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Wild week over Brexit leaves British politics in crisis mode – TheSpec.com

Wild week over Brexit leaves British politics in crisis mode – TheSpec.com

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Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham, said Brexit has paralyzed the U.K.'s parliamentary system. "I cannot think of a moment in modern British politics that is at all comparable," he said. "Maybe when (Prime Minister Robert) Peel split with his own party over the Corn Laws in 1846. "The whole point of Britain's parliamentary system used to be that — in contrast to continental (European) countries — we elect majority governments that make decisions," he said. "There was none of this messy compromise stuff. ... And (now) it is failing." Britain's political crisis has been building since the 2016 Brexit referendum that resulted in a narrow vote — 52 to 48 per cent — for Britain to leave the EU. An...
Fact-Free Politics – RealClearPolitics

Fact-Free Politics – RealClearPolitics

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X Story Stream recent articles In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about statements and catchwords in utter defiance of facts.Among the most popular current catchwords are "climate change deniers." Stop and think. Have you ever -- even once in your entire life -- seen, heard or read even one human being who denied that climates change? It is hard even to imagine how any minimally knowledgeable person could deny that climates change, when there are fossils of marine creatures in the Saha...
Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. – Florida Politics

Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. – Florida Politics

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After President Donald Trump offered a compromise to potentially end the government shutdown, Floridians pols reactions varied. Trump said he would settle for $5.7 billion for a border wall in exchange for extending protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and supporting legislation for Temporary Protected Status holders. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in charge of the newly-Democratic controlled chamber, called the deal a “non-starter.” “Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives,” Pelosi said in a statement. But how did Florida federal leaders re...
The Surprisingly Complex Connection Between White Identity Politics and Explicit Racism – The New Yorker

The Surprisingly Complex Connection Between White Identity Politics and Explicit Racism – The New Yorker

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In her new book, “White Identity Politics,” the Duke political scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election Studies surveys and her own research, Jardina finds that about thirty to forty per cent of white Americans say that white identity is important to them, and she adds an interesting twist—that this group only partly overlaps with the group of white Americans who hold racist views. According to Jardina’s analysis, about thirty-eight per cent of white people who highly value their white identity are at or below the mean level of racial resentment, while forty-four per cent of white people who say their racial identity is less important are at or above that level. “Fo...
The ‘zombified’ state of British politics, explained – CNN

The ‘zombified’ state of British politics, explained – CNN

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First, British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to take the country out of the European Union -- after the 2016 Brexit vote -- was roundly rejected by Parliament. Then, amazingly, May survived a "no confidence" vote.Which left Britain utterly gridlocked -- a Prime Minister unable to push through a plan to institute Brexit and an opposition unable to replace her. And in the background, the ticking clock of the mandated March 29 British exit from the EU.It's a wild, wild, wild world. I reached out to my old friend Sebastian Payne, a political writer at the Financial Times, to explain it all. Our conversation, conducted via email and edited lightly for flow, is below.Cillizza: This week we saw May's Brexit plan fail and then the PM barely survive a "no confidence" vote. Was any of this unexp...
Newt Gingrich: Rev. King’s message at odds with identity politics, bigotry – Fox News

Newt Gingrich: Rev. King’s message at odds with identity politics, bigotry – Fox News

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On Martin Luther King Day on Monday, when we honor the life and work of the great civil rights leader who changed our nation for the better and helped end bigoted and exclusionary policies against African- Americans, we should also remember his message applies to bias and bigotry in all its forms.In a 1963 speech at Western Michigan University, Dr. King said: “There are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of goodwill will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry.”READ THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S 'I HAVE A DREAM' SPEECHRepublicans did exactly the...
For Trump, the Political Is the Personal – The New York Times

For Trump, the Political Is the Personal – The New York Times

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OpinionSupported byFor Trump, the Political Is the PersonalL’état? It’s him.By Greg WeinerMr. Weiner is a political scientist and a former senior aide to Senator Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska.Jan. 19, 2019ImageCreditCreditEric HansonPresident Trump was several minutes into an extemporaneous speech on Monday when an offhand locution clarified an important reason the government shutdown persists: “I said I’ll build the wall and I’m going to build the wall.” The first-person singular is familiar to observers of both this president and his recent predecessors. Mr. Trump has escalated this phenomenon, as in his telling inquiry regarding Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense: “What’s he done for me?” In this acceleration of th...
Wild week over Brexit leaves British politics in crisis mode – Associated Press

Wild week over Brexit leaves British politics in crisis mode – Associated Press

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LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament is crumbling — shored up by scaffolding, patched by endless repairs. And after a week of upheaval over Brexit in the House of Commons and angry exchanges on the streets outside, Britain’s democratic system is looking a bit shaky, too. In the Commons chamber, Prime Minister Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat in Parliament’s history over her European Union divorce deal, narrowly survived a no-confidence vote the next day and was left scrambling for a workable new Brexit plan. Outside, rival protesters sounded off and squared off, with some aiming angry shouts of “traitor” at their opponents. Brexit has divided Britain, and left the country’s democratic system batt...