One less durable but significant variant was the People’s Party (or Populists) of the late 19th century, which drew votes from both major parties and arguably pushed both (and particularly the Democrats) to the left. Since many Trump supporters consider themselves latter-day Populists, focused on denying power to both Democratic and Republican elites, they may follow this influential but short-lived model. Though he was a Democrat who only appropriated Populist policy positions, William Jennings Bryan remained a national political power for decades based on a Populist message and following, much as the Trump family might aspire to do as a force remaining within the GOP but hostile to some of its elements. … [Read more...] about How Feasible Is a MAGA Third Party?
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Biden has said he wants to make it easier for refugees to get to the United States by expanding efforts to register and process them abroad and making higher education visas available to those seeking safety. He's also indicated more priority should be given to Latin Americans, especially Venezuelans whose numbers now rival Syrians among the largest group of displaced people. … [Read more...] about Broken by Trump, US refugee program aims to return stronger
Bowers, who refused to say whether he voted for Trump in 2020, is no stranger to representing top government officials. He previously served as counsel for then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in 2009 when Sanford faced possible impeachment over allegations involving state funds and an affair with a woman from Argentina. … [Read more...] about Trump impeachment lawyer speaks out: ‘I’m not worried what other people think’
The problem with this idea is that the Fairness Doctrine emerged in a time when the central concern was the scarcity of platforms; now, misinformation and disinformation flourish in an environment of abundance. Why try to retrofit an old regulation on a new media environment, unless you've imbued that regulation with magical properties, a belief that it is a fix-all for a set of deeply embedded, systemic problems? … [Read more...] about The Fairness Doctrine sounds a lot better than it actually was
It will not be easy. Intelligence and law enforcement agencies will need oversight and accountability to ensure free speech and political activities remain protected under the Constitution. It will also need to be forward thinking. The past century was marred by three ideological battles which risked a democratic world order. There was nazism and fascism from the 1920s to the 1940s, communism from the 1940s to the 1980s, and global terrorism in the name of numerous ideologies from the 1990s until now. Against each enemy, the United States led the world to build coalitions, marshall resources, and mobilize government power. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden takes action to address new threat of domestic terrorism