Friday, 22 Mar 2019
Category: Politics

Trump just made a highly controversial decision about Israel — again

Trump’s Golan Heights decision, briefly explained. The United States will now recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel — a massive change in American foreign policy that will likely benefit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The surprise announcement by President Donald Trump about the disputed territory is in keeping with his full-throated support for […]

Trump’s free speech executive order isn’t about free speech

It’s actually about power — specifically, the conservative attempt to seize it on college campuses. President Donald Trump gleefully pressed on another culture war hot button Thursday afternoon, issuing an executive order that’s supposed to address allegedly serious threats to free speech on America’s college campuses. The order itself does very little in practical terms: […]

Bernie Sanders’s reparations comments cause rift over DSA endorsement

“There is still a disconnect in his approach to economic issues often failing to comprehend how race and class are intertwined.” Sen. Bernie Sanders’s refusal to give a full-throated endorsement of reparations is throwing a wrench into his long-expected endorsement from the Democratic Socialists of America. The DSA’s AfroSocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus, a […]

Trump’s new executive order on campus free speech is more symbolism than substance

Trump is tying free speech to federal research grant money. That’s already part of current law. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Thursday on a cause célèbre for conservative activists: upholding free speech on college campuses. But the executive order won’t do much more than reiterate the Trump administration wants schools to follow […]

New survey shows Americans are unhappier than they’ve been in years

There’s a potentially surprising reason why. Americans are as unhappy as they’ve been in years — and it seems to be a trend. That’s one of the main takeaways from Wednesday’s release of the annual “World Happiness Report,” put out to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. The report, which has been […]

If we’re abolishing the Electoral College, let’s also have ranked-choice voting for president

It would maximize participation and broad-based appeal, and improve our democracy. I’m glad we’re once again debating the antiquated Electoral College, inspired by Elizabeth Warren’s recent call to abolish the vintage 1787 Rube Goldberg-style invention for picking a president at a time when popular democracy was highly suspect and slave states were fearful of losing […]

It took one mass shooting for New Zealand to ban assault weapons

The US’s unique politics and political system make it much harder for the country to take similarly swift action. Within 24 hours of the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shootings, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last Friday vowed that “our gun laws will change.” Less than a week later, on Thursday, Ardern announced sweeping changes to strengthen […]

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