Category: News & Politics

Russia’s enemies fear Biden won’t fight to stop Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Russia's adversaries in central and Eastern Europe are worried President Biden isn't willing to fight hard to stop the Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 — one of Vladimir Putin's core priorities.Why it matters: The fight is the first significant…

/ February 23, 2021
blank

House Democrats quietly push for Shalanda Young to replace Neera Tanden as Biden’s OMB choice

House Democratic leaders are quietly mounting a campaign for Shalanda Young, a longtime congressional aide, to replace Neera Tanden as nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, people familiar with the matter tell Axios. Why it matters:…

/ February 23, 2021
blank

How did NASA’s Martian rover come to land in a crater named after a tiny Balkan village?

The world was excited by the news last week that NASA’s Perseverance rover had successfully landed in a Martian crater. The rover will now set about collecting samples from what scientists say was an ancient lake fed by a river.…

/ February 23, 2021
blank

Why the World Rugby guidelines banning trans athletes from the women’s game are reasonable

In 2020, World Rugby undertook a painstaking policy process to address the issue of transwomen in rugby. This led to guidelines that exclude transwomen from competing in women’s rugby at the World Cup level — the first international sports federation…

/ February 23, 2021
blank

Jim Carrey Makes Major Announcement In ‘Truman Show’ Style

Actor and artist Jim Carrey announced he’s stopping his cartoon takedowns of Donald Trump in a Twitter post inspired by his 1998 movie “The Truman Show.”A self-portrait from the film shows the actor as the title character about to walk through a door to the outside…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Will Biden’s Iran Diplomacy Become a Shakespearean Tragedy?

Last Thursday, Iran’s U.N. mission, which is on the thirty-fourth floor of a high-rise in midtown Manhattan, received what is known as a “diplomatic note” from the U.S. mission, seven blocks away. The Biden Administration, the e-mail said, was lifting…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Why Impeachment Doesn’t Work

Last weekend, forty-three members of the United States Senate voted to acquit former President Donald J. Trump of inciting the insurrection at the Capitol, on January 6th, which claimed the life of a police officer and four protesters and could…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP. Where do they go now?

.cms-textAlign-left{text-align:left;}.cms-textAlign-center{text-align:center;}.cms-textAlign-right{text-align:right;}.cms-magazineStyles-smallCaps{font-variant:small-caps;}He said, “‘I do think there’s a tremendous hunger for a center lane and a return to decency.” “Part of what bubbled up on that call is that there is not anything that unites that group on policy,” said Lucy…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Airlines ground some Boeing 777s and FAA steps up inspections after Denver engine failure

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Sunday there must be "stepped up" inspections of Boeing 777 aircraft that contain the same engine model that failed on a United Airlines flight over Denver this weekend.Why it matters: United, Japan's two main…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

In photos: Water crisis in Texas continues

Power has returned to most of Texas after a week of statewide blackouts caused by historic winter storms, but millions still don't have access to safe or running water.The big picture: A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesperson told CNN…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Donald Trump Jr Rips Teachers Unions In Front Of A Gun Wall; Critics Go Ballistic

Donald Trump Jr rocketed even further off the rails in a Twitter video aimed at teachers unions Saturday — in front of a wall of guns.Vox journalist Aaron Rupar commented that the rant from the former president’s son, in his typical…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

COVID live updates: Pfizer vaccination rollout begins for priority groups across Australia – ABC News

Victoria was prepared for 'large numbers of people' to need ventilators It's not aaaall about vaccines, Victoria’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) has been busy today too. *for this GIF to be relevant, I'm going to need you to replace "Marcia"…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

Whopping lead for Labor ahead of WA election, but federal Newspoll deadlocked at 50-50

With less than three weeks left until the March 13 Western Australian election, the latest Newspoll gives Labor a 68-32 lead, two-party-preferred. If replicated on election day, this would be a 12.5% swing to Labor from the 2017 election two…

/ February 22, 2021
blank

How China is remaking the world in its vision

This is an edited extract of an essay in the latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs, The March of Autocracy, published today. It is the year 2049. China is celebrating having reached its second centenary goal – to become a…

/ February 22, 2021