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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The greatest threat to our democracy today is a Republican Party that plays dirty to win. The party's abandonment of fair play was showcased spectacularly in 2016, when the United States Senate refused to allow President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February. While technically constitutional, the act " in effect, stealing a court seat " hadn't been tried since the 19th century. It would be bad enough on its own, but the Merrick Garland affair is part of a broader pattern. Republicans across the country seem to have embraced an "any means necessary" strategy to preserve their power. Constitutional hardball has accelerated under the Trump administration. President Trump's declaration of a "national emergency" to divert public money toward a border wall " openly flouting Congress, which voted against building a wall " is a clear example. Constitutional hardball can damage and even destroy a democracy. read more


Friday, September 20, 2019

In a national survey of employers that we at Northeastern University recently conducted, a strong majority of HR leaders said that the value of educational credentials in hiring has either increased (48%) or held steady (29%) over the last five years. read more


Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, as Stoller explains, Democrats altered their economic vision. They abandoned New Deal and Great Society liberalism in favor of a new dogma that came to be known as neoliberalism " a view of society in which markets and financial instruments, rather than government policy and direct intervention, are seen as the best way to achieve social ends. Obama's biggest ideas were neoliberal: The Affordable Care Act, his greatest domestic policy achievement, improved access to health care by altering private health-insurance markets. Obama aimed to address the climate crisis by setting up a market for carbon, and his plan for improving education focused on technocratic, standards-based reform. Over the course of his presidency, inequality grew, and Obama did little to stop it. While much of the rest of the country struggled to get by, the wealthy got wealthier and multimillionaires and billionaires achieved greater political and cultural power.


Monday, September 16, 2019

Twice in the last month, the President of the United States has claimed that the Pentagon has weapons even more powerful than nuclear weapons, with the ability to easily kill millions. President Donald Trump made the claim during remarks to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Trump told an audience: "The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue," Trump said, apparently referring to the Afghanistan war and drawing applause from the crowd. "And if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before " and I'm not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them."


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Drones attacked the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early on Saturday, the kingdom's interior ministry said, sparking a huge fire at a processor vital to global energy supplies. A military spokesman for Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes. Yahia Sarie made the announcement on Saturday in a televised address carried by the Houthi movement's al-Masirah satellite news channel. He said the rebels had sent 10 drones to attack the Abqaiq oil processing facility and the Khurais oil field. He said attacks against the kingdom would get worse if the war in Yemen continued. "The only option for the Saudi government is to stop attacking us," he said. A Saudi-led coalition has been at war with the rebels since March 2015.


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