In the past week, Kanye West has done the unthinkable. He’s made Alex Jones look like the voice of reason . In case you missed it, on Alex Jones’ Infowars show, Jones attempted to throw the scandal-plagued star a lifeline. “I get the Hugo Boss uniforms [are] amazing,” Jones said, perhaps attempting to explain West’s antisemitism. “But just because you’re in love with the design—you’re a designer—can we just kinda say you like the uniforms, but that’s about it?” “No, there’s a lot of things I LOVE about HITLER,” West replied . “A LOT of things.” At this point, Jones had that same look on his face that Mike Myers had when Kanye said , “George W. Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” But that wasn’t the only example of right-wing podcast hosts trying to moderate West, only to be rebuffed. During a recent interview with Ye, podcast host Tim Pool tried to defend West from media criticism, saying, “I think they’ve been extremely unfair to you—” before West shot back, “Who is … [Read more...] about Right-Wing Hosts Try Saving Kanye but He’s Too Far Gone
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Now that the last nail is in the midterm coffin with Herschel Walker’s loss in Georgia , it’s time to turn our attention to the looming rumble within the GOP. The knives were already out, but this could get downright nasty. The biggest ones are pointed at Donald Trump . He thought his 2016 magic could be replicated by MAGA celebrities across the nation. This experiment failed spectacularly during his own re-election bid and again in the 2022 midterms, but Trump has another problem. Seven years after he came down the escalator, and six (or so) years since he consolidated the right behind him, a new generation of Republicans has had time to observe Trump’s style—and absorb his lessons. They are younger and increasingly more relevant than Trump. And they’re coming for him. Once the only game in town, consider Trump’s competition in today’s right-wing attention economy. Kanye West . Elon Musk. Kari Lake . Marjorie Taylor Greene. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. And, of … [Read more...] about MAGA Is Eating Itself After GOP’s Midterm Disaster
When he stepped inside a Phoenix polling place on the morning of Election Day on the way to work, Kevin Bembry was told that the tabulation machines were not functioning properly and he might want to vote somewhere else. “I’ve never had that happen before,” Mr. Bembry, 57, a security officer, said in a video later posted online. His testimony was one of many circulated on social media by activist groups, right-wing media outlets and Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, whose campaign posted Mr. Bembry’s video along with several others on Thursday. Ms. Lake has vowed to keep fighting the election after her race was called by The Associated Press for her Democratic opponent, Katie Hobbs. Ms. Lake has claimed her defeat was the result of the “disenfranchisement” of her supporters in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and where technical problems on Election Day introduced delays, confusion and conspiracy theories. On Twitter, Ms. Lake’s campaign has claimed that … [Read more...] about Kari Lake Claims Her Voters Were Disenfranchised. Her Voters Tell a Different Story.
See the article in its original context from July 9, 1981 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Vanuatu, a chain of 70-odd South Pacific islands, 150,000 acres of coconut palms and only 120,000 people, took its first step today toward becoming the 155th member of the United Nations. With the Security Council's approval of its application, the Vanuatu Government of Prime Minister Walter Lini, an Anglican priest, hopes that United Nations membership will heal the deep cultural … [Read more...] about VANUATU, NEW PACIFIC NATION, MOVING TOWARD SEAT AT U.N.
Pay Dirt is a weekly foray into the pigpen of political funding. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Thursday. As conservatives re-up their criticism of Twitter for supposedly interfering in the 2020 election with its two-day ban on an unverified story about Hunter Biden’s laptop , it’s worth noting that Republican federal election officials already cleared the company of that specific charge. Last Friday night, Twitter CEO Elon Musk released “the Twitter Files,” a behind-the-scenes account of the social media giant’s controversial decision in the run-up to the 2020 election to temporarily restrict circulation of the New York Post ’s unconfirmed report about the contents of a laptop hard drive supposedly belonging to Hunter Biden. The platform reversed its decision in two days . But in that time, Twitter—citing company policy of restricting the spread of “hacked materials”—blocked all sharing of the story, and locked the New York Post out of its account. … [Read more...] about GOP Officials Said Twitter’s Hunter Biden Ban Wasn’t Corrupt
If an outsider were to analyze Israel-Jordan ties in the weeks following returning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 's election victory, he would be led to the mistaken assumption that the peace between the two countries is stable, if not good. Following the Israeli elections on Nov. 1, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israel's President Isaac Herzog held warm meetings (at the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh), and a follow-up pact was agreed upon to promote the implementation of the electricity-water project (in which Israel sends the parched Hashemite Kingdom desalinated water, and Jordan sends Israel electricity from its solar panels). Later, the two parties signed a letter of intent as part of a collaborative endeavor to restore and improve the Jordan River's ecology. In addition, a public phone call was held between Netanyahu and King Abdullah. Both sides described the call as favorable. But the above does not reflect the animosity and deep distrust between … [Read more...] about Can Netanyahu’s New Government Keep the Peace With Jordan?
SRINAGAR, Kashmir — They come for the biggest tulip garden on the continent. They come for the snow-capped Himalayas. They come for the lakes. They come for the natural beauty that over time has enchanted Hindu kings, Mughal emperors, British colonialists and millions of regular people. Tourists have returned in droves to Jammu and Kashmir, in what India calls a sign of how it has turned things around in the disputed region, where violent separatists have been active for decades. Three years ago, in a stunning move , India’s Hindu nationalist government cemented control of the Muslim-majority area, saying that would finally bring peace. “The region was a terrorist hot spot,” Amit Shah, India’s powerful home minister and a key lieutenant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said recently. “Now it has become a tourist hot spot.” But what lures visitors to the area offers only a brief escape for many residents, who remain stuck in an old cycle of fear, desperation and uncertainty. … [Read more...] about A Surge in Tourists in Restive Kashmir, but ‘No Mental Peace’ for Residents
A German prince was among those arrested this week by security police and is believed to be a leader of a group suspected of wanting to violently overthrow the German government. Heinrich XIII Prince Reuss was arrested by police Wednesday and is suspected to a leader in the “Reichsburger” (Citizens of the Reich) movement and is alleged to have been plotting to violently overthrow the German government, as the movement’s adherents do not recognize the validity of the current German constitution. The aristocrat, whose family once ruled part of Thuringia, was one of the 22 alleged members of the group and three supporters arrested Wednesday, according to the German Federal Prosecutor. Another arrested was a former member of the German armed forces special forces unit, the KSK, the newspaper Die Welt reports . Federal Prosecutor General Peter Frank stated that Wednesday’s action, which saw 150 different properties raided across Germany, was aimed specifically at a group within … [Read more...] about German Prince Among Those Suspected Plotting Armed Coup
ATLANTA — As Republicans smarting from Herschel Walker’s defeat in Georgia continue the process of assigning blame , one man seems to be conspicuously above reproach: Gov. Brian P. Kemp. The state’s Republican governor — once derided as an unhinged far-right disrupter following a series of wildly provocative 2018 campaign ads — has emerged in the aftermath of Tuesday’s Senate runoff as one of his party’s savvier political operators. On Nov. 8, Mr. Kemp won re-election by a resounding eight-point margin — a remarkable transformation for a politician who went from being booed by conservatives at his own events in the May primary to defeating a national Democratic star, Stacey Abrams. His ability to deftly walk a fine line of providing just enough support to Mr. Walker without being damaged by his defeat was proof of Mr. Kemp’s formidable political instincts, Republicans inside and outside the state said. He has survived and even thrived in the face of Donald J. Trump’s … [Read more...] about The Georgia Republican Unscathed by Walker’s Defeat
In what is being called a "dramatic" step, Austria has implemented a nationwide lockdown for its unvaccinated residents, the Associated Press reported. The lockdown mandates that unvaccinated citizens over age 12 should not leave their homes unless they are doing essential activities or getting their COVID-19 vaccination. Basic activities include working, going to school and grocery shopping. The mandate also applies to people who recently recovered from the virus. Police are able to fine those who violate the lockdown. If patrols find an unvaccinated person breaking the protocols of the lockdown, they can be fined up to 1,450 euros, or $1,660. "We really didn't take this step lightly and I don't think it should be talked down," Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said in a radio interview. "My aim is very clearly to get the unvaccinated to get themselves vaccinated and not to lock down the vaccinated. In the long term, the way out of this vicious circle we are in—and it … [Read more...] about Unvaccinated in Austria Go Under Lockdown, Face $1,660 Fine Per Violation