November 20, 2018

United States

“A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers.”

"This process has not merely affected Judge Kavanaugh and Professor Ford. It affects all of us."

The Democratic Party needs a leader in 2020. Elizabeth Warren is the one for the job.

“The suggestion that we don’t need any border enforcement is as unrealistic as that rhetoric is politically self-defeating.”

“The only way to compel someone to speak as part of this inquiry would be for the Senate to subpoena witnesses. The Republican majority appears unwilling to exercise that power.”

“In the toxically polarized world in which we're all unhappy prisoners, all that counts is victory….”

“President Trump's United Nations address criticizing international institutions is based on a complete ignorance of the U.N.'s history.”

“Like many pairs of enemies, Trump and Avenatti have a great deal in common. Both are brash, over-the-top, publicity-mad, media-savvy, ostentatiously rich.”

Despite how it may seem when you read the news, political centrists still exist. And in our highly partisan country, centrism is a more radical stance than ever before.

“At a time when we are at each other’s throats, who can provide the perspective to help us regain our senses? We need brave journalists more than ever today.”

"For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means."

“The Electoral College was a dumb idea when it was first proposed. Today, it's the Constitution's most egregious affront to elementary fairness… It's long past time we abolished it.”

Finally, the Left has a post-Truth politician of its own. Julia Salazar’s campaign was marked by frequent and sometimes outrageous untruths. That didn’t stop her from winning her NY State Senate bid.

Cynthia Nixon wanted to be the next victory in a series of progressive upsets overtaking the establishment. But Cuomo won by a landslide. Looks like the establishment is striking back.

"Despite President Trump’s belief that trade deficits go hand-in-hand with a weak economy, just the opposite is occurring. The U.S. is experiencing increases in manufacturing, overall GDP growth, and, at last, wage growth."

“The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence – with winds of up to 140 mph – is expected to be “extremely dangerous” when it hits the East Coast... But, it’s the water, not the wind, that has the potential to make the storm so deadly..."

Tensions are running high at Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Are the theatrics lowering the bar for decorum in American political life?

An NYT Op-Ed reveals a number of White House insiders working from the inside to thwart Trump. Does this Op-Ed serve the public good - or will it just encourage more fear and paranoia in the Trump administration?

Ayanna Pressley beat Rep. Mike Capuano in Tuesday’s Primary in MA. Drawing comparisons to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the victory highlights the role women will play in November’s midterms.

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