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Elizabeth Warren forges a 2020 machine

(From Politico) When and if she does, she’ll be rolling out arguably the most advanced and sweeping infrastructure in the Democratic field, a plug-and-play campaign that could give her a massive head start on nearly every contender in the...

Chuck Schumer: Mr. President, let’s make a deal

(From News Times) Now that Democrats will soon control one branch of Congress, President Donald Trump is again signaling that infrastructure could be an area of compromise. We agree, but if the president wanted to earn Democratic support in the...

Kill the Lame Duck

(From Politico) Designed for a time when new elected officials had to travel long distances to make it to the capitol, they are mostly harmless, like an antique shotgun hanging on the wall—at least until recently. Today, Republicans in Wisconsin,...

Bringing the Future Back Into American Politics

(From Real Clear Politics) Until the Trump years, there was bipartisan support for bequeathing to future Americans a country resembling the beautiful one the politicians inherited. Sure, there were differences, but there was a basic understanding that the interests of...

John Dingle: Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections

(From The Atlantic) In December 1958, almost exactly three years after I entered the House of Representatives, the first American National Election Study, initiated by the University of Michigan, found that 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government “to...

David Attenborough: collapse of civilisation is on the horizon

(From The Guardian) Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, spoke at the opening ceremony, saying the use of “efficient” coal technology was not contradictory to taking climate action. Poland generates 80% of its electricity from coal but has cut its...

What the Left Can Learn From Søren Kierkegaard

(From Merionwest.com) By and large, the argument of identity politics movements and various egalitarian theories of distributive justice wasn’t about the objective of leaving people better off—but who was being left behind by these processes… But what these material questions...

How America’s Bluest State Can Be a Model for the Other 49

(From The American Prospect) California may have the world’s fifth largest GDP, but it also ranks fourth among U.S. states in terms of income inequality and first among U.S. states in poverty, according to the Census expanded definition that takes into account housing costs....

Trump’s Summit of Futility

(From Slate) Trump wants to isolate Iran; to do that effectively, he would need the cooperation of its trading partners (actual or potential) in Europe, Russia, and China—and he has angered all of them. He wants to play trade-war games...

The thrills and chills of a Democratic supermajority

(From The Daily News) Governor-elect Gavin Newsom has vowed to expand child care and home health services, at a cost to be determined. Many Democrats are committed to replacing private health insurance with a state-run plan such as the...