A moment’s glance at the chart above should be enough to disabuse one of the idea that there is a tight correlation between policy outcomes and popular preferences. When George W. Bush rallied bipartisan congressional support behind a giant tax cut for the wealthy in the early aughts, the American public was just as eager to soak the rich as they are now (while just 10 percent said the wealthy deserved a tax cut). On the other hand, the high-water mark for popular Jacobinism in the last quarter-century was, apparently, the early 1990s — which was not exactly a moment of peak influence for left-populists in the Democratic Party. … [Read more...] about Voters Aren’t Moving Left on Taxes. Democrats Are Moving Toward Voters.
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"So now we were prepping the movie while he was in rehab and we thought it was going to fall apart,” said O’Connor. “But he still wanted to do it. When he got out, he was incredibly raw and vulnerable and I think a little lost just in regard to having to confront the demons.” … [Read more...] about Ben Affleck suffered ‘breakdown’ on set while portraying alcoholic who apologizes to wife in ‘The Way Back’
Whatever the national outcome in November, the poll leaves little doubt about the result in California: When the poll asked voters at large how they expected to cast their ballots in November, Trump loses the state to any of the major Democratic candidates by nearly 2 to 1. … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders holds 2-1 lead in California, poll shows
California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomPence talks coronavirus with Cuomo, Newsom, other governors Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding On The Money: Stocks plummet into correction over fears of coronavirus spreading | GOP resistance to Fed pick Shelton eases | Sanders offers bill to limit tax breaks for retiring executives MORE (D) announced on Thursday that the state has made testing its “top priority” in collaboration with the CDC. Accurate testing for coronavirus takes days and CDC is working to improve the test kits and number of labs that can perform the testing. Federal health officials on Thursday expanded the criteria that guides who should get tested. There are 60 confirmed cases of infection in the United States as of this morning. … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Washington, Wall Street on edge about coronavirus
The glib and easy use of the term can also lead to nauseating self-righteousness. It inevitably implies that you, in denouncing “hate,” are epitomizing “love.” You see this constantly on insufferably smug T-shirts and posters: “Love Trumps Hate.” The entire rubric is almost designed to blind you to your own faults, and assumes that you are incapable of hatred yourself. There was a classic example of how this black-versus-white language distorts reality from Charlottesville. A New York Times reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, on the scene, livetweeted what she saw with her own eyes: “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding ‘antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park.” After an outcry on social media, she was pressured to amend this. Several hours later, she tweeted: “Re-thinking this. Should have said violence not hate-filled. They were standing up to hate.” She … [Read more...] about Trump Flaunts His Indifference to the Rule of Law