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Meet Donald Trump, the incredibly shrinking president
For the Opposing View, read “President Trump is helping middle-class Americans.”It seem eons ago now — though only a few years — that Donald Trump capitalized on the soaring stature of the Oval Office to shatter equilibriums with his brand of edicts and outrage. The president promised July 19 that within two weeks, he'd produce a long-awaited plan for overhauling the nation's health care system. And does anyone really believe Trump will reach an agreement with an Iranian regime that refuses even to speak with him? In addition, a payroll tax holiday Trump is promising is really a deferral of taxes that will have to be paid back. — Our View was written by editorial writer Gregg Zoroya on behalf of the USA TODAY Editorial Board.
President Donald Trump is helping middle-class Americans
For Our View, read “Meet Donald Trump, the incredibly shrinking president.”Donald Trump did an enormous favor for middle-class America last week. Now that Trump is implementing the tax cut, they say that it is “a war on Social Security” and that it is “not (a) real solution.”This is called a double standard. A payroll tax cut is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to stimulate the economy. He has told Americans that if reelected, that tax will be forgiven so workers keep the money. Will he force a big middle-class tax hike next year?
Opinion | Trump’s Racist, Statist Suburban Dream
But the raw racism of postwar housing policy cast a long shadow over our society. You see, the ’50s and ’60s were an era both of relatively good pay for ordinary workers and of relatively cheap suburban housing. So Trump’s Suburban Lifestyle Dream is basically a walled village that the government built for whites, whose gates were slammed shut when others tried to enter. Discrimination was a statist policy, involving the exercise of political power to deny people free choice. (Black Americans already knew that very well.)
Yale illegally discriminates against white, Asian applicants: DOJ
Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian and white applicants in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Justice Department said Thursday. The agency said a two-year investigation into the Ivy League school found that Asian and white applicants have “one-tenth to one-fourth” the chance of being admitted as African American applicants with the same credentials. “Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants.”The Justice Department ordered Yale to cease using race in admissions for next year and said it must submit a proposal if it plans to do so in the future. “Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission, and Yale racially balances its classes,” the DOJ said. In a statement, Yale said it “categorically denies this allegation” and accused the feds of drawing conclusions before getting all the facts.
Lose the nasty words, Mr. President — it does you no good
President Trump continues to be his own worst enemy: On Thursday, he stooped to calling presumptive vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris a “mad woman.”That doesn’t promote his agenda. It doesn’t help him with women. It doesn’t shore up his image as worthy of the nation’s highest office. Surely there are enough substantive issues on which to hit Harris and running mate Joe Biden: their views on crime, the economy, foreign policy . Why not focus on that, Mr. President — instead of resorting to callous insults that do you no good?
Trump wins the Nobel Prize for Israel-UAE peace deal (not)
Fresh off a surprise ballot-box victory in November that stunned pundits and pollsters back home, and by turns baffled and enraged his Democratic opponents, a newly re-elected President Trump accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday in the Norwegian capital. You won’t hear from him no more.” (Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking her head.) ***None of this is true, of course, nor will any of it ever transpire. But it would be true if there were any justice in global affairs — or at least, if good sense reigned among the men and women who preemptively awarded a Peace Prize to Obama. Sohrab Ahmari is The Post’s op-ed editor and author of the forthcoming book “The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos.”Twitter: @SohrabAhmari
NYC covid-19 death toll rivals fatality rate during 1918 flu epidemic, researchers say
The H1N1 flu pandemic eventually killed 50 million people a century ago, about 675,000 of them in the United States. The current pandemic has claimed at least 748,000 lives worldwide, about 163,000 of them in the United States, according to a tally kept by The Washington Post. AD(The AIDS epidemic has killed more than 700,000 people in the United States since it began in 1981.) New York in 1918 had a smaller population of 5.5 million people, so the death rate of 287 per 100,000 “person-months” was greater than the 202 of the current covid-19 pandemic. So the current outbreak has quadrupled the death rate, while the flu pandemic nearly tripled it.
Opinion | Congress has taken a break from dealing with covid-19. The rest of us don’t have that luxury.
ADA bipartisan piece of legislation, the Suppress Covid-19 Act, is teed up, ready to deliver the public health outcomes we all want and need. But models now exist, for instance at the Broad Institute in Massachusetts, for building testing labs with nonproprietary tools. They have already shared their lab and system plans with public health officials around the country. One of the hardest parts of fighting covid-19 is that data has to be integrated among health-care systems, public health systems, labs and providers of tests. States have been working hard to stabilize markets for testing and to implement public health systems capable of tracking the disease and responding to hot spots.
Opinion | Kamala Harris’s HBCU experience prepares her to take on Trump
That Harris is also an alumna of Howard University only adds to the historic nature of Joe Biden’s decision. It is her grounding in the HBCU experience itself. “I became an adult at Howard University,” Harris told The Post’s Robin Givhan last year. Harris’s HBCU experience prepared her for life in a world in which opportunity is not equal and appreciation, encouragement, even fairness, for people of color, are in short supply. And now Harris’s HBCU grounding has prepared her well for the denunciations that come with running against the likes of President Trump — a loud, foulmouthed, intellectual lightweight with the morals of a weasel.
Opinion | Trump’s campaign to discredit the election is deeply dishonest and dangerous
As is often the case with Mr. Trump, his narrative is not only false but also self-contradictory and convoluted. Mail-in voting is not riddled with opportunities for fraud; it has been carried out honestly in several states for years. Mr. Trump is on record favoring absentee voting, which is functionally the same as mail-in, in terms of the demands on the U.S. being sent at random,” as Mr. Trump would have it. That is what Mr. Trump is doing.
Hand over the political reins to millennials (Opinion)
From February to May of this year, nearly 5 million millennials lost their jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported recently. And these latest losses come just a little over a decade after millennials were the generation hurt the worst by the Great Recession of 2008-2009 . Unsurprisingly, once coronavirus hit telecommuting moms reported higher levels of anxiety, loneliness and depression compared to what working mothers reported before the pandemic. This problem falls heavily on millennials, who are parents to most of America's young children. And it's time for the people in charge to hand over the reins and let the young save ourselves.
Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules
The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough. On the White House South Lawn in July , Trump made the issue personal:“So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. Appliance and plumbing energy and water conservation standards save consumers about $500 a year on energy bills, deLaski said.
I Beat Addiction Without God
“It’s higher power or relapse,” she replied. I began drinking at age 12, then abused pot, pills and acid before succumbing to a methamphetamine addiction at 16. I asked the staff for proof that only one path to recovery existed and required God. When asked why the cure would be spiritual if addiction is a disease as NA proclaims, my sponsor said we wouldn’t debate the book. But I still felt apprehension when faced with the consensus that recovery is impossible absent a higher power.
America’s Surprising Recovery After V-J Day
This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, the end of World War II. It’s hard to believe in retrospect, but many Americans assumed the end of the war would mean a resumption of the Depression, which was cut off by the World War II military buildup. The total unemployment rate for 1946 was 3.9%—almost precisely the same rate the U.S. had this February before the pandemic’s effects were felt. Unemployment exists when the quantity of labor supplied exceeds the quantity demanded at prevailing wage levels. That happened in 1946, aided by rising productivity as resources moved from public to more-efficient private uses, with fewer wage and price controls.
Why Alberta's COVID-19 numbers might be so high compared to elsewhere
Alberta has reported a higher number of cases of COVID-19 by population for much of the pandemic compared to the rest of Canada. Is there something in Alberta's culture or politics that could be driving the higher numbers? Alberta's higher numbers can't simply be brushed off by attributing them to higher per capita testing for COVID-19 than every other province except Ontario. Brown says the province is far more diverse in its views than most of the rest of Canada realizes and that makes it difficult to isolate easy answers regarding some social driver of the higher COVID-19 numbers. For Brown, the timing of a new round of anxiety over the numbers could actually prove useful.
Opinion: Of course Kamala Harris is a citizen. That Newsweek column was a specious distraction
Kamala Harris was born in the United States and is eligible — in fact, extremely qualified — to be vice president of the United States, and president of the United States. (Trump, unsurprisingly, tried to fuel this theory, saying, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements. It has been conclusively established that anyone born in the United States is a citizen of the United States. (For good measure, Eastman throws in the possibility that Harris might also be ineligible for her current position as a U.S. Voters will evaluate Biden and Harris on their qualifications, and if they win Harris will be sworn in as vice president.
Arizona Gov. Ducey on guidelines for schools reopening
Arizona Gov. Ducey on guidelines for schools reopeningArizona Gov. Doug Ducey defends guidelines that schools should be following before they open for students. Arizona Governor's Office
Trump finally says it: He’s weakening the postal service to sway elections
Postal Service in a desperate attempt to steal the November election. Republican lawmakers — in their customary role as chief enablers of Trump’s bad behavior — won’t pass a stimulus bill that includes House Democrats’ funding requests for the postal service. They remain mum, even as their actions and Trump’s jeopardize the postal service and the legitimacy of the upcoming elections. Free and fair elections ‘threatened’Throughout his term, Trump has had it out for the postal service. An honest president would make sure the postal service is equipped to handle the anticipated minimum of 5 million mail-in ballots come November.
Faculty from several state colleges complain Connecticut’s plan for COVID testing is lacking
More than 1,100 faculty at the state’s community colleges and regional universities have signed a petition that was presented to the state Board of Regents for Higher Education expressing their concerns about not only the testing disparity but also other work-related issues that haven’t been addressed such as requiring professors to be on campus teaching their classes live even if they have only a few students present with most others online.
How Trump’s push to reopen schools backfired
But even conservatives who said they agreed with the president’s focus on reopening schools say he has been a poor spokesman for the cause. They pointed to Trump’s downplaying of the danger posed by the virus, followed by his threats to withhold federal aid to districts that did not reopen classrooms, as potentially alienating to centrist and even right-of-center teachers and parents.
Are You Overpraising Your Child?
Praise what your child has control over. “It goes to the intrinsic interests of the child,” Dr. Smiley said. Inflating praise can lead to what Dr. Corpus and Good termed “praise addiction,” in which a child compulsively performs behaviors to earn approval. Instead, consider simply describing what you observed your child doing, along with a neutral expression of delight: “Wow! This in turn might encourage your child to consider and even discuss the thinking that went into their artwork.
Opinion | The Israel-UAE agreement is an insult to the peace Palestinians and Arabs want and need
The problem with the big hoopla around this is that it is neither a genuine breakthrough nor will it bring peace between Israelis and Arabs anytime soon. ADADThe UAE, a member of the Arab League, originally agreed to the 2002 Saudi-initiated Arab Peace Initiative that called for the normalization of relations in return for the Israelis ending their 1967 occupation of Arab lands. Then came the Trump administration with its ill-advised vision for peace, which gave Israel everything they wanted and didn’t even bring Palestinians to the negotiating table. ADADThough now more than ever there’s a real, urgent need to bring peace to the region, this so-called breakthrough fails to provide even a road map for the end of the decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. He’s hoping that this will improve his chances for an outright win in a potentially fourth Israeli general election in less than two years.
America is following disastrous Trump advice to slow down testing (opinion)
There are several groups that track national testing numbers. They look at testing rates per 1,000 people as a reliable way to both track trends and compare across states . Only 14 states in a country with a pandemic were actually increasing their testing rate. The states advertising their dropping case numbers have both dropping testing rates and alarming rates of positive tests. For comparison, in New York State, the testing rate is stable and the positive result rate is 0.9%.
Read the full US-UAE-Israel statement on normalizing relations
Read the statement here:President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal. The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation. Today's agreement will lead to better lives for the peoples of the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the region.
How Trump’s Attack on the Post Office Could Backfire
This is already piled on top of his determination that the Postal Service should support itself in the midst of this pandemic. We need more, not less, help for the Postal Service to gear up for what's expected to be a crush of mail-in ballots. Rubio: Well, it was founded as a government agency in 1775, and the postmaster general was a powerful political figure. Stanton: So the Postal Service, certainly Nixon saw it through a political lens‚ maybe even a partisan one. And that assumption [that the postal service was essential] was never questioned until after 1970, after we had a postal service.
Half of Pentagon’s schools in US will do virtual learning
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump’s push to open all schools, half of the Defense Department’s schools in America will not open for in-person learning as the country struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. Defense Department schools in the Pacific region will also be split, with 26 of the 45 facilities open for in-person learning. He said those are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and some teachers would be able to participate in the virtual school. Schools that open for remote learning will have students take their classes online with their teachers, as many did last spring. ADVERTISEMENTAbout 2,000 more children are enrolled in pre-kindergarten in-person schools, and that number is expected to grow, he said.
Judges end California’s statewide moratorium, landlords could seek evictions in a couple of weeks
A panel of California judges lifted a statewide ban on evictions Thursday, which could lead to the processing of evictions starting next month — although there are many city and county moratoriums with different expiration dates. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers to act quickly to “resolve this looming crisis.” One proposal that’s making its way through the Legislature, Assembly Bill 1436, seeks to ban evictions of tenants during the pandemic while providing mortgage forbearance to landlords. In Silicon Valley, more than 43,000 households could face eviction, Working Partnerships USA and Law Foundation of Silicon Valley estimate. In Los Angeles, UCLA researchers have said that number could be more than 365,000. Nationwide, housing researchers estimate that 30 million to 40 million people could be kicked out of their homes.
I used to be critical of Kamala Harris. Now I am going to defend her at every turn
Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/ReutersThe historic announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick is another reminder that multiple things can be true at the same time. While lots of articles will focus on the historical weight of this moment, we cannot ignore that Harris isn’t just representation. What does this selection mean for those of us who had fair criticism of Harris when she was running for president? Story continuesI was one of the people who publicly expressed concern about Harris during her presidential campaign. While I wholeheartedly still believe in the power of voting, I’m now more committed to what I call zoning in.
Opinion: Before proposing a new wealth tax, maybe California should actually try studying it first
The state already taxes at least two types of assets, property and vehicles (including boats). That’s because the tax would also be imposed on former residents who left within the past decade, presumably to catch those who fled the state’s income tax rates, which already are the highest in the country. The bill calls on the Franchise Tax Board to come up with a way to value non-publicly-traded assets, yet the tax would go into effect immediately. Meanwhile, the simplest way to avoid the new California tax would be to leave the state and then challenge California’s authority to tax nonresidents for assets moved elsewhere. It’s about balancing different types of taxes — those on income, consumption and wealth — to create the best incentives and place the lightest drag on the economy.
Trump, not Biden, corners the market on gaffes
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did something simultaneously clever and stupid recently, in full view of TV cameras. But then try to imagine Boss Trump riding a bike. However, the GOP strategy, often assisted by the pre-scripted political press, is to attack Joe Biden exactly where Trump is weakest. Or if it were credibly reported that Biden, like Trump, had no clue what significant military event took place at Pearl Harbor? Reading the debate transcript, one can only lament how many more Americans would still be alive had Slow Joe, not Boss Trump, been in charge.
Too many Republicans have gone ‘quazy for QAnon’
This week, Republican voters in Georgia’s 14th congressional district nominated Marjorie Taylor Greene for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Graves. She’s denounced a “Muslim invasion” of America, called George Soros a “Nazi,” and endorsed the bonkers QAnon conspiracy. The person styling himself Q in cryptic online messages is anonymous, thus QAnon. No fewer than 60 current or former congressional candidates have expressed interest in or support for the QAnon conspiracy. Unlike Group Captain Mandrake, a lot of Republicans out there don’t recognize crazy when they see it.
Trump undermines the Postal Service
In a nation where consensus has been ravaged by politics, the U. S. Postal Service is an exception. But Republican leaders led by President Donald Trump are bent on hobbling this crucial organization. That means they can’t have universal mail-in voting, they just can’t have it,” Trump said. But there have never been significant problems with mail-in voting fraud even though several states have relied on it for years. But withholding aid in the false belief that voting by mail hurts Trump is insanity.
Foreword by Michael Cohen
Or, let me say it the way Donald Trump would: He wouldn’t mind if I was dead. President Trump controlled all the levers of the Commander in Chief and all the overt and covert powers that come with the highest office in the country. There are reasons why there has never been an intimate portrait of Donald Trump, the man. I said I know Trump as a human being, not a cartoon character on television, and that means I know he’s full of contradictions. And hopefully this portion of your destiny will lead to a better Michael Cohen, a better Donald Trump, a better United States of America, and a better world.
Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants
(CNN) The Justice Department accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. "Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race," disfavoring applicants from those races compared to African American applicants with similar academic credentials, the Justice Department alleged in a statement Thursday. The announcement, the culmination of a two-year civil rights investigation spurred by a complaint by Asian-American groups, represents the latest move by the Trump administration to undermine affirmative action policies that have bolstered diversity within higher education for decades. The school's admissions process, the Justice Department said, is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Yale must stop the use of race or national origin in its upcoming admissions cycle or get sign-off on a plan that continues to use it from the department, officials told the school. In a statement, a Yale spokeswoman said the school "categorically denies this allegation" and called it a "meritless" and "hasty" determination.
The Extreme Lyme Disease Symptoms One Woman Has Lived With for 3 Years
“Everything looks normal, but did you know that you have Lyme disease?” the doctor asked me. Brain fog is one of the most common neurological side effects of Lyme disease. Being diagnosed with Lyme disease originally felt like the end of the world, but it was really just the beginning of navigating a new one. As depressed and defeated as living with Lyme disease has made me feel at times, I will never stop pushing forward. I am not my Lyme disease.
Trump Team Wants a Gold Star as COVID Deaths Rise and Testing Slows
Five months since the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic, most wealthy nations have brought their health crises under relative control. According to Politico, the Trump administration is growing increasingly confident in their response—“feeling like they’re finally getting a handle on how to fight the disease,” the outlet reported Thursday. “President Trump has led a historic, whole-of-America coronavirus response,” deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews told the publication. “It’s going to be going away,” Trump told Fox Business. Last month, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, called Dr. Anthony Fauci “irresponsible” for comparing the coronavirus pandemic to the Spanish flu.
4 ways we can ensure remote learning is actually effective
But what’s needed with the swift pivot to online education is a wide-scale collaboration to give teachers and students engaging educational materials. advertisementadvertisementThe lesson for teachers thinking about remote assignments is the value of having students make their own movies. Through hands-on, project-based learning, students have deepened their knowledge about the environment, history, hunger, social justice, and other subjects aligned with their school assignments. It customizes the way students learn by showing them various videos and tracking which ones they learn best from. Several years ago, Loh and I enlisted high school students from across the Pittsburgh region to help make a video that would illustrate the Pythagorean Theorem.
New Research Reveals the Power of a Large Home Library (Even If You Don't Read Every Book)
Reading books can obviously make you a better, smarter small-business owner. Books can reduce stress; reading for just six minutes can reduce your stress levels by up to 68 percent. According to the researchers:Book-oriented socialization, indicated by home library size, equips youth with lifelong tastes, skills and knowledge. Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in [adult literacy, adult numeracy, and adult technological problem solving] beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment. All of which means that if nothing else, seeing all those books you haven't read will remind you of how much you don't know.
What Happens When AI is Used to Set Grades?
Prior to the exam, teachers provide “predicted” grades, which allow universities to offer places conditional on the candidates’ final grades meeting the predictions. Tens of thousands of students all over the world received grades that not only deviated substantially from their predicted grades but did so in unexplainable ways. The former means having another look at a student’s work – a natural first step when the grades were based on such work. The appeal process was well-understood and produced consistent results, but was not used frequently, largely because, as noted, there were few surprises when the final grades came out. The AI did not actually correct any papers; it only produced final grades based on the data it was fed, which included teacher-corrected coursework and the predicted grades.
Introducing ‘The AI & Machine Learning Imperative’
Topics Data & AnalyticsAnalytics & Organizational CultureAnalytics & Strategy The AI & Machine Learning Imperative “The AI & Machine Learning Imperative” offers new insights from leading academics and practitioners in data science and artificial intelligence. See All Articles in This SeriesLeading organizations recognize the potential for artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform work and society. “The AI & Machine Learning Imperative,” an Executive Guide from MIT SMR , offers new insights from leading academics and practitioners in data science and AI. Sign up to be reminded when new articles launch in the series, and in the meantime, explore our recent library of AI and machine learning articles. Amit Joshi and Michael WadeAI is no regular technology, so AI strategy needs to be approached differently than regular technology strategy.
Feds say Yale discriminates against Asian, white students in admissions
Michael BalsamoThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. The two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. And it's perfectly legalThe Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions. In the Harvard case, the Justice Department had argued that the university went too far in its use of race, but the judge disagreed.
Justice Dept. Accuses Yale of Discrimination in Application Process
In a major escalation of the Trump administration’s effort to challenge race-based admissions policies at elite universities, the Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian-American and white applicants, violating civil rights law. The finding came after a two-year investigation, the department said. It marked the second time that the administration has sought to curtail the use of affirmative action by an Ivy League school, after it publicly backed Asian-American students in 2018 who accused Harvard in a lawsuit of systematically discriminating against them. “There is no such thing as a nice form of race discrimination,” Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, said in a statement announcing the department’s move against Yale. Some conservative groups have long opposed the practice, and a handful of states have banned affirmative action policies at public universities.
California parents sue Gov. Gavin Newsom to open schools for in-person learning
Parents who are suing the governor of California to allow schools to open for in-person learning said Thursday that their children are suffering academically and psychologically. The state serves 6.7 million students and many of the states 1,000 school districts are set to start back up in mid-to-late August. She said she wasn't worried about a similar situation in California schools if "proper precautions are taken." The week Newsom announced his plan to mostly delay opening schools for in-person learning, California reported its second-highest one-day total in infection rates and deaths since the start of the pandemic. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic.
DOJ Says Yale Discriminates Against Asian American And White Applicants
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. The two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. “Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department’s civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the college’s attorneys. The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions.
Feds say Yale discriminates against Asian American and white applicants
A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. The two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. Advertisement“Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,” Assistant Atty. The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions.
Kamala Harris is ready. Black women are always ready.
For so many women, especially Black women, these personal attacks on Harris’s sanity, temperament, and character land with familiar pain. It’s a racist American playbook always kept handy to puff up white supremacy and, if the target is a woman, white male supremacy. For weeks, Harris was roasted for her political ambition, because only in women is ambition regarded as a character flaw. The president is especially unnerved by fierce Black women, and he reserves for them a particular enmity. And he will soon learn that in a nation designed to break Black women, we’ve forged our spines with steel.
Harris has the credibility to take the fight to Trump
AdvertisementAnd Harris has already begun her point-by-point prosecution of the incumbent president, a role traditionally left to vice-presidential candidates and one for which Harris is uniquely suited. He has called Harris “nasty” any number of times, this week adding that she’d be a “disaster” for the Democrats, and in an interview on Fox Business Network he called Harris “sort of a madwoman,” insisting, all facts to the contrary, that during the Kavanaugh hearings she was “the angriest” of his questioners. Meanwhile, Harris, in her Wilmington debut, struck an upbeat tone, reaching out to those she called “the heroes of our time. But Harris has a long, proud history of not shying away from a good fight. She also has the tenacity and the street smarts to make this a very good fight indeed.
DOJ investigation finds Yale discriminates against Asian Americans, white applicants
The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. AdvertisementThe two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions. In the Harvard case, the Justice Department had argued that the university went too far in its use of race, but the judge disagreed.
Another foolish vote for Donald Trump will put Social Security at real risk
I’m a Democrat, I did not vote for Donald Trump, and I think recent history has proven I made a wise decision. I hope you too see that, whether you are Republican or Democrat, and especially if you are on Social Security. Donald Trump has many hotels and country clubs and pays huge amounts in payroll taxes, It’s these taxes, as well as your own, that fund Social Security. It’s my opinion that Republicans have been after Social Security since the day it was conceived in the New Deal. Another foolish vote for Trump will put a nail in the coffin of another program that really “Made America Great” long ago.
Here’s how to help us tell more stories about the state’s COVID victims
Public agencies have refused to identify most who died of COVID-19 in Nevada. The Review-Journal continues to memorialize lives lost – you can help us. This image shows some of the more than 1,000 Nevadans who have died from COVID-19. As of Thursday, 1,030 people in Nevada have died of COVID-19. The dead are represented in multicolored pie charts on the state’s public health response website.
Chris Reed: You are being judged — not just watched and tracked — 24/7
Low rankings reduce or eliminate access to many goods, public and private services and travel options. Shades of “1984.”Yet as many publications have pointed out, the United States has a de facto equivalent — except it is overseen by private companies, not the government. They use this data to make sweeping judgments about Americans — all without transparency about what goes into these judgments. What makes the growing use of these tools to judge individuals so hard to believe is they go against some of the strongest cultural trends of the past decade. Chris Reed is the deputy editorial and opinion editor of The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Other voices: China clamps down on the press and Republican lawmakers
He had a successful business career in China before launching Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper in 1995 and becoming an outspoken advocate for democracy and a free press. Hong Kong has been a beacon of hope in the region for decades. Most recently the response from China was a new national security law to clamp down on dissent. China had already sanctioned or blacklisted two other Republican senators (Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas) and a Republican congressman (Christopher Smith of New Jersey). We hope they keep using their voice for the oppressed and voiceless in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
Feds accuse Yale of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants
The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions. The government also says that if Yale proposes that it will continue to use race or national origin as a factor in future admission cycles, the college must first submit a plan to the Justice Department “demonstrating its proposal is narrowly tailored as required by law, including by identifying a date for the end of race discrimination.”
Defiance in Belarus as ‘Europe’s last dictator’ wins reelection, TV anchors quit and police crack down
The unprecedented public opposition and unrest has been driven by the painful economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and Lukashenko’s swaggering dismissal of the outbreak as a “psychosis.” The vote and the brutality of the subsequent crackdown — remarkable even for Lukashenko’s iron-fisted rule — have made the anger boil over. The 65-year-old former state farm director has been in power since 1994 and was nicknamed “Europe’s last dictator” by the West for his suppression of dissent.
Faculty from several state colleges complain Connecticut’s plan for COVID testing is lacking
More than 1,100 faculty at the state’s community colleges and regional universities have signed a petition that was presented to the state Board of Regents for higher Education expressing their concerns about not only the testing disparity but also other work-related issues that haven’t been addressed such as requiring professors to be on campus teaching their classes live even if they have only a few students present with most others online.
DOJ finds Yale University discriminates against Asian American, white applicants in potential blow to affirmative action policies nationwide
“Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit ... the Department of Justice found Yale’s use of race is anything but limited,” the DOJ said in a statement. “Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission, and Yale racially balances its classes.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likens reopening schools to killing Osama bin Laden
“ “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning.” ”That was Florida Gov. Read more:More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yetOthers used the odd juxtaposition of killing a mass-murdering terrorist with reopening schools during a pandemic that has killed more than 166,000 Americans as a means to mock the Republican governor. Sorting out how and when to reopen schools as coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide is a complicated issue. Many parents struggled to work from home while also home schooling their kids when the pandemic first shut down schools in the spring. One school in Georgia’s Cherokee County has ordered more than 900 students and staff to quarantine after 59 people tested positive.
Opinion | The Media’s Sudden Crush on Kamala Harris
But now that Joe Biden has selected Harris as his running mate, there’s a—surprise!—fresh, much more positive assessment of the California senator. In many senses, the press is serving the same Harris meal—reporters still view her as a health-care waffler and a poor campaign general. But when they stage a comeback, suddenly there’s a whole new backstory, drawing on the same evidence to explain the revival. Harris also benefits from a dynamic we see every political cycle, driven by the old Washington currency of access. From now until November, keep this fact in mind as you scan the campaign dispatches and commentary for pulled punches.
Yale illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants, DOJ says
A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said. The two-year investigation concluded that Yale 'rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,' the Justice Department said. AdvertisementThe investigation concluded that Asian American and white students have 'only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials,' the Justice Department said. The investigation also found that Yale uses race as a factor in multiple steps of the admissions process and that Yale 'racially balances its classes.' Over the previous 15 years, he said, the number of Asian American students in Yale's incoming classes grew from 14 per cent to 22 per cent.
DeVos accuses teachers unions of concern with 'alternative agendas' like 'defunding police' over students
Teachers unions have shown themselves as being more concerned with political agendas and posturing than offering students a fulfilling learning experience, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday. DeVos told guest host Mike Huckabee that she was glad to see Democratic Govs. "We have seen all too many districts and all too many schools across the country not actually addressing the needs of students and anticipating school in the fall," DeVos said. "We all want to ensure students and teachers are safe when they are in school again, but those things can be done and can be clearly accomplished. Scholarship Opportunity Program, and these are what teachers unions are demanding in order for kids to go back to school."
Trump EPA Plows Ahead With 'Mind-Bogglingly Stupid and Destructive' Rollback of Methane Emissions Rules
"It's crazy to roll back this rule," warned Howarth, who last year published a study on North American gas production and methane emissions. "The idea that the oil and gas industry will control these emissions on their own, without strong standards and enforcement, doesn't pass the laugh test." In Texas alone, drillers waste 1.4 million tonnes of methane gas each year—enough to supply every home in Dallas and Houston combined. Natural gas companies don't want to waste natural gas, and they supported the Obama-era rule and were planning accordingly. "EPA must prioritize our health and safety over the profits of oil and gas companies," she added, "and we will hold them accountable in court."
Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates
President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal. The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation. Today’s agreement will lead to better lives for the peoples of the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the region.
Plans for first self-driving corridor announced in Michigan from Detroit to Ann Arbor
articleGovernment officials and Ford Motor Company announced plans for a major transportation initiative in southeast Michigan - a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle corridor that would stretch from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor. Gretchen Whitmer alongside Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford made the announcement Thursday afternoon at the news conference outside Michigan Central Station in Detroit. The project, which is being called an "advanced transportation and mobility technology and infrastructure effort," would build or assign dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Eventually, autonomous buses and shuttles will run along the Interstate 94 corridor, linking the University of Michigan to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the city's downtown. "There's no place in the world more important for transportation's past, present and future than Detroit and Michigan.
Justice Department finds Yale biased against Asian, white applicants
Justice Department finds Yale biased against Asian, white applicantsHewitt Quadrangle at Yale University, with the Yale Commons in the background, which is under construction to become the Schwarzman Center, photographed on April 4, 2019. Photo: Ed Stannard / Hearst Connecticut Media Photo: Ed Stannard / Hearst Connecticut Media Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Justice Department finds Yale biased against Asian, white applicants 1 / 3 Back to GalleryWASHINGTON — The Department of Justice Thursday notified Yale University that it has found the university illegally discriminates against Asian-American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. Yale rejects scores of Asian-American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit. In her statement, Peart said, “Yale has cooperated fully with the DOJ’s investigation of Yale’s admissions practices. We are proud of Yale’s admissions practices, and we will not change them on the basis of such a meritless, hasty accusation,” Peart wrote.
Raven Leilani’s Début Novel Deconstructs Domesticity
Take Raven Leilani’s first book, “Luster” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), which tells the story of Edie, a twenty-three-year-old publishing peon who begins an affair with a married man she meets on a dating site. Sexual barriers have long since been torn down, taboos lifted, transgressions neutralized; from Anna Karenina’s point of view, things would look positively utopian. Yet the heart is as muddled by freedom as it was by constraint, and that is where the mordant, bruising “Luster” charges in. But it is exactly this threat of being used, and used up, that appeals to Edie. How he absolutely refuses to say the word black.” Edie is used to navigating white self-consciousness.
Trump’s Attack on the Postal Service Is a Threat to Democracy—and to Rural America
Some were in red regions, some were purplish-blue—but every last one of them centered on the local post office. All of which is to say that I really hate what the Republicans are trying to do to the post office. Not only that but the Postal Service almost tripled the postage for mailing ballots to voters. The Postal Service, though, is the most popular government agency in the country, with a ninety-one-per-cent favorability rating, and it’s equally popular among Democrats and Republicans. No one else does that; it’s why, even though the Postal Service ekes out an operating profit most years, it is saddled with a huge deficit.
An Encouraging Rollout for the Biden-Harris Ticket
Wednesday’s rollout of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Democratic ticket was a COVID-19 hybrid. On the basis of this joint appearance, the Biden-Harris ticket looked like a well-balanced one, whose principals could complement each other effectively during the run-up to the election. And the selection of Harris has already brought some brio to the Biden campaign. In the remarks that Biden and Harris delivered, they stuck squarely to this template. But on the third day of the Biden-Harris ticket, Team Biden has reason to be encouraged.
What measures of ideology tell us about members of Congress — and what they don’t
What measures of ideology tell us about members of Congress — and what they don’tAdded: 13.08.2020 17:23 | 17 views | 0 commentsIs Harris the most liberal senator? Depends on who you ask, how you ask and when you ask.
Ayesha Curry details how she talks to her kids about racial injustice: 'Sometimes I want to cry'
Ayesha Curry details how she talks to her kids about racial injustice: 'Sometimes I want to cry'Added: 13.08.2020 18:57 | 12 views | 0 commentsAyesha Curry is speaking out about the Black Lives Matter movement and how she talks to her kids about the topic.
Don't Expect Trump to Accept Defeat If Biden Wins
Added: 13.08.2020 19:39 | 14 views | 0 commentsThe only way to guarantee Trump doesn't ignore election results is a Biden win so decisive it's apparent on election night.
Harris Believed Biden's Accusers--Until She Didn't
Added: 13.08.2020 19:40 | 15 views | 0 commentsBy the standard of her own ample public record, ­Kamala Harris has just joined the presidential campaign of a serial sexual abuser, Joe Biden. It was during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings that we fir...
Madeleine Westerhout's Road to Redemption in Trump World
Added: 13.08.2020 20:26 | 9 views | 0 commentsShe thought she knew him, and she still thinks she knows him well. At least, better than most. But almost a year ago, President Trump's one-time executive assistant was doing exactly what millions of others have done at least once: Puzzling over a Trump tweet.
I’m Moving My Family to Canada to Save My Black Son From America
The child welfare system in the United States has been and continues to be oppressive to Black families—for example, a Black family under investigation is far more likely to have children removed from their families than a white family. We recognize that as white parents, we lack the generational wisdom that a Black family could pass on to Khalil. In the U.S., a white family has, on average, 10 times the wealth of a Black family. the wealth of a Black family. It was inconvenient and complex but, from what I can tell, more predictable than the equivalent process in the United States.
Supreme Court Lets Rhode Island Relax Voting by Mail Requirements
It was a rare win for voting rights at SCOTUS. Photo: Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency/Getty ImagesNo matter how disappointed conservatives have been with the Roberts Court, there’s one area of Supreme Court jurisdiction where they’ve had no reason to complain: voting rights. The biggie, of course, was the 5-4 decision in Shelby County v. Holder (2013), gutting enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion. As recently as yesterday the Supreme Court rejected an effort to force Oregon to reduce the number of petitions needed to place a constitutional amendment on the state’s November ballot. Now, however, a small breach in the wall of Supreme Court–majority hostility to voting rights has appeared, as a 6-3 majority upheld Rhode Island’s right to relax witnessing requirements for mail ballots in light of COVID-19.
As Big Business Feasts on Cheap Credit, Small Firms Starve
And a credit crunch duly emerged in March as investors in corporate bonds fled to cash. But Congress failed to make that support an open-ended entitlement for all U.S. businesses and attached strings to the program that rendered it useless for the most vulnerable small firms. When business conditions are bad, investors will seek safety, choking off credit to small, unproven firms and providing it to large, cash-rich ones. Meanwhile, corporate titans have the reserves to weather a long storm; small enterprises typically don’t. And by providing superlative support to corporate borrowers — and meager aid to the small business sector — the U.S. government has turbocharged those forces.
How Trump Is Trying to Ensure an Early Election Night Lead
If Trump’s older white base mostly votes in person, it may help him build an early lead. Well, because if they comply, he is likely to take an early lead in Election Night returns that will only slowly erode as disproportionately Democratic mail ballots drift in after being authenticated and then tabulated. Asked how they intend to vote, 80 percent of Trump supporters say they will vote in person (either on Election Day or earlier) and only 17 percent will vote by mail. If these numbers are even close to reality, since in-person votes are generally counted before mail ballots, Trump will be in a position to take an early lead nationally and in most battleground states. Issues which a higher percentage of Trump supporters deemed “very important” included “violent crime” (74 percent), “Supreme Court appointments” (61 percent), “immigration” (61 percent), “gun policy” (60 percent), and “abortion” (46 percent).
White House Adviser Says Voting Rights ‘Not Our Game,’ Admits to Vote Suppression
The people who should most want to see a new relief deal made are President Trump and his advisers, for their future employment is at stake. A record 76 percent of Americans are now eligible to vote by mail. But as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow blithely told CNBC today, voting rights are just not the Trump administration’s jam. We should be plain about it: If Kudlow and this administration believe that voting rights are an issue that is even negotiable, let alone something that is “not our game,” then we should all openly recognize the truth. And that is what this president and his White House are.
Trump pet peeve could wash away showerhead rules
Trump pet peeve could wash away showerhead rulesThe Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. (Aug 13)AP
Beirut Explosion Unleashes Public Anger at Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Most Powerful Group
BEIRUT—The throngs of antiestablishment protesters marching in Beirut after last week’s devastating explosion have turned their sights on one group above all: Hezbollah, the powerful, Iranian-backed Shiite political party and militia that has in recent years become a nearly untouchable force in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which since its birth has billed itself as a bulwark against Israel and other foreign powers and a protector of Lebanon’s Shia population, is facing new, public criticism as an impediment to political reform. Critics say the group helps cover up systemic corruption and has focused its attention abroad instead of dealing with a deteriorating economic situation at home. In the case of Hezbollah, it has operated a network of charities and welfare organizations parallel to the state, catering to the Muslim Shiite community. Such organizations often have been more efficient than those of the state, largely thanks to funding from Iran.
Opinion | Trump confesses to voter suppression
Perhaps Trump forgot that just the other day he was praising voting by mail in Florida. That is why many state and local Republican groups are pulling their hair out in response to Trump’s anti-absentee vote rhetoric. Asked about Trump’s comments at her news conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Trump is “afraid of the American people. If seniors or others need help doing this, volunteers must be organized to drive them to drop-off locations. Third, states and localities need to be pressured to create ballot drop boxes in multiple locations, near shopping areas and other accessible places.
Opinion | Let’s fix our flawed primary system with ranked-choice voting
The convention system began to wane in importance as states moved to primaries to select delegates and as television allowed candidates to speak directly to voters. Since then, insiders have used the convention system to regain control over the nomination process. A ranked-choice primary system would also not have forced Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to drop out on the eve of Super Tuesday as the frightened establishment was forced to consolidate behind former vice president Joe Biden. We would instead have had a genuine contest wherein the majority of Democratic voters, not insider shenanigans, would have produced the nominee. It’s time to replace it with a democratic system that works.
Opinion | The Israel-UAE agreement is a key step for peace and sends a crucial message to Palestinians
The UAE approached the Trump administration and offered formal peace with Israel in return for no annexation. While that edge has been essential for meeting Israeli security and deterrence needs, peace was also built into the calculus. The United States provided Egypt advanced weaponry after President Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel. While this is certainly true, normalization should also signal to Palestinians that others are not going to wait for them. It stopped Israeli annexation, which would have likely ended the hope for two states.
Opinion | Kamala Harris embodies the America Trump has tried to destroy. Here’s why he’s failed.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin said “Kamala Harris is not an African American . Yet now, a few conservatives are weirdly determined to turn that upside down, to say that Harris has insufficient Black blood to be truly Black. ADADEven if conservatives drop the birtherism angle, the fact that some of them went there so quickly tells us something important. In many ways, Harris represents just the kind of America that seems to fill Trump and many of his supporters with anger and fear. She’s a walking demonstration of why America’s history as a magnet for immigrants makes us the most dynamic country in the world.
With Kamala D. Harris on the ticket, Gen-X finally gets close to power
Pure Gen X. And the nation needs Gen X in power. It’s also the first time the Democratic Party has given Gen X a chance. And with their aim to make geriatric history with Biden, Dems needed to embrace the influence Gen Xers already are having in the public sector. But that’s what Gen X does, making the hallmark of our group not wanting to belong to any group.
Online learning during coronavirus hurts poor students most, California school survey finds
A recent survey of Southern California school districts showed that students from low-income families have struggled the most with online learning during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Thursday report. The survey, conducted by the Los Angeles Times, reviewed 45 school districts in the region. DEVOS ACCUSES TEACHERS UNIONS OF CONCERN WITH 'ALTERNATIVE AGENDAS' LIKE 'DEFUNDING POLICE' OVER STUDENTSDistricts from more affluent communities, like the Las Viergenes Unified School District, for instance, were able to make the transition with relative ease. In Coachella Valley Unified School District, many students did not have a computer or Internet access. GEORGIA SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSES SECOND HIGH SCHOOL AS CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINES GROWSome districts tried to close the digital divide by providing computers and Internet hotspots to families.
This Republican governor just compared kids going back to school to killing Osama bin Laden
The second rule of politics -- or maybe just an addendum to the first rule -- should be: Never compare anything to the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. "Martin County Superintendent Laurie Gaylord told me she viewed re-opening her schools as a mission akin to a Navy SEAL operation. Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning. But none of this is in any way comparable to a group of Navy SEALs killing bin Laden. But even Trump didn't go as far as to compare the effort to offer in-person learning to the operation to kill bin Laden.
Kamala Harris throws Trump off balance (opinion)
That's why you would have expected Trump and his campaign to roll out a carefully-crafted reaction the moment Biden made the announcement. The news has thrown Trump visibly off balance, and sent his campaign flailing just as badly. The Trump campaign lifted that stirring quote , verbatim, and sent it out in a fundraising appeal. Another fundraising email warned that, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Would Destroy America." But there is no reasonable excuse for why the Trump campaign was unprepared for the Harris announcement.
Feds accuse Yale of discriminating against some applicants
FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American and white applications, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. The Justice Department had previously filed court papers siding with Asian American groups who had levied similar allegations against Harvard University. The two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. The Justice Department has demanded that Yale immediately stop and agree not to use race or national origin for upcoming admissions.
Maine Referendum on Power Corridor Is Unconstitutional, Court Says
PORTLAND, Maine—A referendum aimed at overturning approval of a $1 billion hydropower-transmission corridor is unconstitutional and should be removed from the November ballot, the state supreme court ruled Thursday. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court concluded that the referendum “fails to meet the constitutional requirement for inclusion on the ballot.”The...
NYC Parents And Teachers Have A Lot Of Unanswered Questions About School Reopening Plans
Late last week, the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned. What remains unclear in New York City is if parents will choose to even send their kids, or if teachers will feel safe enough to return. Parents, teachers, and students, need and expect full transparency about these plans, and any secondary plans, and they aren’t getting that yet. In Syracuse, high school students will be engaged in learning at home and fully remote. Once a COVID hotspot, New York City now has one of the lowest infection rates in the country.
COVID-19 rumors, myths and conspiracies responsible for over 800 deaths, study finds
Nature gave us the coronavirus, but the conspiracy theories, myths, and outright lies that accompany it are all manufactured by people, and have killed, maimed, and hospitalized thousands, a new study finds. There’s a worldwide “infodemic,” the international team of researchers said, an overwhelming flow of information about the coronavirus. People with conspiracy mentalities and who follow conspiracy theories are more likely to reject any advice that comes from a place of authority, a separate study found. “Misinformation fueled by rumors, stigma, and conspiracy theories can have potentially serious implications on the individual and community if prioritized over evidence-based guidelines,” researchers said in the study. “Health agencies must track misinformation associated with the COVID-19 in real time, and engage local communities and government stakeholders to debunk misinformation.”
Kamala Harris: The once and future queen of the Democratic Party
After months of mostly pointless speculation (including by yours truly), Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that Kamala Harris would be the Democratic nominee for vice president in the 2020 presidential election. Story continuesThis is why I do not think we should make too much of the contentious exchanges during the primary between Biden and Harris on busing and race relations. Harris' selection will probably not have much of an effect on the outcome of the race in November. Instead, what Harris represents is what the Democratic Party sees as its future: the lite-libertarianism of centrist economics, open borders, and social liberalism. More stories from theweek.comThe case against American truck bloatJoe Biden's Kamala Harris VP pick is an early hit, poll suggestsTrump has pretty much eliminated daily intelligence briefings.
The Democrats have their ticket
AdvertisementContrary to what his supporters say, my resistance to President Trump is not a question of being unable to accept a defeat. I can’t think of anyone who has made me, the white housewife, feel less safe than Donald Trump. Indeed, based on the elation that emanated from Trumpland Tuesday night, it seems as if Biden’s choice could hinder the ticket. Ronald B Campbell Jr.NatickHarris is a good candidate — periodNeither the color of her skin nor her gender makes Kamala Harris a good candidate. She is a good candidate.
Should political candidates in Massachusetts pledge not to accept donations from police unions?
Chloe MitchellThe weekend after my organization, the College Democrats of Massachusetts, announced its #NoCopMoney pledge, I met up with my grandfather for a socially distanced outdoor dinner. The #NoCopMoney pledge is about giving more power to government decision-makers and less to lobbying organizations like police unions. It’s a way for elected officials and candidates to lean towards reinvesting and trusting in community-based restorative justice solutions. We view the effort to push or shame officeholders into rejecting contributions from law enforcement unions as part of this disturbing trend. Moving forward, we encourage elected leaders to resist knee-jerk reactions regarding their relationships with law enforcement unions.
Listen to the data on school reopening
School districts and the state’s teachers unions have pressed the Baker administration to come up with benchmarks to guide public school reopening decisions, and on Wednesday it finally did just that. AdvertisementMany of the state’s school districts are already finalizing plans for the fall. And the state and school districts ought to view that as unacceptable. Elementary school kids are also the cohort hardest to teach remotely, as countless parents and teachers can attest. Districts have no perfect options, and there are risks to the health and education of school kids no matter what course superintendents choose.
Don’t blame Deloitte just yet for state unemployment system | Opinion
Importantly, however, if the contractor disputes that it is in default, it can challenge the prohibition or debarment from further contracting in an administrative proceeding before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. Such a process ensures due process, which is especially important because the debarment of a government contractor will cause great financial and reputational harm to a contractor that cannot be recovered due to sovereign immunity should the state’s determination later be proved to have been unwarranted. While there are some shortcomings with the state’s “debarment” system and revisions based on the federal system should be considered, it provides an adequate process to ensure nonresponsible vendors are prohibited from doing future business with the state.
Defense seeks leniency for 'Satanist' soldier in bomb plot
Jarrett William Smith, a private first class stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, and previously at Fort Bliss, Texas, was discharged from the military after the 24-year-old admitted in February that he provided information about explosives in September to an FBI undercover agent. At his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Smith faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty pleas to two counts of distributing information related to explosives. Federal public defender Rich Federico urged the court in his sentencing memorandum Thursday to impose 15 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. With no prior criminal history, the guideline range is 30-37 months in prison. Prosecutors have not yet filed their sentencing recommendation.
[Editorial] Restoration first
The four rivers project of conservative former President Lee Myung-bak faces yet another reevaluation. The Lee administration refurbished the Geum River, Yeongsan River, Nakdong River and Han River, and built weirs along them in a bid to prevent flooding and droughts. They argued if the Seomjin River had been dredged like the four rivers, the Namwon dike would not have broken. Finally, President Moon Jae-in instructed a probe into the flood control effectiveness of the weirs at the four rivers. It is hard to understand why he rekindled the age-old controversy over the project when restoration from flood damage is urgent.
[Michael R. Strain] Closed schools are a national emergency
Educational outcomes will plunge after two or three semesters of virtual learning, food insecurity among kids will increase, and learning disparities between higher- and lower-income children will widen. A World Bank study estimates that one semester of virtual learning will lower future global GDP by 15 percent. High school students are more equipped to benefit from virtual learning than 1st graders. So if some schools must be closed, then close the high schools, keep the K-8 schools open, and use the high-school buildings for socially distanced elementary- and middle-school students. By Michael R. StrainMichael R. Strain is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist.
[Robert J. Fouser] Is ‘Korean New Deal’ needed?
The Korean New Deal has three main pillars: the Digital New Deal, Green New Deal, and a strengthening the social safety net. Over the long-term, aside from reunification, the South Korean economy faces to two challenges: An aging population and a limited domestic market. Simply put, South Korea needs to sell things that other people want, be it smartphones, washing machines, or music videos. Stable export-driven economic growth is the best way to mitigate the powerful demographic headwinds that South Korea faces. By Robert J. FouserRobert J. Fouser, a former associate professor of Korean-language education at Seoul National University, writes on Korea from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Inside California Democrats' Hard Work To Deny The Poor An Education
Gavin Newsom and the Democratic supermajorities in the state’s legislature have enacted laws increasing union and state control over education. The city has 118,000 charter students, with LAist reporting it’s home to more charter schools than any other American city. At any moment, districts know, they could be shut down, stranding children, parents, and educators in limbo. The July enactments follow on Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which the governor endorsed and signed a month before the charter school bill, and which took effect on Jan. 1. For years, the public school system and the unions that control it have increased their dominion over all types of education in California.
Plans for first self-driving corridor announced in Michigan from Detroit to Ann Arbor
articleGovernment officials and Ford Motor Company announced plans for a major transportation initiative in southeast Michigan - a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle corridor that would stretch from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor. Gretchen Whitmer alongside Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford made the announcement Thursday afternoon at the news conference outside Michigan Central Station in Detroit. The project, which is being called an "advanced transportation and mobility technology and infrastructure effort," would build or assign dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Eventually, autonomous buses and shuttles will run along the Interstate 94 corridor, linking the University of Michigan to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the city's downtown. "There's no place in the world more important for transportation's past, present and future than Detroit and Michigan.
Armed customer thwarts robbery at Waffle House, deputies say
Deputies with K-9 units tracked Ford and Yates, who were taken into custody. They were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, the State reported. Ford was also charged with possession of a stolen gun. No bond has been set for the men.
Women's voting rights: 4 suffrage facts surrounded 19th amendment
Women's voting rights: 4 suffrage facts surrounded 19th amendmentDiscover some intriguing insight surrounding the 19th Amendment, ratified 100 years ago, finally giving women a vote in the ballot box.
Jodi Picoult, Christa McAuliffe and Jeanne Shaheen among influential women from New Hampshire
Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK Jeanne Shaheen is the senior U.S. senator from New Hampshire. Photo: Jim Cole, Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK Jodi Lynn Picoult is a best-selling author of 25 novels with about 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Photo: Deb Cram, Portsmouth Herald, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK Valerie Cunningham was one of five Black graduates in Portsmouth High School’s Class of 1959. Photo: Jim Cole, Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK An activist, Doris "Granny D" Haddock knew how to walk the talk. Photo: Jim Cole, Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK Kelly Ayotte was the first woman to be appointed attorney general for the state of New Hampshire.
Utah Jazz owner and billionaire Gail Miller among Utah’s influential Women of the Century
As with many meetings in those early days of the Utah territory, the discussion was colored by religion and politics. When Congress rescinded all Utah women's right to vote in 1887, Wells led the suffragists in a lobbying effort to ensure equal suffrage was included in the Constitution when Utah became a state in 1896. She joined the National Council of Women in the United States and was the first woman from Utah to hold an office. While working as a typesetter for the Woman’s Exponent, she became immersed in the women's rights movement. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Opinion | Trump wants to define what it means to be truly American. His Kamala Harris nickname exemplifies that.
It is another example of how the president has tried to appoint himself as the gatekeeper in chief with his divisive and narrow attempt to define what is truly American. Republicans have shifted from trying to determine who is authentically American to determining who is authentically Black. More importantly, any attempt to question a single aspect of Harris’s pedigree fails to see the bigger picture. Someone who is neither a minority nor a college graduate might relate to being raised by a single mother. The slur “Phony Kamala” tells us far more about Trump than it does about Harris.
Opinion | Kamala Harris exacerbates Biden’s existing problem with religious voters. He must work to reassure them.
All elected Republicans who regard this as an effective political strategy have officially lost whatever marbles they retained. Were you aware that the Knights of Columbus opposed marriage equality when you joined the organization? The full Senate eventually repudiated Harris’s attempt to apply a religious test for office. And for conservatives who want to support an alternative to Trump, it isn’t just a perception problem. But if the goal is (as Harris has said) a “mandate,” then some outreach to and reassurance of religious people is in order.
Biden looks to former Fed Chair Yellen for economic advice
Joe Biden is seeking advice from former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who ran monetary policy while the Democratic nominee served as vice president. Yellen, now a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, was among a handful of economists who on Thursday briefed Biden about an economy that has been reeling during the five-month coronavirus pandemic, according to the campaign. Among those joining Yellen were Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and who served as Biden's chief economic advisor from 2009-11; Heather Boushey, president and CEO at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Harvard University professor Raj Chetty, Michigan State University professor Lisa Cook, and Biden senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan. A release from the campaign stated that the group has "an array of different specialties and backgrounds." Bernstein is a widely recognized progressive who appears often on CNBC; Chetty is known for his work in racial and economic inequality; Cook has been a leader in trying to include more Black women in the field of economics; and Boushey's think tank also focuses on income inequality.
Opinion: What's stopping Putin from expanding further?
In contrast, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for Lukashenko to resume stalled integration plans to join Belarus and Russia into one country. Dim peace prospects in UkraineAnd more than six years later, the prospects for peace in eastern Ukraine are bleaker than ever. As for Putin, further military adventurism runs the risk of a backlash at home, especially if there is major loss of life on the Russian side. (Of course, he could hide any deaths, as Russia reportedly has done in eastern Ukraine .) The Belarus turmoil is yet another opportunity for Putin, and if history is any indication, then he will act decisively while the world is distracted.
Telling young people to stay inside during a pandemic is like telling them to abstain from sex. Here are some better ideas
I cited reliable facts and figures about the pandemic and, pointing to Italy, warned of the consequences of not taking it seriously. Five months later, it is clear that neither my piece nor the many Covid-19 public health dashboards have persuaded many of my peers. First, public health campaigns that promote total elimination of risk don't work well -- especially for young people. Just look at these TikToks of family quarantine hijinks -- including both young and old alike -- and Instagram posts of #quarantinecooking homemade meals (yum). The last five months notwithstanding, I continue to believe that the more people understand about Covid-19, the more lives will be saved.
Anthea Butler Kamala Harris is already facing sexist and racist attacks — and they'll only get worse
If a white man had a backstory like Harris', conservatives would openly consider him a formidable opponent and worthy of at least some respect. Then there are the criticisms of Harris — as with Hillary Clinton before her — as being too apt to change her mind. But women — and especially women of color — are often deemed untrustworthy compared to men, and Black women are supposedly even more untrustworthy than white women. (Black women also overwhelmingly voted against Trump in 2016.) (And, as a woman on the cusp of Gen X, Harris quite literally is a bridge between the Baby Boomer and millennial wings of the party.)
Opinion: Sign of the times: A bishop bashes Biden and Catholics object (or yawn)
Thus, he is a Catholic.”This isn’t the first time Biden’s Catholic bona fides have been challenged by a Catholic cleric. Catholic voters, like other Americans, are “very independent-minded,” he said. Rozell noted that in 2004 Catholic voters preferred Methodist George W. Bush to their fellow Catholic Kerry. He added that “this is not 1960,” when Catholic voters rallied around John F. Kennedy. What about a cultural affinity between a Catholic politician and Catholic voters?
What if QAnon is the new Tea Party? Followers of pro-Trump conspiracy theory are winning elections and worrying moderate Republicans.
When the Tea Party emerged in early 2009, many commentators mocked the idea that it could ever achieve political power, calling it a “display of hysteria” by “frothing right-wingers.” Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., famously refused to engage with a conspiracy theorist who confronted him, saying it would be like “trying to argue with a dining room table.” Republican Party leaders took it more seriously, but they, too, seemed to think that they could harness its energy without indulging its more extreme elements.
Columbus police union says it need to be part of solution to violence
As Columbus heads into what could be another record year for gun violence, including a 2-year-old boy reportedly shot and killed Wednesday by his teenage uncle, the public must boost support for the police, the head of the police union said Thursday. But the police must be a large part of the solution," Ferrell said. This violence must stop," he said, calling on elected officials including Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther to publicly support the division of police and stop his attacks. But Ferrell called on Ginther "to publicly come out" and end attacks on officers’ characters, saying the union is prepared to work with the city moving forward. Asked about whether the union supports stronger gun-control laws to help reduce the gun violence, Ferrell said the union is open to reasonable dialogue.
Foe of a foe – shared interests that make UAE a 'friend' of Israel
The peace deal that few saw coming had been gathering steam in plain sight. The adage of a foe of a foe becoming a friend has rarely been more apt. A less than full-throated rebuke followed from Arab states, which had drawn legitimacy for decades by being protectors of the Palestinians but which now had other priorities. The UAE’s lead position on a peace deal is unlikely to leave it isolated for long. While Israel celebrates, Palestinians are facing one of their most bitter reckonings.
Trump pushes for schools to reopen as US sees deadliest Covid day since May
Trump pushes for schools to reopen as US sees deadliest Covid day since MayDonald Trump has vowed to push ahead with the reopening of America’s schools, despite the US suffering nearly 1,500 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest number in a single day for three months. Trump also threatened to divert federal funding away from schools if they didn’t reopen. “We got to open up,” Trump said on Wednesday. Different schools around the US have opted for various approaches, such as online learning or reduced in-person attendance. Florida, where Covid infections have recently surged, has so far only provided permission for two school districts to conduct remote learning.
Unsanitized: The Fed Can Still Save State and Local Governments
The only impact on state and local budgets in the Trump executive actions are additional costs to administer the new unemployment benefit. State and local spending already fell 5.6 percent in the second quarter, and more than 1 million jobs have been cut through July. “Due to Congress’ inaction, the ability of state and local governments to deliver critical services to the American people is now in serious jeopardy,” read a statement from seven organizations representing states, cities, counties, and other local governments. Give what you can... SUPPORT THE PROSPECTThis sort of creates an operating deficit option in state and local governments for a period. Clearly the Capitol Forum’s reporting was correct, and there is a gouging in progress with the aforementioned state and local governments over postage for ballot delivery.
The Focus on Looting Shows How Our Systems of Power…
Trump’s words shine useful daylight on the depraved tendencies of the nation's ruling class. But Trump’s words also shine use­ful day­light on the depraved ten­den­cies of the nation’s rul­ing class, who place human life in the same cat­e­go­ry as inan­i­mate objects. Des­per­ate for bet­ter and safer lives, and with the nation’s polit­i­cal lead­ers flail­ing around hope­less­ly, peo­ple have been dri­ven into the streets, and thus right into the buz­z­saw of the pandemic. In the dev­as­tat­ing col­li­sion of these crises, the pri­or­i­ties of the rul­ing class have come into sharp focus. Rather, they have gained their foot­ing by point­ing to the cru­el under­pin­nings of our cur­rent polit­i­cal order.
Robert Reich: How Mitch McConnell’s Republicans Are Destroying America
Sen­ate Repub­li­cans’ shame­ful pri­or­i­ties are on full dis­play as the nation con­tin­ues to grap­ple with an unprece­dent­ed health and eco­nom­ic crisis. Sen­ate Repub­li­cans don’t want to extend the extra $600 a week in unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, even though unem­ploy­ment has soared to the high­est lev­els since the Great Depression. As soon as the pan­dem­ic hit, McConnell and Sen­ate Repub­li­cans were quick to give mega-cor­po­ra­tions a $500 bil­lion blank check, while only send­ing Amer­i­cans a pal­try one-time $1,200 check. The GOP’s shame­ful pri­or­i­ties have left count­less small busi­ness­es with no choice but to close. The inept and over­whelm­ing­ly cor­rupt reign of Trump, McConnell, and Sen­ate Repub­li­cans will come to an end next Jan­u­ary if enough Amer­i­cans vote this com­ing November.
The Left Needs to Stop Falling for Absurd Sex Panics
Backed by the Squad-making Justice Democrats, Morse is a supporter of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. The College Democrats alleged that Morse, who became mayor at the age of twenty-two, “matched with” students on dating apps. The College Democrats “honey-trapped” Morse into one Instagram chat, in which Morse exchanged friendly and wholesome pleasantries with a young man. Morse was not accused of having sex with students in his own classes, or interns in his office. Also, wait till the College Democrats hear about capitalism, a system in which anyone with access to more wealth has more power.
The Cosmopolitan Socialism of Michael Brooks
I thought about calling Michael Brooks the night before he died. This is not that article for the simple reason that Michael isn’t here to do all the things he did when we co-wrote articles for Jacobin. What I can do is present my understanding of the socialist politics Michael had arrived at in the last two years of his life. Experiments in Living Last year, when I’d been editing drafts of his book Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right, Michael repeatedly made it clear to me that this was the part of the project that most excited him. But Michael understood that most people’s ability to experiment is severely constrained by the economic conditions in which they live.
Happy Birthday, Fidel Castro. We’ll Forever Remember Your Solidarity With Our Struggle.
From the 1960s, the nom de guerre “Castro” was popular among freedom fighters in Southern Africa. Today, in Africa as in the Latin-speaking countries and elsewhere, the sons of many offspring of those guerrillas bear the name Fidel, or Fidelis. That 1960s generation was immensely inspired by Fidel Castro Ruz’s epic leadership of the Cuban Revolution. Fidel!” and “Cuba! On September 4, a few days earlier, he had addressed the South African parliament.
The Dangers of Letting Racecraft Displace Class During the Pandemic
The reality is, however, that race is better understood as a proxy (inadequate or otherwise) for other socioeconomic factors. For what it’s worth, I too would like to live in a more just society, one that isn’t just free of racial disparities, but is also free of black poverty. To be sure, centrist-Democrats, including Bill Clinton, acknowledged — often in passive voice formulations — that deindustrialization had transformed the American economy. But to suggest that racism is one of many contributors to healthcare disparities, is not to suggest that race — a fictitious biological population — is. If we are not clear on this distinction now, then we may pay a horrific price for it down the road.
Can This Crisis Be Used to Build a Better Future in Argentina?
Patricia stands at the kitchen’s door—she’s responsible for making sure everyone gets their rations in an orderly fashion. Like Juana, she’s a migrant: She arrived from Bolivia four years ago and joined FOL because her sister was already a member. The pandemic is not Argentina’s first crisis, and FOL has been fighting for a more just country for years. Thankfully, she didn’t have to go to Piñero Hospital, an underfunded and overstretched institution that most 1-11-14 residents fear entering. Instead, the women migrants of this section of Buenos Aires are making do themselves, as best they can, together.
Not even Trump will stop postal workers from keeping voters safe
Greg KearneyGreg Kearney was born in Maine and has worked as an editorial cartoonist for over 40 years. A “traditional labor Democrat,” his cartoons have appeared in publications as diverse as the Journal of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union to People's World. “You may not always agree with my views but that is the whole point of editorial cartooning.” Kearney is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
Biden Must Listen to the Demands of the Left
They claimed his ideas had been rejected in favor of the moderate alternative represented by former Vice President Joe Biden. The disconnect between the Democratic Party and its rank-and-file has been cited as one of the main reasons that establishment candidates have been taking a beating lately. There is no reason those in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party cannot act in a similar manner to shape their party’s platform. This wouldn’t have occurred without the work of activists, making it clear how much influence those on the left of the party now have. Having voices that are willing to break with the Democratic machine will be instrumental in shaping legislation under a Biden Administration.
Climate Crisis Demands Diverse Leadership
These pioneering women will work to shift priorities to ensure climate and energy policy is fair, just and inclusive. With the rampant pandemic revealing systemic racial, health, economic and environmental injustices, diverse leadership and broad representation are essential to confront the interconnected challenges ahead. Without diverse leadership, the United States has invested in sustaining corporate profits and supporting the powerful fossil fuel industry rather than prioritizing the basic needs of people and communities. With more diverse leadership, there is hope for innovative climate and energy policy that places social, economic and racial justice at its core. Beyond Omar and Harris, millions of other diverse leaders across the country are embracing antiracist, feminist approaches to climate and energy.
Kamala Harris’s family story is the real portrait of American greatness
Sen. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman on a presidential ticket, and the first Indian American of any gender in that role. Their daughter is now an odds-on favorite to become the next vice president of the United States and is reasonably likely to be president herself someday. His success in politics has both diminished America’s greatness on its own terms and raised awareness of the darker corners of American life. Abraham Lincoln, like George Washington before him, wanted to encourage it because they believed that migration to the United States was a mutually beneficial act. Self-interest brought Harris’s parents to the United States, and life in America treated them and their children well.
Trump’s new favorite talking point about US coronavirus cases is highly misleading
President Donald Trump wants the public to believe that countries like Germany, Japan, and Australia are doing as poorly as the United States when it comes to the coronavirus. “Last week, France and Germany both recorded their highest daily number of cases in three months,” Trump continued. But the crucial context Trump omitted is that new coronavirus cases in Germany topped out at 1,147 on August 7. Trump says "in recent days, cases have rapidly increased in Japan and Australia." That’s not to say there aren’t countries Trump could legitimately compare the US to.
Kamala Harris is a politician, not an activist. It’s an awkward fit for this moment.
Her biography mirrors many of the Black women who anchor the Democratic Party’s base and who endure the brunt of America’s racism. Yet many of the policies and institutions (particularly in the criminal legal system) that have drawn the ire of Black activists have Harris’s support. For example, on drug policy, Black activists have broadly called for more empathic and health-based interventions. And while she may not be a favorite among Black activists, Harris is a paragon of representation that Black women in the Democratic Party have been demanding in recent years. Harris is a politician, not a racial justice activistThe upshot is clear: Harris is not a movement candidate.
Drug overdoses were increasing before Covid-19. The pandemic made things worse.
America’s Covid-19 epidemic is likely making its drug overdose epidemic even worse. … But I’ve been feeling really beaten down by this.”Before the pandemic, drug overdose deaths were risingDrug overdose deaths in the US actually fell for the first time in decades in 2018 — by about 4 percent. Given all these factors, experts were already worried about drug overdoses in 2020. “And I see a number of things that are bad happening.”A major contributor to drug addiction, experts say, is social isolation. In some cases, Covid-19 has simply taken priority over drug addiction and overdoses.
How to Navigate a Midlife Change of Faith
The solution to this obstacle is to reacquaint yourself with faith with mature eyes. The same is true with religious practice. Although you may not have faith right now, the door is cracked open. Obstacle 3: The tyranny of timeTo develop spirituality or practice faith requires time and effort; there’s no getting around this. That’s a huge imposition, and the time commitment may be enough to deter some people who are craving spiritual practice but find it too daunting to rearrange their lives to make room for it.
The Good Son
This is the essence of Jared Kushner’s legacy: the gap between his adamant faith in his own good intentions and the grim reality of the administration he helps run. But it was a typical Charlie Kushner scheme, a bit audacious for its own good. At the very center of his identity, Kushner is a Good Son. In the moment of crisis, the Good Son assumed his appointed role with vigor. Close observers inside the administration say that Kushner believes he has a good understanding of what irritates Trump, and an equally good understanding of how to calibrate his counsel to never trip those wires.
Kamala Harris’s Nomination Reopens the Wounds of 2016
Harris’s nomination is historic: She is the first Black woman, the first Asian American woman, and the first graduate of a historically Black college or university to join a major party’s presidential ticket. If Joe Biden wins in November, she’ll be America’s first woman vice president. In high school, she wrote a paper about Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first female major-party candidate for vice president. Litman wrote her college thesis about women running against other women. In March, he promised to pick a woman as his vice president.
Opinion | Trump’s Attacks on the Biden-Harris Ticket
To the Editor:Re “Biden and Harris Vow to Revive U.S. as Trump Attacks” (front page, Aug. 13):The rollout of the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket reflects the country’s pent-up craving for an end to the disastrous Trump era. The contrast between the energetic and forward-looking Biden-Harris team and an increasingly pathetic President Trump couldn’t be more clear. The beleaguered president still clings to policies that have resulted in the disastrous twin failures in public health and the economy and continues to behave with indifference toward and total lack of comprehension of the depth of these crises. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris clearly have their work cut out for them. The challenges are enormous, but their combined energy and vision project the hope and confidence so desperately needed now.
Think QAnon Is on the Fringe? So Was the Tea Party
That is a description of the Tea Party movement, which emerged in 2009 from the right-wing fringes and proceeded to become a major, enduring force in American conservatism. But it could just as easily be a description of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory that has emerged as a possible inheritor to the Tea Party’s mantle as the most potent grass roots force in right-wing politics. This week, QAnon most likely got its first member of Congress: Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia who won a primary runoff in a heavily Republican district on Tuesday. Ms. Greene has publicly supported QAnon, appearing on QAnon shows and espousing the movement’s unfounded belief that President Trump is on the verge of breaking up a shadowy cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. Other QAnon-affiliated candidates have won primaries at the federal and state level, though few in districts as conservative as Ms. Greene’s.
Opinion | A San Andreas earthquake is unlikely now. But we should still plan to prevent catastrophe.
But the only pattern we have ever found in the timing of earthquakes is that one earthquake can trigger another nearby. ADADFirst, recognize that the risk of a major event is often still quite small. This week’s advisory was issued because an earthquake sequence is currently occurring close enough to the San Andreas fault that it could trigger a major earthquake along the fault line itself. Yes, the risk of a major earthquake along the fault is up substantially this week, from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100. It is hard to imagine any earthquake that could kill as many Americans or destroy as many jobs as the 2020 pandemic.
Opinion | What could the president possibly mean when he says he wants to deny the Post Office funding?
They want mail-in voting and they want money for the Post Office? Trump: They want $25 billion for the Post Office, because the Post Office is going to have to go to town to get these ridiculous ballots in. Now, if we don’t make a deal, that means they don’t get the money, that means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. It sounds almost as though he were trying deliberately to stop mail-in voting by not giving the Post Office the money required to handle it, but that — no! IF ONLY IT WERE POSSIBLE TO KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DOING OR PLANNING FROM WHAT EMERGED FROM HIS MOUTH!
He set out to show his son the D.C. area’s 68 Civil War forts. Protests made it more than a diversion.
As Black Lives Matter-related protests gathered momentum in June, they brought Civil War memory back into the spotlight. They are simply the “Historical Sites of the Defenses of Washington.” Fort Ethan Allen — Arlington’s best-preserved fort — has several displays on defensive artillery tactics but little else. “But Daddy,” he asked, “would they be shooting bullets or lasers?”Not all the fort sites are so exciting. There, Fort Circle Park’s hiker-biker trail links six NPS fort sites. As we completed our mission, Confederate monuments across the country started to come down, and I began to wish more of these Union forts were still standing.
Opinion | ‘Phony Kamala’ is just another predictable Trump slur
Republicans have shifted from trying to determine who is authentically American to determining who is authentically Black. More importantly, any attempt to question a single aspect of Harris’s pedigree fails to see the bigger picture. Someone who is neither a minority nor a college graduate might relate to being raised by a single mother. The slur “Phony Kamala” tells us far more about Trump than it does about Harris. Not after a summer of protests and fires and a string of Black deaths at the hands of police.
The importance of the poor person's vote (opinion)
They are co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. From this multi-colored quilt, we pledged to build the political power and moral vision to reconstruct America by supporting the poor people's right to vote. A groundbreaking new report from the Poor People's Campaign proves empirically what we've always known: Poor and low-income people can become a transformative new electorate. Over the next three months, the Poor People's Campaign will intensify our work among poor and low-income voters, especially in states with key US Senate races. At a Poor People's Campaign event, she said that before Covid-19 she was terrified that politicians would judge her life too expensive.
Preschool and Pre-K Aren’t Necessary for Development
Christine VanDeVelde must be too young to remember a time when very few went to school before first grade (“School Closures Damage the Youngest Children,” op-ed, Aug. 8). Without preschool, we got our “learning by playing” experience around home. Somehow many brilliant and successful Americans were developed then. Ralph EmmonsMilford,...
Was the U.S. Right to Drop the Atomic Bomb?
John C. Hopkins’s calculations about the consequences of an invasion of Japan conform with the facts (“The Atomic Bomb Saved Millions—Including Japanese,” op-ed, Aug. 6). But history isn’t about counting; it’s about research and evidence. The documents in U.S., Soviet and Japanese archives prove that once the Soviet Union entered the war, everyone—Truman, Stalin and Hirohito—knew Japan would surrender to the U.S. Why? Because “the Soviet Union will take not only Manchuria, Korea, Karafuto, but also Hokkaido,” Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki explained Aug. 13, 1945. “This would destroy the foundation of Japan.
New York City Aims to Have Nurses in Every Public School as Part of Reopening
New York City will hire hundreds of nurses in the coming weeks to ensure every public school building in the city has a medical professional on site when it reopens, officials said Thursday. The move to hire nurses comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio faces a barrage of questions from parents, teachers and nurses about the safety of reopening the country’s largest public school system in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic. The mayor, a Democrat, said Thursday he has faith that health officials would be able to hire all of the nurses necessary before the city’s public schools reopen for a mix of in-person and online classes in September. He added that Health + Hospitals, the city’s public system of hospitals and clinics, will both fund and handle the initiative. Mr. de Blasio has pointed to the city’s low infection rate—hovering around 1% for much of the past month—as a sign that New York is uniquely positioned to reopen schools.
Stocks could be melting up like they did in the Roaring ’20s, strategist says — we all know what happened next
Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”Ed Yardeni, chief investment strategist at Yardeni Research, applied those words to what, for most observers, has to feel like a unique climate for playing the market these days. “The Roaring 1920s could be a precedent for the Roaring 2020s.”For instance, he compared the coronavirus pandemic to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which killed an estimated 50 million people and infected some 500 million around the world. “The good news is that the bad news during the previous precedent was followed by the Roaring 20s,” Yardeni wrote. “Today’s doomsters could be confounded by biotechnological innovations that deliver not only a vaccine for COVID-19 but for all coronaviruses, Yardeni said. The buying will spill over into 2021, where the S&P could end the year with a double-digit pop, he predicted.
Trump is martyring the postal service
View photos In this Wednesday, May 6, 2020, photo, United States Postal Service carrier Henrietta Dixon gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia. Still, it’s probably counterproductive for Trump to starve the postal service and spell out his plan. Trump needs the votes of moderate Republicans and many Independents to win in November, and he’s not helping himself by attacking postal voting. Democrats can’t back down nowTrump’s revelation also seems certain to stiffen support for the new postal funding among Democrats. There may be darker doings underway at the postal service.
Letters to the Editor - U.S. Census, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Electoral College, Hiroshima, abortion
Bad data will cost usIt is critical that the Census Bureau be given adequate funding and time to complete the 2020 census with highest accuracy. Likewise, with the pandemic still roaring, some census enumerators are deciding to drop out fearing for their safety, compounding the problem. Simply look at the bureau’s response rate map by census tracts for counties in North Texas, 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html. I am sick and tired of hearing “we are not a democracy, we are a republic” as a defense of the Electoral College. Though people who say this mean “we are not a direct democracy,” that argument does not work either.
Democrats shouldn't count their chickens yet
Certainly, her supporters thought, Pennsylvania's Blacks and women overwhelmingly would support the first female standard-bearer for a major party. Donald Trump woefully and arrogantly has mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic, let the economy collapse and shown that he has no empathy for the concerns of Blacks, women, immigrants, the poor or children. With 75% of Americans hoping to vote by mail during a highly contagious pandemic, Trump is working to eviscerate the U.S. Trump is a proven racist who constantly dog-whistles to white supremacists and those fearful of losing privileged white-majority status. Our future depends on voter turnout, on passion, on whether one man's self-interest wins out over the interests of 328 million.
Portland protest clashes re-emerge near US courthouse
PORTLAND, ORE. — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that’s been a target in months of conflict for Oregon’s largest city.
Last-second rescue after man falls on train tracks in California
VideoA station employee is being hailed as a hero for saving the man in Oakland, California. The dramatic rescue happened at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) station that was crowded following an NFL football game. Parts of this video contain no sound.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likens reopening schools to killing Osama bin Laden
“ “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning.” ”That was Florida Gov. Read more:More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yetOthers used the odd juxtaposition of killing a mass-murdering terrorist with reopening schools during a pandemic that has killed more than 166,000 Americans as a means to mock the Republican governor. Sorting out how and when to reopen schools as coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide is a complicated issue. Many parents struggled to work from home while also home schooling their kids when the pandemic first shut down schools in the spring. One school in Georgia’s Cherokee County has ordered more than 900 students and staff to quarantine after 59 people tested positive.
Trump 'the worst of America's 45 Presidents': Fmr. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers
Lawrence H. Summers Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University, Former Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and the Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move to discus the ongoing stimulus stalemate and what it means for millions of Americans.
Interested in Social-Impact Investing? Here’s How to Start
The pandemic and other recent events that point to racial injustice have made many investors think about how they can make a difference with their pocketbooks. Certainly, large corporations and wealthy individuals have long been able to influence change through foundations and charitable gifts. For the average person, investment options to directly support social goals are more limited. But this could change as demand for such opportunities grows.
Should Trump and Pence Be Worried About Kamala Harris? Let’s Go to the Tape.
Shane: Yes — I mean, people forget, with the speed of news cycles these days, but she hasn’t been in D.C. that long! One of the more cutting “but”s in the English language is the one that comes after “I do not believe you are a racist.”Adam: And the split-screen didn’t help; everyone was watching Mr. Biden. But I have a question for you: If it showed her as such a good debater, why did her campaign collapse? Oh, her campaign was troubled by intense infighting and she ran out of cash. Her vice-presidential selection shows why: Exiting gracefully gave her a bump that stumbling out of Iowa in fourth place would not have.
Kamala Harris came out swinging for voters that Trump has been targeting hardest
Vice-presidential picks are often selected to appeal to voting blocs that a presidential candidate is less effective at reaching. ADADAnd Biden, who hails from blue-collar Scranton, Pa., is said to have been chosen by some on Obama’s team to help the country’s first Black president win enough working-class White Americans to capture the White House. During his 2020 run, Biden was already ahead of Trump with Black voters and women — and certainly Black women, arguably the most influential voting bloc in the Democratic Party. Working-class Americans who have been devastated by the economic downturnADTrump is also the reason millions of Americans are now unemployed. This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation.
AOC challenges Trump to release college transcript after he calls her 'poor student'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goaded President Trump to release his own college transcript after he called her a “poor student” on Fox Business Thursday morning. “AOC was a poor student,” Trump said. The president added that Democrats are “all afraid of her.”“Let’s make a deal, Mr. President,” the New York Democrat retorted. “You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student. Trump spent two years at Fordham University in New York before transferring to Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Violence against Rohingya exposed in ‘shocking photos’
"You couldn't see how many were under the sheets, but what I could see was that most were children," Sagolj said. The photo he captured was one of a series awarded the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography on Monday, described by the judging committee as "shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar." Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox's Bazar. The latest crackdown by authorities and Buddhist civilians against the Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine state created a mass exodus of over 600,000 Rohingya children, women and men who fled their homes at the end of 2017. An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal.
‘This is monumental’: Kamala Harris is the first VP nominee to graduate from a Historically Black College
Like Coates, who graduated from Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry, Harris is an alumnae of a Historically Black College; she graduated from Howard University in 1986. Coates and Harris are also members of the same greek-letter organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the historically Black sorority. Civil Rights movement ‘exploded out of these campuses’Students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have always played a prominent role in transformative politics. “That’s kind of the legacy at Black colleges, they are kindred spirits and kindred institutions,” Favors said. Harris “stands in a much larger political history of political activism among Black women students at Black colleges,” deGregory said.
Is the world on the brink of another nuclear arms race?
After a series of close calls in the 1950s and 1960s that led to the brink of nuclear war — including the Cuban missile crisis — leaders from the U.S. and Soviet Union saw mutual benefit in de-escalating the nuclear arms race. Why there’s debateThe dissolution of these pacts has led many experts to fear that the world may be on the brink of another nuclear arms race. Story continuesThe calculus of arms control has shifted in recent decades as more countries have acquired nuclear capabilities. Beijing’s eagerness to catch up in the nuclear race could push Russia and the U.S. to up their production in order to stay ahead, resulting in a three-way arms race, some experts fear. There are also factors that could stifle another arms race that don’t involve formal treaties.
Rhode Island mail-in voters don’t need witness, Supreme Court rules
The case arose after Rhode Island Gov. Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and others sued in July in an effort to extend the suspension. State officials ultimately agreed to keep the requirement suspended for the Sept. 8 primary and Nov. 3 general election. Aug. 18 is the last day voters can apply for a mail-in ballot for the primary. For the general election, Oct. 13 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.
Convention speeches are an art. How Biden and Trump can get it right, virtually
AdvertisementHow will theatrically vulnerable Joe Biden fare when the Democratic National Convention, which had been scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, kicks off Monday at a computer screen near you? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. AdvertisementThen-U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Mario Cuomo’s 1984 Democratic convention speech is the exception rather than the rule. Rep. Barbara Jordan waves to the crowd before her keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
Cardi B and a war over ‘WAP’
There’s a new Cardi B song out — perhaps you’ve heard? Even if Cardi B doesn’t. Honestly, as directed by the visionary music-video prankster Colin Tilley, the “WAP” video is hilarious — goofily over-the-top and full of cocksure bravado. Cardi B in concert in 2018. Some of the kids who were getting down to Prince on MTV 30 years ago are the adults who are up in arms over Cardi B on YouTube today.
Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules
WASHINGTON — The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Since 1992, federal law has dictated that new showerheads shouldn’t pour more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute (9.5 liters). As newer shower fixtures came out with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration defined the showerhead restrictions to apply to what comes out in total. The new proposal Wednesday would allow each nozzle to spray as much as 2.5 gallons, not just the overall showerhead. Appliance and plumbing energy and water conservation standards save consumers about $500 a year on energy bills, deLaski said.
On the momentum of Kamala Harris, U.S. women should continue to lead the vote | Opinion
And with Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, as the vice presidential candidate, Black women’s votes could hold the real key to victory for Biden. Black women voters have already been turning out at higher rates than any other demographic, the New York Times reported. More than 90% voted for the Democratic candidate in the last three presidential elections. And Black women show the most passion for voting in general, charting the highest turnout rate among all racial, ethnic, and gender groups in 2008 and 2012.
The Trump campaign is suing two Iowa counties over mail-in ballots
At issue are absentee ballot request forms that the counties are sending to registered voters with personal information already filled in, including their names, dates of birth and voting pin numbers. Voters just have to review, sign and return the forms to get ballots in October that they can mail back or drop off, avoiding crowded polling places.
Census workers begin knocking on North Texas doors this week
Workers have begun visiting households that have not responded to the 2020 census, according to a Census Bureau news release that said 56 million nationwide have not filled out the questionnaire. Workers will visit homes to assist residents, who can also fill it out online at 2020census.gov, by calling 844-330-2020 or by mail: U.S. Census Bureau National Processing Center, 1201 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47132. Residents will be able to identify Census Bureau workers because they use an official photo ID. By law, the Census Bureau must keep your answers and information strictly confidential and will not used it against you or sell it to private companies. You can review the census questions at this website.
Field is famous, but Ward’s legacy echoes
Most Chicagoans know Marshall Field, the department store founder whose namesake flagship State Street store became a cherished icon. But the truly revolutionary Chicago figure, whose legacy outstrips Field’s though his name is more remote from public memory, is a clerk who worked for Field: Aaron Montgomery Ward. It’ll be rigged.” Unlike most of his statements, that is actually true, though not in the way he intended. Projecting his crimes upon others, as always, Trump left out that if the presidential election is rigged, it’ll be rigged by him. Otherwise, kneecapping the Postal Service will only be the start.
Bad reference didn’t doom unemployment website vendor’s bid for a new $110 million Florida contract
“There aren’t many people in this industry that haven’t been on a project that’s failed in some level or another,” Matt Kline, another agency staffer on the negotiation team, is quoted as saying. “You know, those can kind of be some of the best lessons, too.· That whatever came out of DEO may turn out to be valuable.”
In ‘Boys State,’ American politics in a teenage microcosm
“They can make a better effort to create an outreach or recruitment program that reflects the growing diversity of Texas,” says René Otero, one of the few African American students seen in “Boys State” and the film’s most gifted orator. “I didn’t feel protected as a student of color. If you want to engage people in civics, you have to show them that the people who need civics the most -- the oppressed -- have the power to engage.”
Ex-teacher gets 10-15 years for sex with student in Gaylord
Gaylord — A former Christian school teacher was sentenced this week to 10-15 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a student, Michigan State Police said. Beckner pleaded guilty March 2 to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student. After turning himself into police, Beckner was charged in June 2019 with seven counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Authorities said he had a sexual relationship with a female student at Grace Baptist Church and School in 2006 while he was a teacher there. Beckner worked at the school from September 2004 until June 2007 and then moved out of state, officials said.
Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins
HOUSTON (AP) — Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price. The fortunes of private prison companies have become increasingly intertwined with the nation’s politics in an era when the Trump administration has been detaining tens of thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers at their facilities. Together, CoreCivic and GEO Group made about $1.3 billion last year in contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Each company relies on ICE for around 30% of its revenue. Biden's pledge would be a major change from when he was vice president during President Barack Obama’s administration, which opened family detention centers in Texas operated by both companies and deported more than 3 million people.
Shower curtains and police tape: how US schools are trying to reopen
Those concerns, combined with the huge variation in how US states are dealing with Covid-19, means schools are facing some serious stumbling blocks along their way to reopening. Teachers have been posting photos online to show us what schools of the future are looking like. Here’s what we learned – but please share your concerns, experiences or projections about what your schools will look like in the comments. No room to play for kindergarten studentsOne of the biggest worries about reopening schools has been how to keep students – particularly young children who love to run around, touching everyone and everything – socially distanced and safe. This is a kindergarten classroom inside Garden City Elementary School in Wayne Township where the new school year starts today.
Is QAnon the new Christian right? With evangelicals fading, a new insanity rises
There can be no doubt that the heyday of Christian fundamentalism in America was the George W. Bush administration. Abortion and LGBTQ rights are still under serious threat, as the Christian right has made major inroads into the federal judiciary. Advertisement:It's a measure of our bizarre political climate that the Trump campaign sees QAnon as the future, but it's hardly a surprise. Trump hasn't been shy about courting QAnon followers, frequently retweeting its adherents (while later suggesting he doesn't know much about it). QAnon claims to be fighting for children, but the child sex-trafficking victims they speak for are exclusively in their heads.
One Hundred and Fifty Days
Around this time, the Trump administration announced that it would take “15 days to slow the spread,” promising the crisis would turnaround fast. That was 150 days ago, and the virus is now everywhere. Getty ImagesIt’s been 150 days since the Trump administration enacted its 15-day plan. It’s made all the longer when it’s doled out in promises of days and weeks and months. We’ve had 150 days to learn something beyond baking bread, and we’re still left with quick fixes and too-short timeframes.
UN Chief: Pandemic Must Be Met With Commitment to Peace
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic "risks exacerbating conflicts or fomenting new ones." The global crisis makes clear that a "commitment to sustaining peace is more urgent than ever," Guterres said in his remarks to the U.N. Security Council. But, he said, three barriers are standing in the way to achieving lasting peace, including dwindling public trust in governments and public instituions and the international economic crisis that stands to deepen existing inequality. Going forward, Guterres said, it's imperative policymakers help ensure "that International Financial Institutions—the World Bank, the IMF, and others—integrate sustaining peace as a priority and as a core element of Covid-19 recovery strategies and building back better." "Covid-19 is a human tragedy," said Guterres, "but we can mitigate the impacts by the choices we make."
Trump Has Failed to Lead at Every Step of Pandemic, Economic Crisis
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump today held a press briefing at the White House as the latest coronavirus relief bill remains stalled in Congress. The actions of the Trump administration are chaotic, and their rhetoric is appallingly reckless. They have failed to lead at every step of this pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. There is a third choice and that is for Congress to provide the tools and resources that educators need to reopen school buildings safely and equitably. My message to Trump is this: Stop pushing a radical agenda of privatizing education through vouchers and get to work with doing what’s needed to protect students, educators and their families.”###
Kamala Harris’s Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice
Kamala Harris, who at that time was serving as state attorney general, would then take over the prosecution of the death penalty phase of Dekraai’s trial. In 2016, the Court of Appeal rejected Harris’s argument and upheld the trial judge’s recusal of the OCDA. To suggest the trial judge prejudged the case is reckless and grossly unfair. The trial judge determined that the prosecutor’s action was “egregious, outrageous, and shocked the conscience,” and dismissed the case. A U.S. District Court judge concluded that withholding the surgery constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Stand Up America: Trump Undermining USPS To Sabotage Election, Congress Must Act
NEW YORK - After Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News today that he opposes funding the USPS to prevent Americans from voting by mail, Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge released the following statement:“Donald Trump is saying the quiet part out loud: His continued efforts to cripple the USPS are a clear attempt to sabotage the election and suppress the vote in the middle of a pandemic. “Congress must act now. SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. Get our best delivered to your inbox. “If Senate Republicans gave a damn about the future of our democracy, they would demand that the Trump administration return to the negotiating table on a COVID-19 relief bill that protects our elections and funds the Post Office.”Earlier this week, Stand Up America launched a campaign to mobilize constituents of GOP lawmakers and drive thousands of phone calls to pressure Senate Republicans to pass a real relief package that includes election assistance and USPS funding.
What Kamala Harris Really Thinks of WikiLeaks
Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris wants a “bright” line separating WikiLeaks from big media, but there is only a political one, says Joe Lauria. She said she wants a “bright line” between publications such as The New York Times and WikiLeaks. Would your administration continue the Espionage Act part of the case against Assange?” Harris said:“The Justice Department should make independent decisions about prosecutions based on facts and the law. Not that his extradition for a political offense would much bother Kamala Harris, judging from her remarks. He was an investigative reporter for the Sunday Times of London and began his professional career as a stringer for The New York Times.
Trump would like nothing better to treat America like Belarus, with or without a COVID vaccine
Vladimir Putin gave the covid-19 vaccine a name, Sputnik V, reminding Americans that Russia was the first to put a satellite in orbit w/Sputnik. Trump believes that delivery of a vaccine will alter the election results, a quarter-million people might agree if they were still alive by election day. It’s enough for a dictator to refuse to accept election results and institute repression. x Pre-orders of COVID-19 vaccine top five billion https://t.co/GpTAZKci3m pic.twitter.com/fPCilreM65 — CTV News (@CTVNews) August 12, 2020And then there’s the anti-government skeptics. https://t.co/SYXYe6xEOB — Dave Sund (@davesund) August 12, 2020x Federal officers are en route to the ICE bus blockade in Bend.
Pelosi to MSNBC Host: Kamala Harris more than a token woman of color
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in the most subtle manner, did not allow MSNBC Host Craig Melvin to make Kamala Harris simply a token woman of color for the VP spot. Choosing Senator Kamala Harris for the Vice Presidency is in fact historic. But too often the historic nature of "the first" of anything tends to take over the substance of the person. And that is what Speaker Pelosi is intent on mitigating. It does not matter what you feel about Kamala Harris.
“Dumbledore's Army” Challenges Dictatorship in Thailand, the U.S. is Next
(MuggleNet) (Bottom) University students In Thailand wave the “Hunger Games” three-finger salute in protests against the military dictatorship. (Asian Review)In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts students organize Dumbledore’s Army to prepare themselves to do battle with the evil forces of Voldemort. A new division of Dumbledore’s Army has emerged in Thailand, as youthful protesters, emulating Harry Potter and his friends, challenge restrictions on young people and anti-democratic policies imposed by the nation’s military dictators. The prime minister of Thailand is a former leader of their army who lead a 2014 military coup. In their lessons, will teachers join students as members of Dumbledore’s Army in defense of democracy in the United States?
An Argument To Affirm Kamala's Eligibility (And Mine)
The gist of the argument is this-jurisdiction complete determines if a person born here to non-citizen parents is a natural born citizen. In a hospital, subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the United States, is a baby with as yet, undeclared parentage. I call this the First Parent Principle and intend to someday submit as an argument against birtherism if need be. The simplest argument to make is that the very act of assigning a birth certificate is in and of itself the state exercising jurisdiction over the child. However my hospital argument is to close any loophole debating immediate jurisdiction at birth.
Biden has an expansive plan to empower Latinos: Day 36 of 100 days of loving Joe Biden
The Latino community is a core part of the American community and their contributions are evident in every part of society. The plan promises “far reaching economic investment” into Latino communities through a first time homeowner credit and investment into Hispanic serving educational institutions. Approximately one in three Latino workers have experienced employment discrimination and nearly one in two Latino workers do not have access to any paid leave. Joe Biden will be a great president******************************************Want to donate to help Biden win? This is Day 36 in my series 100 Days of Loving Joe BidenDid you miss any of the 100 days?
Leaving Trump's Base to Trump--to Weaponize Them for Stealing the Election--Would Be Folly
That was when the force rising on the American right was elevating Rush Limbaugh to be the Godzilla of Talk Radio. So, for several years, I pitched to liberal gatekeepers the idea of doing a program that was the opposite of Limbaugh’s. Now, finally, Liberal America is aflame with the understanding of the political battle that must be fought and won. While it is good that Liberal America has at last joined the inescapable battle, Liberal America continues meanwhile its old habit of leaving the Republican base to their propagandists. Liberal America has written off Trump’s base.
The Daily Bucket: Physics, naturally.
Physics is not only a part of the natural world, it's all there is to the natural world. The natural world has always intrigued me for as far back as I can remember. In short, the Earth can stand for physics in general, and physics, translated from the Greek, is literally “knowledge of nature”. You don’t have to love physics to observe, enjoy, and love the natural world. *******Now It's Your TurnWhat physics of the natural world have you noted happening in your area or travels?
Trump and his new Covid cheerleaders are going to be hurled into humiliating oblivion by angry virus
But inside the White House, Trump’s top political aides are increasingly assured about their response — feeling like they’re finally getting a handle on how to fight the disease. I imagined Trump’s “beating Covid ain’t no big thing” cheerleader squad posing on top of it in a classic pyramid pose with Trump on the peak. I pictured them being hurled into political oblivion with a humiliating resurgence of infections and deaths in states where Trump must be victorious in order to win. Atlas served as a senior advisor for health care to Republican presidential campaigns in 2008, 2012, and 2016. It might just be thinking “no blustering self-aggrandizing liar is going to diminish my power.
Three Simple Rules to Make Progressive Arguments More Persuasive
Most progressives don’t talk to those persuadables in a language that they can appreciate. Here are three simple rules to get yourself heard:1) Don’t tell Americans they are wrong. If listeners think you are saying “you’re wrong,” they will react emotionally and shut down any avenue to rational discussion. Ignore them and, instead, assert progressive values. The solution is to reframe our debates with progressive values.
Turn PA blue
I sent for and received, post cards for “Turn PA blue”. I got the cards but no mailing list. I am perfectly happy to supply the stamps for such an important task, but do not know where to get the mailing list. I thought this would be the best place to get a fast response. These things must go out!
Schools flail, parents seethe, and the Education Secretary hides in her mansion and blames teachers
Scholarship Opportunity Program, and these are what teachers unions are demanding in order for kids to go back to school." That is what anyone would expect from a “normal” Secretary of Education. But, as observed by Heidi Przybyla, reporting for NBC News, this is anything but a “normal” Secretary of Education:As public schools grapple with the challenge of reopening, public education advocates are criticizing Education Sec. In Mississippi, 100 high school students are now under quarantine after a teacher exhibited COVID-19 symptoms shortly after the school’s reopening. These are the problems that a competent, dedicated Secretary of Education would be grappling with.
Trump is destroying the Postal Service to rig the election and Senate Republicans are allowing it
Because many of the areas that are particularly reliant on the Postal Service are also communities of color and are economically disadvantaged—all the people Republicans don’t want to be able to vote. “It’s a lifeline.”More than 14 million people in rural areas, according to the Federal Communications Commission, don't have internet access. More than one-third of her constituents live in rural areas. Trump's toady, Louis DeJoy, who now in charge of the Postal Service, has been removing sorting equipment from Iowa post offices to sabotage delivery service. Ernst is defending just one of the 23 seats Republicans are defending in November, and nearly every single one has significant rural populations.
There is no truth to the rumor.....
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that the Trump campaign is attempting to buy a 60’s era failed McDonald’s building to house the Trump presidential library. There may be truth to the rumor that paying visitors will be given an official presidential crayon to sign the guest book with. Random, rambling, unidentifiable color of course….
E-bills. The win-win-win way to save the election.
The more we reduce the volume of mail to deliver, the more likely votes by mail will arrive on time. With 128 million households in the US, imagine if 25% of them moved 2 bills online in August, eliminating the mail version for September and October. We would save 128 million pieces of mail. If we moved more bills online or had more households do this, we’d improve on that number. WIN #1 — Help save the election WIN #2 — Help save the planet WIN #3 — Avoid losing a bill by throwing it out in error (wish I could say I’d never done that!)
Hoopa Valley Tribe sues feds in effort to block water contracts with Central Valley Big Ag
Press Release from the Hoopa Valley Tribe:The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) has respectfully requested a federal court to block the United States Department of Interior from signing permanent water delivery contracts with agribusiness interests in California’s Central Valley. The lawsuit claims the Reclamation’s contracts violate provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) and other laws and that they will irreparably harm efforts to protect Trinity River Salmon. Our people depend on Trinity River salmon now as we have for countless generations. These contracts evade the federal government’s responsibility to maintain Trinity River fishery resources that the United States holds in trust for our Tribe. We intend to enforce that promise.”Read or download a copy of the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief at this link.
Timely Remedy For USPS Sabotage
[T]he current effort by Trump and his cronies to cripple the U.S. Post Office and defeat vote-by-mail must be stopped at once. A House bill directing Post Office chief, Louis DeJoy, to maintain mail delivery service levels that existed on January 1st of this year will not pass the Senate and so offers no hope. Clearly, the motives behind what is happening are not fiscal, as claimed, but rather blatantly political and unlawful. makes intentional delay or obstruction of the U.S. mail by any person a federal crime. Get together and drop the big bomb on this unholy, unprecedented and unconstitutional behavior NOW, while there is still time.
Republicans quickly embrace ugly and personal attacks on Kamala Harris
Other Republicans swiftly moved to questioning Harris' racial background in a transparent (and transparently racist) effort to undermine her standing with Black voters. If having that ancestry meant a person wasn’t Black, the U.S. Black population would immediately and precipitously drop. And Trump chose this moment to make a racist appeal to “the suburban housewife” fearful of Black people moving into her neighborhood. The details of the attacks on Harris are completely incoherent and often internally contradictory. But there is an underlying logic: As a Black woman, Harris can’t be trusted.
Trump confirms he's holding up COVID-19 stimulus over Postal Service funding and mail-in voting
Trump said he would not be approving a bill with Postal Service or elections funding. But voters, the very people whose rights Trump is trying to weaken, could have something to say about it. Trump and the complicit management he’s installed at the Postal Service are making a damn strong effort to get in the way of voting by mail, though. Trump may have found a more effective way to derail an election than calling for its delay or welcoming Russian interference. But he has given voters months to notice what he’s doing and get mad about it, and now he’s erased any doubt about the intentions behind his sabotage of the Postal Service.
Harris selection could majorly boost Biden among Latino voters, polling firm says
Harris already has a proven record among Latino voters from her previous runs for office as California attorney general and U.S. senator, López writes. “As attorney general of California, Harris won a majority of support from Latino voters twice in 2010 and 2014. Harris’ favorability among Latinos was 53% after July and she has remained one of the top favorites for Latinos throughout. “Not surprisingly, Harris’ work won her the endorsement of Latina civil rights legend Dolores Huerta when she was running to represent the Democratic Party for president,” López noted. “With almost two-thirds of Latinos identifying as Democrats, Biden is positioned to receive a significant boost among Latinos by selecting Harris, which could mobilize this important base in the election against Donald Trump.”
Trump's Dictatorial Tendencies
From FFFWe have seen President Trump's dictatorial tendencies in the past, such as when he diverted Pentagon slush money to build his Berlin Wall along the border, or when he launched his vicious and destructive trade war against China, or when he raised taxes (i.e., tariffs) on the American people. He likes the way things are done in dictatorial regimes, like China, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea. Trump's dictatorial decrees consist of extending unemployment benefits, suspending the payroll tax, implementing an eviction moratorium, and suspending student loan payments. When the American people adopted the Constitution, they didn't sign up for a dictatorial type of federal government. It is this type of dictatorial conduct for which any American president, including Trump, should be impeached and removed from office.
Russian Military: Any Missile Launched at Russian Territory Will Be Met With Nuclear Retaliation
There's a new development in Russian military doctrine that, (as far as I know hasn't been reported by the US corporate MSM). In essence, the Russian military has issued a warning. Any incoming ballistic missile launched at its territory will be met with a nuclear retaliation because there is no way of knowing whether the missile is a conventional or nuclear warhead. This new Russian military policy just clarifies what will happen if Russia is attacked by a missile. It was known as MAD, "Mutually Assured Destruction", an acknowledgement by both adversaries that prevented nuclear war.
The U.S. presidential election - A referendum on Donald Trump's character or a campaign on law-and-order?
It must be concluded that Donald Trump with his erratic and deeply flawed character poses a serious threat to American freedom and prosperity and to world peace(Image by Politico) Details DMCAOne would think that a great country like the United States would deserve better. The United States is at an important political turning point. If Donald Trump is reelected next November, U.S. democratic institutions could be challenged as never before, because you can be sure that he will continue playing politics with the U.S. Constitution. That is why this November’s election should logically be a referendum on candidate Donald Trump and his vacuity. However, Mr. Trump would like nothing more than to wage a law-and-order political campaign, not one that would be centered on his persona and on his record..
Kamala Harris Will Shred Mike Pence in the Vice Presidential Debate
He's going to lose the vice presidential debate this fall, and that loss is going to do serious damage to the already diminished 2020 election prospects of the Republican Party. California Senator Kamala Harris will shred Donald Trump's hapless running mate when the two confront each other during the vice presidential debate on October 7 at the University of Utah. That's not the only reason presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden chose Harris as the Democratic vice presidential nominee. He knows where the pivot points are in campaigns and he knows that the pundits are always wrong when they neglect the role that vice presidential candidates play in defining the course of presidential campaigns. After all, she showed Biden no mercy when they clashed in the most dramatic moment of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates.
How did Americans become such Wimps? Silence as Trump kills tens of Thousands, Destroys Social Security and Post Office
A cartoonist did a satire on us showing brawny guys, shirts off, with the logo "Rugged individualism works best when we obey." In fact, Americans are masochistic sheeple who let the rich and powerful walk all over them and thank them for the privilege. I always thought Americans were the plucky Popeye, who knew how to get iron in their diets and show some spunk. Actually, it is the French who are much more like Americans imagine themselves to be. Next Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
CNN: "Scientific" Means "Agrees With Us"
Collins neither makes any scientific claims of her own, nor uses actual science to rebut any claims made by that adviser -- Dr. Scott Atlas -- or President Donald Trump himself, in the article under that headline. Resolved: Dr. Scott W. Atlas is, by any objective measure, an "expert" in the field of medicine. The same is true of CNN favorites like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx. The duel also demonstrates that "public health" is at least as much a political ideology as a scientific endeavor, and that politics doesn't end at science's edge. In the meantime, it's probably a bad idea to let CNN choose "experts" for you.
Tales of Resistance: What Comes After COVID-19?
Reprinted from venezuelanalysis.com, by Jessica Dos SantosJessica Dos Santos worries that the pandemic can be used to justify abuses under the excuse of 'the greater good.' The measure, justified as being for "the greater good", required hurriedly throwing dozens of young people out onto the streets. These are "coincidentally" the same franchises that, step by step, have taken over retail spaces in Caracas' historic center. Should "the greater good" trump the life of this woman? What is "the greater good" anyway?
Green Let Them Eat Cake Advocacy
Are you a "let them eat cake" Green living in a safe Blue or Red state. If So, don't cast your easily gotten moral superiority to progressives struggling with what to do in swing states. In a way, preaching to people in swing states to vote Green is like telling them to "eat cake." Advocating for voting Green while you live in a solid Red or Blue state is no different than Marie Antoinette saying "let them eat cake." Sure, voting Green is the ideal choice, but this is an election where, in swing states, it is not the right option for progressives.
In First Address as VP Candidate, Harris Slams Trump’s Handling of Pandemic
JOE BIDEN: I have no doubt that I picked the right person to join me as the next vice president of the United States of America. And that’s Senator Kamala Harris. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: My mother and father, they came from opposite sides of the world to arrive in America, one from India and the other from Jamaica, in search of a world-class education. Barack Obama and Joe Biden did their job. He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
As Politicians Play With Our Lives, It’s Hard to Imagine a Future Beyond COVID
I haven’t told my little girl she won’t be going back to school-at-school this year. The future is keeping my little girl and my family as safe as I can within reach of my arm. The future is today, and what I can do to hold it together, remembering that I am one of the lucky ones. When the future returns — and it will — I intend to turn my little girl loose like a hard-charging colt upon a hopefully wiser world. When the future returns, wrath will have its say and its day.
Russia’s vaccine intensifies global struggle for profits and geopolitical advantage
This phase of human trials is considered decisive in determining whether a vaccine is safe and effective. To date, there have been only two months of human trials of the Russian vaccine, involving a mere 76 individuals. Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said the country would soon begin a mass campaign to distribute the vaccine. It’s really risky.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, on Tuesday made clear he considered the Russian vaccine unsafe. The struggle against the pandemic is inseparable from the struggle for the expropriation and overthrow of the capitalist oligarchy by the international working class.
Canada and the United States resume aluminum tariff war
“Canadian aluminum does not undermine US national security. Canadian aluminum strengthens US national security and has done so for decades through unparalleled co-operation between our two countries,” stated Freeland. The federal Liberal government will now take the next 30 days to determine what specific US metal products will be targeted, “dollar for dollar,” by the Canadian tariffs. “The re-imposition today of these bogus US tariffs on Canadian aluminum is now threatening thousands of Canadian jobs. It is impossible to advance the interests of Canadian workers in alliance with big business and its political representatives.
Diversions, posturing as school board votes to reopen school in small-town Massachusetts
Diversions, posturing as school board votes to reopen school in small-town MassachusettsBy Joseph Mario13 August 2020School districts across Massachusetts are finalizing their plans for a September start to the fall semester. For middle and high school teachers, this amounts to close contact with up to 150 or more adolescents in a five-day period. Its school committee voted 4-1 Monday night to approve a hybrid plan for reopening schools in the fall. The committee members, likewise seeking to shield themselves from criticism and accountability for what they clearly recognize as a dangerous act, lauded the superintendent’s grandstanding. Surprisingly, committee members agreed, contradicting their earlier calls for a “metric” to determine policy.
Hannity hands Trump a softball question about Kamala Harris — and Trump loses his mind
The Pulitzer Prize is worthless as far as I’m concerned because when you have the Maggie Habermans getting a Pulitzer Prize and she got it all wrong, she doesn’t. Then Trump repeats that this was all a scandal and a hoax and finishes with his newfound fixation on the Pulitzer Prize. “But these writers, the writers got Pulitzer Prizes, and that shows you a Pulitzer Prize is worthless. And frankly, you ought to start a petition to return the Pulitzer Prize because they were all wrong. The whole subject of Russia Russia Russia was made up, fabricated.
The head of the FDA is forbidden from speaking to press without a Trump ‘minder’
The head of the Food and Drug Administration is forbidden from talking to the press about the pandemic, period, unless an administration minder is present. While the FDA gives rush approval to a supposed Trump miracle drug, sans evidence, only to have to warn later that oops it may turn out that the drug not only doesn’t work but may result in the dangerous side effects already known and printed on the packaging. Trump’s Health and Human Services head Alex Azar said that never happened. We are supposed to feel sympathy for Dr. Hahn, because if he wants to retain his position he is absolutely forbidden from getting on Donald Trump’s bad side—and contradicting Donald Trump under any circumstances will immediately put him on Trump’s bad side. There is an overwhelming push to normalize it down to mere partisan controversy, though, so nobody has to too deeply consider the underlying implications.
Opinion | The King Had No Clothes. Spain Looked the Other Way.
Juan Carlos I left the country on Aug. 4 and his whereabouts is unknown to us Spaniards. The former king, who abdicated in favor of his son, Felipe, in 2014, should be in the country he ruled for almost four decades while he is under investigation in Switzerland and Spain, including for receiving 100 million euros from Saudi Arabia in 2008. We now know that for years the head of state led a double life as a lobbyist and that in return, his beneficiaries obtained decisive influence in Spain. Parliament has blocked the creation of a commission that could have revealed the geopolitical implications of the former king’s behavior. For decades, Spain has been a main supporter of Arab dictatorships that, thanks to our monarchy, have found a way to achieve international legitimacy.
Virginia House Democrats roll out plans for budget, criminal justice overhaul
House Democrats will try to make it easier for local governments to remove Confederate monuments — revisiting a battle they waged against Senate Democrats in the regular session, when the Senate insisted that localities must clear a string of procedural hurdles before taking them down. Another bill would prohibit sexual relations between officers and arrestees, something that is already banned in many states and is included in a wide-ranging overhaul measure that state Senate Democrats offered last week. ADADWhen it comes to the budget, House Democrats say they will prioritize funding for higher education, telehealth and broadband access to support K-12 remote instruction. House Democrats also introduced a package of bills related to the pandemic. Ralph Northam (D), Democrats in the House and the Senate will have no trouble passing any agenda they can all agree on.
Is Kamala Harris really the most liberal senator, as Trump claims?
To get their rankings that found Harris the most liberal senator in 2019, GovTrack.us tracked bills sponsored and co-sponsored by each lawmaker. ADADOne of the most prominent bills Harris signed onto was also arguably one of the Senate’s most liberal proposals, Sanders’s Medicare-for-all legislation. So by the picture of legislation she signed her name onto in Congress during this period, yes, Harris was pretty liberal in 2019. Even though Harris signed onto Sanders’s Medicare-for-all bill, she came up with her own health-care plan during the presidential primary that was decidedly not a full, single-payer health-care system. When you look at Harris more holistically than the legislation she’s co-sponsored, it doesn’t make sense to call her the most liberal senator.
What measures of ideology do and don’t tell us about Kamala Harris and other members of Congress
But that Harris isn’t generally seen as one of the most liberal members of the Senate suggests that it’s also potentially missing something, which GovTrack’s Josh Tauberer readily admits. Over the course of her time in the Senate, she’s still one of the most liberal members but is among several others. ADAD“Our analysis, and political analysis, generally talks in terms of the one-dimensional left-right axis,” he wrote. On this measure, too, Harris is among the most liberal senators, surpassed only by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Or, if we add in members of the House, is Harris more liberal than Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)?
Opinion | Even for Trump, the Canada aluminum tariff is especially senseless
Most aluminum producers and users on both sides of the border question the existence of unusually high imports in the relevant product line. Only two U.S. aluminum-smelting firms, with plants in Kentucky and Missouri, favor the levy, without which they might not be able to survive. The Missouri plant, some 50 years old, had closed in 2016 but reopened in 2018 after Mr. Trump’s first round of tariffs. That’s not what Mr. Trump is doing, though — and never mind that tariffs raise costs, and kill jobs, at other companies. Only selfish and extreme nationalism, mingled with election-year politics, could account for Mr. Trump’s targeting of Canadian metal and his willingness to provoke the inevitable tariff counter-strike from Ottawa.
Police: Memphis man escapes custody twice and leads officers on foot chase
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man is facing a long list of charges after police say he escaped custody twice. Officers say they used Tasers because the 37-year-old kept trying to fight them off. Investigators say Dotson then slipped out of a squad car after slipping out of his handcuffs. Officers found Dotson at a nearby home, hours after they say he escaped the squad car. Investigators say Dotson stole lawn equipment from a home on South Greer, but what bothers neighbors even more is he allegedly stole from a man who recently passed away.
'Glam-ma': Fashion grannies return to Beijing streets
Oddly Enough'Glam-ma': Fashion grannies return to Beijing streetsPostedFour amateur model grandmothers took off their masks during a saunter down the streets of Beijing on Thursday to demonstrate life reverting to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic eases.
Upset, anger as students handed grades for cancelled exams
Students at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, England, receive their A-Level results on Thursday Aug. 13, 2020. Thousands of school-leaving children in Britain have been left distraught after finding out Thursday that they were given lower-than-expected grades, with many questioning how the results were calculated after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled exams key for college applications. Thousands of school-leaving children in Britain have been left distraught after finding out Thursday that they were given lower-than-expected grades, with many questioning how the results were calculated after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled exams key for college applications. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Thousands of school-leaving children in Britain were left distraught Thursday after being handed lower-than-expected grades, with many questioning how the results were calculated after the coronavirus pandemic cancelled exams that are key for college applications. Thursday’s data also showed that the overall results showed record achievement levels for the highest grades.
Linguist Geoff Nunberg, Who Explored Our Ever-Changing Language, Dies At 75
Linguist Geoff Nunberg, Who Explored Our Ever-Changing Language, Dies At 75Enlarge this image toggle caption The Nunberg Family The Nunberg FamilyFresh Air's longtime language commentator Geoff Nunberg died Monday after a long illness. I loved the way he talked about language in that interview. Geoff was fascinated by how in every generation young people create new words and give old words new meanings. Inspired by Meryl Streep's ability to use accents so convincingly, Geoff talked about the evolution of accents in Hollywood movies — and how those changes reflect the linguistic conventions of fantasy. One of the last pieces Geoff did for us was about the use of gender neutral pronouns.
As a Communications Medium, Email Ranks Low and Sows Doubt
The medium is the message, wrote the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan in 1964. TV, print and radio don’t all convey the same meaning, even if the script they’re using is identical, he argued. But if that’s true, how can we take what we see, read and hear at face value? That question is even more apt now that we have so many novel technologies for communicating. It’s easy for the message to misfire if we get the technology wrong.
Are Voters Ready for Prime Minister Biden?
What is Joe Biden running for? I don’t mean what policy goals he hopes to achieve, as much confusion as there is on the point. Rather, I mean “for what office is Mr. Biden campaigning?”You probably think he’s running for president. But Mr. Biden is running for a job more akin to a European prime minister. His purpose has become to serve as an avatar for a confused and tenuous Democratic alliance.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likens reopening schools to killing Osama bin Laden
“ “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning.” ”That was Florida Gov. Read more:More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yetOthers used the odd juxtaposition of killing a mass-murdering terrorist with reopening schools during a pandemic that has killed more than 166,000 Americans as a means to mock the Republican governor. Sorting out how and when to reopen schools as coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide is a complicated issue. Many parents struggled to work from home while also home schooling their kids when the pandemic first shut down schools in the spring. One school in Georgia’s Cherokee County has ordered more than 900 students and staff to quarantine after 59 people tested positive.
Got regrets? So does everyone. Here’s how to minimize them
The goal: to better understand the dynamics of decision-making and regret by collecting and cataloging regrets shared by people around the world. Or maybe two words: decision rules. To the extent possible, try to write out a set of financial rules for yourself. Whether a decision goes well or poorly, you’ll be able to revisit your initial thinking after the fact. Specifically, try to quantify what the benefit might be if the decision goes well and what’s at risk if it goes poorly.
Diverse Business Leaders Wanted for a Biden White House
Text sizeShould Joe Biden win the presidency, he will potentially make history with the first woman running mate becoming vice president. Family financial demands may require a corporate path before a job in government. These effects persist to the present day.A Brookings Institution study shows that the typical white family has nearly 10 times the wealth of the typical Black family. These substantial family financial cushions often allow some white people to maintain modest paying government or think tank careers without the same financial pressures when family wealth isn’t a factor. Both the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, in reports on the Senate (2015) and the House (2018), reveal that there are few diverse senior staff.
Op-ed: The coronavirus pandemic should force a rethink of higher education
As the fall season approaches, students and higher education administrators are preparing for a difficult return to college. Despite their claims, most scholarships don’t cover the full cost of attending college since the real price of college is much higher than institutions tend to admit. A realistic approachIn other words, the typical vision of higher education is largely divorced from reality. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES) MoreIn higher education parlance, living expenses are typically considered “non-academic expenses” and are often cast aside as not unique to college students. Unfortunately, food and housing insecurity exert negative effects in college classrooms, just as they do in K-12 education.
Treehouse Survey Shows 26% of Youth in Foster Care Have Disengaged from School During Pandemic
Treehouse logo (PRNewsfoto/Treehouse)"More than a quarter of the youth we serve in foster care—26 percent—have disengaged from school, and there are many other concerning trends," said Lisa Chin, CEO of Treehouse. Other key findings:44% of foster and relative caregivers need more support in meeting the educational needs of youth in their homes. 25% of youth in care have lost academic progress as a result of the move to distance learning. Treehouse also is ramping up to make sure caregivers and social workers have everything they need to navigate distance learning in the new school year. About TreehouseFounded in 1988 by social workers, Treehouse is Washington's leading nonprofit organization addressing the academic and other essential support needs of more than 8,000 youth in foster care.
Editorial: Stop experimenting with Supreme Court live audio and make it the norm
For years the Supreme Court has resisted calls to let the public outside the courtroom listen in on its oral arguments. But live audio streams finally became a reality in May when the coronavirus pandemic forced the justices to hold two weeks’ worth of arguments in telephone conference calls. AdvertisementNow media and advocacy groups are urging the court to make the livestreaming of oral arguments permanent. But if these unflappable jurists can adapt to live audio, they ought to be able to conquer their cameraphobia. A PSB poll conducted for Fix the Court earlier this year found that 70% of respondents supported continuing live online access to oral arguments.
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Rhode Island mail-in voters don’t need witness, Supreme Court rules
The case arose after Rhode Island Gov. Common Cause Rhode Island, the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and others sued in July in an effort to extend the suspension. State officials ultimately agreed to keep the requirement suspended for the Sept. 8 primary and Nov. 3 general election. Aug. 18 is the last day voters can apply for a mail-in ballot for the primary. For the general election, Oct. 13 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot.
Please, Biden-Harris ticket, bring up busing again
Instead, they want to give local districts grants to reevaluate their residential zones and develop programs to attract students from outside those zones. Trump is apoplectic about the fact that Biden wants to bring back an Obama-era rule called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, which his administration has summarily rescinded. The rule tells jurisdictions that receive federal housing funds that they have to assess what patterns of housing discrimination they have — and then develop plans to diminish them. To be clear: This one federal rule will not swiftly or boldly sweep away stubborn, cemented legacies of unfair treatment, equalizing wealth and educational opportunity. Biden and Harris should relish the chance to revisit their school busing dust-up.
Dallas women, on 19th Amendment’s centennial, let’s not apologize for being ‘nasty’
The three noted the eerie parallels between then and now: The 19th Amendment was ratified on the heels of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic. Her hope is that the 19th Amendment celebration will morph into a serious equity campaign. “These women fought long and hard through an arduous battle to get the 19th Amendment passed,” she said. (Tracy Nanthavongsa)This month’s centennial led her to reflect on the persistent lack of women in leadership roles in the legal field. The pandemic has increased the burdens on most women, and that could have a big influence on their vote, she said.
La alcaldesa limita el acceso al centro hasta la próxima semana
Three men charged in plots to bribe, threaten alleged victims of R. Kelly One man allegedly discussed paying a victim $500,000 to keep her from cooperating with the feds, saying "She got too much." Another harassed a woman who filed a lawsuit against Kelly, the feds say.
Biden and Harris prove it doesn't take a rally to deliver a big message
If public health had allowed, surely former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, would have indulged in a rollicking rally to introduce Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris is the first Black woman and first woman of south Asian descent to join a major-party ticket. In his introduction of Harris, Biden talked about the deadly events of Charlottesville, Va., three years ago when white supremacists marched through the city carrying torches and chanting hate. Instead, Biden asked his audience — the folks watching from afar on televisions or phones — to close their eyes and remember that day. Public health concerns made an enormous gathering of cheering Biden and Harris supporters impossible.
Portland changes zoning rules to allow duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes in areas previously reserved for single-family homes
Portland officials revamped the city’s residential zoning rules Wednesday to allow denser housing units to be built in most city neighborhoods, particularly ones that previously only allowed single-family houses. Local and national proponents of the changes said they are potentially the most effective and important housing equity rules approved so far in any U.S. city. The Portland City Council voted 3-1 to adopt the new rule, referred to as the Residential Infill Project, which city officials have discussed publicly and revised since 2015. Specifically, the plan will allow more duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes as well as more accessory dwelling units and cottages to be built amid existing single houses. The new policy “doesn’t ban single family homes and it will not destroy Portland’s neighborhoods,” Eudaly said.
Top Workplaces Cincinnati: After 5 years among the best, Huff Realty takes top honors
For the past five years, Huff Realty has ranked among one of the top workplaces in the Cincinnati area. While maintaining a positive work environment across such a wide service area might seem daunting, Huff president and CEO Brian DeVries said he makes it a top priority. “At the end of the day, they won’t care how much I know unless they know how much I care. And I don’t just say that; I mean it.”Indicative of that care, DeVries said he gets frustrated when his employees don’t make full use of their vacation days. In addition to fostering a healthy and fun work environment, Huff offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and professional development programs.
Chris Evans hopes to shield democracy with politics website
With regular visits to Capitol Hill, Evans built the site over the course of two years alongside actor-producer Mark Kassen, a longtime friend. Last month, Evans launched a civic engagement app and website called A Starting Point, featuring short videos from both Republican and Democratic members of Congress and other U.S. politicians sharing perspectives on policy issues. You want to try and use the platform that you’ve been given the right way,” Evans said. “The reason for doing this site is to combat the proliferation of misinformation,” Evans said in an interview from his home in Boston. And you hope that the elected officials who are in office are the ones trying to cut through that.”
Many Tucson-area teachers fear returning to classrooms while coronavirus rages
Teachers across Tucson and the state say they don’t want to return to classrooms while the coronavirus rages. Tucson school districts haven’t seen many teachers leave, but some educators say they would retire early or resign if forced into a classroom while COVID-19 numbers remain so high. Every year kindergarten teacher Karen Motl jokes with her colleagues about being inoculated by students because of how kids pass around the flu or common cold when the school year starts. How many teachers are required to show up in person ultimately depends on how many kids show up. There are four kindergarten teachers on Motl’s team.
Tucson education officials decry 'lack of leadership' at state level on school openings
With just weeks before learning is slated to resume, some Tucson-area educators and school leaders feel the state has left them to fend for themselves during a global health crisis. Hoping to gain clarity from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on school reopening plans, an update issued Thursday, July 23, had the opposite effect. “I think this executive order has actually caused a little bit more confusion,” says Pima County Schools Superintendent Dustin Williams. Those sites are required to open just 10 days after the Arizona Department of Health Services must release public health benchmarks for the “safe return of in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction.”
Regents side with Gov. Ducey in challenge to closing Arizona's bars
The Pride of Arizona marching band packs into No Anchovies to play a few songs during a Bear Down Friday in 2014. During the pandemic, this crowding into bars and restaurants is what Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Board of Regents hope to avoid.
Financial limbo a nightmare for Tucson's unemployed
Chad Floyd didn’t commit fraud when he filed for unemployment, but he’s been treated like he did. Floyd suddenly stopped receiving his benefits at the end of June, and repeatedly called the Arizona Department of Economic Security to find out why. Floyd found out he’d passed the verification process, but he’s still waiting on two weeks’ worth of funds a month later. It’s also one he can’t replicate during these times, when large gatherings are out of the question because of the pandemic. He said he’s grateful his wife still has her job teaching, or else the family’s situation would be dire.
Opinion: Opening Catholic schools to in-person classes is immoral amid pandemic
Starting in pre-K, I have spent my entire life in Catholic schools, and it inspired me to pursue further degrees in Catholic theology. Yet, I believe that the decision to reopen schools to in-person learning is immoral, unnecessary, unjust, and it directly contradicts the church's teachings. Reopening Catholic schools unravels and undermines the values, mission and foundation of their institutions. Reopening Catholic schools contradicts their values. Reopening Catholic schools undermines the mission-driven charisms of each institution.
With Mitch McConnell's power facing perhaps its biggest test, he needs a deal
But now his power is facing perhaps its biggest test, at a critical time for him and the nation. Kentucky has been especially hard-hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic, but has been unable to deliver another badly needed relief bill. He probably needs one to remain majority leader after the Nov. 3 election, in which several Republican senators are in serious jeopardy. That’s one reason you see McConnell attacking McGrath in TV ads, rather than talking about his work for Kentucky. And that brings us back to the big question: If there is another relief bill, what will it look like?
Hurricane-force storm in Iowa flattens 10 million acres of crops
A powerful derecho storm that swept through the Midwest on Monday has left thousands of acres of crops completely devastated, and officials say more than half a million people could be without power for quite a while. Kim Reynolds (R) said the storm, which had hurricane-force winds up to 112 mph, destroyed at least one-third of the entire state's crops. More than 10 million acres were completely flattened, leading Reynolds to say she thinks the storm should qualify for federal disaster declaration. The Washington Post reports between 180 and 270 million bushels of corn were likely damaged, shortly before harvesting usually begins in September. The storm left one man dead in Iowa and one woman in Indiana.
Lukashenko’s Gamble on Thuggishness
The thing about the crackdown in Belarus is not just how violent it is – but how gratuitously so. This is not a sign of security forces out of control, though, but of a deliberate — and very high-risk — strategy of terror, of pacification through intimidation. Although Belarus is not Ukraine, the shadow of the Euromaidan must darken Lukashenko’s thoughts. With an extravagant inhumanity that appears to sit uncomfortably with other elements of the security forces and leaves even their Russian counterparts looking askance, their goal is simply to terrorize. On the other hand, if we start to see open divisions, defections and disaffection within the security forces, then the situation could change very quickly.
Andrew Cuomo & Nursing Homes: The Governors's Deadly Mistake Was Likely Worse Than First Reported
Governor Andrew Cuomo wears a mask as he arrives to speak during a daily coronavirus briefing in New York, July 13, 2020. You can see you what you want in the numbers, but the numbers are the numbers,” Cuomo explained. While the state estimates that around 6,600 perished in nursing homes, the Associated Press puts the real number closer to 11,000 — more than the total fatality count in any state other than New Jersey. The Associated Press — which should be praised as one of the only major outlets pursuing this story — has been denied access to New York’s nursing-home death data despite filing public records request three months ago. Here we are in August, and Cuomo, the governor who couldn’t flatten the curve, is now also stonewalling and hiding his state’s death toll.
Donald Trump’s Woman Problem Just Got a Whole Lot Worse
No one was shocked by Joe Biden’s pick of California Senator Kamala Harris. For months people had guessed and assumed she would be Biden’s veep. Many of the women on it lacked the kind of visibility and excitement that Kamala innately possessed, not to mention Kamala’s digital army and heaps of charisma. Even I, who am completely dead inside, was all of a sudden incredibly moved by the idea of Kamala Harris as vice president. The sentiment and the excitement, the pride that women around the country felt, almost no one, perhaps not even Harris, could have predicted.
Life Without Parole for Detroit Man Who Killed 2 Gay Men and a Transgender Woman
“This is a case about hate,” Ms. Horowitz said in her closing arguments. “This is a case about self-hate.”Mr. Robinson’s lawyer, Evan Callanan, said his client planned to appeal. He said he had argued during the trial that there was no way to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a figure who had been captured on two different video cameras leaving the party and entering Mr. Robinson’s house was, in fact, Mr. Robinson. “We are pleased that justice has been served in this case,” Kym L. Worthy, the Wayne County prosecutor, said in a statement. “This conviction and life-in-prison sentence sends a clear message that crimes against our community can result in maximum penalties under the law.”
Racial Disproportionality in Covid Clinical Trials
But despite disproportionately higher rates of Covid-19 infection, hospitalization, and death in racial and ethnic minority groups, the direct effects of genetic or biologic host factors remain unknown.1As we strive to overcome the social and structural causes of health care disparities, we must recognize the underrepresentation of minority groups in Covid-19 clinical trials. Furthermore, NIH-defined phase 3 clinical trials are required to report outcomes stratified according to sex or gender and according to race and ethnicity unless data are presented to suggest that differences are unlikely to be observed. Multivariate analysis of the Gilead study suggested that both Black race and White race were associated with shorter time to clinical improvement,4 but these results are unreliable because of the low number of Black participants. It is alarming that long-standing racial health disparities have been extended to Covid-19 clinical trials when racial and ethnic minority groups have so much to gain from this research, including the opportunity to receive lifesaving treatment. Appropriate random sampling and the expansion of clinical trial sites to vulnerable communities with high-risk patients would improve the representativeness of samples.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likens reopening schools to killing Osama bin Laden
“ “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning.” ”That was Florida Gov. Read more:More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yetOthers used the odd juxtaposition of killing a mass-murdering terrorist with reopening schools during a pandemic that has killed more than 166,000 Americans as a means to mock the Republican governor. Sorting out how and when to reopen schools as coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide is a complicated issue. Many parents struggled to work from home while also home schooling their kids when the pandemic first shut down schools in the spring. One school in Georgia’s Cherokee County has ordered more than 900 students and staff to quarantine after 59 people tested positive.
‘RHOP’ star Candiace Dillard apologizes for past homophobic tweets
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Candiace Dillard is apologizing for her past homophobic tweets. The “Real Housewives of Potomac” star, 33, expressed her remorse for statements she made “nearly 10 years ago” via Twitter on Wednesday after the tweets resurfaced. “To my loyal fanbase, particularly the LGBTQIA+ viewers, thank [you] for your unwavering support. “I, alone, am responsible for my words and I deeply regret saying anything that could have hurt my friends, colleagues, family and fans. “The language I used carelessly wasn’t acceptable back then, and it isn’t acceptable now.
Stacey Abrams could have as much impact on 2020 as Kamala Harris
Scholars estimate that thanks to the Union Army and then the 15th Amendment, 90 percent of southern Black men cast ballots. Langston’s experience showed the problems that southern Black voters faced then. Southern Black women gained the right to vote only after southern Black men, in effect, had lost it. These nine stand out because they are among the very few Southern Black female voters from 1920 whose names we know. Future generations of Southern Black women, laboring in the shadow of better-known Black men, did the same.
Opinion | The presidential ticket is the message
Kamala Harris: More opinions on Biden’s VP pickKamala Harris was named as Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Read more about Harris, who was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary. Explore opinion pieces about Harris on the Democratic ticket:Listen to a July interview with Harris on Jonathan Capehart’s podcast. Read a 2019 Post op-ed by Harris: Our teacher pay gap is a national failure. Sign up for The Odds newsletter for election updates from data columnist David Byler.
Opinion | Trump’s attack on the Postal Service is now a national emergency
Denying the Postal Service the funds it needs is only part of the plan. “Despite any assertions to the contrary, we are not slowing down election mail or any other mail,” he said last week. It has to be received by Election Day. And as awful as that is, it’s made even more despicable by the fact that to rig the election, Trump is trying to murder a national treasure. It’s no wonder he looks at the Postal Service and sees it as one more thing he wants to destroy.
Zimbabwe court orders chains removed from jailed journalist
An armed prison guard stands by the truck carrying Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin'ono upon his arrival at the magistrates court, in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)An armed prison guard stands by the truck carrying Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin'ono upon his arrival at the magistrates court, in Harare, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, in jail for about three weeks, is making his third bid to be released on bail. Chin’ono appeared at the magistrates’ court in leg irons for his bail hearing Wednesday, prompting his lawyers to ask for the magistrate’s intervention.
Democratic presidential candidate Bloomberg plans Tulsa stop
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is making his first campaign stop to Tulsa to announce a policy on “economic mobility.”The former New York City mayor will deliver a speech Sunday outlining his proposal that he says will offer a new path toward prosperity for communities that are often overlooked. Bloomberg is making the announcement at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, which was built on the site of the city’s Black Wall Street. The thriving black community was razed to rubble during a racially motivated massacre in 1921 that left hundreds of black residents dead and thousands homeless. ADVERTISEMENTMechelle Brown, the center’s program coordinator, said former presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey both visited the center during their campaigns.
Judge won’t dismiss DOL suit challenging union election
(AP) — A federal judge in Delaware has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor seeking to void a union election held by a local chapter of the International Longshoremen’s Association. The judge ruled Tuesday that federal officials had sufficiently pleaded allegations in the complaint. The challenged election was held in May 2019 for several leadership posts in the local, three executive board members, and three auditing committee members. Federal officials say Local 1694 also improperly disqualified a nominee because he had been convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 2012. Federal officials contend that the conviction was not a bar to holding union office because the offense was not the functional equivalent of the disqualifying crime of rape.
Police arrest 2 in Portland as protests continue
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested two people and declared an unlawful assembly Tuesday night as protests that have happened nightly for more than two months continued. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports two groups gathered on opposite sides of Portland on Monday evening in the 68th consecutive day of protests following George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis. A crowd of about 150 marched to a Northeast Portland sheriff’s office and rallied before being pushed back by Portland police. Another crowd of more than 100 gathered near the downtown Portland Justice Center. Portland had seen more than two months of often violent demonstrations following Floyd’s killing.
Sunday demonstrations in Portland described as peaceful
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police reported another night of peaceful protests Sunday in downtown Portland, Oregon, with no interaction between officers and protesters. The relative calm outside a federal courthouse that’s become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents had come after the U.S. government began drawing down its forces under a deal between Democratic Gov. Sunday’s demonstrations spilled out into the streets near Lownsdale Square park downtown causing traffic for several hours, but by midnight a majority of the crowd had left the area. Portland had seen more than two months of often violent demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In early July, President Donald Trump sent more federal agents to the city to protect the federal courthouse, but local officials said their presence made things worse.
Ex-nurse sentenced to federal prison for distributing heroin
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Vancouver, Washington, woman who worked as a registered nurse in Portland, Oregon, has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for conspiring to sell drugs. Rene Elene Griffin Nunn, 60, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . ADVERTISEMENTIn February 2018, Nunn was found driving from Vancouver to Portland with about 93 grams of heroin in her purse, according to federal prosecutors. Her accomplice, Darlene Michelle Sturdevant, 62, also of Vancouver, was sentenced earlier this year to 14 years in prison. She was found guilty of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Here’s a better approach to dealing with WeChat’s privacy and misinformation offenses
Property rights protection is weaker, and Chinese internet users’ purchasing power is much lower than that of Americans. According to Trump’s order, WeChat is guilty of two offenses. The idea that a ban strengthens privacy rests on the assumption that WeChat users in the U.S. are stupid or uninformed, and thus cannot weigh the costs and benefits on their own. Second, U.S.-based users often share information with friends and family in China, who then may pass it along to other WeChat groups. This article was published with permission of Project Syndicate—A Better Alternative to Trump’s WeChat Ban.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis likens reopening schools to killing Osama bin Laden
“ “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too would the Martin County School system find a way to provide parents with a meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning.” ”That was Florida Gov. Read more:More and more Americans don’t want Trump fully reopening schools yetOthers used the odd juxtaposition of killing a mass-murdering terrorist with reopening schools during a pandemic that has killed more than 166,000 Americans as a means to mock the Republican governor. Sorting out how and when to reopen schools as coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide is a complicated issue. Many parents struggled to work from home while also home schooling their kids when the pandemic first shut down schools in the spring. One school in Georgia’s Cherokee County has ordered more than 900 students and staff to quarantine after 59 people tested positive.
Marjoleine Kars' "Blood on the River" revives a rebel legend
Marjoleine Kars doesn’t come right out and say that; she’s too careful a scholar. But in “Blood on the River,” her epic history of a little-remembered slave rebellion, an admiration for Coffij comes through. He had a plan for how they would build a future after they took power from the owners and managers. AdvertisementThose slave owners who survived were pushed to a handful of now-barren plantations near the mouth of the Berbice. So begins Kars’ detailed reconstruction of the nearly year-long war between the rebelling slaves and the governor and his allies.
Editorial: Mr. President, for perfect hair you have to turn the knob
And that brought back your comments from last month, when you said that no water comes out of water-efficient shower heads. You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? The water comes right out. That’s mostly because we started requiring efficient toilets before other cities did, but it’s also because of water-wise shower heads. And the water comes out of water-efficient shower heads when you turn the handle or the knob.
Baker’s right to reopen SJC nominations in the interest of diversity
The state’s highest court has only one justice of color: Kim Budd, a Black woman whom Baker appointed in 2016. Baker’s office confirms the SJC vacancy has been reposted, and applications will be accepted until Sept. 11. Baker launched the SJC nomination process in March, after Lenk announced she would be leaving this year. Rollins highlights how few men of color, particularly Black men, are judges in Massachusetts. “Five white men, we can do better than that,” Iannella said of the current makeup of the SJC.
Harbor Springs man accused of dragging state trooper with vehicle
A Michigan State Police trooper is recovering after he was dragged by a vehicle through a Mackinac Bridge toll booth Wednesday, officials said. A 47-year-old Harbor Springs man is awaiting charges in Mackinac County Jail. Sometime later, the suspect vehicle arrived at the parking lot of the Michigan State Police's St. Ignace Post, officials said. Police searched the area with canine units and Michigan State Police and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters. Officials also said the Michigan State Police sergeant was treated at a Petoskey hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Accused 2018 Jeffersontown Kroger shooter Gregory Bush ruled competent to stand trial
A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has ruled Gregory Bush is competent to stand trial in the case of the 2018 Louisville Kroger shooting. The ruling is the latest development in more than a year of back-and-forth developments over Bush's competency. Last May, Bush was ruled incompetent to stand trial and ordered to receive treatment at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center, but a doctor who evaluated Bush said he would likely gain competency in the future. If convicted on the federal charges, Bush could face the death penalty or life in prison. Federal prosecutors have been waiting on the competency ruling to make a determination on seeking the death penalty.
Floridians who promoted bleach cocktail as a COVID-19 cure arrested in Colombia
Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleach-like chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases. A Miami federal judge in April ordered the self-styled church to stop selling the substance, but it was ignored. The Fifth Estate found in an investigation in 2016 that it had been sold in Canada despite Health Canada warnings. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the solution sold by the Grenons becomes a bleach when ingested that is typically used for such things as treating textiles, industrial water, pulp and paper. The FDA said in a news release last August that "ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Governor Ron DeSantis Delivers Address Regarding School Re-Openings and COVID-19
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered an address regarding school re-openings and COVID-19. I know parents across Florida appreciate it too. The return to school also reminds us that the role teachers play in students’ lives extends far beyond school work. Stale test results shouldn’t be used by policy makers to determine the way forward for students, parents, workers and businesses in the here and now. To our teachers and school administrators – thank you for refusing to let obstacles stand in the way of providing opportunities for our kids.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Democrats Are Waging War Against Tradition And The Constitution
Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed “The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies.
WALSH: National Media Refuse To Cover Murder Of 5-Year-Old Because It Doesn’t Fit Their Racial Narrative
Five-year-old Cannon Hinnant was murdered in cold blood this past Sunday while out riding a bike in front of his father’s house. The name Cannon Hinnant would be known across the country, and the name Darius Sessoms reviled the world over, if the races were reversed. Instead, this story has gotten almost no coverage by the American national media. That is one of the most shocking crimes ever to be caught on camera, and yet the national media has said little about it. It is the only thing that is ever considered when deciding what not to cover, what to cover, and how to cover it.
HAWORTH: Biden, Kamala Ignore Obama-Biden Administration’s Own Findings On Brown To Push Agenda
“Hands up, don’t shoot!” This infamous slogan rose to prominence during the protests which broke out after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. The phrase, which is still repeated at Black Lives Matter protests to this day, is a reference to a debunked claim by Dorian Johnson that Michael Brown was executed by Officer Darren Wilson despite surrendering and holding his hands in the air. Since then, the initial claims about Brown supposedly being “murdered” while surrendering have been fully dismantled on multiple occasions, most notably by Barack Obama’s Department of Justice. The Obama Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, found in its exhaustive investigation of the case that witness accounts and forensic evidence overwhelmingly indicated that Brown did not hold up his hands and surrender. The decision not to press charges against Officer Darren Wilson is telling, given Obama’s open embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement for political gain.
How Biden’s Housing Plans Would Destroy America’s Suburbs
If suburban voters begin to understand what Biden’s housing rule would mean for their communities, many would flock back to Trump, irrespective of what they think of his tweets. In 2015, President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a regulation known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The administration claimed it issued the rule to combat “housing segregation” in suburbs, despite the Fair Housing Act of 1968 already outlawing discriminatory housing practices. It would be almost impossible for many communities to decline this funding for critical infrastructure, handing over America’s suburbs to the federal government. Today, we are tearing down the Obama Administration's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was an overreach of unelected Washington bureaucrats into local communities.
Why It's Ridiculous To Dunk On Parents For Schooling Kids In 'Pods'
Pandemic pods permit families to pursue education that best suits their children's needs — and shouldn’t that be the goal? “Pods” are essentially group home schooling, or small-scale private schooling. Pandemic Pods Are SproutingOne of the newer schooling methods to spring up in the wake of COVID-19 closures is micro-schooling, also called pod schooling or pandemic pods. In prohibiting pandemic pods, school districts pit themselves against families. In taking charge of their children’s schooling, parents are trying to do what is best for their families.
New Paper Confirms Just How Rigged Higher Ed Is Against The Right
Given how much the game is already rigged, legislation and other external interventions are needed to balance the scale. This is again most marked for those who identify as ‘fairly right’ or ‘right’, 32 percent of whom have refrained from airing views in teaching and research,” the paper concludes. To defund activists in academia, and to ensure viewpoint diversity, external intervention is needed to enforce appropriate legislation and establish rules. South Dakota‘s new law on campus free speech and viewpoint diversity for public universities is a good model. They can, and should, help make universities better and more competitive while ensuring free-speech and viewpoint diversity and a level playing field.
'DC Draino' Rogan O'Handley Left A Lucrative Legal Career To Fight For Trump On Social Media
He didn’t intend to become a conservative influencer, the kind of guy President Trump casually retweets, but that’s exactly what happened to Rogan O’Handley. Everything shifted, at least for the millennial closet conservative living in L.A. “I couldn’t publicly support President Trump,” O’Handley told me in a phone interview. After three years of working in corporate finance and another three in entertainment law, O’Handley hit a career sweet spot. On Facebook, people were unfollowing me because I supported Trump,” O’Handley says. He started an Instagram account under the pseudonym “DC Draino,” although his name and identity are publicly associated with the account now.
Why Kamala's Stealth Radicalism Is Worse Than Bernie's Open Radicalism
As inevitable as thunder after lightning, therefore, Biden picked Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential candidate. There is no question the main force behind this projected administration is and will be Harris, not Biden. Unlike Biden, however, Harris will be the one getting all the fawning coverage, from her wardrobe choices to how “stunning and brave” she is. The fact of the matter is this: The potential Harris administration will be one of the most contradictory in the history of the modern United States. Radicalism in stealth, with the administrative power to back it up, is often far more dangerous than open insurgency.
Has California Become A Place Faithful Christians Cannot Live?
A California judge, nominated by President Barack Obama in 2012, denied a church’s request to block Gov. Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, represented by Liberty Counsel, argued their case in a federal district court on Wednesday, claiming that Gov. Newsom’s orders were unconstitutional and hypocritical. On the law, this is unconstitutional,” Harvest Pastor Ché Ahn told The Federalist in July. “Freedom of worship is a command of God, not a privilege granted by the state.”
Watch Live: The Gates, Soros, Fauci Vaccine Nexus
On this Thursday edition of The David Knight Show, viewers will learn about the globalist vaccination agenda, the chances of Biden/Harris defeating Trump/Pence in 2020, how COVID will alter the election and much more. Don’t forget to share this censored transmission! Watch Live: The Gates, Soros, Fauci Vaccine Nexus https://t.co/k9qV6SCeCY — David Knight (@libertytarian) August 13, 2020The Reopen America Back to School Special is now live! Earn double Patriot Points on our hottest items!
DeVos Criticizes Teachers Unions, Suggests Some Are Pushing Agendas Like ‘Defunding the Police’
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos criticized teachers unions as she accused them of using the coronavirus pandemic to advance a political agenda. During a Fox News interview, DeVos claimed a substantial number of school districts are disregarding the needs of students amid their concerns about the pandemic. “We have seen all too many districts and all too many schools across the country not actually addressing the needs of students anticipating school in the fall,” DeVos said on Wednesday. According to DeVos, teachers unions are prioritizing “defunding the police, universal health care, destroying charter schools, eliminating the D.C. DeVos has also released a statement about the ruling ahead of the rule taking effect on Friday.
Ep 74 | 2020 US Election Integrity: Is Voter Fraud Real?
The Rob Maness Show Ep 74 | 2020 US Election Integrity: Is Voter Fraud Real? It’s voter registration fraud, not voter fraud. Most folks understand voter fraud to be the illegal changing of votes, which is not significant due to very effective controls in the system developed over time. That seems to be why the media constantly uses the narrative that voter fraud doesn’t really exist! Retired US Army Colonel John Mills, the citizen that organized this task force, joins me as my guest today!
Kamala should not be VP pick
Ridin' Fences Kamala should not be VP pickKamala Harris and her decisions in 2004 and 2008 as San Francisco District Attorney not to seek the death penalty for a gang banger cop killer and an MS-13 killer of three innocent people.
Have Faith in the Debates
Washington, DC – “Just say no, Joe.” That’s the advice some are giving former Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to debates with President Trump. The debates must take place and offer a healthy allotment of time to religion’s role in the public square. Within weeks of one another, the historic Mission San Gabriel Archangel in southern California; Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida; and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts were damaged or destroyed. In a January 2019 article, Matthew Continetti provides examples of how Senators Mazie Hirono, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Dianne Feinstein attacked Trump nominees during confirmation hearings. The Commission on Presidential Debates should see to this impanel moderators whose hearts are not hardened to the conversation.
New Trump Ad Will Make Voters Ask Why Joe Biden Picked a Black Woman to Be His Running Mate
Joe Biden is no different, of course, and his choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate proves that Biden belongs in the pandering Olympics. But why would a racist like Biden choose a black woman to be his running mate? I do not believe you are a racist,” Harris declared before going on to call Biden exactly that. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing,” Harris said. But it still begs the question: Why did Biden choose a black woman as his running mate?
Trump and the Military: Part 2
The worst kept secret in the Pentagon is that the U.S. military may well lose a war to China. In scenario after scenario, war game after war game, our military keeps losing. America's military advantage has been extinguished by the same class of failed military leaders who failed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump could have, and should have, been the president to end America's misadventures and take on the swamp in Washington. Once he became president, Trump called a group of admirals and generals who were briefing him at the Pentagon "dopes and babies."
Hold on Tight!
Hold on tight; it's going to be a wild ride. Now imagine the mainstream media coverage if Trump had responded the same way. But the mainstream media will ignore the content and focus on something else that fits their narrative. The mainstream media focus will be on personal attacks and sound bites. Hold on tight; it's going to be wild!
Recanting My Position On Trump
I made a bet with my friend, Troy Newman (no relation), president of Operation Rescue and an ardent Trump supporter. Trump would have to: reinstate the Mexico City Policy, place judges willing to overturn Roe v. Wade on the Supreme Court, and defund Planned Parenthood. Forced now to reconsider, my conclusion is that Trump has been the most pro-life president in my lifetime – including Ronald Reagan, who said many of the right things but accomplished relatively little. Trump's policy position has been to oppose legislation that attempts to advance abortion. President Trump's administration has demonstrated fidelity to it.
As the World Looks to Eventually Move on From COVID, November’s Big Issue Has to Be China
Recent events should at the very least cause concern that this international tit-for-tat may eventually lead to military aggression. President Trump has always been very honest in his assessment of China. Businesses that are being forced to use the tax software are being told it is in relation to value-added tax (VAT) payments to the Chinese tax authority. This would certainly serve China’s interests, as they have long enjoyed a friendlier relationship with not only former Vice President Joe Biden, but his son Hunter Biden as well. According to The New York Times, in 2017, Hunter Biden purchased 10 percent of the company for about $420,000.
Biden Should Reject Harris’ Big Government Plans
With a very real potential of Harris becoming president (perhaps even before 2024), Harris’ plans deserve more scrutiny than those of former vice presidents who typically have had very little influence on policy. Before dropping out of the race and endorsing Biden, Harris supported a Medicare for All plan that made Biden’s healthcare vision look like a libertarian pipedream. The Medicare Advantage program does offer some improvements relative to traditional Medicare plans, since private companies can compete with one another albeit in a strictly regulated framework. But, make no mistake, these “private” Medicare plans are still funded by taxpayers and private sponsors are strictly curtailed in what they can offer patients. Slated to cost an estimated $750 billion in extra spending over the next 10 years, Biden’s healthcare plan would be astoundingly expensive.
After 100 Years of Women Voting, All Votes Are in Peril
Voter Fraud is RampantRecent reports of fraud and manipulation have already surfaced in California, Nevada, West Virginia, and New Jersey. The buried Washington Post feature also cited that 1 in 16 non-citizens in the U.S. voted in the 2008 election. Nationally, illegal immigrants now total 15.7 million people, so upwards of nearly 1,000,000 illegal votes might have been cast. Continuing evidence of voter fraud does not serve the agenda of left-leaning media moguls. When citizens, on both the left and right, and even in the middle, volunteer to be observers at every precinct, the incidence of voter fraud declines.
A Strategy Of Subversion Pt. 1: The Long March Through Institutions
Half a century ago the German sociologist Helmut Schelsky succinctly dissected the political strategy of left-wing radicals in West Germany and the West generally. His essay, “The New Strategy of Revolution,” remains one of the best summaries of an ongoing strategy of cultural subversion. This “long march through the institutions” implicitly acknowledges a reality of civil society that is much neglected today. Rather it takes shape through a fluid symbiosis of multiple self-governing institutions, which include municipalities, churches, guilds, universities, and various voluntary associations. The cultural revolution is directed at three separate targets through the use of three different sets of means.
When Puff the Magic Multiplier Goes Poof
These calls are based explicitly or implicitly on the belief in an all-powerful federal spending multiplier, or the idea that if the government spends one dollar, the economy will grow by more than a dollar. While some economists find that a dollar spent by the government generates more of a return than the dollar spent, others find that the return is less than one dollar. Now, in fairness, there are narrow cases when government spending can stimulate the economy, but for that to happen, the environment in which the spending takes place is important. As former Treasury Secretary and former Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers has explained, stimulus spending needs to be timely, targeted and temporary. That, sadly, is a scenario where future growth goes up in a puff of smoke.
Stop The Politics and Put Kids First: Safely Reopen Schools Now
As the president said this week, “we believe [schools] can now reopen safely, provided they implement mitigation measures and health protocols to protect families, protect teachers, and to protect students.”President Trump is entirely correct. It is time to safely reopen America’s schools. President Trump, in collaboration with the CDC and public health and education experts, has released guidelines to help schools reopen safely, while protecting both students and faculty. In addition to the science-based guidance put out by the Trump administration, the president delivered $13 billion in funding to states to support K-12 education, which is available right now to help schools reopen safely. The evidence, data, science, and President Trump are clear: it’s time to safely reopen schools.
Under the NBA’s Selective Activism, Only Some Lives Matter
It’s not hard to see why the lives of these tens of thousands of factory workers don’t matter. But let’s be clear - to these BLM-t-Shirt-wearing “activists,” those workers' lives absolutely, unequivocally do not matter. Because NBA Basketball makes significant money on China, they refuse to acknowledge the lives that don’t seem to matter - for example, the lives of the Uyghurs. Senator Josh Howley (R-MO) alleges that these slaves also make the Nike NBA uniforms. The same selective activism is not exercised for the lives of young Chinese who train at USA Basketball facilities in China.
President Trump Announces Historic Peace Deal Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
President Trump announced Thursday morning that the United Arab Emirates has officially recognized Israel as a legitimate country in the Middle East and both governments will move forward with normalized relations. "President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates," Trump tweeted in a lengthy statement from the White House. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible and will work together to achieve this goal." Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates! — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 13, 2020The United States congratulates Israel and the Emirates for this remarkable achievement, which is a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East.
Democrats Are Waging War Against Tradition and the Constitution
Or, as once-confident candidate Elizabeth Warren put it, "I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College." Furor over the Electoral College among the left arose from the 2000 and 2016 elections. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting -- and with it the presidency. There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact," an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies.
Guys, he FOUND IT! Ben Shapiro shares ‘the most biased, stupidest, most ridiculous anti-Trump article of all time’ (congrats WaPo!)
Guys, I've found it: the most biased, stupidest, and most ridiculous article of the day, perhaps of all time. Calling a woman nasty, say many experts and women in politics, is another way to deliberately dismiss and demean female politicians. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA What makes this even DUMBER is the opening paragraph itself:The article is a masterpiece. – Thomas Sowell — Kenny (@Kenny_Sowellfan) August 13, 2020Day's still early Ben… — Dan (@DVOnAZ) August 13, 2020Fair point, we don’t want to jinx it now, do we? It isn't like the author of the piece isn't biased against Trump in any way:https://t.co/4busqZu5GH pic.twitter.com/zwUINhajU5 — VrijSceptisch (@VrijSceptisch) August 13, 2020Totally unbiased.
It isn’t black voters whom Kamala Harris is meant to court – HotAir
Republicans can win elections all day without the support of black voters — but without the support of well-off white suburbanites, they are more or less hosed. And at least some of those alienated white people are uncomfortable in the GOP because of Republicans’ reputation on race. Of course, the Democrats and their media allies are eager to see spectral evidence of racism everywhere, for obvious reasons. Is it reasonable to detect a racial dynamic when a white Republican president criticizes a nonwhite Democratic member of Congress? The GOP has some stink on it, and Senator Harris’s purpose on the 2020 ticket is not to convince more black voters to support Democrats but to convince more white voters that they should not support Republicans.
Trump’s Q endorsement – HotAir
Today, however, these individuals can’t just toe the traditional GOP line. They have to grapple not with Bernie Sanders or AOC but with QAnon and its influence on their own party. It’s no coincidence that as the Q movement gains influence, our nation is suffering through a terrible convergence of medical and political disinformation. It’s painful to admit, but the most radical elements of online politics have gained a firm foothold in the GOP. President Trump explicitly fused his paranoid political philosophy with Q on Wednesday with his tweet.
Change Change Change
We just don’t know what to expect next, and certain government agencies proclaiming things like machines originating in other worlds isn’t helping. However, the truth is that most of us — if we’re honest — saw a lot of 2020 coming. I mean, we knew this would be an election year, so we knew things were going to go completely pants-on-head insane. So–So, I think — believe — this is because people had learned not to pay any attention to the news when it came to politics, or international politics, or any of that. And even if they were leftist dominated, all of them dying at the same time is a heck of a change.
Would the Military Side with Leftist Tyranny or with America?
The military, in which these generals grew up and which gives them their identities, is the least disruptive institution in American society. Because America remembers the military of 30 years ago that could actually win a war in a reasonable period of time (as we did in Desert Storm), today’s generals benefit from residual respect for yesterday’s Cold War military. The military includes the middle-grade and junior officers and non-commissioned officers as well as the enlisted troops. Intervention by the military necessarily means America forces killing American patriots. Will they make war on the American people so that Basement Biden’s puppet masters can turn America into Venezuela 2: The Quickening?
COVID-19 death rates reveal the states that failed the test: New York and New Jersey
New York also ranks second to the worst out of all 50 states, in deaths per million residents. New Jersey: 1,797 deaths per million residents. Florida, target of any number of alarmist headlines, is down at 408 per million residents. The death rate for COVID-19 patients at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan was 17%. New York state stacks up even worse in protecting elderly nursing home residents from COVID-19.
Judge Denies Blue State AG’s Attempts To Deny College Students Due Process
Judge Carl J. Nichols – a President Donald Trump appointee – denied the AGs motion to block the new Title IX regulations. The AGs made numerous arguments against the new regulations, including the fact that the new regulations provide due process to accused students. The whole point of Title IX wading into sexual harassment and assault was to claim accusers had their educational opportunities limited by a college that ignored their sexual assault claims. At various points in Nichols’ ruling, he scolds the AGs for attempting to supplant their views with that of the Education Department. For example, the AGs argued schools should be responsible for adjudicating sexual assaults that occurred off-campus, such as at apartment buildings.
Mass Beatings, Detentions in Belarus as President Clings to Power
MINSK, Belarus — Accounts of violent beatings of protesters and brutal mass detentions mounted in Belarus on Thursday as the country’s embattled president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, deployed brute force to cling to power. Dozens of journalists were among the thousands detained; those who were released reported fierce beatings and horrific conditions in overcrowded detention centers. The scene outside a pretrial detention center in Minsk on Thursday was one of desperation and grief. Hundreds of people gathered, as they had for much of the week, looking for loved ones. On Wednesday, they had swarmed a departing ambulance, seeking scraps of news.
CNN: Joe Biden Picked Kamala Harris as VP Nominee for 'If and When' Biden 'Decides to Step Aside'
CNN fueled speculation that was already out there about how Joe Biden might already be planning to “step aside” sometime after the election and put Sen. Kamala Harris in the driver’s seat. Joe Biden made the pick that maximized his chances of continuing to make the race a straight referendum on Trump while also selecting someone whose resume suggests being ready to step in, if and when Biden decides to step aside. Cillizza’s report fueled speculation that was already out there about how Biden might already be planning to “step aside” sometime after the election and put Harris in the driver’s seat:So Biden is stepping aside if he wins??? — MatthewJshow (@MatthewJshow) August 11, 2020why would Joe ‘step aside’ if he’s mentally fit for the job — Razor (@hale_razor) August 12, 2020…when Biden decides to step aside ..? — BillAC4749 (@BAc4749) August 12, 2020Wait — the talk is that he’s going to step aside?
Instapundit » Blog Archive » POLAND TELLS THE KREMLIN AND NATO IT’S PREPARED TO FIGHT: Let’s agree that the 21st-century NATO …
POLAND TELLS THE KREMLIN AND NATO IT’S PREPARED TO FIGHT:Let’s agree that the 21st-century NATO vs. Russia cold war is a small-case version of the 20th-century Cold War. But Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine aren’t small-case imperialism. Russian hybrid war — political meddling, information warfare, narrative warfare, economic threats, covert attacks and assassination — is a powerful and disruptive cocktail that savages Ukraine and threatens still-free Europe. The war in Ukraine’s east, the Donbass, continues, receiving scant major media coverage. The front’s moved east, and strategically, Poland is where West Germany was circa 1960.
Sweden’s success shows the true cost of our arrogant, failed establishment
My guess is that only half of our first-half collapse in GDP would have happened under a variant of the Swedish model. This means that the other half – some £250 billion – was an unnecessary cost caused directly by the lockdown itself. I suspect that this immense, unbearable additional cost saved very few additional lives, and that almost all of the gains came from social distancing, not the lockdown. They learnt that the state cannot drive prosperity: only the private sector can do that. The Conservatives will only survive their handling of Covid if they don’t also botch the recovery.
The Fiasco of 'Go Ahead, Break Our Windows' Policing
They openly support the Black Lives Matter organization and speak about “reimagining policing.” Faced with legitimate (and growing) demands for better public safety, they offer only lip service. It ought to be called “Go Ahead, Break Our Windows” policing. This fear of speaking out — especially to demand public safety — is almost as big a problem as the violence itself. We need public safety to pursue our private ends. That hard task begins with restoring public safety.
Insanity Wrap #27: Wisconsin Orders Masks for Zoom Calls, CNN's Biden/Harris Switcharoo
Insanity Wrap needs to know: Do face masks prevent the spread of computer viruses? In Which Insanity Wrap Agrees with Kamala HarrisInsanity Wrap remembers all too well what life was like from 18-24, despite our best efforts to drink those memories away. Insanity Wrap wishes everyone good luck without the innovators and job creators because we’re going to need it. If that’s not an act of biological warfare, Insanity Wrap believes it’s close enough for (Communist) government work. Health Reminder: After reading a Chris Cillizza column, Insanity Wrap encourages you to wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer.
Opinion: On Reopening Schools the Buck Stops With Us, Not With Dr. Fauci
I remember back in March there was a move afoot to get President Trump out of the daily picture shown to Americans and let Dr Fauci be the face of our response to the pandemic. President Trump Does Not Need to Let Dr Fauci or His Other Experts Do The TalkingOpinion: The Petroleum Engineer, the School Principal, and the Private SectorTruman was right. It stops with us and it stops with the “commanders” we have elected, Mayors, Governors, and the President – all Executive Positions. Ultimately, this decision belongs to “commanders.” Commanders are the voters, the Mayors, Governors, and the President. Staff advisors educated in one narrow field of expertise, like Dr. Fauci, should not be the ones deciding.
Rioters Returned to Downtown Portland — No Feds in Sight So Portland PD Did the Honors, to Antifa/BLM’s Great Regret
pic.twitter.com/6SZh2nQUsB — Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) August 13, 2020No federal agents in sight — none needed. pic.twitter.com/7nFrXcIglb — Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) August 13, 2020The police advance and begin to deploy tear gas. pic.twitter.com/hT8brXcmnH — Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) August 13, 2020The first fire of the night has been lit inside the justice center courtyard. There were no Portland PD Officers on the street under identical circumstances. Now Portland PD is pretty much “unbridled.”The rioters are probably longing for a return of the good old days.
Kamala Harris Has No Principles, and That’s What Makes Her Frightening
But as strategically valuable as Harris is on Biden’s ticket, she is also stunningly devoid of any guiding principle. Sure, this is frightening to conservatives, but there are more than a few progressives who are uneasy with Harris as Biden’s running mate. They aren’t going to drop their fight against Donald Trump simply because Harris scares them. Harris scares them. Harris scares conservatives.
Yamiche Alcindor Cements Her Place as Most Dishonest ‘Journalist’ After Cutting Trump Quote
Yet, PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor continues to stand above the rest, both because of her penchant to outright lie, and her tendency to use her race as a shield. https://t.co/P7HGwsbKWD — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 31, 2020And here she is trying to cancel the black Surgeon General over an innocuous plea to not do drugs and alcohol. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 10, 2020Alcindor is attempting to up her game, though. Yesterday, she purposely cut the context out of a Trump quote so she could proclaim it a “moment to behold.”A moment to behold. — Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 12, 2020Surely, Trump said that because he’s a racist right?
How Trump’s Push to Reopen Schools Backfired
Many teachers and their powerful unions said they saw Mr. Trump’s language as bullying, wrongheaded, and out of touch with the reality that the virus was raging through their communities, often in red states. Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said unions and Democratic leaders were seizing upon schools as a way to attack the president. “President’s Trump’s goal of seeing schools open was never about politics, it was about the health, growth and learning of our nation’s children, and it has not backfired,” Mr. Deere said in a statement. “Not only does the president want to see schools open safely, but so do teachers, students, parents and health professionals.”Perhaps nowhere was Mr. Trump’s impact on the debate more clear than in Chicago. That number rose to nearly 80 percent in recent weeks, said Jesse Sharkey, the union’s president, as infection rates ticked up in the city and Mr. Trump continued to push schools to reopen in tweets and at news conferences.
Style Invitational Week 1397: Trope springs eternal
The Empress asked Our Own Bob Staake to draw a few of those cartoon trope situations and let the Loser Community offer some new ideas. This will ensure that they’ll end up in the right group when the E pushes the Magic Sort Button. ADADThe Style Conversational The Empress's weekly online column — published late Thursday afternoon — discusses each new contest and set of results. This week, the original definitions for the anagram businesses used this week. (Eric Nelkin, Silver Spring; Jon Gearhart)HAPPIEST EPITAPHS:“This dude’s consigned to grave and shroud,But don’t act glum, or play the grump!
Opinion | I thought that the woman Biden picked didn’t matter — until it did
Like most of the Black women I know, I was prepared to accept any of the choices under consideration. ADBut another metric that counts has never been reflected on a major party’s presidential ticket: Black women. The Democratic Party is a broad and diverse coalition, but Black women represent its most loyal voting bloc. Black women vote for the futures of our sons and daughters; we vote for our health and the health of our communities. She will also have to deal with racist and sexist attacks as a Black woman who could one day be president.
Opinion | No one wins a vaccine race if public confidence is lost
Many experimental vaccines are likely to fail in research or clinical trials; this is science at work. But that makes it doubly important that confidence not be shaken by hasty or unnecessary political mistakes. The Russian Sputnik V vaccine has so far been tested in trials with a small number of people; the institute planned to use only 38 volunteers. Interestingly, Gallup points out that when adults were asked in 1954 about the then-new polio vaccine, just 60 percent said they would take it, while 31 percent said they would not. To have any hope of beating the pandemic, vaccine development must retain public confidence.
Live updates: Tennessee lawmakers pass bill outlawing forms of protest, including camping on Capitol grounds
The National Urban League’s annual State of Black America report says that the coronavirus epidemic has exposed systemic racial inequities and that the crisis has revealed the true face of racism in America. The 2020 State of Black America report — titled “Unmasked” — explores the ways that covid-19 has brought racism to the fore, particularly as it is demonstrated within the nation’s economy, health-care institutions and justice systems. The Black death rate is higher than the Latino rate, even though Latinos are more likely to contract the infection, because the U.S. Black population skews older, according to the report. “ 'I can’t breathe’ became emblematic of more than Floyd’s personal struggle in the moment,” Morial said. “Our reporting revealed the common denominator in the alarming and disproportionate ratio of Black people left gasping for air in emergency rooms and at the hands — and knees — of law enforcement: centuries of systemic racism.”
Georgia school with photos of packed hallways will curb in-person classes after coronavirus outbreak
ADADThe new cases and the rate of virus spread means the district will have to adjust its in-person learning curriculum, the district stated. Students will be on campus for two days a week based on their last names and will spend the rest of their school week engaging in digital learning. In its first week open, the school was open for in-classroom instruction for three days, with two days of virtual learning so the district could assess how its schools were operating. Parents, teachers and students voiced their conflicting views about school safety and leadership as the Georgia school district grapples with providing an education during a global pandemic. During the meeting, some parents underscored the need for in-person learning as they try to maintain full-time jobs, and others asked the district to provide a data-driven agenda for in-person learning as well as mask mandates.
This University President Knows Why America Can’t Afford to Neglect HBCUs
One in five Black American college graduates received their bachelor’s degree from an HBCU, despite the institutions operating with endowments about 70% lower than non-HBCU schools. Without support, HBCUs risk falling behind, or worse. And as the President of Xavier, he’s witnessing firsthand the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Black students, whether they’re incoming freshmen or new graduates about to embark on their career in corporate America. Stepping back from the opportunities available once they get to school, students also need help with affordability — particularly during these challenging economic times. Corporate America should be engaging HBCUs to make sure there’s equitable education because educational equity is equity.
Florida governor compares reopening schools to Osama bin Laden raid
Ron DeSantis (R), however, remains determined to open school doors next month, prompting the Florida Education Association to take the matter to court. For his part, the Republican governor seems to believe finding the right analogy will help make his policy appear more palatable. This site is protected by recaptchaAbout a month ago, for example, DeSantis compared school openings to shopping at Home Depot and Walmart. When kids go to schools, they tend to sit for many hours in classrooms and walk through crowded hallways. Martin County Superintendent Laurie Gaylord told me she viewed re-opening her schools as a mission akin to a Navy SEAL operation.
The Stubborn Survival of the Electoral College
Since the early 19th century, roughly 900 constitutional amendments have been introduced in Congress to alter or abolish the Electoral College. Yet it has proved stubbornly resistant to change. Even the “wrong winner” elections of 2000 and 2016, in which the presidential candidate who received the greatest number of popular votes was defeated in the Electoral College, haven’t led to abolishing the system. Today, conventional wisdom has it that the main obstacle to reform is the small states, which have a disproportionate...
A letter from Chennai as India tops 2 million COVID-19 cases: ‘In the midst of so much death, despair and depression, life does go on’
The country reported 66,999 new cases and 942 COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-related cases to 2,396,637 and fatalities to more than 47,033. The country has a rate of COVID-related death per 100,000 people of 3.2 and a case-fatality rate of 2%. Few people appear to have learned any lesson from the huge cluster of cases that erupted in wholesale vegetable markets at Koyambedu. In the midst of so much death, despair and depression, life does go on. Overall, there is an overwhelming despair, especially among the elderly here, as to when all of this will end.
A letter from Chennai as India tops 2 million COVID-19 cases: ‘In the midst of so much death, despair and depression, life does go on’
The country reported 66,999 new cases and 942 COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-related cases to 2,396,637 and fatalities to more than 47,033. The country has a rate of COVID-related death per 100,000 people of 3.2 and a case-fatality rate of 2%. Few people appear to have learned any lesson from the huge cluster of cases that erupted in wholesale vegetable markets at Koyambedu. In the midst of so much death, despair and depression, life does go on. Overall, there is an overwhelming despair, especially among the elderly here, as to when all of this will end.
The U.S. and China have gone to the brink. Here’s how to make sure we don’t go over it.
NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—Observers of U.S.-China relations increasingly talk of a new cold war. ”A cold war between the United States and China would leave both countries and the world worse off. The bad news is the chances of a second cold war are far higher today than they were just months ago. If this is the case, it reinforces the view that a cold war or worse could materialize. This article was published with permission of Project Syndicate—To the Brink with China.
Covid-19 Pandemic Affects More Than Just School Reopening
When Covid-19 hit, a national health response was required, yet neither federal agencies nor the White House provided one. The Education Department failed to develop a specific plan to address these critical needs. Especially now, in the midst of a pandemic, the country needs national education leadership and a commitment to ramp up funding not just in the short term. Federal support is essential for teacher recruitment, retention, compensation, and, importantly, professional development linked to skills in K-12 schools. A national education policy must increase funding and partnerships with a federal Education Department that actually helps lead the way.
America Needs a National Education Plan
When Covid-19 hit, a national health response was required, yet neither federal agencies nor the White House provided one. The Education Department failed to develop a specific plan to address these critical needs. Especially now, in the midst of a pandemic, the country needs national education leadership and a commitment to ramp up funding not just in the short term. Execution of all this demands an Education Department exercising true national leadership. A national education policy must increase funding and partnerships with a federal Education Department that actually helps lead the way.
Who is Kamala Harris? A look back at the VP candidate's rise
Before Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) became the first Black woman and first Asian American to join a major party ticket, she was a political trailblazer in California. First as San Francisco district attorney, then as state attorney general, she showed a gift for politics but left a complicated legacy on criminal justice.
China Has Another Reason to Wear Face Masks
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If residents of China’s steel belt want to know whether to strap on face masks and avoid outdoor exercise, they could do worse than look to the iron ore price. Unprocessed iron ore is sold in two main sizes. Lump ore is a pebbly mixture that can be fed directly into blast furnaces, and in China must be imported from overseas. Enforced shutdowns are often imposed in China’s steel belt when pollution gets bad, but they’re widely flouted, especially when profits are good and the government is prioritizing heavy industrial stimulus. So far there’s little sign that Beijing is seeing the pickup in particulate concentrations that typically accompanies a narrowing in the lump premium.
Review: ‘Becoming Los Angeles’ nails the city in ways big and small, as only D.J. Waldie can
It’s so easy to write very badly about Los Angeles. Nearly three decades later, he’s out with another memoir, “Becoming Los Angeles,” which makes that short list of classics just a little bit longer. “Becoming Los Angeles” is more tart and wise, what you might call an older man’s exhausted report on what’s still going wrong with our city. It shouldn’t be too surprising that “Becoming Los Angeles” is more measured, even jaded. “I don’t know what the young man who sleeps on Clark Avenue wants,” Waldie writes.
Some Mass. schools are pursuing hybrid schooling. The plan could be a public health disaster
Call it hopscotch or hybrid or blended learning, but some infectious disease experts call it a potential public health disaster. Meanwhile, hybrid plans limit class size and, seemingly, the risk to teachers of exposure. With fully remote or all in-person learning, children are spending the majority of their time in one or two places with a consistent group. For now, Cambridge plans to open in September with remote learning for students grades 4 through 12. Meanwhile, full-time in-person learning comes with obvious transmission risks, particularly in districts that lack the funds and infrastructure to create socially distant and sanitized spaces.
Who is Donald Trump's next COVID-19 'expert' ... Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable?
Trump also doesn’t seem pleased with Dr. Deborah Birx, another immunologist who has offended the president by telling the truth. The president doesn't want truth tellers who might save lives. From what I’ve read, Dr. Atlas is an expert in neuroradiology, which involves using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in brain and spine disorders. If Dr. Atlas doesn’t work out who will Trump turn to next? If it doesn’t work out with Dr. Atlas, or if the good doctor somehow stumbles on the truth, Trump will go in search of someone else.
Letters: Politicians, stop criticizing those you represent
Letters to the editorThis is a letter to all politicians running for office and for those already in office. You will be representing everyone in your state when you get elected, not just those who are the same party as you. Terrie Pullen, Cold SpringDemocrats can't save Republicans from themselvesIn his column "Dems also complicit in Householder mess," (July 29), Jason Williams does his best to splash some bribery-scheme mud on Ohio House Democrats. (Not to mention the folks from the 72nd district, who presumably knew of Householder’s past yet chose to return him to office.) The truth of the matter is that before the full House voted on a speaker in January 2019, the House Republican caucus might have decided among themselves who would emerge as their sole nominee for Speaker.
My daughter's A* star prediction has turned to a C : how can this be right?
Instead Lily had been handed over two Bs and a C for exams she hadn’t sat. Today is an A level results day like no other in the history of these exams. But in one subject she has been downgraded from an A* to a C. That’s a four grades drop. And let’s be clear, Lily isn’t from a disadvantaged background. Like many parents, my day will end not as it began with a sinking heart - but a furious one.
Biden and Harris speeches show they are the perfect rebuke to ‘Make America Great Again’ - The Washington Post
We deceive ourselves in thinking that only overt examples of racism constitute white supremacy. In fact, white supremacy is the mind-set that posits the United States as a country defined by its whiteness and by Christianity. Along comes former vice president Joe Biden, who served at the side of the Black president whom Trump has sought to delegitimize. The response is the unabashed embrace of power by someone White males once had the power to exclude. Trump’s whining and incoherent insults are nothing more than the death rattle of white supremacy.
Mission creep at DHS leaves its founders dismayed as critics call for a breakup
ADThe president took office with immigration enforcement plans that placed DHS at the forefront of his domestic agenda. And when the coronavirus pandemic attacked the country — triggering the biggest national crisis since the Sept. 11 attacks — DHS remained in a secondary role. Proposals to carve up DHS remain outside the mainstream, but they have intensified within a segment of the Democratic Party. “We are a what-have-you-done-lately-for-me country,” said Stewart Baker, who was the top policy official at DHS after the department’s creation. DHS spokesman Alexei Woltornist said the administration’s response in Portland was fully consistent with the Bush-era legislation that established the department.
Richie Lay: On National Purple Heart Day, our Purple Heart Heroes prove we are a resilient nation
In February 1932, on the 200th Anniversary of Washington's birth, the award was recast in its modern form, as the Purple Heart medal. For Purple Heart recipients, and all who serve in our armed forces, the award remains unique. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTERThis National Purple Heart Day, as our nation faces the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest, our nation can look to our Purple Heart recipients as symbols of our strength, courage and resiliency as a nation. Our Purple Heart recipients offer us an opportunity to unite. Today, salute our Purple Heart heroes.
5 ways Covid-19 will challenge airlines for years (opinion)
The coronavirus pandemic caused commercial air travel to come to a standstill for several months, and it is now at only a fraction of 2019 demand. Even more than the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Covid-19 is rocking the aviation industry to its core. Of course, this will not be until after the pandemic subsides and the industry begins to show real growth beyond 2019 levels. Oliver Wyman conducted a Traveler Sentiment Survey of nearly 4,600 consumers in nine countries that showed the majority — about 58% — were planning only domestic travel after Covid-19 subsides. We predict that only China, South Korea, Italy, Norway, New Zealand and Greece will be able to reach 75% of 2019 domestic travel demand.
Why Kamala Harris as VP would be a revelation for Black America
(CNN) Kamala Harris walked into a packed auditorium for her freshman orientation at Howard University and experienced a revelation. Back then many Howard students wore a T-shirt that declared, "It's a Black thang, you wouldn't understand." It's hard to convey to outsiders what it's like to attend a Black college. Kamala Harris as a Howard University student in the 1980s. Kamala Harris, lower center, in her Howard University yearbook.
Personal contact could be next casualty in U.S.-China tech feud
Personal contact could be next casualty in U.S.-China tech feudIn 2001, when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the small industrial city of Fuling, my late mom visited and addressed my English classes. Here’s some smoking-gun evidence of that particular influence operation:David WertimeTHE CHINA WATCHERSWhat is the fate of U.S.-China communication? WeChat users want you to know they really ? ? ? ? ? ? . Mitchell told China Watcher he learned he was sanctioned when he checked Twitter at 4:30 a.m. Monday after his dog woke him up. Hessler told China Watcher that he “tried to give [the students] guidance, and I was sharing lessons from my own career, but I was also learning from them.
From the USPS to Kanye, Trump's moves look like his eyes are on November
By itself, the USPS overhaul, for example, seems like it could plausibly be more about Trump’s feud with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos than about the election. Taken as a whole, it’s hard to look at the list above and not see something that’s a cause for alarm. In the 2020 primary cycle, Joe Biden — whose debate performances were unreliable at best — benefited from low expectations. Biden seemed to always just clear the low bar set for him in contrast to younger and more agile candidates. 17: The number of consecutive days that America’s coronavirus death count has been at least 1,000, per The Washington Post.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won’t need to talk about Donald Trump’s shortcomings very much during Election 2020, because Trump broadcasts them 24/7
Trump’s revolting attacks shouldn’t go unanswered, of course—and Harris has every right to defend herself against Trump’s dehumanizing attacks. The Biden campaign can offer voters a warm, fuzzy, hopeful vision of post-Trump America. Fear is the messageTrump himself has no positive message. Trump’s unredeemed hatred makes it less important for Biden and Harris to spend all their time making clear who Trump is. That allows Biden and Harris to emphasize a positive message for voters.
Chinese Communist Party's new Red terror in Hong Kong
The targeting of the soft-spoken activist comes four months after the arrest of 82-year-old Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic Party. Hong Kong deserves supportIn 2018, the Vatican reached an agreement with Beijing allowing the Chinese government to nominate bishops. This is devastating for those who value freedom of speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom and other human rights. As Beijing cracks down on dissent in Hong Kong, the rest of the world must not similarly fall silent. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hong Kong: China is targeting any dissent with national security law
Essential California: L.A.'s botched reopening
Newsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles TimesAcross from City Hall, a protest encampment intends to serve as a “reminder” of the need for police reform. Los Angeles TimesSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles TimesAdvertisementA fast-moving brush fire was burning near Lake Hughes in northern Los Angeles County on Wednesday evening.
Trump is destroying the American dream for international college students
In the 2018-2019 academic year, international students contributed nearly $41 billion to the US economy and helped support more than 485,000 jobs, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators. International students spend tens of thousands of dollars in search of the American dream, only to find it elusive because of an increasingly restrictive immigration system. After its ban on international students was foiled, ICE released a narrower version on July 24 barring only newly enrolled foreign students from coming to America if they take fully online classes. This puts freshmen foreign students at a disadvantage from their peers yet requires them to pay the same or higher tuition. Public pressure culminating in the ban’s rescission demonstrates that there are still those willing to fight for international students.
Letters: Vaccine for racism
For the racism virus, there has been a vaccine available for many millennia. Bruce OnkenFremontEthnic studies muststrive to unite studentsAccording to Dan Walters, the Legislature is weighing whether to make ethnic studies mandatory (“California still struggling to get ethnic studies right,” August 9). If ethnic studies become mandatory, school districts will be free to cherry-pick what is taught from the authorized curriculum. Unless every teacher is required to include narratives of overcoming adversity and achieving success, ethnic studies will be counterproductive. This is the money that pays for Social Security and Medicare and, of course, only is withheld from those who already have jobs.
Letters: Training vs. candidates | Evergreen leadership | ‘Real patriotism’ | Support DA | Beware Trump | TikTok extortion?
“Is state’s police training enough?,” Aug. 9:While training is important, more so is selecting the correct candidates to receive that training. It’s obviously more than just a few; and the departments have been loath to even try weeding them out. Lisa JacksonEvergreen Valley CollegeSan Jose‘Real patriotism’ willhelp beat coronavirusWhat happened to the real patriotism that has always existed in this country during times of crisis? Those of us who grew up in the 1940s during World War II remember how we accepted gasoline and food rationing without protesting. Related Articles Letters: Vaccine for racism | Training vs. candidates | Ethnic studies | Protect programs | Poverty and securityLetters: Campaign cash | Prop.
Another Portland protest ended with tear gas after police declared a riot
The clash marks an escalation in police tactics after a week without using tear gas to quell demonstrations that have at times grown destructive. The Portland police have been the target of intense scrutiny for their response to protests since May 29. Critics have alleged that officers have been quick to indiscriminately gas largely peaceful crowds, when only a small number of individuals commit crimes such as throwing projectiles at officers and setting fires.
Bice defends tax vote as way to help teachers, schools
Under fire in her congressional race for voting to raise taxes, state Sen. Stephanie Bice launched a new ad on Wednesday defending her 2018 vote as a way to help the lowest-paid teachers in the region. “I was proud to stand up for our teachers and our schools, to give them the pay raise that they deserve,” Bice says in her latest ad in the GOP runoff campaign in the 5th Congressional District. Bice is running against businesswoman Terry Neese; the runoff is Aug. 25. The winner will face Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City, in the Nov. 3 general election. Neese and the anti-tax group Club for Growth have criticized Bice for voting for the $474 million tax package, which included increases in gross production taxes, fuel taxes and cigarette taxes.
I used to be critical of Kamala Harris. Now I am going to defend her at every turn | Shanita Hubbard
The historic announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick is another reminder that multiple things can be true at the same time. While lots of articles will focus on the historical weight of this moment, we cannot ignore that Harris isn’t just representation. I was one of the people who publicly expressed concern about Harris during her presidential campaign. While I wholeheartedly still believe in the power of voting, I’m now more committed to what I call zoning in. Yet it is also true that I intend to vote for the Biden and Harris ticket because I believe they present a better chance at improving the lives of marginalized communities than this current administration.
Trump Just Admitted He's Sabotaging the USPS to Screw Up the Election
President Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud, admitting that he was intentionally withholding money from the US Postal Service to undermine its ability to handle mail-in voting in the 2020 election. Trump has long attacked mail voting as fraud-prone even though there’s little evidence that’s true — and sees slowdowns at the Post Office as a way to screw up mail voting. Polls show that Democrats are increasingly likely to use mail voting as a safe way to cast a ballot during the pandemic, while Trump’s attacks on mail voting have pushed Republicans away from a method they’ve often used in the past. “They don’t have the money to do the universal mail-in voting,” Trump said of the Post Office, which is requesting billions in emergency funding. DeJoy has banned overtime for postal workers and taken other measures that he claims will make the Post Office more efficient and cost-effective.
How Kamala Harris as VP Can Be a Win for Progressives
It would have been great to see Stacey Abrams elevated, along with the very timely issues she champions, fighting the Republican strategy of deliberately disenfranchising Black voters. Kamala Harris fits that bill. I am bracing myself for the kind of sexist attacks on Harris as too “ambitious” and “shrill” that were aimed at Hillary Clinton. Anecdotally, it appears that many young people are not thrilled with either Biden or Harris, but perhaps older voters are feeling good about the ticket. That includes the Black voters in the South who put Biden over the top, suburban white women who are turning away from Trump and rural independents.
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An opinion piece published by Bloomberg said the Europeans are “disinclined to help the US” at the 15-member Security Council. In exchange for betraying their principles, they’ll merely enjoy a measure of schadenfreude: the sight of the Trump administration’s humiliation in the Security Council,” it added. “Having burned its own bridges with Europe, the Trump administration might have used intermediaries to make its case, and the most obvious candidates would have been the Arab states …. Of course, the threat would be more potent if accompanied by European sanctions as well. But the Trump administration will have to get by without even a little help from America’s friends,” the piece said.
Coronavirus & Higher Education -- What to Do?
(Mark Makela/Reuters)COVID has created a crisis in higher education. In today’s Martin Center article, Stephanie Brenzel, who teaches at the University of Toronto, offers her thoughts. First, things are bad and getting worse if you believe in politically neutral liberal arts education. Of course, bringing the free marketplace to higher education is easier said than done. AdvertisementBrenzel concludes, “With the added pressures of COVID-19, the ship of higher education is sinking.
School Reopenings: Rethink Public Education
(GlobalStock)There is no better time to make a change than right now, when public education is in chaos. AdvertisementEven before the pandemic, American families had concerns about the quality of education their children were receiving from our public schools. Even before the coronavirus threat, parents were beginning to learn how morally toxic their public schools were becoming. But the risk remains, and so do all of the other failures, which screen-delivered public school can only exacerbate. AdvertisementThere is no better time to make a change than right now, when public education is in chaos.
Coronavirus: Reopening Schools Can Be Done Safely
To ensure we can enter this next phase safely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have spent the summer preparing guidelines to safely reopen classrooms. These concerns, while understandable, must be weighed against two things: the facts about how the coronavirus affects children and the consequences of keeping children out of school this fall. Additionally, experts from inside and outside the government are very concerned about the dangers and drawbacks of keeping schools closed this fall. Thankfully, these consequences are not inevitable because we have the resources and instructions on hand today to safely open schools. We are taking a whole of America approach to this virus, and together, we can reopen our schools safely.
Betsy DeVos: Judge Allows Due Process Rules for Campus Sexual Assault Cases to Take Effect
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos participates in a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s controversial campus sexual assault rule will take effect on Friday after a federal judge dismissed an attempt from several state attorneys general to block it. A District of Columbia circuit court judge on Wednesday denied a preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the Title IX rule, the Trump administration’s attempt to enhance due process for sexual assault cases in K-12 schools and on college campuses. Attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia sued over the rule, arguing that it would prevent schools from probing some sexual assault complaints and would have a chilling effect on students who want to report sexual abuse. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe attorneys general also argued that the rule would hamper schools in their ability to handle the coronavirus pandemic and saddle them with heavy expenses, an argument Nichols also rejected.
Democrats War on Constitution & Tradition Dangerous and Short-Sighted
Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. AdvertisementThe Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. AdvertisementThere is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies.
Kamala Harris's San Francisco & California Politics
Then-California attorney general Kamala Harris in 2011. The second, Vice President — and heir apparent — Kamala Harris. It’s this California that produces Nancy Pelosi — and Kamala Harris. But, of course, why would Kamala Harris look deeply into political favoritism and corruption in California? Her career took off when her married boyfriend, San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, got her two separate jobs, one of which paid $99,000 per year for attending two meetings a month.
Govt Actions Lawful Only When Subordinate to Constitution
Obviously, this number is different for all people, and it varies from state to state. Borrowing and giving away money will just postpone the day of reckoning. We also know this because the Constitution expressly states in Article I, section 9, that no money shall be spent except when appropriated by law. According to the Supreme Court, that clause means that state officials decide how to employ state assets and spend state funds. And, as such, all government behavior is only lawful when it is subordinate to it, no matter what any president says.
The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States — FBI
So, when I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party. China—the Chinese Communist Party—believes it is in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership. Another tool China and the Chinese Communist Party use to manipulate Americans is what we call malign foreign influence. And because of the authoritarian nature of the Chinese Communist Party, China has immense power over those same partners and markets. But the Chinese Communist Party often doesn’t stop there; it can’t stop there if it wants to stay in power—so it uses its leverage even more perniciously.
Military Has-Beens Ask General to ‘Remove’ Trump If He Refuses to Go
But the Obama years didn’t work out too well for the savvy officer, who after leaving the military with the rank of Lt. They say Trump has already executed “Caesar”-like orders in dispatching his own praetorian guard against civilians in the cities during the protests. As the senior military officer of the United States, the choice between these two options lies with you. If Biden wins and gives a lawful order to have a stubborn Trump removed from the West Wing, the military will obey. He left the military at the peak of the Iraq War and joined a partisan think tank.
Why Kanye’s Presidential Platform is Good News
In the matter of rap artist Kanye West’s presidential campaign, the two storylines that most preoccupy the media are, a) Is he crazy? To answer that question, we might consider his presidential campaign platform, which he released on August 9. So now if we examine the West political platform, we see that it is barely more than 400 words—and that’s a sharp contrast with the Democratic and Republican platforms, which run into the tens of thousands of words. By contrast, West’s platform is clear, concise, and meant to be read—or, who knows, maybe rapped. We can further observe that a heavy reliance on the Bible as a platform is not always a formula for political effectiveness.
Joe and Kamala, the Demagogic Duo
According to media accounts, a “power outage” delayed the debut of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday — a foreshadowing of what we can expect from an anti-energy Biden–Harris administration. The Obama–Biden economy floundered for eight years, only picking up after Trump cut taxes, pushed deregulations, and supported America’s energy sector. And his “Green New Deal” will crush America’s energy sector. They are two lightweights who will crash America’s economy, decimate her culture, and embolden the mob. In this demagogic duo, they see the final enactment of Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America.
Scruton’s Swan Song: Contemplating Wagner at the End of Life
'Parsifal' (1910) by Rogelio de Egusquiza (Prado Museum/public domain)Wagner’s Parsifal: The Music of Redemption, By Sir Roger Scruton, Allen Lane publisher, May 2020, 146 pages. Despite its relatively slim 146 pages of text, Wagner’s Parsifal is a dense and detailed read. The opera, which Wagner distinguished as a “sacred stage festival play,” holds a special place in Wagnerian lore and in theatrical history generally. Nor did Sir Roger descend from the scholarly heights to explore what meanings people could draw from the work, which is jam-packed with all sorts of delightful pathologies and dilemmas, both human and divine. For all his erudition, Sir Roger left the “why” as mysterious as the Grail’s symbolism.
Trump is giving schools tools to reopen, and they must do so for children's sake
For our children's sake, we must reopen schools for in-person learning. “We believe many school districts can now reopen safely, provided they implement mitigation measures and health protocols to protect families, protect teachers, and to protect students,” the president said. They include things such as a moratorium on charter schools and ridding schools of police resource officers. But even she acknowledges, “In-person schooling is really important for kids, academically, socially and emotionally.”Even Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is now saying we should reopen schools. With the tools that Trump has given us in his “Kids First” effort, we can reopen schools safely.
Even as they cancel each other, progressives continue to downplay their movement's racist past
The Supreme Court’s 1927 decision in Buck vs. Bell (an 8-1 decision written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes) provided the legal authority for forced sterilization. But the larger question is why people in the U.S. are so unaware of progressivism’s brutally racist past. As a first step toward finding the answer, I recently reviewed high school history books and other teaching materials to determine how progressive history is covered. They ignore the movement’s role in eugenics, omitting, with very few minor exceptions, any mention of the history of forced sterilization in the U.S. Logic would dictate that progressives ought to cancel themselves — disown their history, as they insist of others.
Sudan has come a long way on religious freedom in one year
For 30 years, the former regime led by Omar al Bashir systematically repressed religious freedom by applying Sharia-based provisions on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. One year after its formation, Sudan’s transitional government has made remarkable progress in advancing religious freedom and protections for previously disenfranchised groups — particularly religious minorities and women and girls. Throughout the past two decades, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom had recommended that the State Department designate Sudan as a "country of particular concern," a category under the International Religious Freedom Act for governments guilty of "systematic, ongoing, and egregious" violations of religious freedom committed by Bashir’s government. These important revisions in the educational system will be essential in promoting inclusivity and religious freedom for the next generation of Sudanese people. Anurima Bhargava and Tony Perkins are vice-chairs of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
'Not a great fit out here': Republicans say Kamala Harris harms Biden in crucial Rust Belt
“I’m not sure Kamala Harris will be a great fit out here in flyover country,” said Brian Reisinger, a Republican operative in Wisconsin. In the first debate of that contest, Harris dismantled Biden, skewering the former vice president for his opposition to public school busing decades ago. These Republicans, breaking with their colleagues, say the charismatic Harris will reinforce Biden’s appeal with suburban voters. That offers Biden and Trump opportunities to define the senator in a manner beneficial to their campaigns. “This is a neutral pick for most voters,” said Longwell, who runs Republican Voters Against Trump, a group that is running advertising encouraging GOP voters skeptical of the president to support Biden.
Old Remedies for the New Age - Taki's Magazine
La tan cacareada globalización y el nuevo orden mundial no consistían en el libre comercio, la supresión de fronteras o una mayor justicia social. Comprobé que el sátrapa caribeño tenía cierta razón la última vez que estuve en La Habana. Pero una mulata Wilson de irresistible sonrisa me indicó que en El Floridita no dejaban fumar. La razón de tal inmunidad, que provocó un ataque de celos a Katharine Hepburn, es que ambos solo bebían whisky. Recuperé entonces mis hábitos alcohólicos y la vida volvió a sonreírme mientras la yogui se desvanecía.
Racism is a sin and we are all sinners
The current resurgence of debate about racism shows that we still need the concept of sin. No actually: a quick glance at history shows that most of the main abolitionists and anti-racism campaigners simultaneously believed that racism was a sin and that they themselves were sinners. No, because they saw sin as wider than any particular moral evil. We can and should keep trying to reject our inherited racism, in the awareness that it cannot be cleanly uprooted. Only the language of sin allows us to be at all honest about racism.
Racism is a sin – and we are all sinners
The current resurgence of debate about racism shows that we still need the concept of sin. No actually: a quick glance at history shows that most of the main abolitionists and anti-racism campaigners simultaneously believed that racism was a sin and that they themselves were sinners. No, because they saw sin as wider than any particular moral evil. Only the language of sin allows us to be at all honest about racism. We ought to admit that it is a major moral evil – a sin.
How to fight a good war
SerifosThere’s no high life here, only family life, so I’ve been hitting the books about great Greeks of the past, and they sure make today’s bunch look puny. He did not fight for booty or plunder but for the defence of his home and the right to vote. The Peloponnesian War signalled the end of the two great powers. But also imagine a world that required those who declared war to fight it. Putin would fight from the front, as would Viktor Orbán and any Polish leader, but that is all.
Why are we so sniffy about the Russian vaccine?
Even so, there is still something a little surprising about the hostility towards the Russian vaccine for Covid-19 going into production this week, and set to be made widely available by October. A few have even started to make the argument that releasing a vaccine too early may well set back the fight against the virus. Right now, we are suffering catastrophic economic damage from the virus, and may soon suffer long term political and social damage as well. Everything we know from history tells us that deep depressions create political turmoil and social and economic damage that endures for a generation or more. Indeed, maybe we should already make the Oxford or Moderna vaccines available to anyone who wants to take them?
Universities should ignore this year’s A-Level results
Five months later, it is clear that not all A-level pupils have got the qualifications that they need, and that even more have not got the qualifications they deserve. Gavin Williamson then promised at the eleventh hour that students’ results would not be lower than their mock grades, but this also raises issues of inconsistency. On the other hand, national policymakers are under equal pressure to ensure that grades meet arbitrary quotas and are roughly in line with previous results. Universities should appreciate that, even with the best of intentions, the system was never going to be completely fair. A-level results matter, but in these extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances, universities must show flexibility.
Parents With Children Forced to Do School at Home Are Drinking More
These stressed parents are also twice as likely to report binge drinking at least once over the prior month than parents who aren’t stressed, according to our results. Seventy-eight percent of the parents had children who did distance learning in the spring of 2020. More people die each year from drinking alcohol than from motor vehicle crashes, guns, or illegal drugs. Given that distance learning is going to continue for the near future, we believe it is warranted to decrease stressors that lead to parents’ drinking, especially since parents are drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic than people without children. For distance learning to be successful for children and parents, more needs to be known about what makes it stressful.
Biden-Harris Too Weak to Resist the Socialist Wing of Their Party
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Biden-Harris Too Weak to Resist the Socialist Wing of Their PartyCommentaryJoe Biden is no Henry Wallace—the 1948 Progressive Party candidate for president many thought was the first actual communist (or close) to run for the U.S. presidency. His more-important-than-usual running mate Kamala Harris is much the same way, though of shorter duration. Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson has opined there are time-share salespeople more trustworthy than running mate Kamala, a ruthless comment with an uncomfortable ring of truth. Roger L. Simon is an award-winning author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJ Media, and now a columnist for The Epoch Times. Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
Secretary of State Pompeo rejects criticism of government response to mass protests
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week rejected the “insulting” suggestion that America’s moral authority was somehow damaged globally but the US government’s response to mass protests over the murder of George Floyd. Pompeo roundly rejected the criticism. The difference between the United States and these authoritarian regimes couldn’t be more clear. When we have peaceful protesters, we create the space for them to say their mind, to speak their piece. Contrast that with what happens in an authoritarian regime,” the secretary of state continued.
What will organized criminal violence bring next to our streets?
Then, from midnight to 5 a.m., they would repeatedly assault the courthouse, burning and tearing at it until federal law enforcement officers inside were forced to respond. These developments suggest an organized campaign of criminal action intended to intimidate government officials, degrade law enforcement, destroy public property and drive a radical political agenda. The criminal organizers will no doubt try to delegitimize the law enforcement response. But quelling the violence doesn’t fall solely to law enforcement. Whatever anyone’s politics, we should all agree there is no place for organized criminal activities on America’s streets and we should all work together to put an end to this unforgivable violence.
Must We Fight Cancel Culture with Cancel Culture?
Cancel culture is a chief weapon. As morally repugnant as cancel culture is, in war, the question is invariably asked: must we fight fire with fire? Must we cancel the left and its allies to stop their Jacobin terror? But a Trump win won't compel Democrats and the left to go quietly into that good night. In this cold war, would personally targeted reprisals stop cancel culture, or would they feed upward-spiraling cycles of retribution?
The last Belorussian front
The last time its capital Minsk, the epicenter of the current events, happened to be so much in the news occurred around 1943-44 when the Red Army with its Belorussian Fronts was slowly pushing the Nazis back West. Western commentators express delight at seeing the crowds standing up to President Lukashenko’s well-equipped security forces. What they don’t realize is that the situation may not actually be moving in the direction of freedom and democracy. A few dozen saboteurs arrested by Belarus’ security forces on the eve of elections vividly show the Russian president clearly understands the opportunity. Today we may just hope the people of Belarus will prevail on their own despite all odds, as this struggle may well sadly be their Last Belorussian Front.
Et Tu, Falwell? The Left's Playbook at Liberty U
In the aftermath, many people, including Liberty deputies, noticed "'an attempted coup' that sought to unseat President Falwell and seize control of the school." Prior, a pro-LGBT feminist, claims sometimes to be a conservative Baptist. The Left's "Cancel" Playbook for ChristiansWhat looks like a case of "caught with his pants down" also looks like another setup by the anti-Trump Deep State. In a similar shakeup at Southwestern Baptist Seminary two years ago, a colorful president got fired. The upheaval at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary serves as the classic example of the takeover pattern.
Biden-Harris ticket is a real stunner
When Kamala Harris can't answer a question, she grins like a Cheshire cat and starts whooping and giggling as if she's part of Hillary Clinton's hyena pack. Biden can't remember Harris's name without looking down at his notes but will do anything that the "clean and articulate" black man standing beside him demands. Isn't Kamala Harris just Hillary Clinton 2.0 with fewer years? Biden can't remember palling around with Dixiecrats, but Harris can remember how difficult it was to survive the slums of Stanford's faculty housing. Black Americans were left poorer during the Obama-Biden years; they have seen the greatest economic growth in history during Donald Trump's presidency.
Black Lives Matter terrorized families at the Chicago Ronald McDonald House
One of the appalling stories to emerge from the Black Lives Matter mob’s rampage in Chicago on Sunday night was the fact that looters attacked the Ronald McDonald House. Any American who’s watched television in the last 45 years knows about the Ronald McDonald House charity. In Chicago on Sunday night, however, the Ronald McDonald House was no longer safe; it was terrifying. Owen, who is getting treated at the Lurie Children’s Hospital close to the Ronald McDonald House, was due to get a special treat: He was going to go home for his birthday. The Ronald McDonald House was one of several locations hit early Monday morning.
The message in Willie Brown’s advice to Kamala
It’s no secret that Kamala Harris got a leg up in California politics because she dated Willie Brown. But the glory would be short-lived, and historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. It’s hard to imagine that Willie Brown doesn’t have sources everywhere in the Democrat party. And I think Willie Brown is fairly certain that Biden will lose and that Trump will be reelected. Image: Willie Brown, by Gage Skidmore; Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0.
Another Democrat caves: New Jersey's governor re-opens schools, gets flak from teachers' unions
First, they vowed to keep the schools closed through the rest of the year, all for the teachers' unions sake ... and then they started to reverse. Now, New Jersey's governor, Phil Murphy, has joined, opting to reopen, too. Murphy says that schools that really don't want to open and can meet some criteria for that can get an all-remote exception. And yes, little kids don't take hours and hours of daily online learning well, actually no one does. That's killing off public support for public schools by leaps and bounds.
Pompeo: ‘Resisting the CCP Threat Is in Some Ways Much More Difficult’ than the Cold War
What’s happening now isn’t Cold War 2.0. The challenge of resisting the CCP threat is in some ways much more difficult. That’s because the CCP has already enmeshed in our economies, in our politics, in our societies in ways the Soviet Union never was. And Beijing is not likely to change course in the near future. Although, one lives in hope.”Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
New York Senate Health Committee Chair: State Nursing Home COVID Numbers Are Questionable, Other State’s Numbers ‘Much Higher’
On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” New York State Sen. and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Gustavo Rivera (D) questioned the state’s numbers on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, and said that “the way the numbers are calculated in other states gives an idea that the percentages of deaths among people we know are more vulnerable to this disease are much higher.” Rivera also stated that it’s not possible to establish the best policy for the future without the best data. Rivera said that he doesn’t agree with the state health department’s assessment that they have been transparent, adding, “[W]hat you see is, the way the numbers are calculated in other states gives an idea that the percentages of deaths among people we know are more vulnerable to this disease are much higher. And listen, look, ultimately, this series of hearings that we’re doing — we’ve done 23 hours of them so far — are about accountability first, but second, about making sure that we establish policy going forward to avert unnecessary deaths. And unfortunately, if we do not have the best and most accurate data, we’re not going to be able to do that.”Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
America Is Spiritually Immunocompromised on Apple Podcasts
Why don’t I care about Kamala Harris? Because if you understand what is ailing America, this election is not the primary panacea. Our nation, including red states, has been attacked from bottom up with foreign and pagan ideals, and our nation is spiritually immunocompromised, incapable of warding off these pathogens without a new effort. Plus, the killing of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant should be a bigger story than George Floyd, yet nobody has heard about it. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chinese Communist Party's new Red terror in Hong Kong
The targeting of the soft-spoken activist comes four months after the arrest of 82-year-old Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic Party. Coronavirus: From my view in Hong Kong, American reluctance to mask is suicidalUnder the national security law, dissent from Beijing’s authoritarian takeover of Hong Kong is illegal, no matter where in the world someone is. Hong Kong deserves supportIn 2018, the Vatican reached an agreement with Beijing allowing the Chinese government to nominate bishops. Since the new national security law passed this summer, Hong Kong is looking less like itself and more like mainland China. As Beijing cracks down on dissent in Hong Kong, the rest of the world must not similarly fall silent.
Ford recalls include some F-150s because of fire risk
Ford is warning that a number of 2020 F-150 pickups could catch fire because of a battery connection issue. At the same time, the company announced a recall of more than half a million Edges with potential brake problems. A brake hose could rupture and cause a fluid leak, which could increase the risk of a crash. The company said dealers would replace brake hoses, and the reference number is 20S42. "If needed, the toe link bracket edge will be trimmed, and a new coil spring will be installed," Ford said, noting that the recall reference number is 20S41.
Why immigration is good for American workers and their employers
James PethokoukisOpinion contributorSome public policy issues are “lock them in a room” issues. Lock party leaders in a room to discuss immigration today, and they might take hammers to each other. Either way, that flood of determination and talent has long been the deep magic of American economic exceptionalism. So it is particularly worrisome that immigration restrictionism on the right seems to have expanded its complaint from undocumented immigration to low-skill immigration and now to some of the most talented newcomers. Two similar efforts, during the 1930s and 1960s, to boost jobs and wages for domestic workers by sending home Mexican workers failed miserably.
Fed monetary policies can’t fix the racial wealth gap. But overhauling an unfair credit system is a good place to start.
The latest manifestation of this skepticism comes in a proposal from congressional Democrats to change the Fed’s charter in the setting of monetary policy. A mandate to reduce racial disparities, say proponents, would require the central bank to allow the economy to run “hotter” for longer. But the honest truth is that for most of its 107-year existence, the Fed has mostly pursued a race-blind monetary policy on behalf of a racially biased economic system. The unintended effect of monetary policy may have been to further entrench racial and class inequities built into that system. But the way to reduce that injustice isn’t to add a corrective racial bias to monetary policy, if that were even possible.
If McConnell and Trump had put safeguards in April, more schools would be open right now: AFT president
If McConnell and Trump had put safeguards in April, more schools would be open right now: AFT presidentAmerican Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss what is holding teachers back from returning to the classroom.
The Kamala Harris pick isn't about 2020. It's about the future.
(CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential nominee is historic. If the ticket is elected in the fall, the California Democrat will be the first woman, Black woman and Indian American to become vice president. Vice presidents rarely move the dial significantly, so Harris' selection matters a lot more for 2021 and beyond than it does for 2020. Perhaps the way vice presidential nominees shake up the race the most is by how they reflect on the presidential nominees. And as mentioned, she'd be the first woman, Black woman and Indian American to become vice president.
Trump’s Payroll-Tax Deferral Plans Spur Confusion
WASHINGTON—President Trump’s gambit to defer Social Security payroll taxes for the rest of the year and pressure Congress into forgiving them is turning into a logistical challenge, with its rollout complicated by his own unclear statements about the plan. The Treasury Department faces continued pressure from businesses about the difficulty of implementing the idea. And since Mr. Trump unveiled the concept, he has repeatedly described his own administration’s plans in a way that suggests he is seeking a much more sweeping...
Kamala Harris on student-loan forgiveness, Medicare, universal basic income, credit scores — and a tax on trading stocks
During her campaign, Harris put forth a wide range of proposals regarding her vision for the country. Affordable housingLast July, Harris’ presidential campaign released an extensive plan aimed at increasing the homeownership rate in black communities. “ Harris introduced the Rent Relief Act, which would create a refundable tax credit for households who make less than $100,000 a year. Universal basic incomeEntrepreneur Andrew Yang made a universal basic income policy his cause celebre on the campaign trail during the race for the Democratic nomination. Harris didn’t necessarily propose her own version of universal basic income, but she did put forth the LIFT the Middle Class Act.
Social Security could be vulnerable under President Trump’s plan for payroll taxes
President Trump’s executive order to defer payroll taxes may not hurt Social Security — that is, if everything goes perfectly right, everyone pays back the money they owe and no plans change whatsoever. Employees therefore may see extra money in their paychecks — money which would normally be paid toward Social Security. See: Paul Krugman: Trump’s payroll tax cut is ‘the hydroxychloroquine of economic policy’But because it’s a deferral — not a cut — those taxes will still be owed eventually. Social Security will, however, be impacted if anything deviates from this current plan. The cut was 2% for two years, and would have cost the equivalent of $300 billion to Social Security in today’s dollars.
George Soros bashes President Trump, explains why he no longer participates in this market bubble
George Soros just turned 90 years old... and he’s got a lot to say. “ ‘We are in a crisis, the worst crisis in my lifetime since the Second World War. I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times. What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens. Soros is confident the U.S. is better positioned to weather the pandemic than Europe, even though he took issue with the man calling the shots in the White House.
Kamala Harris on the issues: race, policing, health care and education
Harris, 55, will be the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for vice president by a major party. As San Francisco’s district attorney, Harris chose not to seek the death penalty in a major case on moral grounds, but as attorney general she appealed a judge’s decision declaring California’s death penalty law unconstitutional. Health careDuring her presidential bid, Harris got tangled up by the issue of health care. AdvertisementBiden — who wants to build on the Affordable Care Act — is not in favor of eliminating private insurance. Followinbg the debates, Harris did put out her own health care plan, which placed her somewhere on the ideological spectrum between Biden and Sanders.
Editorial: Who should be allowed to cast a ballot in California?
California voters will be asked in the Nov. 3 election to expand the pool of state residents who can cast ballots. It made good sense: Until then, American men could be drafted into the military at age 18, but they had to be 21 to cast a ballot. Now, there’s a fledgling national movement to lower the voting age to 16. But the argument for another lowering of the voting age is not as compelling as it was for the 26th Amendment. It doesn’t make sense to now lower the voting age to 17.
Police: Man fatally shot himself in struggle with troopers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A man in Virginia fatally shot himself when he fired multiple gunshots during a struggle with state troopers attempting to take him into custody, authorities said. The shooting happened Wednesday night in Virginia Beach after a trooper attempted to stop the man while he was driving recklessly on a highway, Virginia State Police said in a news release. The man refused the order, exited the road and eventually struck another parked car with his vehicle, police said. He then fled on foot, but troopers caught up with him and attempted to take him into custody. One of the bullets struck him and he died at the scene, authorities said.
Start planning now for Boston’s recovery
Developers David Matteo, David Winick, Jr., and Giuseppe Arcari filed plans for the 555 West Broadway Mixed Use Project in South Boston. That calls for 14 new apartments, with 2 affordable units, and about 3,182 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. That consists of 28 new residential apartments with 4 affordable units and about 2,304 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. But for Boston to really recover, and bring in and retain tax-paying homeowners and tenants, we need to start planning for a comeback. The Hub’s many arts organizations, which nurtured and showcased the vast talents of the city, need help to regroup and get back on stage.
Solve state funding woes by collecting taxes already paid
It is as simple as making the Department of Revenue enter the modern era in collecting the sales taxes we have already paid for our purchases. The sales tax is a crucial part of how the Commonwealth supports local services, education and health care, and is a bedrock funding source for the MBTA. Understanding this, several years ago the Baker Administration identified, and the Legislature passed the perfect solution: Accelerated Sales Tax Remittance (ASTR). Unfortunately, it has gotten lost and yet to be implemented to bring our high-tech state out of the Stone Age of sales tax collection technology. But we have a state sales tax collection system that is its financial equivalent.
Conservatives are trying to destroy the US Postal Service. Instead we should expand it | Bhaskar Sunkara
It is an iconic brand tremendously popular with the American public. Yet that is exactly what’s happening to the United States Postal Service (USPS). As early as 1861, the Post Office Department began hiring black employees and maintained that practice throughout the century of racial apartheid that followed the end of slavery. Today, a full quarter of USPS workers are black and the vast majority of them unionized. Throughout much of the 20th century the Post Office Department operated a savings system, which allowed customers to make deposits.
Eating out to help out is no match for getting back to the office
All this gorging has stopped Britons cowering at home, a key step in restoring them to their true free-roaming, free-spending selves. If you can sit next to a group of diners at the local curry house, you can also sit a short distance from your colleagues – back in the office. Anyone eating out expects waiters, bartenders and chefs to do their jobs, so has hardly got an excuse for their own reluctance to return to work. So now is their moment: combined with the return of school, the coming weeks are an ideal time to return to business as usual. With little chance to learn and no chance to prove themselves, pupils’ opportunities are dwindling before their eyes.
How Hard Is It To Steal a National Election By Mail?
In a close election, voter suppression and election interference could distort the outcome. With enough confusion, the Presidential election could be thrown to a “contingent election” in the House of Representatives, where a state-by-state vote would favor Republicans. In these states, elections officials can take steps to ensure that votes will be counted in an orderly manner, even if the mails are slowed. Moderate risk: Split-party control by CELO and governor, or election boards with a history of partisanship. In short, even in the unlikely scenario that elections officials abandon their duty to administer elections, a stolen election seems unlikely.
University of Virginia confronts its Jeffersonian roots in a memorial to enslaved laborers
So, this evocative and moving new memorial to the thousands of enslaved people who helped build and then served the university that Thomas Jefferson designed can make private conversations public. After a rainstorm, a visitor to the memorial noticed that water was slowly dripping from the memory marks. Images of enslaved people, especially during the early years of the university, are extraordinarily rare. The lack of early images of slavery doesn’t make slavery invisible, says Louis Nelson, professor of architectural history at U-Va. ADADIt was also small, and easy to miss, rather like it is easy to overlook Linnaeus’s name on Brooks Hall.
An ‘alliance of democracies’ sounds good. It won’t solve the world’s problems.
Cobbling together a brand-new alliance of democracies looks good on paper. If a Biden administration expects to cut a new nuclear deal with Iran, Moscow and Beijing will have to be on board. But that doesn’t mean that shared values guarantee an inevitable alignment of interests, or that the world’s democracies are begging to be led by the United States. A Biden administration might be in a position to repair much of this damage. And because few nations, including the United States, will have the will, skill, time or resources during a global pandemic to fulfill the mandate of the alliance of democracies Biden wants to create.
Can U.S. foreign policy experience a V-shaped recovery?
More specifically, the United States seems to be losing ground in areas where it has traditionally been preeminent. When commentators talk about recovering from economic recessions, they often speculate whether the recovery will be shaped like a V, a U, or an L. It is worth wondering whether the same is true of foreign policy downturns. Even in this scenario, U.S. foreign policy is likely to experience a dead-cat bounce. So are there ways in which a Biden administration could engineer a rapid foreign policy recovery? Some early foreign policy speeches that stress U.S. commitments to human rights and the rule of law would help, too.
Abortion, transgender rights likely to land back before Supreme Court
All were based on the Supreme Court’s decisions reached just weeks ago. And especially on transgender rights and abortion, they raise issues that seem to warrant the justices’ continued attention. ADVice President Pence was among those calling Roberts a “disappointment to conservatives,” specifically citing the abortion decision. “That’s a very modest restriction on abortion providers, but a narrow majority in the Supreme Court still said it was unacceptable,” Pence said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. “But nothing in June Medical changed the basic legal standard that courts are applying to abortion restrictions.
Kids stuck at home: 3 ways to foster social skills
In addition, yoga and other relaxation exercises , such as breathing exercises, can help children practice focusing in general. Practicing the art of conversation helps kids who aren't around their classmates sharpen their social skills. Some online activities can help kids practice perceiving others' emotions by looking at their faces. Family time can potentially make the biggest contribution to conversational and social skills. Kids can still learn how to study together, practice skills together and talk and socialize while they learn outside the classroom.
Voters will be looking for more than just symbolism in Biden and Harris (Opinion)
"For me, it was a call to action," he said in his introduction of Harris. The ticket needs to energize Black voters, who will be weighing Harris' pioneering status against lingering criticisms of her record as California's "top cop." As Harris famously said during the debate where she confronted Biden on his record regarding school busing to promote integration, "That little girl was me." We've never been closer to having a Black woman VP than now. As Harris acknowledged at the conclusion of her speech, "electing Joe Biden is just the start of the work ahead."
Is Kamala Harris really the heir apparent of the Democratic Party?
When former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tapped Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate, did he also effectively name his heir apparent? She's safe because the party has changed to the point that the kind of history she's making isn't particularly astonishing. She is safe precisely because she doesn't threaten that lead, and is acceptable to anyone for whom the Democratic Party itself is acceptable, because she looks, sounds, acts, and votes like the Democratic Party as it actually is. Nor did President Reagan do much of anything to assist Vice President George H. W. Bush in his quest to succeed him. But the Democratic Party of late has gotten into a bad habit of trying to prevent a serious succession battle.
These 25 Actions in 5 Sectors Can Tackle 90% of Global Emissions
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, progress on another global crisis, climate change, seems to have taken two steps backward. We’ve seen a “tidal wave” of plastic waste and medical waste resulting in a collapse in waste management chains that worsens the problem. 25 Climate ActionsA recent report by the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) focuses on solutions in five sectors that can tackle 90% of carbon emissions. The report, Green Recovery in the Age of COVID-19, outlines 25 actions that can get the world back on a track of decarbonizing economies around the globe. Here are the 25 climate actions the world can take now, from the OECD’s report.
There’s another way to measure schools’ performance
In those, Brighton is frequently mentioned alongside English High (where I’ve taught since 2012), Madison Park, and other high schools. These articles repeatedly describe these schools as “struggling” (six times), low or “lowest performing” (six times), or “underperforming” (three times). But Brighton’s debaters showed us a different story: one of high performance, excellence, and achievement in spite of struggle. Anyone who wants to see exemplary education saw it on Ramon Trinidad’s debate team. Anyone who wants to see innovative, impactful instruction can find it every day at English High.
Bob Woodward’s new Trump book, ‘Rage,’ due out next month
Woodward’s first book about the Trump presidency, “Fear,” was published in 2018 and went to No. 1 on The New York Times’ nonfiction bestseller list. Simon & Schuster was the publisher of two books this year that were harshly critical of Trump: “The Room Where It Happened,” by former national security adviser John Bolton, and “Too Much and Never Enough,” by Trump’s niece Mary Trump.
Point of View: AG's agreement doesn't address Native domestic violence victims
As a Muscogee woman and survivor of domestic violence, my voice does count. The arena that created Hunter’s agreement was not designed to address the concerns of Native women who survived domestic violence. Although I do not believe the individuals in his arena intended to reach an agreement that would harm Native women domestic violence victims, they ultimately will. As Native women, we have survived generations of unintended consequences created by white men seeking to erode the sovereignty of our Nations. When the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians in Oliphant, the Supreme Court did not consider the outcome for Native women survivors of domestic violence perpetrated by non-Indians.
Belarus Protests Signal the Autumn of Lukashenko’s Regime
The Belarusian government had been sowing the seeds of the current protests since the beginning of the year. Lukashenko’s slumping ratings and the appearance of dynamic new alternative candidates only fueled people’s hopes for peaceful changes this year. There’s no obvious way to bridge the gulf between the authorities and what may well be the majority of Belarusians. These are protests of mass rage, not an attempt at regime change. It would be wrong to assume that Tikhanovskaya or her team had anything to do with the protests.
The tipping point? As restaurants pivot to a 'hospitality-included' model, the debate over gratuities continues
Last week in New York City, the Union Square Hospitality Group announced that it would be re-introducing tipping across its restaurants, five years after fazing tipping out; for them, the idea was admirable in theory, but difficult to execute in practice. But in light of changes due to COVID and widespread anti-racism initiatives, an era without tipping may be on the horizon once again. “Tipping is a problematic practice,” says Ariel Coplan, the executive chef at Toronto’s Green Wood restaurant and one of the co-owners of Grand Cru Deli. “There is often a correlation between race and gender and tips earned.”Coplan is also the co-founder of Not 9 To 5, a non-profit dedicated to helping restaurant workers deal with the pressures of the job. “If you don’t know how much money you’re making, how can you budget your life?
Kamala Harris & Catholics: Senator Attacked Brian Buescher Nomination over Abortion & Knights of Columbus
Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, August 10, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)Someone might want to remind Joe Biden, who’s just picked progressive California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, that his vice-president-to-be believes Catholics are unfit to serve in our nation’s courts. (Biden, of course, as I considered at length on the homepage today, has spent his entire political career invoking his Catholic faith.) Here’s one of her written questions:Since 1993, you have been a member of the Knights of Columbus, an all-male society comprised primarily of Catholic men. But the fact remains that Harris was guilty of reprehensible anti-Catholic bigotry, and there’s no reason to believe her views have changed.
QAnon Destroys Lives. Now It’s Coming for Congress.
In just a month, some 15,000 users have joined a Reddit community to share their stories of how the QAnon conspiracy is destroying their personal relationships. “No longer speaking with my mother,” one user wrote. “Every time my dad leaves his ipad sitting alone, i go to his youtube app and unsubscribe from the [QAnon] channels he’s been watching,” one Reddit user wrote. Apps and stand-alone social media platforms allow Q followers to decamp to a space where their worldview is only ever affirmed, never challenged. “We are your family now,” QAnon followers tell each other.
How Racists Will Try To Smear Kamala Harris
Gage Skidmore/FlickrEven before Biden announced that Kamala Harris would be his running mate, the racist attacks began. If crazy Joe cannot serve his full term, Kamala cannot by constitutional law become President. There is, however, another racist claim circulating about Kamala Harris. This one is an attempt to paint Harris as somehow different from the rest of the African American community in this country. I have news for you about the descendants of enslaved Africans—damn near ALL of us have a Hamilton Brown in our family tree.
COVID-19 claims Texas funeral home matriarch who for decades helped Latino families cope with death
Asher PriceAustin American-StatesmanAUSTIN – For decades, Lois Villaseñor had helped Latino families coping with the death of loved ones. “When they came to Austin it was very segregated,” Charles Villaseñor II said of his parents. She was the first Latino woman to serve on the Texas Funeral Service Commission as a 1989 appointee of Gov. Her husband of 37 years, Charles Villaseñor, died in 1991, and she continued at the helm until her son succeeded her in 1992. That understanding now comes full circle for me,” said Charles Villaseñor II.
Opinion | How History Turns Riots Into Tea Parties
On the night of March 5, 1770, they pelted soldiers with ice and oyster shells, bricks and broken glass bottles. No one thought to dance naked in the street — it was winter, in Boston — but they could hardly have been more provocative. More important, the scuffle turned not into the Boston Riot or the Boston Uprising, but the Boston Massacre. Three hundred and forty-two troublesome chests of East India tea sat aboard the ships on which they had sailed from England. In a few hours, every leaf of tea steeped in Boston Harbor.
Opinion | I Started Khan Academy. We Can Still Avoid an Education Catastrophe.
So, no, virtual school will never be a perfect replacement for in-person school, but we can do a lot better. These sessions need to drive conversations between students and teachers and among the students themselves. Teachers should do cold calling to ensure students are on their toes and to pull them out of their screens. Teachers need to constantly ask students to work on questions together and share their thinking. A district in Illinois says students need to follow the school dress code, even when learning from home.
Opinion | After Trump, America Needs Accountability for His Corruption
Last week, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Joe Biden whether, if elected, he could envision Donald Trump being prosecuted. In a functioning democracy, losing an election should not create legal liability; there was a reason Trump’s “Lock her up” chant was so shocking. After four years of ever-escalating corruption and abuses of power, the United States cannot simply snap back to being the country it once was if Trump is forced to vacate the White House in January. If Biden is elected, Democrats must force a reckoning over what Trump has done to America. But right now, while there’s still hope of cauterizing Trumpism, ideas about post-Trump accountability are percolating in Democratic and activist circles.
Opinion | We Just Saw the Future of Anti-Abortion Laws
The third law requires doctors to inform the local police any time a patient under age 17 has an abortion. The Casey decision explicitly invalidated as an undue burden a requirement for a married woman to notify her husband before obtaining an abortion. The appellate judges reasoned that without the full support of five justices, Whole Woman’s Health is simply no longer good law. It’s up to the Supreme Court, not the Eighth Circuit, to tell the country what the law of abortion is. After all, he professes adherence to Casey’s undue-burden test, and Whole Woman’s Health, properly understood, is an explication of the undue-burden standard, not a departure from it.
Joe Biden and the Leaders of 2020: Educated by Public Universities - The New York Times
Since the Harvard-Yale game that was the 1988 general election, all U.S. presidents, including the Wharton School graduate currently occupying the White House, have been Ivy League alumni. So if Joe Biden (University of Delaware, ’65) prevails in November, he will be the first graduate of an American public university to be elected president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Technically, the University of Delaware bills itself as “private-public” because of an arcane corporate charter. Yet it is a state-funded land-grant college charging out-of-state students about $11,000 more in tuition than residents, and it was defined as public by the court that ordered it to desegregate in the 1950s. So we state school alumni will be claiming Mr. Biden’s potential victory as our own.
What Will Happen to the Orphans of Covid-19?
For the Fryson brothers, the year had begun on a hopeful note. They had finally reunited with their mother, Beatrice McMillian, after years of being in foster care. The younger brother, EJ, was living with his mother and doing well in high school. Mr. Fryson, 22, headed to court to try to become his brother’s guardian and keep him from returning to foster care. “He needs someone, and I’m going to be that person,” Mr. Fryson said.
Why Teachers Aren’t Ready to Reopen Schools
Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via StitcherWith the possibility that millions or tens of millions of American children will not enter a classroom for an entire year, school districts face an agonizing choice: Do the benefits of in-person learning outweigh the risks it poses to public health in a pandemic? Today, we explore how teachers and their unions are responding to demands from some parents, and the president, to reopen their schools this fall.
Thomas Jefferson ripped out parts of the Bible. We can tear down false idols of history.
But Jefferson understood the desire to undo acts of deification gone awry and might have a surprising answer for our present day. Exactly 200 years ago, Jefferson completed his “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” commonly known as the Jefferson Bible. Jefferson specifically removed parts of scripture that most Americans, then and now, viewed as an unvarnished history of Jesus Christ. There has been a new Jefferson Bible for every generation since its rediscovery. Eight decades after its composition, its popularization in the 20th century made the Jefferson Bible part of American self-understanding in a way that can be claimed for few other books.
’Back to School’ amid a pandemic and uprisings gives teachers a unique opportunity
Paul joined thousands of Black and White Americans in organizing and agitating for the immediate emancipation of millions of enslaved African Americans, racial equality and Black citizenship. In cities such as Boston, New York and Pittsburgh, Aug. 1 commemorated the day that enslaved African Americans in the British West Indies were formally emancipated in 1834. In 1841, 1,000 African Americans gathered in Williamsburg, N.Y., to observe the holiday. These celebrations helped Black children imagine an immediate future when all Black people would be free. ADADSome White teachers were inspired to focus on Black freedom in their classrooms too.
5 things to know for August 13: Coronavirus, election, immigration, Belarus, Michigan
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Explainer: Pandemic behaviour - Why some people don't play by the rules
LONDON (Reuters) - Lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the world to try and curb the COVID-19 pandemic are reshaping lives, legislating activities that were once everyday freedoms and creating new social norms. But there are always some people who don’t play by the rules. Here are some questions and answers on the science of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic:WHAT MAKES SOME PEOPLE FLOUT AND OTHERS OBEY THE RULES? People in individualist cultures tend to reject rules and ignore attempts by public health authorities to “nudge” behaviour change with risk messages or appeals for altruism. “In a situation like a pandemic, (optimism) can lead you to take risks that are incredibly dangerous,” said Van Bavel.
Linxin Wen: Why Big Delivery Apps Are Bad For Small Restaurants
Most Americans who aren’t interested in authentic Asian food aren’t interested only because they don’t know about it. That’s why so many Asian restaurants have a separate menu they give Americans, featuring non-traditional dishes like “orange chicken” that Americans are more familiar with. The reality is, Americans often love authentic Asian dishes once they’re introduced to them. We [also] don’t let restaurants pay to appear higher in our feed; it’s a flat rate for everyone. Asian food travels well and has a lot of variety, so I think it’s getting better — which is what I want to see.
Online Classes, Homeschooling, Pods: Options for Your Child This Year : Life Kit : NPR
A growing number of school districts are offering solely remote learning this fall. Look at your state's learning standards to get a sense of what your child should be learning this year. Many parents of children with special needs say remote learning just isn't working, and some are successfully getting districts to pay for in-person services. How did your kids do with remote learning in the spring? Take note that many public school districts are promising a more robust and engaging remote learning experience this fall.
Op-Ed: America has a terrible case of the screaming memes
I can’t stop thinking about a poster I saw on social media a few weeks ago, held aloft by an African American woman standing on what looks like her front lawn. America has a terrible case of the Screaming Memes. We yell past each other and bellow ill-considered thoughts into the ether, where they spread unfiltered onto our streets. It’s also about the conditions that feed our burgeoning inability to draw distinctions between degrees and kinds of evil. Read a reputable newspaper and you’ll find a range of arguments of what that might mean in practice.
Editorial: Psychiatric hospitals, like jails, require releases in the COVID era
So too have at least 66 patients and 58 staff at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk. Several Patton patients filed suit last week seeking transfers to safer settings. As with other densely packed institutions where people congregate and have little ability to practice social distancing, psychiatric hospitals have seen cases spread rapidly once the disease is introduced. The Atascadero State Hospital is the largest single employer in Atascadero, but workers also come home to communities up and down the Central Coast. Removing such people from state hospitals sounds scary, and in some cases it is.
Letters to the Editor: Unemployed Californians are desperate for EDD money. It’s time for journalists to help
I file an unemployment claim about once a week, but I am losing hope that I will receive any benefits at all. I know that I am not alone, and I wish the L.A. Times would report more on the human toll this is taking on California. If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that when our own government devalues its people, we all lose. You owe us information on how to get out of this situation, since help is so hard to find. Where are the statistics to back up this claim that unemployed people are just lazy slackers who are sitting at home willingly?
Police order crowd to leave amid Portland protests
Police said Wednesday night that some in the crowd were engaging in criminal activity, setting fires and exploding fireworks outside the federal building. They told people to leave and used tear gas in an attempt to push people out of the area. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have declared a riot outside a justice center, next to a federal courthouse. Protests have assembled nightly in Portland since the killing of George Floyd in late May. Protests had dwindled before President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the liberal city in early July.
Let the people elect the vice president
An obvious problem would arise should the vice president want to run for the big chair. On the one hand, there would be the security of knowing that in case of defeat, the second spot was still waiting. On the other, a victory would leave the vice presidency vacant for two years. One might decide not to let vice presidents run directly for the presidency, but then we might risk having first-rate candidates pass the job by. On balance, it is probably better to let the vice president run and figure out a way to fill the position in the event that he or she wins the top job.
Theodore Decker: Ideas, insights and anecdotes about the rising violence in Columbus
In my Tuesday column, I wrote that I regularly hear from readers regardless of the day’s topic, unless that topic is the unrelenting violence that plagues Columbus and so many other American communities. Readers shared ideas, insights and anecdotes. A teacher wrote to say that she knew two teenagers who both died on Independence Day in separate shooting incidents in South Linden. Marcus Peters, 15, who was shot in the 2200 block of Gerbert Road, also was a student at her school. "The kids in South Linden are being slaughtered.
Editorial: Vote Nov. 3 to keep Ohio voter registration active
This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the editor, editorial page editor, editorial writers and two community representatives. Ohioans who don’t want their inactive voter registration to be attacked on Dec. 7 by Secretary of State Frank LaRose have a sure-fire defense. Ohio is one of just six states in which county boards of elections maintain voter registrations. In most other states, voter registration is centralized, which LaRose contends would be more effective and efficient. For last year’s purge, for example, county boards sent LaRose the names of about 240,000 voters that they said did not meet the requirements to stay active.
Former state prisons director, Cattlemen’s Association leader named Ohio State trustees
Mike DeWine has named a former state prisons director and the current director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association as the newest Ohio State University trustees. DeWine announced on Wednesday the appointments of Reginald Wilkinson, former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Elizabeth Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, to OSU’s board of trustees. Wilkinson and Harsh were appointed to nine-year terms, ending in May 2029. They fill slots vacated by former Ohio State trustees Timothy P. Smucker, former chairman of the J.M. Smucker Co., and Columbus attorney Alex Shumate, whose terms ended in May.
Biden, Harris lash Trump at debut of historic VP choice
(AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates. The physical debut of the Democratic ticket on Wednesday was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a presidential nominee and his or her running mate. Instead, they spoke in a mostly empty high school gym where reporters nearly outnumbered campaign aides and the candidates' family members. “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut,” Harris said.
6 questions Louisville's mayor must ask to find an effective police chief for the LMPD
The officers with LMPD need a leader who will demonstrate compassion in the daily decisions as much as possible. The next police chief is going to have to define key end-states for operations, community outreach and the administration. How has the police chief utilized staff in developing courses of action and achieving objectives? Read this:Father of fallen LMPD officer criticizes mayor, police leadership over protestsPolice officers have a post-traumatic stress disorder rate as high as that of combat veterans. How is the next police chief going to ensure people want to work for his department instead of LMPD continually being a feeder agency for better departments?
The top 12 degree subjects for getting a job
With tuition fees set at £9,250 per year, costs are compounded by living expenses – particularly for those from less well-off backgrounds. The average graduate debt is £50,000, and the average full-time employment rate for graduates is 59 per cent, according to HESA data from 2017-18. While the benefits of going to university are wide-ranging, it pays to know which degree subjects will secure you graduate-level work – especially in the current economic climate, as we slide into a Covid-triggered recession. With that in mind, the following are the top 10 degree subjects for securing a graduate job, according to the Complete University Guide (CUG). A building degree comes with an employability rate of 78 per cent.
The White House wants to change shower regulations so they spray more water, addressing a personal Trump grievance over needing more water to wash his hair
Current rules limit a shower to a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons a minute. The Trump administration is moving to change showerhead regulations so they can spray more water, addressing a long-held annoyance of President Donald Trump, who says he needs more water to wash his hair. They would loosen a rule, introduced to conserve water, that limits showers to releasing a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The proposal comes after Trump's public grievances about shower water flow. He said on the White House lawn in July that he doesn't get enough water to wash his hair properly.
Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s why it matters more than ever
Each year Black Women’s Equal Pay Day marks the number of days a Black woman must work into the year to earn what her white male counterpart earned in the previous year. (In contrast, white women caught up this year by April 9.) This is because for every dollar a white man earns, Black women earn $0.62. As of July’s job report, almost one in seven Black women were unemployed. Black women also face more difficulties finding jobs, and when they are hired, they are often paid less.
The Strange Psychology of COVID-19 and Investor Behavior
Understanding this, the impact of COVID-19 on investors’ behavior will be as varied as the situations in which those investors find themselves. Let’s see how you do: Advertisement - Article continues below EnemiesAnnualNervousAllergenicCenturyHollowControversialBlossomFemur Welcome back, how did you do? Advertisement - Article continues below Sitter one: Is described as intelligent, industrious, impulsive, critical, stubborn and envious. AdvertisementAdvertisement - Article continues belowThis is due to something called the “irrational primacy effect” or the tendency to give greater weight to information that comes earlier in a list or sentence. Advertisement - Article continues belowAdvertisementAdvertisement - Article continues belowFor most of us, our experience is indistinguishable from the experience, and comprises the entirety of how we think about and engage with markets.
Mickey Gannitch on VJ-Day
This week, Martha is joined by World War II veteran Mickey Gannitch to discuss the United States victory over Japan as we approach the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Martha and Mickey discuss how he experienced the Pearl Harbor attack first-hand from the crows nest of the U.S.S Pennsylvania, his memory of VJ day in 1945 and the significance of this anniversary, how he has dedicated himself to volunteering to help veterans and explains why he loves America. Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMacCallum
Why The 2020 Race May Be All About Enthusiasm
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) made their debut together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware following Biden's announcement that the California Senator will be his running mate for the 2020 election. President Obama's former State Department spokesperson Marie Harf and former White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen weigh in on the historic Vice President pick and how it will impact the 2020 race against President Trump. As the Trump Administration makes deals to buy more doses of the coronavirus vaccine, if it is proven to be effective, a vaccine has already been declared safe by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Many skeptics have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the Russian vaccine since they skipped several testing phases. Plus, commentary by Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist and author of "America's Expiration Date."
WWII hero awarded Australia's highest military honor, 78 years after going down guns blazing with his ship
Sydney (CNN) His shipmates said after the battle that they could see the bullets from the teenager's machine gun whizzing up through the water as he went down with his ship, firing to the last. Military history is filled with tales of heroism and self-sacrifice, but that of Australian Edward "Teddy" Sheean stands out among them. And on Wednesday, almost 78 years after the then 18-year-old sailor provided cover for his comrades to escape the Japanese planes overhead, Sheean was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Commonwealth's highest honor for military valor. A painting from the Australian War Memorial depicts the figure of Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, a wound on his right thigh, firing an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun at Japanese bombers on December 1, 1942. According to the records of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), Sheean's ship was spotted by Japanese reconnaissance planes when it left Darwin on November 29.
The Epic Blandness of the Joe Biden Campaign
For the moment, Biden looks to be transforming a political culture, with its corresponding customs, that has prevailed for six decades. What is now clear is that his claim on the presidency comes not despite blandness but in essential ways because of it. Even if Biden’s cult of non-personality is a short-lived phenomenon, the moment of appreciation for the virtues of blandness is historically noteworthy. He was crippled in his 1988 run for the presidency by a conviction that he could not run as a plain-spoken average Joe from Delaware. “You ready to go to work?” Biden asked.
‘No white people today.’ Sometimes, I just need a break from dismantling white supremacy. | Opinion
I know, however, that not all of us are that lucky. Sometimes we grow so used to feeling tired, empty, and run down, that we don’t realize how great the need to care for ourselves is. I am reminded of Erica Garner, the young grief-stricken daughter of Eric Garner, who reluctantly transformed herself into an activist after her father was killed by police. She died at the age of 27 from not one but two heart attacks suffered within months of each other. I am reminded that what happened to Erica could have happened to me.
I was Obama’s Ebola tsar. US healthcare workers are dying at a shameful rate | Ronald A Klain
President Trump abandoned state governments and hospitals to meet critical gaps in protection for healthcare workers with little help from Washington. But that is not the only way in which we let our healthcare workers down. The social media images of healthcare workers holding signs saying “Please Stay Home to Protect Those of Us Who Can’t” should haunt us all. In too many cases, too many of us failed to do our part to reduce the risk to our healthcare workers. As with Covid victims as a whole, the list of healthcare workers who have died disproportionately includes people of color.
It's time to rethink the Japan-U.S. alliance
As relations between the U.S. and China are beginning to resemble a “new Cold War,” fanned by public sentiment, potential problems with the Japan-U.S. alliance, post-coronavirus, have come into focus. In many of the areas the countries are battling, the Japan-U.S. alliance alone cannot protect the lives of Japanese people, as has been the case with the current health crisis. For Japan, deterrence in the Japan-U.S. alliance is vital. The Japan-U.S. alliance has been redefined to cope with the changing times and now forms the cornerstone of a free and open Indo-Pacific strategy to help stabilize the region. In other words, it offers us an opportunity to work with the U.S. to address challenges that have surfaced during the pandemic and reshape the Japan-U.S. alliance, post-coronavirus.
Explaining Japan’s policy debate on strike capability
The policy debate over Japan’s acquisition of a strike capability against enemy bases is not a new topic. However, this official statement has been recognized as a legal basis for the acquisition of strike capability as a supplement for Japan’s limited BMD capability. Given the domestic and international legal frameworks, the government is able to possess “counterattack capability” against enemy bases for self defense. Hence, just because the deployment plan of Aegis Ashore was withdrawn does not mean that Japan should possess a strike capability against enemy bases. He is the author of “The Abe Doctrine: Japan’s Proactive Pacifism and Security Strategy” and “Japan’s Nuclear Identity and Its Implications for Nuclear Abolition.” © 2020, The Diplomat; distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Why Japan, South Korea and China can't put the past behind them
In Southeast Asia, Japan helped the region develop through official development assistance, which helped lay the foundation for Japanese investments to flow into the region, earning Japan trust and respect for contributing its development. These experiences contrast deeply with those of South Korea and China. In the postwar period, South Korea went through a prolonged process of “de-Japanizing” its culture to recreate a national identity rooted in Korean traditions, culture and language. “If Japan didn’t invade China, we could have never achieved the cooperation between the Kuomintang and the Communist Party. On the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, domestic politics, structure and identity continue to prevent reconciliation between Japan, South Korea and China.
Seoul should not give up alliance with Washington in US-China spat: Nye
Joseph S. Nye speaks during a virtual seminar hosted by the Seoul-based Future Consensus Institute on Thursday. The answer is go to the more distant giant and borrow its power, because it won’t swallow you up. “Morals are not the opposite of serving your own national interest, but how do you define national interest. Do you define it broadly, to incorporate the interest of the others, or do you define it narrowly? And I think what we are seeing in the US is a narrow definition of national interest," he said adding he hopes the US returns to the broder definition of national interest that includes allies and multilateral institutions.
Instead of Challenging Joe Biden, Maybe the Green Party Could Help Change Our Democracy
That means asking the Green Party to stand down in those places. One of my favorite politicians anywhere is Bob Brown, a former member of the Australian Senate, who, in 1972, helped found what was arguably the first Green Party (and also saved a large portion of Tasmania’s classic wilderness). But I haven’t supported the Green Party in national elections in this country, and that’s because of the way our electoral laws work. So, if a Green Party candidate is on the ballot and attracts even a smidgen of support—well, it could end very badly indeed. You can proudly vote for the Green candidate as your No.
International body says voting problems 'could harm integrity' of US election
An international election-monitoring body has raised concerns about the US vote in November, saying the “integrity of election day proceedings” could be under threat and recommended again sending observers to monitor the election. Most of the officials and experts the mission talked to said they would welcome the presence of foreign election observers. In many US states there is no guarantee that international observers will be allowed in polling stations. “A lot of those recommendations haven’t been implemented,” said Dame Audrey Glover, a British human rights lawyer who led the 2016 US election observation mission. The ODIHR also called on the US to review restrictions on voting rights for citizens with criminal convictions, and ensure that rights are restored on completion of sentence.
Chinese military held drills near Taiwan as US health secretary visited Taipei, PLA says
The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command says its troops carried out exercises close to Taiwan. Photo: Weibo
Biden and Harris Pledge a Strong Challenge to Trump and a Path Out of Crisis
WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris made their debut as running mates in a high school gymnasium on Wednesday, pledging to lead the country out of the coronavirus crisis amid an onslaught of attacks from President Trump as the two national tickets went head-to-head for the first time, less than three months before Election Day. The first full day for the newly announced Democratic presidential ticket offered a glimpse of how two once-bitter rivals from opposite coasts and different generations will try to unite Americans around their platform. Projecting warmth toward each other, they sketched out a vision of recovery from the nation’s crises surrounding public health, the economy and racial injustice — challenges that, they argued, Mr. Trump has made worse at every turn with an extraordinarily divisive presidency. “We need more than a victory on Nov. 3,” Ms. Harris said.
Trump and allies struggle to find a focused attack on Harris
Added: 13.08.2020 1:07 | 18 views | 0 commentsFrom “phony” to “far-left radical,” the scattershot nature of the onslaught underscored the lack of GOP consensus about how to take on Joe Biden’s running mate.
San Francisco Was Uniquely Prepared for Covid-19
The more Black Lives Matter window posters one sees in rich-liberal neighborhoods that consistently oppose public housing, the more clear it becomes that something is wrong with San Francisco progressivism. Photograph: Jessica PettwaySo it comes as a welcome surprise that San Francisco executed by far the most successful initial response to Covid-19 of any major American city. San Francisco has a tenth of the population, so the comparable death toll would've been 1,470. New York has a higher population density than San Francisco, but San Francisco is still one of the most dense cities in the country. So how did San Francisco fare so well?
Why The Democrats Will Win the Popular Vote in 2020.
The GOP’s Two 21st century popular vote losing presidents. The “Republican Electoral Vote Lock” was rudely interrupted by Bill Clinton’s two wins, and put to rest for all time with Barack Obama’s two wins. Since…1828, no party has won the popular vote more than six times over any eight-election sequence. Since Trump’s strategy assumes another Electoral College win combined with a popular vote loss, a record- a record-breaking Democratic streak is, well, nearly a lock. the National Popular Vote Initiative, an interstate compact whereby states pledge to cast their electoral voters for the national popular vote winner); the former would take many years and the latter could be challenged in court as unconstitutional.
Baker’s Parole Board stalls clemency process
The State Parole Board serves as one of the gatekeepers of the criminal justice system, especially on thorny issues of pardons and commutations. The Advisory Board of Pardons — as the Parole Board is called when it meets on such petitions — has not held a hearing on any of them. It’s also a direct contradiction of everything that Baker said in his Executive Clemency Guidelines issued just last February. AdvertisementIf commutation is as critical to good corrections process as Baker’s guidelines say, why have dozens of petitions languished in the dead zone that is the governor’s own Parole Board? The Parole Board is making a mockery of the clemency process — and the governor who ultimately presides over it has an obligation to tell them to fix it.
A-level and GCSE results 2020: how will grades be calculated without exams?
A: Ofqual, the exam regulator, is not going to publish the full statistical model that is has used to calculate grades until results days. When drawing up the rank order, teachers ordered students them from best to worst for each subject. But for the majority of schools, results will be determined by the statistical model and the rank order. A: A-level results day is Thursday, August 13 and GCSE results day is the following Thursday, August 20. A: Officials have said that, when it comes to their permanent record, this cohort of students' grades will be "indistinguishable" from those in previous years.
Putin is Playing Russian Roulette With the Coronavirus Vaccine
President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a successful vaccine against the coronavirus has been met with universal derision by the scientific community around the world. The basic pathway of vaccine and drug approval worldwide is based on three phases of study. For vaccine studies for the coronavirus, getting these Phase 3 studies up and running, accruing enough infections, will probably take at least a year from start to finish. Most of the real data on coronavirus vaccines we’ll see sometime in 2021. Modern drug approval is based on careful study to avoid these disasters and we ignore these rules at our collective peril.
South Asian Americans celebrate Harris as VP pick
South Asian Americans celebrate Harris as VP pickKamala Harris often focuses on her identity as a Black woman. Yet her role as Joe Biden's running mate is celebrated by South Asians and putting the spotlight on her as the first person of Asian descent on a major party presidential ticket. (Aug. 13)AP
Pandemic behaviour: Why some people don't play by the rules
LONDON (Reuters) - Lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the world to try and curb the COVID-19 pandemic are reshaping lives, legislating activities that were once everyday freedoms and creating new social norms. But there are always some people who don’t play by the rules. Here are some questions and answers on the science of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic:WHAT MAKES SOME PEOPLE FLOUT AND OTHERS OBEY THE RULES? People in individualist cultures tend to reject rules and ignore attempts by public health authorities to “nudge” behaviour change with risk messages or appeals for altruism. “In a situation like a pandemic, (optimism) can lead you to take risks that are incredibly dangerous,” said Van Bavel.
Even Canada is down on the United States
“We Canadians loved our country but we loved the United States, too,” says Johnston, now 84 and until recently a familiar figure at border control. Canadian resentment of the United States has always smoldered beneath the surface of such a one-sided power relationship, but it has seldom burst into flames. Chrystia Freeland, the deputy prime minister and heir apparent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is incredulous. (The United States has had about twice as many COVID-19 deaths per capita as Canada has.) History has made us friends.” Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was so close to Ronald Reagan and George H.W.
Equal justice requires lawmakers reform qualified immunity for police
Today, one such impediment is qualified immunity — a doctrine created by the US Supreme Court in 1967 to prevent frivolous litigation against government officials. He used his decision as an opportunity to highlight the failings of qualified immunity, writing, “The doctrine is called ‘qualified immunity.’ In real life it operates like absolute immunity. The court’s interpretation of the law undercuts civil rights protections enacted by democratically elected legislators, and it undermines efforts to demand reform. The Supreme Court had an opportunity to review qualified immunity earlier this year and declined, despite a powerful dissent from conservative justice Clarence Thomas. Legislators today, like those who passed landmark civil rights legislation more than 50 years ago, must take a stand for equal justice under law.
Lawmakers should show the political courage to end qualified immunity
The history of civil rights abuses and the establishment of qualified immunity in the United States are inextricably linked. However, in the years that followed, court case after court case strengthened qualified immunity and chipped away at these legally protected civil rights. In response to the inexcusable and willful acts of police misconduct, policy makers at all levels of government are exploring ways to finally bring an end to qualified immunity. There can be no justice without healing and accountability, and there can be no true accountability with qualified immunity. The need to eliminate qualified immunity is clear and, in this moment of national reckoning, lawmakers should show the political courage to finally get it done.
Sex workers are victims, and Dallas County prosecutors have a way to help them
And, as it has done to so much of life, COVID-19 complicated efforts to help women caught in the sex trade. And offering support along the way is New Friends, New Life, a nonprofit that works to rescue victims of sex trafficking and provide rehabilitation services. In many ways, this program tracks Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot’s belief in restorative criminal justice initiatives. We’ve supported other initiatives to change the paradigm of combating the scourge of sex trafficking. We applaud the district attorney’s office for a thoughtful program and a committed team that treats sex workers as victims in need of support and resources.
With Kamala Harris, Biden made the safe choice
In choosing Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden picked the running mate who best meets the main requirements for a successful vice presidential nominee, fits the explicit conditions he established and can help the ticket win. Her selection meets the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s goal of a running mate who, despite some differences on issues during the primaries, shares his overall political philosophy and is simpatico personally. One key factor: the friendship between Harris and Biden’s late son, Beau, when both were state attorneys general. In recent weeks, the Biden campaign created substantial mystery around the selection process, but her ultimate choice was not really a surprise. Still, she is the closest thing to a consensus choice in a Democratic Party that has largely put aside most of its internal differences in the interest of driving Trump from the presidency.
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Environmental excellence awards celebration goes virtualOklahoma residents with a passion for their communities will attend Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 30th annual Environmental Excellence Celebration virtually at 7 p.m. Nov. 20. The statewide nonprofit recognizes Oklahomans doing their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state. This year, individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and more from across the state will be recognized for their work over the past year. Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition show exceptional work in the areas of education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices, nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention and more. For more information, go to keepoklahomabeautiful.com.
Voting focus could be legacy for latest wave of NBA activism
Voting focus could be legacy for latest wave of NBA activismNBA players are building on the framework of Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem that helped raise awareness about police brutality, efforts that have permeated the league since it restarted its season in Florida last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. But where Kaepernick’s demonstrations raised awareness, NBA players want their actions to move the needle further. But transforming the widespread embrace for social justice in America from a moment into a movement requires targeting systemic barriers and changing laws, not just mindsets. One target has been voting, with initiatives such as the LeBron James-led More Than A Vote. “We have some ears," James said recently, “and we will continue to push the envelope."
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Randy EllisFor the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›
Belarus Nobel-Winner Alexievich Urges Lukashenko to Go
Belarusian Nobel Prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich condemned police violence against protesters in her country and urged strongman Alexander Lukashenko to go peacefully in an interview published Wednesday. "Leave before it's too late, before you've thrown people into a terrible abyss, into the abyss of civil war," she appealed to Lukashenko, whom she has long criticized. Before Sunday's presidential election, Alexievich said she would vote for Lukashenko's main opposition rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. "She was and remains a symbol of change, of striving for a new life," Alexievich said. Alexievich expressed her admiration for the Belarusian protesters saying: "I've simply fallen in love with my people over the last few weeks."
Opinion | Trump is not a racist. His voters aren’t either.
ADADComing from Trump, though, the double-barreled tweets were deemed not only insensitive, but, of course, racist — but only after the dots were connected for us by those who are self-anointed experts. Mike DeWine, and even Trump, are this week expressing more openness to restrictions on some firearms sales. (In a Pew Research Center study from April, almost 2 in 3 Americans say it is more common to “express racist or racially insensitive” views than before Trump was elected.) ADADThat is not to say Trump couldn’t do more. The danger of making “racist” such an offhand accusation is that it ends up alienating millions of Americans who support Trump and are constantly lectured that they are racist for doing so.
The Post Office Belongs to the Public. Let’s not…
Trump has shown implaca­ble hos­til­i­ty to the pub­lic Post Office. Indeed, the OMB nev­er men­tions any­thing pos­i­tive about the cur­rent, pub­lic U.S. Post Office. The fact is, that since the ear­ly 1970’s, the pub­lic Post Office has not run on tax dol­lars. And actor-activist Dan­ny Glover, the pub­lic face of ?“A Grand Alliance to Save Our Pub­lic Postal Ser­vice,” has pro­duced a pub­lic ser­vice radio announce­ment now airing. More­over, the pub­lic Post Office has his­tor­i­cal­ly been con­nect­ed to decent union jobs for Black Amer­i­cans and oth­er com­mu­ni­ties of col­or as well as mil­i­tary vet­er­ans.
Trump Is Stacking The National Labor Relations Board…
ViewpointThe U.S. Response to Covid-19 Has Lavished Wealth on the RichWhile the pandemic ravages American workers, the federal government has orchestrated a monumental transfer of wealth from the bottom of the economic ladder to the top.
Trump’s EPA Pick Scott Pruitt Could Put the EPA on…
In this exclusive web essay, Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the environmental and health interests of the public. He has spent his career fighting the rules and regulations of the agency he is now being nominated to lead. His expected confirmation threatens to make America great for polluters again.
Why Bernie Must Keep Going: It’s About Our Future
Thank­ful­ly, Sanders is forg­ing on, prepar­ing for a one-on-one debate with Joe Biden on Sun­day, as well as the upcom­ing pri­maries in Ari­zona, Flori­da, Ohio and Illinois. Sec­ond: Biden is los­ing huge­ly among younger vot­ers, and sig­nif­i­cant­ly among Lat­inx vot­ers—two crit­i­cal vot­ing blocs for any Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee. Are you real­ly going to veto a Medicare for all bill, if it is passed in Congress? And what are you going to do about the mil­lions of peo­ple who are strug­gling with out­ra­geous lev­els of stu­dent debt? And, as before, it isn’t about Bernie Sanders — it’s about all of us, and our future.
David Sirota: The Democratic Party’s Tyranny of…
In absence of a tough cri­tique ear­ly on and with no day-to-day focus on his record, Biden was able to solid­i­fy an ?“elec­tabil­i­ty” argu­ment he didn’t deserve or earn. Biden even won the most Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers in 11 states who said cli­mate was their top issue, despite his far weak­er cli­mate plan. I per­son­al­ly don’t believe that affin­i­ty is jus­ti­fied, con­sid­er­ing Biden’s leg­isla­tive record, but I’m not going to lit­i­gate that point. That cul­ture, of course, is the struc­tur­al fac­tor that lasts beyond the Bernie cam­paign, and it is a huge prob­lem. The tac­tics suc­cess­ful­ly scan­dal­ized any legit­i­mate scruti­ny of Biden’s record to the point where mild crit­i­cism of spe­cif­ic votes was instant­ly depict­ed as a sub­stance-free ?“con­tro­ver­sy” about tone.
One Big Reason Bernie Sanders Must Stay in the Race
Joe Biden sup­port­ers would love to hear that Bernie Sanders is drop­ping out. If 1,200 or more Bernie del­e­gates are elect­ed, his total would be about 30% of the 4,000 elect­ed del­e­gates and about 49 Bernie del­e­gates would then be on Rules and Plat­form. These addi­tion­al Bernie del­e­gates are need­ed to give Sanders lever­age with the Biden camp, and his del­e­gates lever­age on these com­mit­tees. Most of the reform­ers now lead­ing state par­ties began as Bernie del­e­gates in 2016. So, for those of us who believe that healthy polit­i­cal par­ties mat­ter and that the defi­cien­cies in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty must be reme­died, we must con­tin­ue to move for­ward with Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty reform.
Want to Defeat Trump Without Campaigning for Biden? Here’s How.
The main­stream media made hay over the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Social­ists of America’s (DSA) com­mit­ment to endors­ing no one but Bernie Sanders for pres­i­dent. Despite the DSA’s pub­lic state­ment rec­og­niz­ing Don­ald Trump as a glob­al threat, the orga­ni­za­tion will not back Joe Biden. Of course, defeat­ing Trump does mean a Pres­i­dent Joe Biden (absent some dra­mat­ic change), but that still doesn’t mean left-wing groups should endorse by default. But social­ists and oth­er Bernie Sanders sup­port­ers can play a more impor­tant role in defeat­ing Trump — by elect­ing left-wing law­mak­ers in down-bal­lot races. Democ­rats must dom­i­nate nation­al turnout to beat the GOP in 2020.
The Short Case for Making College Free and a Universal Right
Like K?12 edu­ca­tion, col­lege is a basic need that should be avail­able for free.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 pres­i­den­tial run brought free col­lege back into the nation­al debate. Add the fact that two lead­ing pres­i­den­tial con­tenders are push­ing free col­lege and the con­cept might not be as fringe as you’d think. Why should we make col­lege free, even for those who can afford it? For past In These Times cov­er­age of free col­lege in action, see, ?“The Fight For Free Col­lege Moves to the States,”?”A Brief Case for Can­celling All Stu­dent Loan Debt?,”?“These Stu­dents Are Lead­ing a Move­ment for Free Col­lege in the Unit­ed States,”and ?“Why Can’t Col­lege Be Free?”
Want Progressive U.S. Politics? Continue to Reform…
The 39 state party chairs that supported the reform proposal recognize that democracy and change inside the party is just as important as democracy outside the party. Those vital reforms were based on the work of the Uni­ty Reform Com­mis­sion, of which I was vice-chair, rep­re­sent­ing the Bernie Sanders wing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Party. But Sen. Sanders focused his own and his team’s efforts on pass­ing the pro­pos­al, and 39 state par­ty chairs endorsed it. He won any­way, but there would be far more Bow­mans and AOCs if New York com­plied with par­ty rules. The 39 state par­ty chairs that sup­port­ed the reform pro­pos­al rec­og­nize that democ­ra­cy and change inside the par­ty is just as impor­tant as democ­ra­cy out­side the par­ty.
10 Years of Death by Border Patrol
In 1994, Bor­der Patrol imple­ment­ed its ?“Pre­ven­tion Through Deter­rence” strat­e­gy, ramp­ing up enforce­ment at pop­u­lar entry points along the U.S.-Mexico bor­der and fun­nel­ing migrants into more dan­ger­ous desert areas. This strat­e­gy inten­si­fied under Pres­i­dent George W. Bush with a hir­ing surge of rough­ly 8,000 Bor­der Patrol agents from 2006 to 2009. Sta­ton says that when he was cit­ed in Decem­ber 2008, he was actu­al­ly pick­ing up trash while also leav­ing full water jugs in the Buenos Aires Nation­al Wildlife Refuge along the Mex­i­can border. About 50,000 migrants cross through the wildlife refuge each year, down from about 250,000 since a sev­en-mile stretch of a 12-foot-tall fence was built along the bor­der there, accord­ing to refuge man­ag­er Michael Hawkes. Two days lat­er he was cit­ed for lit­ter­ing while leav­ing water jugs on trails.
Restorative Justice: A Much-Needed Alternative to Mass Incarceration
Restora­tive jus­tice pro­grams are increas­ing­ly com­mon with­in schools and non­prof­its, and 35 states have adopt­ed leg­is­la­tion encour­ag­ing the prac­tice. But restora­tive jus­tice is also an urgent­ly need­ed alter­na­tive to lock­ing peo­ple up. So does restora­tive jus­tice work? There’s sol­id evi­dence that drug courts and alter­na­tive juve­nile jus­tice courts are more effec­tive at reduc­ing recidi­vism than tra­di­tion­al approach­es. Viewed as part of a larg­er move­ment against mass incar­cer­a­tion and for a more peace­ful soci­ety, how­ev­er, restora­tive jus­tice is an impor­tant philosophy.
The New Deal Funded the Arts. The Green New Deal Should, Too.
The Green New Deal should learn from this: A fed­er­al Green Arts Project could help lift up rad­i­cal solu­tions to cor­po­rate malfea­sance in our own time, while cre­at­ing huge num­bers of low-car­bon jobs. Such a Green Arts Project could help dra­ma­tize the need for a just tran­si­tion, one that attends to and rec­ti­fies the uneven­ness of envi­ron­men­tal impacts. The arts can be a low-extrac­tion sec­tor of the econ­o­my, and a Green Arts Project would clear­ly seek to sup­port low-bud­get, min­i­mal-impact ven­tures akin to the Fed­er­al The­atre Project rather than block­buster Hol­ly­wood cin­e­ma. There are obvi­ous­ly many com­plex tech­ni­cal issues behind these ques­tions, about which mem­bers of the pub­lic need to be edu­cat­ed. And to give it to us, we need an Arts Project for the Green New Deal.
What Howard Zinn Got Wrong
'A People’s History' focuses almost exclusively on victimization and tragedy. In the late 1950s and ear­ly 1960s, Zinn host­ed stu­dent activists and par­tic­i­pat­ed in deseg­re­ga­tion efforts in Geor­gia, Mis­sis­sip­pi and Alaba­ma. But elec­toral pol­i­tics is just one part of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal his­to­ry. All his­to­ries, of course, omit some facts and details and rab­bit holes, but A People’s His­to­ry focus­es almost exclu­sive­ly on vic­tim­iza­tion and tragedy. The rhetor­i­cal bat­tles of the cul­ture war rarely lend them­selves to care­ful reflec­tion, and there are good rea­sons to put A People’s His­to­ry away.
In 1971, Nixon Passed a Rule to Doom the Post…
By the end of 2019, the USPS carried $160.9 billion in debt—with nearly $120 billion of it from that requirement. Pre­vi­ous­ly a fed­er­al­ly fund­ed cab­i­net-lev­el depart­ment, Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon over­hauled the Post Office in 1971, which cre­at­ed what we know today as the USPS. While postal unions did win bet­ter pay and bar­gain­ing rights, the reor­ga­ni­za­tion was a dou­ble-edged sword. By the end of 2019, the USPS car­ried $160.9 bil­lion in debt — with near­ly $120 bil­lion of it from that require­ment. It also pro­vides more than 600,000 sta­ble, good-pay­ing jobs (21% of which are tak­en by African Amer­i­can work­ers).
The EPA Has Abandoned Its Duty To Protect the…
The EPA’s response to the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic ? effec­tive­ly ceas­ing enforce­ment of fed­er­al envi­ron­men­tal laws ? will, regard­less of the moti­va­tions for this unprece­dent­ed deci­sion, neg­a­tive­ly impact peo­ples’ lives. State and fed­er­al envi­ron­men­tal laws have failed to avoid mass species die offs, can­cers, pub­lic health cat­a­stro­phes, per­va­sive pol­lu­tion, and the cli­mate emergency. Legal­ized HarmUnder this sys­tem of law, com­mu­ni­ties are forced to accept activ­i­ties that are ?“per­mit­ted” by ?“envi­ron­men­tal” law. Native nations, as well, have been assault­ed by ?“envi­ron­men­tal” laws that ?“per­mit” and ?“reg­u­late” pipelines through sacred land. Many have tak­en their des­tiny into their own hands and stepped out­side the mod­ern par­a­digm of envi­ron­men­tal law.
If You're Voting by Mail This Year, Here's What You Need to Know
Ahead, we're breaking down the key things you need to know about voting by mail in the November election. Because mail can be unpredictable, your best bet is to return your filled-out and signed ballot the same day you get it in the mail. Check your state's guidelines in the chart here (and keep up with the lawsuits currently circling to challenge the stricter rules). Then mail your ballot back as quickly as you can so you can make sure it arrives on time. If you can, fill out your ballot and mail it back immediately.
If We All Only Do What's Best For Our Own Families, We'll Never Get Out of This Pandemic
If We All Only Do What's Best For Our Own Families, We'll Never Get Out of This Pandemic"You just have to do what's best for your family." "You just have to do what's best for your family." "You just have to do what's best for your family." Because doing what's best for your family, and acting solely in one's own best interest, no longer works during a public health crisis. And who even knows what's best for our family without its community.
If You're Voting by Mail This Year, Here's What You Need to Know
Ahead, we're breaking down the key things you need to know about voting by mail in the November election. Because mail can be unpredictable, your best bet is to return your filled-out and signed ballot the same day you get it in the mail. Check your state's guidelines in the chart here (and keep up with the lawsuits currently circling to challenge the stricter rules). Then mail your ballot back as quickly as you can so you can make sure it arrives on time. If you can, fill out your ballot and mail it back immediately.
Incarcerated Youth Need Your Attention — and Your Vote
As youth incarceration, COVID-19, and policing have become election-year issues, like Stockton on My Mind, they speak to the critical importance of local and state-level elections. As of Aug. 6, there are 65 youth and 19 staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 inside of Stockton's youth prison. In Stockton Unified School District, the upcoming election for the board of trustees will make or break our efforts to abolish the school police district in Stockton. We've had major victories including the Department of Justice investigating and confirming a pattern of racial bias in punishment in Stockton Unified School District. They deserve support and resources to grow, heal, and thrive, and we need elected officials at all levels who acknowledge that.
Experts Explain What's at Stake in the 2020 Election When It Comes to Women's Health
With the 2020 election less than three months away, all eyes are on the showdown between the incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The former has repeatedly waged attacks on women's rights, particularly when it comes to healthcare issues including (but not limited to) Title X funding, access to contraception, and a longheld mission to overturn Roe v. Wade. Of course, President Trump is hardly the only politician who poses a threat to women's health. It's equally important to educate ourselves about the healthcare policies and voting records of Congressional, state, and even local candidates. To get you started, we've rounded up six of the most pressing issues on the ballot in November, according to doctors and policy experts.
Little Miss Flint Wants to Run For President in 2044, and She Hopes America Evolves by Then
Little Miss Flint Wants to Run For President in 2044, and She Hopes America Evolves by ThenAmariyanna "Mari" Copeny has been engaged in activism for almost half of her life. Copeny, now 13, is still driven by a strong desire to bring clean water across the country. PS: Your clean water fund on Go Fund Me has raised over $325K — and counting! All those funds are being used to help provide state of the art high capacity filters that give clean water to those that have contaminated water. There are a couple of other youth activists in this campaign with GapKids, like Jermone Foster II and Levi Draheim.
Joe Biden’s criminal justice reform plan, explained
Altogether, it’s an incredibly progressive plan — going much further than President Donald Trump, who has no criminal justice reform plan. “But he’s actually done really deeply disturbing, dangerous reforms that have made the criminal justice system more lethal and just bigger.”Biden’s criminal justice plan, then, isn’t just a chance to line up with the preferences of most Democratic voters. What Biden’s criminal justice reform plan doesBiden’s plan is quite comprehensive, and you can read it in full at his campaign’s website. Biden’s plan acknowledges this by including provisions that ask the states to reform their criminal justice systems and reduce incarceration. But Biden’s plan, like most criminal justice reform proposals, focuses largely on nonviolent and drug offenses.
Why people are volunteering to get Covid-19
A team in China did something similar, changing the location of their Phase III trial from mainland China to the United Arab Emirates. In light of those concerns, some epidemiologists and scientists are calling for something called a human challenge trial. Unlike other human challenge trials, a Covid-19 challenge trial would entail a risk of serious illness — and even death. It’s because of those risks that a Covid-19 challenge trial would be limited to the young and healthy, who would be at the lowest risk of harm. Even though no Covid-19 human challenge trials are currently planned, more than 30,000 people from nearly 150 countries have already said they would volunteer for one if the opportunity presented itself, through the grassroots movement 1DaySooner.
The great rebuild
With more than 5 million cases worldwide, 165,000 Americans dead, more than 16 million US jobs eliminated, and schools and businesses shuttered, half measures won’t cut it. However, there is still much we can do to recover — and not just recover, but rebuild. Tapping the voices of prominent American thinkers, economists, and policymakers, The Great Rebuild imagines how we could marshal the power of the federal government and the potential of its citizens to fight back against the catastrophic effects of Covid-19, and in the process create a system steeped in fairness, inclusion, and sustainability. The Great Rebuild is made possible thanks to support from Omidyar Network, a social impact venture that works to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them, and to build more inclusive and equitable societies. All Great Rebuild content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
As Puerto Rico Battles Hurricane Season, HIV-Positive Folks Begin To Brace For The Worst
SAN JUAN — When Alexi Díaz León returned to Puerto Rico in the summer of 2017, he had just lost his job, was dealing with a crystal meth addiction, and hadn’t been on HIV treatment for a year. As the storm approached the island, Díaz León, 39, knew that the already fragile HIV infrastructure in Puerto Rico would potentially fall in the days that would follow. For those without access to HIV treatment, that meant the virus went unchecked and their condition worsened. And now those long-standing struggles for HIV treatment are being further compounded by other now-worsened public health issues including homelessness and COVID-19, which impacts immunocompromised people at significantly higher rates. “We are seeing again the challenges of being a colony and not having independence to make certain decisions,” he said.
Explainer - Pandemic behaviour: Why some people don't play by the rules
LONDON (Reuters) - Lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced around the world to try and curb the COVID-19 pandemic are reshaping lives, legislating activities that were once everyday freedoms and creating new social norms. REUTERS/Agustin MarcarianBut there are always some people who don’t play by the rules. Here are some questions and answers on the science of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic:WHAT MAKES SOME PEOPLE FLOUT AND OTHERS OBEY THE RULES? People in individualist cultures tend to reject rules and ignore attempts by public health authorities to “nudge” behaviour change with risk messages or appeals for altruism. “In a situation like a pandemic, (optimism) can lead you to take risks that are incredibly dangerous,” said Van Bavel.
Letters to the Editor - Kamala Harris, U.S. Post Office, leadership regarding COVID-19, Ted Cruz, AT&T
Allyn Kramer, North DallasPost office makes life betterPresident Donald Trump’s post office shenanigans have stirred my deep thoughts. I love the post office and have since the third grade, when I learned how to write and mail a letter. Surely Trump’s efforts to stop, slow down and change the post office will result in a few senators getting their heads on straight to confront this problem. Dorothy Burrus, North DallasTexans need help nowAbout a week and a half ago, 30 million Americans lost $600 per week in unemployment benefits. Ronald E. Larsen, FairviewCruz mocks AmericansSen. Ted Cruz mocked all Americans when he stated that we, as citizens of the United States, need to be given free lattes along with coronavirus stipends.
Editorial: Archbishop’s nuclear weapons view needs a homily on reality
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GEC Special Report: Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda
The Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) is leading and coordinating efforts of the U.S. Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign propaganda and disinformation. In line with its congressional mandate, the GEC is releasing a special report that provides an overview of Russia’s disinformation and propaganda ecosystem. The report outlines the five pillars of Russia’s disinformation and propaganda ecosystem and how these pillars work together to create a media multiplier effect. While Russia’s disinformation presents a threat, it does not stand unopposed. The GEC will continue to expose disinformation we see coming from Russia and other malign actors so that the international public and the counter-disinformation community have a clear understanding of how disinformation spreads and how we can work collectively to counter it.
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Constitution bars Trump from spending without OK of Congress — courts should stop it
Obviously, this number is different for all people, and it varies from state to state. Since federal monies can only be spent by legislation, and since only Congress writes federal laws, only it can enact legislation that spends federal monies. I use the phrase “federal monies” rather than “federal funds” or “taxpayer dollars” because the federal government is broke. We know this because the separation of powers prohibits the president or the courts from doing Congress’ job. Stated differently, neither the president nor Congress can tell the states that they must spend $100 a week on unemployed people in their states.
DeVos accuses teachers unions of concern with 'alternative agendas' like 'defunding police' over students
Teachers unions have shown themselves as being more concerned with political agendas and posturing than offering students a fulfilling learning experience, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told "The Ingraham Angle" Wednesday. DeVos told guest host Mike Huckabee that she was glad to see Democratic Govs. "We have seen all too many districts and all too many schools across the country not actually addressing the needs of students and anticipating school in the fall," DeVos said. "We all want to ensure students and teachers are safe when they are in school again, but those things can be done and can be clearly accomplished. Scholarship Opportunity Program, and these are what teachers unions are demanding in order for kids to go back to school."
The general election bursts into life in dueling American dreams
Biden and Harris essentially offered a return to a traditional, conventional vision of the presidency, pledging competence, empathy, hope, diversity, unity and sober leadership at a grave moment. "All of that is the reason that an American dies of Covid-19 every 80 seconds. Such slips might not normally matter, but Trump has been excoriating Biden for what he says are his decaying mental faculties. While polls show a clear and consistent lead nationally and in swing states for Biden and Harris, political reality can appear much different hundreds of miles from Washington. The President's team have seemed oddly off their game in the crucial first attempts to define the vice presidential nominee.
Readers Write: Kamala Harris, Minnesota primary results, managing the coronavirus
It’s not just that Kamala Harris is a Black woman (“Harris makes history as Biden’s pick for VP,” front page, Aug. 12). Jim Bartos, Brooklyn Park• • •What a proud day this country ought to be having after the announcement of Harris as running mate for candidate Biden. They describe why we have failed to control the spread of COVID-19, the results of that failure and a path forward. Far too many politicians at all levels fail to acknowledge the threat COVID-19 poses to our health and economic well-being. If the COVID-19 study is suitably powered to make any conclusions, then it would seem obesity provides a slight protection in Minnesota.
Saudi Crown Prince's Hit Squads Reflect His Foreign Policy—And Ours
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to as MbS, is facing the court of international public opinion once again. MbS' brand of scorched-earth political retribution and brazen violence on foreign soil is also a feature of his foreign policy. Since becoming the Kingdom's crown prince in 2017, the Saudi Crown Prince has been systematically silencing, arresting, torturing, and killing people he believes might pose a threat to his power. Direct U.S. support for Saudi Arabia speaks volumes about U.S. foreign policy, but the reflection goes deeper still. The Crown Prince's hit squads reflect a long-standing U.S. assassination program, euphemistically referred to as drone warfare or "targeted killing."
Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left
Unfortunately, Biden’s political vision doesn’t offer much in the way of upending the conditions that made Trumpism possible. As of today, that argument appears to be persuasive enough, with Biden trouncing Trump in most polls despite a lack of traditional campaigning. For progressives and those on the Democratic Party’s so-called “left wing,” Biden’s candidacy has been a tough pill to swallow. If there’s a silver lining to this pick, it’s that other frontrunners for the VP nomination, like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, are, on paper, all more conservative than Harris.
Betsy DeVos Has a Very Deadly Plan to Reopen US Public Schools
Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is heading the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. Rather than seeking additional federal funds, she’s using this pandemic to further her ploy to privatize education—threatening to withhold federal funds from public schools that don’t reopen. Repeatedly pressed by journalists during TV appearances, DeVos can’t come up with a single mechanism or guideline for reopening schools safely. Her rules would divert millions of dollars away from low-income schools into the coffers of wealthy private schools. DeVos’ entire tenure has centered on shafting low-income students and their families—the very people she’s supposed to protect.
US Postal Service Was Never a Business. Stop Treating It Like One
Postal Service was never a business. For our nation’s first generation, the Postal Service was often the only reminder the U.S. had a federal government at all. These choices were possible then because the Postal Service was not burdened with financial self-sufficiency. The year 2020, perhaps more than any other in American history, illustrates why Postal Service’s centuries-old mission must be upheld. The U.S. Census Bureau, which is presently racing to complete the 2020 census, is relying on the Postal Service for much of its data collection.
Harris are 'good enough' for now.
Among times to be alive — we’re not at the best, and not at the worst, by far. But this is still a really stupid timeline, given what we’ve been given by our past, and the knowledge we have around us all the time. We’re locked out of doing anything better, largely by the party that’s job is supposed to be doing things better. But I’d rather us as a nation have better plans to get to a better place, all the same. I’ll vote with you, and hope for the best — but I should not, and will not be silent about any betrayal of the very limited ideals we expect out of this stupid timeline we’re living in.
The First 10 Days of a Biden-Harris Administration
What would the first ten days of a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration look like? Sign simple legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices(immediately beginning to lower medicine prices for millions of Americans)Day 2. As far as Social Security, it seems to me that it’s about time that Democrats inoculated the program from future Republican efforts for once and for all. Of course, it’s unlikely that the first ten days of a Biden administration will go exactly as outlined above. For those who say there wouldn’t be enough time for Congress to enact the Medicare, Social Security and other legislation noted above, there actually is.
The History of Trump's World Part 2
The King of Gump ForestIn Mel Brooks’ brilliant cinematic spoof, the ‘History of the World Part 1,’ world history is pilloried,parodied, and pushed to the limits, creating uproarious laughter, but that is a movie. x YouTube VideoIn his most serious and somber, oh so somber voice the President credited the 1917(sic)Spanish flu with ending World War II. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War," Trump said. Hell no!”I am not making fun of President Trump, well yes—I am, but for a reason. The biggest difference between Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump is that you know Obama was not an idiot, but with Trump, it is up for debate.
Adam Bronfman interview on making his film THE CON
See it here right now- > https://www.facebook.com/1119802823/posts/10222633346358566/?d=nAdam Bronfman speaks about the Jewish meaning in making the film the CON. THE CON is about the lies surrounding the 29 trillion bailout of the banks and big corporations after defrauding America! Adam is currently President of the Samuel Bronfman Foundation in New York and a member of Hillel International Board of Governors. He is the son of Edgar Bronfman. Many thanks for watching,
You get a bus improvement grant and you get a bus improvement grant and you get a bus improvement
17 tweets in a row about bus improvement grants to states and specific localities around the country. I have no problem with the grants but it is this desperate, craven personal doling out of bribes Federal funding as if he accomplished it that is the problem. Every one of them is in this basic format:x Congrats to Colorado who will be receiving $14.9M in federal infrastructure funds from @USDOT. Happy to support bus service for residents throughout this great state! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020Click on his name in the tweet and you can read through the tweet list.
Our Priorities Are F***ed
Whether it’s altogether ignoring the immediate needs of American families or trivializing their pain, it’s been a master-class in GOP ideology. Give everyone $1 million a day, every day, forever. https://t.co/0ODgPBhc4O — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 10, 2020Within the “Right” there’s even been talk that the $600 a week is “too much”. x Where I live in Arlington, Virginia, $600/week or $2,400 a month is barely enough to pay for a one bedroom apartment. https://t.co/VUatnyyEX7 — Matt Rogers ?? (@Politidope) August 12, 2020We need to not only reject the disingenuous and heartless arguments of the GOP, but promote working-class champions to positions of power in government.
How Trump could actually steal the 2020 election with help from Republican governors
Trump has been ranting against imaginary fake ballots flooding in and how mail-in voting must be stopped by any means. Except in Republican states of course. Trump convinces Republican governors to claim that votes can’t be counted properly because of Covid, mail delays, fake ballots, dead people voting, felons voting, dogs, etc. After presidential candidates Hayes and Tilden were deadlocked by southern states who didn’t submit proper delegates Congress appointed a special commission to decide. If Trump remains and Congress deadlocks on the rules then Trump still controls the military — so the outcome is uncertain to put it mildly.
Asked to calm students' anxiety Trump says school closures were for "political reasons" to get him
During Trump’s press conference Trump was asked to give some “words of encouragement” for students facing a school year full of disruptions and uncertainties in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Instead of reassuring America’s students, the paranoid Donald Trump tried to make school closures into a nefarious conspiracy to bring down his presidency. In Trump’s delusional mind School Closures have nothing to with the COVID-19 pandemic, instead everyone is out to get Donald Trump! Just wondering if you might have some words of encouragement for them?”Trump: “It’s such a fair question, such a good question. And I have a feeling that on November 4th somebody’s going to announce: ‘Schools are open, the country’s open, everything’s open!’ I really beleive a lot of it is done for political reasons, if you want to know the truth.
The Wicked Pence of the West Wing
Beware the Deadly EveningShadeThe Wicked Pence of the West WingAn Adult Fairy Tale to Be Used to Demoralize Republicansby The Brothers Grimace, Groan and GagOnce upon a time in a land far, far away (Indiana) there lived a wicked Pence. They were preparing to depose the wicked Pence. The wicked Pence would bring his demented flock to worship at the altar of an obtuse Orange Abomination. The evil monster Mercer and the more evil Charles “The Perverter” Koch had bribed the wicked Pence with visions of the domination and subjugation of womankind. Music for Resistingx YouTube VideoMemaliciousnessAd(s) of the Dayx YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox Dear White House Press Correspondents, (@whca)Thank you for the very difficult job you do every day.
Scaredy Trump Flees to Fox News After Biden Chooses Kamala Harris
On Tuesday Joe Biden announced the selection of Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. For his part, Donald Trump - the KKK's favorite president - slandered Biden as a racist for choosing a Black woman to join his ticket. He has no substantive criticism of either Biden or Harris, so he resorts to elementary school taunts, shameless lies, and pitiful whining. Even Hannity - who Trump considers a journalist - was utterly incapable of guiding Trump into a coherent cognitive dialogue. The remainder of this "interview" weaved through a soggy morass of subject matter that had little to do with Biden or Harris.
What makes good people go bad..or semi-bad? The story of Dr. Birx, and The Trump effect.
When it comes to whether we are eventually either a “good” or “bad” person, most of us will make the grade to the good side of the ledger...but by no means all. At first she blinked and didn’t say much of anything, but when Trump applied the extra pressure Dr. Birx essentially backed down, and then she started getting flack from both sides. This by no means means that Dr. Birx is a bad person — it just means she found herself between a rock and a hard place — and I think the good Dr. made a mistake by not standing firm in her original position. At the same time he says nobody has been tougher on Russia than he has..who the hell does he think he’s kidding. Trump, the man, is an open book — a very bad book...with a very bad ending..for all those who must deal with him
Trump Explicitly States His Desire To Remove Minorities From America's Suburbs
Via White House pool reporter Yamiche Alcindor, from Trump’s news conference today:x A moment to behold. Q: What do you mean by an "invasion" in the suburbs if VP Joe Biden is elected? But Trump has stripped away all of that bullshit, and not just on this particular subject but on what American conservatism truly is. But Trump’s takeover of American conservatism made unambiguously clear that it was all really just about White identity politics and the politics of racial and cultural resentment. Even after Trump is defeated this fall, we must make sure that conservatives can never again hide what they’ve so explicitly and enthusiastically revealed themselves to be.
Top Comments: Fear and Loathing in the College Classroom
All lecture classes are to be taught using distance education techniques (mostly Zoom, some lectures recorded, some synchronous). Last night, the local news reported that 4 students at his university tested positive for COVID-19. We’d both like to know what the trigger will be for moving all (or at least most) classes from face-to-face to on-line. But also, this suggests that the administration has targeted members of my department for “retrenchment” (the local term for firing). You’ll find the comments below the fold, but first, a word from our sponsor:
Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: Pass a Law to Protect Election Mail
I just dashed off this letter to my congresswoman, Speaker Nancy Pelosi:Dear Speaker Pelosi,Please consider passing through the house as soon as possible a short and clear statute that requires the postal service to give all mail to and from the each State's election offices the highest priority delivery (e.g., higher than the "Priority" or Express mail classes.) Ensure there are severe and enforceable criminal penalties for anyone who interferes or attempts to interfere with the efficient and rapid processing and delivery of all "Election Priority" mail, and anyone who forges official election correspondence. Make it a clean and simple bill with1.) severe and enforceable penalties, and3.) Countless men and women have died to protect our democracy, let's not let malicious legislative bureaucrats kill it.
Say what? Florida HD 14's Dem rep is a Trump loving anti-Semite? Just 24 hours to change that!
Fund-raising ends tomorrow for FL State House primaries. This is a deep blue district, so the primary is the general. Tomorrow is the last day to give to primary candidates, so do it tonight or tomorrow. Here’s the link to Angie’s ActBlue Page. I hope SemDem won’t mind if I quote her description of Daniels:Dems have a chance to make gains in the FL legislature this year and the gains should elect real Democrats.
'You are the heroes of our time': Kamala Harris inspires right when America needs it most
Then Harris got to work making the case against her Republican rivals. "I’ll admit, over the past four years, there have been moments when I’ve worried about our future," Harris said. This was the moment of spiritual uplift so many Americans desperately needed as Trump, Pence, and Republicans bleed the country dry through their war of attrition. Harris is formidable, competent, and a force to be reckoned with—all qualities that any VP pick must exude. Harris did plenty in her speech, but if all she had accomplished was making people believe again, that would have been enough.
Right-wing pundits decide Kamala Harris isn’t ‘Black enough,’ but here's why it isn’t their call
As if being a white man in America entitles him to decide who is considered Black, Levin continued: "Jamaica's part of the Caribbean. I only point that out because if you dare raise that you're attacked but the truth is she's not, and so I just wanted to make that clear. To the best of my knowledge, her ancestry doesn't go back to slavery at all." x Ari Fleischer: She’s just not that historically exciting to African Americans pic.twitter.com/72Y9ZnxozO — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 12, 2020Harris is the daughter of an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father. The California senator’s knowledge of her roots doesn’t negate her experiences as a Black and Asian woman in America.
Zombie Herman Cain tweets from beyond, will he vote absentee?
Herman Cain’s twitter account is now tweeting without acknowledging that he has passed away. Not exactly Timothy Leary but apparently 9-9-9 truly is an inverted version of 666 and are reminding us that Herman Cain’s denial of COVID-19’s contagion proved to be fatal. x People were mostly careful and respectful when Herman Cain passed away from COVID-19, and boy that is going to disappear quickly now that his family and comms team have decided to keep tweeting out new political content under his name. #JoeBiden #KamalaHarris https://t.co/GjAC8VDaVF — Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) August 12, 2020x I’m just excited you can tweet from heaven. You think he’s at a heavenly Starbucks using WiFi or heaven has WiFi everywhere?
Sorting machines being taken from post offices! Sabotage continues...
She said "mail is beginning to pile up in our offices, and we're seeing equipment being removed." "In Iowa, we are losing machines. She said the changes made aren’t designed to save money, but to undermine public confidence in the Post Office. Washington State officials are already complaining about mail sorting machines being removed. #TrumpKillsUSPSx ?Trump Is Removing Mail Sorting Machines From Post Offices https://t.co/m4WrVIFhYK — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 12, 2020In the meantime, it’s all hands on deck people:Effective Get Out the vote can change an election.
Kamala Harris’ powerful first appearance as Biden’s running mate is a must-watch
Biden remarked that Donald Trump saying that Harris “whined” was rich as Trump is “the biggest whiner” to ever stand in front of a microphone. Harris also highlighted the current pandemic, the racial injustices in America, and the selfishness of the current man in office. Harris then talked about her and Biden’s focus on their families, and how important that bond was for her and for her running mate. pic.twitter.com/y58YEQWCGI — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 12, 2020x Kamala Harris is missing a shoe because it's in Donald Trump's ass. x Donald Trump has never brought kids together.
The head of the FDA is forbidden from speaking to press without a Trump 'minder'
The head of the Food and Drug Administration is forbidden from talking to the press about the pandemic, period, unless an administration minder is present. While the FDA gives rush approval to a supposed Trump miracle drug, sans evidence, only to have to warn later that oops it may turn out that the drug not only doesn't work but may result in the dangerous side effects already known and printed on the packaging. Trump's Health and Human Services head Alex Azar said that never happened. We are supposed to feel sympathy for Dr. Hahn, because if he wants to retain his position he is absolutely forbidden from getting on Donald Trump's bad side—and contradicting Donald Trump under any circumstances will immediately put him on Trump's bad side. There is an overwhelming push to normalize it down to mere partisan controversy, though, so nobody has to too deeply consider the underlying implications.
Obama Officials’ Incomplete Reckoning with Failure on Yemen
But it was, ultimately, a failed reckoning for the Obama administration’s role in risking American complicity in Saudi-led coalition abuses in the first place. In their letter, the Obama officials try to distinguish their administration’s support for the war as “conditional,” vs. Trump’s “unconditional” support. Despite repeated queries about whether the US supported the first proposed UN inquiry, Obama officials responded with silence or words of deflection, which spelled the political demise of such an initiative. The responsibility for these failed policies does not fall equally on all senior Obama officials, and some individuals made every effort to steer the ship in a far better direction. The Obama administration had an opportunity to broadly rethink America’s historically problematic role in the region, and ultimately failed to do so.
3 in 5 Americans Firmly Oppose Trump on His Push to Reopen Schools, Poll Finds
Americans overwhelmingly oppose schools fully reopening as coronavirus cases continue to climb across the country, according to a new poll. A new Politico/Morning Consult poll asked respondents whether they support K-12 schools reopening while the pandemic rages on. Only 33 percent said they were in favor of schools having in-person classrooms, while 59 percent said they opposed fully reopening. Americans also believe funding shouldn’t be affected if schools determine they should operate remotely at the start of the year. “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,” he said.
We Can’t Let the Nomination of Harris Blunt Our Demands for Racial Justice
As a result, Biden’s nomination of Harris (whose father is Black and mother is South Asian) is not unanticipated, even while it is notable, unprecedented and momentous. This development raises questions regarding how the Democratic Party relates to anti-oppression and grassroots movement organizing, and how such organizing should relate to the party. Harris, slamming Biden’s record on race and his keenness to find common ground with segregationists, said, “You also worked with [those segregationist senators] to oppose busing. The question came down to “trust.” Harris had called Biden to account over his racist record once. What is much more urgent is for those who agitate for racial justice to ask ourselves now whether we will follow elite Black Democratic Party politicians’ lead in blunting demands for racial justice and real reckoning with the country’s racist past.
The federal agency for protecting workers is targeting unions and weakening labor rights
“The tension is thick, and you know it’s going to be that way for months.”Sadly, abused workers can expect no help from the Trump administration, which is busy trying to exterminate labor unions. And the agency went further, empowering employers to begin withholding email addresses and other information unions need merely to contact prospective voters. But under Trump, it’s stacking the deck in favor of greedy corporations desperate to silence workers’ voices and bust unions at any cost. However, building better lives for millions of ordinary Americans will require an NLRB committed to vigorously enforcing labor rights. So only the election of federal officials committed to workers’ rights can truly put the agency back on course.
Betsy DeVos has a deadly plan to reopen schools
Trump education secretary Betsy DeVos is heading the administration’s effort to force schools to reopen in the fall for in-person instruction. Rather than seeking additional federal funds, she’s using this pandemic to further her ploy to privatize education — threatening to withhold federal funds from public schools that don’t reopen. Repeatedly pressed by journalists during TV appearances, DeVos can’t come up with a single mechanism or guideline for reopening schools safely. Her rules would divert millions of dollars away from low-income schools into the coffers of wealthy private schools. DeVos’ entire tenure has centered on shafting low-income students and their families — the very people she’s supposed to protect.
You can fight voter suppression — here’s how
With the November election less than three months away, the threat to our democracy couldn’t be higher. This, of course, is in addition to the voter suppression tactics that have been targeting voters, especially voters of color, for years. The film “Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote” exposes the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. This is your chance to help fight voter suppression before it’s too late. Watch “Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote” and then sign up to host a free virtual screening with your friends, with your family, with your classmates or at your place of worship.
Kamala Harris rips into Trump’s failures in her forceful first speech as Biden’s VP pick
In their first event together as running mates, Sen. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden delivered speeches in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday evening to introduce their joint campaign. Harris’s first speech as the vice presidential pick hit all the obligatory notes. But the most notable — and arguably, most effective — portion of the speech was her sharp criticism of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. “He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” she said of the president. All of that is the reason that an American dies of COVID-19 every 80 seconds.”Watch the speech below:
Stuart Stevens: Acceptance of Trump’s racism is a ‘haunting truth’ of the current Republican party
Stuart Stevens, author of “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” discusses how the Republican Party evolved from “compassion and conservatism” to a party that has accepted Donald Trump’s racism. He tells Lawrence O’Donnell, “you don’t have to be a racist to support Donald Trump, but ultimately you have to be comfortable with having a racist as the president.”
LETTER: Freedom to assemble for me but not for thee
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. Steve Sisolak in June during the George Floyd protests: “To all Nevadans lawfully protesting in the valley this evening and this week: Volunteer lawyers will be observing these protests.”Gov. Hypocrisy is too light a word to describe the hyper-partisan actions and words of this governor. I hope he is limited to one term.
EDITORIAL: Most Black Americans don’t want to abolish the police
To gauge from the media coverage of police reform, it might seem as if the vast majority of Black Americans believe cops are the enemy. In other words, a whopping 81 percent of Black Americans aren’t interested in kicking law enforcement out of their communities, let alone in abolishing police departments, as some of the more radical Black Lives Matter activists demand. A previous Gallup poll did indeed find widespread support among all Americans, including Blacks, for reforming police departments. Yet, as columnist Jonah Goldberg pointed out last week, where has the view of average Black Americans been reflected in the national conversation? Except, as the Gallup poll suggests, Black people don’t view police the same way the activists and journalists who dominate the debate do.”Many pundits opine that America is divided.
CARTOON: Words of wisdom
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing it, it multiplies it.” — Martin Luther King Jr.“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing it, it multiplies it.” — Martin Luther King Jr.Review-Journal editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a three-time winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award.
History lessons: 17 women on Kamala Harris’ VP chances
Leading up to the announcement of Senator Kamala Harris as the vice presidential candidate, rumors circulated regarding concerns about her ambition and assertiveness. Kamala Harris is making history; here’s hoping she will also be breaking the mold of how women candidates are treated on the stump. Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is a historic moment. Senator Kamala Harris now enters the presidential race as Biden’s running mate under extraordinary and challenging circumstances. Kamala Harris’ selection is a response to the deeply felt need for racial and gender justice in America.
An algorithm shouldn’t decide a student’s future
Education systems across Europe struggled this year with how to determine students’ all-important final grades. The result of the algorithm became the student’s final grade. Soon after the grades were released, serious mismatches emerged between expected grades based on a student’s prior performance, and those awarded by the algorithm. Because IB students’ university admissions are contingent upon their final grades, the unexpectedly poor grades generated for some resulted in scholarships and admissions offers being revoked. The IB’s algorithm rendered judgment using data that mostly relied on contextual factors outside of students’ own performance.
Stitt adds criminal justice question to November ballot
Kevin Stitt on Wednesday added a state question on criminal justice to the Nov. 3 Election Day ballot. Stitt, a Republican, signed an executive proclamation setting the election date for State Question 805 which, if approved by voters, would prohibit prosecutors from using prior felony convictions to enhance sentences for nonviolent crimes. They gathered about 260,000 signatures to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for the ballot, far exceeding the 178,000 signatures they needed. But Stitt and most state prosecutors oppose the plan. Stitt said he didn’t like the idea of enshrining the proposal in the Oklahoma Constitution.
Opinion: Barack Obama's filibuster hypocrisy
David HarsanyiIn April of 2005, Sen. Barack Obama took to the floor of the United States Senate and passionately spoke out against Republican efforts to end the filibuster. "If all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American," Obama told the congregants, "then that's what we should do." And by "we," of course, Obama means 51% of Washington should dictate the legislative agenda to the entire country. Because Obama wants Democrats, who believe they will win 2020, to govern without being encumbered by the minority. The filibuster complements the constitutional checks and balances that have historically made American governance effective.
Letter: Real Americans wear masks during COVID-19
I wondered about the cost of plexiglass shields at cash registers, the cleaning supplies, the signage. Is it really in defense of a freedom, and if so, what is the name of that freedom? It is very simple to throw on a mask, a scarf, whatever cloth that covers mouth and nose. It has been widely adopted that a mask helps greatly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. I say to them: Take the flag down until you can behave like an American who helps Americans.
Opinion: Biden's economic plans spell disaster for small businesses
These are all Biden promises, yet his treatment of small businesses is even more troubling than the hot air. Those political candidates who are truly interested in helping small business focus on, well, small business and lay out specific action items. Because of the TCJA, more than 1,100 small businesses have publicly announced new hires, pay raises and more employee benefits. This may seem like an attack on the “1 percent,” but small business owners earning $400,000 a year are hardly multi-millionaires and billionaires. According to his campaign website, the TCJA cut small business taxes by 20%, providing $415 billion in tax relief for small business employers.
A-level results day 2020: Your guide to times, grades and next steps
Collect your gradesThis year some schools may be emailing results while some may be open for students to collect their grades and talk to teachers. Narrowly missed your grades? You can also look into exam reviews and appeals, although you’ll need to do this ASAP. Alternatively, your chosen university may offer you a slightly different course, which you’ll need to accept through Track. Completely missed your grades?
Trump’s Attack on the Postal Service Is a Threat to Democracy—and to Rural America
Some were in red regions, some were purplish-blue—but every last one of them centered on the local post office. All of which is to say that I really hate what the Republicans are trying to do to the post office. Not only that but the Postal Service almost tripled the postage for mailing ballots to voters. The Postal Service, though, is the most popular government agency in the country, with a ninety-one-per-cent favorability rating, and it’s equally popular among Democrats and Republicans. No one else does that; it’s why, even though the Postal Service ekes out an operating profit most years, it is saddled with a huge deficit.
Former Colombian Guerrilla Fighter And Socialist Says He ‘Would Vote For Biden, Without A Doubt’
A Colombian socialist and former guerrilla fighter confirmed his endorsement of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday, the Washington Free Beacon reported. “If I could vote in the United States, in the interest of my Latin American people, I would vote for Biden, without a doubt,” Petro said on CNN En Español, the Free Beacon reported. Fabio Andrade, a Columbian-American activist, said that Petro’s endorsement is offensive, the Free Beacon reported. Knowing what we know about this terrorist, a person that has the blood of Colombians on his hands,” Andrade said, the Free Beacon reported. “This endorsement is pathetic and very dangerous.”Petro lost the 2018 presidential election to conservative candidate Iván Duque Márquez, the Free Beacon reported.
‘Trust No One New’: Sarah Palin Offers Kamala Harris Some Advice On Being A Female VP Candidate
Sarah Palin offered 2020 vice presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris some advice Tuesday, warning Harris to “trust no one new.”Palin, who ran for vice president on the GOP ticket in 2008 with the late Sen. John McCain, directed her comments to Harris in an Instagram post following news that Biden chose Harris as his running mate. Palin offered Harris six pieces of advice, telling Harris, “Don’t forget the women who came before you.”“Trust no one new,” Palin wrote to Harris. but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing,” she said. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters!”Palin said she hoped that Harris would have fun on the campaign trail. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience.
‘People Will Say Anything To Get Power’: Greg Gutfeld Launches Attack On Biden And Harris
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld laid into former Vice President Joe Biden and his newly-announced running mate, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris. “You saw Joe Biden trot out the ‘fine people’ hoax which has already been discredited. But the one thing Gutfeld said really stuck with him was Biden’s comment about President Donald Trump’s handling of terrorism. If she can make an attack like that on Joe Biden for debate theatrics, months ago, it’s reasonable to conclude that the ruination of Brett Kavanaugh was also just hearing theatrics,” Gutfeld explained. So what she did was she was willing to crush Kavanaugh and crush Joe Biden, but when the door opens up for power, it all goes out the window.”
If You Want To Truly Understand How Corporate America Went Nuts, You Should Read This Piece
Corporate responsibility entails accepting—indeed, supporting—such constraints and acting within them. This contrasts starkly with the new-age dogma of “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR), which is built on the premise that constraints are unnecessary because firms will voluntarily advance the common good. Rather, a tsunami of broader political, economic and social trends swept away the constraints within which businessmen operated. Enter Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This article is adapted from “Constraining the Corporation,” published by American Compass as part of its project on Corporate Actual Responsibility.
Progressives, Hispanics are not 'Latinx.' Stop trying to Anglicize our Spanish language.
It is true that nouns are gendered in Spanish, but it is unclear what, if any, problem this poses to Americans. Taken to its logical conclusion, a push for gender-neutral Spanish nouns requires dismantling a language spoken by 572 million people across the world. This is offensive to the 85% of Hispanics who, like my parents, speak Spanish to their children and whose most treasured heirlooms are often family traditions and memories in Spanish. Hispanic Americans face plenty of challenges. The last thing we need are progressives "wokesplaining" how to speak Spanish.
Biden campaign ramps up for 100-day push
— Buoyed by strong fundraising and growing advantages in state and national polls, Joe Biden’s campaign is accelerating its staffing and television spending as the campaign turns toward the 100-day mark before Election Day, according to a new internal campaign memo obtained by NBC News. This site is protected by recaptchaThe Biden campaign is marking the 100-day-out milestone with what it calls a weekend of action in battleground states across the country, with 500 virtual organizing events planned. By August, the Biden campaign, the DNC and its partners in the states will have “well over 2,000 staff” deployed for voter outreach, the memo says. And after outraising the Trump campaign in May and June, the campaign is putting another $14.5 million toward television advertising in its top targeted states: Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Stepien also challenged the Biden campaign to expand its advertising from Arizona into Texas and Georgia if it really felt it had momentum.
Son of Qaeda Founder Is Dead
WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was viewed as an eventual heir to the leadership of Al Qaeda and had repeatedly threatened to attack the United States, is dead, according to two American officials. Details of the strike that killed him were scarce, including when and where. Mr. bin Laden was killed sometime during the first two years of the Trump administration, officials said . Though Mr. bin Laden carried a prominent name and lineage, the news of his death represented more of a symbolic victory for the American government than the removal of a threat. Al Qaeda has not carried out a large-scale attack in years, and though Mr. bin Laden was being groomed to eventually take over the group, that time appeared to be well into the future.
U.S. Strike in Iraq Kills Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Iranian Forces
“This is something that is going to make it very difficult for our diplomatic presence there, our military presence there,” Mr. Kim said in an interview. General Suleimani, who led the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, a special forces unit responsible for Iranian operations outside Iran’s borders, was long a figure of intense interest. He was not only in charge of Iranian intelligence gathering and covert military operations, he was regarded as one of Iran’s most cunning and autonomous military figures. He was also believed to be very close to Ayatollah Khamenei, and was seen as a potential future leader of Iran. General Suleimani once described himself to a senior Iraqi intelligence official as the “sole authority for Iranian actions in Iraq,” the official later told American officials in Baghdad.
French Military Says It Killed Top Qaeda Leader in Africa
Mr. Droukdal, 50, was born in Algeria and fought the Soviets in Afghanistan before returning to his home country in the 1990s to take part in its vicious civil war. Mr. Droukdal then sent a secret message to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq. Mr. Droukdal’s men pledged allegiance to the Qaeda terrorist brand in 2006 and quickly became the network’s most loyal partner in Africa, and one of its most lethal. They included the headquarters of the United Nations in Algiers, which the group destroyed in 2007, killing dozens of people. That same year, the group, now known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, expanded its area of operation beyond Algeria, a move that it signaled by gunning down a group of French picnickers in Mauritania.
HAWORTH: Kamala Harris Must Not Win
After weeks of speculation, Joe Biden finally announced that Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) would be his running mate. I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Nevada Gov. Fines Banned Church For Holding Service In Opened Casino
Steve Sisolak has decided that people cannot worship in casinos when he’s closed their churches. “I was deeply disheartened and dismayed to see the callous and dangerous behavior displayed last night in Las Vegas at a campaign event for President Trump,” Sisolak wrote on Twitter the day after. (2/7) — Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) August 7, 2020The governor’s proclamation was subject to a challenge in July when another Nevada church appealed lower court rulings. “In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion,” Gorsuch wrote. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”
Race-Obsessed Media Don't Care About The Brutal Murder Of 5-Year-Old
Every day, corporate media commit sins of omission and commission. Went online to confirm the details of this story- couldnt find a single national media outlet covering it. “My first reaction was he’s playing with the kids,” said Doris Lybrand, the neighbor who saw Sessoms run across the lawn and shoot the boy. Now the media is ignoring the death of Hinnant at the hands of a black man. The media will continue their race framing, as if every act of man is the product of a racial consideration.
CNN Says “Joe Biden To Step Aside For Kamala Harris After Election”
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Soros Warns: Trump Will ‘Be Held Accountable’ For ‘Violating The Constitution’
Billionaire globalist George Soros issued a stark warning to President Trump that he will answer for his actions during his time in office. In a “birthday interview” with Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper on Wednesday, Soros claimed Trump is “fighting for his life” because he knows his enemies will punish him for “undermining democracy.”“But even in the United States, a confidence trickster like Trump can be elected president and undermine democracy from within,” Soros said. Soros then said he was “confident” Trump would be removed from office in November, calling him a “transitory phenomenon.”“But in the U.S. you have a great tradition of checks and balances and established rules,” Soros said. Trump “remains very dangerous, he’s fighting for his life and he will do anything to stay in power, because he has violated the Constitution in many different ways and if he loses the presidency he will be held accountable,” he added. Twitter: Follow @WhiteIsTheFuryParler: https://parler.com/profile/WhiteIsTheFury/postsGab: https://gab.com/WhiteIsTheFuryMinds: https://www.minds.com/whiteisthefuryA “bipartisan” election integrity group linked to George Soros, Bill Gates, and the Chinese Communist Party war-gamed several 2020 election scenarios to formulate how to overthrow Donald Trump if he’s reelected.
Number One On Twitter! Alex Jones Exposes Illegal Park Closures
Alex Jones exposed Austin’s illegal park closures ordered from the Democrats on high to exert their power over the people and condition us to accept total tyranny when Biden is elected. Jones breaks down the viral video confronting these obedient lockdown minions that got him trending to #1 on Twitter despite being banned from the platform. The Reopen America Back to School Special is now live! Earn double Patriot Points on our hottest items!
New Jersey Schools, Colleges Can Reopen for In-Person Education: Governor
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday he signed an executive order clearing both public and private schools, pre-K through 12th grade, and colleges and universities to reopen for in-person instruction in the upcoming academic year. The governor said the decision on whether to implement in-person or remote learning, or a mixed approach, rested with the state’s nearly 600 public school districts as well as charter, parochial and other institutions. School districts that can’t meet all the health and safety standards put in place by the New Jersey Department of Education required for in-person instruction will begin the school year with all-remote learning, Murphy said. On June 26, the governor announced that the state’s public schools will reopen “in some capacity” for the coming academic year. Last week, he announced that almost all students will be required to wear masks while inside school buildings in the state.
Portland Unveils New Policy That Prohibits Charging Protesters With Non-Violent Crimes
Portland, Oregon’s District Attorney Mike Schmidt says his office will not prosecute protesters who have been charged with low-level offenses. In a statement detailing the new policy released on Tuesday, Schmidt noted the protests that have been ongoing since the death of George Floyd on May 25. The statement reads, “The demands for change go beyond a call for an end to police violence and encompass the need for us all to acknowledge and address centuries of racism and oppression.”“As prosecutors, we acknowledge the depth of emotion that motivates the demonstrations and support those who are civically engaged through peaceful protesting,” he added. As stewards of public resources, we must devote our efforts to prosecuting crimes that allow us to protect our most vulnerable victims to have the greatest impact on promoting a safer community for everyone in Multnomah county.”Schmidt added that his office would “presumptively decline to charge cases where the most serious offenses are city ordinance violations and crimes that do not involve deliberate property damage, theft, or the use or threat of force against a person.”He outlined those charges: Interference With a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass, Escape III, Harassment, or Riot. Additionally, Schmidt said that charges of resisting arrest or assaulting a public safety officer should be “subjected to a high level of scrutiny.”Schmidt said officials should consider whether the officer had probable cause for the arrest, if the defendant was “recently subjected to tear gas or other less lethal force,” or if they were “otherwise in pain, or unable to hear, breath or see at the moment” the arrest or alleged assault occurred.
RINO Kasich headlines with Democrats, ignores Biden racial slurs
RINO and former Ohio GOP Governor John Kasich will be speaking for the Democrats at their national convention this month. John Kasich to make the case for a Joe Biden presidency at Democratic National Convention. “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids,” Biden quipped. Ah, yes, no poor kids are white and all poor kids are not white. Ah, yes, Biden the unifier.
Who Stands to Benefit? Group Behind Occupy Wall Street Plans 50-Day 'White House Siege'
Adbusters, the group credited with energizing the Occupy Wall Street protests, is now pushing a 50-day siege on the White House beginning on September 17. This is the #WhiteHouseSiege?https://t.co/gWw8jDJC05 pic.twitter.com/bTxyLvl7a7 — Adbusters (@Adbusters) July 28, 2020You might call Adbusters the marketing wing of the revolution. They did occupy Wall Street for nearly two months from Zuccotti Park in New York City’s financial district. During the Occupy riots, NPR reported that Adbusters distanced themselves from the protests:Adbusters is an anti-consumerism magazine based in Vancouver, British Columbia. This summer, it proposed a Sept. 17 “occupation” of Wall Street, and the idea caught fire.
One Question Kamala Must Answer: Do You Stand with Israel or With the Anti-Semitic BLM and BDS Movements?
Do you still stand by your previous statements that Israel should be supported in all ways by the United States without conditions? Ms. Harris has attended AIPAC, and forcefully spoke about supporting Israel. It’s a tough choice for a political candidate, Ms. Harris. Where do you stand?”You can’t have it both ways, Ms. Harris. Do you stand with BDS and BLM, which want Israel destroyed and consciously choose to riot in Jewish neighborhoods, or do you stand with Israel having its own sovereignty, making its own decisions, and enjoying U.S. support?
Democrats Are Waging War Against Tradition and the Constitution
Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed “The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies.
Based on Her Words and Deeds, Kamala Harris Is a Socialist
Yet, after assessing both her words and her actions, one can conclude that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is a socialist. By literally co-sponsoring this socialist Trojan Horse, Harris has demonstrated she supports these radical socialist plans in full. Like any good socialist, Harris has never met a ban she didn't like. In other words, Harris has pledged she would support an open borders welfare state. I could go on and on detailing Harris’s socialist inclinations, both in words and actions.
Public Schools Are Trying to Destroy Conservative Values, Right Under Parents' Noses
Over the weekend, a teacher in Philadelphia lamented that when classes become virtual, parents may be able to look over their children’s shoulders. What does this do for our equity/inclusion work?” pondered Matthew R. Kay, a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). “And while ‘conservative’ parents are my chief concern — I know that the damage can come from the left too. Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has encouraged teachers to adopt an elementary curriculum from the SPLC — a curriculum that includes lessons on race, slavery, and “hard history” for the K-2 age bracket. It is long past time that conservative parents know exactly how teachers plan to brainwash their children — using public tax dollars.
The Irony of Bible-Burning on Behalf of BLM
Bible-burning on the streets of Portland may be old news by now, but there is an irony lost to many in burning the Scriptures. All these protests are presumably part of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. But if one truly believed that Black lives matter (or all lives, really), the last book you would want to burn is the Bible. First, to get the slave trade abolished. No one is listening.”Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the senior producer and an on-air host for D. James Kennedy Ministries.
Did 'Catholic Joe' Pick an Anti-Catholic VP?
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Joe Biden’s freshly-minted vice presidential pick, has a history of grotesque behavior toward judicial nominees as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Late in 2018, Sen. Harris exemplified her anti-Catholic bigotry during a confirmation hearing for Judge Brian C. Buescher, who was nominated by President Trump to serve the District of Nebraska. Sen. Harris took issue with Buescher’s membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Church’s most prominent philanthropic organization. These views, that of the church, were disqualifying factors for a federal judge in the eyes of Sen. Harris. Sen. Harris’ anti-Catholic bigotry sets a dangerous precedent for future confirmations, and shows her fundamental misunderstanding of what constitutes a well-qualified jurist.
Eyeroll: Want to Guess Which Insufferable Democratic Senator Said That Trump Can't Handle Strong Women?
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) hails from a state where she can literally say whatever she wants without consequence. So, cue the eye rolls, when she says that Donald Trump can’t handle strong women, the most predictable attack line from Democrats in any cycle. But it doesn’t negate that fact that top cop Kamala blamed a lot of things on the Trump White House in the COVID era that is directly due to Democratic policies. Trump doesn’t have trouble with strong women. Mazie Hirono seems to be one of the hardest hit.
Gutted By Poor Leadership, New York City Will Never Be the Same
After decades of affluence, growth, and setting the tone for urban achievement in the United States, New York City is in a serious backslide. But it's not; in fact, 2020 has been a waking nightmare for New York City, a nightmare that was almost entirely created by the people elected to lead the city and state. The hospitality industry in New York City has been brought to its knees. Right now, there is little on the horizon for New York City that spells out a turnaround for the troubled city. "There are plenty of people who want to live in New York City.
Who else in the media is swooning over the Kamala Harris pick? Well the Never-Trump crowd at The Bulwark compared her choice to drafting Peyton Manning
Look, we all knew that the media was going to be gushing over the Kamala Harris selection. In amazing, but not surprising fashion, the Never-Trump crowd has been gushing over the Kamala pick as well. In which ?@JVLast? compares Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris to the Colts’ 1998 selection of Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf. Compared to the pick of Peyton Manning. Kamala Harris initially had been polling, around last summer, in the range of 15%, or higher, in a packed field.
Area Expert™ Tom Nichols mansplains to conservative woman how she feels about Trump vs. Biden (and gets it exactly wrong, natch)
We regret to inform you that Tom Nichols is Experting™ again. "Noted expert on other people's political preferences, Tom Nichols…" — Michael McDonald (@meadabawdy) August 12, 2020That’s it in a nutshell. — Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 12, 2020I don't have an actual preference, Tom. — Mo Mo (@MollyRatty) August 12, 2020It’s been eaten away by TDS. — Mo Mo (@MollyRatty) August 12, 2020That’s what this boils down to.
‘Are these people high?’ WaPo thinks Kamala Harris is perfect for Joe Biden because she’s ‘a small c-conservative’
We knew the Washington Post would be covering themselves in glory over Kamala Harris, but we’re honestly impressed by just how much glory. It wasn’t enough to try to argue that, ackshually, Harris didn’t call Joe Biden a racist during the Democratic primary debates. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA https://t.co/Dy1aCJbsmy — I didn't vote for him, so think of a new retort (@jtLOL) August 12, 20202+2=5 — Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) August 12, 2020Small-c conservative? Kamala Harris is as far left as they come. ***Related:The New York Times describes VP pick Kamala Harris as ‘a pragmatic moderate’; Ben Shapiro disagrees
‘Truly unconscionable’: Chicago looters target Ronald McDonald House because sick kids’ lives don’t matter, apparently [video]
https://t.co/h9bj2vMdoi — Omri Ceren (@omriceren) August 12, 2020Yeah, the Ronald McDonald house really had it coming to them https://t.co/5DXN8sBCwO — Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) August 11, 2020Joking aside, this is truly disgusting. But smashing up the Ronald McDonald House? The Ronald McDonald house let my family stay there for free while he was being treated as well as provided food and other things they needed. It’s bad enough that Chicago looters targeted stores, but RHC is a place for families with very sick kids. https://t.co/T6P0ZCLaoR — Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) August 11, 2020The Ronald McDonald House in Houston was a tremendous help, support, and kindness to us when our son was in the hospital.
Reports: U.S. may defund UN mission to Lebanon
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 3:30 PM PT – Wednesday, August 12, 2020The Trump administration may veto a United Nations resolution to extend an international peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. According to reports, Israeli and U.S. diplomats have insisted the mission do more to curb Iran’s influence in the country. The U.S. is the main sponsor of the $250 million UN mission to Lebanon. However, the UN has called to ramp up its assistance to Lebanon, regardless of its domestic politics. “The humanitarian response has been swift and wide-ranging.
Video Shows Stomach-Turning State of Portland Courthouse After Leftist Rioters Were Finished
Do you think the federal government is doing enough to intervene on behalf of Portland residents to stop the ongoing riots? The building is currently sitting behind barriers, but the video shows an up-and-close perspective of what law enforcement are fighting against. Nonetheless, the activities on the part of antifa that have contributed to the state of the Portland courthouse seen in the video are apparently a mere myth, per Democratic New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Japan’s military was engaged in a prolonged and “mostly peaceful” protest of its lack of resources, land and global influence. And although the damage wrought by Japan during World War II was far worse than anything that’s happened in 2020, the violent leftist rioters in Portland surely aren’t peaceful either.
Mike Pence Wastes No Time in Going After Biden VP Pick Kamala Harris
In a Democratic Party beholden to far-left extremists, Sen. Kamala Harris of California was a natural pick to be Joe Biden’s running mate, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, made headlines Tuesday with his selection of Harris, the first black woman to be a vice presidential candidate. “I don’t know if you all heard the news, but on the way here I just heard that Joe Biden named his running mate — California Sen. Kamala Harris will be the Democratic candidate for vice president,” Pence said. The choice in this election is whether America remains America,” the vice president said. Pray for all of the American people,” the vice president said.
Victor Davis Hanson: Dems Beware - Before All's Said & Done You're Going To Need That Constitution You're Destroying
Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolition of the Electoral College. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. Already, 15 states totaling 73 percent of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency have joined.
AOC Admits She Doesn't Want To Donate to Charity, Complains That Gov't Doesn't Force It
Normally, this would be good news about the charitable hearts of Americans helping one another through tough times. “As federal response continues to be insufficient,” she lamented Friday on Twitter, “our supporters have been stepping up to help families ourselves. “If only there were some public fund billionaires could pay into along with everyone else that helps fund our infrastructure, hospitals, and public systems all at once,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted May 13. We could have an agency collect it and everything.”If only there were some public fund billionaires could pay into along with everyone else that helps fund our infrastructure, hospitals, and public systems all at once. But as is typical with leftists, when faced with evidence of government failure and individual generosity, Ocasio-Cortez refused to see reality.
3 Very Unfortunate Details Got Caught in Photo of Biden Offering Harris VP Spot
In fact, in true Biden fashion, there was an embarrassingly obvious mistake — and where there was one, there were many:TRENDING: Biden Gets Ultimatum from Prominent Black Leaders: Pick a Black Woman VP or Lose1. “I think you’re entitled to know why I chose you, there are three reasons,” the script read in one location. Another point of focus for keen eyes across the social media sphere was the way Biden was holding his cellphone while extending the offer to Harris. Now, to be fair, perhaps Biden isn’t so technologically inept that he doesn’t know where the speaker and microphone appear on an iPhone. Perhaps campaign staffers placed Biden on a video call with Harris via computer, and a third party was being added to the call via cellphone.
Sarah Palin offers Kamala Harris advice
Sarah Palin offered 2020 vice presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris some advice Tuesday, warning Harris to “trust no one new.”Palin, who ran for vice president on the GOP ticket in 2008 with the late Sen. John McCain, directed her comments to Harris in an Instagram post following news that Biden chose Harris as his running mate. Palin offered Harris six pieces of advice, telling Harris, “Don’t forget the women who came before you.”“Trust no one new,” Palin wrote to Harris. but my team made OTR’s the second most fun thing,” she said. It’s who and what they represent that is all that matters!”Palin said she hoped that Harris would have fun on the campaign trail. Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience.
The Cultural Marxists are closer than ever to winning
I say "traditional values"; but they say "prejudice." When I say "God and country," they say "Fascist!" This ideology became known as "cultural Marxism" or "multi-culturalism" and was spread by the Frankfurt School of Marxists who fled to Columbia University, in New York City, during the Nazi control of Germany. How can traditional values withstand such an onslaught? This "Cancel Culture" aims to rewrite our history and destroy our traditional values.
Democrats' emotional blackmail on a massive scale
At this juncture, I simply must take a moment to acknowledge the unswerving loyalty of an unsung group of stalwarts among us. My take is that their objective lies in one of two areas: One would be to touch off a degree of civil unrest sufficient to bring about a socialist revolution in the United States. Another possibility is that these organizations may be engaging in a form of emotional blackmail. Nor did they think much of the "by any means necessary" politics of civil rights leader Malcolm X before he determined that the Nation of Islam was full of crap and decided to split off from it. At that time, most blacks – and everyone else, for that matter – preferred the rhetoric and methods put forth by Rev.
Voter fraud more likely to impact election than foreign meddling
The apoplectic pundits would have us believe that foreign efforts to influence the elections have everything to do with helping one candidate or another win. Is vote fraud a major concern of yours in this presidential election? Generally, there are two: efforts to actually manipulate and change voting outcomes and efforts to influence voters. In gauging threats, Americans ought to be far more concerned about domestic voter fraud and the integrity of state-managed election efforts. But what about that other phenomenon: foreign efforts to influence American voters?
Newt Gingrich: Biden adopting bizarre Dem plan that will destroy American dream
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is sliding even further to the left, warns former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with the adoption of a "diversity" plan that would "destroy" American suburbs. The policy is opposed by 65% of Americans, with just 23% favoring government playing a role in diversifying neighborhoods, according to Rasmussen Reports. Biden showed his support for the government-imposed change on his campaign website, saying it would "eliminate local and state housing regulations that perpetuate discrimination." Astorino asserted "nothing gives HUD the right to turn the American Dream upside down." Gingrich said the policy proposal is another indicator the November election "will be a decisive choice between a Washington-based bureaucratic dictatorship and local freedom."
Kamala Harris’s anti-Catholic bigotry – HotAir
These two Democrats were, in short, suggesting that belonging to a Catholic group with millions of members, which has been an important charity in the U.S. for more than a century, renders an individual unfit to serve as a judge. More sinister even than that, Harris used Buescher’s membership in the Knights of Columbus as a pretext to insinuate that opposition to abortion, a core component of Catholic teaching on the dignity and value of human life, disqualifies an individual from the bench.
Kamala Harris's relentless pursuit of power – HotAir
The problem with Harris wasn’t necessarily that she was a tough-on-crime attorney general — though, for any idealistic progressive, it should be — but rather that she was habitually abusing and expanding her power. Harris opposed California laws requiring her office investigate shootings involving officers — which sounds pretty topical to me. Harris also has a long history of unlawful convictions…There is no power Harris has held that she hasn’t abused. And considering Biden’s age and questions about his cognitive abilities — issues already part of the presidential campaign — it’s likely that Harris’s record will hold more importance than the typical vice-presidential candidate. To that end, there is a good chance that Harris will do more to motivate Republicans than excite Democrats.
Dershowitz: I'd be happy to appear as a witness for Ghislaine Maxwell – HotAir
“I hope she survives,” Dershowitz said in an interview with Steve Malzberg. “I’ve met her on a dozen — you know, 7, 8, 9 occasions in my life, mostly with my wife, and I have no reason to believe that she did anything wrong. I would be happy to appear as a witness on her behalf. But no one should presume anybody guilty, certainly not on the basis of Virginia Giuffre’s testimony.”“If the government hasn’t used her testimony and her evidence, why is the media going with it?” Dershowitz asked. “The media is deeply at fault here.”
"[H]e was actively ordering counsel to remove their masks while litigating" – HotAir
“It has come to the attention of our offices that Judge Lynn continues to refuse to wear a mask while operating in-person hearings,” wrote Alan J. Tauber, first assistant at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, in a letter dated Friday, to Margaret Murphy, administrative judge for the Family Division, where Lynn sits. “We believe this safety breach needs to be addressed expeditiously.”“Not only was he not wearing a mask, but he was actively ordering counsel to remove their masks while litigating,” Tauber wrote on behalf of both public defenders and prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office. Lynn, 72, was first elected to the court in 1991, and won retention elections in 2001 and 2011, despite the Philadelphia Bar Association’s rating him “not recommended” both times. His term ends in 2021. Last year, the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy presented an award to him for his “tireless work in Family Court on behalf of crime victims.”
The other way Trump could destroy the next presidency – HotAir
If Biden wins in November, he will likely face the most challenging transition in modern times. A Biden administration will confront a singularly taxing agenda, with the threefold crises of the moment layered upon the hefty portfolio any president normally inherits, including securing the nation’s nuclear weapons and managing ongoing military operations overseas. Biden may also face an outgoing administration that hinders his efforts, whether because of incompetence or malign intent. Planning, coordination, and information-sharing across government agencies and functions is vital to a successful transition. The risk of information loss is particularly acute for matters of national security—an area where the president’s pique toward the intelligence community and the so-called deep state might make him particularly resistant to cooperation.
Out: Made in America. In: Made in… China?
Back in the day, there was a push by United States manufacturers to put “Made in America” labels on any number of products. But now there’s a new label that may be showing up in the clothing and other products you purchase. At the direction of the White House, any products coming from Hong Kong to our shores may be required to have a “Made in China” label on them. And despite the fact that it doesn’t seem very patriotic on their part, the Chinese aren’t happy about it. Reuters reported Tuesday that the Trump administration posted a “made in China” marking requirement for all exports from Hong Kong, the latest move aimed at the region by U.S. regulators following the passage of a new national security law that experts say reduces Hong Kong’s sovereignty and brings it closer to mainland China.
Trump on Harris: She’s my number-one draft pick!
Because Harris turned out to be an inept campaigner, a wild puncher with a glass jaw, and someone who came across as a phony. There’s nothing wrong with focusing on a running-mate pick the next news day, but … is it too much to ask for a little balance? One doesn’t normally turn to Donald Trump for a little balance, and … well, don’t expect any today, either. I mean, she was — as they would say, because hopefully you’ll start college football — she was my number-one draft pick. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020As I wrote yesterday, I doubt Mike Pence is losing any sleep in prepping for a debate against Harris.
Morning Consult: Americans growing more opposed to reopening schools and daycares
In the survey of nearly 2,000 registered voters, 59 percent said they oppose fully reopening K-12 schools for the beginning of the academic year. For reopening colleges and universities, 57 percent said they were opposed, up from 50 percent in the previous poll. Only 33% of voters overall support reopening K-12 schools, split evenly between strong and somewhat support. Otherwise, there is no appetite for reopening K-12 schools; even Trump’s loyal evangelical demo narrowly opposes it 43/48. Black voters oppose reopening 20/70, Hispanics oppose it 21/67, and white voters pretty much follow the toplines at 35/56.
Will it be Biden-Harris or Harris-Biden? – HotAir
The Biden-Harris ticket is quite a creature, the spearhead of a now hard-left, soft-on-crime party, though the candidates have a record established when the party was centrist. The obvious way to reconcile the candidates with their party’s radicalized base will be to enlist the power of a prospective Biden-Harris administration against thought-criminals rather than street criminals. At issue in the November election will not only be the question of whether America’s cities should be unpoliced but also whether voters are angry enough at Trump to overlook the likely consequences of Biden-Harris rule. Could Biden serve two terms, as every other president elected since World War Two was prepared to do? A scenario in which Biden resigns to make way for history, elevating Vice President Harris to become the first female president, is easy to imagine.
Looters are looters no matter what the circumstances – HotAir
I recognize that youth from poorer neighborhoods have been so marginalized; they have no respect for police or business owners in these wealthy areas. But there’s no excuse for destroying property and robbing stores. What happened Sunday night on the Mag Mile was not a protest. It was not a revolution. While a large number of young Black people are operating under the banner of “Black Lives Matter” and making “good trouble,” as the civil rights icon, John Lewis, famously said, another group of young Black people have chosen an immoral path that leads to more pain and more destruction.
The coming color revolution – HotAir
Nancy Pelosi knows that Democrats win swing districts mostly by ignoring Trump and talking about protecting Obamacare and Social Security from Republican cuts. Democrats lose by talking about Trump supporters or sympathizers as “deplorables” who ought to be purged from their own country. In other words, Democrats win just by acting like a normal center-Left political party. But instead of Biden talking day in and day out about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and how important teachers are, there is a vacuum. This is just how Democrats talk.
New Title IX rule will take effect Friday after judge refuses to strike it down
Betsy DeVos announced plans to reconsider Obama-era Title IX guidance to college administrators on dealing with incidents of sexual assault back in 2017. This week two different courts refused last minute efforts to block the new rules so they will take effect on Friday. DeVos celebrated that win on Twitter:Today’s ruling on our #TitleIX rule out of the Southern District of New York is a true victory for students. pic.twitter.com/OA20arj4Hy — Secretary Betsy DeVos (@BetsyDeVosED) August 9, 2020However, there was still one case remaining which could have potentially blocked the new rule. For instance, the new rule gives the accused the right to cross examine the accuser in some form, i.e.
Who or What Exactly Is Running Against Trump?
But now there seems an additional urgency to select a running mate, given the Democratic ticket is a construct, with no visible or viable presidential candidate. After all, the fellow septuagenarian Trump, with his own array of medical challenges, insists upon frenetic and near-constant public appearances. But the continuance of his often angry, unapologetic racialist nonsense suggests that his cognitive issues trump his political sense of self-control. Note, too, Biden’s racist assumption that an African American professional journalist might be likely to be defensive about being a cocaine addict. Biden’s Race Against TimeRight now, the Democrats have a virtual campaign and a virtual candidate and a strategy of running against the Trump news cycle.
Get Your Kids Out of Public School
But as it has done to so many institutions in American life, the Left’s long march has turned public school’s purpose upside down and inside out. Far from inculcating Reagan’s “informed patriotism,” today’s public schools now teach young citizens an outsized vision of America’s faults and a twisted, false view of her remarkable strengths. But for decades, despite a robust private school sector, two million homeschoolers, and dozens of limited school choice programs, public school has remained the default option for 90% of American students. So many are notifying states of their intentions to withdraw from public schools that government servers, unused to the strain, are crashing. Many—perhaps millions—of families are getting a hard wake-up call that the current public school system places the needs of their children last while advancing nakedly partisan self-interest.
Administrative State Has Roots in Confederacy and Woodrow Wilson Presidency
President Woodrow Wilson, c. 1913 (Library of Congress)Bureaucratic, unelected, managerial government in America had a surprising birthplace: the Confederate States of America. It would ultimately be imported into the theory and practice of the federal government by a son of the Confederacy: Woodrow Wilson. As with many of the powers granted to the Confederate executive, the draft exemptions gave broad discretion to the bureaucracy. The Union’s victory swept away the entire Confederate state apparatus. “We planned in war,” was the progressive slogan around using Wilson’s war policies in peacetime against the Depression.
Kamala Harris: Drug Warrior, Vice Cop, Draconian Prosecutor
Harris' record is that of a 1980s-style drug warrior, a defender of dirty prosecutors, and a political opportunist who made life more dangerous for sex workers. As California's attorney general, she helped lead a statewide program to get truckers to report suspected sex workers to police. These policies didn't stop traffickers, but they did land plenty of sex workers behind bars. The result was that many sex workers had no choice but to return to the streets, where soliciting clients is considerably more dangerous. For years after the cultural tide had turned in support of criminal justice reforms, Harris continued to support lock-'em-up policies that disproportionately hurt minorities.
How to Reduce Recoil with Shotguns
of recoil energy is like playing patty cake with a toddler. Mechanical Recoil ReductionFelt recoil is a tricky phenomenon. They both produce the exact-same amount of recoil energy, but because a semi-automatic uses some of the recoil energy to cycle the action therefore delaying and/or redirecting some of the recoil forces, the shooter feels a net reduction of recoil. Furthermore, take two identical pump-action shotguns firing identical loads; one wears a soft-rubber recoil pad while the other wears a hard-plastic one. Obviously the two guns produce the same amount of free recoil energy, but the one with the soft-rubber recoil pad exhibits less “felt recoil” because its recoil impulse was spread out over a longer time period—or in other words ... padded.
Kamala Harris: A ruthless authoritarian, one heartbeat away from the presidency
If Biden wins in November, he will be the oldest president ever on his very first day in office — meaning Harris, more than most vice presidents, will be only a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Ruthless pursuit of power, no matter the cost, defines Harris’s political career to date. Harris’s office imprisoned thousands of nonviolent marijuana offenders . So, there’s no limit to what kind of power grabs a President Harris could try to force through. And now, with Harris waiting in the wings, the prospect of a Biden presidency is alarming indeed.
Opinion | THE PUBLIC EDITOR; Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?
TIMES publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. doesn't think this walk through The Times is a tour of liberalism. He's right; living in New York makes a lot of people think that way, and a lot of people who think that way find their way to New York (me, for one). Articles containing the word ''postmodern'' have appeared in The Times an average of four times a week this year -- true fact! The gay marriage issue provides a perfect example. Cumulatively, though, they would make a very effective ad campaign for the gay marriage cause.
Dear 'Younger Generations', "Don't Live Your Life In A Bubble"
As human beings, we live each day of our lives choosing our risks in life. Below the age of 65, the number of deaths within each age group decreases rapidly with decreasing age. Further, school age children experience less than 1% of their deaths in their age group from COVID. Virtually all of the deaths in this age group were with children who also had serious underlying medical conditions. If you factor in the over 55 age group, you now account for over 97% of the deaths (this is my domain).
Chuck Schumer Flails About Wildly After Trump Calls His Bluff
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The consternation over President Trump taking executive action to postpone the payroll tax and extend unemployment benefits continues apace. Here he is flailing about wildly on the Senate floor yesterday, decrying the fact that Trump said enough is enough. Sen. Chuck Schumer: "The Senate Republican majority ran down the clock, tossed up an air ball, and then subbed themselves out of the game." They were rejected because Pelosi and Schumer thought they could simply keep punting and blame Republicans for the resulting economic woes.
Hundreds of Cases Against Portland Rioters to Be Dropped by DA and It Gets Worse
That mean most of the charges and crimes that rioters commit will be given a pass. Rioters goes on your property in the middle of the night and frightens you? “If you’re out there committing violence, you’re damaging property, those cases are going to be prosecuted. ARRESTED: Edward Schinzing faces 20 years in prison & a mandatory minimum of 5 years for federal arson inside Portland Justice Center. Only 45 of those felonies have so far been charged, with many of the rest likely being dropped and others being reviewed.
Headlines from 2021: The Future If Biden Wins
It would appear that in this future, Joe Biden won after a slew of mail-in ballots that came out of nowhere were ruled as legitimate. Apparently, not long after Biden was sworn in, a few things happened. Speaking of China, Biden worked out some deals with them and now they’re back to being friendly with us. The most astounding part of all of this was the sudden cessation of riots and protests once Biden was elected. In any case, everything seems great in 2021 under a Biden presidency.
Biden Picks America’s Vice Principal As His Running Mate
As he stood in front of the television watching Harris rebut some thing or another, he asked, “Is that Kamala Harris?” and I told him it was. The man who couldn’t have named three of the 380 candidates had just dropped the most accurate description of Kamala Harris I’d ever heard. She does indeed have the appeal of a high school vice-principal. She probably had a loud laugh…that’s how people know she’s FUN and she’s HAVING FUN and you can HAVE FUN around her. Oh, I know Biden backed himself into a corner by declaring ahead of time that he’d be racially profiling for his VP pick, but there were other candidates on that list.
You Can Be Angry All You Want, but I’m Still Going to Go Out
Suffice to say, I’m a bit disappointed with the amount of angry fear that has infected our population. To say they’re putting others in danger, and thus they must be locked down, is tyrannical and, frankly, ineffectual. All the angry tantrum-throwing about people getting out and living life will do absolutely nothing to change that. No matter how much you ridicule and complain, I and many, many Americans are still going to go out and live. It won’t be out of spite or angry revenge, and it won’t be a political statement, it’ll just be people doing what people do.
Bill Kristol Comes Up With Yet Another Excuse for Biden to Duck Debates, It’s Quite Something
Now, Bill Kristol is trying another tack. Just an innocent thought: We’ve seen Biden in office for over four decades, and we’ve seen Trump nonstop for the last four years. — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 11, 2020Just an innocent thought. Hard to imagine that Bill Kristol was ever considered a respectable conservative. Kristol went even further, comparing President Trump to Joe McCarthy and Joe Lockhart then chimed in with agreement.
Does Kamala Harris Have a Political Advantage with Longtime Former Staffer Running Communications at Twitter?
To say the announcement of Kamala Harris being named as Joe Biden’s running mate/surrogate candidate sent tremors of excitement throughout the media landscape is underselling the ebullience. Why not Twitter where, as many conservatives can already attest, there is a distinct bias against conservative accounts. Nickolas Pacilio is a longtime associate of Kamala Harris. It was just a week back when we saw the Trump campaign have its Twitter account suspended over interpretational standards. Kamala Harris has lengthy relationships with Silicon executives, like Sheryl Sandberg of FaceBook, and her presence will likely be treated with deference on the digital platforms.
Let it flow: Trump administration wants to ease showerhead rules
Associated PressWASHINGTON – The Trump administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn’t getting wet enough. Since 1992, federal law has dictated that new showerheads shouldn’t pour more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. As newer shower fixtures came out with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration defined the showerhead restrictions to apply to what comes out in total. The new proposal Wednesday would allow each nozzle to spray as much as 2.5 gallons, not just the overall showerhead. Appliance and plumbing energy and water conservation standards save consumers about $500 a year on energy bills, deLaski said.
NJ Gov. Murphy approves some schools to start with all-remote option
Phil Murphy said Wednesday that schools that cannot meet health and safety guidelines for an in-person start to the academic year can go with an all-remote option. The ability for some schools to start entirely remotely is a change from the governor’s June guidance, which required all schools to have in-person instruction. Then, in July, Murphy approved an option for parents to request all-remote learning for their children. The disruption stems from the COVID-19 outbreak, which led to three months of remote learning in the previous academic year. The health and safety guidelines include maintaining social distance and mask-wearing for staff and students.
Richard Fowler: Biden-Harris will appeal to emerging electorate, opening American Dream to all
These American voters hold fast to the idea that we are defined by our possibilities, and want to open the door to the American Dream wider to people of all backgrounds. However, many of these voters in the emerging electorate weren’t engaged in the 2016 elections. In picking Harris, Biden signaled to the American electorate that he hears and sees them, and will dedicate his time in the White House to addressing underlying issues that caused the pendulum to swing so swiftly to the left. Unfortunately for Trump, these were issues that he once championed, but now they lay in waste outside the White House gates. Kamala Harris represents both of these groups, as well as the suburban moms and dads who want those who occupy the White House to be role models for the next generation.
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Bill to halt MCAS for four years, seek permanent alternative earns wide support on Beacon Hill
“Such tests in a time of a global pandemic cannot possibly measure student learning or school quality with any validity or reliability. Charlie Baker, the bill would extend a waiver granted this spring as the pandemic abruptly shuttered schools across the state. More than 200 students, teachers, unions, parents, lawmakers, administrators and advocates submitted testimony — overwhelmingly in support. Opponents of the legislation argue MCAS is the state’s best tool to identify and measure learning gaps — something Education Reform Now Advocacy Director Liam Kerr said is more important now than ever. Public schools have relied on MCAS since 1998 as a metric to measure student achievement.
Mass. Bail Fund doubles down, doesn’t mention McClinton rape case in new statement
“We have communicated publicly that, when asked and able, we post bails that exceed our cap,” the statement adds. Bail FundBut nowhere in the statement does the fund mention either the name or case of Shawn McClinton, a Level 3 sex offender and twice-convicted rapist who the bail fund sprung on a 2018 aggravated rape charge, paying his $15,000 bail in mid-July. Asked about the bail fund, Mayor Martin Walsh called its actions around McClinton “a disgrace.”“They bailed out a very violent person and maybe others — I don’t know. One of the Mass Bail Fund’s cousins is in the news now, too, as an early line of attack by President Trump’s campaign against newly-minted Democratic vice presidential pick Kamala Harris. Both funds are listed as part of the National Bail Fund Network.
In these pandemic times I conduct a daily privilege stocktake as I contemplate the months ahead | Paul Daley
Then again, there is quite a lot we are noticing in these pandemic times, about ourselves and others, that we probably didn’t previously see. From the wreck of the pandemic we can salvage and resurrect an inner life | Nyadol Nyuon Read moreNew preoccupations aside, where I live it’s not a bad idea to conduct a daily privilege stocktake as we contemplate the yawning months ahead, the blank pages of our diaries, and ask ourselves when next – ever? Planning is the trip to buy groceries or booze, the dive into an old cookbook whose recipes we’ve never previously had time to make ... for the cultivation of some vegetables or a rich new inner life. It’s easy to cultivate the veggies along with that ready-to-bloom inner life, to lament the lost holidays, cook the new recipe and take time over the grocery list when you’ve got all that security. Beauty and pain.
Biden and Harris proved it doesn’t take a rally to deliver a big message
If public health had allowed, surely former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, would have indulged in a rollicking rally to introduce Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris is the first Black woman and first woman of south Asian descent to join a major party ticket. ADADIn his introduction of Harris, Biden talked about the deadly events of Charlottesville three years ago when white supremacists marched through the city carrying torches and chanting hate. Instead, Biden asked his audience — the folks watching from afar on televisions or phones — to close their eyes and remember that day. Instead, she described the change-seekers as “a coalition of conscience.” That’s not exactly the makings of a punchy, call-and-response exhortation.
RNC Chair McDaniel: Biden-Harris ticket shows radical extremists have seized control of Democratic Party
Today’s Democratic Party bears little resemblance to the party of even just a few years ago, positioning itself on the radical fringe of American politics. TRUMP ON HARRIS: 'NOBODY MORE INSULTING TO BIDEN THAN SHE WAS' DURING PRIMARYOn issue after issue, Harris’ radical positions are well outside the mainstream views of most Americans. The radical, far-left policies Harris and Biden have embraced stand in stark contrast to the record of results achieved under the leadership of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Pence’s character speaks to someone who has a servant’s heart. The American people know President Trump and Vice President Pence will always defend — not defund — the police, and have the courage to stand up to China.
As vote nears, Democrats fear Postal Service changes
WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats intensified calls Wednesday for more oversight of the Postal Service and new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after the agency warned states that long-established classification practices for ballots and other political mailings may not be enough to ensure timely delivery for the November election. Postal officials advised the nation’s secretaries of state to use high-priority first-class postage, which costs 55 cents an item, on election mail rather than the third-class, or bulk, rate of 20 cents typically used. USPS general counsel Thomas Marshall informed state leaders that, depending on their respective deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot and casting a vote through the postal system, sending election items as bulk mail may cause voters to miss crucial cutoff points. Bulk mail delivery takes three to 10 days, according to the Postal Service, while first-class mail delivery takes two to five days.
General Mills sets goals to elevate Black managers, executives
General Mills said Wednesday it will double the number of Black managers throughout the company, making a public commitment after the police killing of George Floyd thrust more attention on racial injustice and inequality. “I want to voice General Mills’ strong support for the inspiring movement for social and racial justice that was tragically elevated by the horrible killing of George Floyd here in our hometown of Minneapolis,” General Mills’ chief executive, Jeff Harmening, told investors earlier this summer. While 21% of its employee base is Black, only 16% of Delta’s overall leaders and 7% of its top 100 officers are Black. Delta aims to double the percentage of Black officers and directors in the next five years and increase Black representation on its board of directors. For instance, General Mills is shifting charitable giving to areas that will more greatly benefit communities of color and Delta is broadening its talent recruitment strategy to include more historically Black colleges and universities.
Opinion | Trump’s unilateral actions were a brilliant political move. And he’s just getting started.
The Democrats failed to anticipate that Trump could go around them and give the aid to struggling Americans on his own. They handed Trump a big political win, allowing him to take decisive action to break the political gridlock. But he could have gone much further by relying on the powers the Supreme Court recently granted him in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Supreme Court ordered Trump to continue enforcing Obama’s executive action. But Trump would not be setting a precedent; he would be using the precedent Obama set and the Supreme Court upheld.
Biden and Harris Pledge a Strong Challenge to Trump and a Path Out of Crisis
WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Kamala Harris made their debut as running mates in a high school gymnasium on Wednesday, pledging to lead the country out of the coronavirus crisis amid an onslaught of attacks from President Trump as the two national tickets went head-to-head for the first time, less than three months before Election Day. The first full day for the newly announced Democratic presidential ticket offered a glimpse of how two once-bitter rivals from opposite coasts and different generations will try to unite Americans around their candidacies. Projecting warmth toward each other, they sketched out a vision of recovery from the public health and economic catastrophes the nation is confronting — crises that, they argued, Mr. Trump has made worse at every turn with an extraordinarily divisive presidency. “We need more than a victory on Nov. 3,” Ms. Harris said.
Fund Students Instead of Systems – Reason.com
is introducing a bill to redirect federal K–12 education dollars to fund families directly. This would be a great step toward putting the needs of kids and parents before the needs of the public school monopoly. These protests come in stark contrast to responses from private schools and other sectors of the economy. While private businesses are fighting to reopen, many public school systems are fighting to remain closed. Either way, his team would keep the SCHOOL Act as a free-standing bill as well.
The Case for Common-Good Capitalism
Similarly, workers have a right to share in the benefits of the profits they helped create. In the economy Pope Leo described, workers and businesses are not competitors for their share of limited resources, but partners in an effort that strengthens the entire nation. Over the past 40 years, the financial sector’s share of corporate profits increased from about 10 to nearly 30 percent. Common-good capitalism also means recognizing that what the market determines is most efficient may not be best for America. We must remember that our nation does not exist to serve the interests of the market; the market exists to serve our nation.
Joe Biden -- Suburbs or Roads: He'll Do in One or the Other
By holding Surface Transportation Grants hostage, Biden will effectively turbo-charge the already draconian anti-suburban strategy embodied in the Obama–Biden administration’s massively overreaching AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) regulation. AdvertisementMartin then reviews the history of the use of federal transportation funding to coerce various state-level policies. A year later, federal transportation funds were conditioned on the adoption of a requirement to wear motorcycle helmets. AdvertisementAdvertisementWhat will actually happen once Biden and a Democratic Congress follow through on their promise to lever Surface Transportation Block Grants against suburban single-family zoning? So maybe states will accept their Surface Transportation grants, while individual communities will exempt themselves from state road repairs.
Kamala Harris's Court Packing Threat
(REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage)Senator Kamala Harris has said that she is “open” to increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court, in order to reverse the conservative majority (as she sees it) and pave the way for the progressive agenda. In such a system, a Supreme Court is more like a super-legislature, which instead of protecting the Constitution, in effect replaces it. And notice, you don’t actually have to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court to have the desired effect. And nowhere in the Constitution is it written that the court must have nine justices. In the ensuing five years, leading to Wickard v. Filburn (1943), the court effectively put its imprimatur on a new, progressive constitution.
The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast -- Episode 28: Cultural IEDs Blowing Up
On the menu today: all about Kamala Harris -- why her political instincts never quite lived up to the potential her fans expected, how she turns the “law and order” arguments upside down, and whether her campaign offers some warning signs about her ability to thrive in the executive branch. What Separates ... Read More
Lebanon, Schools, Silence & More -- Twenty-Five Things That Caught My Eye Today
Lebanese Army soldiers are deployed during a protest in the aftermath of the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 12, 2020. Daily Mail: Newborn girl is abandoned next to a rubbish bin by her Chinese parents because ‘they wanted a boy’4. Others feel politically homeless because they also consider some positions of the Republic Party to be morally repugnant. Minor parties that might be more amenable to their views, like the American Solidarity Party, have not yet gained enough political traction. This moral grandstanding clogs up the public square with words aimed not at helping others but at promoting one’s own moral reputation.
Reaction to Kamala Harris Recalls Sarah Palin
In the first 24 hours since the Biden campaign named Kamala Harris as the party’s vice presidential nominee, I’m suddenly reminded of Sarah Palin. Suddenly, a huge number of conservative cultural populists got engaged with the race in a way they hadn’t been before. In turn, that energized the left in a big way, who fired back from the cultural heights. The New York Times seemed to finally snap to attention and get more engaged with the campaign yesterday, producing an embarrassing hero-cover for Harris this morning. And conservative Republicans suddenly seem more interested in heading off a Harris-era before it starts.
Kamala Harris Vice-Presidential Selection: Her Role on the Democrat Ticket
(Carlos Barria/Reuters)It isn’t black voters Harris is meant to court. Senator Harris is not on the ticket to shore up Joe Biden’s support among African Americans. Biden’s black support doesn’t obviously need shoring up, and it isn’t certain that Senator Harris would help him very much if he did. Is it reasonable to detect a racial dynamic when a white Republican president criticizes a nonwhite Democratic member of Congress? AdvertisementAnd how will Republicans answer the questions Senator Harris will raise among young people, women, and educated suburbanites?
National Review
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., July 28, 2020. He’s ahead in both national and swing-state polling against Trump. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe economic consequences of the pandemic are likely to last well into 2021, at the minimum. The lingering pandemic means that the beginning of a Biden presidency would look dramatically different from what we’re used to. Very little will come easily to a Biden administration in early 2021, and perhaps for much of the year.
Study Reveals Why Narcissists Don't Learn From Their Mistakes
Narcissists don't learn from their mistakes because they don't acknowledge them, a new study shows. Narcissists also believe they are better and more deserving than others, study author Satoris Howes, a researcher at the OSU College of Business, said in a university news release. The study authors said that when narcissists predicted an outcome correctly, they felt it was more foreseeable than non-narcissists did, but when they predicted incorrectly, narcissists felt the outcome was less foreseeable versus non-narcissists. In both situations, narcissists didn't feel the need to do something differently or to engage in self-analysis that might benefit them in future decisions, according to the report. "They don't take advice from other people; they don't trust others' opinions.
Zimbabwe Court Orders Chains Removed from Jailed Journalist
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate Wednesday ordered prison authorities to unchain a journalist accused of mobilizing anti-government protests, but then ruled that his testimony of poor prison conditions must be heard in private. Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, in jail for about three weeks, is making his third bid to be released on bail. As part of his appeal to be released on bail, Chin’ono is expected to tell the court of the harsh conditions he has experienced in jail. One of them is Jacob Ngarivhume, a politician, whom lawyers said is enduring the same prison conditions as Chin’ono. He has also been denied bail twice and his fresh bail application will be heard Monday.
Memo to Political Elites: Voters Not as Stupid as You Think
While empirical proof shows they are not, at least not as to influencing the outcome of presidential elections. Apologies for withdrawing the drama from presidential elections. No matter how cleverly political operatives spin things, we voters are fully capable of figuring out the truth. Voters vote pragmatically based on how well the party holding the White House has governed the country." Did the party that holds the White House gain or lose House seats in midterms?
Could a Military Intervention Ever Save the Constitution?
Although military removal of an American president was depicted fictionally in Seven Days In May, such an operation here has always been considered unthinkable. He had been living in a Latin American presidential palace, teaching English to the president. Unthinkable though military interventions have been here, recent developments suggest scenarios where one might be justified to save democracy and the Constitution. President Trump, claiming it will be "rigged," has announced that he would like to "postpone" the November election. Still, this would be an unprecedented involvement of the American military in a political situation, and we must pray it never becomes necessary.
Thank Democrats for Frantic Flight from Our Great Cities
Months of pandemic shutdowns and protests have compressed many years of progressive economic business and lifestyle ruin by liberal domination of major cities into endlessly tragic scenes. But the endless protests — with their instinct to violence and atmosphere of dread — have broken the spirit of many cities." Conditions now worsen as progressive prosecutors refuse to prosecute; and police hold back because progressive mayors and governors don’t have their backs. Meanwhile, as some cities became tech winners, others — including Detroit — lost ground to experience industrial decline. According to a recent Brookings analysis, cities grew about 18% faster in 2010 than the suburbs.
Would a New Iran Deal Really Be Tougher Than the One Trump Left?
Speaking at a fundraiser in New Jersey over the weekend, President Donald Trump predicted that he would have a new nuclear deal within four weeks if re-elected in November. The 2015 nuclear deal forged by Trump’s predecessor was weak. In part they defend the 2015 deal, but they also say Trump’s current policy is not the way to get a better deal with Iran. Economic warfare was waged to get a better deal. If you are worried about what kind of deal Trump may negotiate with Iran, then you might also be concerned that former Vice President Joe Biden would simply re-enter the one that Trump exited.
Let It Flow: Trump Eases Showerhead Rules
The Trump administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough. Since 1992, federal law has dictated that new showerheads shouldn’t pour more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute (9.5 liters). The new proposal Wednesday would allow each nozzle to spray as much as 2.5 gallons, not just the overall showerhead. On the White House South Lawn in July, Trump made the issue personal:“So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. Appliance and plumbing energy and water conservation standards save consumers about $500 a year on energy bills, deLaski said.
Kamala Harris Hasn't Offered Strong Support to Israel
At first glance, Joe Biden’s pick of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate should give some comfort to the Jewish community. But a deeper look reveals that Harris may represent a troubling pick for Jewish voters, with positions on Israel that many will not be happy about. Harris addressed the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) twice since entering the Senate. Like AIPAC, she supports a two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian differences, but believes that such a solution must come naturally and not be forced. J Street, a more liberal Jewish lobbying group, also supports a two-state solution, but believes pressure should be exerted to initiate talks between Israel and Palestine.
Kamala Harris' Record Puts Civil Rights Above Religious Freedom
Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's running mate in his presidential bid, has a record that indicates she puts civil rights ahead of religious freedoms. The Religion News Service noted that Harris is the daughter of a Christian from Jamaica and a Hindu from India. And as a senator, she was a co-sponsor on a bill that weakened the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by preventing entities from denying service to someone on the basis of religious beliefs. She tweeted in May 2017, "ICYMI: 'Trump's Religious Freedom Order Could Affect Birth Control Access.'" Regarding Israel, Harris has shown to be largely in line with Biden on most issues, The Jerusalem Post pointed out.
COLUMN-The missing catalyst for Iranian democracy
As Pompeo noted, Iran’s leaders have been facing significant pressure from within. A major driving force of the anti-government activity has been ethnic minority groups, in particular the Kurds, Azerbaijanis, Ahvaz Arabs, and Baluch. Iran’s minorities are not allowed to educate their children in schools in their native language nor use their languages in government institutions, such as courts. In an attempt to subdue the minority groups, Iranian leaders have aggressively attacked their members, both within and outside the country’s borders. The United States and other foreign governments must strategize about the potentially potent role of Iran’s ethnic minorities.
A New U.S. Paradigm for the Middle East: Ending America’s Misguided Policy of Domination
Neither warrants a major U.S. military presence in the Middle East, let alone regional military dominance. Talk to everyoneThe United States has isolated itself from important players in the Middle East. U.S. policy toward the Middle East must entail active engagement with all players in the region—friends and foes alike. It fuels tensions in the Middle East and leaves the United States and Iran unnecessarily close to military confrontation. A significant reduction of U.S. troops in the Middle East will help instill greater restraint and reduce the tendency toward destabilizing behavior among partner governments.
Will Mail-In Voting Ruin Election Results? An Interview with Jason Snead
Absentee voting has historically been used for Americans abroad or absent from their home district for other reasons. Mail-in voting, the subject of much speculation looking toward the November elections given our current crisis, differs slightly. Democrats have proposed $3.6 million in funding for mail-in voting in attempts to build infrastructure that can handle universal mail-in voting. With more expansive access to secure absentee ballots, there will still be an influx in mail-in ballots. In order to ensure free and honest elections, we need to embrace reforms to mail-in voting that will prevent overflows to our system.
Is the coronavirus 'the worst virus in the history of medicine'? No, and it's not even close
“This is the worst virus in the history of medicine,” Campbell, a physician, exclaimed in a Tuesday press conference on Ocean Beach, California. Estimates put worldwide deaths at nearly 745,000 and U.S. deaths at about 165,000 — numbers that will surely rise. A CDC estimate puts worldwide infections at 500 million, with total worldwide deaths at 50 million and U.S. deaths at some 675,000. These are characteristics of the worst virus in the history of medicine. Campbell’s claim that COVID-19 is "is the worst virus in the history of medicine" was reckless and untrue.
Trump-aligned super PAC highlights Biden-Harris opposition to fracking in Pennsylvania
A Trump-boosting super PAC is launching new adverts in Pennsylvania to highlight Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s opposition to fracking. The advert features a third-generation oil and gas worker, who says: “When Joe Biden says he’d eliminate fracking, he’s talking about my job, he’s talking about our future. Joe Biden would be devastating for us.”"When Joe Biden says he'd eliminate fracking, he's talking about my job. Either way, Trump campaign allies see the issue as a win-win. “Pennsylvania is must-win country for Joe Biden.
District attorney to drop charges against hundreds of Portland protesters
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office will not prosecute nonviolent misdemeanor charges that have been levied against hundreds of Portland protesters over the past couple months. A new policy from Multnomah County’s top prosecutor stated that only rioters involved in "deliberate property damage, theft, or force against another person or threats of force" could face charges. “The protesters are angry ... and deeply frustrated with what they perceive to be structural inequities in our basic social fabric. Portland has seen months of nightly protests and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. Portland officials most recently declared a riot on Sunday night after people broke into a Portland Police Association office and lit a fire.
Sarah Palin's note to Kamala Harris is a reminder of how dysfunctional McCain’s 2008 campaign really was
It is also a none-too-subtle dig at the late Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign advisers and handlers, some of whom were working to position Palin as the fall guy for the GOP’s defeat in 2008 even before the election was over. “Out of the chute trust no one new,” the former Alaska governor said this week. So stay connected with America as you smile and ignore deceptive ‘handlers’ trying to change you." Wallace likewise peddled campaign information to Heilemann and Halperin. And like Schmidt, she also has no problem publicly disparaging Palin.
Black leaders' silence on riots is devastating
It must not be associated with our quest for social justice and equality.”Jackson should be commended for taking a stand, but he is a lone voice and a late voice. Just last weekend, a mass shooting at a neighborhood block party in Washington, D.C., left 21 people wounded and one dead. And where have they been when the lives, livelihoods, and neighborhoods of the poor and defenseless have been lost and devastated? Where is the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the Congressional Black Caucus? Does their silence and inaction signal consent to the agenda of Black Lives Matter and the racial-grievance vigilantes who have taken an incalculable toll on those who have least?
Why the Biden-Harris and Trump-Pence race is 'tightening'
Recently, President Trump hasn’t seemed to be screwing up as expected. His low points came between June and December 2017 (the Russia collusion hoax), in January 2019 (the Pelosi speakership), and in June and July this year (COVID-19 pandemic). Third, that static analysis doesn’t account for Trump’s executive orders last weekend suspending the payroll tax and extending extra unemployment payments. Meanwhile, Trump’s initiative may remind modest-income voters why they approved of his economic policies up until the pandemic hit. So Biden-Harris remains the ticket to beat.
Cuomo’s nursing home death blame game
A major Associated Press report this week dove into New York’s nursing home COVID-19 death count and found the numbers outright wrong. As I wrote in May, ‘During Cuomo’s April 23 press conference, the governor was defiant about his mandate, saying: “[The nursing homes] don’t have a right to object. Janice Dean, senior meteorologist at Fox News, lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes. People hoping the AP story would lead to a day of reckoning for New York’s governor will be disappointed. It’s important for the left, wanting to unify against Trump and pin a global pandemic on him, to ignore the travesty of the Cuomo nursing home directive.
Cuomo’s nursing home death blame game
A major Associated Press report this week dove into New York’s nursing home COVID-19 death count and found the numbers outright wrong. As I wrote in May, ‘During Cuomo’s April 23 press conference, the governor was defiant about his mandate, saying: “[The nursing homes] don’t have a right to object. Janice Dean, senior meteorologist at Fox News, lost both of her in-laws to COVID-19 in New York nursing homes. It’s important for the left, wanting to unify against Trump and pin a global pandemic on him, to ignore the travesty of the Cuomo nursing home directive. See the full story of Cuomo’s nursing home death blame game on Spectator USA.
The Spectator Australia
You might already know this if you get your news from Russian outlets like RT — Russia Today — or Sputnik. Their favorite running story peddles the fiction that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election. By repeatedly denying his account, RT and Sputnik hope to confuse American voters about what Russia did in 2016. Or — as The Spectator reported recently — to steal identities to make campaign donations in the names of real Americans. Jankowicz is the author of a new book, How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.
Will Victoria’s quarantine disaster see ministers – or their bureaucrats – in the dock?
The hotel quarantine failures of earlier this year are largely recognised for the outbreak crisis. Top bureaucrats warned senior health officials of hotel quarantine problems in March. The known circumstances of the hotel quarantine mess demand that each of these statutory requirements be investigated. Here lies the concern with the Covid-19 hotel quarantine case. What if the quarantine contracts, processes, management and control were all directly within and under the umbrella of the Melbourne Labor establishment?
‘I Don’t Remember:’ Man Accused of Killing Alberta Doctor Makes Court Appearance
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)‘I Don’t Remember:’ Man Accused of Killing Alberta Doctor Makes Court AppearanceRED DEER, Alta.—A man accused of killing a family doctor at a walk-in clinic in central Alberta appeared confused at his first court appearance Wednesday, telling a judge that he doesn’t remember and is sick. Deng Mabiour of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with first-degree murder in Monday’s death of 45-year-old Dr. Walter Reynolds, as well as other offences. I want a doctor,” Mabiour, with a heavy accent, told provincial court Judge Bert Skinner. Officers received a 911 call reporting an assault in progress at the Village Mall Walk-in Clinic just after 11 a.m. Monday. Dr. Peter Bouch works at a different Red Deer clinic but said that both he and Reynolds had moved to Canada from South Africa.
Aluminum Tariffs Tit-for-Tat Far Cry From Canada’s Timid Response to Beijing’s Aggression
New tariffs imposed by the United States on aluminum from Canada could cause the price of canned beer and soft drinks to rise. Freeland said the goal is to have the strongest possible impact on the United States with the retaliatory tariffs. Thus, adeptly managing the relationship with Washington is the single most important job for Ottawa, Crowley says. About 76 percent of Canada’s primary aluminum production is exported to the United States. Many economists and policy analysts have said that Canada is doing the right thing in hitting back at the United States.
Kamala Harris, 2020: The November election is not about Joe Biden
If Joe Biden is elected president, he will, on Inauguration Day, be the oldest person — at 78 — to make it to the White House. Put another way, when you go to vote in November, it’s not Joe Biden you should be thinking of as President Trump’s replacement, but Kamala Harris. The Harris mentality is what voters, especially wavering Republicans, should understand they are signing up for if Joe Biden is elected. Because, like the George W. Bush White House, it won’t be Mr. Biden running the show, but his vice president. And this means, perhaps, that we won’t get a Biden White House or even a Harris White House, but a third Obama presidency.
BOOK REVIEW: 'Defender in Chief'
In “Defender in Chief,” John Yoo counters the narrative that President Trump challenges our constitutional order. … The ingredients which constitute energy in the Executive are, first, unity; …” Mr. Trump embodies this concept. In nine chapters, Mr. Yoo reminds us of the myriad methods of this dichotomy that psychologists might otherwise call projection. Mr. Yoo walks us through the run-up to Mr. Trump’s “travel ban” case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In “Defender in Chief,” Mr. Yoo gives the reader a robust defense of Trump’s commitment to the American experiment.
Creating paths to better jobs for struggling working class critical for Trump's reelection
ANALYSIS/OPINION:President Trump can win reelection but lighting a path for the unemployed, young people and minorities to decent jobs is critical. When the vaccine arrives, the U.S. economy will be substantially smaller and with millions unemployed or sitting on the sidelines discouraged. The number of workers and residents in Manhattan and other urban centers will be fewer each day next year than in 2019. But for the struggling working class, facing fewer opportunities in cities, lower wages and are less able to help children with schoolwork, it will remain terribly unattractive. Instead, reshoring and the shift to distance learning, working and collaboration will create plenty of new jobs in technology spaces.
Trump's unconstitutional executive orders: Only Congress can spend federal monies
Obviously, this number is different for all people, and it varies from state to state. Borrowing and giving away money will just postpone the day of reckoning. Since federal monies can only be spent by legislation, and since only Congress writes federal laws, only it can enact legislation that spends federal monies. I use the phrase “federal monies” rather than “federal funds” or “taxpayer dollars” because the federal government is broke. Stated differently, neither the president nor Congress can tell the states that they must spend $100 a week on unemployed people in their states.
Law(lessness) and (dis)order threaten America's freedoms
The city council added to the indignity by cutting the chief’s salary. Seattle has about 1,400 police officers, clearly not enough given the ongoing lawlessness. Deep beneath the lawlessness spreading like coronavirus across the land is a moral and spiritual drought that politicians do not have the power to fix. America’s second president, John Adams, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. • Cal Thomas, a nationally syndicated columnist, is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020).
Pandemic gives Biden and Dems an excuse to push socialist agenda
ANALYSIS/OPINION:Coronavirus is giving the Democrats — and their presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden — an excuse to radically shift the course of this country to socialism. The policies he’s laid out post-coronavirus represent “the largest mobilization of public investment since World War II,” as his campaign has stated. The New York Magazine summed it up best with the headline “Biden is planning an FDR-Size Presidency.”First, there’s the Biden-Sanders Unity Plan, which will set the agenda for the Democratic Party Platform next week. Separately, Mr. Biden’s climate change task force — co-chaired by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — calls for an expediated timeline to achieve net-zero carbon emissions that Mr. Biden had previously advocated for. Mr. Biden is quietly changing course, and the socialists within the Democratic Party are cheering him on every step of the way, utilizing his middle-of-the-road persona as a way to palatably pass through their most radical agendas.
Cost-benefit analysis rule critical to EPA's future environmental regulations
This is why EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s decision to develop a cost-benefit analysis rule, or CBA, is so important. Over the last 40 years, both parties have urged the use of cost-benefit analysis. Environmental regulation is critical to our health. Instead, a proper cost-benefit analysis helps the agency to focus its efforts on regulations that can deliver the most benefit to the public. Although the proposed cost-benefit analysis regulations only apply to Clean Air Act rules, this effort will provide a valuable roadmap for other regulatory bodies in the future.
'We're going to have huge problems': U.S. general warns of long-term ISIS resurgence
Speaking at an online forum hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Gen. McKenzie offered a sobering glimpse of the challenges facing Washington and its partners. Analysts say ISIS remains fully capable of conducting smaller-scale terrorist strikes while pursuing deeper strategic aims in various regions around the world. He said Washington may be committing a strategic blunder that could result in a serious ISIS resurgence down the road. “I look at it as a tactical problem and a strategic problem. We’re continuing operations against ISIS,” Gen. McKenzie told the U.S. Institute of Peace forum.
Democrats will regret war against the Constitution
ANALYSIS/OPINION:Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting — and with it the presidency. There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution. To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed “The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies. When Democrats destroy long-standing rules for short-term advantage, they may regret it when they too are in need of sober traditions and the U.S. Constitution.
Dartmouth Student Petition Demands Sanctions Against Conservative Newspaper
A petition circulated by students at Dartmouth College demands that administrators sanction the college’s conservative student newspaper over its publication of “hateful ideologies.” The petition calls on administrators to end the college’s official relationship with the paper. According to a report by the College Fix, nearly 1,000 students at Dartmouth College have signed a petition that calls for sanctions on the college’s conservative student newspaper, the Dartmouth Review. The petition calls on the university to disassociate with the conservative newspaper. “At this time, we call on Dartmouth to decisively and publicly dissociate itself from the Dartmouth Review and to hold student staffers accountable for their bigotry,” the petition reads. The Dartmouth Review and its associates have consistently spurned the College’s mission to embrace diversity and build a community of mutual respect.
Bolivia Investigating Former President for Relationship with Minor
The Spanish independent media outlet OK Diario claimed this week to have obtained a 46-page secret police report detailing an investigation into a relationship between socialist former president of Bolivia Evo Morales and an underage girl. OK Diario does not claim to confirm the relationship or have independent evidence of anything untoward — only that the current conservative government of Bolivia is investigating the matter. The online outlet published several photos of Morales alongside a girl the police report allegedly claims was 14 at the time of the relationship. If Bolivian police eventually pursue charges against Morales, statutory rape in the country is punishable by between three to six years in prison. Journalist Alejandro Entrambasaguas published the Morales story on Sunday, then called Morales personally on Monday to ask for comment.
Zimbabwe: Dissident Journalist, Opposition Leader Kept in Leg Shackles
Authorities in Zimbabwe are keeping an investigative reporter and an opposition leader in leg shackles after arresting them and denying them legal representation, local media reported Wednesday. According to the New Zimbabwe, Jacob Ngarivhume and Hopewell Chin’ono are being kept in leg shackles and under constant surveillance at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison outside Harare. Hopewell Chin'ono is officially a political prisoner. “Denying bail and using the legal system to jail journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume, and others for exercising their rights undermines democracy and freedom of speech,” the embassy wrote on Twitter. Denying bail and using the legal system to jail journalist Hopewell Chin'ono, Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume, and others for exercising their rights undermines democracy and freedom of speech.
Vietnamese Refugee Arrested in Texas After Threatening Church Shooting, Say Feds
Federal law enforcement agents arrested a Vietnamese refugee in Lubbock, Texas, after he allegedly threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a church. The refugee now faces a federal charge for being a felon in possession of firearms. The informant reportedly provided photos indicating that Trung had firearms in his possession despite being a convicted felon. Trung’s underlying felony conviction came from a September 1998 case by a Texas district court in Denton. The court convicted Trung for Assault of a Public Servant and sentenced him to two years in state prison.
Obama Overjoyed with Biden’s VP Pick: Sen. Kamala Harris
Shortly after presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential nominee, former President Barack Obama expressed support for the move in a tweet that included a detailed statement. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character,” Obama tweeted. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020Read the full statement:Statement from President Obama on the Selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President Joe Biden’s Running Mate Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. By choosing Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next vice president, he’s underscored his own judgment and character. I’ve known Senator Harris for a long time.
Sportswriter Admits He’s Rooting for College Football to ‘Die Forever’
Magary kicked off his column without beating around the bush writing, “There’s no better time to kill off college football. The entire college football industry should f–king die,” he wrote, adding “… I don’t want the NFL or the NBA to die. But college football? Oh yeah, let’s kill the f— out of college football.”Magary isn’t exactly against college football as such. I hope every college football player opts out and never opts back in.
Nolte: Retail and Restaurants Flee Democrat-Run New York Forever
Crime, taxes, disease, and an anti-science approach to social distancing have chased a number of big retailers and restaurateurs out of New York forever, reports the far-left New York Times. “There’s no reason to do business in New York,” the chief executive of Ark Restaurants explains. On top of the obnoxious price of doing business in Manhattan — add taxes and fees to those sky-high rents — there are no customers. The truth is New York needs tourists to survive, it needs local and international tourists spending money in its over-priced restaurants and its centerpiece stores. If New York was its own country, by almost every metric, it would be one of the worst-hit countries in the world.
Pelosi: Pandemic ‘Is Only Going to Get Worse’ — GOP Are ‘Going to Have to Come to the Table’
As well as to recognize the revenue, they have lost because of this and the fact that they’re going to have to fire millions of people, and that goes on to unemployment insurance. So there’s a big difference, and it doesn’t help when people say how come you can’t resolve your differences. They don’t believe in science. They don’t believe in governance. As a practical matter, they’re going to have to come to the table.”Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Trump Ad: Biden's Amnesty Will Give American Jobs to Illegal Aliens
A new ad by President Trump’s re-election campaign goes after Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for wanting to flood the United States labor market with millions of illegal aliens. “That means 11 million illegal immigrants competing for American jobs, eligible for free healthcare, Social Security, and Medicare,” a narrator states. “America can’t afford Joe Biden.”Indeed, Biden’s immigration plan includes an amnesty for illegal aliens currently living in the U.S., freeing all future border crossers into the country while they await immigration hearings, taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal aliens, and restarting welfare-dependent legal immigration. Providing taxpayer-funded healthcare to all illegal aliens would likely drive up costs for American taxpayers, costing an estimated $23 billion to $66 billion every year. In contrast, Trump has sought to remake the U.S. economy by tightening the labor market through less foreign competition against Americans, thus shifting bargaining power away from business and to workers.
Portland Police Chief: ‘Prefer’ No Arrests, DA Won’t Prosecute Cases
and the District Attorney said he won’t prosecute many of the cases. Here's Multnomah County's new District Attorney promoting a sit-down interview with an antifa guy who is his "buddy." The DA announced yesterday his office will not prosecute a whole list of crimes, essentially giving immunity to most violent rioters in Portland. As always, whether the District Attorney decides to charge cases we send to his office is up to him. One of those relationships is with the District Attorney, and we will continue to work with that office in the interest of public safety.
Ronald McDonald House Was One of the Chicago Looters’ Targets
The Ronald McDonald House in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago was targeted by looters early Monday morning. The facility provides housing and resources to families who have a child receiving treatment at a local hospital. The suspected vandals allegedly broke into the facility near Lurie Children’s Hospital while families were sleeping inside, CBS Chicago reported. No families staying at the facility missed appointments or treatments, according to the CBS Chicago report. That incident sparked hours of looting and vandalism that resulted in 100 arrests and 13 injured police officers.
Nikki Haley: ‘Our Mayors Have Lost Control and Given in to Lawlessness’ – ‘That Doesn’t Happen Overnight’
Nikki Haley (Getty Images/Olivier Douliery)The riots, looting and vandalism ravaging some of the nation’s largest cities is continuing because the cities’ mayors have lost control of the violence and destruction and simply chosen to accept it, former U.S. Ambassador and Governor Nikki Haley says. But, the foundation for today’s unchallenged chaos wasn’t laid overnight, Haley tweeted on Tuesday. Instead, a period of “permissive leaders, bad policies and a culture that dismisses personal responsibility” set the stage for the current violence and destruction continuing unchecked, Haley says in her post:“From Chicago to New York to Portland, our mayors have lost control and given in to lawlessness. This kind of disrespect for human life and property doesn’t happen overnight.
Ben Shapiro: Joe Biden's Awful Vice Presidential Pick
(Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)For well over a year, former Vice President Joe Biden has carried forth a simple strategy: Be nonthreatening. All he had before him was one final hurdle: picking a vice president. Usually, the vice presidential pick means little or nothing. There is a reason nearly 6 in 10 Americans, according to a new Rasmussen poll, think Biden's vice president will finish his first term. So Biden had one task: to pick a vice president who would appear nonthreatening, mainstream, and generally normal.
New Policy on Portland Riots: Drop Some Charges, ‘Acknowledge and Address Centuries of Racism’
Police and protestors stand off in Portland, Oregon. “Some of those violations are impermissible by any standard, resulting in physical violence, injury and worse,” he said. The document lists categories of cases where criminal charges will be dismissed. Charges that will be dropped are:interference with a police officerdisorderly conductcriminal trespassescapeharassmentriot (“unless accompanied by a charge outside of this list.”)Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell expressed his opposition to the new policy. “We are seeing this district attorney become a political animal,” he said.
School's Coming Back. And So Is the Narrative-Driven '1619 Project'
Long ago, the once-venerable New York Times transitioned from being an objective observer of facts to an activist participant in partisan politics. It decided to run the anti-American, left-wing fever dream of guilt, titled “The 1619 Project,” which the Times has falsely billed as a work of historical research, on how American history is plagued by racism. Frankly, the best thing about the 1619 Project is its name. Now, as an actual historian who has written factual books and articles, and spent many a long night in search of facts, I can safely say “The 1619 Project” is the biggest steaming garbage pile of anti-American tripe published this century or any century—so far. She’s not a journalist at all, and certainly not an historian -- not with her bizarre understanding of American history.
R.I.’s Bishop Tobin: Democratic Ticket Doesn’t Have a Catholic, Not Even Biden
"Catholic" Joe Biden and Bishop Thomas Tobin (Getty Images)(CNS News) -- Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Diocese of Providence, R.I., took a jab at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and self-professed Catholic Joe Biden by tweeting that the Democratic ticket lacks a Catholic. On Tuesday evening, following the announcement that Biden had selected a vice presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, Bishop Tobin tweeted, “Biden-Harris. First time in a while that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. “I’m a practicing Catholic,” Biden says on his website, “I believe faith is a gift. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which all Catholics are obligated to follow, teaches, “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.
When Will the Latest Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits Start? What We Know
President Trump signed an executive action on Aug. 8 for a federally funded $300 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits for workers laid off during the coronavirus pandemic. The payments would replace the $600 payments that expired last month. Mr. Trump called on states to provide another $100 a week, but administration officials said the state-funded benefit was optional. Here is what we know about how unemployment benefits will work under Mr. Trump’s latest executive actions.
Opinion | Trump’s Cabinet From Hell
Barr was the runaway winner of our vote for Worst Trump Cabinet Member. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos came in second and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo third. They were far, far behind the leader. But give DeVos credit — it’s not easy to build up so much rancor when you’re in a relatively low-profile cabinet post. “Betsy DeVos is one I particularly love to hate because of her smug arrogance, while being the very picture of ignorant incompetence,” wrote a voter.
Opinion | Kamala Harris’s Cultural Impact
The southern states, with the notable exceptions of Texas and Florida, have the fewest immigrants and their residents are the most opposed to interracial marriage. This positioning should place her in good stead with many Black people, particularly women. But that must be weighed against the fact that some other Black people, particularly Black men, still have real reservations over her record as a prosecutor. Although Black people as a group consistently vote overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential candidates, a gap between Black men and Black women has been growing in recent elections. It was the support of Black men that fell appreciably.
Ex-Boston police union chief arrested over child rape allegations
The former head of Boston’s police union was reportedly arrested Wednesday in connection to child rape allegations. Rose’s charges pertain to accusations that he raped a minor, according to a local ABC affiliate, WCVB. “I am deeply disturbed by these horrific allegations, which must be investigated to the fullest extent of the law,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement to WCVB. Rose joined the Boston Police Department in 1994 and was elected union president in 2016, the station reported. The former union leader is expected to be arraigned Thursday.
Cuomo’s threats about Con Ed help no one
Besides, it’s nothing more than pure politics to threaten their franchises because of power outages after a bad storm. Con Ed sent 3,800 workers to deal with the damage, and they focused first on critical sites, such as hospitals and police stations. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are equally off-base in suggesting a municipal takeover of Con Ed. The city and Con Ed need creative solutions to minimize the damage the next time a big storm hits — as it unquestionably will. But threatening to revoke a franchise or proposing a government takeover are simply not helpful solutions.
Can’t we keep politics out of the race for a coronavirus vaccine?
There is no better opportunity to do so than in celebrating the development of a vaccine that can end our national nightmare. Slaoui estimated between 15 and 25 percent of Americans have already contracted COVID-19, which makes vaccine testing easier and faster. It also means that fewer Americans would need to a take a vaccine to achieve herd immunity. But we should remember that President Trump isn’t the one in the lab. But for God’s sake, politics shouldn’t shape our quest to defeat the coronavirus.
Opinion | The Michael Flynn case should not just go away
Mr. Flynn admitted in open court to lying to federal investigators. In fact, Mr. Flynn has never offered a satisfactory explanation for why he lied. Nevertheless, Attorney General William P. Barr ordered the charges against Mr. Flynn dropped, over the objections of line prosecutors, even after the former national security adviser’s guilty plea had been registered with the court. Sidney Powell, Mr. Flynn’s lawyer, argued that even if witnesses approached the court with video showing prosecutors being bribed to drop a case, the court could only shrug. Circuit should allow Judge Sullivan to conduct his hearing.
Opinion | Thanks to coronavirus and Zoom, we’re looking at the end stages of college as a commodity
Without that shift, most of the professors complaining about the commercialization of education would have had to take jobs in actual businesses. Yet somehow, few students seem reassured that they’re getting most of what they were paying tuition for. One can imagine a university in which this sort of at-best-wishful thinking wasn’t necessary, one that defined its community narrowly around education. Instead, some decades ago, U.S. higher education reimagined itself as the ticket to secure white-collar employment. And like most of the other organizations that supported themselves by selling a lot of tickets, they’re going to have to rethink that business model.
President Trump’s executive action supplementing unemployment benefits still has major legal problems - The Washington Post
ADThen there’s the unemployment benefit supplement. ADWith passage of the Cares Act pandemic relief in March, Congress created a $600 federal supplement to state unemployment benefits. So Trump decided to supplement unemployment benefits by executive fiat, allegedly providing an additional $400 per week. Additionally, the parallel unemployment benefit system might not survive a legal challenge, given that Trump may not have statutory authority to redirect congressionally appropriated funds this way. Not just for enhanced jobless benefits but also for more general state fiscal aid (among other priorities).
Opinion | I thought it didn’t matter whether Joe Biden picked a Black woman. And then it happened.
Like most of the Black women I know, I was prepared to accept any of the choices under consideration. ADBut another metric that counts has never been reflected on a major party’s presidential ticket: Black women. The Democratic Party is a broad and diverse coalition, but Black women represent its most loyal voting bloc. Black women vote for the futures of our sons and daughters; we vote for our health and the health of our communities. She will also have to deal with racist and sexist attacks as a Black woman who could one day be president.
Kanye West met with Kushner, eyes election spot
Top NewsKanye West met with Kushner, eyes election spotPostedEntertainer and Trump supporter Kanye West recently met with White House adviser and the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a source familiar with the meeting said on Wednesday as the entertainer pursues his efforts to appear on the presidential ballot this November. Freddie Joyner has more.
Florida, Felons and Judicial Bullying
The 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to three federal judges recently, demanding that they “explain” how their conduct in a pending case doesn’t break ethics rules. It’s another attempt by Democrats to intimidate the judiciary, similar to their threat last year that if the Supreme Court upheld gun rights, it might be “restructured.”Jones v. Governor of Florida is being heard en banc by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. It involves Florida’s Amendment 4, passed in 2018, which restores voting rights...
Trump wants ‘perfect’ hair from stronger water pressure in the shower — his energy department delivers
Showers are just one part of a series of proposed rollbacks on regulations limiting household water use, including for washing machines and dishwashers. Six states, comprising about one-fourth of the U.S. population, have their own showerhead standards that save at least 20% compared to the national levels. Wednesday’s proposed rule change also applied to washers and dryers, rolling back their efficiency standards. The federal-level change calls for creating a separate “product class” specifically for washing machines that have a short cycle as their “normal” cycle. Most new washing machines already have a short cycle as an option.
Ed Markey is making it personal in the Senate race
The not-so-subtle subtext of Markey’s attack: Kennedy and his family feel entitled to the Senate seat, and they’ll do whatever it takes to oust the incumbent standing in their way. A few decades ago, Markey never would have dreamed about making such an attack on the Kennedy family, because “it would have boomeranged against him.”AdvertisementCertainly, Markey did not persuade the family to back down. “If Ed Markey wants to know why a super PAC is running ads attacking him, all he has to do is look in the mirror. Don’t rely on the old man’s money,” Markey tweeted, linking to the video. Shortly after getting into the race, Kennedy challenged Markey to sign the pledge modeled on an agreement Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown inked in the 2012 race, to limit outside political groups from dumping money in the race.
City puts bidders for its properties on notice: It’s serious about diversity
The agency is poised to redo the bidding for three properties after city staffers were disappointed by the inadequate details concerning diversity and inclusion among the initial bids. For nearly two years, the Boston Planning & Development Agency has tried to promote diversity among bidders for city-owned properties. But City Hall is now issuing a warning shot to the real estate development community, one that essentially says: We’re serious about this. However, the agency is looking to hire a director of diversity, inclusion, and equity. That person will be charged with reviewing how to improve diversity and inclusion across all of the agency’s processes.
A Harris high
Let me sit with my delight at the prospect of Kamala Harris as vice president of the United States. Harris isn’t truly African-American, given her heritage, a couple of pundits pointed out, in the hopes of turning off I’m not sure whom. And since Biden is immune on both fronts, Trump and his cult will be lobbing it all at Harris. Just after the announcement Tuesday, the president repeatedly called Harris “nasty,” an insult he often trots out against women, and proceeded to whip up generalized white anxiety. Ugh, there goes my Harris high.
Better to build trust than to be first when it comes to a COVID-19 vaccine
Early next year, scientists tell us, Americans can expect to hear that a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 soon will be available. Life may never be completely “normal” for a long time, but a reliable vaccine is essential to the fight. Clearly, America needs a public education campaign to build confidence in a vaccine, especially among Black Americans. [But] to get a COVID-19 vaccine within a year or two ... causes me to fear that it won’t be widely tested as to side effects.”So Americans need to know this: We are not Russia. Emphasizing safety over speedIn its rush to be “first” with a COVID-19 vaccine, President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that Russia will begin distributing an unproven vaccine this fall, before large-scale human trials are complete.
UN chief: pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting global poverty and building peace but risks exacerbating existing conflicts and generating new ones. The U.N. chief told a Security Council meeting on the challenge of sustaining peace during the pandemic that his March 23 call for an immediate cease-fire in conflicts around the world to tackle the coronavirus led a number of warring parties to take steps to de-escalate and stop fighting. “Yet, regrettably, in many instances, the pandemic did not move the parties to suspend hostilities or agree to a permanent ceasefire,” Guterres said. His predecessor as secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, told the council: “It is truly astonishing that in response to this pandemic, the world has placed billions of people under lock-down, closed international borders, suspended trade and migration, and temporarily shut down a whole variety of industries – but has not managed to suspend armed conflicts.”
Warlord's release from US prison ups tension with Colombia
MIAMI (AP) — A last-minute battle is unfolding over the fate of a former paramilitary warlord who the Colombian government wants returned following a long drug sentence in U.S. prison. Salvatore Mancuso, the top commander of a since-disbanded group of right-wing militias, completed a 12-year cocaine trafficking sentence in March. He remains in U.S. custody as Colombia — where courts have judged him responsible for more than 1,500 acts of murder or forced disappearance — fights a U.S. order that would send him to Italy, where he also has citizenship. Mancuso’s lawyers contend he would be killed if he returns to a South American country that has struggled to heal from decades of bloody conflict. They argue he has already fulfilled his obligations under a 2003 peace deal he negotiated, which caps prison terms at eight years for paramilitary bosses who confess their crimes.
Exponential growth bias: The numerical error behind Covid-19
Within a further 30 days, you’d have earnt more than a billion. Many people consistently underestimate how fast the value increases – a mistake known as the “exponential growth bias” – and while it may seem abstract, it may have had profound consequences for people’s behaviour this year. A spate of studies has shown that people who are susceptible to the exponential growth bias are less concerned about Covid-19’s spread, and less likely to endorse measures like social distancing, hand washing or mask wearing. Exponential growth, by contrast, accelerates over time. Perhaps the simplest example is population growth; the more people you have reproducing, the faster the population grows.
Donald Trump’s Coded Message to White-Nationalist “Accelerationists”
He’s even threatened to designate Antifa as an official domestic terrorist group, despite the fact that no such designation actually exists. It’s nothing new for Trump to traffic in racist tropes and false notions; these were, after all, present at the birth of his presidential campaign. But as a pandemic decimates communities and economies, and police clash with protesters on the streets of America’s major cities, there’s a different tenor to Trump’s latter-day rhetoric. The man who once claimed that “I alone can fix it” now seems largely bent on pouring gasoline on every conflagration. The president who once decried “American carnage” now seems to want to play a strong role in facilitating it.
Checks and Balances Erode as Trump Flexes Power of the Purse
Days before President Trump signed executive actions Saturday to defer payroll taxes and resume enhanced unemployment benefits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) warned he was on the wrong side of the constitution: “The power of the purse begins in the House.”That, of course, is what we’re taught in high school civics. But lately, it doesn’t reflect reality. Presidents of both parties have been siphoning power from Congress for decades, and Mr. Trump has been especially aggressive in the fiscal sphere. Indeed, the erosion...
Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment and reduce the scope of cases that schools are required to investigate, among other changes. In a suit challenging the rules, attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia argued that the policy would block schools from investigating certain sexual abuse complaints and would discourage students from reporting assaults. “Plaintiffs are free to investigate and punish as violations of their codes of conduct or of state law behavior that does not meet the new definition of sexual harassment under the Final Rule,” Nichols wrote. Victims’ advocates say the 2017 rules forced colleges to confront sexual abuse after ignoring it for years.
Live updates: Many arrested at Portland protests will not face charges, prosecutor says
Financier Robert F. Smith said on Wednesday that companies that profited from the transatlantic slave trade should consider paying reparations. Corporations that benefited from or did business involving slavery include some of Wall Street’s biggest names. “I think that’s going to be a political decision that’s going to have to be made and decided upon. But I think corporations have to also think about, well, what is the right thing to do?” Smith said in an interview with Reuters. The BBC reported how Brooks Brothers, which filed for bankruptcy last month, used cotton produced by enslaved people, and Domino’s Sugar used sugar cane grown by enslaved people.
Opinion | Trump’s latest Social Security con
But here is the worst part: When combined with his comments that he would like to “terminate” the payroll tax, which funds Social Security, Trump is revealing yet another con. He’s not, as he’s claimed from the day he announced his run for president, going to save Social Security. This Friday is the 85th anniversary of the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. Payroll taxes should be increased — most certainly on earned income in excess of $137,700, which is where the social security tax cap is set now. But the decision to do so will further undercut the Social Security trust funds.
Hawley responds to Chinese sanction, says Hong Kong raid should serve as 'wakeup call' for the free world
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Fox News on Wednesday that China's raid of Apple Daily's Hong Kong newsroom should serve as a "wakeup call" to the entire free world about the intentions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71, was arrested and his newsroom raided by police Monday, in the semi-autonomous nation’s latest enforcement of China’s new national security law. “The Chinese Communist Party fears Jimmy Lai because he dares to speak truth to power," Hawley told Fox. "That’s why they’re trying to silence him, just like they’re trying to silence Americans and anyone else who doesn’t toe the party line. Hawley's rhetoric against the Chinese government dates back to long before the Hong Kong incident.
What I fear about remote learning (opinion)
(CNN) I'm a Black woman starting remote education this fall, and I'm worried about what it means for my future. So, even before GWU mandated remote education , I knew I'd have to learn virtually. KaYesu Machayo at a Girls Who Code event in Washington, DC in July 2019But with remote education, I risk falling behind. I beat the odds as a Black woman in STEM -- we make up less than 2% of computer science graduates nationwide, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology . At my school, I only know one other Black woman in my major and year.
David Mark Kamala Harris, the 2020 Democratic VP pick, is attacked for flip-flops. But they're an asset.
Though the Trump campaign is painting Harris’ shifting policy prescriptions as a political liability, they could be just the political tonic called for in these divisive times. She’s consistently backed a left-of-center policy agenda, but in a way that’s left plenty of room for calibration. In doing so, Harris has indicated that she’s willing to process new information about pressing problems and to find common ground with different sides. There’s a long history of politicians’ strategically changing positions in pursuit of broader public policy aims. Harris, in contrast, has shown that she’s willing to both evolve and temper her stances on issues.
Why Kamala Harris Is Known as a ‘Running Mate’
Former Vice President Joe Biden made the long-awaited announcement of his running mate on Tuesday, after formally asking Sen. Kamala Harris via Zoom call to join him on the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket. With Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris now set to square off against President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, it’s a moment to consider our customary terminology for such partnerships. How did “running mate” become the default expression for a vice-presidential candidate? Like so much else in the lingo of U.S. politics,...
SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Taxes & Donald Duck : Planet Money
SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Taxes & Donald DuckThis week, in Class #6, we go back in time to tell the story of the single most important government intrusion into our economic lives: the income tax. And so the income tax was born...but not easily. The road to the income tax was full of surprising solutions to those problems, including public shaming to encourage people to rat out their neighbors. Even President Lincoln had to reveal what he paid in taxes so everyone could figure out if it was enough. Years later, Donald Duck showed up with a very entertaining piece of propaganda to explain the income tax as your civic duty.
Biden, Harris promise to "create millions of jobs" lost during coronavirus pandemic
The junior senator from California who was elected in 2016 said that the president "inherited the longest economic expansion in history, from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then like everything else he inherited he ran it straight into the ground." This is what happens when we elect a guy who just isn’t up for the job. Our country ends up in tatters, and so does our reputation around the world." GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe pair promised that they would deliver "good paying jobs" if elected.
Column: Bill Plaschke talks about experiencing COVID-19
After marveling about the return of the intensity of a live sports event, I literally curled up with the chills. AdvertisementIt was also the night I began showing symptoms that later resulted in a positive test for COVID-19. There are things that surprised me, things that stick with you long after the fever has spiked and the headaches have stopped. Advertisement× VIDEO | Life in the NBA bubble Los Angeles Times Lakers reporter Tania Ganguli gives a look at what life is like inside the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. This is why baseball needs to get into a postseason bubble if it has any chance of crowning a champion.
'Safe' is not the word to describe Kamala Harris. Here's why
Can someone please tell me why so many people are describing Joe Biden’s history-making choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate in the 2020 presidential election as “safe”? AdvertisementIn other words, Kamala Harris is many things, but the label “safe” — with its subtext of “conventional” — seems a diminishment of each and every one. Have we really come a long way? Have we really come so far that the prospect of Vice President Kamala Harris seems possible enough to be taken for granted? From which people like Kamala Harris were excluded.
Column: Women have the power to steer this election. Can Kamala Harris drive them to the Democratic side?
Trump supporters will be working as hard as they can to ensure that the mighty coalition of women never gets off the ground. And when it does, they will spend the next three months doing everything in their power to tear it down.
State must answer questions on nursing homes
Before the state’s March order to require nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients, did the state know the capacity or ability of its 613 nursing homes to handle the directive? Requiring nursing homes to accept infected patients so more hospital beds could be available relied on nursing homes to advise whether they could safely handle the influx. Does the state have a better understanding of which nursing homes can handle coronavirus patients, and which can’t? Do nursing homes now have enough personal protective equipment, testing, training, staff, and other resources? Have the state and the nursing homes improved their communication efforts with each other, and with families and residents?
Ilhan Omar vows to keep fighting as she savors a decisive victory
Rep. Ilhan Omar savored a decisive primary victory Wednesday, saying she plans to use her organization to keep President Donald Trump from carrying Minnesota and to keep fighting for deep structural change in America during her second term in Congress. Omar must still get past another well-funded opponent, but it has been 60 years since a Republican last won her Minneapolis-area district. “In Minnesota we know that organized people will always beat organized money,” Omar said on a conference call with reporters. Melton-Meaux and outside groups combined to spend more than $6 million to try to beat Omar, but she pointed out that her margin of victory was larger than it was in 2018. “In the coming months President Trump and his allies will do everything that they can to use fear and division to turn Minnesotans against Minnesotans,” she said.
Dear Annie: Child abuse survivor still hurting, well into adulthood
Dear Annie: My father did everything he could to make my life miserable, and to deprive me of anything and everything. He treated my brother and sisters far differently, but even so, everyone in the family knew he was one sick man. Child abuse lasts forever; you never forget those who did everything in their power to destroy you when you were a child. -- Still HurtingDear Still Hurting: I am so sorry you had to endure that emotional abuse. Your father and mother sound like they were awful parents, and no child deserves to be treated that way.
Court hearing could set procedures for criminal appeals resulting from Creek reservation case
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ordered a new hearing in district court for a death row inmate whose case could establish standard procedures for state prisoners challenging their convictions under a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Indian reservations. The case of Shaun Michael Bosse also raises the issue of whether the Supreme Court’s decision extends beyond the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to other tribes. The appeals court ordered the McClain County District Court to hold a hearing on whether Bosse’s three murder victims were Indians and whether the crime occurred on Indian land. The district court must then submit findings of fact and conclusions of law. Bosse is not an Indian but claims in an appeal that his victims, Katrina Griffin and her two young children, were citizens of the Chickasaw Nation and the crime was committed on the historic Chickasaw reservation.
Kamala Harris' selection as VP resonates with Black women
DETROIT (AP) — China Cochran met Kamala Harris at a campaign event in Detroit last year and was swept away by her ambition, charisma and leadership. So when Joe Biden named Harris on Tuesday as his running mate — making her the first Black woman on a major party's presidential ticket — Cochran wasn't just struck by the history. It represented a full-circle moment for Black women, who for generations have fought for their voices to be heard and political aspirations recognized. “It tells Black girls that they can be president,” said Cochran, who recently ran for state representative in Michigan. It also marks the first time a person of Asian descent is on the presidential ticket.
Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment and reduce the scope of cases that schools are required to investigate, among other changes. In a suit challenging the rules, attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia argued that the policy would block schools from investigating certain sexual abuse complaints and would discourage students from reporting assaults. “As a result, fewer sexual harassment complaints will be filed, and schools will be less well equipped to protect their students’ safety and rid their programs and activities of the pernicious effects of sex discrimination,” the suit said.
Ferriabough Bolling: As VP, Harris brings strength to Biden ticket
Senator Harris hits center stage at a time when racial discord and inequality have taken to the streets. Her selection, presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the trajectory of a nation, especially for those who have been marginalized. Her legal background as attorney general and district attorney in California should serve Biden well in the race — and beyond if the Biden-Harris ticket is successful Nov. 3. I am sick and tired of seeing the replay of her throwdown of Biden during a debate taking him to task for busing. For Black women especially, the backbone of the Democratic Party, the nod to Senator Harris as VP finally gives them the respect they have long deserved and will no doubt strengthen the party because of it.
Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. DeVos said the ruling is “yet another victory for students and reaffirms that students’ rights under Title IX go hand in hand with basic American principles of fairness and due process.”
Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment and reduce the scope of cases that schools are required to investigate, among other changes. In a suit challenging the rules, attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia argued that the policy would block schools from investigating certain sexual abuse complaints and would discourage students from reporting assaults. “Plaintiffs are free to investigate and punish as violations of their codes of conduct or of state law behavior that does not meet the new definition of sexual harassment under the Final Rule,” Nichols wrote. Victims’ advocates say the 2017 rules forced colleges to confront sexual abuse after ignoring it for years.
Letters: As economic reality hits, the folly of a nationwide lockdown is laid bare
Rev Canon Andrew PearsonBillingshurst, West SussexSIR – I first met William Hague when he was an unusually sensible and level-headed undergraduate. Those qualities are in evidence in his advice to Conservatives north and south of the border (“The UK is nearing breaking point and the Unionists must fight back”, Comment, August 11). Workmen came back and repainted the arrows in super-quick time – but shame lives longer on social media. My daughter and I are now able to see him once a week for 30 minutes in the garden, remaining two metres apart. However, it fails to allow staff to use common sense and humanity towards the residents for whom they care.
Why virtual onboarding thrives from this one simple approach
To counteract the deficiencies of virtual communications, make concerted efforts to build interpersonal trust. Rather than waiting to return to the office to hold the traditional (and previously in-person) strategic retreat with your team, create a series of shorter virtual team sessions. In virtual communications, however, much of the “how” and emotional context gets lost. Additionally, highlight the most important information and purposefully increase the positivity in your communications to override the deficits of virtual communications. Reduce uncertainty Uncertainty is a well-known stressor and can result in a reduced ability to make decisions, solve problems, and collaborate.
Personalized learning hinges on relationships, not just algorithms
In theory, personalized learning seems an ideal way to tackle the problem at hand. But many educators are wary of personalized learning as a mind-­numbingly rote embrace of technology. The key difference between their approach and the popular narrative around personalized learning is that these educators have built their schools around the idea of student agency. In other words, their students are not passive recipients of personalized learning but rather active initiators of it. Perhaps it’s time for schools to look anew at personalized learning, a model that in its best incarnations is not algorithm-led but student-led.
Can I ‘buy’ back an idea from the private equity firm that owns my company?
Q. I sold my startup to a private equity firm, which is starting to make cuts. Typically speaking, private equity CEOs are paid for executing the plan that’s best for the bottom line. If they let you spin out, you will give them a piece of the action (maybe 5% ownership in the company). With this plan, the CEO saves face and expense, and it would be a smart move for them to accept. This seems like a clear path to let them let you go, let you chase your dream, and let everyone benefit from doing the right thing.
Five Stupid Things Bosses Do When Managing Remote Workers
The open plan office was specifically designed to enable this kind of "walkabout micromanagement." It wasn't effective then (as evidenced by the sharp declines in productivity resulting from open plan), and it's even less effective now. Before going any further, there is a management strategy that works well with remote workers: Management By Objective aka MBO. Green identifies the five ways that such bosses are trying to recreate the open plan office in a work-from-home environment. Requiring employees to provide frequent status reports focuses their attention on writing reports rather than getting the work done.
25 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was a Young Entrepreneur
Over the past few months, I've thought a lot about what I wish I knew and lived by when I was younger. That could be love, happiness, community, parenting, or financially, but find someone who can help guide you. Those closest to you will try to tear you down if you try to breakout and be different. Experiences are a better investment than buying things like big houses or expensive cars. When people older than you tell you that these are some of the best years of your life, listen.
The U.S. Needs Smarter Lockdowns. Now.
With the Covid-19 contagion out of control in many regions, a new round of lockdowns are needed in the United States. There are also several ways we can use what we’ve learned in the past few months to implement lockdowns in less restrictive and smarter ways. While initial lockdowns were blanketed across most commercial and public venues, smarter lockdowns should mainly focus on restricting venues or scenarios we’ve learned most often lead to transmission and superspreading events (e.g., bars, gyms, concerts, indoor dining, and crowded public transport). Institute a Nationwide Public Health ResponseThese approaches can make new lockdowns more palatable, but, ultimately, no matter how thoughtfully executed, lockdowns are not a strategy. We must ensure that people understand that smarter lockdowns are very different, and far more palatable, than what had to be done in March and April.
Kamala Harris: 'America is crying out for leadership'
"America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him," Harris said. Recently, viral social media posts have made claims of intentional slowdowns of mail service and other attempts to short-circuit the election process. The Postal Service says it is "prepared and has ample capacity" to timely deliver election mail. It is false to say mail is intentionally being slowed. It is false to say mail is intentionally being slowed.
What Your Recipe Box Says About You
What better distraction as I continue to dodge a deadly virus, mourn those who could not, worry about my country’s soul and find comic relief in links that I obsessively impose on friends and family? Yes, now is the time to take advantage of virtual house arrest by cleaning out my recipe file — files, plural, to be accurate, as old as they are chaotic. Here is what happens, every time:The recipes are either loose, or mounted on pages and preserved behind plastic in old photo albums. I turn a page and read a disintegrating recipe for “Spritz” — butter cookies, the kind that require a cookie press. Scrunched at the bottom, beneath the ingredients, I had written, “Mrs.
The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality
Any call for Ginsburg to step down risked being cast as sexist, the brutish dismissal of a powerful older woman who refuses to shut up. In the Trump years, the Notorious R.B.G. branding has fused with the aesthetics of the patriotic liberal #resistance, where knitted pink pussy hats are Photoshopped onto bald eagles and otherwise staid government officials are cast as characters in conspiratorial fantasies. In recent years Ginsburg has voted with the majority in favor of the fossil-fuel industry and against criminal defendants and asylum seekers. Ginsburg’s recent bending of tradition to voice her political views tipped her into the realm of #resistance wish fulfillment.
Sean Hannity says he ‘dug in his heels’ with newest book
Or care there’s never been another country that had more power and advanced it to improve the human condition. They don’t care about real promises or that there is no answer to freedom and liberty. They don’t care what liberal socialists say. “With this book I dug in my heels. B-B-B-Biden/Basement BidenYou’re the only g-g-g-guy that I adoreAnd when the m-m-m-moon shinesOver the cowshedsYou’ll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen doorOnly in America, kids, Only in America.
Opinion | How to avoid a New York-level election disaster
Leaders in every other state facing a shift toward absentee voting should take note. One bill would allow ballots that lack postmarks to be counted as long as they arrive by the day after Election Day. There is tension between the goal of timely vote-counting and the interest in contacting voters whose absentee ballots may be disqualified. That can be helped by allowing election officials to process and count absentee ballots as they come in, rather than barring any counting before Election Day. Moreover, Mr. Cuomo and the legislature must ensure that state election boards have the money, staff, facilities, machinery and other resources needed to run an election in the time of a pandemic.
Opinion | Kamala Harris doesn’t change much about the presidential election
Harris is also a law school graduate, as every Democratic vice-presidential nominee has been since 1968. If Hollywood had been asked to design a safe, generic Democratic VP nominee, it would have come up with Harris. Harris is surely well to the left of the Republican-leaning electorate, but it’s far from clear she is out of step with a genuine centrist. Harris is slightly to the left of Biden insofar as we can pin her views down, but not so far to the left as to be on the left. The Democratic Party center is well to the left of the country’s, which could cause the ticket problems if it wins.
In the Republican Party, the inmates are running the asylum (opinion)
In June, she was rebuked by some members of the Republican Party for racist remarks about Blacks, Jews and Muslims on Facebook. The corruption and co-opting of the Republican Party by conspiracy theorists, anti-science promoters, White nationalists and kooks is becoming more total with every passing day. This is all in no small part thanks to President Trump, the Conspiracy Theorist in Chief. Join us on Twitter and FacebookBeing a Republican today is more synonymous with White nationalism, anti-science, and conspiracy theories than any clear set of principles or policies. So long as you suck up to Trump, today's "Republican" doesn't have to really believe in or support anything else.
Lawyers mobilize for an all-out battle over America's election (Opinion)
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit in Nevada , seeking to block state efforts to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters. At the federal level, longstanding Justice Department policy counsels against indicting a sitting president. The Justice Department policy memo itself confirms this, and there is no compelling argument that indictment of a former president would unduly interfere with the government's core functioning. Barr's public comments about the Durham investigation do not violate any law, but they flagrantly violate longstanding Justice Department policy. If any Justice Department prosecutor made a public comment like that on a pending investigation, he'd face discipline and potential termination for violating Justice Manual policy.
Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules
A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. Victims’ advocates say the 2017 rules forced colleges to confront sexual abuse after ignoring it for years. But DeVos has said the guidelines turned campus disciplinary panels into “kangaroo courts” that were too quick to punish accused students. DeVos’ rules, which carry the weight of law, tell schools how to implement Title IX, the 1972 law barring discrimination based on sex in education.
Original Tipster in College-Admissions Case Gets Year in Prison
A Los Angeles businessman whose tip led the government to unravel the massive Operation Varsity Blues college-admissions scam was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a separate securities-fraud case. In a brief statement before the judge handed down the sentence, Mr. Tobin said he was “sincerely sorry and ashamed for my actions. I sincerely ask for mercy.”Mr. Tobin was being questioned in 2018 by federal investigators in Boston who were looking into an investment scheme, when Mr. Tobin disclosed information that led authorities to the college-admissions case. Authorities didn’t publicly name him as the tipster. The Wall Street Journal first identified Mr. Tobin as playing that role.
Law Alone Can’t Protect Free Speech
If campus norms continue to displace free speech culture, judges and lawyers will eventually start to ignore the First Amendment or, worse, chip away at it until it is meaningless. Free-speech culture gave us the First Amendment to begin with. It kept free speech alive in the tumultuous 19th century. What is free-speech culture? Folk wisdom like “it’s a free country” is one window into cultural values, and free-speech values pervade our idioms.
Trump claims to save the 'suburban lifestyle dream' — but whose dream is it?
It feels like everyone is talking about fair housing these days. Last month he announced that he is rescinding the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision that former President Barack Obama’s administration implemented in 2015. HUD called the AFFH rule "complicated, costly and ineffective," in a press release on its website last month. “I think this is more about politics than about the intricacies of affirmatively furthering fair housing,” she said. There is more racial integration in the suburbs than there was (52) years ago when the Fair Housing Act was instated.
Massachusetts Bail Fund under increased scrutiny
Re “Sex offender on bail charged again” (Metro, Aug. 7) and “Bail fund faces supporter backlash” (Metro, Aug. 12): The outrage displayed in reporting on the Massachusetts Bail Fund is misplaced. First, an alleged victim’s testimony is not necessary at a dangerousness hearing; a judge can reach a decision based on other evidence. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild fully supports the Massachusetts Bail Fund in its policy of posting all bails regardless of the charges. Without presumption of innocence, we’re all at riskI fully agree with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross that it is appalling that someone with Shawn McClinton’s history would be freed on bail (“Sex offender on bail charged again”). In practice, of course, you get what you pay for, even in the legal system, so groups such as the Massachusetts Bail Fund are necessary.
In DFL primary, signs of impatience
The results of Tuesday’s DFL primary in Minnesota are worth examining closely for what they say about the mood of one segment of the electorate. It’s easy to see there is an impatience for change, a dissatisfaction with the often slow, halting nature of the legislative process. That dissatisfaction with the status quo runs like a bright thread through this DFL primary. What the incumbents know, and what the challengers will learn, is that real change is hard when you are in a legislative body. The other challengers who won Tuesday may indeed find more effective ways to push their agenda should they win their legislative races in November.
Prosecutors seek permission for one trial for all four former officers charged in George Floyd's killing
Prosecutors filed motions Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court seeking approval to try all four former police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd in a single trial. The prosecutors said they considered four factors in weighing whether to seek one trial:• The charges and evidence against all four defendants are similar. Former officers Thoms Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. Former officer Derek Chauvin is charged with one count each of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. During that same time, Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and held Floyd’s handcuffed wrists in place.
Florida Elections News and Results
With the coronavirus pandemic raising concerns about how people can safely vote in 2020, Florida voters are breaking records for voting by mail. But there are rules that could trip up first-time mail voters. And even for those who’ve used mail voting before, there are some changes since the 2018 midterm elections. This is your complete guide to voting by mail and absentee voting in Florida.
Palm Beach County students and teachers will have to wear masks when schools reopen
The school district is surveying parents to see how many are willing to return to school in Phase 2. That will determine how many classrooms, teachers, buses and other support services will need to be on campus.
Column: The complicated truth about Chicago crime
The killing of George Floyd may also be a factor. “There is good sociological and historical evidence that if people lose confidence in the police to protect them, or if they lack trust in the police because they believe the police are harassing them or behaving unfairly, they do tend to take matters into their own hands,” criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said in 2016. “So one tends to see preemptive killings and retaliatory shootings go up.”
Letters: Small steps add up in police-community relations
One of the biggest challenges has been the relationship between community and police. Although the relationship is complicated, small steps do help to improve strained relationships. For anyone who doubts this, I take them back to the Fletcher/Finney race for Ramsey County sheriff in 2006. Now, surprise, there is a larger budget shortfall and the police are being asked to cut $9.2 million from their budget. What we need how are people who are interested in serving ALL the people of St. Paul.
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s hospitalizations drop, deaths continue to add up
A state’s positivity rate can be used as a gauge of its testing success. A lower positivity rate indicates that a state has expanded testing enough that it is also testing people with a lower chance of actually having the virus — such as people who are asymptomatic. On the flip side, a higher positivity rate is a sign that a state doesn’t have a firm grasp on the coronavirus spread within its borders.
Kamala Harris: VP candidate makes Black women feel 'seen'
There remains a rift between Black women and the leaders of the feminist movement. "It's just great that Black women have been included into history in this way. "Women leaders, not all but most, take a holistic approach to governing. According Black Demographics, 24% of Black women live below the poverty line, compared to 14% of all women. Twenty-four percent of Black women hold at least a bachelor's degree, compared to 33% of all women.
Former test administrator to plead guilty in college scam
BOSTON (AP) —A former college entrance exam administrator has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme that has ensnared wealthy parents across the U.S., federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Niki Williams, a former employee of the Houston Independent School District, will plead guilty to accepting bribes to help rig students' test scores, prosecutors said. Williams, 46, was one of 50 people arrested last year in the scheme, in which authorities say undeserving kids were admitted to top universities with bogus athletic credentials or fake test scores.
During this difficult situation, it might be time for some stoicism
On the recommendation of a friend, I signed up to receive emails each morning from The Daily Stoic, a philosophy blog that offers bits of wisdom from — you guessed it — stoicism. Furthermore, those bad times and difficult situations are opportunities to bring forth strengths and unique responses that likely would not have manifested themselves otherwise (after all, so much in life is just about context, isn’t it?). It’s certainly helped me personally to stay quiet and reflect rather than responding in anger, something that nearly always makes a situation worse. If we needed a major opportunity to pause and bring forth both our individual and collective strength, it’s certainly arrived. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”I don’t know what that Side B looks like, but I sure do hope it’s better.
Why Kamala Harris VP pick could cost Biden the election
In what may go down as one of the worst vice-presidential picks in U.S. history, Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to be his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. Harris is exactly the opposite of what Biden needed in order to compete with President Trump in November. Although Harris denies she is a socialist, her recent track record suggests that is exactly what she is. KAMALA HARRIS, BIDEN'S RADICAL VP PICK SIGNALS BAD NEWS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, ECONOMIC RECOVERYBiden’s decision to choose Harris is bizarre, to say the least. With that in mind, the only person who should be happier with this pick than Kamala Harris is Donald Trump.
History shows running mates don't help much. But Kamala Harris could be different.
History shows running mates don't help much. But Kamala Harris could be different. Added: 12.08.2020 21:11 | 13 views | 0 commentsKamala Harris' selection by Joe Biden could have reverberations for years to come, Democrats say.
Since 2016, 11 states and D.C. have expanded voting rights for the currently and formerly incarcerated
Since 2016, 11 states and D.C. have expanded voting rights for the currently and formerly incarceratedAdded: 12.08.2020 21:19 | 7 views | 0 commentsMillions have regained the right to vote since the 2016 election through expanded voting access for formerly and currently incarcerated Americans convicted of a felony.
Chilling footage shows Keeley Bunker dancing with childhood friend Wesley Streete hours before he raped and killed her
Chilling footage shows Keeley Bunker dancing with childhood friend Wesley Streete hours before he raped and killed her
'Your voice does matter': What 2 Chainz wants the formerly incarcerated to know about voting rights
'Your voice does matter': What 2 Chainz wants the formerly incarcerated to know about voting rightsAdded: 12.08.2020 14:24 | 14 views | 0 comments2 Chainz is spreading the word about voting rights for formerly incarcerated people in a new video campaign for the When We All Vote organization.
Dispatches from a Pandemic: ‘Lives could have been saved’: Ireland says people must wear masks in stores to stop COVID-19 — why did it take so long?
Dispatches from a Pandemic: ‘Lives could have been saved’: Ireland says people must wear masks in stores to stop COVID-19 — why did it take so long?
The Running Mate Rollout: How 1996 Foreshadowed 2020
Added: 12.08.2020 19:36 | 10 views | 0 commentsOur divided country has a new vice presidential candidate, one who breaks the mold of previous nominees in several ways, and who -- if she ever ascends to the Oval Office -- would shatter the most iconic glass ceiling you've heard tell of. In other ways, however, Joe Biden's selection of California's junior senator as his running mate was a reassuringly familiar ritual.
Parental Choice Will Win Elections This Fall
Parental Choice Will Win Elections This FallAdded: 12.08.2020 19:35 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.parentchoice.caThe most critical element in providing for an economic recovery is the safe reopening of schools. Because many schools are planning to remain closed, parents need choices for the education of their... More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: Election
Kamala Harris Will Shred Mike Pence in the VP Debate
Kamala Harris Will Shred Mike Pence in the VP DebateAdded: 12.08.2020 19:58 | 8 views | 0 commentsAnd Joe Biden knows why that matters.
What Kamala Harris Brings to the Ticket
Ben: Joe Biden shocked the world — sorry, I meant shocked no one — by picking Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday. Ben: Putting aside her possible presidential future for a minute: Do you think she’ll do well at the traditional vice-presidential tasks? Ben: Is there a specific niche you think Biden needs her to fill? If Biden does prevail, it seems to be that in 2024 we could still see a very competitive primary — and of course Biden might very well run again. Jon: And I think Harris would be the prohibitive favorite, unless she does something to badly screw it up, which is hard for a veep!
Election Funding Is Being Held Hostage in Stimulus Standoff
Photo: Derek R. Henkle/AFP via Getty ImagesIt’s not the first, or second, or even sixth issue that comes up in most discussions of the deadlocked coronavirus stimulus negotiations. In the context of the trillions of dollars Congress has already appropriated for coronavirus relief and stimulus, election assistance involves sofa-cushion money. Democrats have dropped earlier efforts to mandate expanded voting by mail in exchange for election assistance, a key sticking point with Republicans. The central political question now is whether shoddy election infrastructure has become part of a Trump/GOP plan to win the election via reduced or skewed turnout patterns. It’s also the easiest, since all they have to do is to refuse to help as election officials slowly sink under the tide of COVID-19-related problems.
The Right Is All Hot and Bothered Over Covid-19 Sex Advice
At no point has this been more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic, when safe sex guidelines have become a lightning rod for right-wing discourse. Last week, the University of Georgia posted some guidelines regarding how to have safe sex during Covid-19, suggesting that people wear masks while having sex and consider adopting “creative sex positions” to help reduce the risk of face-to-face contact and contracting the illness. The mockery was so widespread that it prompted UGA to pull the guidelines from its website. The same could be said of the UGA guidelines, which advocated for common-sense safe sex practices, such as limiting the number of sexual partners you have to reduce exposure. This criticism has been shared by many students, some of whom staged a campus “die-in” during their first day back.
Kamala Harris, Gen X’s Moment, and the Fall of House Boomer
As a candidate in the Democratic primaries, Kamala Harris stood astride the fault lines of the Democratic Party. Yet today, the same promise of center-left synthesis makes Harris a powerful choice for vice president. Looking to the future, Harris has become the new frontwoman of the Democratic Party. And because of Biden’s advanced age, there’s heightened reason to imagine that a Vice President Harris could assume the duties of the presidency sooner than that. Whatever her political vulnerabilities, the aspiring vice president is chiefly characterized by her power.
St. Louis man whose 1-year-old son overdosed on fentanyl sentenced for drug charges
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison Tuesday on drug and gun charges after police say his 14-month-old son overdosed on multiple drugs. A federal judge sentenced Gayron Sloan, 39, of St. Louis, to 137 months in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Upon serving a search warrant in Sloan's home, police say they found fentanyl, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun. While police served the search warrant, they say Sloan's son was having trouble breathing at a day care. The child was taken to a hospital, where blood tests showed fentanyl and cocaine in his system.
Column: The COVID-19 pandemic shows that it’s time for a new New Deal. Here’s a blueprint
Women and Black workers bear the brunt of these inequalities. The working class, especially Black and Latino workers, are becoming sickened and dying at higher rates than whites. The treatment of Black workers and families is a good example. Unemployed Black workers faced stringent quotas on New Deal work relief programs, and those who obtained jobs were shortchanged in wages by New Deal pay policies. Even Social Security at first excluded domestic and farm workers, trades that employed 65% of Black workers.
Column: Michael Flynn’s latest day in court adds up to an eventual win for Donald Trump, partisanship and corruption
Gen. William Barr decided the prosecution should be dropped, a result the president had been calling for by tweet. The career prosecutor on the case withdrew in protest; no prosecutors on the case would sign the motion. Rather than wait for the hearing, Flynn’s lawyer ran to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. A three-judge panel of the D.C. court first ruled for Flynn, in a 2-1 opinion written by Trump appointee Neomi Rao, and issued the mandamus. The Supreme Court would be very unlikely to take the case, and Flynn would remain in legal limbo while the case continued to drag on.
Harris a reassuring choice among Boston business executives
She’s got experience at the national level,” said Cathy Minehan, former chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She is smart and she is pragmatic,” Stephen Pagliuca, the private equity investor and co-owner of the Boston Celtics, said of Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s newly minted running mate . “She will continue to build momentum for the campaign,” added John Fish, chief executive of Boston construction company Suffolk. Advertisement“This is the diverse, inclusive, equitable America,” said Colette Phillips, an Antiguan native who runs a communications firm in Boston. “The right tone at the national level will be recognized as incredibly important to achieve that,” Spring added, saying she was speaking for herself and not Weber Shandwick.
This podcast revisits Boston’s 1974 busing crisis
In the third season of his “Fiasco” podcast, the Boston Globe and Slate alumnus dives into the 1974 effort to end segregation in Boston public schools. Over seven episodes, Neyfakh and his team lay out the historical moments on both sides of the movement, talk to key players, and detail the sometimes violent ramifications of the Boston busing crisis. Why did you choose the Boston busing crisis as your subject? The Boston Globe - The Boston Gl/Boston GlobeQ. Some of them thought integration would help and said getting Black kids into schools with white kids was the best way to help improve education for Black kids.
If Donald Trump loses in 2020, he'll channel Joe Arpaio in 2024 (against Kamala Harris)
But it has taken a long, long time. And we should expect the same from Arpaio’s political savior and doppelganger Donald Trump, who continues to follow Arpaio’s playbook. If the 2020 election ends with a Joe Biden presidency, look for the election of 2024 to feature Kamala Harris versus … Donald Trump. And he’ll continue to hold rallies, because to him (like Arpaio) public attention is an addiction. Joe Arpaio IS Donald TrumpWhen Arpaio entered politics in Arizona, first winning election in 1992, he changed the rules.
Everly Macario: How COVID-19 has added to the problem of drug-resistant bacteria
This lack of new antibiotics has allowed the kinds of drug-resistant bacteria that took Simon’s life to evolve and multiply, mostly unchecked. In other words, COVID-19 has added fuel to an AMR pandemic that has been raging for years. The simple math of drug development makes it exceedingly difficult to create new antibiotics. As a result, many antibiotics research firms have either run out of money or have simply abandoned the research altogether. So long as we take bold action now to catalyze antibiotics research, they won’t have to.
Watch: Pair of mountain lions seen in Tucson foothills yard
Around 1970, Gene E. Anderson, a civil engineer and owner of Anderson Engineering and his team had the task of coming up with street names for the new development, Hunter Subdivision, a subdivision name they likely came up with themselves.
Protesters to Churchill Downs: If you care about racial justice, cancel the Kentucky Derby
Members of Louisville's Black community are calling on Churchill Downs to cancel the 2020 Kentucky Derby — even as the company pushes forward with plans to run the race in September with fans. On Wednesday, while announcing updates for the fast-approaching Derby, Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said the events that have led to current civil unrest "deserve thoughtful discussion, continued conversation and subsequent action." But Findley and Aaron Jordan, a leader of the grassroots group No Justice No Peace Louisville, said the Derby has routinely excluded the city's Black neighborhoods. And if Churchill Downs wants to really send a message that it stands for racial justice, it will cancel the race, they said. Jordan and Findley said Churchill officials and Derby attendees should expect to see "mass demonstrations" and protests during the week of the event.
Feds charge man commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin with armed drug trafficking
A man who received a commuted sentence from former Gov. Matt Bevin on his way out of office has been charged federally with armed drug trafficking, authorities said. A south-central Kentucky drug task force found 33-year-old Kenneth S. Embry was trafficking "large amounts" of methamphetamine in Logan County since his release at the end of 2019, Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District said in a news release. The Russellville man has been charged with intent to distribute meth, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a firearm to further drug trafficking. Embry was previously convicted twice in Logan county for possession of a controlled substance.
The Government must restore confidence if Britain's economy is ever to recover
Indeed, the Government is accused by its opponents of presiding over both Europe’s highest Covid death toll and the worst economic collapse. It ill behoves the Labour Party, which supported all of the Government’s measures, now to duck any responsibility for the consequences. The prospect that any rise in infections in the coming weeks will be met with further lockdowns and quarantines will make it hard to restore the confidence necessary to bring about a sustained recovery. Certainty and confidence are the essential ingredients of economic growth. All Government energy and decision-making in the coming weeks should be devoted to their revival.
Sweden’s success shows the true cost of our arrogant, failed establishment
My guess is that only half of our first-half collapse in GDP would have happened under a variant of the Swedish model. This means that the other half – some £250 billion – was an unnecessary cost caused directly by the lockdown itself. I suspect that this immense, unbearable additional cost saved very few additional lives, and that almost all of the gains came from social distancing, not the lockdown. They learnt that the state cannot drive prosperity: only the private sector can do that. The Conservatives will only survive their handling of Covid if they don’t also botch the recovery.
[Cass R. Sunstein] Republicans’ dangerous hypocrisy
If he’s a Republican, Republicans will complain of intolerable overreaching and an unconstitutional power grab, even if there’s no overreaching at all. But because the outrage of Republican members over President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions is so recent, and because it is such a wild contrast with their general acquiescence in Trump’s unilateral actions, it’s fair to point to Republican hypocrisy in particular. When Trump acts unilaterally, however, Republicans have been silent or meek, apparently on the theory that if a Republican president does it, it’s OK. The good news is that if a Democrat is president, Republicans might even be willing to support them. Cass R. SunsteinCass R. Sunstein is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist.
Kamala Harris’s controversial record on criminal justice, explained
Biden also backs a fairly aggressive criminal justice reform plan, despite his own mixed record on criminal justice issues. Now critics have labeled her a “cop” — a sellout for a broken criminal justice system. “There’s been incredibly rapid change in public opinion, in attention to criminal justice,” Silard said, citing his decades-long experience in the criminal justice system and current experience as president of the reform-minded Rosenberg Foundation. Criminal justice reform had spread nationally: Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, effectively reducing penalties for crack cocaine. She has adopted sweeping rhetoric about the criminal justice system, arguing that it needs to be systematically changed.
President Donald J. Trump Is Supporting America’s Students and Families By Encouraging the Safe Reopening of America’s Schools
SUPPORTING SAFE REOPENINGS: President Donald J. Trump is advocating for schools to safely reopen this fall to ensure our Nation’s children receive optimal education and care. By supporting the resumption of in-person schooling, President Trump is standing up for the well-being of American children who need to get back in the classroom and working parents. The social costs to children and families of keeping schools closed in terms of harm to children’s wellbeing outweigh the risks presented by the safe reopening of in-person classes. PUTTING AMERICAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FIRST: President Trump’s support to reopen schools is based on science, data, and common sense. GIVING VITAL ASSISTANCE: President Trump is giving all students and educators the tools and resources they need to continue learning and teaching.
As U.N. Warns of Catastrophe, Lebanon’s Leaders Debate Cause of Blast
But he said that was one of many lines of inquiry, and he did not offer evidence to support the suggestion. Lebanese officials have suggested that the powerful blast that leveled large swaths of the city, killed more than 150 people and displaced thousands on Tuesday was caused by the detonation of some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer stored in a warehouse at the port. If that is the case, they have not explained what set off the ammonium nitrate. There were two explosions, and it is possible that the first, smaller one ignited the second larger one, but the government has not issued any public statements about the origin of either. The government has promised an investigation, and Mr. Aoun said it would look at how the explosive material entered the country and was stored, “whether the explosion was a result of negligence or an accident” and “the possibility that there was external interference.”
Trump Just Promised to Protect 'Suburban Housewives' From Poor People
President Donald Trump says he’s the candidate who’s protecting “suburban housewives” from low-income housing that could “invade” their neighborhoods. Biden has not yet announced who he might pick for the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, if elected. “The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” Trump said in the tweet. It was meant to build upon the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Biden’s housing platform includes implementing the fair housing rule in earnest, among other proposals.
Cities Weigh Cutting Police Budgets and Discover How Hard That Is
Cities across America are weighing whether to reduce or redirect spending on police. But many of the cuts are cosmetic, temporary or represent a relatively small part of budgets. A Minnesota state commission has delayed a city council plan to put a proposal to disband the police department on the November ballot. On Monday, Seattle’s city council approved about a $3 million cut to police spending for the remaining budget year, around 1% of the annual police budget but far less than the 50% target some on the city council have proposed. Police Chief Carmen Best, the first Black woman to hold the post and who opposed sharp spending cuts, announced her retirement in the wake of the decision and decried a “lack of respect” for officers.
Opinion | Excited Again About a Woman on the Ticket
People are excited about politics for the first time this year.”True. In the 2018 midterms about 92 percent of Black women voted Democratic. We play the president and vice president on TV shows, but in real life we’ve never made it to the top. We have a powerful, compassionate, determined woman on the ticket who knows how to govern. Her success will be especially delicious given President Trump’s misogyny, narcissism, hostility to our issues and bullying of “nasty women,” no doubt including the next V.P.
Who is Kamala Harris? A look back at the VP candidate's rise
Who is Kamala Harris? A look back at the VP candidate's riseBefore Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) became the first Black woman and first Asian American to join a major party ticket, she was a political trailblazer in California. First as San Francisco district attorney, then as state attorney general, she showed a gift for politics but left a complicated legacy on criminal justice.
Opinion | A WeChat ban will hurt ordinary citizens. There are better ways to hold China accountable.
Indeed, we probably know better than the government the nature and reality of how WeChat’s practices undermine free speech in the United States. WeChat encourages its users to do business over its platform, and indeed, countless conversations about potential transactions are held on WeChat daily. One user who has been in the United States since 2017, and who hasn’t returned to China since, posted critical comments about the Chinese government from the United States. But even lesser policies might undermine the government’s stated interest in “engaging and empowering” ordinary Chinese people. The world is watching these events unfold with bated breath, including in China, where lamentations about the possibility of the United States copying China’s policies are not uncommon.
Opinion | The Purple Line is hanging by a thread. It should be rescued.
ADADNot to be overlooked is the reputational damage to the corporations whose abandonment of the Purple Line would give future business partners pause. That project’s prospects will dim if the Purple Line deal disintegrates. The private-sector consortium building the Purple Line says problems beyond its control have added at least 2½ years to the construction schedule; it is entitled to scrap the deal if delays add more than a year. ADADMr. Hogan, on assuming a one-year term as leader of the National Governors Association last summer, highlighted the urgency of upgrading the nation’s infrastructure and touted Maryland’s innovative public-private partnership to build the Purple Line. The rescue is worth it, for the same reason the Purple Line has always made sense as a lifeline for older neighborhoods and job hubs, and for commuters with no suburb-to-suburb transit options.
Cities Weigh Cutting Police Budgets and Discover How Hard That Is
Cities across America are weighing whether to reduce or redirect spending on police. Some, with backing from mayors and city councils, are already undertaking efforts to do so, as protesters in their streets call for “defunding.”They’re quickly learning that police budgets, built up over generations with broad public support, are difficult to dismantle.
Op-Ed: If Biden wins, don't expect Trump to accept defeat and head for the exit
President Trump's full-out assault on voting by mail suggests a strategy he could use for refusing to accept election results. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)Should President Trump lose in the 2020 election, don’t expect him to concede defeat — it is simply not in his DNA to do so. Great anger — totally unfair!”For Trump, a personal defeat is always the result of fraud. He has already telegraphed his intentions, predicting that the 2020 vote will be the most corrupt in our history. Yet it offers a disturbing glimpse into how Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting might presage an act of electoral defiance.
New York City Could Lead on Reopening Schools, But It Isn’t
In some districts, like Miami-Dade’s, where the positivity rate has been in the double digits, it’s hard to disagree with that decision. Despite the extraordinarily low positivity rate — a rate that should serve as an incentive to get New York’s classrooms reopened — the city is nowheresville. Proper leadership could energize the city around the issue of reopening schools, and New York City could be a model for how it’s done. With so much chaos and uncertainty, many New York City parents who can afford it are applying to private schools. She told me that it had always been the school’s plan to reopen physically.
Kamala Harris is both a historic and flawed candidate
Having more women and people of color lead in the halls of power would probably make it more difficult to uphold these kinds of laws. A study showed that when women run for office, it inspires other women to do so as well. She supported and enforced a law that prosecuted parents whose kids did not show up to school, which effectively criminalized poverty. After all, it took several powerful movements — not presidents or vice presidents — to make someone who looks like Kamala Harris a viable candidate for vice president. AdvertisementThat’s why the country also has in Harris a candidate who should indeed be celebrated for bringing more diversity to the executive branch — it’s an achievement that has been generations in the making.
Kamala Harris was made for this moment
That goes doubly for Black women. To win multiple elections, Harris has already had to prove that she is both likable and qualified. Harris has a chance to demonstrate how she will bring those strengths to the White House. AdvertisementHer meticulous preparation has made her one of the nation’s most formidable cross-examiners, dressing down an assembly line of high-level officials, including former attorney general Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr, and Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Harris has the talent, experience, and insight to drive the Democratic ticket to victory — and help shape the presidency — unlike any vice president before her.
What parents need to know as Frisco ISD starts the 2020-2021 school year
Frisco ISD will begin its 2020-2021 school year on Thursday, with all students required to take online classes for the first three weeks of the semester. If a student switches to in-person learning after a nine-week grading period, will they be up to speed with students learning in-person? Yes, the Texas Education Agency will require daily attendance and participation in virtual learning. Will students participating in virtual learning need to purchase school supplies for the new year? Will students in virtual learning have access to instructional materials, such as guided reading books or other classroom resources?
Flynn: Funding the 16th Street Mall was the better choice
I’m writing in response to Paul Vranas’ guest commentary in The Denver Post of July 19, the day before City Council voted. So, could the city and the Denver Urban Renewal Authority have renegotiated that agreement and break the fund now? More than $20 million in federal aid flowing through the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ allocation process? Even the $5.4 million from Denver Water to replace an 1880s water line deep below the street — evaporated. Kevin Flynn is the Denver City Council member representing southwest Denver’s District 2.
Sheriff Tony’s shameful use of N-word on live TV | Editorial
Whatever Tony’s reason, it was shameful and it’s one more indication that Tony is not ready to lead this premier law enforcement agency. In a moment when Tony could have put forth a message built around unity and healing, he chose a word that divides and demeans us — a word that wouldn’t have been acceptable even decades ago, when race-baiting campaigns were more common in Broward politics.
Fighting cancer in the pandemic means fighting cancer alone
You can find the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak at newsday.com/LiveUpdatesA doctor pointed out to me at a recent appointment that my latest bout with oral cancer tracked the first spikes of the coronavirus pandemic. After I had spent 10 years fighting oral cancer on and off, the cancer was back, and I had to deal with it. I focused on ways to try to control my risk — maybe because having cancer makes everything else feel squarely out of control. I parked on the street to avoid having a stranger park my car in the hospital garage and contaminate it. My family couldn't act on a basic human need to provide comfort through their presence.
As gun violence continues to spike, Columbus mayor, other leaders talk about solutions
As gun violence within the city of Columbus continues to rise at tragic rates, city and county officials on Wednesday announced a series of steps to stop the bleeding, including wrap-around services for vulnerable youth. But Quinlan also hopes the same demands and action will be taken to hold responsible those who are causing the rising gun violence, causing irreparable damage to families and taking lives. "We know we can’t police our way out of everything that has happened and the spike in violence we are seeing," Ginther said. West said he has had students involved in gun violence this summer and has attended funerals of students, something he never wants to do again. "The police can’t be everywhere, family can’t be everywhere, our parents can’t be everywhere."
UPDATE NY Daily News Closing Newsroom But NOT Closing Paper, Says They Will Continue to Publish, “No Layoffs”
EARLIER REPORT:The New York Times reports that the Daily News is basically dead, even if it will continue on like the Walking Dead. Today the News will close its newsroom downtown and employees will have til the fall to come and get their things. The paper was sold to Tribune Publishing– then known as Tronc– in 2017 by Mort Zuckerman, who bought the paper out of bankruptcy in 2003. Tribune, dedicated to killing newspapers, is also closing the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. New York once had 10 or more newspapers publishing in the morning and afternoon.
The Guardian view on chaotic government: no more excuses | Editorial
Months have elapsed since the coronavirus crisis began, and the response is still marked by U-turns, confusion and improvisation. The government could not reasonably be expected to conjure such a system out of thin air in March. That was an admission that the centralised system administered by private sector outsourcing companies has failed to do the job as efficiently or diligently as the public sector at local authority level. It might have come sooner if the government were not quite so steeped in ideological suspicion of the public sector in general and local government in particular. The sheer scale of the challenge posed by the coronavirus meant some ministerial missteps in the early stages were unavoidable.
U.S Senator Tina Smith Introduces Marijuana Reform Legislation to Protect Health, Safety, Civil Rights
Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) introduced legislation to address health and safety considerations for implementing the legalization of marijuana at the federal level. It would also put in place measures to ensure the safety of marijuana products, require research into how best to combat cannabis-impaired driving, and to govern the safe import and export of cannabis products. “The federal prohibition on marijuana is a failed policy that contributes to mass incarceration and the racist overpolicing of communities of color. Grant the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate cannabis and cannabis products, including regarding labeling and advertising standards – just as it does for tobacco products. Establish 21 years of age as the minimum age for purchasing cannabis products, in line with tobacco and alcohol.
American Exceptionalism
byAs a regular commentator for PressTV (Iran) I am asked to give my perspective of American government, culture, and foreign policy. One theme I often touch upon is ‘American Exceptionalism’, a philosophy that makes America the strongest and weakest nation at the same time because it believes it is the best and anything it does it does with the help of divine providence. President Obama had to show how American he was, considering he was born in Kenya (sarcasm) by effusively praising America’s greatness. What is happening in Portland is also an example of American exceptionalism. American exceptional is a disease, a cancer.
We Need Sanitary, Free Public Bathrooms for All
The provision of public toilets has basically been farmed out to private companies: restaurants, bars, Starbucks. We all need to use bathrooms, and we all deserve access to free, sanitary public toilets. When I went to Seoul last summer, I was surprised to find public toilets in the metro stations — and they were usually pretty clean. Keeping People Out of the Washroom It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the United States limits access to public toilets. Today, the modern restrictions on public restrooms keep out homeless people, drug users, people who might have sex in public toilets, and increasingly transgender people.
Now Comes the Difficult Work of Pushing the Biden-Harris Ticket Left
This isn’t the ticket progressives wanted, but now it’s on us to push them every step of the way. It’s up to those of us on the left to generate the winds we want to prevail by building power outside of presidential politics. As of today, that argument appears to be persuasive enough, with Biden trouncing Trump in most polls despite a lack of traditional campaigning. For progressives and those on the Democratic Party’s so-called “left wing,” Biden’s candidacy has been a tough pill to swallow. Help In These Times Continue Publishing Progressive journalism is needed now more than ever, and In These Times needs you.
Kamala Harris’ Disturbing Brand of Criminal Justice Reform
The sad reality is that Harris is in step with a troubling Washington consensus on criminal justice reform. The sad reality is that she is in step with a troubling Washington consensus on criminal justice reform. Some major criminal justice reform advocates, including Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, remained outspoken opponents. As the criminal justice gaze was fixed on this alleged bipartisan miracle, William Barr, a champion of hardline penal policies when he was President George H.W. A new generation of prosecutors is willing to take on the Fraternal Order of Police and the statewide associations of district attorneys and sheriffs—some of the biggest obstacles to real criminal justice reform.
Joe Biden Has Found His Neoliberal Match in Kamala Harris
After months and weeks of wrangling, sniping, bowing, and scraping, and several missed deadlines, Joe Biden has finally chosen his running mate: former career prosecutor and California senator Kamala Harris. Expect, too, to see Harris deployed to justify any reactionary measures a President Biden could not by himself. Put aside the superficial differences, and Biden and Harris are essentially the same politician. It’s fitting: Biden, after all, is one of the old-school originators of the corporate-friendly Democratic politics that Harris has pursued her whole career. Both Harris, and to a lesser extent, Biden, have shown a limited but encouraging propensity to gesture leftward under pressure.
Think Joe Biden Will Be the Next FDR? His Wall Street Donors Don’t Seem To.
They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Madison Square Garden, October 1936Could Joe Biden be the next FDR? A politician’s history generally offers some pretty big clues about how they’re likely to do things if elected to higher office. “Biden: The 21st-Century FDR?,” wondered one article by the American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson. This is simply not the rhetoric or behavior of a candidate who is remotely serious about pursuing an ambitious liberal agenda. Whereas FDR once challenged corporate interests and welcomed their hatred, the current Democratic nominee for president simply can’t harvest their donations fast enough.
‘Let Them Tremble’: So much of this history reads like right now
She was the candidate of the Communist Party USA in 1968 and is one of six Communists whose lives are recounted in Tony Pecinovsky's book, 'Let Them Tremble.' | CPUSA ArchivesIn celebration of its centennial, Tony Pecinovsky has written Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA, a book that profiles the lives of six Communist Party leaders. The Communist Party, despite continuous FBI harassment and fear tactics, continued to build the movement to free Winston. It is to let Tony Pecinovsky know that he has another book to write. Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USABy Tony PecinovskyInternational Publishers, 2019425 pages , $19.95ISBN 10 0-7178-0769-X
Kamala Harris pick can forge historic unity in fight for justice in America
Harris, one of many Black women leaders involved in a broad range of fights for economic justice. In every movement for democracy and social justice, Black women have battled hard for this country, putting their voices, their strength, their votes, and literally everything else they have into the struggle. That changes now with the selection of Kamala Harris as the vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. Their sacrifices, told and untold, made it possible for Sen. Harris to make political history today. Black women who know this reality are the people best equipped to lead the struggle for a future of democracy and justice for all.
The Other Americans: Indigenous Activists Are Being Targeted in Honduras
On July 18, four Afro-Caribbean Garifuna community leaders were abducted from the coastal fishing village of El Triunfo de la Cruz on the northern coast of Honduras. Juan Orlando Hernández’s government has responded to this mobilization with a brutal campaign of violence, disappearances, and the criminalization of community leaders. Since that decision, a campaign of violence and intimidation against the Garifuna Communities has ensued. “We hope the United States sees the situation in [Honduras], but not just the disappearance of our leaders,” Benedit says. “Everyone wants to migrate to the United States, fleeing the unemployment, insecurity, the lack of health, and the dictatorship that Juan Orlando Hernández is forming.
Tom Cotton Wants to Stop Kids From Learning About American Racism
Senator from Arkansas, has decided to take up the cause of preventing The New York Times’ 1619 Project from being taught in America’s schools. Essentially, Cotton’s proposed law punishes any educator who decides to use the 1619 Project to teach history accurately. Essentially, Cotton’s proposed law punishes any educator who decides to use the 1619 Project to teach history accurately. But non-Black children would also be made worse off for not learning the truth about slavery’s role in the nation’s history. But the difference is that Cotton believes we overcame that history, and that American’s past is a story of unrelenting progress.
Race Is a Parenting Issue, Which Makes It Fair to Talk About in Online Parenting Groups
This begs the question whether racism is a parenting issue or a political one. Discussion about the former is, of course, allowed in parenting groups. I would therefore posit that a human rights issue is most certainly a parenting issue, and one of critical significance at that. Which is why I'm asking my parenting groups to allow discussion, and not to silence or discourage. Mom groups should be a place where we can talk about all things parenthood — including complex subjects like racism and raising antiracist kids.
Kamala Harris’s Nomination Shows the Power of — and Need For — Sisterhood
We must be ready for both the unrealistic expectations and swift backlash that Senator Harris will face. This means that we must be ready for both the unrealistic expectations and swift backlash that Senator Harris will face. Yesterday was a reaffirmation that women, Black women, women of color, will and can lead. And, as the lone Black woman in the United States Senate passing major pieces of legislation — heck, as a Black woman in America — she knows who she is. Yesterday was a reaffirmation that women, Black women, women of color, will and can lead.
If We All Only Do What's Best For Our Own Families, We'll Never Get Out of This Pandemic
If We All Only Do What's Best For Our Own Families, We'll Never Get Out of This Pandemic"You just have to do what's best for your family." "You just have to do what's best for your family." "You just have to do what's best for your family." Because doing what's best for your family, and acting solely in one's own best interest, no longer works during a public health crisis. And who even knows what's best for our family without its community.
Air pollution is much worse than we thought
From the ’70s through the beginning of the 21st century, the fight against fossil fuels was a fight about pollution, especially air pollution. But there’s an irony involved: The air pollution case against fossil fuels is still the best case! In fact, even as attention has shifted to climate change, the air pollution case has grown stronger and stronger, as the science on air pollution has advanced by leaps and bounds. Shindell’s testimony reveals that the effects of air pollution are roughly twice as bad as previously estimated. But the latest air pollution research, coupled with the plunging cost of clean energy, should render that dynamic moot.
Some Patients Really Need the Drug That Trump Keeps Pushing
Immediately, thousands of people began hoarding it, causing shortages that have resulted in lupus patients—and their doctors—struggling to get the supply they need. The more Trump pushed the unproven remedy from the White House podium, the more I wondered: Did he not care that the Food and Drug Administration hadn’t approved the drug for COVID-19? And if the supply shortages continue, those of us whose well-being depends on the drug have plenty to lose. Yet the U.S. government is stockpiling 29 million doses of the drug anyway—and not out of concern for patients with lupus. Having spent my career as a civil-rights advocate, I’m acutely aware that the people most affected by the hydroxychloroquine drug shortages live in communities or belong to demographic groups that are among the most vulnerable, even in the absence of a pandemic.
Paging Dr. Hamblin: Everyone Wants to Check My Temperature
Fever screens seem part of America’s ongoing failure to learn an abiding lesson of modern medicine: Screening tests often backfire. Body temperature is a vital sign that is monitored continually in hospitals, where it can be an invaluable window into how a patient is faring. By late February, though, researchers had begun reporting that the tactic wasn’t an effective screening tool for this new disease. The researchers concluded that “using fever as a screening tool for COVID-19 may provide a false sense of security.”But what’s the harm? A test is specific if it doesn’t misidentify too many cases—that is, if it doesn’t catch too many more than all.
Teachers Respond: Should Schools Reopen?
I am also worried that portraying public-school teachers as ambivalent workers in need of stern encouragement only serves to further tarnish public education in America. Teachers are used to serving students in spite of mediocre pay, demanding work, and public criticism. Schools, especially in low-income and marginalized communities, cannot be kept closed indefinitely. We’re fighting to make sure that schools are reopened in a way that doesn’t lead to a second surge. If we want schools to reopen, we need to close bars.
Pop Culture Failed to Imagine Kamala Harris
Kathryn Bennett, Marshall’s vice president, spends the film trusting him and supporting him and defending him against would-be usurpers on the ground. Allen, a vice president elevated to the Oval Office after the death of her predecessor, is fiercely intelligent and determinedly principled. Sue Sylvester ended her arc in Glee as the American vice president. Even in the layered fictions of an NBC drama, apparently, a woman vice president is outside the realm of possibility. Geraldine Ferraro, when she campaigned to be Walter Mondale’s vice president in 1984, was asked about her ability to bake muffins.
I Run a Tutoring Company. I Get Dozens of Calls a Day About Learning Pods.
They have been hearing about private, parent-curated learning pods on the radio. In much of the media coverage, pods are presented as the answer rich people have found to the dilemma of sending kids to school without actually sending kids to school. Thus, they ask me how pods work, and whether my company can help set one up. Parents might want to alternate pod days with school days, if their district is at least partially educating in person. But the social-justice educator and writer Shayla Griffin has written that she doesn’t expect many equitable pods to come to fruition.
The Other Way Trump Could Destroy the Next Presidency
If Biden wins in November, he will likely face the most challenging transition in modern times. Biden may also face an outgoing administration that hinders his efforts, whether because of incompetence or malign intent. Unlike the formal transition planning process, the content of intelligence briefings to presidential candidates and presidents-elect is discretionary, not legislatively mandated, creating considerable latitude for dangerous omissions. Even as a lame duck, President Trump will remain the commander in chief until Biden takes the oath of office on January 20, 2021. Even if Biden immediately reversed or denounced such eleventh-hour maneuvers, the policy whiplash would undermine America’s already-damaged credibility as an ally and an adversary.
Inside Kamala Harris’ polarizing record as a prosecutor
She may tout herself as a “progressive prosecutor,” but Kamala Harris’ record as career California prosecutor suggests otherwise. She also rejected calls from civil rights groups to investigate deadly police shootings in Los Angeles and San Francisco, following the 2014 police-involved killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2015, Harris required body cameras for California Department of Justice agents but didn’t support legislation mandating them for all police officers. The senator’s history as San Francisco district attorney from 2004 to 2011 also has been scrutinized. Shortly after taking the job, she sparked a decade-long feud with police unions for declining to pursue the death penalty for a gang member who murdered San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza.
Opinion | In a brilliant political move, Trump proposes tax cut for the wealthy
Capital gains taxes are paid on things such as the sale of stocks, which is why they’re overwhelmingly paid by the wealthy. ADADA capital gains tax cut is the solution to both good times and bad: If the economy is doing well, we should cut the tax to reward virtuous job creators; if it’s doing poorly we should cut the tax to free up brutally imprisoned capital for more job creation. So we’re looking very seriously at a capital gains tax cut and also at an income tax cut for middle-income families. So, a capital gains tax is going to be — a lot of — a lot of people put to work, and it would be a cut in the capital gains tax and also a cut in the middle-income income tax. The income tax goes up to 37 percent, but the capital gains tax tops out at 20 percent.
Live updates: Many arrested at Portland protests will not face charges, prosecutor says
Her whole life, Dorenda Johnson has endured racism in Charlottesville. Growing up in a city built with the help of enslaved people, she attended integrated schools but often found herself assigned to segregated classes. For Johnson, now a member of the city’s new Police Civilian Review Board, that day has not arrived. “I said after ‘Unite the Right,’ ‘Well, now, hopefully your eyes will be finally open.’ Not! I am very disappointed and plain old sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Johnson, who lives with her two grown sons in the city’s predominantly Black neighborhood of Orangedale-Prospect.
Election 2020 live updates: Biden, Harris to appear together in Delaware
All the women with a shot at becoming Joe Biden’s running mate first had to face the same, sometimes jarring questions in an initial interview: What would your agenda be? What do you think Donald Trump’s nickname for you would be? Hundreds of prominent Black activists, lawmakers and opinion leaders called on Biden to choose a Black woman, effectively putting him in a political bind as he mulled his most consequential decision as a presidential candidate. Harris emerged on top in the end, winning over Biden and his immediate family, to become the first Black woman, the first Asian American, the first graduate of a historically Black college and the first Californian since Ronald Reagan to find a place on a major-party national ticket. Interviews with people briefed on the Biden vice-presidential selection effort described a process Tuesday that was extensive and laborious, with no certainty of outcome, even though Biden eventually landed on the former primary rival many had predicted from the start.
Punishment for the NRA Must Fit the Crime
New York Attorney General Letitia James says she has no choice but to seek the dissolution of the National Rifle Association to protect its members and donors from corrupt officials (“Gunning for the NRA,” Review & Outlook, Aug. 7). Ms. James should acquaint herself with the U.S. Army’s failed strategy during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. During the battle for the city of Ben Tre, an Army major was famously quoted as saying, “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”...
‘This is what these institutions were really built for. They were built for this moment’: Kamala Harris graduated from a historically black college
Like Coates, who graduated from Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry, Harris is an alumnae of a Historically Black College; she graduated from Howard University in 1986. Coates and Harris are also members of the same greek-letter organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the historically Black sorority. Civil Rights movement ‘exploded out of these campuses’Students and graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have always played a prominent role in transformative politics. “That’s kind of the legacy at Black colleges, they are kindred spirits and kindred institutions,” Favors said. Harris “stands in a much larger political history of political activism among Black women students at Black colleges,” deGregory said.
Quit Interfering and Save the Postal Service
Postal Service is in trouble and needs help just like the airlines, large and small corporations, and consumers. The president of the United States called the Postal Service a “joke.” And now state election officials are warning that reduced mail service could interfere with mail-in ballots in November. I served as a governor of the United States Postal Service from 1995 through 2005. Eventually the chairman of the committee overseeing the Postal Service, Dan Burton (R-Ind. Postal Service.
Trump, Biden, and Taxes: What to Expect
“ Biden’s tax plan would slow economic growth because of the way [it] raises revenue. Biden also proposes to change the long-term capital gains tax rate on investment income exceeding $1 million. In tandem, pass-through entities—which represent most small and medium-size businesses and are subject to ordinary income tax rates—were given a potential 20% deduction. “Biden is contemplating returning the top tax rate to 39.6%, not 70%, so he is maintaining the concept of a flatter tax structure,” Edelman says. While Biden would set a corporate rate at 28% and Trump would sustain the current 21%, “the rate itself is kind of noise,” Barton says.
Bruni: Kamala Harris is the future, so Mike Pence may be history
And there’s Kamala Harris — younger, blacker and more buoyant. As he watches helplessly, Harris gets to talk about how that racism and sexism feel to a Black woman like her. Twelve years ago, he was the running mate of the first Black nominee of one of the country’s two major parties, Barack Obama, who then became the country’s first Black president. Harris would be the country’s first Black vice president, its first Asian American vice president and its first female vice president, in excellent position to be the country’s first female president down the line. In selecting Harris, Biden had to forgive her attacks during a Democratic primary debate for his past alliances with segregationists and his opposition to busing to integrate public schools.
Review: ‘Represent,’ a documentary about female political candidates, comes out at just the right time
“Represent,” a documentary that follows three women running for office in 2017-18, has the great fortune of coming out days after Sen. Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate. That hope spills into goodwill for “Represent,” an imperfect but insightful film directed by Hillary Bachelder that debuts Friday, Aug. 14, through select virtual cinemas. Although it clearly was inspired by the wave of female political candidates motivated by Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, this idea never is articulated fully in the film. The documentary also falls short on historical perspective, leaving one yearning for a talking-head political expert or two. She’s a Republican because her mother’s youth under the North Korean regime inspired an affection for a small-government approach.
To end a discriminatory criminal justice system, Floridians must vote for change | Opinion
This friction continues into adulthood. Black Floridians, per capita, are four times as likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white people, even though marijuana use is about equal between the two races. A young Black person with an arrest record for a minor crime such as marijuana possession will find it more difficult to find a job, receive federal grants for education, or find housing. That increases the odds of having problems with the law. The state needs to legalize marijuana and stop using it as an excuse to ruin lives.
Cancelling exams was an outrageous betrayal of pupils
Standardising results across schools would be next to impossible without taking additional factors on board. This is obviously problematic for improving schools, where students this year may very well have outshone those of past cohorts. The standardisation process would only allow for a single percentage increase at GCSE and 2 per cent at A-Level. The problem is: mock results are no more reliable than teacher-predicted grades. In my experience, it’s difficult to find consistency between two subject departments in a single school, never mind comparing mock results from one school to the next.
It’s not the chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ job to remove Trump from office if he won’t leave.
The fear that Trump will refuse to leave office, even if he loses the election, has been circulating for over a year now. Under the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff serves as the principal military adviser to the president. No military officer is empowered or obligated to do what Nagl and Yingling are telling Milley to do. If Trump ordered them to defend his extended tenure in office, that would be an unlawful order. They envision Trump refusing to leave office after the electors cast their ballots and Biden is sworn into office.
Beirut urgently needs aid. But residents fear the state’s involvement will make matters worse.
ADWhen it comes to millions, and perhaps billions, of dollars in aid, that is easier said than done, analysts told The Washington Post. AD“Lebanon, because of its many past wars, crises and conflict, has a very developed and vibrant civil society,” he said. A lot of the aid is trying to bypass state bureaucracies and feed” needy people. On Saturday, France co-hosted a virtual donor summit in which international donors pledged $298 million in aid. Still, Rizk warned, the international body faced the same long-standing issue of the political impact of how it distributes aid.
Opinion | Phony? Radical? Republicans have no idea how they want to attack Kamala Harris.
Kamala Harris: More opinions on Biden’s VP pickKamala Harris was named as Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Read more about Harris, who was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary. Explore opinion pieces about Harris on the Democratic ticket:Listen to a July interview with Harris on Jonathan Capehart’s podcast. Read a 2019 Post op-ed by Harris: Our teacher pay gap is a national failure. Sign up for The Odds newsletter for election updates from data columnist David Byler.
Arnon Mishkin: Biden-Harris team signals 'we're the risk-free ticket' -- but will it sway voters?
Was anyone surprised by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. as his running mate? DONNA BRAZILE: KAMALA HARRIS WILL MAKE A GREAT VP – AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED BLACK WOMANOne reliable thing about President Trump: whatever one is expecting today will likely be supplanted by something different tomorrow. For many of his voters, it’s the disruption – in and of itself – that is the point. And, not to be cynical, but I suspect it won’t hurt Biden if swing voters are convinced that he opposed busing. The College of Cardinals has been running that process since 1059AD, and the political wisdom of the millennium seems to be driving the Biden campaign in 2020.
reparations slavery cost U.S. government $12 trillion
Reparations to the descendants of slaves could cost $12 trillionThe killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests for Black Lives Matter have pushed the conversation around a potential reparations program for descendants of slaves into the national debate. A number of politicians, states and towns are grappling with the idea on the local level. Experts have determined a federal compensation plan could cost the U.S. government between $10 trillion and $12 trillion.
As Biden taps Kamala Harris for VP, her mentee speaks out on the double standards she faces
Kamala Harris distinguished herself as a political figure even before she joined the Senate. As San Francisco’s DA, she made history as the first Black woman to serve in that post in the entire state of California. She broke another barrier as the top lawyer in the state, winning the race to be California Attorney General. Harris’s peers California Senator Barbara Boxer and San Francisco Mayor London Breed join MSNBC’s Ari Melber to discuss the road ahead.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won’t need to talk about Donald Trump’s shortcomings very much during Election 2020, because Trump broadcasts them 24/7
Trump’s revolting attacks shouldn’t go unanswered, of course—and Harris has every right to defend herself against Trump’s dehumanizing attacks. The Biden campaign can offer voters a warm, fuzzy, hopeful vision of post-Trump America. Fear is the messageTrump himself has no positive message. Trump’s unredeemed hatred makes it less important for Biden and Harris to spend all their time making clear who Trump is. That allows Biden and Harris to emphasize a positive message for voters.
Health-Care Reform Under Biden/Harris Would Be “Measured,” RBC Says. What That Means for Stocks.
Text sizeNow that California Senator Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s presidential running mate, a spotlight will be on her own platforms and policies—particularly in health care. President Donald Trump has already attempted to paint Harris a “far-left” Democrat despite the ticket’s attempts to appeal to moderates and so-called “Never Trump” Republicans. The RBC Capital Markets health care equity team wrote in a note on Tuesday that Harris’ selection takes a theoretical “worst case” scenario for biopharma—the selection Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts—off the table. That would be negative for firms with larger public-payer exposure, like Incyte (INCY), Biogen (BIIB), and Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX). They also note that Harris has not had a “material history” dealing with health care policy, though she supported Medicare for All and campaigned on a “relatively progressive health care platform.”Write to Connor Smith at connor.smith@barrons.com
Sarah Palin offers advice to Kamala Harris: 'Trust no one new' and ignore the 'yahoos'
There are a few things Sarah Palin wants Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to know about life as a vice presidential candidate. On Instagram, Palin said she learned a lot of lessons when she was the late Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008. Palin also suggested Harris "connect with media and voters in your own unique way. Some yahoos running campaigns will suffocate you with their own self-centered agenda, so remember, YOU were chosen for who YOU are." Palin said when she was on the campaign trail, her favorite thing was the "ropeline," which allowed her to shake hands with and hug supporters.
Editorial: Trump's rescue plan would let state and local governments drown in red ink
Millions of laid-off Americans teeter on the edge of financial disaster now that extended unemployment benefits have ended. Instead, over the weekend, President Trump put forth a handful of executive orders that will provide little immediate relief. They offered a $1-trillion proposal that would have slashed the extra unemployment assistance to $200 a week and offered no aid for cities and states. Take, for example, his move to extend unemployment benefits. But tenants and landlords need immediate assistance, especially now that the extra unemployment benefits have evaporated.
Colleges must reopen with a vision for a more inclusive future for people with disabilities
As colleges and universities plan to reopen in the fall, many are not fully prepared to accommodate students like me. While I was lying there receiving oxygen, I thought about recent pictures on my Instagram feed — college students gathered without masks. For the past four years, I have lived on a college campus. AdvertisementIt’s difficult to regulate college students, and for this reason, we must consider what it means to reopen campuses “like normal.” Colleges aren’t planning on reopening “like normal‘‘ in the fall. AdvertisementAround 20 percent of college students have disabilities, and are at a heightened risk of becoming sick.
State of the nation
Bill Clinton went to Boys State. Co-directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss train their cameras on the 2019 Boys State program held in Austin, Texas. AdvertisementRobert MacDougall in "Boys State." AdvertisementSteven Garza in "Boys State." “Boys State” leaves the adults on the sidelines; the boys are articulate and media literate enough.
As shootings climb, Philly City Council asks: Where is the urgency?
Other testimony focused on how the city’s probation and parole department interacts with people under supervision, and how illegal gun cases are handled by the criminal justice system. Kevin Bethel — a former deputy police commissioner who now oversees safety for the school district — said he was troubled by how widespread gun possession has become, despite hundreds of arrests each month for carrying illegal weapons, a possible sign that gunmen aren’t afraid of potential consequences.
Which presidential candidate is the the best game show host now?
If you think Donald Trump is the only TV game show host running for president, you're wrong. Like a good game show host, Biden has kept us guessing. And she will make him, the actual presidential candidate that people are really voting for, look foolish. And so, like Trump, Biden is leaving a stream of rejects out there with bruised egos. And so, the winner for best game show host in the 2020 presidential race so far is...... Joe Biden.
‘We won't be ignored any more’: the untapped power of poor US voters in 2020
The study suggests that attracting the votes of the poor and mobilizing poor people to go to the polls could prove decisive in the 2020 fight. According to the report, of the country’s 63 million registered low-income or poor voters, 34 million did not cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. It determined an increased turnout among just 1-7% of poor and low-income Americans could have a substantial impact on 2020 Senate races. And as momentum builds, a worsening coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 5 million Americans, killing nearly 160,000. More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the pandemic hit.
The Lincoln Project approvingly welcomes Kamala Harris to its defeat-Trump mission
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate got a positive reception from Democrats. "Standing with him, Kamala Harris, a strong voice for a better America. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is the America we believe in, where hard work means more than family wealth, where compassion and kindness are strengths, not weaknesses. ... Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — it's time." You can disagree with the Lincoln Project's politics — or not even really understand their politics — but you have to admire their speed.
Amid Pandemic and Economic Pain, UNICEF Unveils First-Ever Project to Combat Child Suffering in US
The U.S. affiliate of the U.N. agency marked International Youth Day by unveiling its Child-Friendly Cities Initiative in three major U.S. cities and one county. UNICEF USA will invest $1 million this year in supporting efforts in Minneapolis, Houston, San Francisco, and Prince George's County in Maryland aimed at making the communities more livable for children. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the precarious circumstances in which millions of U.S. children live. At least 5.4 million Americans, including many with children, lost their employer-sponsored health insurance between February and April, according to Families USA, as the unemployment rate rose to nearly 15%. Under the Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, the local municipalities "will conduct a situation analysis of child well-being," UNICEF USA said.
Stephen F. Williams, longtime federal appeals judge in D.C., dies of coronavirus at 83
We would have lunch occasionally and talk about everything in the world,” Judge Laurence H. Silberman said Saturday in an interview. He earned his law diploma at Harvard Law School in 1961, also magna cum laude. Williams and his wife, Faith, whom he met while he was in law school, were married in 1966. The family lived in Boulder, Colo., for many years, and Williams taught law at the University of Colorado. He was also a visiting professor of law at UCLA, the University of Chicago Law School and Southern Methodist University.
Want to Get Into Some 'Good Trouble'? Join the Fight to Save Our Post Office
into fighting the Powers That Be to gain and protect the voting rights of all Americans. That bloody encounter was televised to a horrified nation, prompting Congress to pass America's historic Voting Rights Act just five months later. As Lewis put it, we have to be willing to get into "good trouble, necessary trouble." For one thing, as Lewis warned just days before he passed away, our crucial democratic right to vote "is not guaranteed. To help stop him, go to the grassroots alliance rallying to save our public post office — and our right to vote: USMailNotForSale.org/.
The US Postal Service Was Never a Business. Stop Treating It Like One
Postal Service was never a business. For our nation’s first generation, the Postal Service was often the only reminder the U.S. had a federal government at all. These choices were possible then because the Postal Service was not burdened with financial self-sufficiency. The year 2020, perhaps more than any other in American history, illustrates why Postal Service’s centuries-old mission must be upheld. The U.S. Census Bureau, which is presently racing to complete the 2020 census, is relying on the Postal Service for much of its data collection.
How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”
Considerable blame belongs to a federal response that offloaded responsibility for the crucial task of testing to the states. The irony is that, after assembling the team that came up with an aggressive and ambitious national testing plan, Kushner then appears to have decided, for reasons that remain murky, to scrap its proposal. Inside the White House, over much of March and early April, Kushner’s handpicked group of young business associates, which included a former college roommate, teamed up with several top experts from the diagnostic-testing industry. Together, they hammered out the outline of a national testing strategy. It would be complete chaos.”The plan crafted at the White House, then, set out to connect the dots.
Resistance at #TheVillage 8.12.20
Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his running mate. Senator Harris is the right person to help Biden prosecute the case against re-electing Trump. They don’t know how to tarnish Biden and I think the same can be said for Harris. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020Even the “Never Trumpers” are happy:OK everyone, it’s time to get to work.
Stephanie Ruhle calls out GOP's false concern for the deficit
Stephanie Ruhle got it right as she slammed the Republicans for their sudden false concern for the deficit as they make Americans suffer. Stephanie Ruhle exposes the hypocrisy. The host pointed out to Stephanie Ruhle that Congress seemed to lack the urgency to solve the stimulus problem even as the Federal allocation of unemployment compensation had expired. Stephanie Ruhle said that the average voter cares little or doe not know about the deficit. She also castigated the president for wanting to open schools with no funding for childcare or the increased equipment to keep schools safe.
Russia's COVID-19 vaccine is designed to give Vladimir Putin a ratings boost no matter what the cost
Despite a slight uptick at the end of July, two polls show trust in Putin hovering at 28% while his personal popularity remains higher. If Putin were to effectively vaccinate Russia’s 145 million citizens, that would require at least 100 million doses of the vaccine. If the vaccine proves ineffective, COVID-19 cases in Russia could explode if people drop all social distancing efforts, convinced they are immune to the disease. The Russian vaccine is more about hurrying to deliver something that punches up Putin’s popularity compared to regional politicians. At worst, millions of Russians could receive a vaccine that makes them more likely to transmit COVID-19.
The choice has been made. Attacking the ticket or either member on it is helping Trump !
Either the republican ticket led by Donald Trump or the Democratic ticket will win ! We are seeing rising fascism and increasing lawlessness from Donald Trump and his enablers. Senator Harris will be the first black woman and the first Asian American woman on the ticket of either major party. Multiple people in that diary were attacking Senator Harris and a not insignificant number of others recommended these posts. Donald Trump is an existential threat to our country, its norms and values, the rule of law, and to the lives of many people.
We have ONE job. Get it done !
We have one job. I am putting up vital info from Yosef and want everyone to get excited about Biden/Harris 2020. Read everything he posts as he works very hard to get the info to us and in every state. You can register people to vote at Vote.Org, located right here. Here is the link to 90 for 90 for people to donate go into each state.
We don't like him, so let's call him "*(F)ucker"
The poor guy can't pronounce "Kamala". Tucker has a history of mispronouncing the names of people as an insult. Tucker will understand this insult better — “name” calling is his only way to get at Kamala? That is pretty lame in my opinion. A toddler President can only have followers like Fucker—don’t you think?
Party Before Country? What About Purity Before Country?
We’ve come to see what the Republican party line of Party over Country has done to this nation in the last twenty years. Let us not fall into the trap of believing that because Biden appears to be a shoo-in, our individual protest votes or no-votes won’t matter. Anyone who says Biden and Harris would be as bad or worse for this country than Trump will have a hard time convincing me. And anyone who says their protest vote won’t matter in the election of Biden but will somehow change Democratic Party policy had better hope there still is a Democratic Party, or elections at all, come 2024. This election is not the time for any of us to pick up our vote and go home.
Pence welcomes Harris to the ticket, gets one thing right
"As you all know, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical left," [Pence] said. He’s already got the playbook memorized: radical left, taxes, borders, socialism, abortion. Yes, “higher taxes” on the one-percenters whose taxes Trump et al. Pence did get one thing absolutely right:"The choice in this election is whether America remains America," he said. Trump toadies on TV promote an America run for and by privileged white men.
More Covid+More Fear=Less Votes
Push the blame for the failure to control the epidemic on the Democrats. Don’t do anything to stop the epidemic so we create more fear. Create a stigma around wearing masksThe government will not take action to vanquish the pandemic. In a less individualistic society, each person would do whatever they could to keep each other safe. The most horrible realization of all is — not only can we not trust the government — we can’t trust the American people to look in the mirror and face reality.
A Thoroughly Broken System
Finally, Democrats could institute “universal civic duty voting”, making voting the equivalent of something like jury duty. The above assumes Democrats win the House, the Senate, and the White House this November. Assuming Democrats still hold the House, Democrats can still wield enormous influence over state gerrymandering efforts if they are willing to use it. Another legacy of the current Senate structure is the long-standing domination of the Supreme Court by conservatives, culminating in Merrick Garland’s stolen seat. The current Roberts Court has been notoriously hostile to voting rights and it seems certain that the current Court would reject Orts’ plan.
Trump, Republicans Double Down on Dirty Tricks to Steal 2020 Election
And Trump and the Republicans seem just fine with that. So if Trump targets only some, doesn’t that violate Equal Protection (14th amendment), not to mention the 15th amendment and Voting Rights Act? Remember when Trump, the only time he actually grinned, turned to Putin, and said, “Don’t meddle” after being prodded by reporters? But with Jill Stein on the ballot to take votes from Clinton, Trump won Wisconsin by just 23,000 votes. You don’t have to ask why Trump and McConnell are so dead set against free and fair elections: they both have said at one time or another, if more people vote, Republicans will lose.
We Have A Duty.
I have great hope Joe Biden and Kamala Harris though the time to Inauguration seems terrifyingly remote. For 50 days now I have been saving the emails from the Trump campaign, and cross referencing them with those of the Biden campaign. In June I had answered an Official Trump 2020 Poll. Trump, Trump everywhere and I need more than a drop to drink. We have a duty to vote for Joe Biden in 2020.
What some Dems apparently can't see, but Trump surely can and will love
As much as I love this forum, it’s sometimes frustrating to realize we’re in effect preaching to the choir. As a side note I can’t wait to see her make Vanilla Pence cry. If ever there was a time for unity, even faked unity, that time is now, right now. Don’t create even a nano-sliver in the Dem wall because Trump will drive a semi through it. State the obvious to them, we can’t tick off any of the items are our agenda if we don’t win.
THE TRUMP PERSONALITY CULT: ITS PSYCHOLOGICAL AND RELIGIOUS DIMENSIONS
If Trump has created a cult around himself, one that grants him infallibility and controls the votes of GOP legislators, what is the basis for that cult? Moreover, unlike Trump, Bush was a passionate, self-proclaimed “born again.” Yet there was no cult of personality surrounding him. Ensconced in Trump’s inflation, his victimhood is their victimhood; his supposed victimizers are their victimizers. Trump’s cult, entranced in archetypal projection, are not likely to desert him. How then to deal with the impact that the Trump cult will have on the election?
German Dam is not a German Dam, Senator.
Shouldn’t we expect better than impulse-tweeting by our elected officials (or their staffers at least)? pic.twitter.com/hcPdCtqTme — Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) March 10, 2019As explained by journalist German Lopez:Some background: Since last week, Venezuela has seen massive power outages, rooted in the country’s poor maintenance of its electricity network and problems originating in the Guri hydroelectric plant. It’s yet another sign of the abysmal state the country is in under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro. Rubio tweeted about the news over the weekend — claiming in a now-deleted tweet that the blackout was caused by “another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State.” But the tweet got a big thing wrong: This was not due to problems at Venezuela’s “German Dam.” Germán Dam, instead, is the name of a journalist who reported the story about the power outages. The Vox article comes with a handy-dandy guide on how to pronounce the name German, in case you are more interested in such things than Senator Rubio.
Republican pollster shows off his utterly bizarre home office—$1 million replica of the White House
Frank Luntz seemed to be sitting in both the Lincoln Room and the Oval Office of the White House. FRANK LUNTZ: This is not a photograph—this is actually my home in California. This is a 78% replica of the Oval Office and over here … turn this around ... This led to not one but three jokes about former President Bill Clinton having sexual relations with then-intern Monica Lewinski. I'm still trying to get my head around the Bill Clinton humidor.
Did the Chinese stop Hongkonger's access to my blog over the past two weeks?
The readership while small (about 7000 click a month) has readers from around the world. Until a about two weeks ago half to a third of the readers were logging on from Hong Kong as were reading from the United States. I have been covering the Chinese crackdown on protestors and dissidents in Hong Kong, most recently the story described in this article: Prominent Hong Kong Publisher Arrested Under New National Security Law. I also cover the ethnic cleansing of the Uighur minorities with links to articles like this: China Suppression Of Uighur Minorities Meets U.N. I generally posted excepts in case readers are reluctant to go to the major media sites out of fear of being monitored by Chinese security.
Kansas Republican Roger Marshall gets caught plagiarizing another embattled Republican
In an article written by Bryan Lowry for the Kansas City Star, the comparison is, well, identical. Using tax credits to spur investment or shifting the supply chain away from China and other competitors are not groundbreaking ideas. The “Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs” amendment would require that multinational corporations looking to invest offshore pay the same tax rate as small businesses or domestic companies investing here in America. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote, with 16 Democrats voting in favor and 23 Republicans voting against. The Doggett amendment would apply the same U.S. tax rate to profits from outsourced operations and domestic operations.
Okay, let's talk about what's happened to the Drudge Report.
Which is: Did someone buy up the Drudge Report or hack Matt Drudge’s brain? Matt Drudge and his junk journalism website have, for the last two decades, been equally annoying, frustrating, nauseating to liberals like me. Because the site has always been utterly, utterly conservative to the point of lunacy. Climate change denial, Tea Party fanaticism, cruel insinuations against political opponents, Matt Drudge has dabbled in all of it during his tenure. In other words, you’ll be excused if you’ve missed this, but over the last two years and especially the last six months, The Drudge Report has practically become anti-Republican.
Americans Assemble! For Joe and Kamala, for our country.
x 2/Trolls are real people either hiding behind another identity or as themselves, like Ali Alexander, who started the false “birther” conspiracy about Kamala Harris. Mega thread plus ??20 Areas of Kamala Receiptshttps://t.co/phbTUS7J8t50 Criminal Justice Accomplishmentshttps://t.co/ItKXatcU9d https://t.co/FMCrXydk7T — BlackWomenViews Media (@blackwomenviews) August 12, 2020x Setting the record straight. "#BidenHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/6viioQl82a — ?????_????? #Bluenami2020 (@Tipsy_in_Texas) August 12, 2020x The reaction of Joe Biden organizers in South Carolina when they crossed paths with Kamala Harris is everything. Talk about electrifying.... ?? — Nkem™? (@nkem) August 11, 2020x NEWS: ActBlue processed $10.8 million in four hours after Kamala pick. I'm ready to call our sister in the movement for justice Madam Vice President @KamalaHarris.
trump goes tilting at windmills. Again.
x Trump: Wind is nice... but it causes tremendous environmental problems... — David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) August 12, 2020We know ...x Trump is going on about…. Trump said wind is bad for the environment and windmills kill all the birds. Today American wind energy powers more homes and businesses than ever before. pic.twitter.com/EigyOkSy9y — Tech That Matters (@realtechmatters) July 30, 2020Also, check out the many excellent diaries on Wind energy at this site.
Joe Biden Picked Kamala Harris Despite Advice Not To: Reason #35 to Love Joe Biden
Picking a great candidate like Kamala Harris speaks volumes about Joe Biden’s character and his vision for America. Kamala Harris has an x-factor hard to convey. Kamala Harris might just be that leader. Smith told Essence, “I was part of College Track, a program that provides students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to go to school. Joe Biden will be a great president******************************************Want to donate to help Biden win?
"All enemies, foreign and domestic": Military thinkers call for military to assure Trump leaves ...
Under the first, U.S. military forces escort the former president from the White House grounds. The succession of government is determined by extralegal violence between Trump’s private army and street protesters; Black Lives Matter Plaza becomes Tahrir Square. Faced with grim prospects [of losing the election], Mr. Trump has engaged in a systemic disinformation campaign to undermine public confidence in our elections. The stakes of the 2020 election are especially high for Mr. Trump; in defeat, he will likely face criminal prosecution. In the Constitutional crisis described above, your duty is to give unambiguous orders directing U.S. military forces to support the Constitutional transfer of power.
California AG "Shocked" To Learn Her Office Wanted To Keep Eligible Parolees In Jail To Work
Lawyers for California Attorney General Kamala Harris argued in court this fall against the release of eligible nonviolent prisoners from California's overcrowded prisons — because the state wanted to keep them as a labor force. Harris, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said she learned about the argument when she read it in the paper. Since then, California has been under federal court supervision as it seeks to comply with the order that the state reduce its prison population. Approximately 4,400 California prisoners help the state battle wildfires, at wages of about $2 a day. There is an exception in the agreement that allows the state to retain firefighters — but only firefighters — who are otherwise eligible for release.
‘More AIPAC Than J Street’: Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy
The Senate resolution, on the other hand — which Harris herself co-sponsored — challenged the right of the United Nations to weigh in on questions of international humanitarian law in territories under foreign belligerent occupation. This is a troubling indication of who her foreign policy allies will be if she becomes president. However, Harris views are not only particularly extreme and dangerous, but may be indicative of a wider contempt for human rights and international law in her foreign policy views overall. Given how she has only begun to address foreign policy issues since coming to the U.S. Senate two years ago, perhaps her views are somewhat malleable. Progressive activists are pushing the Democratic Party left on a range of issues this year, and foreign policy should be no exception.
RELEASE: Kamala Harris Is Another Reason To Vote Green
RELEASE: Kamala Harris Is Another Reason To Vote GreenAugust 11, 2020FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONHowie Hawkins, howie@howiehawkins.usAngela Walker, angela@howiehawkins.usKevin Zeese, Press Secretary, 301-996-6582, kzeese@howiehawkins.usKamala Harris Is Another Reason To Vote GreenHistory of Harsh Law Enforcement and Corporatism(August 11, 2020 – Syracuse, NY) Former Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate shows Biden doubling down on his long history of excessive law enforcement and support for the war on drugs. In a year of national uprising against police violence, Kamala Harris who spent 25 years in law enforcement is an ironic selection. In 2014, a week after the New York Times called for legal marijuana, Harris laughed when asked if she supported it. While Biden sponsored mandatory sentencing, Harris defended one of the worst mandatory sentencing laws in the US, California’s ‘three strikes law’ that also applied to “minor” felonies. As Attorney General she refused to investigate highly questionable police shootings in Los Angeles 2014 and in San Francisco in 2015..
Kamala Harris laughed about jailing parents over truancy. But it's not funny
That worldview is fully on display in recently unearthed video footage of Kamala Harris, defending her decision to criminally prosecute parents for their children’s truancy. Kamala Harris at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club in 2010, explaining her decision as San Francisco DA to get tough on truancy. Critics of truancy crackdowns say such efforts unfairly target poor parents and children without actually helping students. Harris looked at the problem of perpetual truancy and believed she ought to start locking up parents. Given the social reality, the idea of fining or jailing parents over student absences is both cruel and unwise.
Five Herculean Tasks for Harris
Virtually seconds after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Trump did the predictable. But she does have five major tasks to perform that will do much to put Joe and her in the Oval Office. Harris gains nothing by shooting back at Trump "liar," or "con man" every time he insults her. Harris and Biden have the Democratic party establishment and millions of Democratic voters solidly behind them. Biden and Harris can't leave it to chance that it will work again in 2020.
The Trojan Horse Election
The naming of Kamala Harris to the ticket is supposed to convince the Black voters the Democrats stand for them. So instead, they are attempting to sneak her in much like the Trojan Horse. This is not the election of "lesser evils" it is the election of "The Trojan Horse" as Kamala Harris showed during her brief campaign. She wouldn't make it on her own, but will be wheeled in undercover, and the people will suffer the consequences. A vote for Biden in November will, in reality, be a vote for Harris as Commander-in-Chief of our military.
Russian military, any missile launched at Russian territory will be met with nuclear retaliation
There's a new development in Russian military doctrine that, (as far as I know hasn't been reported by the US corporate MSM). In essence, the Russian military has issued a warning. Any incoming ballistic missile launched at its territory will be met with a nuclear retaliation because there is no way of knowing whether the missile is a conventional or nuclear warhead. This new Russian military policy just clarifies what will happen if Russia is attacked by a missile. It was known as MAD, "Mutually Assured Destruction", an acknowledgement by both adversaries that prevented nuclear war.
Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of death
Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of deathBy Sam Wayne and Usman Khan12 August 2020Many colleges, universities and K-12 schools across the United States have sent letters and emails to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes. Universities such as the University of Memphis and Ohio State University sent liability waivers to all student athletes but may extend these waivers to all students. Some schools and colleges are requiring students and parents to sign forms that directly suggest students will be waiving their right to hold the school liable if they become infected. The fact that schools are issuing liability waivers in the first place is a glaring admission that sending students back to schools is not safe. While the issuing of liability waivers is being used by schools to evade liability for students getting sick, this policy must be seen within a broader context.
Psychologist Mary Trump says her uncle can’t help being cruel — but his enablers should know better
If people go into this thinking it’s another book about Donald Trump, they’re mistaken. There’s another important person in the book, person, your late father Freddy, who passed away when you were 16. Share a little bit about your father so people know more about him than the one-dimensional person that Donald Trump has painted. It’s funny for me to call Trump “Trump” when you’re a Trump too. What was it deep down that stopped Donald Trump from being the hero to America?
Arizona columnist throws Mike Pence’s own words back in his face to show how he ‘sold his soul’ to Trump
Montini noted that Pence had previously described the presidency as “the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values.” While railing against Bill Clinton’s affair, Pence also said “that the seventh commandment contained in the Ten Commandments is still a big deal.”“I maintain that other than promises that we make of fidelity in our faith, the promises that we make to our spouses and to our children, the promises that we make in churches and in synagogues and marriage ceremonies around this, it’s the most important promise you’ll ever make. And holding people accountable to those promises and holding people accountable to respecting the promises that other people make, I, to me, what could possibly be a bigger deal than that in this country?” Pence added. Montini concluded that Pence now sees keeping his job as a bigger deal than maintaining fidelity and respecting promises. Read the full op-ed over at AZ Central.
The GOP is directing its $100 million war chest at saving the seats of 8 incumbent senators — while leaving challengers to fend for themselves
Yeah, that acquittal came on February 6 when U.S. senators were already getting briefed on the seriousness of the coronavirus’ spread abroad. But Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, fell all over themselves to make sure Trump was at the helm when the pandemic hit U.S. shores. Now, what once looked like a promising cycle for Senate Republicans has turned entirely treacherous precisely because the caucus is saddled with Trump as their standard bearer. Politico reports the party is directing nearly its entire $100 million war chest at saving the seats of eight incumbent senators while the few GOP candidates aiming to defeat a Democrat have been left almost entirely to their own devices. In fact, Trump is such a drag now that McConnell has reportedly given GOP senators the green light to distance themselves from him whenever necessary.
Why this clinical psychologist is sounding the alarm about Trump’s disturbing pathologies
Dr. Alan Blotcky is a practicing clinical psychologist in Birmingham, Alabama, where he works in private practice to diagnose and treat a variety of mental health conditions and disorders. So I think what mental health professionals, psychologists, and I can do is help people understand that this is severe. Some people have criticized the contribution of psychologists in the discussion of Trump because they fear it may stigmatize mental health, or mental illness, and people seeking out mental health care. In other words, people just sit back and say: ‘Oh that’s Trump, what’s the big deal? Nobody will notice if I just keep telling them it’s not a problem.’ That’s the kind of attitude he has!
U.S. Postal Service remains committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process
Postal Service is well prepared and has ample capacity to deliver America’s election mail for the upcoming general election in November. We are making these changes methodically and in ways designed to ensure the timely and cost-effective delivery of America’s mail — including election mail. The Postal Service remains fully committed to fulfilling our role in the electoral process by doing everything we can to handle and deliver election mail, including ballots, in a timely manner consistent with our operational standards. And we look forward to continued coordination with election officials through November. Postal Service, where Thomas Marshall is general counsel and executive vice president.
China’s Xi Speeds Up Inward Economic Shift
For decades, Chinese leaders embraced foreign investments and exports to power China’s economy. Now, with the world in recession and U.S.-China tensions deepening, President Xi Jinping is laying out a major initiative to accelerate China’s shift toward more reliance on its domestic economy. The new policy is gaining urgency as Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies Co. and Bytedance Ltd., face increasing resistance in foreign markets, Chinese officials say. In a series of speeches to senior government officials since May, Mr. Xi has trotted out the new strategy, translated as “domestic circulation,” prioritizing domestic consumption, markets and companies as China’s main growth drivers. The concept remains vague in detail, and the notion of empowering Chinese consumers in particular has been around for some time.
Brian Hook, Trump’s Iran envoy, is leaving office with a dismal track record - The Washington Post
And when it happens, it will cement Hook’s legacy as the architect of the United States’ least effective Iran policy yet — no small feat. The United States urgently needs a new approach. On Iran, Trump wanted to get rid of the nuclear deal negotiated between Tehran and world powers in 2015. The administration’s sanctions policy proved that without incentives, pressure on Tehran failed to alter its behavior. ADIt would be in our national interest for Hook’s successors to incorporate these lessons into a revised Iran policy — in other words, precisely what he refused to do.
Opinion | Why Kamala Harris has conservatives so angry
His selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate is the most visible and important sign of that commitment, but it’s not the only one. “Biden’s big mistake of course was narrowing his choice on the basis of skin color,” said Laura Ingraham on Fox News. Carlson got visibly angry at a Democratic guest who suggested that he might pronounce Harris’s first name properly. “So it begins, you’re not allowed to criticize KaMAla Harris, or KAmala Harris, or whatever,” Carlson said. The Republican Party — whose best idea to deal with its deficit among minority voters is promoting the sad candidacy of Kanye West to divert a few Black votes from Biden — is only becoming more insular and resentful.
Ari Fleisher: President Trump Should Deliver His GOP Acceptance Speech From Detroit To Highlight His Great Record On African American Unemployment
Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary, joined Brian Kilmeade and weighed in on who he thinks Joe Biden will pick for his VP and why President Trump should deliver his GOP nomination acceptance speech from Detroit where African American unemployment is at its lowest to highlight his great record.
Donna Brazile: Kamala Harris will make a great VP – an incredibly talented Black woman
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s selection Tuesday of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his vice presidential running mate leads me to say to my sisters and brothers: Let’s shout to the heavens! But in addition to adding gender, racial and geographic diversity, Harris complements Vice President Biden politically. After four years of chaos and division under President Trump, Biden and Harris will work to protect and save Americans devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTERLike the former vice president, Harris also views Russia as a top foreign policy concern. The power of an incredibly talented Black woman will now help Biden lead our great country to the Promised Land!
Doug Schoen: Why Tuesday's primary results should worry both political parties
The results of Tuesday’s primary elections pose one major question: will either political party be pushed further out of the mainstream, given the victories of two extremist candidates in Minnesota and Georgia? Similarly, in June, we witnessed Democratic primary voters reject another advocate of Israel in favor of a progressive newcomer with questionable views towards our most critical Middle-Eastern ally. And ultimately, Omar’s victory makes Trump’s re-election case even more credible to independent voters and moderate Republican voters. However, the results of the run-off Republican primary in Georgia’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday reveal that there are also challenges facing Trump and Republicans. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPUltimately, the results of Tuesday’s primary elections provide clear evidence of the ascendancy of fringe movements and candidates within both major parties.
Colombia arrests US men accused of selling fake COVID cure
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases. Records in Miami federal court last month did not list attorneys for any of the Grenons. They face a maximum of between 14 and more than 17 years in prison if convicted of all charges. The FDA said in a news release last August that “ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach. “We will NOT be participating in any of your UNCONSTITUTIONAL Orders, Summons, etc,” one email from Mark Grenon read.
Black Power Scholar Illustrates How MLK And Malcolm X Influenced Each Other
"Malcolm X is really scarred by racial trauma at a very early age," Joseph says. The deeper I investigated Malcolm X, the more I understood what he meant and what the Nation of Islam meant by racial separatism. And then finally, he says and there's a great speech in 1963 in Los Angeles where he doesn't mention Malcolm X, but he's speaking out against Malcolm X in terms of what's happening in Birmingham. He defends Black people to white people and tells white people that Black people don't want Black supremacy. On how Malcolm X and King's visions mergedThey start to merge, especially in the aftermath of Malcolm's assassination on Feb. 21, 1965.
'Boys State' Helps Teens Learn How Politics Work — Perhaps A Little Too Well
'Boys State' Helps Teens Learn How Politics Work — Perhaps A Little Too WellEnlarge this image toggle caption Apple TV+ Apple TV+Since they were founded in the 1930s by the American Legion, the Boys State and Girls State programs have been giving high schoolers a practical education in how government works. As we learn from the opening credits of the terrific new documentary Boys State, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Cory Booker are just a few of the program's famous alums. The film, directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, focuses on the Texas Boys State event that took place in June 2018. Like René, Steven stands out: He's the son of a Mexican immigrant and he counts Bernie Sanders among his political heroes. And while the filmmakers are working from a mostly neutral fly-on-the-wall perspective, their attitude toward the Boys State program feels ambivalent at best.
Boston mayor: Colleges must guard against spread of virus
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is pressing area colleges to finish up proposals about how they plan to reopen safely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Walsh said he’s concerned about students coming to Boston from states with high rates of coronavirus infections after Boston has worked to reduce the virus. Walsh said the students are supposed to quarantine for 14 days and get tested within 72 hours to help avoid surges of the virus. “We hope they’re doing this and not bringing the virus to the city,” Walsh said during a press conference Tuesday. Even with the extra steps, remote learning will be part of the education model for the schools, Walsh said.
Vida’s face masks showcase international artists — and are super affordable
It seems like every day a new retailer announces that they are starting to make fabric face masks. And while that’s incredible and very much needed, all of these new options can make finding the right face mask for you increasingly difficult. Seeing as the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, face masks have become a daily essential. As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people wear face masks in public settings where they cannot practice social distancing. Credit: VidaCredit: VidaCredit: VidaCredit: VidaCredit: VidaCredit: VidaCredit: VidaLove to shop?
The COVID ‘vaccine war’ that everybody loses
This struggle – a kind of vaccine war – is playing out in real time. At least so far, it’s the nationalists, not those pushing for a coordinated international plan, who seem to be winning. There lies the potential peril of the “vaccine nationalism” that the World Health Organization warned of last week. Russia this week actually became the first country formally to approve its vaccine, even before it had completed clinical trials. However much national governments have been spending on candidate vaccines, after all, a large number may end up failing.
The pros and cons of Kamala Harris
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris brings an aggressive approach to politics and public policy, deep electoral experience and hands-on expertise in the beleaguered U.S. criminal justice system as Joe Biden’s running mate. Here’s a look at the assets and liabilities Harris brings to the Biden campaign. The Trump campaign already dubbed Harris “Phony Kamala” on Tuesday. Liability: Mixed feeling among Black votersPossibly because of her prosecutorial record, some Black voters are ambivalent about Harris. But Harris’s record exacerbates questions Biden has faced — particularly from Black voters — about the tough-on-crime stands they took in the 1990s.
How Trump administration assault on Postal Service is slowing the delivery of your mail
Postal Service delays. These decisions are not simply cost-cutting measures, they are undermining the mission of the Postal Service. The Senate Republican proposal, on the other hand, bails out defense contractors, but includes no funding for the Postal Service. Instead of undermining the Postal Service and its workers, we should be strengthening it, especially at this critical moment in history. Congress must act with urgency and fully fund the Postal Service now.
Mark Ojakian, President of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, will retire in January
“Of course, significant challenges continue, and I am gratified to hear that the Board of Regents remains committed to implementing the important changes started under President Ojakian, especially Students First,” said Lamont in a statement. “Our community colleges are critical to the state’s economic future. We need to ensure not only that every campus remains open and operational, but that they make strides toward reducing chronic inequities. Students First will do just that, and I am committed to working with the CSCU leadership team to ensure it is fully enacted.”
If the Government won't trust teachers, why should we?
Ofqual’s policy seems to be based on mistrust and suspicion, characteristics once viewed as "un-British". The Taylor argument assumes teacher guilt, rather than teacher honesty – an unhealthy outlook with only negative implications. I wonder what teaching unions think of this demonising of teachers. We have been denied the chance of a last great push and now we’ll be judged instead on exams that, historically, never mattered. I assume my teachers took this into account in their predictions, but Ofqual won’t.)
Opinion | What the Kamala Harris Pick Tells Us About Joe Biden
As his party has evolved over time, Mr. Biden has evolved along with it. The presidency of Barack Obama inaugurated a period of transformation in the representation of race and gender within Democratic ranks. Mr. Biden owes his nomination in part to some Democratic primary voters’ perception that an older white man who is not a socialist might well be an especially formidable challenger to President Trump. Bush picked Dan Quayle and Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to assuage skepticism on the Republican right. Mr. Trump’s selection of Mike Pence four years ago turned out to be a very successful gesture of outreach to social conservatives, who had previously questioned Mr. Trump’s commitment to their policy goals.
Chicago store may shutter for good after looters wrecked it for second time
Chicago Police stand guard on the Magnificent Mile and the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River is lifted after looting broke out overnight in the Loop. A broken storefront window is seen after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism in Chicago. Chicago police gather after rioting and looting occurred in the Gold Coast area of the city. A devastated Chicago store owner said he may have to close for good — after looters trashed his business for the second time in months. “This is the second time,” Mouhammad told the station.
Opinion | Harris is a small-c conservative, party-friendly pick — which makes her just right for Biden
Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) — his newly announced running mate — is a historic choice as a Black and Asian American woman, but she’s also a small-c conservative pick. Harris might not add many voters to the campaign, but she’ll help Biden run out the clock — and that’s exactly what he needs to do. Right now, Biden is running the campaign equivalent of a “prevent defense” strategy in football. He’s not dominating the news cycle, and he doesn’t need to — every day that President Trump wastes on a bizarre tweet or a bad news conference is one that Biden wins. By picking Harris, Biden has acknowledged the importance of those movements, and of his own reliance on Black voters.
Ben Shapiro: Biden's choice of deeply radical Kamala Harris is an awful vice presidential pick
For well over a year, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden has carried forth a simple strategy: Be non-threatening. Usually, the vice presidential pick means little or nothing. There is a reason nearly 6 in 10 Americans, according to a new Rasmussen poll, think Biden's vice president will finish his first term. So Biden had one task: to pick a vice presidential running mate who would appear nonthreatening, mainstream and generally normal. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn selecting Harris, Biden has opened the door to the Trump campaign.
Kamala Harris explains her leadership style (it's a strategy Bill Gates uses, too)
It "means making sure that our solutions actually work for the people who need them," Harris says. Harris writes. It's a leadership style for which Harris hat tips Bill Gates and his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to end world hunger. Gates, Harris writes in her memoir, is obsessed with fertilizer, to the point where he talks about it at cocktail parties (perhaps to other guests chagrin). (Harris writes that "40% of people on earth owe their lives to higher crop outputs that were made possible only because of fertilizer," according to Gates.)
On the first day of school, the teacher cried (opinion)
Tracy woke up early on Monday, August 3, the first day of school at Sequoyah High in Cherokee County. By Friday, with a dozen positive tests across the district, more than 250 people were under quarantine. I drove up to Sequoyah High School that afternoon and watched from the parking lot as the school day ended. Etowah High School would be forced to close. It was just another afternoon outside another high school in a nation grappling with the meaning of freedom.
Explainer: The U.S. push to extend U.N. arms embargo on Iran
REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerWHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. WHY ARE RUSSIA AND CHINA OPPOSED TO EXTENDING THE ARMS EMBARGO? Iran allies Russia and China argue that Washington has no legal basis for pushing the Security Council to extend the embargo. They say that the 2015 council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal - and the arms embargo and its expiration - should be implemented.
Explainer: The U.S. push to extend U.N. arms embargo on Iran
Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERSWHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. WHY ARE RUSSIA AND CHINA OPPOSED TO EXTENDING THE ARMS EMBARGO? Iran allies Russia and China argue that Washington has no legal basis for pushing the Security Council to extend the embargo. They say that the 2015 council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal - and the arms embargo and its expiration - should be implemented.
Explainer: The U.S. push to extend U.N. arms embargo on Iran
REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File PhotoWHY IS THE ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN EXPIRING? The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Iran in 2007. WHY ARE RUSSIA AND CHINA OPPOSED TO EXTENDING THE ARMS EMBARGO? Iran allies Russia and China argue that Washington has no legal basis for pushing the Security Council to extend the embargo. They say that the 2015 council resolution enshrining the nuclear deal - and the arms embargo and its expiration - should be implemented.
Asian Americans in South lack COVID resources found in N.Y. and L.A. Here's who's helping.
“So we’ve become interpreters and translators who help bridge immigrant communities to mainstream services.”Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Atlanta offers a drive-thru COVID-19 testing. Center for Pan Asian Community ServicesThe organization is representative of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the South that lack proper resources. Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Atlanta offers a food pantry service. Center for Pan Asian Community ServicesThe Morning Rundown Get a head start on the morning's top stories. Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Atlanta offers a food pantry service.
Judge denies early release for woman in child food fraud
(AP) — A federal judge in Little Rock has rejected a compassionate release request by an eastern Arkansas woman who is serving more than 12 years in prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. denied the request by Jacqueline Mills, 45, of Helena-West Helena on Monday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Mills said she is susceptible to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, at the federal prison in Minnesota where she is serving her sentence. Mills also said her mother has congestive heart failure and is incapable of caring for Mills’ 6-year-old daughter. ADVERTISEMENTMoody wrote that Mills’ medical issues are common, that she “has provided no argument or evidence that her health conditions are not controlled with medication,” and that medical records do not show her mother is incapacitated.
Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize
In this undated photo provided by the World Food Prize Foundation, Rattan Lal, a professor of soil science at The Ohio State University poses at the University in Columbus, Ohio. Lai was named the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (World Food Prize Foundation via AP)In this undated photo provided by the World Food Prize Foundation, Rattan Lal, a professor of soil science at The Ohio State University poses at the University in Columbus, Ohio. Lai was named the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.
U of Vermont trustees vote to divest from fossil fuels
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to divest the university’s endowment of fossil fuel investments. The university says it will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels and will fully divest from public investments in fossil fuels by July 2023. It will allow pre-existing multi-year private investments, which it stopped acquiring in 2017, to lapse. President Suresh Garimella says divesting from fossil fuels is the right thing to do, given the school’s history and longstanding commitment to sustainability. ADVERTISEMENT“As the climate crisis deepens, divestment — here and at other schools — is also the right thing to do for our environment and future generations,” he said in a statement.
Some people (maybe your relatives) reveal flashes of prejudice — how to handle it
Their perceptions may have calcified over decades, leaving them more prone to judge others based on, say, race, religion or gender. Staying open-minded and showing a willingness to rethink long-held views requires self-confidence, discipline and an inherent sense of curiosity and fairness. “It is possible to reconsider your perspective at any age,” said Robin Hanson, an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. “They can change when they have a personal connection to that group, such as a gay person, and realize that they like that person,” Boyes said. Resolve yourself to responding with friendly, non-threatening observations whenever you hear that person make statements that you find objectionable.
Diverse Business Leaders Wanted for a Biden White House
Text sizeShould Joe Biden win the presidency, he will potentially make history with the first woman running mate becoming vice president. Family financial demands may require a corporate path before a job in government. These effects persist to the present day.A Brookings Institution study shows that the typical white family has nearly 10 times the wealth of the typical Black family. These substantial family financial cushions often allow some white people to maintain modest paying government or think tank careers without the same financial pressures when family wealth isn’t a factor. Both the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, in reports on the Senate (2015) and the House (2018), reveal that there are few diverse senior staff.
Why Kamala Harris VP pick could cost Biden the election
In what may go down as one of the worst vice-presidential picks in U.S. history, Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to be his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. Continue Reading BelowHarris is exactly the opposite of what Biden needed in order to compete with President Trump in November. Although Harris denies she is a socialist, her recent track record suggests that is exactly what she is. KAMALA HARRIS, BIDEN'S RADICAL VP PICK SIGNALS BAD NEWS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, ECONOMIC RECOVERYBiden’s decision to choose Harris is bizarre, to say the least. With that in mind, the only person who should be happier with this pick than Kamala Harris is Donald Trump.
Varney: What a Kamala Harris presidency would look like
Kamala Harris will have a big impact on Joe Biden's campaign. I mean no disrespect, but as the Wall Street Journal puts it today, Joe Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day and his mental acuity is "declining." To put it bluntly, if Joe wins, Kamala could soon sit in the Oval Office. KAMALA HARRIS HAS LONG HISTORY OF PURSUING ECONOMIC LEGISLATION: HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECTSo what would a Harris presidency actually do? Kamala Harris is the one to watch.
Kamala Harris was made for this moment
That goes doubly for Black women. To win multiple elections, Harris has already had to prove that she is both likable and qualified. Harris has a chance to demonstrate how she will bring those strengths to the White House. AdvertisementHer meticulous preparation has made her one of the nation’s most formidable cross-examiners, dressing down an assembly line of high-level officials, including former attorney general Jeff Sessions, Attorney General William Barr, and Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Harris has the talent, experience, and insight to drive the Democratic ticket to victory — and help shape the presidency — unlike any vice president before her.
Letters: Bungled GOP stimulus plans (8/12/20)
Bungled GOP stimulus plansRe: “State rushes to interpret orders,” Aug. 11 news storyThe requirement of legislative appropriation before public funds are spent is at the foundation of our constitutional order. For President Donlad Trump to issue an executive order for the appropriation of funds for COVID-19 relief is unconstitutional. But I am not a Trump Republican. It is a hybrid model, with all students following the same on-line virtual learning curriculum, some at home and some at school. Students who have at home a computer, wireless availability and an appropriate study space, would study at home.
Finley: Trump has right plan, wrong approach
Of course, that’s two more voices than were raised among Democrats to Obama’s abuse of executive powers. As Sasse reminded Trump this week, he isn’t a king. “Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress," Sasse correctly notes. Unless, of course, the people’s representatives prioritize partisan power over principle, as Republicans are doing now, and Democrats did then. For the record, I support Trump’s strategy for stimulating the economy to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clarence Page: Protesters? Sorry, they look like thieves to me
Clarence Page: Protesters? “Unless you choose to conveniently ignore it as you are wont to do with the ongoing, self-induced carnage in Chicago’s Black communities.”Thanks. That was helpful. My reader was referring to the hours of looting and destruction early Monday when more than 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers injured, police said. Streets were littered with broken glass and items stripped from shelves and racks in the city’s upscale upper Michigan Avenue shopping district and other areas of the city.
President Kamala Harris in 2024? This might be Joe Biden's thinking | Martin Kettle
Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his Democratic vice-presidential running mate in November’s American election is by turns audacious and cautious, radical and conservative, historic and same-old. But it suggests Harris was not the pick Trump had been hoping for. But Harris will still be only the fourth woman on a major party ticket in US history following Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. Play Video 4:59 Kamala Harris: memorable moments from Joe Biden's VP pick – videoNevertheless, the Harris pick also shows some of the limits of Biden’s embrace of new movements. It is easy to exaggerate the importance of a vice-presidential pick.
Cancelling exams was an outrageous betrayal of pupils
Standardising results across schools would be next to impossible without taking additional factors on board. This is obviously problematic for improving schools, where students this year may very well have outshone those of past cohorts. The problem is: mock results are no more reliable than teacher-predicted grades. It would have been quite practical to open schools over the summer holidays for students to sit their exams. With exams being as crucial as they are, it is beyond me how this obvious solution was not implemented.
Americans Trust Businesses More Than Government—Except Social Media, Which They Hate
An Axios-Harris poll released on July 30th shows that most Americans are more likely to trust companies, not the federal government, during the pandemic. Some of that pre-pandemic dissatisfaction with companies comes from Americans being unhappy with how the major corporations are (or aren’t) monitored by the government. As the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the nation, the desire to support ethical businesses has only increased. In the Axios-Harris poll from last month indicates, these businesses include grocery stores, technology firms, and telecommunications firms. O’Leary recommends companies focus on their “social purpose” and who and what they serve.
How is this race still close?
The presidential race is ever so slightly tightening. This may be polling noise or a by-product of better polling organizations not having done any major national polls for a few weeks. President Trump still looks like a long shot to win reelection. But it does lead to an obvious question: How could this race be close? More than five months into the pandemic and America still doesn’t have a national strategy for dealing with it.
Republican Drops Out Of Race For Congressional Seat The Day After His Arrest
A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut on Tuesday dropped out of the race after he was arrested for allegedly beating up a former girlfriend. Gilmer was reportedly charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and then dropped out of the election. The incident was reportedly a violent altercation with a former girlfriend that police had been investigating the incident since July 22. In a statement, Gilmer said: “I cannot in good conscience move forward in this campaign while I am simultaneously forced to clear my name.
Opinion | We Got a Black Woman on the Ticket. At Last.
There is no denying this country’s political structures were not designed with marginalized groups in mind, least of all those who sit at the intersection of two marginalized communities, as Black women do. Yet their consistent support for the Democratic Party has not come about blindly; they understand the political system and where they believe they have the highest likelihood of realizing political gains for the Black community. It is Black women, more so than any other racial-gender pair, who have gotten behind efforts at more inclusive representation with their unquestionable support for the prospect of the first woman president in 2016 and the first Black president in 2008, as well as the re-election of the first Black president in 2012. Shirley Chisholm challenged the status quo of the party leadership with her 1972 presidential bid to the dismay of many Democrats. Electorally, her appeal could motivate Black voters because, as one of their own, she offers a political lens that has a greater potential to focus the concerns for Black Americans.
Kamala Harris an underwhelming VP pick by Joe Biden: Goodwin
But the moment, if not the actual choice, feels underwhelming because of the amateurish way Joe Biden and his team let the process spin out of control. Some openly campaigned, with Stacey Abrams and Karen Bass enlisting supporters to speak to Biden directly. The lack of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton among black voters helped sink her four years ago. He needed to shore up his party’s most important and reliable bloc, so the intrigue was really about which black woman he would select. The president-in-waiting, as even Biden supporters put it.
Black Scholars, Leaders Rebuke 1619 Project’s Victimhood Narrative
An initiative featuring the writings of black Americans will counter and rebut a New York Times Magazine project that “reframes” all of U.S. history around slavery and racism. The Woodson Center last week announced sponsorship of “1776,” a collection of essays and other material mostly written by black scholars and community and business leaders, among other backgrounds. Their goal is to tell “the complete history of America and black Americans from 1776 to present.”The “1776” initiative directly rebuts the so-called 1619 Project introduced in August by The New York Times Magazine. The 1776 project will take an entirely different track. Allen Guelzo, a historian and visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, called the Times’ project a “conspiracy theory” used to tarnish the concept of capitalism.
Biden Says Passing A Cognitive Test Is As Easy As Blooging A Phalderone [Satire]
Warning: The following contains satirical quotes that read very much like non-satirical quotes by a man who may or may not have passed or failed cognitive tests. Presumptive former Democratic President Joe Biden is laughing off the idea that he needs to take a cognitive test to see if that stuff dribbling out of the side of his mouth could be his brains.
WALSH: The Left Celebrates Woman VP Pick, Forgetting That Women No Longer Exist According To Their Ideology
It seems that, if not for cognitive dissonance, many on the Left wouldn’t have any cognition at all. Leftist gender ideology contradicts itself in so many places that you feel yourself nearly going insane just trying to make sense of it all. But the greater point is that the media’s ecstatic reaction to a woman VP pick is belied by the rather serious problem that women don’t technically exist. According to leftist ideology, the word “woman” has no discernible meaning. But we should notice it, because it reveals the basic incoherence of leftist gender ideology.
Ep. 1072 - Biden’s No Good, Very Bad VP Pick
1072 - Biden’s No Good, Very Bad VP PickThe Ben Shapiro Show | Aug 12th, 2020Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris for VP – and the Trump campaign is rightly licking its chops. The campaign is on.
Kamala's Anti-Catholic Assault Previews Her Potential Administration
In January, Harris and other Senate Democrats demonstrated shocking anti-Catholic bigotry in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher. They used his membership in the charity Knights of Columbus — a Catholic fraternal service order — as a reason he was unqualified to be a federal judge. The beliefs of the Knights of Columbus align directly with the positions of the Catholic Church. Biden was denied Holy Communion when he attended Mass in South Carolina on a campaign stop, due to his pro-abortion positions. Picking Harris as a running mate only doubles down on Biden and Democrats’ mounting anti-Catholic attacks of recent decades.
Fake News, Fake Ads: Both Are Fit To Print In The New York Times
RepresentUs's claim that mail-in voting