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What Is and Isn’t a Big Deal in Trump’s Executive Actions Related to the Border - Lawfare
Trump’s utter lack of hypocrisy in the aggressive exercise of presidential power is a clarifying moment for the nation. His inability to withhold his private motivations, combined with his willingness to push the presidential envelope in controversial ways, combined with his unsteady grasp of his office and worrisome judgment in wielding his massive powers, has shined the brightest of lights on how much power Congress has given away, and how much extraordinary power and discretion presidents have amassed. After Trump, and due to him, there will be a serious reckoning with this constitutional arrangement like no time since the 1970s, and possibly ever in American history. Whether the Congress and the nation can do anything about it is another matter. I have my doubts.
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3 days ago by isaacsmith
The Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez and Markey introduce resolution - Vox
A close look at the fights it picks and the fights it avoids.
The Green New Deal has become an incredibly hot item on the political agenda, but to date, it has remained somewhat ill defined. It’s a broad enough concept that everyone can read their aspirations into it, which has been part of its strength, but it has also left discussion in something of a fog, since no one’s quite sure what they’re arguing about.
On Thursday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced a Green New Deal resolution that lays out the goals, aspirations, and specifics of the program in a more definitive way. This is as close as there is to an “official” Green New Deal — at last, something to argue about.
There will be lots to say in the days to come about the politics of all this. (In the meantime, read Ella Nilsen’s piece.) For instance, it is interesting that Markey, a living symbol of 2008-era Democratic thinking on climate change (and the leader of the old climate committee), is lending his imprimatur to this more urgent and radical iteration.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
AOC's Green New Deal: A New Millennial Climate Politics - The Atlantic
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outlines the fuzzy edges of a new “green dream.”
Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth was one-third of a degree Celsius cooler—Al Gore made a prediction.
When Americans understood what climate change would mean for their children and grandchildren, the former vice president warned, “they will demand that whoever is running for office, whoever is elected to serve, will have to respond.”
For 12 years, politicians did not, and now Americans’ “children” have themselves been elected to serve. When Gore made that remark, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teenager, a legal minor, one of a million kids living in New York.
Now she is an influential member of Congress.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Nancy Pelosi Becomes Internet Meme Gold at the State of the Union - Vogue
The State of the Union went along as planned on Tuesday night after a weeklong delay, and, as expected, most viewers reserved any and all positive reviews for Stacey Abrams’s rebuttal and witnessed Trump’s address to be something of the same old strange rehashing of rhetoric typically traced back to Stephens Miller and Bannon. But something else happened on Tuesday, beyond border talk and lack of brio: Nancy Pelosi, clad in suffragist white, greeting the president from her seat behind him as Speaker of the House, became an instant meme. Caught by cameras mid-clap, eyebrows seemingly arched just so, the Speaker managed to convey so much more than the usual rote welcome. Below, some of the Internet’s best reads of the moment, ranging from the Real Housewives-related to, yes, the “Baby Shark” song, and even a final call from Pelosi's daughter, who recognized the clap very well...
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6 days ago by rgl7194
The exquisite shade of Nancy Pelosi’s applause at the State of the Union - The Washington Post
The lasting visual image from Tuesday night’s State of the Union address was captured by photographer Doug Mills. It featured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) applauding President Trump in a way that can only be described as . . . withering? Pitying? Lucille Bluth-like in its contemptuousness?
At his lectern, the president mentioned bipartisanship and turned to acknowledge Speaker Pelosi; she rewarded him by cocking her head, arching an eyebrow, and inventing, as comedian Patton Oswalt would put it online, a clap that somehow managed to be a profanity.
Its power was in its restraint. Pelosi was not booing the president. She was acknowledging his words. She was providing him, in the technical sense, with exactly what he was hoping for: approval. But this was a derogatory clap, make no mistake. This was mockery wearing a half-baked costume of politeness.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
The Clap Heard 'Round The World - News & Guts Media
As Donald Trump spoke last night, we have to admit we were drawn to other areas of the TV, namely Nancy Pelosi’s face. Her expressions and body language were like a screen within a screen, two shows at once. And the Speaker’s performance was often far more entertaining, without saying a word.
For as long as we’ve watched State of the Union addresses, the Vice President and Speaker mostly sit like statues behind the president, rising to applaud at the appropriate moments. And while Mike Pence kept his face mostly frozen for more than an hour, Pelosi was reading along with Donald Trump, searching the crowd for reaction and even showing disgust, especially when Trump said the only thing that could slow down the American economy was “foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Pelosi turns clapping into a viral art form as she trolls Trump | US news | The Guardian
House speaker’s sarcastic applause for the president without saying a word has become the defining moment from his State of the Union address
Nancy Pelosi is known as a shrewd political tactician and tireless public servant, but after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address she can add world-class mime to her résumé.
Throughout the speech the House speaker managed to undermine Trump without speaking a word, employing subtle eye rolls or apparently ignoring him by reading papers to show her disapproval.
Her pièce de résistance came when Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Democrats in the most unsavory terms and engaged in petty tit-for-tat with Pelosi during last month’s partial government shutdown, called on Washington to “reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good”. She stood up and began applauding Trump with her arms outstretched towards him, in a manner so sarcastic it would probably get her sent off during a soccer game.
It quickly became the meme of the evening, with Twitter users, one of whom described it as a “walrus clap”, reimagining the applause as everything from a feminist smirk to a new way of cursing.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
With some smirks and an eye roll, Nancy Pelosi expresses Democratic opposition to Trump's speech - Los Angeles Times
Tension between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on full display Tuesday as he delivered the State of the Union in a Democratic-controlled House for the first time.
Though it was Trump at the lectern, many eyes in the chamber and on screens nationwide were looking over his left shoulder at the San Francisco Democrat, who has become his toughest domestic rival.
And although she mostly smiled politely and respectfully, at times Pelosi seemed to make no effort to hide her displeasure or bemusement.
She applauded Trump as he entered the chamber and spent portions of the speech reading over the typed copy Trump handed to her when he walked in.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
State of the Union: Nancy Pelosi clap at Trump quickly becomes a meme
Nancy Pelosi clapped back. Literally. 
During President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood and clapped at the commander-in-chief with a grin that caught people's attention.
"But we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution – and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good," Trump said prior to Pelosi's clap.
Some broadcasts cut to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic lawmakers staring, without joining their colleagues on both sides standing for a round of applause.
At the front of the House chamber, Pelosi looked at Trump, who turned around, and the viral moment was born.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Women in White: Democratic Solidarity Stands Out at State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans.
Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put on a stunning display of solidarity during the State of the Union address Tuesday.
They paid tribute to the women who came before them and gave a nod to their own achievement, as more women than ever are now representatives in the House.
There were white pantsuits, of course. But also sheath power dresses. Even a puffy zip snow vest. Hats for some. Shawls and scarves.
In the chamber, there has long been a growing gender divide as Democrats elect far more women than Republicans. The House now has more than 100 women in office. But the vast majority of them, about 90, are Democrats. House Republican women number just over a dozen.
Even when the senators join for a moment like this one the gap comes into view — with the sea of dark suits on one side of the aisle, and the diversity of colorful suits and dresses on the other.
When President Donald Trump saluted the record number of women elected to Congress in the November elections, Democrats in white leapt to their feet, high-fived each other and chanted, “U-S-A!”
“That’s great,” Trump said. “Very great.”
A few of the Democrats’ male colleagues joined them in white. Many other men wore white ribbons of support.
On Tuesday, the women’s place in history, in white, stood out.
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6 days ago by rgl7194

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