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Opinion | Get Sick, Go Bankrupt and Die - The New York Times
Let’s be honest: Despite his reputation as a maverick, John McCain spent most of his last decade being a very orthodox Republican, toeing the party line no matter how irresponsible it became. Think of the way he abandoned his onetime advocacy of action to limit climate change.
But he redeemed much of that record with one action: He cast the crucial vote against G.O.P. attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That single “nay” saved health care for tens of millions of Americans, at least for a while.
But now McCain is gone, and with him, as far as we can tell, the only Republican in Congress with anything resembling a spine. As a result, if Republicans hold Congress in November, they will indeed repeal Obamacare. That’s not a guess: It’s an explicit promise, made by Vice President Mike Pence last week.
gov2.0  politics  health  insurance  obamacare  money  finances  nytimes 
1 hour ago by rgl7194
UN leaders laugh at Trump - The Washington Post
This post has been updated with Trump’s reaction.
President Trump has made more than 5,000 false or misleading claims since being inaugurated. The question journalists often ask themselves is whether he even realizes it. On the rare occasion when he puts himself in a position to answer for his falsehoods, he has declined to defend them and blamed it on something he had heard. Trump’s aides have privately vented that he does not seem to be moored by real-world facts, even when they are explained to him repeatedly.
But on Tuesday, Trump got subtly called out for a whopper he often tells — and by his fellow world leaders, no less.
politics  trump  gov2.0  truth  foreign_relations  humor  europe  twitter 
1 hour ago by rgl7194
Hard, soft or no Brexit, Britain must begin to heal its wounds | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian
Those who believe that the importance of our place in the EU makes a second referendum vital cannot avoid asking themselves whether the wider outcome and consequences are worth the risk. On balance, in my view, they are. But I cannot help worrying at the same time that a Britain in which the liberal left feels outraged about Brexit may be literally a less dangerous place for us all to live in while we try to rebuild our relationship with each other and with Europe, than a Britain in which it is the nationalist right who feel betrayed.
UK  EU  Brexit  MayTheresa  politics  polarisation  ClarkeKenneth  liberalism  nationalism  danger  referendum  dctagged  dc:creator=KettleMartin 
1 hour ago by petej
The ‘Sokal Squared’ hoax sums up American politics - The Washington Post
Do dogs suffer “oppression based upon (perceived) gender”? Can observing human-canine interactions help us disrupt “hegemonic masculinities”? Clearly, there’s a dearth of scholarly research on this subject. That’s probably why the journal Gender, Place, and Culture was so excited to publish an academic paper titled, “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon” — to make an important contribution to the literature.
Well, sort of.
Turns out, the paper was part of a massive hoax. Three scholars — Helen Pluckrose, James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian — spent 10 months writing 20 fake, performatively absurd academic papers and submitting them to journals of identity studies and critical theory. The trio sought to expose the excesses of what they called “grievance studies”: academic fields that, in their view, had turned from seeking truth to promoting a narrow swath of progressive ideology, with the help of impenetrable jargon.
SCOTUS  gov2.0  politics  research  conservative  liberal 
1 hour ago by rgl7194
Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study - Big Think
A new study pins cars and dangerous urban planning as a duo of socially divisive culprits that drive right-wing populism. —— https://www.cogitatiopress.com/urbanplanning/article/view/1684
urbanism  sustainable  politics  america  progress  culture  society  vehicles 
1 hour ago by inrgbwetrust
Opinion | Alexander Soros: The Hate That Is Consuming Us - The New York Times
Bombs sent to my father, George Soros, and to former President Obama and Hillary Clinton are a result of our politics of demonizing opponents.
On Monday afternoon an explosive device was delivered to my father’s home north of New York City. An alert member of our staff recognized the threat and called the police. Fortunately, the authorities were able to detonate the device safely. On Wednesday, the Secret Service said it had intercepted similar devices sent to the offices of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
We are all grateful that no one was injured, and grateful to those who kept us safe. But the incident was profoundly disturbing — as a threat not just to the safety of our family, neighbors, colleagues and friends, but also to the future of American democracy.
hate  conservative  politics  gov2.0  op-ed  nytimes  terrorism  hillary  soros  obama 
1 hour ago by rgl7194
The admiral who killed Bin Laden just shredded Trump with a heroic response to his morning attack
President Trump has apparently never heard the expression that it’s better to let sleeping dogs lie. Otherwise, he would have been smart enough not to take the bait when Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked him to comment on the critical statement made by retired Admiral Bill McRaven, the Navy SEAL who led the operation killing Osama Bin Laden.
Wallace confronted Trump with McRaven’s assessment that the president’s attacks on the media as “the enemy of the people” was the “greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime.” The president responded by calling the heroic SEAL a “Hillary Clinton fan” and an “Obama-backer” and questioning why it took so long to get Bin Laden.
trump  gov2.0  politics  terrorism  navy  SMH  news 
1 hour ago by rgl7194
Opinion | If I Win My District, I’ll Get Rid of It - The New York Times
New York’s 101st State Assembly District is a gerrymandered monstrosity.
I am working hard to win the race for the 101st Assembly District in New York — and if I succeed, I will work just as hard to get rid of it. The 101st is a monstrosity of gerrymandering that disenfranchises voters and weakens representative democracy in upstate New York.
I have to start every conversation on the campaign trail with a show-and-tell session featuring a map of our district. Invariably, residents of both parties shake their heads at the absurdity of it.
politics  gov2.0  gerrymandering  congress  state  new_york  nytimes 
2 hours ago by rgl7194
Opinion | F-Bombs and Real Bombs - The New York Times
Our problem isn’t “incivility.” It’s right-wing violence.
On Wednesday night, after bombs were sent to a number of Donald Trump’s most prominent enemies, he held a rally in Mosinee, Wis. A president with even a pretense to statesmanship would have canceled it — the country was in the middle of what can reasonably be described as a terrorist attack, with someone attempting mass murder against leading Democrats. Trump, needless to say, is not such a president.
At the rally — which featured Trump fans chanting, “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton, to whom one of the bombs was addressed — Trump called for the country to come together “in peace and harmony.” Then, in characteristic fashion, he blamed the press for America’s climate of simmering rage. “The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories,” he said.
politics  gov2.0  nytimes  trump  conservative  hate 
2 hours ago by rgl7194
Opinion | White-Collar Supremacy - The New York Times
Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old, a kind of professional racist in khakis”; a recent Los Angeles Times profile ran with a photo of him in sunglasses and a black shirt, looking more like a hipster academic than a Klansman.
This sort of image makeover is a big part of the alt-right’s game. They want to convince the media that they are a “new form” of white nationalism that we’ve never seen before: clean-cut, intellectual, far removed from the unpolished white supremacists of the past. But the alt-right is not as new as we might think. In fact, efforts to dress up white supremacy in ideas and middle-class respectability have been around since the first organized movements emerged in the late 19th century — and once again, people are falling for it.
racism  KKK  politics  nytimes  alt-right 
2 hours ago by rgl7194
Opinion | Why Corruption Matters - The New York Times
Remember all the news reports suggesting, without evidence, that the Clinton Foundation’s fund-raising created conflicts of interest? Well, now the man who benefited from all that innuendo is on his way to the White House. And he’s already giving us an object lesson in what real conflicts of interest look like, as authoritarian governments around the world shower favors on his business empire.
Of course, Donald Trump could be rejecting these favors and separating himself and his family from his hotels and so on. But he isn’t. In fact, he’s openly using his position to drum up business. And his early appointments suggest that he won’t be the only player using political power to build personal wealth. Self-dealing will be the norm throughout this administration. America has just entered an era of unprecedented corruption at the top.
The question you need to ask is why this matters. Hint: It’s not the money, it’s the incentives.
gov2.0  politics  money  corruption  trump  nytimes 
2 hours ago by rgl7194
Trump’s battle to destroy the Mueller investigation is officially doomed - The Washington Post
President Trump’s long struggle to destroy Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into the Russia scandal is officially over.
The president himself might not quite realize it yet, and he probably doesn’t understand why it happened. But he has lost that conflict, and the reason is simple: His attempts to fight Mueller were so ham-handed and so public that it made it impossible for him and his administration to shut Mueller down.
The president is simply incapable of subtlety and judges everything by how it plays out in the media. But in this case, the more attention he drew to his rage at Mueller, the greater the consequences of moving against Mueller became. And now it’s too late.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
2 hours ago by rgl7194
Mueller asks FBI to investigate claims women were offered money to say he behaved inappropriately - The Washington Post
A spokesman for Robert S. Mueller III said Tuesday that the special counsel’s office has asked the FBI to examine claims that women were offered money to say Mueller behaved inappropriately toward them decades ago.
The spokesman, Peter Carr, issued a statement saying that “when we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the special counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation.”
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
2 hours ago by rgl7194

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