Supreme Ambition review: Trump, Kavanaugh and the right’s big coup

Ruth Marcuss well-sourced account reveals a conservative push to dismantle FDRs legacy through the supreme court Supreme Ambition has already earned the presidents ire. In a Book link Supreme Ambition offers a possible additional glimpse into Kennedys thinking. Marcus reports that at a gathering of Washingtons high and mighty, the Alfalfa Club dinner, shortly after Trumps inauguration, Gregory Kennedy, the justices son, approached the White House aide Kellyanne Conway and conveyed that no one was happier about the election than his father. In fairness, the author also records the younger Kennedys email denial that he ever spoke to Conway about his fathers views about the election or any other subject. Notably, he does not deny meeting Conway. Justice is not …

Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the lefts struggle against oppression | Bernie Sanders

The antisemites threatening us dont just hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial democracy and political equality, says US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders On 27 October, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in American history, when a white nationalist walked into the bomb one of the states oldest synagogues. This wave of violence is the result of a dangerous political ideology that targets Jews and anyone who does not fit a narrow vision of a whites-only America. We have to be clear that while antisemitism is a threat to Jews everywhere, it is also a threat to democratic governance itself. The antisemites who Jewish Currents, an award-winning publication of politics, arts and culture

Piety & Power review: how Mike Pence went all-in for Donald Trump

The VP brought the evangelicals to the table but not much else. As impeachment clouds gather, his position seems in peril Mike Pence, meet Dan Quayle. Like Pence, Quayle hailed from Indiana and feared being dumped by a president whose re-election seemed uncertain. In Quayles case, George HW Bush calculated that the cost of unloading his gaffe-prone and draft-avoiding veep outweighed any potential advantage. Quayle kept his spot. Bush lost to Bill Clinton. Pences prospects appear similarly shaky. With Trump trailing in the polls and facing impeachment the result is neither hit job nor hagiography. Rather, the veteran Pence-watcher portrays his subject as a committed Christian with sharp elbows and a sonorous voice, one who has struggled with the tugs …

RIP GOP review: how Democrats can usher fall of the house of Trump

Stanley Greenberg makes key points about Republican decline but the presidents opponents face tough challenges too Nearly 35 years ago, the pollster Stanley Greenberg took a hard look at Macomb county, Michigan, wanting to better understand the political DNA of He concluded: These white Democratic defectors express a profound distaste for blacks, a sentiment that pervades almost everything they think about government and politics. A supporter of Robert Kennedy in 1968, Greenberg saw class, not race, as the lever of choice in wooing Democratic voters. A quarter-century later, he was Bill Clintons pollster in his victorious 1992 presidential bid. Now Greenberg delivers RIP GOP, in which he predicts that the rage engendered by Donald Trump will lead to his defeat …

Trump wanted gamers to support him. Now hes blaming them for gun massacres | Van Badham

With increasing numbers of people bleeding to death in US streets, the president has to find someone something anything! to blame Scientific studies gun massacre deaths of another not Toledo) Ohio. Why scapegoat video games and demonise the people who play them? My dudes, why not? Its established that science, expertise, evidence and the truth are walk in and buy one at Walmart, a local store, a gun show or from a friend or neighbour. You can petty felon or an extremist who dreams of a Just before the 2016 election, he dared those second-amendment people remember? to act against Hillary Clinton if she attempted legislative gun control. The New York Times reported: Mr Trump and his campaign did not …

There’s an old word for Trump’s brand of nationalism: ‘hatriotism’ | Samuel G Freedman

The term perfectly describes people who cloak toxic intolerance in patriotism. Lets bring it back Several weeks ago, as President Trump used the pretext of patriotism to unleash a blog called AmericanHatriots, in a radio shows and website of the political commentator David Pakman. And, oh yes, theres a Original Article : HERE ;

Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Barker also noted the parallel between Christian nationalism and white nationalism over Trumps 2016 election slogan, Make America great again. He said: While it is certainly true, …