Tag: election

America is learning to rebalance its news diet post-Trump

Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented…

/ March 7, 2021
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2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by…

/ March 7, 2021
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Mexican Americans are the largest Latino group in the U.S. but lack political power

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic…

/ March 6, 2021
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The modern way to hire a big-city police chief

When it comes to picking a city's top cop, closed-door selection processes have been replaced by highly public exercises where everyone gets to vet the candidates — who must have better community-relations skills than ever. Why it matters: In the…

/ February 25, 2021
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Scott Morrison Under Fire After Text Suggests His Office Knew Of Rape Allegations In 2019

Newly revealed text messages undermine Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that his office only learned of former staffer Brittany Higgins’ allegation of rape at Parliament House last week, according to news reports.  In text messages obtained by The Australian and…

/ February 19, 2021
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Live updates: Trump’s defense team to focus on process arguments

Donald Trump's lawyers plan to argue four key points during their defense of the former president today — all focused on process.The latest: Trump lawyer David Schoen accused the impeachment managers of "manipulating video" and relying on media reports as…

/ February 12, 2021
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Fox News moves to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuit

Fox News on Monday filed a motion to dismiss a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against the network and some of its top hosts from voting company Smartmatic, claiming the lawsuit seeks to "stifle debate and chill vital First Amendment activities."Why…

/ February 9, 2021
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Netanyahu’s trial resumes ahead of Israeli election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial resumed on Monday, with his lawyers giving their formal response to his indictment. Why it matters: Netanyahu's trial resumes 43 days before Israel is due to hold its fourth election in two years. Driving the…

/ February 8, 2021
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Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs’ show

Fox News has cancelled its business network's “Lou Dobbs Tonight" and will air the program's final show on Friday night, the LA Times first reported.Why it matters: Dobbs, former President Trump’s favorite TV host, helped promote the baseless assertions of…

/ February 6, 2021
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Obscure corporate donors flooded key 2020 Senate races

Significant chunks of money spent in key 2020 Senate races — including Kelly Loeffler's in Georgia — came from nonprofits and companies with little online footprint and no trace of their own financial benefactors, new disclosure filings show.Why it matters:…

/ February 5, 2021
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GOP ignored its early fears about Marjorie Taylor Greene

During previously unreported meetings last summer, House Republican leaders discussed — but then largely set aside — fears that QAnon-supporting conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene would end up a flaming trainwreck for their party.Why it matters: Greene has emerged not…

/ January 29, 2021
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Donald Trump’s political team disavows “Patriot Party” groups

Donald Trump's still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent "Patriot Party" on Monday.Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him at…

/ January 25, 2021
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GOP faces implosion over Trump primary threats and impeachment payback

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics. Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the…

/ January 24, 2021