I’m still thinking about Jeremy Corbyn and the potential ramifications of that disaster for us in the States. Blame seems mostly to have settled on his flimsy and feckless personality, and that sounds fair to me. Secondary blame rests with the Remain-Leave business. Then there’s this debate about the Labour manifesto. I support most of the individual items on the manifesto, especially in the first three sections (greening the economy, rebuilding public services, attacking inequality). I’m sure lots of people do. So if there’s a problem with the manifesto, it isn’t really ideological. Rather, it’s psychological. You read it and you begin to grow skeptical just slogging through the thing. It goes on and on and on. And on again. And you think: Man, this is such a huge long list of things. You’re never going to be able to do all these things. And even if you can, you’ll fuck half of them up one way or another. That’s just how … [Read more...] about Everyone Feels Overworked and Underpaid. Why Aren’t the Democratic Presidential Candidates Talking About It?
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1. Paper ballots and audits should be routine Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, has done a public service in demanding that the votes be audited in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Even where paper trails exist, most states do not audit elections. It is important to know that the vote each of us casts is counted fairly. In Wisconsin, Donald Trump’s narrow margin over Hillary Clinton was 0.7 percent, in Pennsylvania 1.2 percent, and in Michigan 0.2 percent. In Michigan, for example, Trump won by 10,708 votes out of 4,799,284. Further, 80,000 submitted ballots with no mark for president, which, at minimum, should be checked by the human eye. Computer experts like Professor J. Alex Halderman at Michigan urged Clinton to join Stein’s challenge. Computerized voting machines—“touch screens” or DREs (Direct Recording Electronics)—which leave no paper trail, are notoriously unsafe. Both Halderman and Professor Andrew Appel of … [Read more...] about How Do We Know Our Elections Are Fair?
On 26 October 2015, I authored a post at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) entitled “Russia Returns as al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Far Enemy” noting: “The Ru Just a few weeks later in November 2015, the FBI visited FPRI, notifying their leadership that I had been targeted by a cyberattack. The FBI didn’t say who exactly had targeted me, but I had a good idea who it might be. In the 18 months prior to the above quote and in the three years leading up to today, two colleagues and I watched and tracked the rise of Russia’s social-media influence operations witnessing their update of an old Soviet playbook known as Active Measures. For me, I began watching these influence operations in January 2014 after I co-authored an article in Foreign Affairs entitled “The Good and The Bad of Ahrar al Sham.” Hecklers appearing to be English-speaking Europeans and Americans trolled me for my stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad. But … [Read more...] about Clint Watts’ Testimony: Russia’s Info War on the U.S. Started in 2014
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at a candlelight vigil in Birmingham, Ala. Woodfin is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. (Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP, File) less FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at a candlelight vigil in Birmingham, Ala. Woodfin is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination ... more Photo: Joe Songer, AP Photo: Joe Songer, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at a … [Read more...] about AP Exclusive: Birmingham mayor backing Biden for president
Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Happy Monday! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Al Weaver is newsletter master this week while Alexis Simendinger gets an early start on her Christmas festivities. Find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and CLICK HERE to subscribe!Lawmakers are facing a monumental week on Capitol Hill as they prepare for a historic midweek vote to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems want tougher language on election security in defense bill Five aides to Van Drew resign ahead of his formal switch to GOP The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE over his actions with Ukraine and to potentially pass a key trade agreement and an end-of-year funding bill to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the Christmas break.As lawmakers brace for the Wednesday vote, which is expected to make Trump the third president to be impeached in U.S. history, the lines in … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Busy week: Impeachment, Dem debate and USMCA