Damaged goods? Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP/Shutterstock Republicans plotting to reconquer the U.S. Senate in 2022 don’t have much of a margin for error. They have at least five open seats to defend, and three of them (plus Ron Johnson’s seat in Wisconsin, which may or may not become open) are rated as competitive by the Cook Political Report. Only two Democratic-held seats are considered competitive by Cook. So the last thing the GOP needs is to blow a Senate race in a solidly red state. They did exactly that in 2012, a year when they fully expected to flip the Senate in their direction. Instead they lost races in Indiana and Missouri , thanks to Senate nominees who made stupid and extremist remarks about abortion policy. The bright-red flashing sign of possible self-destruction ahead is coming from one of those states, Missouri, where two-term incumbent Republican Roy Blunt is retiring next year. At this point it’s not so much culture-war radicalism that’s the problem (thought … [Read more...] about Greitens Tries the Maximum MAGA Strategy in Comeback Bid for Senate Seat
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In the current world of racial politics, a prize-winning Dutch author lost a job translating a Black American poet, Amanda Gorman. Why? There was an uproar because the publisher had chosen a white translator. In 2021 racial politics, the actor Daniel Kaluuya, who recently played 1960s Black radical Fred Hampton, introduced himself to a “Saturday Night Live” audience this way: “I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking ‘Oh no, he’s not Black — he’s British.’ I’m here to reassure you that I am Black. I’m Black. And I’m British.” And in today’s world of racial niche media, a white TV host recently dismissed me from appearing on his show to discuss race relations by telling me I didn’t qualify because I was born in Panama. ADVERTISEMENT He thinks I’m not Black enough. Seriously. The white host of the PBS-affiliated show, “This is America & the World,” flatly said despite my black skin — and award-winning books on race relations — my place of birth made me a bad fit for … [Read more...] about Juan Williams: Am I not Black enough?
Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN) Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," begins with the two minor characters from "Hamlet" betting on the toss of a coin. It comes up heads ... and heads ... and heads -- 92 times in a row -- and Guildenstern has to keep handing over his money. "I'm afraid it isn't your day," says Rosencrantz. "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds," says another character near the end of the 1966 play , "if it was a bet you wouldn't take it." This week President Joe Biden continued taking some hard bets, hoping the coins will land his way. He set the pattern in January, days before he took office, by outlining a huge Covid relief package amounting to $1.9 trillion and then topped it last month with a proposal for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. On Wednesday he made another … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s audacious gambles
I admit it. Last week’s Democratic victory speeches choked me up. Several times. A historic political step for women of color with a splash of unity talk made for a perfect cocktail. I joined the echoes of cheers worldwide at President Donald Trump’s defeat, albeit by a small margin. President-elect Joe Biden called for a season to heal. These were words that soothed in comparison to Trump’s usual jabber jaw hate. But before we heal, we need a serious detox. Our country begins its descent from four belligerent years of irresponsible national management. The aftermath competes with the worst of frat parties — racist behinds exposed in the daylight, and stinky chunks of disinformation spewed everywhere. The extreme orange-spray-tan dude who poured bottom shelf vodka into mouths at the party is missing. He won’t stick around to help the cleanup efforts either. Everyone’s exhausted, parched and dizzy. Hungover is an understatement. Under these conditions, the Democratic-elects … [Read more...] about Madrid: Democrats aren’t our healers or our saviors
The recent peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, brokered by President Donald Trump Donald Trump Graham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE , could be compared to the 1977 Camp David Accords , except that it simply formalizes a growing relationship between the Jewish state and one of the Gulf nations that has been ongoing for some time. Both Israel and the UAE have Iran as a common enemy. Both countries are also technologically advanced and will benefit from closer commercial ties. Israel and the UAE are also emerging space powers. The UAE recently launched a probe called Hope to Mars. After a private Israeli group made an unsuccessful attempt to land a robotic probe called the Beresheet on the lunar surface, German company OHB joined forces with Israeli Aerospace … [Read more...] about Peace between Israel and the UAE could spark joint Israeli-Arab space exploration