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The Dirtbag Left and the Problem of Dominance Politics | New Republic
This gendered analysis seems unwarranted because Menaker’s remarks weren’t aimed at women as a class, but at the centrist wing of the Democratic Party; Clinton wasn’t mentioned, and the phrase may even be an allusion to a common refrain in Game of Thrones . Trump did insult his way to the presidency, and the gambit worked because his abusive language jibed with the Republican base’s desire for a tough, masculine leader who unapologetically humiliates and punishes his enemies (RINOs, liberals, feminists, immigrants, foreigners, and so on). “ A given Chapo episode sees the hosts yukking it up at the expense of hacky mainstream media op-eds ( New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is a favourite target of the gang’s derision), or critiquing the limp, liberal identity politics of the recent, and much-lauded, Wonder Woman movie.” On substance, Chapo upholds the democratic-socialist politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, but in style it is much closer to the vituperative, insulting, shock-jock tactics used not just by Twitter users with Pepe the Frog avatars, but Trump himself. Read More Chapo Trap House , Will Menaker , Amber A'Lee Frost , Politics , Donald Trump , Media , Dirtbag Left , Hillary Clinton , Sebastian Gorka , Alex Jones , Jonathan Chait , Matthew Yglesias , Neera Tanden
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2 days ago by sechilds
KING: Police brutality jumped racial fence with Minn. shooting - NY Daily News
We are experiencing a full-blown crisis of police brutality in this country, but it's hardly getting any coverage as Donald Trump absolutely sucks the wind out of the news cycle every single day. A few weeks ago, a buddy of mine told me "Shaun — I don't think this country is ever really going to give a damn about police brutality until they see it destroying the lives of white families." But local activists and leaders weren't so worried about the initial statement from the department because every single officer in Minneapolis now wears a body camera — a reform that was hard-fought from the community. Here's the thing — I think Eric Garner, who was choked to death by the NYPD three years ago today, is the perfect face of police brutality victims. For the past three years, African Americans across the country have been watching the horrors of police brutality and internalizing so much of the pain as those mirror neurons fire off.
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3 days ago by sechilds
The Voter Purges Are Coming - The New York Times
It hasn’t gotten off to the strongest start: Its astonishing request last month that each state hand over voters’ personal data was met with bipartisan condemnation. Mr. von Spakovsky has led numerous unsuccessful legal efforts to diminish voter participation and to fight voting rights. Mr. Adams published personal information about people whom he wrongly accused of committing multiple felonies in a flawed hunt for fraud. But my biggest fear is that the government will issue a report with “findings” of unsupported claims of illegal voting, focused on communities of color. The irony is that there are serious threats to our voting systems, from cyberattacks to aging machines to Russian interference to discriminatory voter ID laws at the state level.
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4 days ago by sechilds
The controversy that finally killed the Senate health care bill.
But, either because of the political optics or because they sincerely don’t like seeing the infirm drown in mountains of debt, moderate Republicans have been wary of attacking consumer protections that help sympathetic cancer and diabetes patients. Like the cracked wall of a glacier crashing suddenly into the ocean, the Better Care Reconciliation Act's prospects collapsed after Lee and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas simultaneously announced their opposition, leaving GOP leaders shy of the 50 votes they would need in order to move the legislation. Moran explained his position with generalities, saying in a statement that the bill “fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act” and that Republicans “should not put our stamp on bad policy.” Lee, however, spelled out exactly why he was voting no in a blog post at the Resurgent . Cato's Michael Cannon argued that creating a single risk pool could force insurers to raise prices on regulated and unregulated plans by the same amount each year, foisting higher costs onto the healthy. But the $600 figure fundamentally seems less important here than the principle: Lee doesn't believe that healthy Americans should help pay for sick ones through their insurance premiums, and he doesn't want to put his name on a bill that might—in theory, depending on regulatory decisions, maybe, one day—allow that to happen.
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4 days ago by sechilds
Al Gore Calls For Single-Payer Health Care
NEW YORK ― Al Gore called for single-payer health care on Tuesday, one day after a revolt by GOP senators dashed Republican hopes of passing a bill to repeal Obamacare. Speaking at an event to promote his new climate change documentary, the former vice president said health insurance companies have failed to offer cost-effective coverage, even under the Affordable Care Act. “The private sector has not shown any ability to provide good, affordable health care for all,” Gore told a packed auditorium at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Progressives, backed by strong grassroots support from the party’s base, moved swiftly to embrace single-payer proposals as the long-anticipated Republican assault on Obamacare began this year. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has refused to sign on to Ellison’s bill, and flatly said “no” when asked in May if single-payer health care should be part of the party’s 2018 platform.
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4 days ago by sechilds
Al Gore Breaks With Democratic Party Leadership to Support Single-Payer Healthcare
A day after the Republican party’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act crumbled , Al Gore spoke at a community college in Manhattan, NY, about his new climate change movie. As the GOP struggles — despite its Senate and House majority — to come to a consensus on an adequate bill to replace the ACA, some Democrats have gradually moved left and embraced a “Medicare for All” solution. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned on the platform and said he would introduce a single-payer bill when the GOP failed to repeal the ACA (he said this in early July). Sen. Kristin Gillibrand has expressed support for single-payer and Sen. Kamala Harris offered a measured backing of the solution. It’s such a viable solution, in fact, that Republican Sen. Jerry Moran warned single-payer might happen if the GOP can’t find another way to repeal the ACA; he even said it was probable.
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4 days ago by sechilds
Alexandra Erin on Twitter: The (not really a) joke here was that Republicans were fine with everything about ObamaCare except the Obama part.
@alexandraerin: The (not really a) joke here was that Republicans were fine with everything about ObamaCare except the Obama part.
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6 days ago by sechilds
We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy | New Republic
“The mix of inexperience, incaution and conspiratorial glee on display in the emails suggests that people in Trump’s immediate family—not just satellites like Roger Stone—would have been delighted to collude if the opportunity presented itself,” Douthat wrote. I don’t know, maybe it’s the Cold War ending.” Cox, played with malevolent glee by John Malkovich, is a spy of the old school: a decrepit Princeton prig who worships George Kennan. He finds his nemeses in Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand), two exceptionally dopey employees of a gym called Hardbodies who accidentally acquire a compact disc containing drafts of Cox’s barely coherent memoir. But what I know about is Texas...” This sense of communism as a possible alternative, albeit an often suppressed or imperfect option, recurs in the Coens’ movies, notably in the Popular Front theatrical ambitions of Barton Fink and in the absurd Marxist reading group that doubles as a spy ring in Hail, Caesar! The story culminates in squalid violence, and the unheroic Deep State is left to clean up—which is to say, cover up—the mess.A few hapless characters are dead, and Cox is in a coma, but Litzke gets her plastic surgery: The CIA pays for it, figuring it’s the best way to keep her quiet.
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7 days ago by sechilds
White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information
> The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.
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> It further outraged voters by planning to post that information publicly.
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> Voters directed that outrage toward the Trump White House and the voter commission, often using profanity-laced language in the 112 pages of emails released this week.
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8 days ago by sechilds
Even the intellectual left is drawn to conspiracy theories about the right. Resist them.
> Buchanan was not an evil genius who masterminded a new “‘technology’ of revolution” with profound practical consequences. Despite MacLean’s apparent shock, for example, the political tactics that Buchanan advocated are nothing unusual in politics. He advocated splitting the opposing coalition (liberals and the left), to win advantage for the pro-market agenda through stealthy tactics, and to change the terrain of politics to make the policy victories of his side hard to reverse.
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> Buchanan was no more inspired a political tactician than the average political scientist or economist, which is to say, not very inspired at all. As historical institutionalist political scientists have argued repeatedly, strategies of slow, incremental change are very commonly adopted by groups looking to alter an apparently immovable status quo. So too are policies that are intended deliberately to create (or split) coalitions to protect (or undermine) institutions.
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> The architects of the welfare state used such stratagems to hide their true intentions and entrench the welfare state so deeply that future politicians would be unable to roll it back. Entire books by mainstream scholars like Brown University’s Eric Patashnik, the late Martha Derthick, and the University of Oregon’s Alison Gash have explored these topics, focusing mainly (although not exclusively) on the center left.
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> FDR famously observed of the decision to fund Social Security through a payroll tax, “We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. … With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program.”
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8 days ago by sechilds
Matt Driscoll: There’s more to race protests at Evergreen than biology professor and viral videos
Protests at The Evergreen State College in Olympia have been in the news this week. But there’s more to the story than is being reported.
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28 days ago by sechilds
White People Keep Finding New Ways to Segregate Schools
For the past few years, residents in the city of Gardendale, Alabama, have been pushing to take over a county high school, a middle school, and two elementary schools from the greater Jefferson County school system, one of several districts still bound by a federal desegregation order. Residents argue that they want local control. The city’s mayor went so far as to tell the Washington Post that it was about “keeping our tax dollars here with our kids, rather than sharing them with kids all over Jefferson County.” Opponents of the plan, though, claim the move is mired in racial overtones and the pursuit of a divided system that benefits Gardendale’s families at the expense of others in the county.

In April, a federal judge ruled that although the community’s efforts to separate from the countywide district were in fact racially motivated, Gardendale could start its own district of 2,134 students this fall with two elementary schools and could eventually purchase a $55 million high school from Jefferson County, as long as it established a court-approved desegregation plan within three years. That plan, though, is now on hold—both the case’s plaintiffs, who wanted to block the split, and Gardendale’s attorneys, who were upset the judge’s ruling gave them two schools instead of the desired four, opted to appeal the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gardendale is just one of many communities—often small, wealthier enclaves—which have attempted to secede from larger school districts across the country over the past 15 years, sparking a nationwide debate about modern segregation.
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29 days ago by sechilds
New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material
The TSA is testing new requirements that passengers remove books and other paper goods from their carry-on baggage when going through airline security. Given the sensitivity of our reading choices, this raises privacy concerns.

Tests of the policy are underway in some small airports around the country, and DHS Secretary John Kelly recently said that “we might, and likely will” apply the policy nationwide. “What we’re doing now is working out the tactics, techniques, and procedures, if you will, in a few airports, to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience to the traveler,” he told Fox News. The policy may also apply to food items.
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29 days ago by sechilds
Everyone is now required to have an opinion about Kathy Griffin: Here are 6 acceptable ones
After posting a picture of herself with a fake severed Trump head, the comedian has now obligated us all to pay attention to her. That was the point.
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7 weeks ago by sechilds
Robert Caro Wonders What New York Is Going To Become
So when I say that one man not only shaped New York but shaped it for centuries to come, because now how can you overcome that? All the people who live in northeastern Queens, or Co-op City in the Bronx, and all of Suffolk and a lot of Nassau County, they’re condemned to use cars. It’s not easy to use mass transit. Moses came along with his incredible vision, and vision not in a good sense. It’s like how he built the bridges too low.
I remember his aide, Sid Shapiro, who I spent a lot of time getting to talk to me, he finally talked to me. And he had this quote that I’ve never forgotten. He said Moses didn’t want poor people, particularly poor people of color, to use Jones Beach, so they had legislation passed forbidding the use of buses on parkways.
Then he had this quote, and I can still hear him saying it to me. “Legislation can always be changed. It’s very hard to tear down a bridge once it’s up.” So he built 180 or 170 bridges too low for buses.
We used Jones Beach a lot, because I used to work the night shift for the first couple of years, so I’d sleep til 12 and then we’d go down and spend a lot of afternoons at the beach. It never occurred to me that there weren’t any black people at the beach.
So Ina and I went to the main parking lot, that huge 10,000-car lot. We stood there with steno pads, and we had three columns: Whites, Blacks, Others. And I still remember that first column—there were a few Others, and almost no Blacks. The Whites would go on to the next page. I said, God, this is what Robert Moses did. This is how you can shape a metropolis for generations.
See, I was learning all this stuff. Now it sounds like I know it. But I’m learning this stuff one thing at a time.
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9 weeks ago by sechilds
Allison Janney reprises the role of Press Secretary CJ Cregg for the Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
janel-moloney: “Allison Janney reprises the role of Press Secretary CJ Cregg for the Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner ”
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10 weeks ago by sechilds

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