A federal appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Trump also has made moves toward building a border wall with Mexico, which recent figures suggest may cost an estimated $21 billion. To get into what these moves [...]
Entries Tagged as 'President'
February 8th, 2017, 8:32pm by Sam Wang
A splendid telling of the story of 2016, by Mike Davis at Jacobin. Davis weaves together unbreakable party loyalty, evangelicals, redistricting and gerrymandering, and the hostile takeover of the Republicans into a coherent tale. I don’t know of a better telling of where we went – and where we may go next. To be continued.
February 7th, 2017, 7:04pm by Sam Wang
Oral arguments here. Liveblogging at the New York Times suggests that at least two of the three judges on the panel lean toward keeping the ban suspended for now. Whatever happens, the court will consider the ban’s merits later.
February 5th, 2017, 11:48am by Sam Wang
Here is an idea that, if done well, subverts the use of Twitter as a political tool by making the content into a joke. “No Trump Tower against me blacks from @SarahPalinUSA look forward to it. He should go down. Make America Great Again! — No Puppet v 0.1 (@Turing_Trump) January 31, 2017 We hear [...]
February 3rd, 2017, 7:34am by Sam Wang
Are we seeing the birth cries of an authoritarian regime? Or is it the gang that couldn’t shoot straight? Julian Zelizer and I debate this and more in episode #29 of Politics & Polls. Following up on a previous episode with Theda Skocpol on rebuilding the Democratic Party, here’s a great interview with Skocpol in Democracy [...]
January 28th, 2017, 5:00am by Sam Wang
Reports from LA that US Marshals are refusing to enforce fed court orders against CBP. They’ve been instructed to take orders from US Atty. — Charlotte Silver (@CharESilver) January 31, 2017 I’ve written before on what features are shared by fascist movements, and a ten-point warning checklist for how 2017 America may becoming like 1934 [...]
January 25th, 2017, 8:19am by Sam Wang
Federal agencies have come under pressure to stop communicating about the science of climate change. The National Park Service has recently deleted social-media communications about carbon dioxide, which is the main cause of global warming. However, it turns out that there are First Amendment issues. A public employee is allowed to speak publicly or share [...]
January 19th, 2017, 10:40pm by Sam Wang
Dissent is a patriotic act, when you are trying to make a nation better, or prevent it from becoming worse. For why protest matters, see Eugene Robinson and Sarah Jaffe. Practically speaking, protest by itself does not achieve a goal, but as Jaffe argues, protest is a vital part of democracy, and is way for [...]
January 17th, 2017, 6:52pm by Sam Wang
I’m pleased to announce that I have agreed to join The American Prospect as a contributing editor. As many of you may know, the Prospect has a history of taking on political writers at the start of their careers: Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, Josh Marshall, Jamelle Bouie, and others. It is an honor to join [...]
January 15th, 2017, 7:30am by Sam Wang
What Trump/Russia defenders on the right don’t get: Most Dems would grudgingly accept ANY Republican president not potentially compromised. — Peter Daou (@peterdaou) January 15, 2017 In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik has an excellent piece pointing out the true threats to U.S. democracy, which transcend partisan concerns. As patriotic Americans, can we recognize these [...]