When Donald Trump chatted with three Reuters reporters in April, he handed each of them a map memorializing his win over Hillary Clinton. ‘It‘s pretty good, right?‘ the president asked before adding, ‘The red is obviously us.‘ This was not an outlier. Trump also bragged about his election victory at a Republican Party retreat in Philadelphia days after the inauguration, during an appearance with the president of Roma
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Narrowing paths: John McCain says he‘s a ‘no‘ on the Graham-Cassidy bill, which means, Jim Newell writes, that the bill is in serious trouble. And rumored plans to buy off Lisa Murkowski would likely be in violation of the Constitution, as Brian Galle argues.
When Hurricane Irma swept through South Florida on Sept. 10, about 4.5 million homes lost power in an extended blackout. In the days afterward, eight people died of heat-related causes at a nursing home without power in Hollywood, Florida. Floridians directed their outrage at Florida Power and Light, one of the state‘s private regulated utilities, which was accused of shorting resilience spending as profits rose year after year.
President Trump seems determined to wiggle out of the Iran nuclear deal, but all the rationales that he and his top aides have put forth to justify the move are specious and self-destructive.
As Republican leadership searches for the 50th vote in favor of Graham-Cassidy, their apparently randomly chosen vehicle for repealing the Affordable Care Act, rumors abound of a sweetheart deal aimed at securing Sen. Lisa Murkowski‘s vote. The so-called Alaska Purchase would maintain existing premium federal tax credits for those purchasing health insurance on the individual market, but only in Alaska and Hawaii. Sen. Mike Lee‘s offi
On this week‘s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke with David Remnick, the editor of the New Yorker. Remnick began editing the magazine in 1998; before then, he was a staff writer for the magazine and a Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post. His coverage of the fall of communism later became the book Lenin‘s Tomb, which won the Pulitzer Prize. In addition to editing the magazine, Remnick, now 58, continues to write fr
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I‘m a firm believer in the idea that science fiction is about the present, not the future. And yet when I started to write my first novel, Autonomous, I spent a lot of time agonizing over how to construct a plausible 22nd century for my characters to inhabit. I was never under any illusion that I was engaging in prophesy, but I wanted readers to feel like this was a future that could realistically emerge from current technologies and social
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Leigh epitomizes the underemployed. The 39-year-old has a master‘s degree in library science from a top-ranked school, years of experience working the circulation desk in a Boston library, and an IQ of 145. He is reliable and considerate, and he works hard.
In a Sept. 21 Brow Beat, Nate Jones misspelled DirecTV.
On Wednesday, in a discussion of the latest Republican health care bill, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told the truth. ‘You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn‘t be considered,‘ he said on a conference call with reporters. ‘But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That‘s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance
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When Hurricane Harvey churned into Texas last month, it made landfall as a Category 4 storm, meaning its sustained wind speed was between 130 and 156 miles per hour. The categorization is determined via the well-known Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, developed in 1971. Category 4 implies ‘catastrophic damage will occur‘ as winds severely damage houses, power poles snap, and trees uproot.
Flying solo: Donald Trump has been talking about North Korea like he alone has the power to defend our allies or launch a pre-emptive strike. Such actions would constitute an impeachment-worthy violation of the War Powers Act, Bruce Ackerman writes. In fact, Trump should probably start talking to Congress about North Korea right now.
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