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Ignorance Is Strength. We see it on national security matters, where the president continues to rely on a chief adviser who, suspicious closeness to the Kremlin aside, appears to get his strategic information from right-wing conspiracy theorists.

Ignorance Is Strength

We see it on education, where the hearings for Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, revealed her to be completely ignorant about even the most elementary issues. We see it on diplomacy. How hard is it to ask someone from the State Department to make sure that the White House gets foreign leaders’ names right? Too hard, apparently: Before the Abe flub, the official agenda for the state visit by Theresa May, the British prime minister, repeatedly misspelled her name. Dismantling Dodd-Frank. This article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine.

Dismantling Dodd-Frank

Subscribe here. History teaches us that financial regulations die from a thousand cuts rather than a signifying event. Shadchen Donald. For Trump even park staff are enemies of the state. Last Tuesday, for a few hours, Badlands National Park defied presidential orders.

For Trump even park staff are enemies of the state

“Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years #climate,” it tweeted. The account went on to discuss ocean acidity, carbon dioxide and the founding mission of the century-old National Parks Service, which included an obligation to “leave [the parks] unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”.

Drasha Shemoth. Angela Davis appelle à la résistance collective. Entretien avec Angela Davis. Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not. There is one week to go and all is confusion.

Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not

Next Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president of the United States. But still no one has the first clue how to handle what’s coming. Politicians, journalists and diplomats, in the US and around the world, are searching for guidance, desperately flicking through the pages of the rulebook, a manual full of past precedents and norms that they have spent their careers mastering – but that Trump burned and shredded months ago. Electoral College Petition: What We Accomplished and What’s Next. On November 9, it looked clear Donald Trump would be President.

Electoral College Petition: What We Accomplished and What’s Next

Today, despite our best efforts, it is certain. Hopefully, no one is extremely shocked by the final result. Flipping at least 37 Electors to any other candidate, let alone 38 to Secretary Hillary Clinton, was always a longshot at best. Yet, we have accomplished a great deal. In fact, December 19, 2016, was historic on many levels. 86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election. It’s been a month.

86 pieces of journalism wisdom published in the month since the election

In the days since the election, a number of articles have been written about the lessons journalists can take from the presidential campaign. Pieces have also focused on what journalists should or must do over the next few months. CJR staff writer David Uberti wrote this three days after the election: It feels as if we’ve collectively aged years over the past three days, as a cascade of takes on what the hell journalism got wrong has distracted the press from the important work of figuring out how to cover a potentially dangerous Trump presidency. We’ve done what we do best: made the story of 2016 about ourselves. What Is the Left Without Identity Politics? In the wake of last month’s shocking defeat, the Democratic Party, and the left more generally, is engaged in a new round of collective soul-searching into what went so devastatingly wrong.

What Is the Left Without Identity Politics?

Some, like Mark Lilla in The New York Times, argue that American liberals have overly focused on racial, gender, and sexual identity, thus renouncing a more universal appeal. Others, like Nation columnist Laila Lalami (also writing for the Times), say the election cannot be explained without understanding whiteness itself as an identity politics. And many have made the case that pursuing economic justice is wholly compatible with other movements. The Last Chance To Stop Trump? Hamilton Electors’ Grand Compromise. If the winner of the popular vote cannot be president, maybe it’s right that the loser shouldn’t be either.

The Last Chance To Stop Trump? Hamilton Electors’ Grand Compromise

In less than a week, in 51 locations around the country, and for the 57th time in our history, electors will cast their vote for president. Yet notwithstanding 224 years of history, to this day, there is a profound misunderstanding about the law and norms that govern their decisions. This confusion rests upon a failure to distinguish between the legal obligations that electors live under, and the moral or ethical constraints that must guide their vote. Legally, or better, constitutionally, electors are free to exercise their “independent and nonpartisan” judgment, as Justice Jackson put it, however they wish. My Priorities for the Next Four Years. Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art. Time Magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” announcement is, year after year, grossly misunderstood.

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art

Time Magazine is clear on its sole criterion – “the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year” – yet, do a simple search on Twitter and you will find countless people who seem to think that the “Person of the Year” selection is tantamount to an endorsement. Previous winners have included Joseph Stalin (1939, 1942), Ayatollah Khomeini (1979), Adolf Hitler (1938), and other figures who I think it is safe to assume the Time staff does not endorse. This year, it should come as no surprise that President-elect Donald Trump was chosen to grace the cover of Time’s annual issue (shot by Jewish photographer Nadav Kander). “For better or worse,” Trump, during his campaign and now after his election, has certainly been among the greatest influences on the events of the year.

The Color. Person of the Year 2016. Even for Donald Trump, the distance is still fun to think about, up here in his penthouse 600 ft. in the sky, where it’s hard to make out the regular people below.

Person of the Year 2016

The ice skaters swarming Central Park’s Wollman Rink look like old-television static, and the Fifth Avenue holiday shoppers could be mites in a gutter. To even see this view, elevator operators, who spend their days standing in place, must push a button marked 66–68, announcing all three floors of Trump’s princely pad. Inside, staff members wear cloth slipcovers on their shoes, so as not to scuff the shiny marble or stain the plush cream carpets. This is, in short, not a natural place to refine the common touch.

It’s gilded and gaudy, a dreamscape of faded tapestry, antique clocks and fresco-style ceiling murals of gym-rat Greek gods. Hacking and the 2016 Presidential Election. Was the 2016 presidential election hacked? It's hard to tell. There were no obvious hacks on Election Day, but new reports have raised the question of whether voting machines were tampered with in three states that Donald Trump won this month: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The researchers behind these reports include voting rights lawyer John Bonifaz and J. Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots. You may have read at NYMag that I’ve been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states.

That article, which includes somebody else’s description of my views, incorrectly describes the reasons manually checking ballots is an essential security safeguard (and includes some incorrect numbers, to boot). Let me set the record straight about what I and other leading election security experts have actually been saying to the campaign and everyone else who’s willing to listen.

How might a foreign government hack America’s voting machines to change the outcome of a presidential election? Here’s one possible scenario. First, the attackers would probe election offices well in advance in order to find ways to break into their computers. Untitled. See just how unequal we are. I had asked for help capturing the inequality caused by the winner-take-all system states have adopted for allocating their Electoral College votes.

I’ve seen a bunch of fantastic responses, which I’ll try to catalog here as I come across them. Heinrich Hartmann has a great interactive map — select a base state, and then hover over other states to see their relative weight. He’s made the code available on GitHub. My friend Joseph Mornin built a two column demonstration—select two states shows the unequal voting weight between them, with maps and date produced below. He too has made the code available on GitHub. The Yes Men's guide to resisting Trump. What happened Nov. 8 is for many of us (especially liberal white people) literally unthinkable — which may be why our bodies are getting involved, with many reporting stomach problems and nausea, or intense cravings for human company combined with irritability.

It’s as if we’re reconfiguring ourselves for the awful new world we’re stuck in now, and it kind of hurts. Big-picture protests against Trump Tower may help with that, a bit. Hystérie collective autour de Donald Trump - Mise au point.

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Everything We Thought We Knew About Politics Was Wrong. Raleigh, North Carolina—After Mitt Romney lost in 2012, conservatives began writing about “missing white voters”—millions of whites, by some accounts non-college graduates, by others evangelical Christians, who sat out the race because of the GOP nominee’s moderation (and perhaps his Mormonism). Senator Ted Cruz explicitly built his campaign around them, and to the extent that he had a campaign strategy, so did Donald Trump. It looks as if Trump and Cruz turned out to be right. The Fallacy of Post-Truth. « La gauche doit dépasser l’idéologie de la diversité » Les fondamentalistes du marché imposent leurs vues.

Trump et le moment populiste. Dans les universités américaines, la victoire de Trump inquiète. Le terme “populisme” est un obstacle à une analyse sérieuse. How Facebook, Twitter Helped Lead Trump to Victory.

"I can't think of another instance, in commercial or political communication, where Twitter was used as effectively". Ed Wasserman, the dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. – gilles_horvilleur

Comment être milliardaire et antisystème ? Too Smart to Fail. It was the rise of the Davos class that sealed America’s fate. L’écrasante responsabilité de la gauche dans la victoire de Donald Trump. Liberals put him there. Huge Electability Gamble. How Post-Watergate Liberals Killed Their Populist Soul. Rust-belt romantics don’t get it: the middle class is being wiped out too. Thoughts for the Horrified. The Trump Era Dawns. Revenge of the Forgotten Class. La victoire des laissés pour compte.

Comment Trump a surfé sur la crise du marché du travail.

What’s the Matter with White People?

Moumoutes, flingues et talonnettes. Make America White Again.

Jaden Rams at a Donald J. Trump rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport in Colorado on Oct. 18. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Source : – gilles_horvilleur

Donald Trump's Polling Team Explains How It Knew Trump Might Win. Pensée magique. #Whitelash. 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win. Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere. Keith Ellison on ABC's "This Week" - 7/26/15.