Trump’s Greatest Contribution to American Politics

In his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color, Donald Trump violated the norms of civilized public discourse in ways no modern president has come close to doing. And in their effort to condemn the president’s virulent remarks, the House Democratic majority dispensed—by raw party-line vote—with parliamentary niceties dating to the pen of Thomas Jefferson himself. Welcome to another great moment in Washington 2019, where the 45th president seems more determined than ever to keep defining deviancy down, and to encourage everyone else to see the moral high ground as just another slippery and shifting partisan slope. The day began normally enough for this non-normal age, with Speaker Nancy… Read More

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The Essence Primary

When Elizabeth Warren wanted to make, in her words, “a new commitment to Black women,” she went to Essence magazine. It was an obvious place for such a declaration: the most popular magazine in black households, where black women are most likely to be the breadwinners. That piece, from this month, was her second column for the publication: In April, the senator from Massachusetts had written one about how she plans to improve the treatment of black women in the health-care system in the midst of America’s worsening maternal-mortality crisis. Warren is not the only candidate who has taken this targeted approach to reaching black women voters, a demographic that… Read More

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B.C. Liberals want to know more about a summer road trip by the speaker’s chief of staff

Speaker Darryl Plecas’s chief of staff is on an extensive road trip to collect security-related information from other cities in Canada and the U.S., but Liberal house leader Mary Polak says the B.C. legislature doesn’t know the destinations of the trip or how much it will cost. Read More …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics       

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Trump Tends to His Core Voters

Were you forwarded this email? (Paul Spella / Katie Martin / The Atlantic) In The Atlantic’s August cover story, the contributing editor Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores new research about sexual predators and why police are often unable to locate crucial evidence. “This is the question that haunts every advocate, researcher, and enlightened detective or prosecutor I spoke with: How many rapes could have been prevented if the police had believed the first victim, launched a thorough investigation, and caught the rapist? How many women would have been spared a brutal assault?” → Read the rest —Elaine Godfrey Ideas From The Atlantic Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is… Read More

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The Activist Left Already Knows Who It Wants for President

PHILADELPHIA—It’s still early. There will be 16 more months of speech-making and glad-handing and glitzy ballroom fundraisers before Election Day. It would make sense not to commit to a presidential candidate just yet. But here at Netroots Nation, the premier annual convention for progressive activists, many attendees already seem fairly certain about their choice: They want Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, to be their next president. And if they have to pick a second choice? It’s Senator Kamala Harris of California. It’s not necessarily intuitive that the same person would support both women: Warren is a folksy public-school teacher-turned-anti-corruption advocate, while the blazer-wearing Harris is more of an… Read More

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It’s a Precarious Time for Any Official in Trump’s Orbit

It’s a moment in Donald Trump’s presidency that has become all too familiar: another round of bloodletting. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta had gambled that his news conference on Wednesday would appease an audience of one: Trump. But Acosta’s defense of how, as U.S. attorney in Florida, he handled a sex-crimes case against the financier Jeffrey Epstein failed to dampen accusations that he had gone easy on a rich and powerful predator. Amid mounting calls for his resignation, Acosta announced yesterday he would step down. His departure gratifies critics who believed he deserved a comeuppance. Yet political advisers fear the broader tumult inside the administration could also roil Trump’s reelection bid,… Read More

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