Politics

Steve September 21, 2021

In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia. A $66 billion French deal to provide Canberra with diesel electric-powered submarines, among the largest defense contracts Paris had ever negotiated, was blown off. […]

Steve September 21, 2021

Leaks to the news media from a new book, Peril, by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on the last weeks of the Trump administration are generating a firestorm of controversy, especially regarding the conduct of Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One issue, Milley’s apparently secret communications with Gen. Li […]

Steve September 21, 2021

At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama realized that the US was “overweighted” in the Middle East, fighting wars against countries that could not challenge American hegemony and “underweighted” in the Asia-Pacific region where there was a country, China, that could. So, Obama pivoted to Asia. The National Security Strategy of December 2017 ranked […]

Steve September 21, 2021

Last Thursday, Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced he would not seek reelection in 2022. The 37-year old congressman was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, and he is now the first to call it quits. Facing fervent opposition […]

Steve September 21, 2021

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat running for a second term, answers questions from the media after touring Whole Woman’s Health of Charlottesville on Sept. 9. He’s working to rally voters in response to Texas’ restrictive new abortion law. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, […]

Steve September 20, 2021

As the U.S. State Department announced Monday that it would seek to double the number of refugees resettled in the United States over the next year, migrant rights advocates implored the Biden administration to allow many more people into the country, while ensuring that actual admissions reach the target. In a move that would fulfill […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Source: NBC Chicago As nationwide attention ratchets up around the disappearance and apparent death of a Florida woman, Father Michael Pfleger is calling attention to the dozens of Black women who either remain missing, or who have been killed, in the city of Chicago in recent years. Pfleger, who has become well-known for his work […]

Steve September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican political operative pardoned by President Donald Trump after his conviction in a 2012 bribery plot has been charged again with campaign-related crimes, this time involving a 2016 illegal campaign contribution scheme and a Russian national. Jesse Benton, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, was accused in an indictment unsealed Monday in federal […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Right-wing St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey could lose their law licenses as a result of their nationally publicized gun-waving incident with Black Lives Matter protesters last year. Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel has asked the state’s Supreme Court to suspend the McCloskeys’ law licenses, citing their guilty pleas to misdemeanors over the […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Source: ABC.com California California has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the United States, according to the most recent data from the CDC. “Over 70% of Californians have received at least one dose. Keep it up, California – get vaccinated,” the tweet said. According to CDC data, California has about 95 new cases over 7 […]

Steve September 20, 2021

The House Ways and Means Committee missed key opportunities in their initial revenue proposals to fairly pay for President Biden’s Build Back Better plans, especially in addressing wealth inequality. But the Committee’s suggestions include some powerful inequality-fighting reforms that should be in the final legislation. One of these promising proposals is very similar to a […]

Steve September 20, 2021

Last Thursday, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. He is one of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump after his supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6th. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses how the other […]