Tag: Politics

Don’t Let the Austerity Hacks Get Their Hooks in the Climate Debate

Will the Democrat-controlled Congress advance any meaningful climate change mitigation? There is hope that it might: The budget reconciliation bill currently being debated takes substantive aim at the problem with a slew of solutions, ranging from petrochemical industry reform, investments in alternative energy, the creation of new jobs and job transitions, and upgrades to the […]

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Sorry former Pentagon expert, but China is nowhere near winning the AI race

Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s former Chief Software Officer, is on a whirlwind press tour to drum up as much fervor for his radical assertion that the US has already lost the AI race against China. Speaking to the Financial Times in his first interview after leaving his post at the Pentagon, Chaillan said: We have […]

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The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Respectfully…

From: TurnpikeIkeTo: Michael Harriot Y’all get around them white folks and demean black ppl for making choices that they believe. Sad I thought some of you ppl were better then that. What ever happened to herd immunity, technically if Kyrie is the o ly one unvaccinated everyone should be fine Advertisement Dear sirs or madmen, […]

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The Chicago Police Union Has Told Officers to Defy COVID-19 Vaccine and Mayor Lori Lightfoot Is Pissed

The Chicago Police Union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot Are Still Beefing Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates The police union continues to challenge Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mandate, so of course that means the FOP president Catanzara made his case on Fox News. “We have a profession that nobody wants to work in,” Catanzara said. “It gave us […]

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The White House Report on Supreme Court Reform Made a Glaring Omission

So, with court-packing off the table, what is left? Some reform proposals have suggested requiring the court to hear cases in panels, similar to the practice used by the federal appellate courts, or rotating justices between the lower federal courts and the Supreme Court. The draft materials suggested that a rotation system as articulated by […]

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Biden’s SCOTUS commission gives Democrats a rallying cry

Don’t pack the Supreme Court. At least, that’s what the expert commision appointed by President Biden said. Thursday night, the panel released “discussion materials” that amount to a preliminary version of its anticipated report. Although they endorsed some possible reforms, most commissioners concluded that increasing the number of justices to boost Democrats’ influence risks the […]

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Kyrsten Sinema’s poll numbers should terrify her

The left-leaning group Data For Progress on Thursday released genuinely brutal poll numbers for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), whose very public role in holding up President Biden’s agenda is clearly not wearing well with her state’s primary electorate.  The survey of likely voters for her 2024 Democratic Senate primary showed just 25 percent approval for Sinema’s performance in […]

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Katie Couric’s Unforgivable Lie of Omission

Clearly, that’s hogwash. Ginsburg spent several minutes in the original video unpacking her thoughts about race and policing; the omitted portion flowed naturally and coherently from the points she’d already made. She understood the question perfectly well and provided a thorough response; it just happened to be an abysmal one. And Couric fully understood that […]

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The Story Behind Donald’s Bizarre Statement About Republicans Not Voting

In a July op-ed in The Washington Post, Ruth Ben-Ghiat wrote: “Authoritarians use propaganda and corruption to get their people to see violence differently—as a civic duty and a righteous course of action when the nation is threatened. And so it is today with the Republican Party, many members of which have decreed that nothing […]

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Central Asia’s Neoliberal Tragedy

Yves here. The story of the post-USSR plutocratic land grab in Russia is well known, at least among those paying a bit of attention. By contrast, comparatively few have heard of the parallel, similarly exploitative, neoliberal program in Central Asia, specifically Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I had a friend who was regularly flying to Almaty in […]

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Trump tells GOP officials and donors he’s ‘not into golden showers’ and Melania didn’t ‘believe that one’

Former President Donald Trump closed out a National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) donor retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday with a private speech that focused on his false claims of election fraud, took credit for reviving the GOP’s “dying party,” slammed Republican senators who had criticized him, and relitigated other grievance he has been […]

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Fox News poll has McAuliffe beating Youngkin by 10 points among Virginia parents, 5 points among likely voters

In the final stretch of Virginia’s closely fought gubernatorial race, Republican Glenn Youngkin and his allies believe Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor, recently handed them “a political gift, big enough to sweep this year’s statewide and state legislative elections,” The Washington Post‘s David Weigel reports. That gift: schools. And specifically, they point to […]

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Ejército israelí mata a palestino que lanzaba cócteles molotov en Cisjordania

Jerusalén, 14 oct (EFE).- Un palestino murió hoy por fuego del Ejército israelí y un segundo fue arrestado cuando lanzaban cócteles molotov hacia una carretera en Cisjordania ocupada, según un comunicado castrense. “Uno de los sospechosos quedó herido. Las tropas administraron el tratamiento médico inicial en el lugar, pero sucumbió a las heridas. El segundo […]

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El presidente tunecino denuncia intentos de deformar la realidad política

Túnez, 14 oct (EFE).- El presidente tunecino, Kais Said, denunció hoy “intentos” de deformar la realidad política por parte de actores nacionales y mostró su descontento después de que la comisión de asuntos exteriores del Congreso estadounidense debatiera sobre la transición democrática en el país magrebí. “El jefe de Estado subrayó que las relaciones entre […]

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Civil Rights Activist and Historian Timuel Black Dies at 102

Civil Rights Activist and Historian Timuel Black Dies at 102 Black recently joined the University of Chicago-led Community Advisory Board, working to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Jackson Park. He remained active in progressive politics well into his late 90s, ABC 7 notes. Advertisement In 2018, Black was listed as one of 200 […]

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The Jan. 6 committee will move to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for defying its subpoena. Then what?

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot announced Thursday it will move to hold former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon in criminal contempt for defying its subpoena, The Washington Post reports. “The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall […]

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Is Joe Manchin Aware That His Favorite Climate Technology Is a Total Bust?

Senator Joe Manchin has insisted for months that he won’t support President Biden’s Build Back Better Act unless it subsidizes a largely unproven and expensive climate technology. Democrats are now bending to the conservative Democrat from West Virginia: The multitrillion-dollar reconciliation bill being debated in the Senate is likely to include generous tax credits for […]

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The Republican War on Vaccine Mandates Will Not End Well for Them

Democrats have struggled to regain control of the narrative, in part because they have spent most of the summer griping over a bill that has little to do with the pandemic, at least not directly. The Build Back Better Act and its accompanying infrastructure bill were designed for a post-Covid world that hasn’t yet materialized; […]

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