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Chuck Schumer on the filibuster: "Let me just say this. Get the majority. Beat Trump. We’ll leave discussion of rules to next year."
It took one mass shooting for New Zealand to ban assault weapons:
Seriously, this is dark.
TIL the Baby Shark song is a decades-old old summer camp song that's been repackaged by YouTube hitmakers and some of the older variants end with people being eaten and bleeding out in the water.
The original German techno version slaps
Also a Medicaid bill in there, plus a bill that inexplicably calls the new insurance program it's creating by an entirely new name rather than calling it Medicare like everyone else is doing
Medicare for all vs. Medicare for most vs. Medicare for more
This is right. An early VP pick in a field this crowded guarantees you won't get your choice of VP candidates, and you won't be able to use the VP pick to heal rifts from the primary or buttress weaknesses that only come clear during the campaign.
"These negative health risks don’t necessarily stem from racist individuals. The health risks rise when the politics of racial resentment shapes the health care policies, the health policies, in your state or community."
RT @juliaoftoronto: Take a closer look at the major, ongoing measles outbreaks in Washington and New York. What do they have in common? A…
This is an important piece on how a new generation of economists have built a powerful empirical case for higher taxes on the rich, and how a new generation of Democratic leaders are taking that research and running with it:
RT @BetseyStevenson: Alan Krueger taught me a lot about pain. That people are in a lot of pain when they are unemployed, and searching for…
The Overton window, it moves!
We're looking for untold or underreported histories to make more videos like this one, on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre:
Are there erased stories about marginalized communities in the US or abroad that you think we should we cover? Is there a particular historical conflict that happened in your town that you think the world needs to know about? Tell us about it here:
RT @ezraklein: Gutting to hear that Alan Krueger has passed away. Not just one of the greatest labor economists of his generation, but some…
Gutting to hear that Alan Krueger has passed away. Not just one of the greatest labor economists of his generation, but someone who worked tirelessly to translate economic research into policy that would help people. And beyond all that, a gentle, generous guy.
RT @ezraklein: "Brokenness is something that cannot be underestimated." @Deeyah_Khan spent months with jihadists and white supremacists. W…
"When I was filming with some of the white supremacists, I would hear them complimenting jihadis...What they would say is that, you know, what we really need is we need our men to be as committed as they are."
"Brokenness is something that cannot be underestimated." @Deeyah_Khan spent months with jihadists and white supremacists. What she learned, both about the appeal of these movements and about humans in general, is important and maybe even hopeful.
RT @nytimes: Bruce Friedrich spent decades trying to persuade people to stop eating meat. When that didn’t work, he turned his focus to cre…
Thoughtful, comprehensive look at the debate — and the evidence — on Cory Booker's overhaul of Newark's schools. ols-2020
This is a good rationale for a candidacy: "Ultimately, I believe there is one central, defining, existential-with-a-capital-E threat to the future of the nation: climate change...On my last day, I want to be able to say I did everything I could."
Jay Inslee: "I believe the filibuster is an artifact of history that no longer fits American democracy."
"In the US, taxpayers spend $140 billion every year supporting research they can’t easily access." Good on the UC system for taking a stand here. The academic publishing racket, particularly around taxpayer-supported research, is appalling.
So the GOP line is that it sure is an unfortunate coincidence that Trump hired mendacious criminals to manage both his personal affairs and his presidential campaign. The president isn't a criminal, he's just surrounds himself with criminals, is not a comforting defense.
At the very least, it paints him as an unbelievably incompetent executive who can't be trusted to exercise one of the core responsibilities of the presidency, which is choosing people to fill key government positions.
The Republican Party needs to step back and do some thinking on how they ended up arguing that the president's personal lawyer and fixer is such a criminal and a liar that his testimony that he was always a criminal and a liar can't be believed.
Watching Michael Cohen play John Dean's part in this drama really underscores how right John Oliver was when he termed all this Stupid Watergate back in May 2017.
But we tend to judge politics more on language and messaging than on policy, so the media, in particular, gets this wrong constantly.
What are the policies on the left with the most energy? Medicare-for-All. Green New Deal. Huge EITC expansions. All of them are universal. On the right? The wall and other immigration restrictions are driving GOP politics.
The diversity of the Democratic coalition requires language that recognizes individual group experiences and policy that stretches across group experiences. The Republican coalition encourages the reverse.
Democrats have to keep an almost unimaginably large group of stakeholders happy. Republicans are managing a tension between white identity politics, which they feed through social policy and cultural fights, and corporations/donors, who drive their economic and regulatory policy.
The Democratic Party is a coalition of lots of different groups which means, to unify, it needs big policies that matter to all its groups simultaneously. The Republican Party is much more homogenous, and that’s reflected in its policy demands, too.
This thing where Democrats brand universal programs “reparations” seems like bad politics, but illustrates something interesting and underappreciated about the Democratic coalition.
Anyway, I really recommend this @zackbeauchamp piece. It's one of the clearest analyses of where Western politics is, and where it's going, that I've read.
I think there are more examples of this being done successfully than people tend to admit. California, for instance, is imperfect, but it's a functioning, proud, multiethnic liberal democracy.
The hard question for politics in our age is how to calm the reaction rather than appeasing it by demanding the concessions be made by people who've already made so many.
There's no identity politics as dangerous as the identity politics of dominant groups who feel their power and status is being threatened.
And this Weeds episode on the Mueller endgame increased my understanding of how all the Russia pieces fit together by 300%, @awprokop is an exceptional guide to all this:
Being a new parent is beautiful and overwhelming and scary and also you miss your colleagues so it's nice to get to listen to them on podcasts. Don't miss @cjane87's guest episode of the EK Show, talking to @noahCRothman about identity politics:
Come for the Howard Schultz analysis, stay for the @Malki Batman comic:
Howard Schultz, for all his stated concern about political representation, isn’t talking about the way money distorts representative democracy. What he is doing is embodying the way money distorts representative democracy.
Howard Schultz's agenda is basically Chuck Schumer's agenda, plus an overriding belief that Howard Schultz should be president. From both his policy speech and town hall, he doesn't disagree with the median House Democrat on much aside from his own ambitions.
"How can you a spoil a system that is already broken" is a sentence that makes sense until you think about it for literally two seconds, and then it doesn't. If Schultz wanted to "fix" the two-party system, he'd be funding ballot initiatives to pass proportional representation.
Schultz frames the villain as political parties, but political parties are far more responsive to voters than the problem that Schultz embodies, but doesn’t discuss: money.
Anyway, as the kids say, read the whole thing.
But if Schultz believes *his own* diagnosis of America’s problems, he’s flirting with a strategy that has a good chance of making everything worse.
Howard Schultz's presidential campaign is based on three ideas, and they're all wrong.
Running as a third-party candidate in a first-past-the-post election system is likelier to reinforce the two-party duopoly, and the dangers of third parties, then to open America to multiparty democracy.
Governing as a “centrist independent” free of party would generate gridlock and conflict in a system that is organized around political parties. Schultz has no theory of Congress or legislating that makes sense. He just has a theory of himself.
And taking the billionaire’s express lane into presidential politics, just a few years after Donald Trump did the same thing, would be further proof to Americans that they live in an unrepresentative oligarchy.
There's a lot a public-spirited billionaire could do to improve politics, and address the specific problems Schultz is worried about. He could fund efforts to pass proportional representation across the country, for instance.
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