In the first-ever LGBTQ State of the Union at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday night, Philadelphia’s leaders and community members filled the Perelman Theatre to hear from some of the most influential LGBTQ organizations in the region.With elected officials in attendance, including City Councilman Derek Green, state Rep. Brian Sims and Democratic nominee for state representative Malcolm Kenyatta, Mayor Jim Kenney called it “a historic event.”RELATED STORY: LGBT harassment in the era of #MeTooKenney, in what seemed like a rare off-the-cuff moment, compared today’s tumultuous political environment to that of 1968, suggesting that despite the challenges being faced now, particularly by the LGBTQ community, that “one day we’ll be in the post-Trump environment.” The city’s efforts to push back against federal mandates can be seen in a few key pieces of legislation, like a bill banning conversion therapy, as well as a push to amend gender … [Read more...] about Philly hosts first-ever LGBTQ State of the Union
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Monkey Cage Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Henry Farrell May 23 at 6:00 AM Email the author Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer speaks to the Economic Club of New York on April 18. (Reuters) Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft and the creator of USAFacts, an organization dedicated to making government data sources more publicly accessible and easier to use. In an interview (which has been edited for length and style), I asked him about what USAFacts is doing and how it is … [Read more...] about The Constitution requires a census and State of the Union. Steve Ballmer wants to bring them up to date.
In this edition of State of the Union: the world watches as Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg goes before US Congress members to explain the data harvesting scandal; what next for Syria, as the US, France and UK weigh up options to respond to alleged poison gas attack; flight chaos in Germany; and the anticipated election victory of Hungary’s populist darling Viktor Orban exposes political divisions in Brussels. … [Read more...] about State of the Union: Facebook fallout, the Syria dilemma
In this edition of State of the Union: French President Emmanuel Macron announces sweeping electoral changes, as Italy grapples with forming a government; the World Trade Organization weighs in with a warning as the US and China lock themselves in a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs, which could escalate to investments; and the leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia meet in Ankara to talk Syria, but can they really work together to resolve the conflict there? … [Read more...] about State of the Union: Trade tremors, solving Syria’s war
President Donald Trump struck a variety of false notes in his big speech to Congress this past week and followed up with a curious coda — a plain-as-your-face exaggeration about the TV audience that tuned in for it.A look at some of Trump's recent statements, from his State of the Union address and beyond:TRUMP: "Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history." — tweet Wednesday.THE FACTS: Not the highest in history. Trump's TV viewership as measured by Nielsen (45.6 million, as he said) trailed that for first State of the Union speeches by Barack Obama (48 million), George W. Bush (51.7 million) and Bill Clinton (46.8 million).Trump also got more TV viewers in his first speech to Congress a year ago (47.7 million) than in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.There is no reliable measure for how many people watched Tuesday on their computers or phones, a slice … [Read more...] about Fact check: State of the Union highlights Trump’s week of faulty claims