Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How Country Song Explains The US’s Divided History

Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw: How Country Song Explains The US’s Divided History

It’s never just about right versus left. In songs and in politics, things are more complicated.By Jon Meacham and Tim McGrawMr. Meacham and Mr. McGraw are the authors of “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation.”June 15, 2019ImageStaff Sgt. Barry Sadler singing “The Ballad of the Green Berets” on “The…
Concept: Does Democratic debate lineup topic? You guess it does

Concept: Does Democratic debate lineup topic? You guess it does

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and author, with Kevin Kruse, of the new book "Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974." Follow him on Twitter at @julianzelizer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)NBC News has…
Why 2020 Democrats Are Lining Up For Clyburn’s ‘World Properly-known’ Fish Fry

Why 2020 Democrats Are Lining Up For Clyburn’s ‘World Properly-known’ Fish Fry

Next week Rep. James Clyburn will host a fish fry, a mainstay of South Carolina politics for nearly 30 years. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Next week Rep. James Clyburn will host a fish fry, a mainstay of South Carolina politics for nearly 30 years. Claire Harbage/NPR The invitation reads: Jim Clyburn's…
Trump Is Truly helpful to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations

Trump Is Truly helpful to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations

Politics|Trump Is Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act ViolationsImageKellyanne Conway, the White House counselor.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — An independent government agency recommended on Thursday that President Trump fire Kellyanne Conway, his White House counselor, for repeated violations of an ethics law barring partisan politics from the federal workplace.In a…
FACT CHECK: Foreign Interference And ‘Opposition Study’ Are No longer The Identical

FACT CHECK: Foreign Interference And ‘Opposition Study’ Are No longer The Identical

President Trump speaks with reporters at the White House on Tuesday. He told ABC News that he would be open to hearing information about rival presidential candidates from a foreign government. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images President Trump speaks with reporters at the White House on Tuesday. He told ABC…
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Politics this week

Police in Hong Kong used rubber bullets, tear gas and water hoses on crowds demonstrating against a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to the Chinese mainland. Three days earlier, perhaps 1m marchers thronged the streets, worried that the law would make anyone in Hong Kong, citizens and visiting businessfolk alike, vulnerable…
Trump wants into the royal household

Trump wants into the royal household

Kate Maltby is a broadcaster and columnist in the United Kingdom on issues of culture and politics, and a theater critic for The Guardian. She is also completing a doctorate in Renaissance literature. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Well, they did it. Ivanka Trump and…
Tariff Fight Reveals Republican Divisions in Up-For-Grabs Arizona

Tariff Fight Reveals Republican Divisions in Up-For-Grabs Arizona

ImagePresident Trump at a rally in Mesa, Ariz., in October. Arizona was once reliably Republican but is now increasingly up for grabs in elections.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesCHANDLER, Ariz. — President Trump’s rancorous dispute with Mexico over tariffs and the border energized some Republicans and rattled others around the country last week.But in few places…
Folks Are Attempting to Resolve Out William Barr. He’s Busy Wielding Energy.

Folks Are Attempting to Resolve Out William Barr. He’s Busy Wielding Energy.

WASHINGTON — Not long before Attorney General William P. Barr released the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he strategized with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about one of his next moves: investigating the investigators.Over a dinner of steak, potatoes and carrots in a wood-paneled…
The Politics of Dystopia

The Politics of Dystopia

Why right and left both fear that liberal proceduralism might not be enough.June 8, 2019Here is a media story from the week that was. In the Netherlands, a depressed teenager died after seeking euthanasia, and a number of outlets reported that she had been euthanized by a clinic that accedes to suicide requests from people…
As venture over deepfakes shifts to politics, detection tool tries to withhold

As venture over deepfakes shifts to politics, detection tool tries to withhold

Fake faceswap videos haven't overrun the internet or started a world war yet, but there are programmers working hard to improve detection tools as concern shifts to the potential use of such clips for the purposes of political propaganda.  It's been over a year since Reddit shut down its most popular deepfake subreddit, r/deepfakes, and…
Trump shatters diplomatic etiquette on eve of UK talk over with

Trump shatters diplomatic etiquette on eve of UK talk over with

London (CNN)Donald Trump limbered up for his latest overseas trip -- to Britain -- in typical style, with remarks that risked insulting his royal hosts and by plunging headlong into the country's fraught domestic politics.The US President described one of the newest royals, the Duchess of Sussex -- the former Meghan Markle -- as "nasty"…
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Politics this week

Two days of ceremonies commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings of 1944. The queen and Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, were joined by President Donald Trump of America, President Emmanuel Macron of France and many other national leaders from across the world. The events followed a state visit by Mr Trump to Britain,…
When Politics, Prosecution Collide: Aged Attorney Calls Fresh Enlighten ‘Worrying’

When Politics, Prosecution Collide: Aged Attorney Calls Fresh Enlighten ‘Worrying’

Lawyer Reid Weingarten made his reputation by sending lawmakers to prison and investigating allegations in 1992 that a presidential campaign conspired with a foreign adversary to help its own election prospects. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Lawyer Reid Weingarten made his reputation by sending lawmakers to prison and investigating allegations in 1992…
Barr Escalates Criticism of Mueller Group of workers and Defends Trump

Barr Escalates Criticism of Mueller Group of workers and Defends Trump

VideoIn remarks to CBS News, Attorney General William P. Barr defended the Justice Department against criticism it has received for its portrayal of Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation findings.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr ratcheted up his criticisms of the special counsel’s office and defended President Trump’s actions in a…

Thad Cochran Dies at eighty one; Lawmaker Introduced Largess to Mississippi

ImageSenator Thad Cochran of Mississippi in 2013. A Republican whose politics mixed moderation on racial issues and business-oriented conservatism, he won three terms in the House of Representatives and seven in the Senate.CreditCreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated PressThad Cochran, a courtly Mississippi Republican who cultivated his constituents for 45 years as a congressman and United States senator…

Thad Cochran Dies at eighty one; Lawmaker Introduced Largess to Mississippi

ImageSenator Thad Cochran of Mississippi in 2013. A Republican whose politics mixed moderation on racial issues and business-oriented conservatism, he won three terms in the House of Representatives and seven in the Senate.CreditCreditJ. Scott Applewhite/Associated PressThad Cochran, a courtly Mississippi Republican who cultivated his constituents for 45 years as a congressman and United States senator…

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At elections for the European Parliament, a predicted surge by populists and nationalists failed to materialise, though such parties gained seats in Italy and Britain. The new parliament will be much more fragmented than the old one, thanks to a strong showing by green and liberal parties. The traditional main groupings, the centre-right European People’s…

Diagnosis: Trump spent his Japan hasten tweeting about Joe Biden

(CNN)Earlier this month, The New York Times wrote a story that featured White House aides virtually begging President Donald Trump to stop talking about Joe Biden. That piece included these lines: "In the three weeks since Mr. Biden announced his candidacy, Mr. Trump has tried out two nicknames on him, accused his opponent and family…

With His Job Gone, an Autoworker Wonders, ‘What Am I as a Man?’

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — In the weeks since he lost his job at the car plant, Rick Marsh has blasted Pink Floyd while cleaning the house. He has watched the cat watching the birds. He has smoked cigarettes out the sliding glass door. He has watched Motor Trend, a TV network about cars. He bought a…

Has Narendra Modi ended dynastic politics in India?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Narendra Modi is seen by his supporters as one of their own Narendra Modi's landslide win proves that his story of a humble tea-seller who rose through the ranks of his party to become India's prime minister continues to resonate with people.People love stories - even more so when…

Donald Trump: stable genius

Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN)If Washington politics were a movie, this week might be the time you turn to your companion and say, "Who writes this stuff?": A President and "world-class deal…

How Liberalism Loses

An inflexible agenda and a global retreat.May 25, 2019ImageAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a Good Friday Easter service at St Charbel's Catholic Maronite Church at Punchbowl in Sydney.CreditCreditMick Tsikas/European Pressphoto Agency, via ShutterstockIn Australia a week ago, the party of the left lost an election it was supposed to win, to a conservative government…

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Early results from India’s election, which was carried out in seven stages from mid-April, showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi would remain in power. During the campaign, Mr Modi had stressed Hindu nationalism more than economic development. See article.Pollsters swooned after Australia’s centre-right Liberal Party narrowly won another term in office…

Britons Terminate to Vote in an Election Many Did Now not Resolve on

ImagePrime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Phillip, on Thursday at a polling station in Maidenhead. Her leadership has been consumed by the Brexit issue.CreditCreditNeil Hall/EPA, via ShutterstockLONDON — There was an odd feeling in the air Thursday, almost one of suspended animation, as Britons voted in elections for a European Parliament that Britain was…

It’s Now not Always the Discontinuance of the World

Political prudence isn’t in vogue, but it should be.By Greg WeinerMr. Weiner is a political scientist and was a senior Senate aide to Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska.May 22, 2019ImageAbraham Lincoln as a young man.CreditCreditLibrary of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.President Trump recently declared that he won the White House in “one of…

The ‘personality politics’ of Narendra Modi and Donald Trump

Image copyright BBC/Getty Images Image caption Similar to the "Make America Great Again", its all about "NaMo Again" for BJP supporters In this year's Indian election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi clocked up more than 140 rallies while chasing a second term. Sound familiar? During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Donald Trump appeared at almost as…

No Policies? No Area. The Patchwork Brexit Event Is Crushing Its Opponents.

ImageThe Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, center, campaigning for the European Parliament elections, in Brentwood, England, this month.CreditCreditAndy Rain/EPA, via ShutterstockWILLENHALL, England — The candidates walked down the ballroom aisle to loud ovations and corporate rock, taking turns at the lectern delivering pitches for the Brexit Party: a deep-pocketed Tory known for churning through managers…

On Comedy: Wanda Sykes: If Most efficient You Knew Her Stand-Up Work Better

On ComedyThe comedian may be best known for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “black-ish,” but it’s her specials that make her an elite performer. More people should watch.ImageWanda Sykes in her new standup special, “Not Normal.”CreditCreditAtsushi Nishijima/NetflixIn her stand-up, Wanda Sykes periodically argues with the roll of fat around her stomach, which she calls Esther, after…

California This day: California This day: Why California’s Water Crisis Is So Subtle to Clear up

California TodayImageMartha Sanchez’s son Emmanuel at home in East Orosi. Ms. Sanchez’s family has received notices not to use the water from the taps.CreditCreditRozette Rago for The New York TimesGood morning.(Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.)When I was working for The Bakersfield Californian, I wrote about the…

The ideal and worst merch from the 2020 presidential candidates

In case you haven't heard, a bunch of people are running for president. There are already more than 20 candidates campaigning for the 2020 election, which means the American people have a lot of policy positions to research, a lot of campaigns to follow, and of course, a lot of merch to consider purchasing. In…

India election 2019: Echoes of Trump in Modi’s border politics

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Indian election is seen as a referendum on Narendra Modi - a divisive prime minister The outcome of India's general election may help determine a central question at the heart of the contest - what does it mean to be Indian? Prime Minister Modi and his BJP party,…

Manuel Luján Jr., Ex-Congressman and Interior Secretary, Dies at 90

ImageManuel Luján Jr., a former 10-term Republican congressman from New Mexico and secretary of the interior, at his home in Albuquerque in 2008.CreditCreditToby Jorrin/Associated PressManuel Luján Jr., a former 10-term Republican congressman from New Mexico and a secretary of the interior whose efforts to balance development and conservation of federal lands often left him at…

‘Dark Management Issues’: Why a Racial Rift Is Rising Amongst N.Y. Democrats

A progressive push, fueled by newly energized activists, has alienated the old guard of black leaders, igniting an internal battle with racial overtones.ImageA progressive push, fueled by many newly energized activists, has also alienated some of the Democrats’ old guard of black leaders.CreditCreditNatalie Keyssar for The New York Times[What you need to know to start…

Sixteen-Year-Olds Desire a Vote. Fifty Years Ago, So Did 18-Year-Olds.

ImageA pamphlet that activists in New Jersey used to gain support for lowering the voting age to 18 in 1969. There is a similar effort underway today to lower it again to 16.JAMESBURG, N.J. — Stuart Goldstein still has the red-and-white bumper stickers and other artifacts from 1969, when he helped persuade New Jersey lawmakers…

How My Fatherland Changed into the Epicenter of India’s Non secular Politics

Hindu nationalists rose to electoral significance from the debris of the mosque they demolished in 1992.By Pragya TiwariMs. Tiwari is a writer based in New Delhi.May 18, 2019ImageHindu nationalists outside the Babri mosque, Oct. 30, 1990, in Ayodhya, India.CreditCreditRobert Nickelsberg/Getty ImagesNEW DELHI — Ayodhya is a small, placid temple town in northern India, considered holy…

Data Analysis: Australia Longs for Bolder Politics as Most long-established Chief Dies on Election’s Eve

News AnalysisImageThe Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, after placing a floral tribute to the late former Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.CreditCreditLukas Coch/Australian Associated Press, via Associated PressSYDNEY, Australia — Just a few days ago, Bob Hawke, Australia’s popular former prime minister, released an open letter praising his…

Diagnosis: Donald Trump’s peculiar, startling weekend on Twitter

(CNN)It was a rainy, damp weekend in Washington. Not good golf weather. But very, very good weather to sit in your house and tweet. Which is exactly what it appears President Donald Trump did.Between Saturday morning and Monday morning, Trump sent nearly three dozen original tweets. And that doesn't include the 62 retweets (including multiple…

Bob Hawke: The rambunctious rogue who led Australia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive key moments from Bob Hawke's lifeIn an era of Australian leadership turmoil, the death of Bob Hawke, a beloved former prime minister, feels especially poignant ahead of a national election on Saturday, writes the BBC's Hywel Griffith in Sydney.Australia loves a larrikin - a rambunctious rogue…

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The ruling African National Congress won South Africa’s general election with 58% of the vote. The party had never before received less than 60% at a national poll. Many voters were put off by the corruption that flourished under Jacob Zuma, president from 2009 to 2018. The ANC might have done worse but for Cyril…

Bob Hawke: Australia’s courageous and charismatic broken-down PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bob Hawke dominated Australian politics in the 1980s In 1952, Bob Hawke had an experience that led him to abandon his Christian faith.The university student was attending a Christmas Eve party at a mansion in India at the end of the World Christian Youth Congress when he looked out…
The Combat Over How Trump Suits in With the Masses of 44 Presidents

The Combat Over How Trump Suits in With the Masses of 44 Presidents

It’s not just an academic question. The intense argument over where he belongs tells us a lot about where we’re headed.By Thomas B. EdsallMr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.May 15, 2019ImageCreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York TimesIt didn’t take long after President Trump took office for conflicting…

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s A ways-Ideal Chief, Gets Warm Welcome From Trump

VideoPresident Trump met at the White House on Monday with Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary and one of Europe’s leading nationalists. He offered praise for Mr. Orban’s immigration policies.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump lavished praise on Monday on Viktor Orban, the authoritarian prime minister of Hungary and one of Europe’s…

The Amnesiac Model in American Politics

Joe Biden wants to move on. Mark Halperin wants to come back. Donald Trump is Donald Trump. They’re all missing the point of true reckonings. Megan Garber 12:03 PM ET Mark Halperin, after being accused of sexual harassment in 2017, is attempting to make a comeback to punditry with the help of his network of…

Beefy White Household Is Making an are attempting to Launch a Insurrection, Messily

ImageClockwise from bottom left: Nathan Saoudi, Sam Toms, Adam J. Harmer, Alex White, Adam Brennan and Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family.CreditCreditSuzanne Plunkett for The New York TimesLONDON — On a recent afternoon, four members of the band Fat White Family were sitting in an East London cafe, dressed, as always, like they’ve been riffling…
These Feminine Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Are seeking to Recruit Others.

These Feminine Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Are seeking to Recruit Others.

ImageRepresentative Mikie Sherrill, left, and Representative Abigail Spanberger, right, on Capitol Hill in 2019. In recent years, new veterans’ groups have become more engaged in electoral politics.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Marrying the growing political muscle of women and veterans in American politics, a group of female freshman lawmakers who served in…
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Politics this week

America sent an aircraft-carrier group to the Middle East in response to “troubling and escalatory” signs that Iran might attack American forces in the region. Iran, meanwhile, said it would no longer abide by all of the terms of the nuclear deal it signed with America and other world powers in 2015. America withdrew from…
James Comey’s anti-Trump politics: Public carrier or self-serving?

James Comey’s anti-Trump politics: Public carrier or self-serving?

WASHINGTON – James Comey looked straight into the camera as he uttered his first public denunciation of President Donald Trump. “Those were lies, plain and simple,” the former FBI director said in 2017, as millions of Americans watched his dramatic testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.Comey still uses that word – “lies” – when he talks…
Diagnosis: The postulate that Trump will recall effortlessly in 2020 is ridiculous

Diagnosis: The postulate that Trump will recall effortlessly in 2020 is ridiculous

(CNN)"The 2020 election isn't going to be close."That's the provocative first line of a Washington Post piece by conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt in which he makes the case -- as you might have already surmised -- that President Donald Trump will be easily reelected. Here's the key piece of the Hewitt case, referencing the positive…
Evaluation: Trump is pouring lighter fluid on the sphere’s hot spots

Evaluation: Trump is pouring lighter fluid on the sphere’s hot spots

(CNN)Donald Trump's approach to foreign policy -- like most of the world -- can be explained by "The Simpsons." In particular, this clip of Homer prepping his grill to barbecue.Trump, like Homer, tends to pour fuel -- and lots of it -- on fires. Take the President's handling of North Korea and its leader Kim…
Critic’s Notebook: The Broadway Musical Has a Man Field

Critic’s Notebook: The Broadway Musical Has a Man Field

Critic’s NotebookImageCreditCreditJohanna GoodmanOne of the greatest pleasures to be found on Broadway is the illusion of the past being magically transported into the present. We get the feeling whenever a classic is capably revived, though these days Broadway seems to want to conjure it from everything — ’80s movies, a children’s cartoon about an underwater…
Biden Faces Warfare of Passion Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies

Biden Faces Warfare of Passion Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies

ImageVice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The renewed scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine is entangled in politics on both sides of the Atlantic.CreditCreditGenya Savilov/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — It was a foreign policy role Joseph R. Biden Jr. enthusiastically embraced during his vice presidency: browbeating Ukraine’s notoriously…
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Politics this week

Juan Guaidó, who is recognised as interim president of Venezuela by many democracies, appeared outside an air-force base in Caracas and urged the armed forces to overthrow the socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. Leopoldo López, an opposition figure kept under house arrest by the regime, appeared with Mr Guaidó after being freed by security personnel.…
The Interpreter: ‘Overrun,’ ‘Outbred,’ ‘Modified’: Why Ethnic Majorities Lash Out Over Unfounded Fears

The Interpreter: ‘Overrun,’ ‘Outbred,’ ‘Modified’: Why Ethnic Majorities Lash Out Over Unfounded Fears

The InterpreterImageBuddhist monks studying in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Though the Sinhalese, who are mostly Buddhist, make up three-quarters of the population and dominate politics, many see themselves as an embattled minority.CreditCreditAdam Dean for The New York TimesAsk a member of Sri Lanka’s dominant ethnic group why the country seems plagued by racial and religious strife,…
How the 1992 L.A. uprising would maybe well affect 2020

How the 1992 L.A. uprising would maybe well affect 2020

Betsy Hodges is a former mayor of Minneapolis and fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. The views expressed here are hers. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Twenty-seven years ago, on the night of April 29, 1992, my life changed forever.Before that night, I was working the late shift at a home for people with…

Contrivance of landmines: How Brexit might per chance abet the Scottish independence quest

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to lead her nation to independence from the United Kingdom have been muddled by Brexit, but the whirlwind at the centre of British politics may yet advance her cause. FILE PHOTO: A Scottish flag flies between British Union Jack flag and European Union flag outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain,…
The Argument: Which 2020 Underdogs Stand a Likelihood?

The Argument: Which 2020 Underdogs Stand a Likelihood?

david leonhardtHello, “Argument” listeners. Michelle, Ross and I have a special episode for you this week. It’s the sold-out live show that we taped last week at TheTimesCenter in New York. We deliberately chose some big topics that would age well. First, the politics of immigration. And second, your voice mail questions about the 2020…
California Today time: How Would a Valid Estate Magnate Govern Los Angeles?

California Today time: How Would a Valid Estate Magnate Govern Los Angeles?

California TodayImageRick J. Caruso seems poised to take a greater role in Los Angeles affairs.CreditCreditRozette Rago for The New York TimesGood morning.(Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.)This week, my colleague Tim Arango profiled the real estate mogul Rick Caruso, whose influence in Los Angeles has spread from the Department…
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Politics this week

Jihadists in Sri Lanka suicide-bombed three churches and three hotels on Easter Sunday, killing more than 350 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility. The Sri Lankan authorities blamed a little-known local group, which they say may have had external help. The government received several detailed warnings, but does not seem to have acted on them. The…
Kamala Harris chooses females of color to pressure her campaign

Kamala Harris chooses females of color to pressure her campaign

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN)On stage and in front of the cameras, Sen. Kamala Harris is a rare sight, as a woman of color running for President.And behind the scenes, many of the people she's relying on to drive her to that goal look more like her than the legions of white men historically associated with…
Divided on Impeachment, Democrats Struggle With Responsibility and Politics

Divided on Impeachment, Democrats Struggle With Responsibility and Politics

ImageRepresentative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, said he believed that the obstructionist behavior outlined in the Mueller report constituted impeachable offenses, but was not convinced they warranted proceeding with an impeachment.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges caution on impeachment, rank-and-file House Democrats are agonizing over the prospect of…
They will ‘Terrorize the Neighbors’: San Francisco’s Richest Sing to Fight Newly Favorite Homeless Refuge

They will ‘Terrorize the Neighbors’: San Francisco’s Richest Sing to Fight Newly Favorite Homeless Refuge

Opponents of the Embacardero homeless navigation center protest its construction in San Francisco.Photo: Patrick Howell O’Neill (Gizmodo)Usually, the building of a homeless center is just local politics. When it happens in San Francisco, the whole country takes notice.After five hours of contentious public debate on Tuesday night, which was preceded by six weeks of controversy,…
Divided on Impeachment, Democrats Battle With Obligation and Politics

Divided on Impeachment, Democrats Battle With Obligation and Politics

ImageRepresentative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, said he believes that the obstructionist behavior outlined in Robert S. Mueller III’s report constitutes impeachable offenses, but he is not yet convinced they warrant proceeding with an impeachment.CreditCreditErin Schaff for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — As Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges caution on impeachment, rank-and-file House Democrats are agonizing…
On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Buttigieg Boomlet

On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Buttigieg Boomlet

On Politics With Lisa LererImageCreditCreditSwikar Patel for The New York TimesHi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host.[Get On Politics delivered to your inbox.]He’s the “hottest candidate in the 2020 race,” according to CNN. New Yorkers love him more than their own mayor. And then,…
Screenland: Alex Jones Below Oath Is an Antidote to a ‘Put up-Reality’ Age

Screenland: Alex Jones Below Oath Is an Antidote to a ‘Put up-Reality’ Age

ScreenlandImageFive days after Attorney General William Barr released his expectation-deflating summary of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s suspected Russia connections, a pair of videos appeared on YouTube, labeled “Alex Jones / Sandy Hook Video Deposition.” The hundreds of thousands of views those videos have accumulated attest to their appeal as a #Resistance consolation prize:…
Democrats Explore Young Voters, and the Memes That Pass Them

Democrats Explore Young Voters, and the Memes That Pass Them

ImageYoung people have formed organizations like the Sunrise Movement to call for action on issues like climate change.CreditCreditShawn Thew/EPA, via ShutterstockLucas Carrol, a freshman at Boston College, was sitting on his bed in his dorm room, bored on a Sunday, when he decided to create an unofficial “Pete Buttigieg for President” Facebook page. It was…
There’s a Higher Prize Than Impeachment

There’s a Higher Prize Than Impeachment

Opinion|There’s a Bigger Prize Than ImpeachmentKeeping Trump in office will destroy the Republican Party.By Joe LockhartMr. Lockhart served as White House press secretary from 1998 to 2000.April 22, 2019ImagePresident Donald Trump.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesIn the fall of 1998, Erskine Bowles, the White House chief of staff, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the…
Prognosis: 3 takeaways on Mueller Document Day

Prognosis: 3 takeaways on Mueller Document Day

(CNN)It's one of the most consequential days in recent memory in Washington, as the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's nearly-two-year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election are released to the public. We're covering it all here. And I'm watching and reading it all -- from Attorney General William Barr's press conference on…
Corbella: Politics of disaster backfired on Notley and should backfire on Trudeau too – Calgary Herald

Corbella: Politics of disaster backfired on Notley and should backfire on Trudeau too – Calgary Herald

NDP Leader Rachel Notley held a rally to support NDP candidate Janet Eremenko and greet supporters at cSPACE in Calgary on Monday, April 8, 2019. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Tuesday’s election win that gave Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party a majority government holds many lessons for those who engage in the politics of fear and smear. Not…
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Politics this week

Notre Dame, a medieval cathedral immortalised by Victor Hugo, Hollywood and innumerable tourist selfies, caught fire. More than 400 firefighters brought the blaze under control, but the roof is gone, and with it the spire. The interior damage is extensive, but many artefacts and relics, including a supposed part of Jesus’s crown of thorns, were…
Is This the Discontinuance of the Line for Nationalism in Australia?

Is This the Discontinuance of the Line for Nationalism in Australia?

If this political moment lasts, the country’s conservative movement could be transformed.By Waleed AlyMr. Aly lectures on politics at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.April 16, 2019ImageProtesters in Melbourne, Australia marched at a Stand Against Racism and Islamophobia rally in March.CreditCreditScott Barbour/Getty ImagesMELBOURNE, Australia — Just two months ago, Australia seemed destined for what the country’s…

Some ex-Obama aides stare venerable president in young Indiana mayor

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast.1. The Obama mantle The Pete Buttigieg buzz is real -- the young mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised more money than most of his rivals, and sits in third place…

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank of Smearing Progressive Candidates

ImageSenator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign rally in Madison, Wis., on Friday. He said the Center for American Progress was “using its resources to smear” him and other progressive presidential candidates.CreditCreditLauren Justice for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders, in a rare and forceful rebuke by a presidential candidate of an…

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Speak Tank of Smearing Innovative Candidates

ImageSenator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a campaign rally in Madison, Wis., on Friday. He said the Center for American Progress was “using its resources to smear” him and other progressive presidential candidates.CreditCreditLauren Justice for The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders, in a rare and forceful rebuke by a presidential candidate of an…

How Eleanor Roosevelt Revolutionized Politics

“This country,” Margaret Fuller wrote in the middle of the nineteenth century as she considered what makes a great leader, “needs… no thin Idealist, no coarse Realist, but a man whose eye reads the heavens, while his feet step firmly on the ground, and his hands are strong and dexterous for the use of human…

Our Disgrace at the Border

The agony of the refugee and the posturing of showbiz politicians.April 11, 2019ImageCentral American migrants in an enclosure in El Paso where they were being held by Customs and Border Protection.CreditCreditJose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersSuppose one night there is a knock on your door. You open it to find 100 bedraggled families shivering in your yard —…

12 Years Of Disruption: A Wikileaks Timeline

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears at the window of the balcony prior to making an address to the media at the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appears at the window of the balcony prior to making an…

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Hills of radioactive residue, covered in black sheeting, are stored at Lynas's facility in Malaysia.PHOTO: SAVE MALAYSIA STOP LYNAS Companies and governments worldwide are anxiously watching the fate of a sprawling industrial facility 30 kilometers north of this city on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.The 100-hectare Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) produces 10% of…

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Following months of mass protests in Sudan, it appeared that Omar al-Bashir had been ousted as president by the army. Mr al-Bashir had misruled since taking power in a coup in 1989. His civil war against non-Muslim black Africans ended with the secession of South Sudan. Separately, the International Criminal Court charged him with overseeing…

As Sanders Calls For ‘Medicare-For-All,’ A Twist On That Idea Features Traction

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption toggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP As Democratic candidates for president try to walk a political…

Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020

Opinion|Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020The election was a referendum on Netanyahu and he nailed it. His playbook will be Trump’s in 2020. April 10, 2019ImageLeftover campaign materials after Benjamin Netanyahu's election night party.CreditCreditJack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesTEL AVIV — It was a referendum on him and he nailed it. Nobody can take…

Are living Briefing: Israel Elections 2019: Are living Updates

DEVELOPINGLive BriefingImageSupporters of the Blue and White political alliance watching a television poll on a screen at the alliance headquarters in Tel Aviv.CreditCreditMenahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Exit polls show a dead heat in the race between Benjamin Netanyahu, the polarizing, right-wing prime minister, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, a newcomer to electoral…

The Upward thrust and Upward thrust of the Turkish Proper

The opposition parties challenging President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offer another version of the right-wing nationalism of his party and its nationalist partner.By Halil M. KaraveliMr. Karaveli is the author of “Why Turkey Is Authoritarian: From Ataturk to Erdogan.”April 8, 2019ImageMansur Yavas campaigning for mayor in Ankara, Turkey, in March.CreditCreditRasit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency, via Getty ImagesSince March…

Democrats Rethink the Demise Penalty, and Its Politics.

ImageSince Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on captial punishment in March, Democratic candidates for president have lined up to support it.CreditCreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated PressLOS ANGELES — By signing an executive order, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California recently ended the threat of execution as long as he is in office for the…

Explainer: Israeli parties running within the 2019 election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israelis vote in a national election on Tuesday. Polls show that veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking a fifth term in office, is best positioned in the tight race to win and head the next government. His decade-long dominance of Israeli politics has been the biggest issue of the campaign. FILE PHOTO:…
This Guy Is the President’s Common Meme-Maker

This Guy Is the President’s Common Meme-Maker

A stay-at-home dad in Kansas reveals how the lines have blurred between viral trolling and the business of politics.April 6, 2019ImageA screenshot of a video meme created by "“CarpeDonktum.”CreditCredit“CarpeDonktum” Welcome to 2019, where it takes just 19 hours for a faked homemade video of Joe Biden to travel from the keyboard of a pseudonymous “memesmith”…
Jewish Memory and Israel’s Election

Jewish Memory and Israel’s Election

Opinion|Jewish Memory and Israel’s ElectionWhy Netanyahu’s challenger deserves to win. April 5, 2019ImageBenny Gantz, center, visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City in March.CreditCreditRonen Zvulun/ReutersIsrael stood still for a moment this week so it could bring home the remains of Sgt. Zachary Baumel, a soldier who perished in battle in 1982. This was in…
Prognosis: Why politicizing the Federal Reserve is harmful

Prognosis: Why politicizing the Federal Reserve is harmful

New York (CNN Business)The Federal Reserve's unrivaled influence on the world's economy is due in no small part to the belief that it simply doesn't care about politics.The American central bank has proven that it's not scared to tap the brakes on the economy to prevent runaway inflation — even if an election is lurking…
Joe Biden Is of an Older Know-how. Does It Subject?

Joe Biden Is of an Older Know-how. Does It Subject?

Times readers debate how the former vice president has interacted with women.ImageCreditCreditChang W. Lee/The New York TimesThis week, hundreds of Times readers shared their reactions to the unfolding accusations against Joseph R. Biden Jr. by women who said he had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable.Many readers defended the former vice…