Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Log In Today’s Paper What Can a Star Like Cardi B Do for a Politician Like Sanders? Advertisement Supported by Screenland ByClio Chang Sept. 11, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET Politicians have been looking to harness the power of the pop-culture celebrity since, at the very least, 1920, the year Warren G. Harding enjoyed the support of the actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, the backing of the Chicago Cubs and a campaign song by Al Jolson (“We’re here to make a fuss!/Mister Harding, you’re the man for us”). Evidence of the actual impact of such endorsements remains mixed — it all seems highly dependent on the circumstances. But the quest to translate celebrity allure into cold, hard votes seems almost irresistible. This August, Bernie Sanders’s campaign released two separate videos made in conjunction with … [Read more...] about What Can a Star Like Cardi B Do for a Politician Like Sanders?
The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Will Trump finally deliver? Credit Credit Photo illustration by Cristiana Couceiro Supported by ByRonen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti Sept. 4, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET In july of 2017, the White House was at a crossroads on the question of Iran. President Trump had made a campaign pledge to leave the “terrible” nuclear deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran, but prominent members of Trump’s cabinet spent the early months of the administration pushing the mercurial president to negotiate a stronger agreement rather than scotch the deal entirely. Thus far, the forces for negotiation had prevailed. But counterforces were also at work. Stephen K. Bannon, then still an … [Read more...] about The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran
The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Do spirituality and self-help have a political constituency? Williamson in her apartment in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit Credit Bethany Mollenkof for The New York Times Supported by ByTaffy Brodesser-Akner Sept. 3, 2019, 12:19 p.m. ET The first problem with Marianne Williamson is what do you call her. The other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination lead with their impressive elected titles: “Governor,” “Senator,” “Mayor.” She’s a lot of fancy things herself: a faith leader, a spiritual guide on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” a New Age guru. But she knows that when people use terms like that outside the nearly $10 billion self-help industry, where a person like her is sought, they mean it to dismiss her. So while everyone else has dignified titles of experience to … [Read more...] about The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In How ‘Medicare for All’ Went Mainstream In the last presidential election, the idea of abolishing private health insurance was confined to the far left of American politics. Now it’s the central argument of the Democratic primary race. Credit Credit Photo illustration by Delcan & Company Supported by ByRobert Draper Aug. 27, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET On June 17, 2016, 15 prominent Democratic Party activists and elected officials gathered in a hotel conference room in downtown Phoenix. Their job was to formulate language for the party platform, which would be adopted at the following month’s national convention in Philadelphia. But the platform-drafting committee also had an unspoken mission: to defuse the lingering intraparty tension in the wake of Bernie Sanders’s spirited but unsuccessful primary battle against Hillary … [Read more...] about How ‘Medicare for All’ Went Mainstream
By JAMELLE BOUIE AUG. 14, 2019 The electoral system still reflects the assumption made at our founding: that some people deserve more power than others. The 1619 Project examines the legacy of slavery in America. Read all the stories. America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others. By Jamelle Bouie AUG. 14, 2019 If you want to understand American politics in 2019 and the strain of reactionary extremism that has taken over the Republican Party, a good place to start is 2011: the year after a backlash to Barack Obama’s presidency swept Tea Party insurgents into Congress, flipping control of the House. It was clear, at the start of that year, that Congress would have to lift the debt ceiling — the limit on bonds and other debt instruments the government issues when it doesn’t have the revenues to fulfill spending obligations. These votes were often opportunities for grandstanding and … [Read more...] about The Undemocratic Impulses of American Democracy