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Essential Politics: Trump’s ‘bump stock’ moment

There’s been a recurring narrative in some political circles that perhaps President Trump could have his own “Nixon goes to China" moment on the rising epidemic of gun violence — the thought being that someone with his bona fides among gun-rights groups could actually change the conversation. The...

Who Is Threatened by Women Who Curate Political Art?

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

Challenging art is essential for sparking difficult conversations, but three museum directors — all women — have recently stepped down after championing politically engaged programming. The post Who Is Threatened by Women Who Curate Political Art? appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Swan Song Of The Central Bankers, Part 2: Yellen's "My Girl"

Authored by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, If you wonder why things are going to get a lot worse before they get better---just consider the following tidbit from this week's political gleanings. It essentially cements the case...Show More Summary

Essential Politics: That famous political question again grips Washington

It’s impossible to count how many times some version of the question has been asked in the midst of a political scandal. But its origins are clear: the Watergate hearings of 1973. “What did the president know, and when did he know it?" asked the late Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker. This week, the...

Essential Politics: Why sexual misconduct accusations against an assemblywoman have shaken California's capital

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia jolted California’s state capital when she said last fall she’d been groped on her breasts and buttocks as a legislator. In the weeks since, the Democrat from Bell Gardens has been a vocal member of the #MeToo movement in Sacramento — signing the letter that sparked...

7 Transparently Racist Movies Considered Film Classics

They’re beautiful, they’re essential cinema, and their politics are rotten to the core. Yes, things were different back in the Golden and Silver ages of Hollywood. The cinema your parents grew up with — or your parents' parents grew up with — was of a totally different nature than the post-"Star Wars" landscape that came after it. Show More Summary

Essential Politics: ‘Let’s shut it down,’ says Trump

President Trump has made unconventional comments part of the conventional wisdom about his approach to being the nation’s chief executive. Now, a second shutdown of the United States government in less than three weeks is not only likely but — in his words — maybe even justified. The clock is ticking....

Black History Month in Art: Yinka Shonibare

In honor of Black History Month, we want to highlight some of the greatest black artists in the world who have created essential works that reflect the black experience and tackle issues of identity, social and political concerns, and more. Show More Summary

The limits of law as politics

“Law is politics” was the slogan of the critical legal studies movement back in the 1970s and 1980s. The crits were essentially continuing the jurisprudential tradition associated with what was called “legal realism.” In their crudest forms, legal realism/cls assert that legal decisions are purely political, and that legal rhetoric which claims some sort of […]

Essential Politics: A close look at the California Legislature's sexual harassment investigations over 11 years

Last fall, when more than 140 women came forward to decry what they called a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in California’s state Capitol, The Times attempted to get data to learn more. As we reported over the weeks since, it’s not so easy to learn what’s been reported to California’s Legislature....

Essential California: A $1.5-million price tag for 7 days of work at a local water agency

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 31, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Second chances After being convicted of political misconduct, former Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke got hired to a $98,000 job at a public water agency....

Essential California: A $1.5-million price tag for 7 days of work at a local water agency

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 31, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Second chances After being convicted of political misconduct, former Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke got hired to a $98,000 job at a public water agency....

Essential Politics: Trump shifts from 'carnage' to 'common ground'

President Trump’s very first State of the Union address was unusual in a number of ways — longer than most of those of other presidents, replete with shout-outs to special guests. It was also striking in its attempt to strike a tone far different from the one Trump relied on during most of his...

Essential California: L.A. homeless crisis grows. How do we fix it?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Jan. 29, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES What will it take? After millions of tax dollars and dozens of speeches and political promises later, Los Angeles' homeless crisis hasn't gotten any...

Essential Politics: You’re the first to see California’s battleground races

California’s election season in 2018 could be one for the record books — not only a wide-open race for governor, but also an unprecedented U.S. Senate race and fascinating statewide contests. And then, there’s the historic battle for some of the state’s seats in the House of Representatives. YOU...

Why Alex Honnold Walked in the Women's March

The pro climber caught flak on Instagram for straying into politics—but he says it's essential for athletes to speak out

'Morning Joe' Lambastes Pence For Using Our Troops As Props

The panel was unanimous this morning in condemning Pence's unprecedented mixing domestic politics with a visit to the troops in Jerusalem. Essentially using our troops as props. Andrea Mitchell, who's been covering these trips for over...Show More Summary

Essential Politics: Whether you call it the Schumer shutdown or Trump shutdown, there's plenty of blame to go around

Blame is a tricky thing. And once a political event passes, blame gets shorthanded. With 287 days until voters decide if they want to return Republicans to control in Washington, there’s no way to tell if the two-days-and-counting federal government shutdown will motivate people for either party....

“Dissent is an imaginative act as well as a moral one….”

last monthNews : Slugger O'Toole

This long essay by Colin Murphy is essential reading for anyone who is even vaguely disturbed the group mind approach to the reporting of politics and other matters of public import. He begins by focusing on Ireland’s dangerous predilection...Show More Summary

ACE: Trump’s Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment’s…

ACE: Trump’s Basic Instincts About the Political War Are Essentially Right, and The Establishment’s Sense of It Is Essentially Wrong. “The right attempts political persuasion. The left, on the other hand, attempts social persuasion —...Show More Summary

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