POLITICS & POLICY

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on voting rights during a speech on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., January 11, 2022. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday claimed President Biden was not comparing opponents of Democrats’ voting bill to racists and segregationists as “humans,” explaining
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An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping displayed at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China, November 11, 2021. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) Dear Weekend Jolter, The Olympics are drawing closer, and China is preparing for the occasion by doing what meticulous and well-adjusted hosts of global gatherings are wont to do
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Democratic congressman Jamaal Bowman of New York calls Arizona Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema a “traitor” to “our democracy” for refusing to vote to override the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for legislation: Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Traitor: a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.
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(artisteer/Getty Images) Yesterday, Judge Gregg Costa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced that he would be resigning from the bench, effective August 5, 2022. Judge Costa will not be taking senior status, as he is not yet eligible to do that. He is only 49 years old, and has only
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President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony to sign the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act”, on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., November 15, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Over at The Bulwark, Charlie Sykes wishes President Biden would have not one, not two not three, but four separate “Sister Souljah” moments, rebuking
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to reporters about the 2020 presidential election results during a news conference at the U.S.Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 12, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters) House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday he will not voluntarily offer testimony to the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol riot after
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill, April 11, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Senator Josh Hawley published a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg today in response to revelations that Instagram — which is owned and operated by
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President Joe Biden speaks about the country’s fight against Covid at the White House in Washington, D.C., December 21, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) There are certain elementary rules of political strategy. One of those rules ought to be obvious, yet it somehow increasingly eludes many people in American politics today. Every political party or movement contains
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It used to be widely assumed that anyone who earned a college degree — any college degree — had made a good human-capital investment that would pay off handsomely. Even weak and disengaged high school students were encouraged to prepare for college, then go. The expense? Never mind — college grads got a huge earnings
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Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (Campaign image via Facebook) Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won the special election to succeed the late Representative Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) in Florida’s 20th congressional district on Tuesday, according to a projection by the Associated Press. Cherfilus-McCormick, a progressive Democrat who campaigned on sending Americans a monthly $1,000 check, defeated Republican Jason Mariner, Libertarian
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U.S. Border Patrol agent Carlos Rivera guides migrants to be processed after they attempted to cross the border from Mexico into Sunland Park, N.M., September 17, 2021. (Paul Ratje/Reuters) U.S. taxpayers in cities nationwide will pay an estimated $5.6 million towards illegal immigrants’ legal defense against deportation this year, according to a report released Tuesday
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Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger at the capitol in Atlanta, November 6, 2020 (Dustin Chambers / Reuters) Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is defending election integrity in his state ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech in Atlanta, where he is expected to endorse a “carve out” of the Senate’s legislative filibuster so Democrats
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) speaks to news reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 4, 2022. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer clearly doesn’t have the votes to abolish the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for most legislation (or even change the rules governing the filibuster) with a simple majority. West Virginia senator Joe
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Workers on a natural gas drilling platform in the Barnett Shale in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2008. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about language, politics, and thermonuclear reactions. To subscribe to the Tuesday — and please do! — follow this link. Which Externalities? The most important question in almost every
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Event staff enforce mandatory masks during a game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Incarnate Word Cardinals at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., December 20, 2021. (Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports) Is it any wonder people are at the boiling point when so many influential figures seem to have developed an allergy to the truth?
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Alabama Crimson Tide running back Josh Jacobs runs against Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith during the NCAA college football championship game, January 8, 2018. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports) Joe Biden is going to Georgia tomorrow to sell his “voting rights” agenda. Why? The associated bills can’t pass. The “For the People Act” is opposed
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) makes a statement about the reconciliation bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill, November 1, 2021 (Pete Marovich/Getty Images) From Axios this morning: President Biden, Democratic leaders and their emissaries are trying to convince Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to pass a sweeping federal elections bill with a menu of filibuster
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Detail of portrait of James Madison, 1816. (White House Historical Association/Public domain) A Columbia law professor takes to the New York Times to libel the Constitution’s chief architect and to propose system-unsettling changes to our politics. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here is much talk of the impending death of American democracy. Some of it is
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 88th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 23, 2020. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (D.) rejected a proposal from the Chicago Teachers’ Union that would commence remote instruction starting Wednesday. Both parties have been engaged at the negotiating table since last Wednesday, when
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