Paddy Ashdown obituary

Paddy Ashdown, Lord Ashdown of Norton-Sub-Hamdon, who has died aged 77, was perhaps the most unlikely leader the Liberal strand of British politics has ever had. A former captain in the Royal Marines, ex-diplomat and, it was rumoured, a spy, he became the first leader of the Liberal Democrats in 1988 and led them over…

What Occurs When a Holocaust Memorial Plays Host to Autocrats

Yad Vashem is both a memorial of a genocide, and a tool of Israeli realpolitik. By Matti FriedmanContributing Opinion WriterDec. 8, 2018ImagePrime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary in the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. An Israeli politician called his visit to the memorial a “disgrace.”CreditCreditGali Tibbon/Agence France-Presse — Getty…

The 2-syllable note that summed up George HW Bush — in essentially the most productive technique – Washington Publish

President George H.W. Bush watches as comedian Dana Carvey impersonates him at the White House in December 1992. (Robert Giroux/AFP/Getty Images) As a star of “Saturday Night Live” during the misunderstood presidency of George H.W. Bush, Dana Carvey had people across the country repeating, as a laugh line: “Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent.”…

Christmastime in Naples: Jesus, Mary and Ronaldo

NAPLES, Italy — Up and down this cramped pedestrian street there are little clay statues of Cristiano Ronaldo, unmistakable in their form: legs spread shoulder-width apart, arms shooting at the ground, hair gelled into a luscious wave.There are also fat Ronaldos; weirdly skinny Ronaldos; Ronaldos with faces that resemble “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch; and…

The finest uncommon moments in culture in 2018

2018 has been a banner year for hot queer people on television. Growing up as a queer kid, this was kind of all I ever wanted (besides being accepted for “who I was,” blah blah blah).  But that’s the not the only form of progress. Wherever you look (that’s not the Trump White House), queer…

Protection Secretary Jim Mattis retiring, Donald Trump says

CLOSE Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping down from his post, President Donald Trump announced Thursday, after the retired Marine general clashed with the president over a troop drawdown in Syria and Trump’s go-it-alone stance in world affairs. TimePresident Donald Trump (left) is pictured speaking with Defense Secretary James Mattis (right) during a Cabinet meeting…

The Father, the Son and the Sins of Italian Politics

ImageLuigi Di Maio, Italy’s deputy prime minister, has a squeaky clean reputation, but his father has been accused of illegal activities.CreditCreditGianni Cipriano for The New York TimesROME — Luigi Di Maio used to believe that the sins of the father should be visited upon the son.Then he became the son.For years, Mr. Di Maio, a…

10 World Tales You Most traditional In 2018

In a year that brought North and South Korea closer, British politics to the brink and criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record to the fore, NPR’s international and national security correspondents stayed plenty busy helping make sense of these and other events around the globe. Meanwhile, plenty else was going on — and those…

Tony Evers denies Scott Walker a third term as Wisconsin’s governor

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Can More Girls people Join the G.O.P. Boys’ Club?

One of the few Republican women in Congress fights the male status quo.By Michelle CottleMs. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.Dec. 12, 2018ImageCreditCreditAndrea D’AquinoRepresentative Elise Stefanik considers last month’s midterm elections a “watershed moment” — and not in a good way. Ms. Stefanik, a Republican from upstate New York, is sick of her…

White Identity Politics Aren’t Going Wherever

How should Democrats understand — and confront — them?By Thomas B. EdsallMr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.Dec. 20, 2018ImageVoters at Merry Acres Middle School in Albany, Ga. on Nov. 6, 2018CreditCreditRuth Fremson/The New York TimesFor 50 years Republicans have battered the Democratic coalition, wielding the so-called southern…

EU cables hack finds no bombshells but many insights

WikiLeaks 2010 it is not, but the hack of the EU diplomatic service’s internal cables stretching back three years reveals much about the issues that preoccupy the European commission’s foreign policy apparatus, notably the rise of China. Throughout the cables – more than 1,000 have been leaked to the New York Times – the EU…

Wolves Are Attend In Germany, Nonetheless Now not Consistently Welcome

A wolf in its enclosure at the Hexentanzplatz zoo in Thale, northern Germany. Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images A wolf in its enclosure at the Hexentanzplatz zoo in Thale, northern Germany. Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/AFP/Getty Images Wolves are making a big comeback in Germany, which is making some Germans uneasy. Farmers and…

The Advantages of Sharing Your Wage

Go forth and share openly and enthusiastically!ImageWelcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Every Monday, the S.L. editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.Last week I got all fired up about something I truly believe in: salary secrecy.…

The Fresh Politics of Local climate Change

The dust is settling on the 2018 midterms—and no plan to fight global warming has emerged unscathed. Robinson Meyer Nov 16, 2018 Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo (left), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington StateJonathan Ernst / Leah Millis / Alex Wong / Getty / The Atlantic There were some elections…

John Delaney Is Already Working for President

DES MOINES — Partway through his stump speech at the Iowa State Fair in August, Representative John Delaney spotted a familiar face walking by.“Mr. Speaker!” he called from his perch atop The Des Moines Register’s soapbox. “What a nice surprise. Speaker Boehner is in the house. You’re looking good, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate you coming…

Brexit: Even Extra Confusion

Due to the considerable amount of political thrashing around on Brexit, we’ll attempt to keep this post to a few potentially important items. I hope readers will as usual pipe up in comments with reactions and additional sightings. The most disheartening aspect is that the UK press and pols seem to be as clueless as…

A Reality-Checker’s Data to Thanksgiving Politics

The turkey has been carved, the potatoes mashed, the wine poured. And someone who has had one too many drinks, perhaps inevitably, utters two words. “So — Trump?”Maybe you, like the majority of Americans, dread discussing politics at Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe your meal, like celebrations after the 2016 election, will be shorter as a result…

On Comedy: Three Savvy Comics Who Shine Where Sex and Politics Intersect

On ComedyImageEmmy Blotnick, in her Comedy Central special, takes a comic “Black Mirror” view of culture.CreditCreditComedy CentralIn her raucously funny 15-minute special on Netflix, Janelle James, an African-American stand-up, says she likes white guys, before pausing to clarify: “Not as human beings. Just in a sexual fetishized kind of way.”James proceeds to get specific, explaining…

What Is a Bot?

Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology.Q: What is a bot?A: It’s a sunny day outside, but you wouldn’t know it. You’ve been staring at the modern hellscape known as Twitter for hours now, refreshing feed after feed. Your eyes are glazed over but you keep going; you’re too deep into Politics…

Are Google and Fb in point of fact suppressing conservative politics?

In August, Paula Bolyard, a supervising editor at the conservative news outlet PJ Media, published a story reporting that 96% of Google search results for Donald Trump prioritized “left-leaning and anti-Trump media outlets”. Bolyard’s results were generated according to her own admittedly unscientific methodology. She searched for “Trump” in Google’s News tab, and then used…

Three Classes The Markets Learned In 2018

Politics was a huge source of stress in 2018. It’s not fights about border walls and travel bans, though, that got Wall Street spooked. It was Trump on trade. The trade war has China stock market down over 20% this year. Photographer: Michael Reynolds/Pool via Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP Investors learned three lessons in…

The Atlantic Politics & Coverage Day-to-day: Midterms Aftermath

Democrats take back the House, Republicans widen their Senate majority, and some major races still haven’t been called. Madeleine Carlisle Nov 7, 2018 A supporter listens as Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams on November 7, 2018Lawrence Bryant / Reuters Democrats woke up to a lukewarm victory. Buoyed by the suburban vote, they retook…

be an moral-ish vacation consumer when every chance is unfriendly

At this point, it should be pretty clear that no form of holiday shopping is good for the world.  Sure, there are exceptions to the rule. I’m pretty confident that purchasing lemonade from your neighborhood child-led not-for-profit lemonade stand is safe, assuming those lemons were procured locally by unionized farm workers and those children are…

Washington Memo: A Kinder, Gentler Nation? Maybe for a Few Days

Washington MemoImageA statue of George Bush outside his presidential library in College Station, Tex. His death has inspired a cease-fire in Washington’s political wars, although it is unlikely to last.CreditCreditTamir Kalifa for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Just weeks after a bitterly fought election swept Democrats into power in Congress, a Republican president known for…

Trump, at Mississippi rallies forward of pivotal Senate special election, touts border security and NASA – Fox News

With just hours to go before a pivotal special election in Mississippi that will determine the strength of the GOP’s Senate majority next year, President Trump on Monday evening touted NASA’s Mars landing, vowed to redouble his border security efforts, and accused some caravan migrants of using children as human shields.His comments came at a fiery rally…

Why DIY Democrats Are the Method forward for Modern Politics

Ziya Smallens is a writer at West Wing Writers, a lifelong musician and political communications professional.It was almost midnight when he emerged from the El Paso Stadium greenroom, radiating with the aura of a headline act revving up for an encore. As he walked onto the stage, more than 10,000 adulating fans roared with excitement.…

New York On the novel time: New York On the novel time: Amazon Deal in Queens, El Chapo’s Protection and Vote casting Machine Snafus

New York TodayImageJammed scanners caused long waits for many voters in New York City.CreditCreditHolly Pickett for The New York Times (Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)It’s Wednesday. 💰Who won? Powerball will present a New York record $343.8 million check today to a Harlem man for the Oct. 27 drawing.Weather: Sunny…

Someone tried roasting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ fabric cupboard, and bought meme’d

By Morgan Sung2018-11-15 23:39:27 UTC Another man tried delegitimizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and ended up getting both brutally ratio’d and beautifully meme’d. Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the Washington Examiner, tweeted a photo taken from behind the newly elected Democratic representative and wrote, “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now.…

Thirteen Thanksgiving Day Tips for Talking Politics With Family

How to navigate tricky holiday conversations in 2018. Also: Black Friday ideas! Nov 21, 2018 Staff writer at The Atlantic GraphicaArtis / Getty How do you eat a meal with loved ones? Each Thanksgiving, the U.S. media answer that question, distinguishing us from countries without a free press, where people don’t dare celebrate the holiday. …

GOP opposition to starting up administration is politics, period

Danielle Campoamor is an editor at Romper and a columnist for Bustle. She received an award from Planned Parenthood for media excellence. The views expressed here are solely hers. View more opinions on CNN. (CNN)After an election in which more than 100 women were elected to Congress, Nevada voters eliminated the state’s “tampon tax,” and…

President Trump Bashes the Fed. This Is How the Fed Chief Responds.

Federal Reserve leaders for the past quarter-century have made decisions about interest rates without being pressured by the president. President Trump has broken that streak, calling the central bank “crazy” for raising rates and more than once saying the Fed is damaging the economy. That has prompted Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to update playbook rules…

Tyler Cowen predicts our coming nineteenth century future

55 Comments Facebook Twitter RSS Feed print Comments I listened earlier today. The questions were all about soothsaying (and predictions about politics), none about the point of Cowen’s book. I am pleased New York interviewed Cowen about his book, but very disappointed in the interviewers’ questions. Cowen cut it short, as he should have. By…

The Quiz at the Middle of the Original Gary Hart Film

The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman, wonders: To what extent did the 1987 scandal fuel the brand of freak-show politics that produced a Donald Trump presidency? Todd S. Purdum Nov 19, 2018 Frank Masi / Sony Pictures It was the era of boxy cellphones, balky mobile-satellite trucks, and the rise of 24/7 cable television news.…