George Saunders on Politics and the Future

Photograph by Leonardo Cendamo / GettyYour story in this week’s issue, “Love Letter,” as the title suggests, takes the form of a letter, which is written by a grandfather to his grandson. What made you choose the epistolary form for this one?I’d been e-mailing with my dad about the state of the world and having…

Spend the Protection Manufacturing Act for extra than perfect ventilators – The Washington Submit

Joshua Gotbaum, a guest scholar in the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies Program, was assistant secretary of defense for economic security, assistant treasury secretary for economic policy and executive associate director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Clinton administration. For weeks, officials in both parties have urged the Trump administration to fight the…

The Coronavirus Killed the Revolution

Sanders, Warren, and others wanted to remake American politics, but the pandemic radically scaled back what’s possible. March 25, 2020 Contributing writer at The Atlantic and Brookings Institution senior fellow Sergio Sergo / Shutterstock / The AtlanticThere was a before and an after. Before the seriousness of the pandemic set in, Democrats—and Americans more generally—were…

Nioh 2: The Kotaku Overview

The Dark Souls formula is tried and true. It’s been adapted into science fiction settings, placed into 2D, and refined time and time again. 2017’s Nioh is arguably the most successful spin on the genre, adding flashy combat and the turbulent politics of medieval Japan. Nioh 2 is an improvement on every front. There’s no…

Slovakia’s Matovic: Europe’s Mr Usual prepares for energy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIgor Matovic was greeted after his victory by Slovakia’s president”Who are you?” It was an unusual opening gambit for what was the first foreign TV interview with the man who is likely to be Slovakia’s next prime minister.But it is a reasonable one.We know little about what…

Monumental Tuesday Used to be Extraordinary as Hell

The 2020 election is shaping up to be a major year for LGBTQ women in politics. Many Super Tuesday races are still being called, but so far, queer and trans women scored an estimated 30 wins. These included Texas’ Gina Ortiz Jones, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives for the second time…

Politics this week

Mar 26th 2020More countries rolled out wartime-like emergency measures to fight covid-19. In Britain people were told to leave home only in limited circumstances; gatherings of more than two people were banned. All non-essential businesses, pubs and restaurants were ordered to shut. The government announced an unprecedented aid package, including paying up to 80% of…

Biden’s Too Ragged. So Is Sanders. Trump Too.

Sanders is too old. So is Biden. Trump too. March 5, 2020 Staff writer at The Atlantic Matt Rourke / APWhen Joe Biden climbed to the stage in California to celebrate his Super Tuesday comeback in the Democratic primary, three things happened in a matter of minutes. He basked in the thunderous applause from the…

Canadians told no longer to dash all the plot by technique of coronavirus outbreak, nonetheless some are taking the threat – Global News

In the midst of a coronavirus outbreak and recent announcement urging Canadians to postpone or cancel non-essential travel, some Canadians are wondering if they should still take the risk. All cruise ships carrying over 500 passengers are banned from landing in Canada until later in the summer, and arriving flights will also be restricted to landing…

Stock market news dwell updates: Stock futures descend, extending Monday’s crushing losses – Yahoo Canada Finance

[Click here to read what’s moving markets Wednesday, March 11]Stocks ended Tuesday’s volatile trading sharply higher, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recouping half of the prior session’s steep losses, as investors cheered news that the Trump administration was readying stimulus proposals to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.Ahead of the opening bell, U.S.…

The Forgotten Politics of 90s Ska-Punk

Ska never fully healed from getting dissed by Propagandhi. In 1993, the legendary Canadian punk band released their debut album How to Clean Everything. It included the highly memorable song “Ska Sucks”—in which singer Chris Hannah proclaimed, “Ska revival isn’t cool, you stupid fuck / The bands are only in it for the bucks /…

Politics this week

Mar 21st 2020Governments around the world took extraordinary measures to curb the novel coronavirus and alleviate its economic consequences. In America the Trump administration proposed giving direct cash transfers to every American as part of an emergency- spending package. Some Republicans balked at the idea, but Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Senate, said that…

This Is How Donald Trump Will Be Remembered

Zero-sum politics doesn’t work in a pandemic. Peter Nicholas 12:27 PM ET Drew Angerer / GettyNone of the crises surrounding President Donald Trump over the past three years has been as calamitous as the one he now faces. Impeachment was largely a political problem with a predictable end; the government shutdown wasn’t going to last…

The US-China Feud Makes It More robust to Fight Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus does not respect borders, but they loom large for heads of state and CEOs responding to the global health crisis. Geopolitics as much as public health will determine how the pandemic proceeds and its lasting effects on people and business. Ian Bremmer, president and founder of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, says…

Politics this week

Mar 14th 2020Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, said that he would be prepared to continue in office past 2024, when his fourth and supposedly final presidential term expires. The Russian parliament voted this week to amend the constitution to reset to zero the number of consecutive terms that he has already served. See article.The trial began…

The Coronavirus Makes Politics Take into story Runt

This might be a moment that grows in importance, putting recent events—particularly those in Britain—into perspective. Tom McTague 1:00 AM ET Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesThe human ego is programmed to believe that today’s moment is of historic importance—because that makes the people living through it important too. We are constantly experiencing changes that feel…

Diagnosis: Is coronavirus Trump’s Katrina?

(CNN)With just 2 days until Super Tuesday 2, the 2020 election is in full swing. Every Sunday, I deliver to your inbox the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the No. 1 story is the most important of the coming…

Trump, impeachment, and the politics of revenge

The president was raging in his office, under pressure from external events and angry at his perceived enemies. Revenge was on his mind.“Don’t worry about divisiveness – having drawn the sword, don’t take it out – stick it in hard,” President Richard Nixon told aides in the tense spring of 1970. “Hit them in the gut.”Half…

A ‘Netflix for the 99 P.c’ Enters the Streaming Wars

Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood gets its name from the Gowanus Canal, the notoriously polluted waterway snaking through it. Intensive cleanup efforts began over a decade ago, after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the canal a Superfund site, and real estate developers began sniffing around the area. As the waters changed from extremely gross to just gross,…

Politics this week

Mar 7th 2020Joe Biden’s campaign bounced back after he won most of the 14 states that voted on Super Tuesday. Barack Obama’s vice-president racked up big victories in southern states, where black voters are a large part of the Democratic electorate. Mr Biden earlier scored a huge win in the South Carolina primary. The race…

Analysis: Why did now not Elizabeth Warren develop better?

(CNN)Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the 2020 presidential race Thursday, ending a once front-running bid that never achieved its sky-high potential once voting actually began.”I refuse to let disappointment blind me — or you — to what we’ve accomplished,” Warren told her campaign staff on a conference call Thursday morning. “We didn’t reach…

Balloting for the Trusty Replacement Reach Doom for Us All

Photo: GettyThe centrists’ Hail Mary worked: While Mike Bloomberg set hundreds of millions on fire to win American Samoa, it turns out former Vice President Joe Biden’s win in South Carolina was a far better investment. His rivals dropped out and endorsed him, and he surged on Super Tuesday.Biden cleaned up in states he was…

Conservative Texas Democrat Survives Modern Main Subject

LAREDO, Texas ― Progressive immigration attorney Jessica Cisneros came up short in her campaign to unseat conservative Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar in South Texas, disappointing an array of liberal groups and activists who had rallied behind her. Cuellar defeated Cisneros by 3.6 percentage points. The narrow margin of Cuellar’s victory, which prevented the race from…

‘This Shouldn’t Be About Politics.’ Hong Kong Clinical Workers Name for Border Shutdown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Hong Kong’s medical system came under strain Tuesday as thousands of hospital staff joined an escalating strike aimed at pressuring the government into sealing the border with mainland China amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which claimed its first local fatality in the early morning. Facing staff shortages, public hospitals curtailed services to focus on emergencies…

Why we can’t blame social networks for our polarized politics

As sentiment about big tech companies has worsened, emerging conventional wisdom has held that social networks are primary causes — and accelerants — of polarization in the United States. The rise of social networks has been roughly correlated with the rise of authoritarians here and elsewhere. Surely social networks, with their algorithmic feeds pushing the…

The Bad Seduction of a Trillion Bushes

Treeeees.Photo: GettyThe arc of Republican climate politics has gone from supporting market solutions like cap and trade to outright denial over the years. The fetid nature of conservative climate politics has done wonders for short-term political gain and obscenely enriched a small cadre of fossil fuel executives and lobbyists. But it now leaves Republicans boxed…

Politics this week

Feb 22nd 2020Mike Bloomberg took part in a Democratic presidential debate for the first time, after a surge in his opinion-poll standing qualified him for inclusion. The other candidates attacked him over lewd comments he has made in the past and his billionaire status. Mr Bloomberg will reportedly sell his media company if he is…

Politics this week

Feb 8th 2020The American Senate acquitted Donald Trump of the impeachment charges laid against him, bringing a swift end to the trial of the president after the Republican leadership decided that no witnesses should be called. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote for conviction, denouncing Mr Trump for “an appalling abuse of public…

Politics this week

Feb 8th 2020The American Senate acquitted Donald Trump of the impeachment charges laid against him, bringing a swift end to the trial of the president after the Republican leadership decided that no witnesses should be called. Mitt Romney was the only Republican to vote for conviction, denouncing Mr Trump for “an appalling abuse of public…

Politics this week

Feb 15th 2020A general election in Ireland produced a shock win for Sinn Fein, formerly the political wing of the IRA, a terrorist group. The party took the most first-choice votes, but ended up coming second in terms of seats in the Dail (parliament). Ireland now faces weeks or months of negotiations to produce a…

Politics this week

Feb 27th 2020The WHO said that most new cases of covid-19, a novel type of coronavirus, are now being reported outside China. The number of cases surged in South Korea; Italy recorded hundreds of infections, more than in any country outside Asia; and there were worries that Iran was underreporting the spread of the epidemic…

Politics this week

Feb 27th 2020The WHO said that most new cases of covid-19, a novel type of coronavirus, are now being reported outside China. The number of cases surged in South Korea; Italy recorded hundreds of infections, more than in any country outside Asia; and there were worries that Iran was underreporting the spread of the epidemic…

The trusty politics of kind

A recent study by Virginia Tech professors Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul indicates that people make assumptions about candidates based on the typefaces they use. The study asked 987 people to rate varying typefaces as conservative or liberal in a series of two experiments and found that people do “perceive typefaces, type families, and…

Chris Cillizza picks the very best and worst of the Tenth presidential debate, which was marked by competition and division amongst the candidates

(CNN)The 10th Democratic debate — this one in Charleston, South Carolina — is in the books. It was an incredibly contentious affair, with candidates shouting at (and over) one another as they scrambled to draw contrasts with each other in advance of the critical South Carolina primary on Saturday.Below, the best and worst from the…

Michael Bloomberg Wants You To Know He’s Very Affluent

Most Democratic candidates go to great lengths to show that they’re just like you. They point out that they’re not a millionaire. They note how they dropped out of college. They claim that they have a nickname that involves the words “middle-class.” Not Michael Bloomberg.  “If you want somebody who has the resources to beat…

Democrats Desire a Politics of Dignity

A commitment to equal dignity can pull together a nation that Trump has devoted himself to dividing. February 20, 2020 Tod​d Heisler / The New York Times / ReduxIn October 2018, during the midterm elections, I paid a visit to Ohio, the midwestern swing state that had moved hardest toward Donald Trump two years earlier.…