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Don’t blame college students for their hostility to free expression. The fault ultimately lies with cowardly school administrations, who so often cave to student demands for censorship. Or as some now prefer to call it, “empowering a culture of controversy prevention.” Those are the actual, Orwellian words of an official at American University.
Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year's theme: Government must "do more" about climate change because "consequences of inaction are too high to risk." They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously harmful.
Jared Kushner, reportedly the new power behind the throne in the Trump administration, has tried to borrow luster from another presidential Ã©minence grise, Henry Kissinger. Kushner introduced himself to Kissinger after a foreign policy lecture in 2015, and since then has kept in touch with the former secretary of state. We know this because Kissinger wrote an exceptionally lukewarm tribute to Kushner for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue, which he concluded by comparing Kushner to the mythical Icarus, a nepotism hire who crashed and burned after flying too close to the...
Academic intolerance is the product of ideological aggression, not a psychological disorder.
I’ve lately been telling French people about the Hail Mary pass. I explain that it’s a desperate move in American football: You’re running out of time to score, so you lob the ball toward the end zone and hope for the best. The ’ail Marie — as I’ve been pronouncing it — is the best metaphor I’ve found for the French elections this Sunday. The country that gave us the Enlightenment, Cartesian logic, the Napoleonic Code and possibly reason itself may be about to just throw a ball into the distance and see what happens
Earlier this month I was asking what, if anything, was going to happen with the Obama era refugee deal which had been struck with Australia. They’ve got thousands of migrants, primarily from Iraq, Syria and other troubled regions, basically stuck in some island camps where they are coming into conflict with the local residents. The United States had said that we would be taking more than a thousand of them off their hands, but the President somewhat famously referred to it as “a dumb deal” he would have to study.
I suppose the study period is over because we got our answer from Vice President Pence when he stopped off in the Land Down Under this week. We still don’t like the deal, but it’s going to go through. Not, however, without the United States getting something in return. (NBC News)
Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia which means 1,250 asylum seekers will be rehomed in America — a deal President Donald Trump had described as “dumb”.
Pence told a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney that the deal would be subject to vetting, and that honoring it “doesn’t mean that we admire the agreement”.
“We will honor this agreement out of respect to this enormously important alliance,” Pence said at Turnbull’s harbor side official residence in Sydney.
There’s obviously been some back room wheeling and dealing going on here because Turnbull was presenting Donald Trump with what amounted to a substantially large demand. After the vetting of immigrants and international travel bans became so much of the focus of the Trump presidency, and having been a constant refrain on the campaign trail, this agreement has precisely the wrong optics for Trump. But he’s also well known as a guy who can cut a deal and that’s what we appear to have here. First off, we may be taking the Islamic refugees off of Turnbull’s hands after they are thoroughly vetted, but Australia will be taking a similar number of refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras from the United States in exchange. (Is that a good trade? I’ll leave that up to the judgement of the reader.)
Dumping some South American refugees on Australia isn’t the only thing Trump’s getting however. Malcolm Turnbull has been in hot water over those refugee camps for some time now. He’s been taking a very firm stance in saying they won’t be allowed into his country, but options for what else to do with them have been limited. If this deal fell through entirely he’d have a serious mess on his hands. Trump has now essentially bailed out Malcolm Turnbull and cemented an important friendship. Having made a number of other world leaders “nervous” to say the least, President Trump probably wants to start lining up a few in his corner and now he has Australia’s leader owing him a favor.
It’s unclear when all of this is going to happen, though. Some vetting of Australia’s refugees has already been going on but there’s obviously a lot of work left to be done. It could be a couple more years before they are all cleared out at this rate.
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Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it’s become “feisty”), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an...
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the United States of America, President Trump hosted a lavish party at the Mar-a-Lago White House. Banners proclaiming “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Deal” — the catchy slogan chosen for the yearlong celebration — hung at every corner of the sprawling gold-bedecked property.
Make clear you want to work with Trump on policy but don't defend his bad behavior.
The stronger than expected showing by Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s special election on April 18, followed by Ron Estes’ closer than expected victory in Kansas on April 11 is a clear warning sign for Republicans. (Full disclosure: Estes is a friend but was a strong candidate.) The question is: How should Republicans respond?
The real-estate market in any sophisticated city reflects deep aspirations and fears. If you had a feel for its ups and downs—if you understood, say, why young parents were picking this neighborhood and drunks wound up relegated to that one—you could make a killing in property, but you also might be able to pronounce on how society was evolving more generally. In 2016, a real-estate developer even sought—and won—the presidency of the United States.
Whether it happens before or after health care reformÃ¢??the White House has been sending mixed signalsÃ¢??President Trump has consist-ently promised massive tax cuts for the middle class and businesses. He told an interviewer a few weeks ago, It will be the biggest tax cut since Reagan, and probably bigger than Reagan's.The president's plan is still being worked out, but based upon his previous statements and the blueprint for tax reform presented by House Republicans last year, it will likely contain significant cuts in individual rates, a consolidation of income tax brackets from seven to...
The people who know the most about life on Earth tend to be the most impressed by its staying power. Harvard professor Andrew Knoll marvels that our planet has sustained life continuously for four billion years -- most of its 4.5 billion years in existence. This is not just a matter of location, said Knoll, who is an earth and planetary scientist. Mars and Venus are both in what astronomers would consider a “habitable” zone, getting sunlight in a range suitable for living organisms. Now both are barren (or close to it).
Trump’s decades-long up-and-down career as a real estate mogul, reality TV star, and brander of all manner of merchandise and property; his outlandish but victorious 2016 presidential campaign; and his rocky first 100 days in the White House are of a piece. He has consistently lived large, boasted wildly of his achievements and perspicacity, promiscuously flung insults and accusations, all while espousing controversial opinions with uncompromising certitude, dubious logic, and questionable evidence.
On Monday, Bernie Sanders and recently elected Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez embarked on a "Unity Tour" in several states to rebrand a party now further from power than it’s been in decades. But serious differences between the Democratic Party’s factions remain. On Wednesday, Sanders and Perez appeared with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for their first joint interview — and it didn’t take long for Hayes to pry open the split in the politicians’ worldviews
Despite all the reasons for concern and condemnation that I could dwell on, I’m an optimist this Earth Day. I’m an optimist because of the lesson I learned on the first Earth Day 47 years ago when I was one of 20 million Americans who took to the streets to demand that leaders protect our environment. Before that first Earth Day, there was no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Water Act, no Clean Air Act as we know it. Citizens created the demand signal — and politicians followed because they had no choice.