […]

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Democrats fear ‘death by 1,000 cuts’ in 2022 midterms

The 2022 midterms are right around the corner, and “Democratic elected officials, party operatives, and voting rights activists across the country” are increasingly concerned about the potential adverse effects of new Republican-passed voting laws, particularly in key battleground states like Georgia and Michigan, Politico reports.  “If there isn’t a way for us to repeat what […]

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Maybe Mitch McConnell Is Just an Evil Mediocrity

After all, Congress did pass an infrastructure bill in 2015, late in Obama’s term, and it did so on a largely bipartisan basis. That was a more prosaic highway bill (with some money for transit), and it was considerably smaller, around $300 billion. But that’s still a real chunk of change. It passed both houses […]

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