Ezra Klein has an interesting little blurb on how the Republicans rejected a plan by the Obama administration that reduced the deficit by 2.4 trillion. 2 trillion came from spending cuts and 400 million came from tax increases. Tax increases were 17% of the plan. The plan was rejected by the Republicans.
I may have inflamed some people by addressing some differences between the perceptions of some Black Progressives and some White Progressives. I noted that a panel at Netroots Nation consisted of Black Netroots who were trying to formulate get out the vote programs for Obama and the Democrats. A post at FDL (Not from one off the headliners at FDL) responded in the negative to the GOTV effort. The FDL post stated that pressuring Obama was the more important issue.
When I read and hear of all the despair about the current situation in the United States expressed by Progressives, I often wonder why I'm not equally depressed. I find comfort when I read polls that note that despite the economic hardships present in the country today, African-Americans remain optimistic about the future. In a Washington Post poll cited by Ellis Cose in a "The Daily Beast" column on May 22, 2011 notes that 60% of African-Americans polled felt that their children would have a better standard of living.
African-Americans celebrate the Fourth of July along with all other Americans; however it should be noted that because of America's birth defect of slavery, the Fourth of July does come with some baggage. Today on June 19th, many Africans Americans will be participating in Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States of America.
Huffpost is entering into a deal with AOL. The Daily Beast has a deal to work with Newsweek. New media is settling into cozy relationship with the corporate world. Against this backdrop we have newly released books by two women of color who tell of the objective racism they faced in their careers in mainstream media.
[....] “I’m pro-environment, I’m pro-trade, I’m anti-debt, I’m pro-immigration, I’m pro-NATO,” Kasich continued. “And when I look at the party, I see it moving in a different direction. But I’ve always said I have the right to define what it means to be a Republican and a conservative.”
[.....] classic Trump: Confident, hyperbolic and insistent on asserting control.
But interviews with nearly two dozen aides, allies, and others close to the president paint a different picture – one of a White House on a collision course between Trump’s fixed habits and his growing realization that this job is harder than he imagined when he won the election on Nov. 8 [....]
Republican legislators want to keep popular Obamacare provisions for themselves and their staff.
Suggestion: take a few moments to help this story go viral, then when it does, watch the "wavering" GOP moderates decide they can't vote for it. (If you haven't been following the news on this, the House Freedom Caucus has given their support.)
Wednesday afternoon, nearly the entire membership of the US Senate packed into a bus and headed to the White House grounds for an unprecedented classified briefing from top Trump administration officials on North Korea policy. Such a huge meeting, on such a volatile topic, had people wondering — was the United States about to announce some risky new policy on North Korea? Perhaps some kind of scary military escalation, or even a preemptive strike on a nuclear-armed power?
We’ve got a new name, look and mission ― to tell the stories of people who have been left out of the conversation.
A simple but powerful question drove me to join HuffPost three months ago after nearly 15 years at The New York Times: What would it mean to create a news organization that saw itself not as writing about people who feel left out of the political, economic and social power arrangements, but for them?
This question is particularly pressing at a moment when trust in news is at a historic low [....]