Why would big companies shift their support to Democrats? Because Donald Trump’s confrontation with China disrupted their supply chains and cost them money. Also, Trump’s tough stance on immigration included efforts to reduce the number of H1-B visas available for skilled workers; most recently the White House had announced new rules which would have mandated higher wages for H1-B recipients. Big Business was not pleased. … [Read more...] about Trump’s greatest legacy: The GOP now represents America’s workers
A close brush with death typically prompts a re-evaluation of one’s actions and some form of course correction. Yet in the wake of the 2020 election, the debate inside the Democratic Party has reverted back to the blame game between the moderate wing and the insurgent left. Two days after the election, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) told fellow House Democrats on a private debrief call that “we will get fucking torn apart in 2022” if they repeat their strategy from this year, urging her colleagues to “not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again . . . We lost good members because of that.” On Twitter, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blamed poor strategic decisions such as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s refusal to work with consultants aligned with the progressive left and a lackluster use of digital-media tools like Facebook during a pandemic election year. … [Read more...] about The Democrats Have Power. How Can They Keep It?
“I commit to ethical choices of post-Government employment that do not raise the appearance that I have used my Government service for private gain, including by using confidential information acquired and relationships established for the benefit of future clients,” the executive order read. … [Read more...] about Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees
Along with his dogs Major and Champ, Biden is bringing with him to the White House a big team of climate change experts, including new senior climate advisers in the Departments of State, Treasury, and Transportation, as well as in the National Security Council and Office of the Vice President. Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy is being tapped to head a new White House office on climate policy; former secretary of state John Kerry will be Biden’s new international climate envoy; and David Hayes, a former deputy interior secretary, was named Biden’s special assistant on climate policy, The New York Times reported. … [Read more...] about Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?
Facebook and Google aren't the only tech companies of concern among policymakers. US officials have increasingly probed the entire tech sector for potential anticompetitive behavior, giving particular focus to the big four firms that now touch every corner of our lives. The scrutiny has ranged from Apple's control over the iOS app ecosystem to Amazon's treatment of independent sellers on its e-commerce platform. … [Read more...] about Facebook must be broken up, the US government says in a groundbreaking lawsuit