Could the #MeToo Movement, the daily White House shenanigans over spousal abuse and all the other gender-related stories that preoccupy us be part of something much, much, much bigger? Steve Bannon thinks so.
You don’t often hear of politicians worrying there may not be enough reporters to cover them, but Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam did so last week in a speech. Could the nation’s richest governor be thinking about some kind of media startup when he leaves office?
Gerrymandering was once a kind of artisanal branch of politics. The late U.S. Rep. Phil Burton was said to have single-handedly redrawn the 1970 congressional map of California armed with nothing more than a stack of telephone books and his encyclopedic knowledge of the political landscape of his state. But computerization has turned it into a cold science. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will try again to decide when gerrymandering goes too far.
This federal shutdown had a ratings problem, which is probably the reason it didn’t last long. We should be talking about this week’s government impasse as if it were a TV show, because at the most fundamental level that’s what it was.
Stuck in a middle-row seat on a flight from Johannesburg to London last year, I watched my first Nollywood movie, “30 Days in Atlanta.” It came to mind last week in the uproar over President Trump’s scatological remarks about the countries we were flying over.
Nollywood is the nickname for Nigeria’s boisterous film scene, which thrives on low-budget, madcap romantic comedies like “30 Days in Atlanta.” The movie’s about an unpolished bumpkin named Akpos and his more urbane cousin, an IT specialist, who win a 30-day trip to Atlanta at a party for the opening of a fancy new real estate development in Lagos. Ayo Makun, who plays Akpos, also produced the film, which was a box office smash across much of Africa.
For a few crystalline moments in Atlanta Monday night, opposite poles of our tightly stretched American culture, the tweeter Donald Trump and the rapper Kendrick Lamar, came into rare convergence, for a game that under other circumstances you figure neither would have understood or cared about. The verbal stabs of rapping and tweeting, Trump style, have a lot in common, but they speak to opposite sides of the divide which has absorbed so much political energy over the past few decades.
Underneath the numbers in the Republican tax bill there has always been a fundamental political calculation that simple is good: that no matter whether they get much of a tax cut, Americans will like taxes that are easier to do. That proposition is about to be tested.
The shock and outrage expressed by outside observers over the Alabama Senate race is only the latest of many cases in which the state has played this role. But as Herman Melville observed 160 years ago, Alabamians are stoutly resistant to moral condemnation.
In that great gettin’-up evening, when the Republican Party’s biggest check writers at last got what they thought they’d already paid for, there were a lot of scenes you’re likely to see revisited in political battles across the country next year.
Here’s a startling and largely unreported development which tells us a lot, indirectly, about what’s going down this week in Washington on tax reform. This year, investors have put more money into the initial offerings for crypto currencies than they have into all the initial public offerings for U.S. companies that came onto the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.
Repeatedly over the past few weeks, commentators have remarked that we’re going through a moment. However you define what a moment is, it has a lot to do with the way news gets made in the 21st Century.
From a design point of view, the nuclear projects at Plant Vogtle and the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina were identical. They were to be the first in a new generation of U.S. nuclear reactors, the Westinghouse AP1000s, cheaper, easier to build and safer than their predecessors.
Across the country, more than 30 big cities are electing or have already elected mayors this year. As we swing into the second round of our own mayoral contest, here’s a look at some of the trends emerging in other cities.
Climate change is a global problem, but for the states of the Atlantic Coast, the rising sea level is a particular problem. But the politics around the issue still teeter on a seesaw between the willingness to ignore the problem and the urgency of finding a way to pay for the solution.
Last week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster became the latest in a rising tide of politicians united in their denial of, well, the rising tide.
It didn’t take Donald Trump long to shoot down the idea paying for the tax cut in part by radically reducing the 401(k) program. Which, when you look at it more closely, is a pretty good deal for Uncle Sam.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which speaks directly to the social turbulence which has roiled the country in so many ways. It’s subject was suicide, which is on the rise in the heartland.
Over the past week or so both the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have met to air their differences, and it should come as a surprise to no one that they don’t have many.
Sure, the two Staceys jabbed at each other over a couple of points and all the Republican challengers accused their better known rivals of being career politicians, But the overriding impression from this first pair of encounters is that both parties have grown settled in their respective orthodoxies, with very little way for candidates to break new ground.