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Politics & Polls #34: How (Ab)normal is the Trump presidency?

March 9th, 2017, 10:08am by Sam Wang

We’re almost halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office. There’s been a lot of heat, noise – and executive orders. But not legislation. Is this abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Julian Zelizer and I drill into these questions, inspired by a recent article in The Upshot. Listen! Link: http://bit.ly/PoliticsAndPolls34

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Politics & Polls #33: Trade in a Trumpian World

March 7th, 2017, 2:28am by Sam Wang

Julian Zelizer and I Sam Wang interviewed Michael Froman. Ambassador Froman served in President Obama’s cabinet as the U.S. Trade Representative from June 2013 to January 2017. We had a vivid discussion about what trade agreements do – and don’t – accomplish. In what was probably my favorite moment in the interview, he held up [...]

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Politics & Polls #30

February 10th, 2017, 2:31pm by Sam Wang

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 [...]

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Awesome telling of the story of 2016

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.

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Live feed of Ninth Circuit – Muslim ban case

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.

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Auto-Crat (TM) 1.0

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 [...]

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Politics & Polls #29

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 [...]

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Tags: 2018 Election · House · President

Authoritarian Government Watch

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 [...]

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Can the speech rights of government employees be restricted?

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 [...]

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Readings for the Inauguration…and the day after

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 [...]

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