This is Donald Trump’s America

Washington (CNN)Buried deep within a Pew Research Center poll on race and ethnicity in America released Wednesday is this paragraph: Dig into the numbers and things get even grimmer. Among white Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, fully 47% say it would bother them, a lot (20%) or some (27%), to hear a language other than English spoken in public. Just one in four (26%) of that group said hearing a foreign language in public wouldn’t bother them at all. (By contrast, 58% of white Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said hearing a language other than English wouldn’t bother them at all.) Numbers like those go a long way in explaining how someone like Donald Trump — a political gadfly with nor real …

Joe Biden declines to apologize in first television interview of his 2020 campaign

(CNN)The hosts of ABC’s “The View” were looking — and asking, repeatedly — for an apology from Joe Biden. When co-host Sunny Hostin noted that the women have asked for him to say sorry, Biden seemed intent to side-step an outright apology. “I’m really sorry if in talking to them, in trying to console, that in fact they took it a different way,” Biden said. “And it’s my responsibility to make sure that I bend over backwards to try and understand how not to do that.” Given a third opportunity, Biden again demurred. “I’m sorry this happened,” he said, “but I’m not sorry in the sense that I think I did something that was intentionally designed to do anything wrong …

Joe Biden will confront a new political era as he launches his campaign

(CNN)Joe Biden’s mission in the presidential bid he will launch on Thursday is to prove he’s not a man out of step with the times. But Biden has one huge card to sell to Democrats desperate to oust Trump: He might be their best hope of beating the President, especially in the Midwestern, blue-collar heartland. And his experience and dignity could be the antidote to Trump’s rage. Biden enters the crowded primary after months of soul searching as a clear but not prohibitive front-runner. Invoking America’s better angels, Biden is offering experience and a character forged by tragedy to purge the scandals, lies and constitutional chicanery of the current President and to close the societal schisms he has widened. “We …

Muellers account of Trumps world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton

Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enough Trump was right. His presidency was announced. Its tantamount to treasonous to work so closely with the Russian secret services during the campaign, with the Russians plainly hoping a Trump presidency would turn a blind eye to the subpoena by the House judicial committee for the full unredacted report is the first step. Democrat leaders may have misgivings about how impeachment will play out politically, but they have a constitutional and moral obligation to act against such a president with such a record. This behaviour sets new abysmal lows. Republican senators will almost certainly block the two-thirds majority needed to secure impeachment in the …

‘Wouldn’t that be fabulous?’: Kamala Harris says she’s open to an all-female 2020 ticket

(CNN)It wasn’t a pledge or a promise, but Kamala Harris on Friday heartily embraced the idea of choosing a female vice president to create an all-woman ticket in her quest for the White House. But in this historic moment — fueled by the #MeToo movement and a growing culture of female empowerment — the notion doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched. It’s a particularly good talking point for Harris, whose advisers believe that her path to Democratic nomination hinges on her ability to consolidate support among women and black voters. In her case, celebrating the idea of a two-women ticket is good politics. Or in her words: fabulous. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

My dispiriting, infuriating and illuminating time as a political telemarketer

The long read: What I learned about politics while phone-banking for the Democrats I got into political fundraising in the autumn of 2007 because I had become sick of yelling at the TV, and I didnt want to be one of those people who failed to put their money where their mouth was, ideologically speaking. I started with plenty of door-to-door canvassing; the transition to working the phones meant I was at least glad to be indoors during my workday. And for a brief, shining moment back when Barack Obama was still just a candidate, mass telemarketing was not only a way of raising money it also doubled as the most compelling means of showing an enlightened reformist spirit in …

3 theories on why Donald Trump’s lies don’t seem to faze him (or his supporters)

(CNN)On Tuesday, during a sit-down with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump said something that wasn’t true. About his own father. Fred Trump was, of course, born in New York City. (His father, the President’s grandfather, was born in Germany.) It’s an easily checkable fact, but this is at least the third time that Trump has claimed that his father was born in Germany when he, well, wasn’t. Why does he do it? Because facts have always been a fungible thing to Trump. He has, throughout his life, bent them to fit the narrative he is telling about himself. For most people, getting something factually wrong — especially in a public setting — is disconcerting and embarrassing. Trump …

5Gs Potential Health Hazard, Zucks Deleted Posts, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: 5G: Cool for your cellphone, terrible for your health? 5G, the cell phone network that promises to exponentially increase data speeds for all, might help load a web page faster but could also hurt your health. It turns out your sweat glands act kind of like antennas in response to the high frequency waves planned to be used in the service, and funding for research on the health effects is relatively slim. 5G is still in its infancy in the US though, so here's to hoping research about its potential health hazards catch up with the technology itself. Facebook had a hell of a weekend Over the weekend, Facebook poked …

Joe Biden just revealed his biggest 2020 weakness

(CNN)On Tuesday in New York, Joe Biden talked openly about the regret and frustration he feels for the way in which the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation of Clarence Thomas — which the then Delaware senator oversaw as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — played out. “We knew a lot less about the extent of harassment back then, over 30 years ago. She paid a terrible price, she was abused for the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something. To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved, given the courage she showed by reaching out to us.”

How Michael Avenatti’s flash-in-the-pan celebrity perfectly fit Trump’s Washington

(CNN)A mere 264 days ago, Michael Avenatti announced — via Twitter — that he was considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination. The rise and fall — and potential criminal collapse — of Avenatti is both not at all surprising and sadly typical of the circus-like political environment in which we all find ourselves. Avenatti is the sort of person who, in this climate, can’t and won’t be ignored, even as everyone (maybe including Avenatti himself) knew that none of this would end well. At all. “Of course, the easy rejoinder to my case against Avenatti above is that Trump is the President of the United States. Which renders all traditional ways in which we measure someone’s chances of …

UK should leave EU with no deal, says former Bank of England governor

Mervyn King says Britain could ease dislocation costs with six months of planning The former governor of the Bank of England, issued repeat warnings that leaving the EU without a deal would cause significant economic damage and would damage living standards across the country. The Bank published a worst-case scenario last year that included Britain plunging into an Philip Hammond, the chancellor, not to accelerate spending to prepare the country for such a scenario had been disastrous and had cost the UKs bargaining power in talks with Brussels. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The shock of the nude: Brazil’s stark new form of political protest

In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at So Paulos international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different If ever there were a city where disrupting traffic felt like a political act, it would be So Paulo. Its 15 million inhabitants routinely take an hour to drive across town and can per year just getting to and from work. So when the dancers of Banksys kissing coppers) as hooting taxis squeeze past. We love the fight between the public and the traffic, performer Carlos Canhameiro tells me later, remarkably uninjured. The street belongs to you. The street belongs to you (See[]Have) Adrift. Photograph: Guto Muniz If there are politics even in …

‘The Brexodus is under way’: meet the Brits leaving the UK

In the year after the Brexit vote, 17,000 British people sought citizenship of another EU country and many have since upped and left. Five Brexiles explain why theyre starting a new life overseas Last month, after a decade of living in London, my husband and I packed up the contents of our two-bedroom flat and moved to France with our 15-month-old son. With another baby on the way, were renting an apartment in Toulouse while we look for a more permanent setup. Leaving friends and family behind, and getting to grips with a new culture and language, hasnt been easy. But we have no plans to return to the UK. What sold us on France? The healthier work-life balance and …

UK online pornography age block triggers privacy fears

Government to confirm launch date of nationwide age block on pornographic content The government will next week confirm the launch date for a UK-wide age block on online pornography as privacy campaigners continue to raise concerns about how websites and age verification companies will use the data they collect. The plan for implementing the Open Rights AgeID: The problem is youre giving all your data to the pornographic equivalent of Mark Zuckerberg: This is what I like, this is who I am, and these are all of the sites Ive visited. AgeID has previously said it believes there is a market of up to 25 millions Britons for its age verification system, suggesting it believes around half of British adults …

Steve King plans to seek re-election: ‘I have nothing to apologize for’

(CNN)Rep. Steve King said he plans to run for re-election and rejected responsibility for his statements in The New York Times that appeared to defended white nationalism. In the article, King, as part of a defense of what he said was the “culture of America,” asked how certain terms had become controversial in modern discourse. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” he told the Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” Despite the rebukes, and the possibility of primary challengers motivated by the controversy, King said he has no plans to retire from Congress. “I would tell (voters) don’t let the elitists …

Here’s what 2020 candidates should learn from Jussie Smollett

(CNN)“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett made the whole thing up. From a criminal perspective, next steps seem simple. Smollett has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He will, presumably, be tried and sentenced — unless he can offer evidence that clears him. What’s harder to sort through is the political reaction to the case — and how we can avoid going down this same road in the future. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve,” Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Thursday. “To make things worse, the accusations within this phony attack received national attention for weeks. Celebrities, news commentators, even presidential candidates weighed in on something that …