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Obama says GOP gerrymandering is 'not how democracy is supposed to work'

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday said "the stakes could not be higher" for democracy as he skewered Republican redistricting efforts and attempts to codify voting restrictions in state laws.


Biden Wants To Make Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it aims to buy its way to a cleaner, cooler planet, spending billions to create a federal fleet of electric vehicles, upgrade federal buildings and change how the government buys electricity. From a report: The executive order President Biden signed leverages Washington's buying power to cut the government's carbon emissions 65 percent by the end of the decade. It lays out goals that would put the federal government on a path to net-zero emissions by ...
Tags: Washington, Barack Obama, Tech, Biden, Duke University, Sarah Bloom Raskin


Shows Like Game Of Thrones You Definitely Need To See

Yes, some years ago, "Game of Thrones" ended — a walker was killed, a dragon burned a throne, a boy who couldn't become king became the king, and a fanbase went wild. But whatever disappointments "Game of Thrones" ended with, the show still began with undeniable promise.It wasn't like the others. It was a big-budget fantasy series — a rarity at the time — and rewrote entire conceptions about narratives driven by morality. The good would no longer benefit from the tradition of hand-holding wholes...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Kingdom, Michael Bay, America, Barack Obama, Turkey, Rome, Netflix, United States, House, New Jersey, Korea, Mark Wahlberg, Boardwalk Empire


The Pearl Harbor memorial is littered with errors, and one Navy vet is trying to get them fixed

The USS Arizona Memorial, part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, December 27, 2016.Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo The Pearl Harbor National Memorial features several important errors. Such mistakes stem from the complex subject matter and shortages of expertise. The error still drive historians and history buffs nuts, and at least one is trying to fix them. Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller is an American hero, the first Black sailor to ...
Tags: Utah, Cook, Navy, West Virginia, Barack Obama, Trends, Hawaii, Ford, Wenger, World War Ii, Oklahoma, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Thomson Reuters, Arizona Memorial, Miller


Mark Meadows said the 'only thing on my mind was that newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court' immediately after Ruth Bader Ginsburg died: book

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images and Tom Brenner/Getty Images Former WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows wrote about how he and Trump handled Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. "The only thing on my mind was that newly vacant seat on the Supreme Court," Meadows wrote. But Meadows also said he had developed a "deep admiration for her strength and resolve." Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meado...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Getty Images, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Antonin Scalia, Oval Office, Ginsburg, Trump White House, Meadows


Mark Meadows said he was 'nervous' when he first saw Trump's red Diet Coke button and 'braced for whatever sonic boom, breaking glass, or cloud of smoke' would come after he pressed it: book

President Donald Trump sits at the Resolute Desk on Jan. 23, 2018.AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Then-Rep. Mark Meadows said he was "nervous" when he first saw a red call button on President Donald Trump's desk in the Oval Office. Pressing the button would ensure a Diet Coke was delivered to Trump. In his new book, Meadows wrote that he "braced for whatever sonic boom, breaking glass, or cloud of smoke" would come when it was pressed. Mark Meadows described feeling "nervous" the first time he sa...
Tags: Politics, News, White House, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, North Carolina, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Button, Trump, Oval Office, Diet Coke


Why the US's and Vietnam's militaries became unlikely comrades, and how their relationship survived Trump

US Ambassador Ted Osius and Senior Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnam's vice minister of national defense, at a dioxin remediation site at Danang Airport, October 18, 2016.Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images As US ambassador to Vietnam in 2017, Ted Osius presided over the first major handover of US military hardware to Vietnam. Since then, the militaries have only grown closer as the US seeks to help Vietnam stand up to China. When Ted Osius was a boy, the United States was mired in its blo...
Tags: White House, China, Southeast Asia, Defense, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Earth, Beijing, United States, Vietnam, Biden, Donald Trump, Ash Carter, US Navy


Student-loan payments resume in 2 months, and Biden's only canceled debt for just over 1% of federal borrowers despite his campaign promise

Spelman college graduation.Paras Griffin/Getty Image Student-loan payments resume in 2 months after what will be a nearly 2-year pandemic pause. While some borrowers are better off due to targeted student-debt cancellation, most are not. Advocates worry that most borrowers are not financially-secure enough to enter repayment. The pandemic may not be over, but in two months, the pause on student-loan payments will be. About 580,000 borrowers will be free of that burden forever, thanks to Presi...
Tags: Politics, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Trends, Markets, Joe Biden, Economy, Policy, Corinthian Colleges, Biden, Student Debt, Clark, Spelman, Education Department, Richard Cordray


‘Wall of secrecy’ in Pfizer contracts as company accused of profiteering

US company faces scrutiny over Covid profits after UK agrees to secrecy clauseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have agreed a secrecy clause in any dispute with the drugs manufacturer Pfizer over Britain’s Covid vaccine supply. Large portions of the government’s contracts with the company over the supply of 189m vaccine doses have been redacted and any arbitration proceedings will be kept secret.The revelation comes as Pfizer is accused by a former senior US h...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, US, Barack Obama, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Tom Frieden, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Meet Michael Smerconish, a radio host and political commentator who will take over Chris Cuomo's primetime hour on CNN

SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish interviews James Carville and Mary Matalin during a broadcast of 'Smerconish Book Club' on SiriusXM's POTUS Channel at SiriusXM Studios on January 09, 2014 in New York City.Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images Michael Smerconish broke away from the Republican party and is now a registered Independent. Smerconish has hosted several TV and radio programs, as well as authored seven novels. Next week, Smerconish will replace Chris Cuomo in CNN's prime t...
Tags: New York, News, Osama Bin Laden, Barack Obama, Trends, Cnn, New York Times, Sirius Xm, Republican Party, Andrew Cuomo, Sexual Harassment, Los Angeles Times, Bush, Chris Cuomo, MICHAEL SMERCONISH, Ayman al Zawahiri


Mitch McConnell would eliminate the filibuster if he was in Democrats' shoes, Jim Acosta says

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta speaks outside US District Court in Washington, DC, on November 16, 2018.Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images When he led the Senate, Mitch McConnell broke norms by blocking Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. McConnell led the vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Court in 2020, reversing course. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said that Democrats should think like McConnell and end the filibuster. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said Saturday...
Tags: Politics, News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, Court, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Cnn, Democrats, Washington Dc, Mitch McConnell


How more than $402 million in taxpayer money got locked away in a forgotten government fund — and lawmakers won't spend it or return it

A pool of more than $402 million contributed by taxpayers is waiting for Congress to decide how best to use it.DigitalStorm via Getty Images The money is supposed to publicly fund presidential campaigns. But it doesn't. Republicans and Democrats in Congress can't agree on what to do with the ever-growing pot. Charities told Insider the money could do great good for suffering Americans. See more stories on Insider's business page. Holed away in a government account is a massive cas...
Tags: Minnesota, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Senate, Barack Obama, Trends, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Iowa, Treasury, US Treasury, John Mccain, John Kerry, Oklahoma, Republican


McConnell won't put forward a GOP legislative agenda ahead of 2022 midterm elections: report

The Senate Republican leadership team, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, arrives for their weekly policy luncheon news conference outside the Senate Chamber on November 30, 2021.Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Mitch McConnell won't offer a GOP legislative agenda before the 2022 midterms, according to Axios. McConnell reportedly feels that such an agenda would only become fodder for Democratic attacks. Kevin McCarthy feels differently and wants his mem...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Congress, California, Kentucky, Senate, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Gop, Arkansas, Washington Dc, House, Iowa, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell


Biden still has a rosy view on the economy despite a bad November jobs report. Here's 3 reasons why he may be right to be optimistic.

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the South Lawn of the White House on November 19, 2021.Alex Wong/Getty Images Biden touted a sharp drop in the jobless rate and argued the economy is on the right track. There's a problem, though: the economy added about half as many jobs as expected in November. But there are three reasons Biden might be right to be optimistic. The latest jobs report released Friday showed the US economy regained 210,000 jobs in November, a paltry sum...
Tags: Obama, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Delta, Treasury, Biden, Bush, Economic Policy Institute, South Lawn, BLS, Mark Zandi


How NATO leaders used quiet maneuvers and 'adroit flattery' to keep Trump from blowing up the alliance

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and President Donald Trump with other NATO leaders at the NATO summit in London, December 4, 2019.ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images Trump's complaints and criticism of NATO led officials to worry about his intentions for the alliance. After he took office, NATO officials mounted a campaign of quiet maneuvers and public diplomacy to placate and distract him. The alliance survived thanks largely to the skills of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenber...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Wales, Vladimir Putin, White House, Germany, Russia, US, International, Barack Obama, Trends, Ukraine, Nato, Crimea, Moscow


10 Things in Politics: SCOTUS seems likely to undercut Roe

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go — click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected]'s what we're talking about:The Supreme Court seems open to undermining Roe v. WadeRepublicans may shut down the government over vaccine mandatesElizabeth Holmes' emotional testimony may have saved her Protesters, demonstrators, and activists in front of the US Supreme Co...
Tags: Hollywood, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Abc, California, White House, US, America, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, South Africa, House, New York Times


Former UK chancellor says the Queen asked him to tell Obama to leave a state banquet because she wanted to go to bed

Queen Elizabeth II and then-President Barack Obama in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a 2011 state banquet.Chris Jackson/AFP via Getty Images George Osborne said the Queen once asked him to tell Obama to leave a state banquet. Osborne said the Queen asked him to tell Obama it was "late and I want to go to bed." Obama visited the UK in May 2011 and attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The UK's former Chancellor of the Exchequer said the Queen once asked him at a stat...
Tags: Politics, UK, Obama, Barack Obama, Trends, George Osborne, Getty Images, Britain, News UK, Michelle Obama, Queen, Buckingham Palace, Tory, Osborne, UK Politics, Financial Times


A publishing exec thinks Trump may self-publish his presidential memoir because he doesn't want to get a smaller cash advance than Obama

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up his book after holding a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club Jupiter on March 8, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images Donald Trump is yet to sign a deal with a major publisher for his presidential memoir.  Trump may fear getting a smaller advance than Barack Obama, a publishing executive told Politico.  As a consequence, Trump may choose to self-publish the memoir, the exec said. Former President Donald Trump may...
Tags: Publishing, Politics, Obama, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, News UK, Michelle Obama, The Guardian, Donald Trump, Penguin Random House, Trump, Michelle, Donald Trump Jr, Jupiter Florida


A publishing exec thinks Trump could self-publish his presidential memoir because he doesn't want to get a smaller cash advance than Obama

Donald Trump holds up one of his books after a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida, in 2016.Joe Raedle/Getty Images Donald Trump has yet to sign a deal with a major publisher for his presidential memoir.  Trump might fear getting a smaller advance than Barack Obama, a publishing executive told Politico.  As a consequence, Trump could choose to self-publish the memoir, the exec said. Former President Donald Trump could circumvent major publishing houses ...
Tags: Publishing, Politics, Obama, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, News UK, Michelle Obama, The Guardian, Donald Trump, Penguin Random House, Trump, Michelle, Donald Trump Jr, Jupiter Florida


10 Things in Politics: Kamala Harris' Big Tech problem

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go — click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected]'s what we're talking about:Kamala Harris owes a big debt to Big Tech — and our digital privacy may pay the priceMeet the Florida Democrats running to oust GOP Gov. Ron DeSantisExclusive: MLB secretly used 2 different types of baseballs last season Jim Watson/Getty; Marianne ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Colorado, California, Washington Post, Wills, White House, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Gop


Live Updates: Obama, Fauci Encourage Vaccinations at Clinic

Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, visited a children’s vaccination clinic in Washington to encourage kids to get a COVID-19 shot.
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Melania was cold. Jill is warm.

Ugh. I should have steeled myself against this offensive goo. It's so very predictable. But I wasn't ready — it's still November — and this caught me before I'd prepared myself to simply laugh cynically, which is what it deserves: "Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas brings back a warmer, simpler vibe/The first lady chose 'Gifts From the Heart' as this year’s theme, filling rooms with shooting stars and peace doves" (WaPo).A taste of the holiday fare: The light, sound and smell of wood fire...
Tags: Creepy, Jimmy Fallon, Law, White House, Christmas, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Chucky, Biden, Melania Trump, Jill, WaPo, Jill Biden, Melania, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics


Renegades: Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen – review

The American figureheads and friends discuss their childhoods, their debt to strong women and the illusion of the American dream in a series of candid conversations garlanded with unseen photographsThe season of the coffee table book is upon us. This is a handsome enough example, featuring often startlingly candid conversations between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen recorded for a podcast of the same name. Having struck up a friendship on Obama’s campaign trail in 2008, the bond between the ...
Tags: Books, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Obama, Barack Obama, Culture, Michelle Obama, Springsteen, Society books, Patti Scialfa Springsteen


Trump was unprepared for the 2016 transition because his team didn't think they'd win the election, CIA says

Former President Donald Trump.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 transition, a CIA book said. The team had "apparently ... not expected to win the election," it said. Trump also declined to receive intelligence briefings after he got elected, the book said. Donald Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 presidential transition from former President Barack Obama, apparently because they didn't expect to win, a CIA-publishe...
Tags: Politics, US, Barack Obama, Trends, News UK, Cia, Donald Trump, Trump, Helgerson, PDB, Donald Trump Michael, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Santiago Getty Images Trump, John L Helgerson, Ted Gistaro


Trump was unprepared for the 2016 transition because his team didn't think they'd win the election, CIA-published book says

Former President Donald Trump.Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 transition, a CIA-published book said. The team had "apparently ... not expected to win the election," it said. Trump also declined to receive intelligence briefings after he got elected, the book said. Donald Trump's team was "not fully prepared" for the 2016 presidential transition from former President Barack Obama, apparently because they didn't expect to win, a CI...
Tags: Politics, US, Barack Obama, Trends, News UK, Cia, Donald Trump, Trump, Helgerson, PDB, Donald Trump Michael, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Santiago Getty Images Trump, John L Helgerson, Ted Gistaro


Homi K. Bhabha on V.S. Naipaul: in conversation with William Ghosh

Literature, we’re told, is the immortality of speech, but in fact reputations fade quickly. The work of V.S. Naipaul once drew bombastic statements from large names: “to understand the modern state, we are often told we must read V. S. Naipaul” (Pico Iyer); his “writings are a sort of baseline for thinking about certain things” (Barack Obama); the modern literary public sphere in India “really began with Naipaul” (Amitav Ghosh); “the sweep of Naipaul’s imagination [is] without equal today” (Eliz...
Tags: Books, New York, Featured, Interview, India, Barack Obama, Atlantic, Britain, House, Oxford, Literature, Literary criticism, Caribbean, Elizabeth Hardwick, Bombay, Strauss


I wore the same outfit for a week, as part of a productivity hack promoted by Steve Jobs — but it didn't really work. After speaking to psychologists, I'm not surprised.

Steve Jobs.David Paul Morris / Stringer Steve Jobs used to wear the same outfit every day in order to reduce decision fatigue.  I put the strategy to the test to see if it improved my performance at work. It didn't initially.  Psychologists say that while habits help improve our decision-making, other factors matter too. Lots of highly successful people share a similar habit: they wear the same outfit every day. The late Apple founder Steve Jobs' black turtleneck, blue jeans, and trai...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Productivity, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Careers, Barack Obama, Trends, Nike, Performance, Decision Fatigue, Schwartz, Barak Obama, Stephen Jones, Barry Schwartz, UC Berkeley Haas


The market's Black Friday freakout about the new variant shows how a reactionary Wall Street rules American life and politics

Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images Stocks plummeted on Friday as investors braced for the Omicron variant fueling a new round of lockdowns. In one day, the market challenged the idea of economic "reopening" and revived "stay-at-home" stocks — and the homebody economy. Such massive one-day stock swings can drive government policies that benefit big-time investors over the average worker. Reports of an ominous new COVID variant powered one of the biggest stock market tumbles of 2021 the day after Than...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, White House, China, Africa, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Walmart, Delta, Treasury, Fda, The New York Times, Brian Cornell, Gottlieb, Stan Honda


James Comey's daughter is a lead prosecutor in Ghislaine Maxwell's child sex trafficking case. Here's what we know about her.

Maurene Comey (left) and Ghislaine Maxwell (right).REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton; Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images Maurene Comey is one of the lead prosecutors in the criminal case against Ghislaine Maxwell. The daughter of former FBI director James Comey also worked on the sex crimes case against Jeffrey Epstein. She also prosecuted ex-gynecologist Robert Hadden and Treasury Department whistleblower Natalie Edwards. Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell have brought plenty of familiar faces along wi...
Tags: Politics, News, Sexual Assault, Obama, Abc, Suicide, Life, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Linkedin, Fbi, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton


Is Court Packing of the US Supreme Court Justified?

Rivka Weill There is a deep sense of crisis regarding the US Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) legitimacy. President Biden has tasked a Commission with reviewing and recommending possible reforms to restore the Court’s legitimacy. My argument in Court Packing as an Antidote based on an examination of all Supreme Court nominations and confirmations during a presidential election year is twofold: (1) There was serious abuse of the appointment process involved in the Senate’s treatment of the SCOTUS nomin...
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