As the 2020 Democratic primary takes shape, progressives across the country are once again taking aim at gerrymandering, the process by which state legislatures draw congressional maps to benefit one party over the other. On Tuesday, for the second time in two years, the Supreme Court heard arguments about limiting the practice. The last time the high court considered gerrymandering, the justices declined to rule on the merits. And given the court's conservative lean, they could do so again in this most recent case, which involves House district maps drawn by state legislatures in Maryland and North Carolina. The hope among those challenging gerrymandering is that these district maps were drawn in such a partisan manner that they violate the Constitution. And while liberals have taken the lead in challenging gerrymandering in recent years, the Maryland map was drawn up by Democrats, who also had partisan aims.Former Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in a 2017 deposition, admitted … [Read more...] about How gerrymandering became one of the biggest issues in politics
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Can He Come Back?The president, having suffered defeat in the midterm elections, has just been defeated again, in the following year, by partisan opposition in Congress. So now, looking ahead to the next presidential election, his opponents—within the president’s party, in the opposition party, and in possible new parties—are lining up. Indeed, the insider pundits mostly agree: The president is a failure, and he is likely a one-termer. The president I’m describing, of course, was Harry Truman. Oh, did you think I had someone else in mind? U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up an Election Day edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune, which, based on early results, mistakenly announced “Dewey Defeats Truman” on November 4, 1948. The president told well-wishers at St. Louis’ Union Station, “That is one for the books!” (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) Today, we can all read the hostile headlines and commentary on Donald Trump, and so … [Read more...] about Pinkerton: Truman Can Teach Trump How to Beat the Dems in 2020
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Philip Rucker Washington Post April 08, 2018 WASHINGTON — After White House chief of staff John Kelly pressured President Trump last fall to install his top deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, atop the Department of Homeland Security, the president lost his temper when conservative allies argued she wasn’t sufficiently hardline on immigration. ‘‘You didn’t tell me she was a [expletive] George W. Bush person,’’ Trump growled.After Kelly told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier in a January interview that Trump’s immigration views had not been ‘‘fully informed’’ during the campaign and had since ‘‘evolved,’’ the president berated Kelly in the Oval Office, his shouts so loud they could be heard through the doors.And just 11 days ago, Kelly grew so … [Read more...] about John Kelly: Is White House chief of staff on the outside looking in?
Political analysts spend a lot of time talking about what divides American culture, but in 2018, one could argue there are four common ties that bind most Americans on a vast array of fronts: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. In a world where modern communications technology has become ubiquitous, those four companies have quickly grown to play an enormous role in every facet of American life from where we shop, to whom we keep in contact with, to where we get our information. Everything from shoes to news. How big is the pull of America’s four tech behemoths? Consider some numbers. SLIDE 1: MARKET CAPS In November, Amazon’s market value was $591 billion, greater than Walmart, Costco, Target, Macy’s and 11 other well-known retailers combined according to a recent piece in Esquire magazine. It’s now valued at more than $722 billion. For Facebook and Google, you could add the value of the world’s top five advertising agencies with the value of five major … [Read more...] about From News to Shoes: How big is big tech?
June 19, 2017, a news site in South Africa runs a story. It's no normal story. "National Treasury Sold to Johann Rupert," reads the headline. In a majority black country, Rupert, a white business magnate worth an estimated $7 billion, is the second richest man.There was no evidence to support the explosive headline, but the story wasn't retracted or corrected. It wasn't designed to inform, it was designed to mislead. It was fake news. The story was posted on WMC Leaks, one of many fake news sites making up an online network of misinformation. Behind the network: a trio of Indian businessmen known as the Guptas. The Guptas are infamous in South Africa.Ajay, Atul and Rajesh "Tony" Gupta aren't your regular family of businessmen. With close ties to former president Jacob Zuma and constant whispers of politicians in their control, the Guptas were increasingly at odds with a hostile public who saw them as the face of corruption in South Africa. In a move reminiscent of Russian … [Read more...] about This is the fake news campaign that tried to divide South Africa