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- Political nerds being political nerds, a colleague asked me this week if it was possible to figure out how the 2020 Democratic presidential primary would have turned out had the party used a ranked-choice voting system . You’re no doubt familiar with the concept by now, given all of the attention paid to the mayoral contest in New York City which, for the first time, is using such a system to determine a winner. Voters there pick up to five candidates in order of preference. The first ...


- A s Irish-Nigerian academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri prepares for the U.S. release of her latest book, she reflects on the thinkers who have inspired her own work. "I feel deeply indebted to specifically Black American intellectuals and writers," she says, "I see them as ancestors who, in many periods of my life, showed me a way when I felt like there really wasn’t necessarily one." What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition is Dabiri’s manifesto for radical change in a ...

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- Joe Biden suffered a significant setback on Tuesday as one of his top priorities, a set of reforms to protect voting rights and shore up American democracy, was defeated in Congress. With Vice-president Kamala Harris presiding, a Senate procedural vote on whether to start debate on sweeping election legislation ended as expected in a 50-50 stalemate along party lines. Sixty votes had been required to overcome Republicans’ use of a procedural tool known as the filibuster, in effect killing the ...


- A US military training document has described the political philosophy of socialism – a relatively mainstream term in politics around the world – as a “terrorist ideology” akin to neo-Nazism. The document, which was obtained by The Intercept news website , was used in the US navy. It was entitled: Introduction to Terrorism/Terrorist Operations, and aimed at some members of the navy’s internal police, the outlet reported . On one page of the document, in a section titled Study ...


- The financial might of the group was evident in the 24 hours before the primary election. The New York City Campaign Finance Board shows that the organization spent over $100,000 and distributed at least nine mailers on Monday. A leader of the committee told CNBC the PAC is leaving open the possibility of continuing its efforts into the November general election. The sheer amount raised and spent going into Tuesday's primary by the group shows the importance to business leaders of influencing ...

Source: cnbc.com

- Did the media learn nothing from the Trump years? Pushing Biden to confront Russia and China will invite disaster U.S. president Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland. If you get your foreign policy news today from CNN or MSNBC or NPR or similar outlets, then you're bombarded hour after ...

Source: salon.com

- Tuesday’s mayoral primary lacks a prominent democratic socialist contender. But the next mayoral race will almost certainly feature one. New York Mayor David Dinkins, just months after taking office in 1990, welcomed members of the Socialist International to Manhattan with a robust reflection: Socialist ideals have played a powerful role in this city and this country—which have served as gateways for millions of immigrants, many of whom were socialist activists. Public education, a strong ...


- Gail Collins: Bret, it’s been a while between conversations and although I’ve been on vacation I have noticed a lot of … stuff. Particularly the frozen Senate. Tell me, who’s your hero? Action-stopping Joe Manchin? Perpetually plotting Mitch McConnell? Let’s-all-get-along Mitt Romney? Bret Stephens: Welcome back from holiday, Gail. Years ago I won a minor journalism award on the strength of my mockery of Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. But how can you not love a Republican who voted ...

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- Opinion: Apart from funding infrastructure, the rich should pay more taxes President Biden’s willingness to entertain other pay-fors to fund the American Jobs Plan should not lead him to abandon tax reform provisions that are justified on the merits. Republicans’ perpetual insistence on cutting taxes for the rich and corporations starves the federal government of revenue, including for items that Republicans agree are essential (e.g., defense). Moreover, tax cuts have the effect of allowing ...


- Only the Women Can Save Us Now, New York Last week I wrote about why I thought Eric Adams is very marginally preferable to Andrew Yang in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary. Yang is likable, and I can see why people have gravitated to his sunny vision of a vibrant, business-friendly city. But electing a totally inexperienced mayor buoyed by hedge fund billionaires and singularly focused on public order seems potentially calamitous. Not because public order isn’t important — ...

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- MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez said Monday that there is “zero possibility" of holding free elections in Nicaragua Nov. 7 and that opposition forces who participate would only be “legitimizing" President Daniel Ortega’s re-election. In an interview with The Associated Press from the United States where he was receiving medical treatment, the author of “Divine Punishment” said that Ortega had imposed a system of “terror” that ...


- Senator Bernie Sanders , a Vermont independent, criticized a bipartisan infrastructure proposal backed by at least 11 Republican senators—calling out its relatively small overall price tag and the lack of provisions to address the climate change crisis. The group of GOP lawmakers said on Wednesday that they backed the proposed "bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation's core infrastructure needs without raising taxes." Although the full details of the proposal ...

Source: newsweek.com

- The political center is striking back — at least for now. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has become the most influential member of the Senate, occupying a perch from which he is able to mute his own party’s most ambitious goals. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), an avatar of Clinton-era centrism, easily defeated a challenge from the left earlier this month to secure the party nomination as he seeks to get his old job back. New York City Democrats will go to the polls Tuesday with ...

Source: thehill.com

- In recent years, Democratic Socialists of America members elected to all levels of government have been faced with a new challenge: what to do with their office. Three staffers for New York State assembly member Phara Souffrant Forrest discuss how to organize for socialism from a state capital. Last summer, nurse and democratic socialist Phara Souffrant Forrest was elected to the New York State Assembly with a slate of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)–backed candidates. She’s been ...


- An expert's point of view on a current event. Colombia’s “Progress” Leaves Millions Behind Black and Indigenous citizens have been excluded from the country’s narrative of growth. By , an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto, and , a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. Colombia is one of the most unequal countries in the world. So it’s no surprise extreme inequality has been a major catalyst for the national protests that started ...


- Joe Biden’s recent spending spree can make the United States a less miserable place. But the president has no interest in bringing about the structural change that would weaken the power capitalists have over workers. Joe Biden’s turn to supporting large-scale government spending, after rallying the Democratic Party establishment to defeat Bernie Sanders in the primary, has stunned much of the Left. After signing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, he is now advancing an additional $1.7 ...


- Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi are known for exposing the crimes of the police, the military, and Wall Street. But they also spout dangerous conservative hyperbole about The Left. What’s going on? Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi have a long track record of work that exposes the crimes of the powerful. Both were early intellectual heroes of mine; Taibbi was one of the first writers to see through Barack Obama’s hollow rhetoric , and his reporting around the financial ...


- Many people’s social status and identity are intimately bound up with the jobs they do. That’s not just pernicious capitalist ideology, Ruth Dukes and Wolfgang Streeck argue: it can offer the basis for worker resistance to the power of employers. In a recent paper, Ruth Dukes and Wolfgang Streeck discuss the now quite arcane concept of industrial citizenship and the changing status of work in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For many on the Left, concern with the social status ...


- Ohio congressional candidate Nina Turner said Wednesday that “the establishment is doing everything they can to stop our movement” shortly after erstwhile Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton publicly threw her support behind Shontel Brown, the leader of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and Turner’s biggest competitor in the race to fill the vacant U.S. House seat in the Buckeye State’s 11th district. “Proud to be running a campaign that is 100% focused on working ...

Source: truthout.org

- © Greg Nash Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders ’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, touted what she called Sanders's success in reframing debate over healthcare. “A lot of folks inside really struggled with their healthcare concerns but didn't really understand that there was a political solution to it until Bernie started talking about it and until they heard other people who shared their concerns at these town halls,” Gray said ...

Source: thehill.com