Sahil Kapur, Daniel Flatley and Joshua Green Bloomberg News Published 9:30 AM EST Dec 31, 2018 Senator Elizabeth Warren took a major step on Monday toward an all-but-certain 2020 White House run, seeking to become the Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump on a message of economic equality and fighting corruption. The Massachusetts progressive said in a New Years Eve email and video message to supporters that she’s launching an exploratory committee for a presidential run, which would give her a potential early edge in fundraising and organization. She said American families were "under attack from every direction," due to a government that’s "bought and paid for by a bunch of billionaires and giant corporations that think they get to dictate the rules." Warren previewed her populist message in a recent interview with Bloomberg News. “I’m in this fight for hard-working families. And that means reducing the student loan debt burden, … [Read more...] about Warren launches ’20 presidential exploratory committee
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Jess Bidgood Globe Staff November 17, 2018 SOMERVILLE — Confetti strings still hung in the air in the office — left over from the balloon drop to celebrate processing yet another billion dollars — as the Democratic fund-raising platform ActBlue became a subject of Republicans’ post-midterm frustration.The 98 employees at the Somerville-based nonprofit had even more to celebrate: Democrats won more than 30 House seats and blunted losses in the Senate, and ActBlue had processed $706.7 million in small-dollar donations for the party’s Congressional candidates. This little-known organization is so successful it’s become a target for Republicans who want to copy it.The bounty ActBlue funneled from online donors to Democrats all over the country helped power their party’s cash advantage in the midterm elections. All told, the … [Read more...] about Republicans are green with envy over Somerville’s ActBlue
World Dictators Duterte trump Long before President Donald Trump praised Kim Jong Un as the “very talented” and “strong head” of North Korea, his lovefest with Asia’s authoritarian leaders was in full swing.Last fall, the president invited to the White House Malaysia’s then–prime minister, Najib Razak, known for jailing opponents, muzzling the media and allegedly running a kleptocracy. A few weeks later, he welcomed General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who toppled Thailand’s democratically elected government in 2014. Soon after, Trump visited Manila, where he touted his “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte, ignoring questions about the Philippine leader’s dismal human rights record.Trump’s open admiration of anti-democratic strongmen breaks with decades of diplomatic precedent and comes at a time when the administration is challenging traditional economic and military alliances; he has launched a trade war against … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump’s Dictator-Envy Fueling U.S. Economy—or Just Repression?
PUBLISHED: 17:15 08 June 2018 Jason Noble Local democracy reporter West Suffolk councils need to promote their good work more, said the overview and scrutiny committee Picture: PHIL MORLEY Archant Leaders at two councils in west Suffolk have described their authorities’ work as a “national success story” and a “UK leader” – despite suggestions that the public views its work as “Dickensian”. John Griffiths and James Waters Picture: WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILS The draft West Suffolk Annual Report for 2017/18 was presented to the two councils’ overview and scrutiny committees during the week, where committee members were able to discuss the report. In it, council leaders John Griffiths (St Edmundsbury) and James Waters (Forest Heath) said: “West Suffolk is a national success story and a UK leader in transforming how councils can deliver benefits that make a real difference to the people they serve. “This annual report … [Read more...] about Public view of west Suffolk councils ‘Dickensian’ says committee member
WASHINGTON — Neil Gorsuch became the Supreme Court’s newest member a year ago this Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s pick for the high court, its 113th justice, has now heard more than 60 cases on issues including gerrymandering, fees paid to unions and the privacy of certain cellphone records. It’s generally unwise to predict anything about a justice so early into his or her tenure, with few opinions written and votes in a small number of cases. But so far Gorsuch has been what Republicans believed and hoped he would be — a reliably conservative vote. Beyond that, the public has gotten a glimpse of what Gorsuch may be like as a justice, from chances to see him spar with lawyers in court arguments, speak to groups and even tackle his first issue on the cafeteria committee. A look at what observers have seen from Gorsuch inside and outside the court in the past year: THE WRITER Frequent readers of Gorsuch’s writing as a justice say his style is … [Read more...] about Writing, speaking, meatball subs: Justice Gorsuch’s 1st year