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    Former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) tore in Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) on Monday, calling her a “political hack” for recent comments she made sending two very different messages about Covid-19 safety in two different interviews – one on Fox News and the other on CNN. “She goes on Fox News and says, oh, ‘natural immunity, we have natural immunity,’ and then she goes on CNN and says, I’m all for vaccines,” McCaskill said of Mace in a discussion with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “I mean, what a political hack, with no soul,” McCaskill continued, pulling no punches in her criticism of Mace. “She’s saying different things depending on which audience she’s speaking to. That kind of irresponsibility is getting people killed,” McCaskill added in her critique of the Republican Party. “And that’s what I cannot understand, how this party can be righteously indignant about ‘life’ and then be a party that is anxious to throw away science when it can save your life.” Wallace agreed, saying, “I mean, Claire, that’s a brutal but fair takedown of someone who goes on one...
    Earlier this month, after a night of insomnia fueled by worries about raising children in a collapsing society, I opened my eyes, started reading about efforts by Wisconsin Republicans to seize control of the state’s elections, then paused to let my tachycardiac heartbeat subside. Marinating in the news is part of my job, but doing so lately is a source of full-body horror. If this were simply my problem, I’d write about it in a journal instead of in The New York Times. But political despair is an issue for the entire Democratic Party. It’s predictable that, with Donald Trump out of the White House, Democrats would pull back from constant, frenetic political engagement. But there’s a withdrawal happening right now — from news consumption, activism and, in some places, voting — that seems less a product of relief than of avoidance. Part of this is simply burnout and lingering trauma from COVID. But I suspect that part of it is about growing hopelessness born of a sense that dislodging Trump has bought American democracy only a brief reprieve. One...
    House Republicans devoted themselves to protecting Trump and others from consequences for criminal corruption. Now poised to take back Congress in 2022, their new agenda is blocking probes of an attempted coup and the Republican propaganda campaign intended to justify it. As things stand right now, Republicans are heavily favored to take control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections. This isn't because of dissatisfaction with Democratic results, or because a year before election day Democratic candidates have all botched their campaigns irrecoverably. It's because in more states than not, Republicans are the ones drawing the lines of where each new congressional district will go, and Republicans have already redrawn maps in enough states to be all but assured of victory when Election Day finally rolls around. That's the analysis from The New York Times, which has noted that Republicans only needed to flip a handful of seats to regain power and, based on the maps already out, the party's lawmakers have already redrawn district boundaries into ones that will give them those wins. The actual election part, the...
    I watch the cartoons my daughter watches. I mean, I watch them with her. That might seem silly, but today's cartoons are not yesterday's. They're much better. Compare, for instance, the "She-Ra" of the 1980s with the "She-Ra" of now. After you do, you'll see why I'll never ever let my daughter watch my childhood version. I can't believe I did! The last thing I want is my daughter acting -- and dressing! -- like that! Cartoons, like today's "She-Ra," are frequently morality plays. Their narratives work through ethical conundrums, the kinds my daughter is facing or will face eventually, as all children do. Another one of her cartoons, called "Avatar: The Last Airbender," speaks to our current social and political crisis, which I think of as a crisis of humility. Meaning, there's not enough of it on account of there being not enough demand. That might be a consequence of history. When I was my daughter's age, in 1984, American culture was very worried about children and their feelings of shame. (To a degree, it still is.) The...
    The Catholic Church should feel free to criticize the government when necessary and “shouldn’t be captive to one party or another,” Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said this week. “The Church has to have an independent voice to say we agree when we can agree, and when we can’t agree we’re going to say something,” Bishop Flores told Crux, an online Catholic news outlet. “And that’s the way it works. I mean, the church is free to speak, and we shouldn’t be captive to one party or another,” he added. Flores is the new head of the doctrine committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which is charged with assisting the bishops “in areas of faith and morals, providing expertise and guidance concerning the theological issues that confront the Church in the United States.” The Catholic Church has long been affiliated with the Democratic Party in the United States and up until the 1960s Catholics could be reliably counted on to vote Democrat. The two Roman Catholic presidents to date have both run on the Democratic...
    (CNN)New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not happy with her party.She made that abundantly clear in an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, suggesting that the passage of the infrastructure bill and the House approval of President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" measure are simply not enough to deliver on the expectations voters have for her party. And she also aptly diagnosed much of her party's current political problems."Democrats have a trifecta and have been unable to pass voting-rights protections," said Ocasio-Cortez. "And so people can wring their hands and say 'but Manchin' all they want, or 'but the filibuster' all they want, but at the end of the day, what people see are the results of their actions and the results of investing their time."I think that's exactly right.The average voter likely knows one thing about our current politics: Democrats are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House. They are far less familiar with the narrowness of the Democratic majorities in those two chambers. Or with the filibuster rules that prevent any...
              moreby Conrad Black   In his most recent column, George Will, dean of serious American political commentators and high priest of Trump-hate, broke new ground in the reconciliation of buyer’s remorse over last year’s election and visceral aversion to Donald Trump. Will counseled Joe Biden’s entourage to tighten the cocoon that protects him from journalistic scrutiny or any form of spontaneity in public, lest Trump be reelected in 2024. I have agreed with Will on almost everything between the 1964 and 2016 elections, and we have been cordial acquaintances for 40 years, although among its other regrettable side effects, the Trump phenomenon seems to have paused contact between us. George Will now purports to believe that the disappearance of Trump, which he had assured himself and his readers was inevitable if it were only possible to evict him from office last year, is necessary for the restoration of two-party rule. With respect, I offer an alternative view. Trump is instrumental in the restoration of two-party rule. Will and I were soldiers of approximately equal fervor, though grossly unequal influence, in our support of...
    MAYOR of Cambridge, Maryland Andrew Bradshaw is facing criminal charges after an alleged revenge porn incident. Bradshaw has been charged with 50 counts of distributing revenge porn, according to the state prosecutor's office. 2The Cambridge Mayor has been charged with 50 counts of distributing revenge porn What is Andrew Bradshaw's political party? The Cambridge-born Republican, was the youngest to be elected to the position in January 2021. He attended Pennsylvania State University and upon graduating went on to work for his family's body shop business. The ex mayor has served for the Republican party for over a decade including his win in 2021. His campaign slogan was, "The Bridge to Cambridge's Future." Most read in US NewsON EDGE Tensions flare between protesters at Kyle Rittenhouse's trial as jury deliberatesTRAGIC LOSS Chris Daughtry's stepdaughter's boyfriend is arrested after her shock deathMYSTERY DEEPENS Brian Laundrie's cause of death to be revealed as notebook found near bodyJAB RAGE MMA fighter called Unvaccinated Assassin ‘stabs doctor to death with animal bone'STRIPPED BARE Adult cam site security breach exposes data of 65MILLION users & modelsMOM'S...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s state election commission announced it is prosecuting the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and 15 other senior political figures for alleged fraud in last November’s general election. The announcement was published Tuesday in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper and other official media. Allegations of widespread electoral fraud were the main reason cited by the military for its Feb. 1 seizure of power that toppled Suu Kyi’s government. Her National League for Democracy party was about to begin a second five-year term in office after its landslide victory in the polls. The army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party suffered unexpectedly heavy losses. Independent observers, such as the Asian Network for Free Elections, found no evidence of substantive irregularities in the polls, though they criticized some aspects. The action by the Union Election Commission could potentially result in Suu Kyi’s party being dissolved and unable to participate in a new election the military has promised will take place within two years of its takeover. However, the commission’s notice, dated Monday, did not...
    Bob Daemmrich/ZUMA Press Wire Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.When Beto O’Rourke, then a Democratic congressman from El Paso, announced in the spring of 2017 that he would run against Sen. Ted Cruz in the next year’s midterms, he was treated as a sunny curiosity. National Democrats, wary of being sucked into a resource-intensive longshot project, were focused elsewhere. Texas Republicans, confident of their seemingly impervious standing in the state, considered it a “suicide mission.” Those low expectations were a blessing—spared from a contested primary and free to tour the state as he pleased, he nearly pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in a generation. He raised huge sums of money, shattered turnout models, and helped to rebuild a party that had been neglected for years. And it wasn’t just O’Rourke—other Democrats, running similarly darkhorse challenges in races from county judge to Congress, broke through. For the first time in ages, Democrats in Texas seemed to be ascendant. The ensuing years have not gone as...
    Tom Bonier of the Democratic data firm TargetSmart, meanwhile, told Politico the election results proved Republicans remain engaged without Donald Trump on the ballot — and even proved GOP favor improves without Trump. "At the same time, without Trump on the ballot, it seems that some number of these mostly suburban, mostly better-educated Republicans who had fled the party under Trump were more comfortable coming back to the party," Bonier said. Bonier further explained that elections this month appeared to be influenced by national issues, as well as local ones. Both favor Republicans, who are aided by the Democratic Party's miscalculations on education and President Joe Biden's cratering approval.Anything else?Although the 2022 midterms remain one year away, it seems the writing is already on the wall. A stunning new ABC News/Washington Post survey revealed Sunday that voter preference ahead of the election currently stands at a staggering 10-point gap, with registered voters favoring Republicans over Democrats.
    Noam Chomsky is offering an assessment of what the Build Back Better agenda suggests about the corporate interests of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Speaking to TruthOut's C.J. Polychroniou, Chomsky explained how the United States political system may appear to be run by two parties. However, the actually political system aligns more under one party: the business party. "It's often been observed that the U.S. has a one-party political system — the business party — with two factions, Democrats and Republicans," Chomsky explained. "In the past, the Republican faction has tended to be more dedicated to the concerns of extreme wealth and the corporate sector, but with the resurgence of the one-sided class war called 'neoliberalism' under President Ronald Reagan, the leadership has been going off the rails. By now they barely resemble a political party in a functioning democracy." While Republicans have often been dubbed the party of the rich, Chomsky highlighted the evolution of Democratic lawmakers, as well. He added, "Since the late President Jimmy Carter years, the Democrats have not lagged far behind,...
    During an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” outgoing Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) criticized former President Donald Trump over his role in the January 6 Capitol riot. Gonzalez, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, called Trump a “political loser.” He added that the former president led the country “into a ditch” and “lied.” “We have to be a party of ideas. We have to be a party of truth, and the cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on January 6,” Gonzalez outlined. “The former president lied to us. He lied to every one of us. And in doing so, he cost us the House, the Senate and the White House.” He continued, “I see, fundamentally, a person who shouldn’t be able to hold office again because of what he did around January 6, but I also see somebody who is an enormous political loser. I don’t know why anybody who wants to win elections going forward would follow that. I simply, like — I don’t get it ethically....
    In politics, a week is a lifetime. Just one week ago, the big stories were Republican Glenn Youngkin winning the Virginia gubernatorial election and Democrats spinning out in their trademark disarray. Among other problems, the party seemed out of touch with suburban moms and dads. On top of that, progressives were hindering Democrats from passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill that might have, just by demonstrating competence and momentum, thrown Virginia Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe a lifeline. Days later, Democrats—with the help of 13 Republicans—finally did pass an infrastructure bill. Then, rather than building on the promise of “normal” Republicanism (as represented by Youngkin), Republicans reminded everyone who they really were. They did this with white nationalist-adjacent Rep. Paul Gosar’s bizarre and disturbing anime video (which depicts him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez). They did this with Sen. Ted Cruz’s attack on Big Bird. And they did this with threats aimed at the 13 House Republicans who broke ranks and voted for the infrastructure bill. (After Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to them as “traitors” and posted their names and phone numbers,...
    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Voters in Bulgaria go to the polls on Sunday for the third time in seven months amid a virus surge, after no party secured enough support in the previous two elections in April and July to form a stable government. Their task this time will be not only to break the political deadlock that has badly hurt the economy of the European Union’s poorest country, but also to elect a new president. More than 6.7 million Bulgarians are eligible to vote, but pollsters expect many of them to stay home because of growing concern over a new deadly COVID-19 wave and rocketing numbers of infections and deaths. On Thursday, Bulgaria reported its highest ever total of daily fatalities. Its seven-day rolling average of deaths per million inhabitants reached 24.13, compared with an EU average of 3.1, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Although hospitals are struggling with a rising patient influx, the current caretaker government has been hesitant to impose unpopular lockdown restrictions before the election. Latest opinion polls indicate that...
    Rachel Siegel, Andrew Van Dam, and Laura Reiley of The Washington Post report on the largest rise in consumer prices in 30 years. The growth in October prices reported Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was driven by soaring energy prices and ongoing supply chain backlogs, such as those in the used-car market. Gasoline prices are up 49.6 percent from a year earlier, and higher energy costs are pushing up the prices of just about every other good, economists say, pinching an already strained supply chain. A surge that began in narrow sectors now appears to be spreading throughout the economy, with the BLS noting “broad-based” higher prices propelled by not just energy and used cars, but also by shelter, food and new vehicles. Prices for medical care, household furnishing and operations, and recreation all increased in October. Overall prices rose 0.9 percent from September to October, tying June for the biggest one-month increase since the Great Recession. Only a few categories saw prices fall last month, including airfare and alcohol. The data underscores how inflation has emerged as...
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are preparing to issue a political history that would give President Xi Jinping status beside the ruling Communist Party’s most important figures, setting the stage for Xi to extend his rule next year. A meeting of some 200 Central Committee members that was ending Thursday was considering a resolution on the party’s “major achievements and historical experience.” That would be only the third statement of its kind in the party’s 100-year history after one issued under Mao Zedong, who led the party to power in 1949, and Deng Xiaoping, who launched reforms that turned China into an economic powerhouse. Issuing a similar statement under Xi would confirm he has amassed enough authority to ignore two-decade-old party practice that says he should step down next year when his second five-year term as general secretary ends. The party removed term limits on Xi’s post as president in 2018, indicating his intention to stay in power. The history statement is expected to emphasize the party’s successes in overseeing China’s economic rise and likely ignore deadly political violence...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After two years without a political party, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro sealed an agreement with the centrist Liberal Party to back his 2022 reelection bid, according to a party statement released Wednesday. The decision followed a meeting between Bolsonaro and Liberal Party leader Valdemar Costa Neto in the capital Brasilia, the statement said. The president’s formal enrollment to the party’s ranks will take place Nov. 22. Bolsonaro intends for the alliance to aid him in battling his nemesis, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “Lula,” as da Silva is known universally, holds a handsome lead over Bolsonaro in early polls. Joining one of the parties that forms part of the so-called Centrao group also signals Bolsonaro shifting course from his 2018 campaign strategy, when he sharply criticized their old-school political practices. “It is very symbolic how Bolsonaro has started to play the traditional game of Brazilian politics,” said Maurício Santoro, a political science professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. “The PL is helping Bolsonaro survive.” The Liberal Party – know...
    (CNN)So much for the Republican Party being all about the future.A week ago, Glenn Youngkin showed his party a new way to win. His triumph in the Virginia governor's race sparked talk of a new GOP surge in the suburbs, of tiptoeing past Donald Trump and of letting 2020 election conspiracies go.But now the party is showing its uglier, and arguably more authentic, face, even as ex-President Trump suffers a rebuke from a court that rejected his bid to keep hundreds of documents related to the US Capitol insurrection secret. Violence is now everywhere in our political debates An Arizona congressman tweeted a photoshopped anime video of himself slaying liberal Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Sen. Ted Cruz , a Texas Republican, has reportedly been spitballing about secession. Michigan Rep. Fred Upton shared a vile voicemail branding him a traitor and threatening his family after he was one of the handful of Republicans to vote for a bipartisan infrastructure bill to create jobs mending roads, bridges and airports. And the ex-President himself has taken his incitement and obsessional...
    Washington (CNN)Hidden beneath the stark partisan polarization of American politics today are sharp intraparty divisions over some of the most central issues facing the nation, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center. The study assesses the public's views on a range of issues and segments Americans into nine groups, largely divided along partisan lines. Four fall mostly within the Democratic Party and another four mostly into the Republican Party, with the final group made up of largely disengaged Americans who are less clearly aligned with either side. The groups within each party are distinguished by their ideological positions, their demographic makeup and their level of political engagement. And the analysis reveals that the coalitions that form within parties can vary based on the issue at hand. According to Pew, "the gulf that separates Republicans and Democrats sometimes obscures the divisions and diversity of views that exist within both partisan coalitions -- and the fact that many Americans do not fit easily into either one."Despite the sharp partisan polarization that dominates opinions on most issues, the research reveals...
    I am sympathetic with those young people who protested, and even volunteered for arrest, to protest the construction of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. But their cause was lost from the start. After all legal challenges failed, tar sands crude now flows through the completed pipeline. Still, much good can come from raising the political temperature to educate the citizenry on the climate crisis, tar sands infrastructure part of the problem, not the solution. James P. LenfesteyWhat has not been useful in this political season is the focus of progressive political pressure and ire on Democratic officeholders, while Republicans sit comfortably in their blinkered stance of climate science denial and do-nothing response to carbon pollution. Case in point. Last April, the Minnesota Senate voted on the following resolution: “The legislature finds and declares that greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities are the leading cause of climate change,” a straightforward statement of fact. Yet it was voted down on a party-line vote —  all Democrats for, all Republicans against. That is all Minnesota citizens need to know about shameful Republican denial,...
    If you still hate Hillary Clinton for some reason, time to get over it. She was right about Donald Trump and his movement in 2016, and she's right now. During the presidential campaign five years ago, Clinton made the simple observation that a large percentage of Donald Trump's followers could be considered a "basket of deplorables" because of their racism, white supremacy, nativism, misogyny, religious hatred and other retrograde antisocial values and beliefs. As I wrote here several weeks ago, "In many ways, Clinton was too kind. If anything, she underestimated how many Americans were in fact committed and enthusiastic human deplorables": After that speech, Clinton was pilloried by the mainstream news media, some leading Democrats, and of course the Republican Party and right-wing propaganda hate machine. Clinton's characterization of Trump's "basket of deplorables" was described as insensitive and unfair to the "white working class" Americans that elites and out-of-touch Democrats had too often ignored.That reaction to Clinton's truth-telling helped to legitimate Trumpism and American neofascism (operating under the mask of "populism") as something that was reasonable and understandable,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)As Chinese leader Xi Jinping looks set to seek a third term in power, he is seemingly preoccupied with the past, not the future.When more than 300 members of China's political elite gather in Beijing this week their main task will be to review a draft history resolution that defines the ruling Communist Party's "major achievements and historical experiences" since its founding 100 years ago.The agenda of the most crucial Central Committee meeting before the twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle next fall is carefully and deliberately chosen. It speaks of the importance Xi attaches to party history, and his own place in it.In some ways, that obsession with history can be seen as rooted in a tradition dating back to ancient China. For centuries, Chinese imperial courts appointed historiographers to document the rise of an emperor, which often involved compiling -- and rewriting -- the history of his predecessor.To the Chinese Communist Party, history -- or rather, certain curated versions of it -- can be extremely useful. Read MoreChina's alleged "historical claims" to disputed territories and waters, for instance, have...
    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has received less than 50% of votes in nationwide elections for the first time, emphatically confirming the declining popularity of the once-revered organization that was led by Nelson Mandela and freed the country from apartheid. The final results of Monday’s local government elections were announced Thursday night and saw the ANC win 46% of votes. It remained the largest party, with its closest opposition getting 21.83%. It’s a humbling new reality for the ANC, which has governed South Africa and dominated its politics ever since the end of the racist apartheid regime in 1994. Although the ANC’s support has slipped in recent years, this time more South Africans voted for other parties in an unprecedented shift. “The people have spoken,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa, current leader of the ANC. In an attempt to soften the stinging rebuke for his party, Ramaphosa hailed the elections as “a sign that multiparty politics is flourishing in South Africa” — a country where Blacks weren’t allowed to vote until...
    Historic trends are very hard to buck. Like the fact that off-year and midterm elections usually go badly for the party that holds the White House. In Virginia, for example, the candidate of the president’s party almost never wins the race for governor in the year after the presidential election. Still, Terry McAuliffe — a political pro and successful former governor of Virginia — wouldn’t have run for his old office again if he’d thought he was doomed to lose to Republican Glenn Youngkin. After all, McAuliffe did beat the odds to win in 2013, just after Barack Obama was reelected. But lose he did. Democrats, who hadn’t experienced defeat in a statewide election in Virginia since 2009, also lost races for lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as control of the state House of Delegates. In New Jersey, they barely hung on to the governorship as the race was called for incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday. History offers no solace as Democrats picked through the losses, especially since the same political trend suggests worse ahead: That their...
    MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It was a bumpy Election on Long Island for Democrats. Some are calling the red wave a bloodbath. One of the biggest upsets came in the race for Nassau County executive, where the incumbent, Laura Curran, had a double-digit lead, but that advantage evaporated. READ MORE: Tight Race For New Jersey Governor Catches Some Off-GuardWith around 20,000 absentee ballots left to be counted, Blakeman has 52% of the vote, to Curran’s 48%, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Wednesday. The shock resonated from the New York City suburbs down the Eastern Seaboard. “People are saying there was a red wave. They are wrong. It was a red tsunami,” said Lawrence Levy of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. Republican Bruce Blakeman is declaring victory in the race, considered the biggest upset in Nassau since Ed Mangano unseated Tom Suozzi in 2009. “We had the right message. It was taxes. It was crime. People are fed up with the liberal, progressive policies of the other party. This isn’t the party of John F. Kennedy anymore. It’s...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Wednesday received an unwelcome wake up call for his still-new presidency as the Democrat arrived back in Washington from a European excursion suddenly facing a transformed political landscape.Republican Glenn Youngkin's projected victory over Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in Virginia, which Biden won by 10 points, and a too-close-to-call race in New Jersey made for unwelcome news for the Democratic President as he flew over the Atlantic. Returning to the White House in the dark, Biden declined to answer questions about the race, which he'd incorrectly predicted Democrats would win eight hours earlier. The results had been called a half-hour before Biden touched down at Joint Base Andrews. Aboard Air Force One, people familiar with the matter said the mood was grim as a weary team returned to what undoubtedly will become a swirl of recrimination and second-guessing. After months of in-fighting over Biden's multi-trillion dollar legislative agenda, which laid bare the divisions in the Democratic party, it has not taken long for finger-pointing and panic to set in among Biden's allies. Over the final weeks...
                        On Monday, a bill that would allow Tennessee counties to decide if school board elections can be partisan passed both chambers and now heads to the Governor’s desk. The bill, HB 9072 – SB 9009, “requires elections of school board members to be conducted on a partisan basis.” The legislation also “removes prohibition for a person seeking a position on a school board to campaign as the nominee of a political party and authorizes political parties to nominate candidates for school board membership by any method authorized under the rules of the party or by primary election.” Both Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) signed the bill. It now goes to Governor Bill Lee’s desk for signing. The legislation will allow individual county parties to declare whether a race will become partisan. If a party decides to create a partisan race, the affiliations for that party will appear on the ballot. Any party also can decline to include the party on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit challenging the makeup of the Ohio Elections Commission. The high court turned away the case Monday. As is typical, it did not comment in doing so. Ohio’s seven-member commission has three Democrats, three Republicans and one member chosen by the other members who is not affiliated with a political party. The Libertarian Party of Ohio and Harold Thomas, a member of the Libertarian Party, sued over the composition of the commission. They said it violated their rights by making members of smaller political parties ineligible for service on the commission. Lower courts had ruled against them. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president says the ballot box is the best way of breaking a political stalemate after the country’s parliament threw out the minority Socialist government’s proposed state budget for next year. The head of state’s plan to hold a snap election could backfire, however, by producing an even more volatile political battleground, analysts say. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has no governing powers but seeks to ensure the smooth running of the country, said before the budget vote Wednesday that he would call an early poll if lawmakers rejected the government’s proposal. When that happened, he set in motion the consultations he is required to make before dissolving parliament and setting an election date, swiftly meeting with the prime minister and parliament speaker over dinner. He will also meet with political leaders, trade union confederations and business leaders before convening the Council of State, an advisory body, on Nov. 3. After that, he is widely expected to call an election, probably for January. Against a backdrop of a fragmenting political scene, with the rise of...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A political storm is brewing in Portugal, where the minority Socialist government is finding it hard to win support for its state budget from other left-of-center parties. The Portuguese Communist Party announced Monday it won’t vote in favor of the government’s spending plan. The Left Bloc, another party which historically has sided with the Socialists, traded barbs with the government during recent days of tense negotiations, making the chances of the 2022 budget receiving parliamentary approval appear slim. A vote is scheduled for Wednesday. The center-left Socialist party holds 108 seats in Portugal’s 230-seat parliament. It has in the past relied on the support of its allies on the left or their abstention in votes. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has no governing powers but oversees the smooth running of the country, has warned that if parliament does not approve the budget he will call a snap election. Prime Minister António Costa is a canny political operator whose negotiating skills have kept his two minority governments in power since 2015. A deal with the...
    There is no point in having political power if you don't use it. This is one of the first lessons of realpolitik. Donald Trump is a political gangster who has learned this lesson well. Under his command, the Republican Party is a de facto political crime family. They too understand power and how to use it. Some time ago, Democrats understood this lesson as well. Now they appear to have unlearned it, at least as it applies to resisting the rise of the Republicans' neofascist movement. To be fair, Democratic leaders have maintained a keen understanding of power when it comes to suppressing progressives and others who are not beholden to corporate power. To watch the Democrats be consistently outmaneuvered and defeated by the Republican-fascist movement is a pitiful thing to see. The Democratic Party's leaders can certainly do better; they choose not to. Last week, Donald Trump executed a classic gangster move, strong-arming the Republican Party to remain fully loyal to him — even if that might cause them to lose the 2022 and 2024 elections. Last Wednesday, Trump...
    NEW YORK (KGO) -- 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is coming to San Francisco's Cobb's Comedy Club on Thursday, October 21 to sign and discuss his new book, Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy. It details lessons he learned through his presidential and New York mayoral campaigns, and spells out the platform of a new political party he launched this month, the Forward Party. Yang spoke with ABC7 News anchor Kristen Sze on our 3PM program Getting Answers ahead of his Bay Area visit.Yang says it's time for a middle-ground, common sense viable third party that represents the majority of Americans. He believes our current system and election process are producing more partisan candidates and widening our political polarization."The only way we're going to get the polarization under control is if we change up the two-party dynamic that right now is leading to dysfunction and clashes. Eventually it's going to lead to unrest, and even conflict and violence. So my goal now as the founder of the Forward Party is to present a new way forward that'll...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos failed on Wednesday to win parliamentary support from lawmakers on a new cabinet proposal, which risks prolonging an ongoing political crisis amid an acute surge of coronavirus cases. After failing to rebuild a governing coalition after the Liberal-led government was ousted in a no-confidence vote in early October, centrist USR party leader Ciolos presented a new governing program and a cabinet made up of USR ministers. But Ciolos’ proposal for a minority government fell well short of the 234 votes it needed to pass. Most lawmakers abstained from voting or voted against it. “Regardless of the result of the vote, regardless of the political struggle, we share the good or bad results with the citizens. We are in a time of deep crisis,” Ciolos, who has previously served as prime minister, said Wednesday. If two designated prime ministers fail to form a government within 60 days the president can dissolve parliament, which could pave the way to early elections. The political crisis began in early September when former prime minister Florin...
    (CNN)Want to save our democracy from Trumpism? One approach is to follow the blueprint that led to last week's surprising defeat of Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who's also known as the Czech Donald Trump.Babis, a billionaire tycoon at the forefront of Czech politics since 2011, was elected as prime minister in 2017. He's spewed anti-immigrant rhetoric, proposed disbanding the Czech Senate and was a loud critic of Western European alliances like the EU -- all while being a fan of Hungary's far-right leader Viktor Orban. Just before the election, the right-wing populist was also accused of controversial business dealings -- allegations Babis in essence dubbed "fake news." Sound familiar?Dean ObeidallahSo how did the people of the Czech Republic edge out Babis? Through various political parties putting their ideological differences aside to form an alliance with one goal: getting him out of office. That meant a more conservative party had to team up with an anti-establishment party that supported gay marriage and other progressive causes they actually opposed. Babis' party lost by a slim margin, but it appears to...
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo told supporters Sunday that he’ll be involved in politics until his dying day, detailing his ambitions publicly for the first time since being acquitted of war crimes charges. The 76-year-old ex-president addressed a weekend gathering held for the new political party that he has launched: the African People’s Party of Ivory Coast, also known by its French acronym, PPA-CI. Gbagbo returned home to Ivory Coast in June after more than a decade abroad, having spent the last two years awaiting prosecutors’ appeal of his acquittal at the International Criminal Court in connection with the West African nation’s 2010-2011 postelection crisis. Since his arrival, Gbagbo has made public appearances but has limited his comments about politics, making Sunday’s comments his most direct yet on his future plans. “I am out of prison,” he told about 1,600 supporters. “I am here and we will get back on track together.” “I will be in politics until my death,” he added. “It is I and I alone who will decide in what...
    (CNN)Let me tell you a little story. Nine years ago, Barack Obama won a second term in office, and there was talk of an emerging Democratic majority in presidential elections. Then came Donald Trump, the least liked major party nominee of all time, who won the 2016 election — albeit without winning the popular vote. Now, there is talk of Democrats potentially being locked out of a Senate majority for a time to come because of trends in the electorate. I am skeptical of this -- at least over the long term. History tells us that parties adjust messaging and tend to find the best pathway to a majority, leaving this to be a 50/50 country on average.  Political scientist David Hopkins articulates the idea of this nation being a 50/50 one well. He notes that since the 1980 elections, Democrats and Republicans have won control of the House, Senate and presidency about the same number of times. They have controlled all three for about the same time, including for the Democrats at this point. This shouldn't be surprising. As political analyst Sean Trende...
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo launched a new political party Saturday, formally breaking ties with those who ran his former party while he spent years facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court. Gbagbo, 76, who returned home in June after his acquittal was upheld, announced a few months later that he would be setting up a new party in order to avoid legal battles with his former ally, Pascal Affi N’Guessan. Gbagbo was extradited to The Hague in 2011 and his Ivorian Popular Front party splintered three years later — with one faction led by N’Guessan, while former first lady Simone Gbagbo played a prominent role in the other. Organizers say the proposed name of Gbagbo’s new party is the African People’s Party — Ivory Coast, shortened to its French acronym, PPA-CI. On Saturday, Gbagbo greeted a crowd of more than 1,600 delegates in Abidjan, many holding small flags bearing his image. The ex-president is expected to address his supporters on Sunday, organizers said. The creation of Gbagbo’s political new party comes amid...
    US Congresswoman @IlhanMN tells @AnushkaAsthana why Margaret Thatcher is one of her political role models. ???????? ????????Tune into the @itvpeston live stream now for exclusive ad break content. #Peston pic.twitter.com/O5Wl2eRizZ— Peston (@itvpeston) October 13, 2021 Rep. Ilhan Omar is opening up about former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 's "inspiring" influence on her own political journey. When asked about the words of praise Omar offered to Thatcher in her 2020 memoir, the Minnesota Democrat said the conservative U.K. prime minister helped her believe she could become a politician without help from men. "I grew up in an environment where women weren't supposed to have a voice and weren't supposed to be in politics, and the only women that rose to political predominance were women who were uplifted by a brother, a father, or a husband that had political connections," Omar told British political program Peston Wednesday. "She was the only one that I knew of that came to politics on her own, not because there was a man ... And it was inspiring, really, to believe that I didn't...
    I am leery — and I recommend the same attitude to you — of people who purport to know much about the future. That certainly includes knowledge of future election outcomes. You can study the past for patterns, and you can apply those patterns to the future, but you need to be very humble about the second part of that exercise. Close watchers of politics certainly study the past for clues to what may happen next, and they won’t stop; maybe it’s okay as long as they are humble about thinking this will give them predictions. Hang onto that thought, and that preachment of humility. There’s never been a post-Trump era before. Trump said and acted in ways no president or presidential candidate ever did before, perhaps scrambling more than ever our ability to spin the recent past and the known present ahead to anticipate murky future. With all that in mind, I pass along two paragraphs from last weekend’s Ezra Klein column that went: [H]ere’s the truly frightening thought for frustrated Democrats: This might be the high-water mark of...
    (CNN)When people cast a vote for president, they are hoping -- sometimes against hope -- that the person they have picked will do things to make their lives better.It's the most basic expectation that voters have of a politician: I voted for you ... now go do what you said you would do.So, when voters feel as though the politician for whom they voted isn't delivering on what was promised -- or isn't doing much of anything -- that's when things get really dicey for the politician.Which brings me to President Joe Biden and this quote from a Washington Post story detailing the mounting frustration swirling around him -- particularly in the Black community, one of the pillars of the Democratic base:"I think the frustration is at an all-time high, and Biden can't go to Georgia or any other Black state in the South and say, 'This is what we delivered in 2021."Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal...
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president on Monday nominated centrist party leader Dacian Ciolos to be prime minister after a protracted political crisis culminated last week in the Liberal-led coalition government being ousted in a no-confidence vote. After a day of deliberations Monday with Romania’s political parties, President Klaus Iohannis nominated USR leader Ciolos to try to form a government. Ciolos previously served as prime minister between 2015 and 2017 in a caretaker cabinet. “We are ready to take responsibility for the government and start negotiations with the other parties,” Ciolos said in a statement after his nomination. “Our objective is to get Romania out of the crisis and for that, it takes a lot of responsibility from all political forces.” The president’s nomination will need to be approved by lawmakers. Romania’s political crisis started in early September when outgoing Prime Minister Florin City sacked the USR-Plus justice minister for not signing off on a 10 billion euro ($11.5 billion) regional infrastructure development program. USR reacted by resigning all six of its ministers. Last week’s no-confidence vote — which...
    Austria’s president on Sunday welcomed Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s resignation and demanded that the country’s politicians work hard to restore voters’ trust after a several-day drama that brought the government to the brink of collapse. President Alexander Van der Bellen said he will swear in Alexander Schallenberg, currently Austria’s foreign minister, as chancellor on Monday. Kurz, 35, announced Saturday that he would step aside to defuse a political crisis triggered by prosecutors’ announcement that he is one of the targets of an investigation into suspected bribery and breach of trust. The conservative Kurz’s junior coalition partners, the Greens, had demanded his replacement. Kurz denies any wrongdoing. Van der Bellen, whose role makes him an important referee in political crises, said Kurz “made an important contribution to the integrity of our institutions being protected.” But “in recent days, citizens’ trust in politics has been shaken once more, massively shaken,” Van der Bellen said in Vienna. “It is up to all those who carry political responsibility, but particularly those in government, to restore this trust in the coming months.” “Words alone aren’t enough,”...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Opposition voters in Hungary on Sunday will have the chance to cast their ballots in a primary to decide between two politicians with different platforms but one important thing in common: they each want to bring an end to the 12-year rule of right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. While the two contenders — center-left lawyer and economist Klara Dobrev and moderate conservative mayor Peter Marki-Zay — are both members of a pan-opposition coalition aiming to defeat Orban in a national election next spring, they are in the eyes of some voters two distinct sides of the country’s possible political future: a return to Hungary’s turbulent political past, or the prospect of a new beginning. Dobrev, a 49-year-old vice president of the European Parliament, won the first round of primaries which ended last week, gaining 34.8% of the votes. However, her strong lead was cut when the second-placed finisher, Budapest’s liberal mayor Gergely Karacsony, withdrew on Friday and threw his backing behind Marki-Zay. They insisted their plan was the only one that could...
    Democrat political analyst David Shor on Friday warned the Democrat Party has become too elitist, exclusive, and intolerant of the American workers and the American family, which is threatening President Biden’s agenda in the Senate and future elections beyond 2022. “I think the core problem with the Democratic Party is that the people who run and staff the Democratic Party are much more educated and ideologically liberal and they live in cities, and ultimately our candidate pool reflects that,” David Shor told the New York Times about the Democrats inability to connect with working families in the middle of the country. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). (Win McNamee/Getty Images). Shor is a Democrat political analyst who models future elections according to “educational polarization” and demographic shifts. Shor believes the political data is signaling the Democrat Party has become “too unrepresentative at its elite levels to continue being representative at the mass level.” “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the people we’ve [Democrats] lost are likely to be low-socioeconomic-status people,” Shor told the Times. “If you look inside the Democratic Party, there...
    CNN anchor Jim Acosta slammed Democratic politician Andrew Yang on Saturday afternoon for going on Tucker Carlson's show because the Fox News host is 'just a bad person' and questioned Yang as to why he would even do it. In his Tucker Carlson Today segment with the lightning-rod host, which aired on Wednesday night, Carlson praised the writings of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, in what CNN called a 'bizarre comment'. Yang later sat down with Acosta, who seemed baffled at the former presidential candidate's decision to go on Carlson's show.  'I mean Andrew I just have to ask. Tucker Carlson... Let's just say he's just a bad person and he represents so much of what is wrong in television news these days. You know this all too well. 'He spouts off white nationalist talking points. So why would you even go on his show and why didn't you go after him when he's citing the Unabomber and talking just crazy stuff?' Acosta asked. WarnerMedia News & Sports property Privacy Policy CNN anchor Jim Acosta (left) slammed Andrew Yang (right) for...
    UpdateFifteen months after leaving Madiknon, Edward Philip on Saturday launched his own party, called “Horizons”, to “participate in the constitution of the new political concession” and expand the right wing of support for Emmanuel Macron. “With Horizons, we’m going to define a strategy for France, it’s a joint venture,” the former prime minister (former LR) began in his hometown of Le Havre, where he chose the name “because you ‘look away.” BFMTV @BFMTV You do not have access to this content This content includes cookies associated with social networks and other external sites. This will not be accessible to you until cookies are disabled. Accept cookies from social networks to access this article. Edit manually “Its position is ahead,” he added, “the logic of partnership, bringing together” and “wanting peace rather than line fever.” And “second clear line of support for the President of the Republic” so that “the next five years will be fruitful years”. Because he said, “My goal is to get Emmanuel Macron re-elected in 2022.” “If this...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers voted Thursday to dismiss the parliamentary speaker, a move that comes as part of infighting in the ruling party. Dmytro Razumkov was stripped of his duties by the Verkhovna Rada after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party initiated his dismissal. Relations between Zelenskyy and Razumkov have grown more strained recently, in particular over a bill aimed to restrict the power of big tycoons that the president pushed and the speaker opposed. Earlier this month, Zelenskyy accused Razumkov of pursuing a political agenda of his own. Razumkov suggested after his dismissal that he could run for president in the next election. Zelenskyy hasn’t yet said whether he would seek a second term in 2024, but he’s widely expected to run again. Volodymyr Fesenko, the head of the Penta Center Kyiv-based think tank, said that Zelenskyy’s party has retained a strong control of the parliament and Razumkov’s political maneuvering has backfired against him. “There is no reason to expect a reconfiguration of the political field,” he said. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights...
    (CNN)Donald Trump's control of the GOP is near-total. So dominant -- and domineering -- a figure does the former President cut within the Republican Party that almost no elected official is willing to criticize even his most outlandish claims.New data from Pew makes abundantly clear why.More than 6 in 10 (63%) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think that the party should not be too accepting of elected officials who openly criticize Trump. Three in 10 say the party should not accept any criticism of Trump from its elected officials. Compare that to the 6 in 10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who say their side should be at least somewhat accepting of elected officials who criticize President Joe Biden and you have some sense of just how much the Republican Party has devolved into a simple cult of personality.What's remarkable -- at least to me -- is that the utter fealty to Trump expected by the bulk of Republican voters has continued even though the former President is no longer in office.Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In...
    On Monday, former U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced he was leaving the Democratic Party. The announcement was made in a blog post, calling the move "the right thing to do." But the former Democrat-turned-Independent isn't just leaving one party: he's decidedly creating his own.Yang joined "Tucker Carlson Today," Thursday explaining why he is now starting his own inclusive third party that he believes many Americans will identify with. "Right now, this duopoly is not working for any of us," Yang said, of the two-party system. "It’s not working for Democrats, Republicans or Independents. And so this is my new project, the ‘Forward Party’ -- not left or right, but forward." Yang described his new party as being solutions-oriented and inclusive of all political ideologies. He famously ran for president in 2020 on a platform of promoting universal basic income - an ideal that is foundational to the Forward Party -  along with addressing issues like job automation and immigrants’ impact on the U.S. economy. EX-DEMOCRAT ANDREW YANG STARTS FORWARD PARTY AND ANNOUNCES PAC Yang told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson...