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Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic
“There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability.”
politics  history  government 
6 days ago by leereamsnyder
Paul Ryan isn’t a sellout: Donald Trump embraced his policy ideas - Vox
“Writers sending off Ryan, like Tim Alberta at Politico and Josh Barro at Business Insider, argue that the speaker’s career has had a tragic arc in which, in Albert’s words, “the battle for the GOP’s heart and soul is finished,” with Trump the victor and Ryan the loser.

The reality is the opposite.”
news  politics  government 
6 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Can Donald Trump Be Impeached? - The New York Times

‘There is nothing in the Constitution’s formal operation that can prevent this. Impeachment certainly cannot. As long as one major political party endorses it, and a solid plurality of Americans support such an authoritarian slide, it is unstoppable. The founders knew that without a virtuous citizenry, the Constitution was a mere piece of paper and, in Madison’s words, “no theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.”’
government  history  usa  america!  politics 
9 weeks ago by leereamsnyder
Budget deal proves Republicans love deficits - Vox
“But at a minimum, the next time the economy falls into recession and really needs bigger deficits let’s not be played for fools again.”
politics  history  economics  government 
february 2018 by leereamsnyder
Wittes and Rauch: Boycott the Republican Party - The Atlantic
“We understand, too, the many imperfections of the Democratic Party. Its left is extreme, its center is confused, and it has its share of bad apples. But the Democratic Party is not a threat to our democratic order. That is why we are rising above our independent predilections and behaving like dumb-ass partisans. It’s why we hope many smart people will do the same.”
politics  history  government  elections 
february 2018 by leereamsnyder
The Civil War Between Trump and the FBI - The Atlantic
“This isn’t how any of this is supposed to work. Everyone is misbehaving. A man who campaigned for president as the candidate of “law and order” is sprinting headlong into releasing a memo that the head of the FBI—Trump’s own hand-picked director—and the deputy attorney general, another Trump pick, believe could mislead the public and damage law enforcement. Meanwhile, there’s a real possibility that Trump’s attacks on the FBI and Justice Department have inspired retaliatory leaks, meaning that the president would have effectively elicited just the deep-state conspiracy against him that he alleged in the first place.”
politics  government  legal  law 
february 2018 by leereamsnyder
Legends of the Ancient Web
“It is hard to accept that good people, working on technology that benefits so many, with nothing but good intentions, could end up building a powerful tool for the wicked.

But we can't afford to re-learn this lesson every time.”
history  internet  politics  technology  radio 
january 2018 by leereamsnyder
The Case for Corruption - The Atlantic

“In other words, in most political systems, the right amount of corruption is greater than zero. Leaders need to be able to reward followers and punish turncoats and free agents. Sometimes that will look sleazy, undemocratic, or both, but it is often better than the alternatives.”
politics  government  money  economics 
january 2018 by leereamsnyder
Is the world really better than ever? | News | The Guardian
“Ironically, given their reliance on cognitive biases to explain our predilection for negativity, the New Optimists may be in the grip of one themselves: the “anchoring bias”, which describes our tendency to rely too heavily on certain pieces of information when making judgments. If you start from the fact that plague victims once languished in the streets of European cities, it’s natural to conclude that life these days is wonderful. But if you start from the position that we could have eliminated famines, or reversed global warming, the fact that such problems persist may provoke a different kind of judgment.”
history  politics  psychology 
december 2017 by leereamsnyder
Democrats need to get a grip about the budget deficit - Vox
“Rather than lash out, Democrats ought to try to take stock in an honest way. Think about this tax bill that they rightly deplore. Now imagine if the bill was modified to drop the individual mandate repeal and make the Child Tax Credit partially refundable so that instead of costing 13 million people their health insurance it took a bite out of child poverty. That modified bill would be even more of a debt-raiser. But it would be a better bill. A lot better. Because child poverty is really bad, and lacking health insurance is really bad, and budget deficits at a time of low interest rates are not that bad.”
government  money  economics  politics 
december 2017 by leereamsnyder
Was the Democratic primary rigged? - Vox
“Still, I think Democrats made a mistake clearing the field in 2016. I even think Clinton’s campaign made a mistake clearing the field in 2016. Coronation isn’t a good look for anyone, and voters don’t like the feeling that someone is trying to make their choice for them. My guess is Clinton would’ve still won in a larger field, but the win would have felt more earned, more legitimate. And if she lost — if, unlike Sanders, Biden had decided the American people had not yet heard enough about the damn emails, and had run hard on them, and had taken Clinton down — Democrats might have been saved a debacle.

The reason it’s unwise for the party to try to decide as firmly and as early as Democrats did in 2016 is the party doesn’t have very good information that far before a general election. Candidates who look strong prove weak. Voters who seem satisfied prove restive. Competitive primaries surface unexpected information. If we’ve learned nothing else, it’s that political elites shouldn’t be so arrogant as to assume they can predict future elections.”
politics  elections 
november 2017 by leereamsnyder
Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream
“Any successful media executive produces content to expand audience size. The Breitbart alt-right machine, embodied by Milo Yiannopoulos, may read most clearly in this context. It was a brilliant audience expansion machine, financed by billionaires, designed to draw in people disgusted by some combination of identity politics, Muslim and Hispanic immigration, and the idea of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the White House. And if expanding that audience meant involving white nationalists and neo-Nazis, their participation could always be laundered to hide their contributions.”
journalism  politics  internet 
october 2017 by leereamsnyder
Our Moloch | by Garry Wills | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Read again those lines, with recent images seared into our brains—“besmeared with blood” and “parents’ tears.” They give the real meaning of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning. That horror cannot be blamed just on one unhinged person. It was the sacrifice we as a culture made, and continually make, to our demonic god. We guarantee that crazed man after crazed man will have a flood of killing power readily supplied him. We have to make that offering, out of devotion to our Moloch, our god. The gun is our Moloch. We sacrifice children to him daily—sometimes, as at Sandy Hook, by directly throwing them into the fire-hose of bullets from our protected private killing machines, sometimes by blighting our children’s lives by the death of a parent, a schoolmate, a teacher, a protector. Sometimes this is done by mass killings (eight this year), sometimes by private offerings to the god (thousands this year).

The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Like most gods, it does what it will, and cannot be questioned. Its acolytes think it is capable only of good things. It guarantees life and safety and freedom. It even guarantees law. Law grows from it. Then how can law question it?
culture  religion  history  politics  guns 
october 2017 by leereamsnyder
Mark Zuckerberg's False Dream of a Neutral Facebook - The Atlantic
“If Facebook wants to be a force for good in democracy, it needs to answer some questions. Does maximizing engagement, as it is understood through News Feed’s automated analysis, create structural problems in the information ecosystem? More broadly, do the tools that people use to communicate on Facebook influence what they actually talk about?”
facebook  politics  internet  journalism 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
The Conservative Revolution Killed Progressive Tax Reform - The Atlantic
What has been lost in American politics is a vision of public policy offering real mechanisms for reducing economic inequality and raising revenue on a fair basis. What has almost totally disappeared is political support for the kind of a progressive tax system that was in place during the most economically robust period in nation’s history—what we still call the American Century.
history  economics  politics  government  taxes 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
A Nation of Snowflakes - The Atlantic
“Neither have some conservatives disdained to use of the power or authority of the state to censor free speech. Republican legislators have proposed “Blue Lives Matter” bills that essentially criminalize peaceful protest; bills that all but outlaw protest itself; and bills that offer some protections to drivers who strike protestors with automobiles. GOP lawmakers have used the state to restrict speech, such as barring doctors from raising abortion or guns with patients, opposition to the construction of Muslim religious buildings, and attempts to stifle anti-Israel activism.

There’s physical assault of a reporter by a Republican candidate in Montana; Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s prosecution and re-prosecution of an activist who laughed at him during his confirmation hearing; his multiple public refusals to rule out prosecuting journalists; the president’s vows to imprison his political rivals; his encouragement of violence against protesters; Trump’s threat to tax Amazon because its owner Jeff Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post, which has published coverage critical of the president; the White House’s demands that ESPN fire Jemele Hill, a black on-air host who called the president a white supremacist; and Trump’s attempt to chill press criticism by naming the media an “enemy of the people” have all drawn cheers from some conservative commentators.”
politics  speech  culture  government 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
Kneeling for Life and Liberty Is Patriotic - The Atlantic
“They are kneeling in an effort to defend the very core of the Declaration of Independence. No political act is more patriotic than petitioning government for that purpose. If you dislike their tactics, apart from their message, consider them imperfect; I won’t object so long as you then ask yourself if you find it easy to forgive Thomas Jefferson for the imperfection of owning slaves while advancing life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but hard to forgive young black men for merely kneeling while they try to advance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in their time.”

“But I hope I would’ve knelt in solidarity with my fellow players if I was in the NFL Sunday, because it is far better to get the theatrics wrong in defense of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, than to master theatrics as adeptly as a reality-TV star, then marshal them to intentionally divide Americans against one another by shit-posting on Twitter, all while transgressing against life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
politics  protest  culture  america!  sports 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
Equifax’s Maddening Unaccountability - NYTimes.com
“Even if they do get fired, it is likely that they will be sent off with millions of dollars in severance, which is common practice for executives. (I would like to note that I am available for such punishment any time.)”
business  software  politics  privacy 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
The Art of the Heel | Mike Edison
“And, existentially, at least, Trump will still wear spandex when he mows the lawn. He can’t help himself, that’s just the kind of jerk he is.”

This is the most insightful analysis of Donald Trump
politics  sports  culture  psychology 
september 2017 by leereamsnyder
The President of Blank Sucking Nullity | The Baffler
“Every lie, every evasion, every massive and blithely issued shock to the conscience Trump authors will only ever be about him.”
politics  government  culture  psychology  excellent_lede 
august 2017 by leereamsnyder
Donald Trump’s True Allegiances | The New Yorker
“This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.”
politics  culture  government 
august 2017 by leereamsnyder
Affirmative Action and the Myth of Reverse Racism - The Atlantic
“Reverse racism is a cogent description of affirmative action,” Fish wrote, “only if one considers the cancer of racism to be morally and medically indistinguishable from the therapy we apply to it.”
culture  politics  race 
august 2017 by leereamsnyder
Medicaid saved the Affordable Care Act. Liberals should take notice. - Vox
“But the newfound enthusiasm for Medicaid might suggest another answer: Programs that are expansive enough to support a substantial portion of the working poor — and not just the destitute — can do just fine. Medicaid began as a program for the very poorest, those eligible for welfare, but a series of expansions starting in 1989 nudged it slowly up into the range of the working poor. That had the additional effect of making the beneficiary population whiter and more familiar.”
economics  politics  health  insurance 
august 2017 by leereamsnyder
Donald Trump Eats First - The Atlantic
“In fact, White House staffers cannot change their culture, so long as the president continues to shirk his duties to the country, pick internecine fights, say stupid things about his team on Twitter, and act like a character in the 2004 movie Mean Girls. The president is the general. And it doesn’t take a military expert to see why he keeps failing as a leader. He cares less about governing than satiating grotesque appetites for attention, adoration, and domination. Many who voted him into office were starving for hope. But no matter what, Donald Trump eats first.”
politics  government 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
The Trump administration isn’t a farce. It’s a tragedy. - Vox
“The actors in this drama are often comic, pathetic, and incompetent. But the damage they have done, and are doing, is almost beyond imagining. As often as this looks like farce, we should not forget it’s a tragedy.”
politics  government 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
The Remaking of Donald Trump - Bloomberg
As unlikely as it sounds from the vantage point of today, Trump and The Apprentice, up through the end of the decade, were considered by advertisers and audiences alike to be a triumph of American multiculturalism.
advertising  race  culture  politics  television 
july 2017 by leereamsnyder
In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt - The New Yorker
‘As the climate scientist Michael Mann put it to me in my book “Dark Money,” when attempting to explain why the Republican Party has moved in the opposite direction from virtually the rest of the world, “We are talking about a direct challenge to the most powerful industry that has ever existed on the face of the Earth. There’s no depth to which they’re unwilling to sink to challenge anything threatening their interests.” For most of the world’s population, the costs of inaction on climate change far outweigh that of action. But for the fossil-fuel industry, he said, “It’s like the switch from whale oil in the nineteenth century. They’re fighting to maintain the status quo, no matter how dumb.”’
government  politics  environment  history  money 
june 2017 by leereamsnyder
What right-wing populism? Polls reveal that it’s liberalism that’s surging. - Vox
“I hate to break it to America’s liberals, but — as I’ve argued before — there are considerable grounds for optimism about the American public and, by extension, the fate of the country. Now you may return to your regularly scheduled panic.”
politics  history  government 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Taibbi: Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever - Rolling Stone
“And when Ailes died this morning, he left behind an America perfectly in his image, frightened out of its mind and pouring its money hand over fist into television companies, who are gleefully selling the unraveling of our political system as an entertainment product.”
eulogy  politics  history  media  television  journalism 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
When the World Is Led by a Child - NYTimes.com
“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”
politics  security  government 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
We overanalyze Trump. He is what he appears to be. - Vox
“But what if there’s nothing to understand? What if there’s no there there? What if our attempts to explain Trump have failed not because we haven’t hit on the right one, but because we are, theory-of-mind-wise, overinterpreting the text?

In short, what if Trump is exactly as he appears: a hopeless narcissist with the attention span of a fruit fly, unable to maintain consistent beliefs or commitments from moment to moment, acting on base instinct, entirely situationally, to bolster his terrifyingly fragile ego.

We’re not really prepared to deal with that.”
politics  government  psychology 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
A Special Prosecutor Is Not the Answer to Trump and Russia - The Atlantic
We need a full special commission. A prosecutor is too focused on actual crimes that might be beside the point
history  law  politics  government 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Dwayne Johnson for President! | GQ
‘Flynn also says something weird and grand and beautiful about Dwayne Johnson: “He loves the world.”’
politics  movies  profile  celebrities 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is an Attack on American Democracy - The New Yorker
“Until the White House comes up with a less ludicrous rationalization for its actions, we can only assume that Trump fired Comey because the Russia investigation is closing in on him and his associates, and he knew that he didn’t have much sway over the F.B.I. director. That is the simplest theory that fits the facts. And it is a cause for great alarm.”
history  politics  law  government 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Sally Yates' Testimony and the Legal Fight Over the Travel Ban - The Atlantic
“Each time those in power brush aside that “archaic” Constitution, those pernickety procedures, those effete unwritten norms, those annoying statutes, that carping acting attorney general, those obdurate bureaucrats, those so-called judges, those whining lawyers, those ungrateful citizens, those undeserving aliens, they bring the nation closer not just to injustice but to catastrophe.”
politics  government  history  constitution 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Sullivan: Why the Reactionary Right Must Be Taken Seriously
Our job in these circumstances is not to condescend but to engage — or forfeit the politics of the moment (and the future) to reaction. Lincoln got the dynamic exactly right with respect to the Trump voter: “Assume to dictate to his judgment, or to command his action, or to mark him as one to be shunned and despised, and he will retreat within himself, close all the avenues to his head and his heart; and though your cause be naked truth itself, transformed to the heaviest lance, harder than steel, and sharper than steel can be made, and tho’ you throw it with more than Herculean force and precision, you shall be no more able to pierce him, than to penetrate the hard shell of a tortoise with a rye straw.”
psychology  history  government  politics 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
What Critiques of 'Smug Liberals' Are Missing - The Atlantic
“To wander around America is to discover the happy reality that most liberals and most conservatives are perfectly nice, not particularly smug, and seldom if ever vitriolic. Both camps imagine more disdain existing “on the other side” than actually exists, a perception that has only deepened as social media connects us to conflict. But a bit more introspection from rank-and-file conservatives would also help them to be bothered a bit less by the presence of some smug, vitriolic liberals out there.”

“There is no malign half of the country, even if lots of good people sometimes feel that way in their darker moments. Reserve disapproval for the handful on the right and left who stoke and exploit our most uncharitable impulses to make their livings.”
politics  psychology  socialnetworking 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
Trump, Jackson, and the Problem Facing Progressives - The Atlantic
“And for some progressives, reaching out to voters who might otherwise share progressive values even as they cling to what might be perceived to be archaic religious doctrines or other traditions might be hard to stomach. It’s easier to stay in bubbles of their own design, reassuring their friends. But building a bigger tent is better, I would argue, than losing elections and watching other progressive achievements rolled back.”
politics  history  government  america! 
may 2017 by leereamsnyder
A Hundred Days of Trump - The New Yorker
“Trump forces us to recognize the fragility of precious things.”
history  government  politics 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
Trump supporters are the most overrated force in American politics - Vox
“The big question in American politics is whether Trump’s opponents can find a platform and set of candidates that unite the diverse and somewhat diffuse anti-Trump majority, not whether the president’s fans continue to celebrate him.”
politics  government  history  economics 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
President Obama’s Interview With Jeffrey Goldberg on Syria and Foreign Policy - The Atlantic
“The Obama Doctrine” remains the most comprehensive take on why Obama acted how did in office
politics  history  government  obama 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
Trump's Syria Strike Was Unconstitutional and Unwise - The Atlantic
“There has never been a stronger case for preemptively reining in a president’s ability to unilaterally launch military strikes on foreign countries that are not attacking us.

To allow a man of Trump’s character to retain that power, after its expansion by decades of presidents who pushed it beyond the bounds of the Constitution, would be folly.”
politics  government  wars 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
Neil Gorsuch, Mitch McConnell, and the Filibuster - The Atlantic
“In democratic terms, the Senate itself is enough of an outrage, with its grotesque two-senators-per-state rule that puts Wyoming and California on an “equal” footing. The filibuster adds a mechanism by which 41 senators—who might, in fact, represent as little as one-sixth of the American population—can block legislation favored by the vast majority. It verges on the obscene.”
government  history  politics  usa  america!  race 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face
“There’s actually been some research on this: Politicians—both liberal ones and conservative ones—believe that the electorate is more conservative than it actually is. Conservative politicians believe the electorate is much more conservative than it actually is. Once you learn this, suddenly a lot of things about how elected officials act make more sense.

The most important major divide among Congressional Republicans isn’t between moderates and conservatives, or establishment and anti-establishment politicians, but between those who know that their agenda is hugely unpopular and that they have to force it through under cover of darkness, and the louder, dumber ones who believe their own bullshit. And for those loud, dumb members, egged on by a media apparatus that has trained its audience to demand the impossible and punish the sell-outs who can’t deliver, those more tactical members are cowards and RINOs.”
politics  media  journalism  television 
april 2017 by leereamsnyder
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