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Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices

Last September, two former National Football League players launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the bills that they were introducing — and provide non-partisan information about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the app to provide an accurate accounting of what Congressional leadership was doing — something the two felt was necessary given the p...
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May claims second referendum on Brexit would threaten UK's 'social cohesion'

The PM faces a looming revolt over a no-deal Brexit as Corbyn criticises her talks as ‘PR sham’Theresa May doubled down on her opposition to a second Brexit referendum on Monday night, claiming it would threaten Britain’s “social cohesion” and insisting the centrepiece of her strategy remained negotiating changes to the Irish backstop.With just 67 days to go until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, May exasperated MPs and business groups by offering scant evidence that she is wil...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Article 50, Brexit


May claims EU second referendum would threaten 'social cohesion'

PM faces a looming revolt over a no-deal Brexit as Corbyn criticises her talks as ‘PR sham’Theresa May doubled down on her opposition to a second Brexit referendum on Monday night, claiming it would threaten Britain’s “social cohesion” and insisting the centrepiece of her strategy remained negotiating changes to the Irish backstop.With just 67 days to go until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, May exasperated MPs and business groups by offering scant evidence that she was willin...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Article 50, Brexit


Blue Monday for MPs as May strategy proves futile once more

The prime minister seems to have no understanding about the imminence of BrexitTell me why I don’t like Mondays. The sense of futility is getting to everyone. Though many MPs usually welcome the chance to do next to nothing other than repeat themselves, even they have their limits of despair. And a Theresa May statement in which she reiterates her determination to pursue a Brexit strategy that has already been voted down by parliament is a step too far for everyone. We’ve now reached the point w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


The Guardian view on Brexit and Ireland: a danger to peace | Editorial

Electoral contingency and political expediency cannot be allowed to break up BritainThe Derry bombing this weekend is a stark reminder of what is at stake in Northern Ireland with Brexit: decades of peace where arguments are settled with words not weapons. In reopening the question of whether the physical border between the North and South of Ireland might return, Brexit threatens to turn back the clock to a far more dangerous era. That past, where symbols summon deadly emotions, has been revive...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Derry, Article 50, Brexit, Irish Sea, DUP


This MLK Day, follow these 5 exciting QPOC racial justice advocates on Twitter

This MLK Day, don't just commemorate the past, listen to the future!
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Theresa May tells MPs she has identified 'three key changes' needed to her Brexit policy – Politics live

Theresa May sets out to MPs her plan B following the Commons defeat of her Brexit planFrom backstop tweaks to no no-deal: possible amendments to May’s next Brexit motionLunchtime summaryTheresa May’s Brexit statement - Summary and analysis 5.24pm GMT Business groups have expressed alarm that parliament does not seem to be getting any closer to agreeing a Brexit deal.This is from Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI director general.While the government’s move to consult more widely is welcome, as is t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Cbi, David Cameron, Eu, George Osborne, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Francois Hollande, Labour, Parliament, Emily Thornberry, Brexit


Brexit: May says £65 fee for EU nationals applying for settled status to be abolished – Politics live

Theresa May sets out to MPs her plan B following the Commons defeat of her Brexit planFrom backstop tweaks to no no-deal: possible amendments to May’s next Brexit motionLunchtime summary 4.21pm GMT Here is the full text of May’s statement to MPs. 4.21pm GMT Hilary Benn, the Labour chair of the Commons Brexit committee, says May’s door may be open, but her mind is closed. She is ruling out rejecting no deal, and ruling out a customs union. He urges her to accept the plan in the committee’...
Tags: Europe, Politics, David Cameron, Eu, George Osborne, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Francois Hollande, Labour, Emily Thornberry, Hilary Benn, Brexit, Donald Tusk, May


May drops £65 fee for EU nationals seeking post-Brexit settled status

Fee waiver one of six ‘lessons’ laid out in prime minister’s statement on Brexit plan BFollow the day’s political developmentsThe government is to waive the planned fee for EU nationals living in the UK to apply for settled status after Brexit, Theresa May has said in an update to the Commons in which again rejected either a second referendum or an article 50 extension.Making a statement to MPs after her Brexit deal was voted down by a vast majority last week, the prime minister laid out what sh...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Theresa May


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reacts to Aaron Sorkin’s Comments That Congress Members Need to Grow Up

“They need to stop acting like young people, ok? It’s time to do that,” Sorkin said.
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, Aaron Sorkin, Uncategorized, Sorkin, Onetime, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Word of the week: Gambit

I usually wait for at least three sightings of a phenomenon to declare a trend. But in the case of gambit, I decided that two big, unrelated occurrences within a single week were sufficient. They were certainly enough to start me scurrying down multiple rabbit holes, etymological and cultural. Gambit has been used frequently in media coverage of the ongoing U.S. government shutdown, now slogging into its fifth week. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has a gambit, according to The New Yo...
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Quick Hits: The last Caribou

Fortnite billionaire is saving forests in Western North Carolina Tim Sweeny, owner of North Carolina-based Epic Games, which produces mega-hits such as Fortnite, is quietly using his fortune to conserve the mountains in Western North Carolina. Since 2008, Sweeny has spent millions to preserve and protect nearly 40,000 acres of land, making him one of the largest private landowners in North Carolina. Sweeny has used his money to purchase 1,500 acres to expand Mount Mitchell State Park and spent...
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Kamala Harris Launches 2020 Presidential Bid with Video, ‘GMA’ Appearance

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) launched her presidential campaign on Monday with an online video and an appearance on “Good Morning America” in which she said that “this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.” Harris, 54, […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Good Morning America, Kamala Harris, Calif, HARRIS, 2020 Presidential Race


Kamala Harris Launches 2020 Presidential Bid

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) launched her presidential campaign on Monday with an online video and an appearance on “Good Morning America” in which she said that “this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.” Harris, 54, […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Good Morning America, Kamala Harris, Calif, HARRIS, 2020 Presidential Race


Cameron told me privately Lib Dems would block referendum he promised, Tusk claims - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about what she plans next following the Commons defeat of her Brexit planJacob Rees-Mogg’s LBC interview - SummaryDowning Street lobby briefing - Snap summary 2.17pm GMT I asked David Cameron, ‘Why did you decide on this referendum, this – it’s so dangerous, so even stupid, you know,’ and, he told me - and I was really amazed and even shocked - that the only reason was his own party,...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, David Cameron, Eu, George Osborne, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Ireland, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Cameron, LBC


No second vote on Brexit deal likely before February, says No 10

Vote next week will not be ‘meaningful’ as Theresa May continues to seek solutionFollow all the day’s developmentsParliament is unlikely to have a second binding vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal until February, Downing Street has said, playing down the significance of the motion that will be voted on next week.May’s spokesman said the vote due to be held on 29 January was not “a second meaningful vote” and the government’s motion would not spell out in detail the next stage of the prime ministe...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit


Kamala Harris makes it official

California Senator and former attorney general Kamala Harris is running for President. Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency. In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," Harris called on her supporters to join with her to "claim our f...
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Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into Democratic presidential race

By JUANA SUMMERS WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump’s nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to “bring our voices together,” Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. Harris, a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California, is one of the earliest high-profile Democrats to jo...
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IMF: no-deal Brexit and Chinese slump are biggest economic risks

Escalation of Trump’s trade war with China also a threat, says World Economic OutlookA no-deal Brexit and a sharper slowdown in China are the biggest risks to growth in the global economy in 2019, the International Monetary Fund has warned in its latest economic outlook.Amid already falling levels of growth in Europe, China and Japan, the IMF said an escalation of the trade war between Donald Trump and Beijing over the coming months and the UK tumbling out of the EU without a deal would force fu...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Politics, UK, China, Economics, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Davos, Beijing, Asia Pacific, US economy, International Monetary Fund


The Impeachment Process Is Worthwhile--Even If the Senate Refuses to Impeach

Though this historical review of the impeachment process won’t be published until the March edition of the Atlantic, all of its subscribers received a copy of Yoni Applebaum’s intriguing study a full month early. Applebaum, the senior editor for politics at the Atlantic, has all the right credentials—if that matters to you--including Columbia, a Brandeis PhD and teaching at Harvard. Obviously, an attempt to get the public thinking, I noticed a number of reviews of the study just a day after its ...
Tags: Politics, Senate, Careers, Atlantic, Current Affairs, Bill Clinton, Johnson, Columbia, Clinton, Trump, Nixon, Gerald Ford, Brandeis, Applebaum, Andrew Johnson Richard Nixon, Yoni Applebaum


Work on new Eurotunnel border inspection post begins in Calais

Checkpoint for horses and other large animals part of £20m no-deal Brexit contingency planWork has begun at the Calais Eurotunnel exit for a new border inspection post for horses and other large animals as part of a £20m no-deal contingency plan.Controls are also prepared for the nearby port of Boulogne, to cater for the 200,000 tonnes of fish the UK exports through France. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Calais, Brexit, Boulogne, Calais Eurotunnel


May wants parliament to rule out no-deal Brexit, Cooper says

Labour MP claims Tories want article 50 extension but party politics prevents open supportAll the day’s political developments - live!A senior Labour MP leading a backbench effort to rule out a no-deal Brexit has argued that much of the government, including Theresa May, privately want this to happen, and are relying on parliament to take action. Related: Brexit: No deal will be 'absolute disaster' says business minister, as May prepares to address MPs - Politics live Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Tories, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Cooper


For lorries queuing at congested Calais, no-deal Brexit looms large

In the first of a short series, Lisa O’Carroll joins a British driver to navigate the ‘frictionless trade’ of the French portSimon Wilkinson, a British lorry driver, is surveying about 1,000 lorries amassing at the “queue for the queue” about half a mile from a French port. “This is frictionless trade on a Thursday afternoon in Calais,” he said.Wilkinson runs a small haulage company in Kent that specialises in transporting frozen food. Like all hauliers, he is looking ahead to the possibility of...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, European Union, UK News, Transport, Road transport, Calais, Kent, Brexit, Wilkinson, Lisa O'Carroll


The Latest Front In Russian Infiltration: America’s Right-Wing Homeschooling Movement

Via Pat Hines, Think Progress: The group and its origins sound innocuous enough. But the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) — a right-wing group founded 36 years ago — has deepened connections between America’s religious right and Russians even as the latter have been sanctioned by the United States, according to a ThinkProgress investigation. By networking with Russians, the HSLDA — now America’s largest right-wing homeschooling association — has provided the Kremlin with a new avenu...
Tags: Politics, Russia, America, Ukraine, Military, United States, Moscow, Home Schooling, Lgbtq, Kremlin, St Petersburg, John Dewey, Horace Mann, Pat Hines, Home School Legal Defense Association HSLDA, HSLDA


EU citizen registration in UK could become 'new Windrush', say migration experts

Critics warn many could be left without legal status to stay if settlement scheme failsMigration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins.From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will be able to register for the new post-Brexit “settled status”. The Home Office is extending its live...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, The Home Office, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions

Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years. None Attempting to change human behavior often ends up in unimaginable violence. The career and thinking of Felix Dzerzhinsky is a testament to this notion. Nicknamed Iron Felix, he founded the infamous Soviet security organization Cheka, known for its ...
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Why avoiding logical fallacies is an everyday superpower

Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies. Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning. Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better. Logical-fallacy traps are all around us, and we get caught in them all the time. They trap us during discussions — okay, arguments — and make our heads want to burst. Sometimes we get derailed while we're trying to sort out important issues, and sometimes it's simply trying to adjud...
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May planning to reject calls for cross-party consensus on Brexit

Despite PM’s promise of compromise priority remains fixing backstop to prevent Tory split Theresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop.The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. But despite her claim in the wake of last week’...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, Ireland, Theresa May, Brussels, Brexit, Chequers


'No solutions' to Irish backstop in May's Brexit call with cabinet

Statement on Monday expected to focus on finding a remedy to issue that threatens to split Tory partyTheresa May is expected to reject calls to forge a cross-party consensus on Brexit when she lays out her plan B to parliament on Monday, choosing instead to back new diplomatic efforts in Brussels to renegotiate the Irish backstop.The prime minister held a conference call with her bitterly divided cabinet from the country retreat of Chequers on Sunday evening. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, UK News, World news, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Chequers


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
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