Category Archives: Politics

India claims to have shot down a satellite, bringing ‘star wars’ tech to a shooting war

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Space Force racers: Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday that India had successfully tested a ballistic anti-satellite weapon by destroying a satellite in orbit. The announcement comes just as India is about to head into elections, and days after reaching a fragile pause in a series of military exchanges with neighboring Pakistan. The

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This 95-year-old WWII veteran took four buses to march in New Zealand’s rally against racism

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That’s what strength looks like. Lost in the hate-filled machismo of right wingers nailing themselves to crosses during the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, was John Sato. The 95-year-old New Zealand army World War II veteran took four buses in order to make his way to the center of Auckland. He took all of those buses so that he

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Theresa May promises to resign, but only if she ‘wins’ on Brexit

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Because it is apparently bizarre o’clock everywhere in the world, or because the U.K. simply can’t stand to see a Twilight Zone reboot taking away some of the Black Mirror buzz, Prime Minister Theresa May has made an announcement. Saying that she “got the message” that there’s a desire for new leadership, she will leave her position if her proposal on

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McDonald’s finally promises it will no longer lobby against raising the minimum wage in the U.S.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also said it would be open to negotiating a raise in the hourly minimum wage. In January, Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s executive vice president and chief policy officer, told Politico that the Chamber wouldn’t back a raise up to $15, however, noting, “If it’s going to be done, it’s going to need to be

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The Barr cover-up: How much work was one bracketed letter doing?

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The Fixer There is so much wrong with William Barr’s brief summary of the Mueller investigation’s final report, and this curious edit of Mueller’s actual words starkly stands out: [T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. That bracket around the letter T is glaring, and obviously

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Trump says the economy is booming, but economists predict a slowdown

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Donald Trump insists that the economy is booming and will continue to boom because of him. As usual, you could have a spirited debate over whether Trump is intentionally lying or just ignorant, or you could just decide it doesn’t matter since the outcome is the same: Trump’s brags and promises are lies and hot air. In contrast with Trump’s puffery, business

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Young Republicans now less likely to support LGBTQ rights than in 2015

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Young Republicans are becoming more like the Republican Party rather than the Republican Party becoming more like young people. A new survey of 40,000 Americans finds that, while support for LGBTQ rights has increased or at least stayed steady among most groups since 2015, support from young Republicans dropped. The good news is that a majority of Republicans under 30

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Monica Lewinsky’s red-hot response to comparisons of the Mueller report to the Starr report

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I think this response goes a long way. Lewinsky and Kerr are highlighting two distinctions between the Clinton and the Trump investigations. Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s use of public money to turn an investigation into President Clinton’s real estate investments into an investigation of Clinton’s extramarital dirtbaggery is unparalleled. Republicans reveled in releasing all of the gritty details of Clinton’s affair with his

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Second court block Wisconsin GOP’s power grabs, showing importance of next week’s Supreme Court race

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Progressive Wisconsin Judge Lisa Neubauer On Tuesday, a state judge in Dane County threw out parts of the lame-duck power grabs that Wisconsin Republicans passed after Gov. Scott Walker was defeated in 2018 but before his term expired. This is the second ruling in less than a week to overturn these power-grabbing laws Republicans had passed, which Democrats were unable

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Trump wants to shaft Puerto Rico. Again.

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Photo taken fully one year after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017: Light poles list to the side in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. After Donald Trump’s magnanimous round of paper towel tossing in 2017 while visiting hurricane-torn Puerto Rico, Trump really thinks the U.S. territory has gotten quite enough relief already. In fact, “He doesn’t want another single dollar

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