Jun 25, 2021

First person sentenced in insurrection case
Judge rebukes GOP for downplaying US Capitol riot as he hands out first sentence in insurrection

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Over the past year, city and state lawmakers have passed more than 140 police oversight and reform bills designed to address police behavior and accountability.
On Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led House in March passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act without Republican support. But the bill's path in the 50-50 Senate, where most pieces of legislation need 60 votes to break a filibuster, is uncertain.
In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about the Democratic Party’s purportedly changing position on Israel. And reports have emerged contending that two opposing far-edge stances are the Democrats’ so-called real position — one side asserting that Israel should no longer receive U.S. security assistance and another suggesting full-throated, uncritical support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no matter how extreme his policies have become. Let me be clear: These oversimplified narratives couldn’t be further from the truth.
The revelations about Madoff’s immense Ponzi scheme and how he pulled it off introduced many of us to the concept of affinity fraud: scams that prey upon people by exploiting a sense of shared identity. Madoff defrauded wealthy Jews by convincing them that he was just like them.
Republicans are not only failing themselves; they are failing their duty, as an opposition party, to present an informed critique of the ruling party’s governance. If the party expects to convince the public that Democrats have overreached and overspent with Mr. Biden’s economic programs, they will need to make sure voters have also heard coherent arguments against them.
No job, no K-12 school, no university, no factory, no office will be spared. And it will touch both white-collar and blue-collar workers, which is why this election matters so much. How we provide more Americans with portable health care, portable pensions and opportunities for lifelong learning to get the most out of this moment and cushion the worst is what politics needs to be about after Nov. 3 — or we’re really headed for instability.
It happened in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, who won nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump — a margin of more than two percentage points — but lost because of fewer than 80,000 votes in three states. Two months away from Election Day, the odds of something like this happening again are disconcertingly high. That’s a bad thing. The presidency is the only office whose occupant must represent all Americans equally, no matter where they live. The person who holds that office should have to win the most votes from all Americans, everywhere.
Already there are partial nomads all around you; you just might not think of them that way yet. There’s the writer who spends a few months of every year in Berlin, making up for diminishing freelance wages with cheap Neukölln rent; the curator bouncing between New York and Los Angeles; the artist jumping from Tokyo residency to Istanbul fellowship. In the competitive freelance economy, geographic mobility has become a superficial sign of both success and creative freedom: the ability to do anything, anywhere, at any time.
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