In 2015, I received a call from my sister, a widow living in southern Iraq with her children. She told me that her son had been kidnapped, taken while playing outside of their home. He was returned to safety a day later, frightened but unharmed. My sister was scared out of her mind. We’ll never know for absolute sure who was behind this kidnapping, or why they did it. But it’s most likely retaliation due…"I’m an Iraqi who risked my life for America. Trump’s visa ban puts my family in grave danger."
Changing the 23-year-old pact has Canada and Mexico on edge. Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency by deriding NAFTA, the free trade pact between the US, Canada, and Mexico, as a job killer and “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere, but certainly ever signed in this country.” Just a few weeks into office, he’s getting ready to renegotiate it. During a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House last week, Trump slammed…"Trump is ready to renegotiate NAFTA. Here’s what that might look like."
Fighting over immigration is central to the American story. “This is not American. This is not who we are.” The words have the thrum of a chant, a staccato denial. After Donald Trump announced his travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, the words were pronounced by Hillary Clinton, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andrew Cuomo. They were scrawled on signs and posted on Facebook and repeated at rallies. This is not American. This is not who…"“This is not who we are,” critics say about the refugee ban. But what if it is?"
How the company’s guerrilla war against consumerism led to that bizarro Super Bowl potato ad. The masterminds behind Cards Against Humanity (CAH) — the blackly comedic, risqué, and politically tinged version of Apples to Apples that’s become a staple at game nights — threw everyone for a loop earlier this week when they bought a 30-second Super Bowl ad. Shown locally in Chicago, home to the game’s founders, the ad featured a potato with the…"Cards Against Humanity’s co-founders on the struggle to find humor in the age of Trump"
Why Richard Rorty’s critique of the left is as relevant as ever. A prescient passage from a forgotten book has been making the rounds since Donald Trump’s election. It’s plucked from a 1998 book titled Achieving our Country. The author is Richard Rorty, a liberal philosopher who died in 2007. The book consists of a series of lectures Rorty gave in 1997 about the history of leftist thought in 20th-century America. To read the viral…"This philosopher predicted Trump’s rise in 1998 — and he has another warning for the left"
The Vietnam War also comes up Just before 7 am this morning, President Donald Trump decided to launch an attack on Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, a low-key liberal Democrat with a safe seat who committed the crime of praising Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, appellate Judge Neal Gorsuch. Specifically, Blumenthal told the Wall Street Journal that he had discussed some of Trump’s attacks on the federal judiciary with Gorsuch, and Gorsuch told him that the attacks…"Trump: No, my Supreme Court nominee didn’t criticize me. (Nominee’s spokesperson: Yes he did.)"
Nine advocates and experts on the future of activism and equality. During the Obama years, a new generation of racial justice activists emerged, elevating the needs and demands of people of color. Through acts like protesting against the officer-involved killings of black people, lobbying for unbiased treatment of children of color in schools, or tweeting about the lack of racial diversity in entertainment, advocates helped illuminate the vast inequalities that continue to plague communities of…"“All politics is identity politics”: reckoning with racial justice in the Trump era"
If the VP and Cabinet conclude a president is unwell, they can legally do something about it. The president of the United States has essentially unconstrained authority to use nuclear weapons however he sees fit. So what would happen if the president, in the judgment of those closest to him, were to … not be in his right mind? In such a scenario, there is, in fact, something that could quickly and legally be done…"The 25th Amendment, explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve"
New Gallup data shows that some of the places that benefited most from the Affordable Care Act were also those that supported the candidate who ran on a campaign of repealing and replacing it. (Gallup) The three states with the biggest declines in uninsured rates — Kentucky, Arkansas, and West Virginia — all supported Trump in the 2016 election. These are all states that participated in the health care law’s Medicaid expansion, which provides government-run…"Most states with largest insurance gains under Obamacare voted for Trump"
Exchange rates are more about politics than economics. An obscure but consequential debate is playing out on Capitol Hill that pits lobbyists for America’s large retail chains against the conventional wisdom of the economics profession — and a new analysis from Goldman Sachs’s research division suggests the lobbyists may have this right and the wonks wrong. House Republicans are trying to gain support for a major overhaul of business taxation in the United States, one…"The Republican tax reform plan might mean higher prices for consumers after all"